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The Basic Facts

Showing Up, Speaking Out is a chance to:

  • meet with fellow citizens
  • discuss and respond to issues that affect our community
  • work together to communicate ideas in public spaces through art

Local, national, and international artists will offer ideas and inspiration, and all participants will be equal contributors.

Most “flash artmaking” opportunities/workshops will be approximately 4 hours  long, and will result in an artistic action presented in public space while other opportunities will develop over the course of the overall Showing Up, Speaking Out project.

This is a chance to get involved in community life and find new and creative ways of talking to each other about important issues.

All events are free and all people are welcome. No previous art making experinece is required.

More Information

Showing Up, Speaking Out offers Winnipeggers unique opportunities to speak out on civic issues by collaborating with local and visiting artists to co-create temporary art works in public spaces about important topics such as a housing and poverty, accessibility, and diversity.

Participants are invited to attend free workshops at aceartinc. (2nd floor, 290 McDermot Avenue) focused on brainstorming ideas and creating temporary public art works to be displayed and/or performed as a group. Since the artworks will be presented outdoors, the gallery will become a place for sharing photos and notes with others about the experience of participating.

This project is about how art can help us express ourselves while building community. It also encourages the use of public space as a legitimate place for expressing ideas about city life.

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). Curated by Milena Placentile (Winnipeg).

Showing Up, Speaking Out runs from September 3 – October 5, 2010.

Even More Information

Showing Up, Speaking Out is a project that seeks to explore the extent to which artists can motivate and facilitate civic participation by connecting local, national, and international artists with local communities through the collaborative production of ephemeral artworks deployed in public spaces throughout Winnipeg.

A goal of this project is to enhance relationships between artists and a diverse communities through the formation of a socially resonant context that will highlight the creative, critical work of artists while proving unique opportunities for community members to collaborate with them in manners well poised to increase confidence in recapturing the public sphere as a place for thoughtful idea exchange.

The primary presentation site for this series of events — aceartinc. @ 290 McDermot Ave — will serve as a staging ground where people will collaborate to determine the form and content of projects, make props, and plan the delivery of their interventions. aceartinc. will, simultaneously, be a site for exhibiting ephemera related to each action (i.e. used props, photographs, digital video, messages to other participants). It will also be a destination for discussing the potential impact of the actions and reflecting on what participants might have gained from their involvement.

All activities will be supported by a blog/online discussion forum and a downloadable/home-printable publication including critical responses will enable the project to reach audiences in distant locations.

What Now?

We’re excited about Winnipeggers becoming involved in this very unique opportunity. Please visit the “Get Involved!” page for more information on how to join us.

A half-page summary about this project and how it works is available here:

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Lisa Forbes permalink
    September 24, 2010 10:13 pm

    Hi Milena!
    Great work on the project. I like that there’s so much info on the website.
    I’ve been using the site to tell people about the whole project – and to look for details, including pictures about the public forums we’ve had with the Stop Violence Against Aboriginal women action. I notice that the placement of the info changes a lot. When posts, media releases, etc get moved – would you be able to put them in the Stop Violence tab (link) that you have on the right side of all pages?

    I’ve been asking people to take a look at the photos and postings (really informative, thanks!) on the site – but I can’t find them myself!
    great work!

  2. Milena permalink
    September 25, 2010 8:35 am

    Hi Lisa,

    Thanks so much for this message!

    The reason the content moves on the first page is that it is a chronological blog, and not a conventional website.

    The best way to find older information is to either use the search field located at the bottom of the left colum, or click on “Stop Violence Against Aboriginal Women Action Group” in the tag cloud above it. Every item related to SVAAWAG is available through a listing that automatically generated based on posts tagged accordingly. Everytime something new is added to the blog, the tags help make it available later.

    Alternatively, if there is a post you want to send to people directly,you can click on the headline to get the post isolated, then forward the URL by copying/pasting the new entry that appears in the URL bar at the top of your browser.

    The top link to SVAAWAG on the left bar can only go to the sub-page affiliated with SVAAWAG. If I added all of the blog entries to the side bar, it would unfortuantely become even more confusing. There are already 9 entries related to SVAAWAG, and there would end up being probably about 15 by the time we reach the end of the project together.

    Does this help at all? I’m sorry it seems confusing. Since I am using a template to generate this blog — there is no way I could program it from scratch — there are some limitations on how it can be used, and still stay organized.

    I definitely recommend clicking on “Stop Violence Against Aboriginal Women Action Group” in the section on the left titled TAGS to get a more succinct listing of all information related to SVAAWAG =-)

    Very best,

  3. Donald Benham permalink
    March 2, 2011 2:02 pm

    Hi Milena,
    Do you know about the Lunch and Learn?

    All the best,


    Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council (Status of Women) and the Winnipeg
    Public Library invite you to attend the following Lunch and Learn:
    To register for this free presentation, call 986-6779.
    Coffee and healthy snack will be provided.
    Monday, March 21
    Doors open: 11:45 a.m.
    Formal Presentation: 12:05 – 1 p.m.
    Millennium Library
    Carol Shields Auditorium
    Registration is required.
    Women and Art for Social Change
    A panel discussion with representatives from Sarasvati
    Productions, Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, and the
    Winnipeg Arts Council.

  4. Milena permalink*
    March 7, 2011 7:41 am

    Thank you so much for this information, Donald! I will copy/paste it to the blog so more people can see it, and I will plan to attend, as well =-) =-)
    I hope all is well with you!!!
    Very best,


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