Over the last many months, 4e and our community partners have been working to develop and install 32 historical interpretive plaques and 7 new permanent public sculptures around the Township of Billings to create the new Billings Connections Trail: Nature. Art. Heritage. The trail attempts to integrate the local heritage and history of Anishinaabeg and non-Indigenous residents and represents the Township’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2015) ‘Calls to Action’ for public education that integrates indigenous history into municipal programs. The sculptures, selected by a community jury, respond to remarks Justice Sinclair has made that artists have a role to play in helping communities to imagine different kinds of relationships and communities. It is a small, first step, within the broader context of conversations and change that need to occur.
Over the last year while artists were busy designing and fabricating their sculptures, 4elements facilitated several months of community engagement to build understanding about the history of colonization through a film series focused on Indigenous issues, including a film screening and talk by Shirley Cheechoo, guest talks by elders and historians like Alan Corbiere, and a community process to create one of the public sculptures with local students and community members.
We welcome you to Elemental Festival, which this year marks 4e’s 15th anniversary, as well as the culmination of a massive community effort to build the Connections Trail. Festival engagements will encourage participants to consider the relationships between land, environment, environmental change and Truth & Reconciliation.
To view the full Festival lineup, check out our booklet here: https://issuu.com/4elementslivingarts/docs/elemental_festival_booklet_2017_fin
This project aims to acknowledge Canada’s 150th anniversary year by creating a Billings-wide art and heritage trail - the Connections Trail - comprised of public art work and heritage plaques across the township of Billings. These will be installed on the 3 km Kagawong River Trail that runs through the village, throughout the village proper, and at Municipal parks, waterfront areas, and cycling rest areas throughout the Township.
Canada’s 150th represents a unique opportunity to revisit and reconsider our historical narratives and to respond to The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's call for all sectors and all members of Canada's community to engage in the process of reconciliation; in particular, this project takes its lead from Justice Sinclair's acknowledgement of the role of art and artists in helping us imagine new relations.
The Township of Billings and 4elements Living Arts have worked together to ensure the success of the Billings Connections Trail project. Along with these two agencies are countless hours of work from the volunteer jury as well as community engagements in selecting 6 final proposals and 7 artists from a pool of over 40 submissions. The following are the Artists whose works will be permanently installed in the community of Kagawong by the fall of 2017:
We invite all community members to join us in a year long series of engagements, events and help us design one of the permanent works! Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more information about how you can become involved in the process!
We thank Heritage Canada and the Canada 150 Fund for their funding of this program.
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Ce projet vise à souligner le 150e anniversaire du Canada par la création d'un sentier composé d'art public et de plaques patrimoine à travers le canton de Billings. Ils seront installés sur les 3km de la rivière Kagawong qui traverse le village, tout le long du village, et au parcs municipaux, au front du lac, les aires de repos, et sur la route cyclable qui travers le canton. Le 150e du Canada représente une occasion unique de revisiter et reconsidérer nos récits historiques et de répondre à l'appel de la Commission Vérité et Réconciliation pour tous les secteurs et tous les membres de la communauté à s'engager dans le processus de reconciliation; en particulier, ce projet s'inspire de la reconnaissance de Justice Sinclair du rôle de l'art et des artistes à nous aider à imaginer de nouvelles relations.
Le canton de Billings et 4elements Living Arts ont travaillé ensemble pour assurer le succès du project -. En plus de ces deux organismes sont d'innombrables heures de travail bénévole du jury ainsi que des engagements communautaire en sélectionnant 7 artistes d'un bassin de plus de 40 propositions. Voici les artistes qui auront leur creations installés de façon permanente dans la collectivité de Kagawong par l'automne de 2017:
On invite tous les membres de la communauté de nous joindre pendant un année pleines d’activités et d’evennements, et pour participer en la création d’un des sculptures!
Nour remercions Patrimoine Canadien et le Fonds Canada 150 pour soutenir ce programme!
Thanks to 4elements Living Arts, many residents and visitors to Manitoulin Island have been learning the land creatively in 2016. Highlights of these learning opportunities, and of the exciting events in store for next year, will be presented at the Park Centre in Kagawong on January 28, 2017, starting at 4 pm.
After that, the membership of 4e will elect its Board of Directors for the coming year, and then everyone's invited to a pot luck social hour starting about 5:30. There will be time and music for dancing too.
Nominations are now open for the Board of Directors, and this year 4e is looking for some new talent on the Board. Two members who have served for over six years are retiring from the Board, and besides, next year is not only “Canada 150” but also “4e 15” – the 15th anniversary of the founding of 4elements. Here's an opportunity to lead some creative learning about the past and future of this place, working with a vibrant and growing organization. If you (or someone you know) are interested, call or drop in to the office, or contact the Board's current Chair, Gary Fuhrman, firstname.lastname@example.org.