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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Showing Up, Speaking Out offers Winnipeggers unique opportunities to engage with civic issues that matter

August 11, 2010

Winnipeg (August 11, 2010)

Beginning September 3, citizens from across Winnipeg are invited to participate in an experimental project that involves collaborating with local, national, and international artists to develop and present temporary artworks in public spaces throughout the city in response to various subjects relevant to municipal life.

Showing Up, Speaking Out recognizes the importance of art to everyday experience and finds it can support the right of all people to act within their communities by generating creative means for expressing values, sharing input, and building solidarity.

As such, Showing Up, Speaking Out seeks to highlight the critical role of artists as public thinkers and social communicators capable of inspiring new ways of engaging with the world. Showing Up, Speaking Out also seeks to enhance relationships between artists and other community members by facilitating opportunities to collectively explore the notion of public space as a valid forum for thoughtful idea exchange.

The staging ground for this project will be local artist run centre, aceartinc. (2nd floor, 290 McDermot Avenue). From this place, citizens and artists will work together to determine the form and content of artistic actions related to pre-determined themes (i.e. housing and poverty). After brainstorming ideas, they will make props or other items as required for their interventions and later present their work outdoors. aceartinc.’s Flux Gallery will serve a site for exhibiting content related to each artistic action (i.e. used props, photos and videos, and messages to other participants). The gallery will also offer a venue for participants to discuss the potential impact of their actions, and reflect on their experiences working together to express ideas about life in Winnipeg, and the kind of city they would like to shape together.

Activities associated with this project will be supported through regular blogging and an online forum at http://www.showingupspeakingout.ca. A free e-publication including contributions from participants and responses from local writers will be available a few months after the project ends on October 5.

Participating artists include: Inge Hoonte (Netherlands/USA) on recreation, Tomas Jonsson (Calgary) on housing and poverty, Deborah Kelly (Australia) on diversity, Kristin Nelson (Winnipeg) on accessibility, and Stop Violence Against Aboriginal Women Action Group including collaborating artist Leah Decter (Winnipeg).

This project is made possible thanks to partnerships with many local organizations: aceartinc., Art City, Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg, Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, newinnipeg.net, RAW: Gallery of Architecture and Design, Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, The University of Winnipeg’s Students’ Association, Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art, and Video Pool Media Arts Centre.

Generous financial support for this project has been made available by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Winnipeg Arts Council.

Press releases will be issued throughout the duration of this project to share details about each element. A preliminary calendar of events can be found at http://www.showingupspeakingout.ca/get-involved.

Contact: Milena Placentile, Independent Curator
showingupspeakingout [at] gmail [dot] com
http://www.showingupspeakingout.ca
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One Comment leave one →
  1. Milena permalink
    August 11, 2010 1:54 pm

    Looking for a shorter version of this?
    Click here: http://www.showingupspeakingout.ca/about/ =-)

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