Connections show coming to Arts Station
One hundred and 50 students from Isabella Dicken Elementry School, Fernie Academy and Fernie Secondary School have collaborated with 10 local artists to create group art projects which explore the concept of youth’s identity as Canadians – what makes you proud to be Canadian, what individuals do they feel best represents Canada on a local, national and international stage, and what places, both locally and nationally, do they identify as uniquely Canadian … and why.
Ten local artists, including Laura Nelson and Lesley Graham, have been working in schools over March and April, sharing their methods and mediums with the students, mentoring and assisting their exploration.
The goal was to engage youth in expressing individual narratives, viewpoints and community stories through collaborating with professional artists practicing in Fernie and the East Kootenay who use a variety of media and art forms.
The outcomes of each group project, entitled ‘Connections: The Canadian Youth Identity Project’ will be displayed in The Arts Station gallery from April 26 to May 23.
The project has been supported by the City of Fernie, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, British Columbia Arts Council, Resort Municipality Initiative and Park Place Lodge.
The opening reception is Wednesday April 26 at 7 p.m. The exhibit continues until Tuesday, May 23.