Honouring the Children Community Art Project
The Honouring the Children art exhibit and residency will take place this month and act as a community hub, encouraging guests to learn more about Indigenous culture through a variety of artistic expressions. Work from a roster of 13 indigenous artists, honouring the lost children and survivors of residential schools, will be on display at the free exhibit, which will be open to visitors from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Calgarians can also register online to participate in several free workshops, featuring traditional art forms such as fish scale painting, Inukshuk carving, beading, and dream catcher making. In addition, master blanket artisan Dale Swampy will host drop-in sessions on Fridays and Saturdays during which the public can learn about and contribute to the creation of a community star blanket.
HONOURING THE CHILDREN COMMUNITY ART PROJECT!
During the month of September 2023, we have partnered with Sparrow Artspace and Dale Swampy, to offer a unique public engagement work of art and residency. Throughout the month Dale will not only guide us through the process of creating one of these functional masterpieces, but teach us about the meaning behind the starblanket and guide public participation in creating a one of a kind reconciliation blanket. The blanket will tell the story of participants who help be part of healing, reconciliAction, and EMPOWERMENT by reflecting on residential schools, the 60s scoop, and reconciliation, and making a part of the blanket. The event is open to all, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and is free of charge, with the option to donate. This project is part of the CIFRS Honouring the Children Residency at Sparrow Artspace which includes an exhibition, several workshops, and a Colouring it Forward pop-up shop, all in theme with Honouring the Children
Dale Swampy’s expertise and vision will guide us through creating a public-participation star blanket, which will be on display at our September 30th Event, Pokaiks- The Children at Shaw Millenium Park, and it will be included in our Arts Commons +15 Galleries Exhibition in 2024.
Dale Swampy is the owner and operator of Osaw Kihew (@OKBlankets). Dale is a full-time university student while sewing star blankets from home. Dale learned to sew during a difficult time in his life, and it brought him therapeutic value. The blankets bring healing and happiness with each stitch for Dale. The inspiration for making blankets is to revitalize the culture and educate Canadians on the history and culture of Indigenous people.