Creative Manitoba: Smoke Signals Indigenous Communications Conference, October 25

Date: October 25, 2019
Location: Marlborough Hall in the Marlborough Hotel, 331 Smith St, Wpg, MB
Time: 9:30am-4:30pm

Hosted by Creative Manitoba Indigenous Programs in partnership with Urban Shaman Gallery of Contemporary Indigenous Art and Manitoba Arts Council.

SMOKE SIGNALS is a gathering of community-engaged artists and arts leaders examining the importance of our Indigenous voices in the art and media world. The smoke signal is one of the oldest forms of long-distance communication used to gather people together for celebration, to transmit news, and to signal danger. We will touch on each of those elements throughout a day of panels, keynotes and conversations.

To be an Indigenous artist or artisan is quite a different calling than to be an artist in the European tradition. The function of art and craft extends beyond aesthetic pleasure – it is embedded in daily life, family connection, traditional teachings as well as in dreaming lore and spirituality. We recognize the unique ability our Indigenous perspectives have to transform and galvanize community, celebrating our role as artists and acknowledging the importance of reclaiming our own narrative as oral historians. What is the historical role of artists within the Indigenous community, what are protocols for engagement? how does technology work within tradition? How does that act of creation save lives? How can we involve our youth?

The days discussions have been drawn from conversations happening locally within our community. In addition to the panels and conversations of the day, University of Manitoba Press will be onsite to offer their incredible selection of Indigenous subject and authored books for purchase.

Coffee, tea, morning pastries and a light lunch included.