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Framing Stories: Northwest Coast Art

In this 90-minute program, students are introduced to contemporary and historic Northwest Coast First Nations art. The tour of a select group of art works emphasizes the importance and role of multi-generational teachings, the role of art in activism and resistance, diversity of issues and expressions in Northwest Coast First Nations. Students are introduced to a variety of stories and perspective of the Northwest Coast First Nations artists, Elders or knowledge holders. The goal of the tour and discussion is to understand the importance of shared histories and to seek meaningful ways to understand others through art. The program will conclude with a framing activity where students choose an object and frame it in ways which pose the questions – what is included, what is excluded. A facilitated discussion follows.