Emily Carr Urban Access to Aboriginal Art Project Description
Urban Access was a program designed to provide an opportunity for Aboriginal people living in urban areas to access and explore traditional and contemporary Aboriginal art forms and materials.
The intergenerational participants reflected a diverse representation of our urban Aboriginal community.
The program focused on developing, promoting and perpetuating cultural material practice and technical skills. Participants explored and applied their own cultural context to the design of their projects. The tangible outcomes included deer hide drums, containers and rattles, beadwork, moose/caribou hair tufting, form line design, painting, drawing, cedar basketry and a diverse range of objects created from traditional and contemporary materials.
Urban Access was hosted in the Emily Carr Aboriginal Gathering Place and was dedicated to promoting Aboriginal identity in a respectful, safe, and culturally welcoming venue that reflects Aboriginal philosophies and values.
The research, development and implementation of this program has been funded by the Vancouver Foundation and Canada Council for the Arts and supported by the Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Urban Access demo videos:
Cedar Harvesting with Brenda Crabtree:
Cedar Basketry with Brenda Crabtree:
Drum Making with Michelle Sound:
Beadwork with Chloe Mustooch:
Moose Hair Tufting with Chloe Mustooch:
Totem Pole Carving with Luke Parnell:
Urban Access will NOT be running in 2017.