Meet Emily Solstice Tait, Indigenous Arts Leadership Fellow

The Winnipeg Arts Council is pleased to announce that Emily Solstice Tait has been named the newest Indigenous Arts Leadership Fellow. Emily will spend 2020 working with Theatre Projects Manitoba receiving intensive training and mentorship in arts administration.

Emily is of mixed settler and Ojibway heritage, living in Treaty 1 Territory, Winnipeg. Her work floats between fantasy and advocacy. A multidisciplinary artist and graduate of the Professional Program at the School of Contemporary Dancers, Emily’s artistic practice crosses into theatre, devising, choreography, and stage management. Working with Theatre Projects Manitoba will allow her to expand her toolbox, adding administrative tasks like marketing, finance, and volunteer management.

“I’m really pleased to be joining the team at Theatre Projects” says Emily, “I have found the Winnipeg arts community to be an open and vibrant creation space, and TPM plays a large part in creating that dynamic. I have come to learn that a career in the arts is a career of continual learning and one of my goals is a career where I can create opportunities for Indigenous youth to connect with performing arts. I’m really looking forward to learning skills that will help make these ideas into real life opportunities for other emerging Indigenous artists.”

“We are thrilled to be a part of this program,” says TPM General Manager Rea Kavanagh, “Theatre Projects is committed to building bridges with Indigenous communities – through our programming, the artists we wngage, and the partnerships we’ve been developing with Indigenous organizations in Winnipeg and across Canada. Now as we approach our 30th season, it’s an ideal time for us to support a growing community of Indigenous arts administrators.”

“We all have a part to play in reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, through the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission says TPM Board member Kyle Mason. “Providing mentorship through this Fellowship supports Call #92 - supporting equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities for Indigenous people. Emily is a dynamic artist and sure to be a leader both through her practice and as an arts administrator – we look forward to any contribution we can make to her development through the Fellowship.

Emily is the 4th individual to receive the Fellowship. Previous recipients include

  • Aliya Boubard (Manitoba Museum, 2019-20)
  • Niamh Dooley (Manitoba Printmakers Association, 2018-19)
  • Seraph-Eden Boroditsky (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, 2018-19)

About the Fellowship

Established by the Winnipeg Arts Council in 2018, the Indigenous Arts leaders Fellowship provides emerging Indigenous administration professionals with a specialized opportunity to become immersed in the community of contemporary arts creation and presentation in Winnipeg. The Winnipeg Arts Council partners with local arts organizations to create paid positions in which recipients receive mentorship, professional development, and management skills. Fellows are embedded in an organization and undertake arts-focused training in not-for-profit governance, leadership, and financial & human resources management.

Developed through an extensive consultation process with Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the arts community in Winnipeg and across Canada, the Fellowship aims to increase opportunities for Indigenous people to be better represented among decision-makers in Winnipeg’s arts organizations.

About Theatre Projects Manitoba

Theatre Projects Manitoba (TPM) was founded in 1990 as a non-profit company and a theatre at large. Located in Treaty One Territory - Winnipeg - with offices located in the Exchange District, we strive to provide a point of synergy where art and community meet; creating artistic experiences that view this world through a passionate, fearless lens.

Each season we produce 2-3 plays in Winnipeg and a cabaret series of new work called “salons”; we workshop and seed new plays by local theatre creators; and conduct rural outreach initiatives including touring, educational workshops and residencies. Our projects are intensely local, providing artists and audiences in Manitoba a place to engage with challenging material, styles of performance and design.