for personal + collective transformation
Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities.
In collaboration with MASC, nistamîkwan will be hosting and guiding a series of workshops and performances in schools within Eastern Ontario and Ottawa area. These workshops emphasize collaborative and personal storytelling through poetic and musical exploration using indigenous forms of circle sharing.
About MASC: Working out of diverse cultural traditions, MASC artists offer workshops, performances, artist-in-residence programs and professional development in music, dance, drama, literary, media and visual arts. MASC programs are delivered in English and French, throughout Eastern Ontario and Western Québec to students in Kindergarten to Grade 12, and to youths and adults in a variety of community settings (daycares, museums, NCC, festivals and seniors venues.)
James Bay Cree Community Arts Education Concentration Program
In collaboration with mikw chîyam, nistamîkwan brings together Moe Clark and Ahau Marino in a five-week artistic & educational residency up in Chisasibi, Quebec (James Bay Cree territory). In the heart of winter the two artists will spend five weeks engaging daily with youth at the High School to introduce them to new musical skills and processes through embodied and experiential approaches. Together with mikw chîyam and the local teacher, nistamîkwan will develop and lead workshops with the goal to support students in developing greater self-awareness, connecting to their Cree cultural identity and expanding their capacities to be vital leaders of change.
Ahau Marino brings his extensive knowledge in songwriting and composition, as well as world rhythms and audio production. Moe brings poetry and spoken word writing and lyrical improvisation skills along with her looping pedal and vocal expertise. Together, they inspire storytelling and musical collaboration that will help students share their experiences, add value to their stories and find new tools for self-expression in a group setting.
Native Women in the Arts
In collaboration with Native Women in the Arts, nistamîkwan led intergenerational storytelling and soundscape creation workshops at the Munsee Delaware Healing Centre and at Queen’s University. Workshops were centered around oral expression through improvisation using looping pedal technology, embodied language and storytelling. Participants were invited into a talking circle sharing circle where each became part of the living mythology created through sound and language.
The Indigenous Music Creators Project
In collaboration with Red Sky and Array Space, Moe Clark from nistamîkwan mentored for an emerging artists music workshop with an emphasis improvisation, sound creation and scoring for dance and film. nistamîkwan offered a workshop based in collective exploration of vocal improvisation, personal narrative creation and looping pedal techniques. Participants from disciplines of electronic music and DJing to more traditional drum song, mouth bow, and multi-instrumentalists came together for the three-day creative residency and live performance.