Issue 10
January 11, 2023




 
Happy New Year!
Cozy up and read our great articles..

 
This edition includes:
Marjorie Beaucage, Rainbow Warrior, and Art-ivist
Save the Date – DOCKED Film Festival
I’ll share my medicines if you don’t have enough room for yours
Festivals
Job Opportunities
Highlighted Awards and Competition Deadlines by Province (Coast to Coast)
Highlighted Training and  Professional Opportunities

Marjorie Beaucage, Rainbow Warrior, and Art-ivist

by Dr. Michelle McGeough
 

“Sometimes my camera is a witness; sometimes my camera is a mirror.”
                                                                                                          Majorie Beaucage

 

At the age of 40, needing to nourish her spirit, Marjorie Beaucage ran away from home to attend film school.   In the thirty-five years she has been making films, what is most evident in Marjorie’s work is her deep love for the people. Her films defy clichés; at times, they are experimental and playful, while others examine complex issues such as grief, the justice system, environmental justice, HIV, and AIDS. Through her lens, we witness Indigenous people’s responses to some of the most challenging issues in our communities. 

While Beaucage eschews the term career, she has made over 33 films. “It’s not really a career for me, I don’t even consider it a career; it’s just my way of adding to the voice of the people.” She relates that filmmaking is another tool in her arsenal and speaks of her films as collaborative ventures. For Beaucage, it is about making connections and nurturing the relationships needed to bring about change and social justice for Indigenous people…

To read more about Marjorie Beaucage

Marjorie Beaucage is a Two-Spirit Métis Auntie, filmmaker, art-ivist and educator, a land protector and a water walker. Born in Vassar, Manitoba, to a large Métis family, Marjorie’s life’s work has been about creating social change, working to give people the tools for creating possibilities and right relations. She has been a Grandmother for Walking With Our Sisters; the Elder for OUT Saskatoon; and the Elder-In-Residence for the University of Saskatchewan Student Union. As a current Board Member of Chokecherry Studios, she is giving back to future art-ivists as they stand up for themselves and their community through art, songs, writing…creating possibilities of wellness with ceremony and story medicine. You can watch her films and videos at https://vimeo.com/marjoriebeaucage  

Dr. Michelle McGeough (Cree /Métis and Settler) is originally from Amiskwaciwâskahikan, located in the treaty six region of what is presently referred to as Alberta. Dr. McGeough’s family names are Berard, Moreau, Belcourt, dit Sapin and L'hirondelle. Her father was from Northern Ireland.
Michelle is currently an Assistant Professor at Concordia University. She received her Ph.D. in Indigenous art histories from the University of New Mexico. Dr. McGeough’s research interests have focused on the Indigenous two-spirit/Indigiqueer identity. Other areas of her research include the application of Indigenous research methodologies and the incorporation of these ways of knowing into the development of curriculum and the curation of contemporary and historic Indigenous art.
SAVE the DATE

I’ll share my medicines if you don’t have enough room for yours


by Jennifer Smith

Over the period of a couple of months in 2019 I kept hearing about Chanelle Lajoie and the short film they made, Métis Femme Bodies. Somehow I kept missing screenings of the film. Then came what I consider a fateful day. I was asked to be a mentor for the MAWA Foundation Mentorship program in 2020 and Chanelle applied to be a mentee. Through this process I watched Métis Femme Bodies for the first time and knew Chanelle and I needed to meet and work together. Up to that point I had crossed paths with Chanelle only once in early 2020, and looking back it seems strange that since we are both Metis people working in media art. Either way we now had the opportunity to get to know each other. Although I am excited about the relationship Chanelle and I have built over the last two years as mentor / mentee, friends, colleagues, collaborators and kin, I am here to focus on their work.

Chanelle began their impressive career working with film and video by simply coming up with an idea and starting. There was no worry about perfecting camera skills, or having studied film for years. Chanelle had an idea, knew how they wanted that story to come alive on screen and began. In watching Chanelle’s short films, you get to see the ways they have grown as a filmmaker, artist, and the ways their connection to their Metis culture and queer indentity changes and deepens. Chanelle’s story telling method is not explicitly about a personalized story, but often looks at the ways others are navigating the same questions and thoughts they have for themself. Chanelle is making this work for Métis people and even more broadly the entire Indigenous community. The stories come from the heart with a queer lens.

