13th Annual 50 to 500 Members Exhibition + Sale
Reception for 50 to 500 is Friday, November 4, 8-11pm.
Running dates are November 4 to December 3, 2016
US is a non-profit arts organization that is dedicated to the Aboriginal arts community and the arts community at large. Through it’s programming, US promotes discourse about contemporary Aboriginal art on local, national, and international levels. Through this discussion, it brings together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities, knowing that contemporary art is an important and empowering tool for Indigenous peoples. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of artists by providing a vehicle for artistic expression in all disciplines and at all levels by taking a leadership role in the cultivation of Indigenous art.
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Excerpt from “The Fire Throws Sparks – 20th Anniversary Exhibition”
“In the 2009 publication, Retrospective, contributors and original collective members, Liz Barron and Lita Fontaine, describe an important event. Both artists focus on the memory of signing the organization’s incorporation papers around a fire pit in Fontaine’s backyard. This site of an early, Indigenous, contemporary arts initiative and grass roots action reflects the poetic gesture through which Urban came into existence. Yet, the use of fire metaphor is very apt for the history of Urban after twenty years of intense programming and organizational development.
Like a fire pit – a communal place for gathering – Urban Shaman has succeeded in bringing the arts and both Native and non-Natives communities together from far and wide, even working with Indigenous brothers and sisters from across the oceans. Many state a fact about Winnipeg in the presence of first-time visitors, therefore, about Urban Shaman too: we are the precise geographical center in North America, which lends a focus of energy coming in from all directions. Many people visiting this distinctive city are curious about a landlocked urban space and Winnipeg artists are in an exceptional location that is, for many, the root of unique creative art doings.”
During our yearly programming Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery acknowledges the support of our friends, volunteers, community and all our relations, NCI FM, Wawanesa Insurance, the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and The Winnipeg Foundation.
~GITCHI MIIGWETCH / HAI HAI
Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery
203 – 290 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0T2
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