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Community Arts Space Open Studio: Treaty Talk

Sat May 26, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Part of the Community Arts Space Open Studio
Co-presented with Akin Collective and
Titiesg Wîcinímintôwak // Bluejays Dancing Together Collective


Join knowledgeable community members Jodi Lynn Maracle (Kanien’kehá:ka) and Shane H. Camastro (anishinaabe) in this short, interactive workshop on Treaty relationships and responsibilities in Dish with One Spoon Territory. As practicing artists and educators from this place, they will facilitate activities and discussions to root community arts and museum practices in these original agreements.

About Jodi Lynn Maracle

Multidisciplinary Kanien’kehá:ka mother, artist, craftswoman, scholar-activist, and dancer Jodi Lynn Maracle is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Buffalo (SUNY), centering her research on Haudenosaunee midwifery, birth work, dance, language, and sovereignty. She most recently completed textile-based works for the group show Indian Giver: Truth Tellings and Narratives of Representation with Setsuné in Toronto. Of her accomplishments, she is most proud of her ongoing work to become a fluent second language Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) speaker and to hear these original sounds come from her toddler son’s mouth.

About Shane H. Camastro

Shane is an emerging anishinaabe métis Two-Spirit artist and educator from Tkaronto, dish with one spoon territory. They work at the intersections of art making, community building, and education. Their passion is in sharing knowledge and building affirming spaces that foster creativity and responsibility. They have been teaching and facilitating dialogues around space building, anti-oppression, and decolonization for over 10 years.

About the Community Arts Space: Recent Histories

Inspired by the transformative aspects of ceramics, both real and metaphorical, the Community Arts Space is the Gardiner’s incubator for arts-based community projects. In collaboration with local artists, designers, and collectives, the Museum will mount five public projects that examine how cultural knowledge is passed on or performed, and the role of the museum in cultivating the so-called lived and living memory.

Presented by

TD Bank Group

Community Partners


The 519 is committed to the health, happiness, and full participation of the LGBTQ2S community. A City of Toronto agency and a registered charity with an innovative model of Service, Space and Leadership, The 519 strives to make a real difference in people’s lives while working to promote inclusion, understanding, and respect.

In 2017, The 519 provided in-kind space and resources for artistic workshops in support of the development of two process-driven projects, NU_FORuMS and Collecting Personal Archives. For Community Arts Space 2018, The 519 will again provide workshop space for a process-driven project, supporting the delivery of knowledge and skill-sharing serving the LGBTQ2S community in Toronto and beyond.

Akin Collective is a Toronto-based arts organization that provides affordable studio space as well as arts-based programming through its sister non-profit organization, Akin Projects. Akin provides space to nearly 250 visual artists, designers, and creatives in studios that maintain a friendly and inspiring atmosphere where people can work on creative endeavors and entrepreneurial undertakings of all kinds. Akin builds community through monthly art critiques, free or low-cost workshops, open studio events, gallery tours, exhibitions, as well as various other projects. During the Community Arts Space’s inaugural 2016 cycle, Akin Projects mounted Place/Setting, an exhibition hall project delivering all-ages clay-making workshops and community events. For Community Arts Space 2018, Akin will provide six months of free studio time at one of its studios, as well as kiln firing access.

For 25 years, Art Starts programs have benefited thousands of people living in marginalized Toronto neighbourhoods by providing a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for self-expression and creative collaboration. They afford opportunities for vulnerable people of all ages to contribute to the creative ecology of their neighbourhoods, using the arts to help end the negative cycles associated with marginalization and poverty.

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