To read more about Chanelle Lajoie
Chanelle Lajoie is a Queer Red River Métis Futurist and guest on Tiohti:áke Territory studying at McGill Law. Moving-image invites balance in their life by honoring and engaging with the communities to which they belong. Their ties to community are best witnessed in recent projects Métis Femme Bodies (2019) and Lavender Menace (2020). Chanelle completed MAWA’s Foundation Mentorship Program (2020-21) preparing them for moving- image projects Grand Mother Tongue, with Toronto Queer Film Festival’s DIY Lab Mentorship Program (2020-21) and Bison Hunt, with ImagineNATIVE’s Doc Salon Fellowship as part of the European Film Market (2021). They attended Harbour Collective’s Meech Lake Residency (August 2021), completing moving- image project Land (Ab)Use. They are looking forward to finalizing Snap Chat Thirza Cuthand as part of Image + Nation Story Lab Mentorship and presenting If Not HereThen Where with Toronto Queer Film Festival’s Queer Futurism Symposium this spring.
Jennifer Smith, is a Métis curator, writer and arts administrator from Treaty 1 Territory/Winnipeg. She works as the Executive Director for National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition (NIMAC), alongside her practice as an independent curator and arts writer. Jennifer’s research focuses on exploring the ways we make things that range from traditional methods of making to exploring new digital technologies that tell our stories. In 2018 she was the Indigenous Curator in Residence at aceartinc. in Winnipeg, and most recently co-curated the exhibition Sovereign Intimacies with Nasrin Himada for Plug In ICA and Gallery 1C03. 
Festivals
Sâkêwêwak Annual Storytellers Festival 2023
Sâkitawâhk: Where The Rivers Meet  
February 17-19
For more information
Asinabka Festival presents Unikkaaqtuarniq
7th Annual Snow Screen
February 3-5, 6-9 pm
Lansdowne Park & Beandigen Cafe
For more information
Job Opportunities

Royal Alberta Museum – Head, Indigenous Engagement
The Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) is the largest museum in western Canada and one of the top museums in Canada. Located in the Arts District in downtown Edmonton, we collect, preserve, research, interpret, and exhibit objects and specimens related to the heritage of Alberta’s people and natural environment. 
January 13

Hamilton Artists Inc – Programming Director
As an artist-run centre, Hamilton Artists Inc. (the Inc.) empowers artists of all career levels to take risks with their contemporary visual arts practices and present their work in a critical context. 
January 15

University of Guelph – Tenure-track Opportunity in Studio Art (Sculpture)
The School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Contemporary Sculpture Practices. We are looking for an accomplished, active artist with expertise in the practical and theoretical aspects of sculpture. The appointment will commence on July 1, 2023.
January 16

The Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge – Executive Director
The Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge (AAC) is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that promotes and supports the growth and development of the arts sector in Lethbridge while upholding the values of creativity, collaboration and inclusiveness, professionalism and accountability.
January 23

Manitoba Career Prospects – Job Fair
January 26

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Director of Learning and Engagement
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV) seeks an ambitious and experienced leader to join its senior management team, in the newly created role of Director of Learning and Engagement.
January 27

School of Image Arts at Toronto Metropolitan University – Chair
The successful candidate will have subject expertise in the creative industries, with a speciality in the areas of film, photography, digital arts or media studies.
January 28

University of Alberta Museums Art Collection – Curator
The University of Alberta Museums (UAM) seeks a dynamic, creative, and team-oriented Curator for the University of Alberta Museums Art Collection (UAMAC).
January 30

University of Toronto Mississauga – Associate Professor in Curatorial Studies

The department welcomes applications from candidates with a PhD in areas such as Art History, Cultural Studies, Museum/Curatorial Studies, or other related disciplines, and at least seven years of gallery management experience.
January 30

Indigenous Screen Office – Director of Operations
The Indigenous Screen Office (ISO) is an independent national advocacy and funding organization serving First Nations, Inuit and Métis creators of screen content in Canada. 
January 31

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre – Director of Patron Services

Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Communications with a dotted line to the Executive Director, the Director of Patron Services will oversee all Box Office and Front of House operations. 
January 31

Digital Arts Resource Centre – Director

The Digital Arts Resource Centre (DARC) is seeking its next Director to lead our thriving media arts centre. We are looking for a passionate and engaged arts administrator to bring their vision to the organization and make the role their own.

