Introducing the Indigenous Arts Leadership Fellows
Meet Seraph-Eden Boroditsky & Niamh Dooley
The Winnipeg Arts Council is very pleased to announce Seraph-Eden Boroditsky and Niamh Dooley as the first recipients of the Indigenous Arts Leaders Fellowship. The Fellowship is designed to provide opportunities to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Winnipeggers in the field of arts administration. The program was created by the Winnipeg Arts Council and developed through an extensive consultation process with Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the arts community in Winnipeg and across Canada, as well as training agencies and employment specialists. Fellows will receive work experience and participate in Indigenous-led collaborative training over the course of the upcoming 9 months.
Congratulations to Seraph-Eden Boroditsky and Niamh Dooley. We received many applications from talented, experienced and creative people for these fellowships. It is clear that these positions are necessary and that many Winnipeg artists are excellent candidates. I look forward to hearing from the Fellows about their experiences with this program. WAC will continue to demonstrate our commitment to creating opportunity for Indigenous leadership positions in the arts. It provides an important opportunity to learn from Indigenous artists who will lead in developing programming that includes more voices.
Carol A. Phillips
Executive Director, Winnipeg Arts Council
Seraph-Eden Boroditsky will be joining the team at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. She studied Native Studies and Sociology at the University of Manitoba and has spent most of her career in community organizing and activism. She has an emerging visual arts practice as well as a background in classical dance styles and traditional Métis folk dance.
“I am very happy and honoured to be afforded this opportunity,” says Seraph, “pursuing my passion in the Arts and gaining meaningful experience in arts administration, while being able to offer my expertise in the area of evolving Indigenous consultation. I look forward to seeing the growth of the seeds of diversity we plant today.”
Camilla Holland, Executive Director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, adds “We are thrilled to welcome Seraph to the Royal MTC team. We are dedicated to deepening our understanding of Indigenous perspectives. Supporting this program will allow our organization to develop more meaningful dialogue and to contribute to the growth of Indigenous arts leaders in Winnipeg.”
Niamh Dooley is an Oji-Cree and Irish contemporary artist based in Winnipeg, Treaty 1 territory, who will work with the staff of Martha Street Studio. Niamh is a band member of St. Theresa Point in Treaty 5 territory in Manitoba, but grew up in Sioux Lookout in Treaty 3 territory of Ontario. She predominantly focuses on the exploration of identity, cultural issues, and her interest in the relationships between Indigenous people, past and present, and connecting them with both traditional and contemporary materials in her art practice.
Niamh says "As one of the Fellowship recipients, I’m excited to be part of this new program to expand my arts administrative skills with Martha Street Studio. I have been enjoying my time with the organization so far and I look forward to continuing my journey and learning with them."
From Kristin Nelson, Executive Director of Martha Street Studio: “We are honoured to be part of this initiative and happy to welcome Niamh through the Indigenous Arts Leaders Fellowship. As an organization we work towards enriching the lives of all Manitobans through the print arts. Diversity, inclusivity and accessibility are key to this process and we hope to make a meaningful contribution.”
The Winnipeg Arts Council is located on Treaty 1 Territory and on the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene Peoples and in the homeland of the Métis Nation. We acknowledge the role and importance of Indigenous people in the Canadian arts ecosystem.