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N.L.’s first indigenous arts symposium opens registration

The new logo for To Light The Fire, the province’s first indigenous arts symposium, was unveiled this week. Registration for the symposium is now open until Oct. 9.
The new logo for To Light The Fire, the province’s first indigenous arts symposium, was unveiled this week. Registration for the symposium is now open until Oct. 9.

Registration for To Light the Fire: Newfoundland and Labrador Indigenous Arts Symposium is now open.

Along with representatives of the Nunatsiavut Government, NunatuKavut, Miawpukek First Nation, Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation and the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, ArtsNL launched a website and unveiled a logo for the symposium on Sept. 14. To Light the Fire, which will take place in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Nov. 19-22, is the first symposium of its kind in the province. It will include workshops, demonstrations, showcases, a film festival, an exhibition and pop-up shops. The logo features reference to the titular ‘fire’ and visuals of a drum, which are often heated over a flame prior to being played. The imagery was chosen by the steering committee as fire and drums were universally present in each of the involved indigenous cultures, and Camille Usher created the logo. The event is part of a series of initiatives that ArtsNL is undertaking to celebrate its 35th anniversary. “The strong interest to have a provincial symposium focused on indigenous artists and art practices was heard loud and clear at the Atlantic indigenous arts symposium planned by the Atlantic Public Arts Funders called Petapan, which was held in August 2014 in Millbrook, NS,” said Reg Winsor, ArtsNL executive director.
The symposium will also include a number of forum discussions where registered participants will have the opportunity to freely discuss challenges they’ve faced as artists, the business of being an artist, while sharing creative solutions and strategies that have worked for them.   Registration is open until Oct. 9 to individuals from indigenous backgrounds. There is no attendance fee, and limited assistance with accommodations is available, but spaces are limited.  
For more information on registration, see the symposium’s
website at www.tolightthefire.wordpress.com or call Donna Roberts at 709-896-9565 or toll free at 1-888-896-9565.

Along with representatives of the Nunatsiavut Government, NunatuKavut, Miawpukek First Nation, Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation and the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, ArtsNL launched a website and unveiled a logo for the symposium on Sept. 14. To Light the Fire, which will take place in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Nov. 19-22, is the first symposium of its kind in the province. It will include workshops, demonstrations, showcases, a film festival, an exhibition and pop-up shops. The logo features reference to the titular ‘fire’ and visuals of a drum, which are often heated over a flame prior to being played. The imagery was chosen by the steering committee as fire and drums were universally present in each of the involved indigenous cultures, and Camille Usher created the logo. The event is part of a series of initiatives that ArtsNL is undertaking to celebrate its 35th anniversary. “The strong interest to have a provincial symposium focused on indigenous artists and art practices was heard loud and clear at the Atlantic indigenous arts symposium planned by the Atlantic Public Arts Funders called Petapan, which was held in August 2014 in Millbrook, NS,” said Reg Winsor, ArtsNL executive director.
The symposium will also include a number of forum discussions where registered participants will have the opportunity to freely discuss challenges they’ve faced as artists, the business of being an artist, while sharing creative solutions and strategies that have worked for them.   Registration is open until Oct. 9 to individuals from indigenous backgrounds. There is no attendance fee, and limited assistance with accommodations is available, but spaces are limited.  
For more information on registration, see the symposium’s
website at www.tolightthefire.wordpress.com or call Donna Roberts at 709-896-9565 or toll free at 1-888-896-9565.

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