Sphere Animation – multiple job opportunities

Click here to view even more Job Opportunities on our website
Highlighted Awards and Competition Deadlines listed by Province (Coast to Coast)

British Columbia
Creative Commons Attribute
First Peoples Cultural Council’s
Language Technology Program is accepting applications until January 24, 2023
Click here for more information
Alberta
Creative Commons Attribute
Request for Proposals: Commonwealth Walkway Indigenous Expansion Project
January 13
For more information and to apply
Ontario
Creative Commons Attribute
Lumière: The Art of Light (formerly Winter Light Exhibition) is an acclaimed annual art event that will temporarily transform Trillium Park, the new home for the event in 2023. 
January 16 
For more information
Atlantic Provinces
Creative Commons Attribute
Arts NB Equinox program supports Indigenous artists, curators and groups to engage in artistic creation and professional development.
March 15
For more information
Nunavut
Creative Commons Attribute
The Nunavut Film Development Corporation (NFDC) is responsible for fostering and promoting the development and growth of the film, television, and digital media industry in the territory. NFDC is a non-profit non-governmental organization governed by a Board of Directors whose expertise shape and direct all activities.
Click here to learn more about their many funds
National
Creative Commons Attribute
For more information
ARCHISHORTS a short film competition focused on architecture and the built environment
Call for Submissions March 19
For more information
International
”The International Flag of Planet Earth”, by Oskar Pernefeldt.
2023 International Multispecies Methods Research Symposium invites submissions for artistic works in any media which explore themes related to Intuitive Interspecies Communication.
Call for Submissions – January 20
For more information
Click here for a more complete list of awards and competition deadlines on our website
Creative Commons Attribute

Training and Professional Opportunities – Highlighted

Manitoba Women in Tech – Fearless Negotiation for Women in Tech
Whether you own a company or you’re in a company, learning how to see and manage your blind spots is the key to becoming an effective and fearless negotiator.
January 18
RESIDENCIES
Griffin Art Projects 
2023 Residency Opportunities in Vancouver 

Back to Basics – Call for Artists and Creatives
Residency in Finland
January 11
The Arctic Circle 2023
The Arctic Circle brings together international artists of all disciplines, scientists, architects, and educators who collectively explore the high-Arctic Svalbard Archipelago and Arctic Ocean aboard a specially outfitted sailing vessel. 

Deadline: January 15
Click here for more information
Banff Centre – Indigenous Arts Residency: Digital Constellations 2023
The Digital Constellations Residency supports the development and research phase of a digital media project wherein you can apply as an individual or with a collaborator. 
January 25

Banff Centre for the Arts – Graphic Novels and Visual Narratives
Banff Centre’s Graphic Novels and Visual Narratives residency considers how creatives use this unique media as a place for personal narrative, memoir, and exploration.
January 25

2023 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize
Glenfiddich, Canada’s Favourite Scotch Whisky, Invites Canadian Artists To Apply for the 17th Annual Artists in Residence Program, a Renowned Residency Valued at Over $24,000 CAD.
January 31

2023 CreateSpace Public Art Residency – Call for Artists
STEPS Public Art is thrilled to launch the 2023 CreateSpace Public Art Residency, a national public art program designed in collaboration with advisors from coast to coast, to provide emerging Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and racialized artists with the skills, relationships and practical experiences needed to build and advance community-engaged public art practices.
February 5

Banff Centre – Indigenous Dramturgies Exchange 
Indigenous Dramaturgies Exchange offers you professional development and space for artistic exchange on a current or upcoming dramaturgy project, with a focus on on-the-land engagement as a way of locating stories.
February 15
 
WORKSHOPS
DARC – Making Music with Live Coding
Learn to program rhythms, melodies, and compositions in this three-part, in-person workshop.
January 17 – 31

Winnipeg Film Group – Intro to Character Design with Alex Copones and Mandy Szwaluk
In this workshop we will delve into simplistic vs complex character design choices, utilizing the basics of Adobe Illustrator shape construction, and participants will gain a deeper understanding of character design choices in film, animation, screenwriting, and more. 
January 21

DARC – Intro to Filmmaking
Intro to Filmmaking is a 4-part introductory workshop for artists who are interested in learning how to work with video. This hands-on workshop provides artists with camera, audio, and lighting basics from pre- to post-production.
February 4 – 12

StudioLab xR Introduction to Unreal Engine 5 
Unreal Engine is at the forefront of virtual production, leading with advanced real-time 3D creation tools for photo-real visuals and immersive experiences
February 4 – 25

Banff Centre for Arts – Introductory Wise Practices Indigenous Leadership Online
This online program renews our relationship with wise practices during a time of great change for humanity. We will activate community wisdom in action through case studies from our local and global interspace, deepen critical skills, reawaken gifts, and re-envision what leaders need in order to thrive, while living wholistically into responsibilities, inherent wellbeing, and abundance.
February 21

StudioLab xR World building in Unreal Engine 5
World Building in Unreal Engine is a four-week course that focuses on creating 3D environments, virtual set design and previsualization to execute the artistic vision of their project.
March 5
Click here for More Training and Professional Opportunities
This concludes the January 2023 edition of STARBOARD. 
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Hope you have an amazing 2023.
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