One of the highlights of any CAGE symposium is the Case Studies series. CAGE participants find out what others have been doing across the country. Case Study presenters come ready to reveal new programs, best practices, and lessons learned. This year in Edmonton, Case Studies form an important backbone of programming and are thematically linked to our our over-arcing conference focus. CAGE’s Case Study Committee would like to congratulate the 2019 presenters and their working teams.
Our Lives Through Our Eyes: Nk’Mip Children’s Art
Their presentation will demonstrate how their current exhibition program can provide a transformative engagement model, with a focus on strengthening connections with Indigenous communities. Our model presents an example of how these relationships impact and inform the work we do as Gallery Educators.
There is no model: Considering time, space and land in building relationships between galleries and Indigenous peoples
Gillian Booth, Academic and Community Programs Coordinator, University of Victoria, Legacy Gallery
The Legacy has a unique location as a university gallery on BC’s West Coast with a substantial Indigenous art collection and focus on Indigenous programming. While the staff at the gallery is largely non- Indigenous, they work closely with academic and community collaborators and they experience ongoing learning around best practices for working with Indigenous peoples. While there is no ‘model’ for doing this work, this presentation will look at four Indigenous exhibitions and the associated academic and public programming. It will focus on experiential and engaged learning, institutional and personal relationships that have been built, strengthened and sustained with First Nations, Metis and Inuit people, and, how these relationships and learnings affect visitor experience and our practices as museum workers.
The Generator: A Model for Arts Engagement with the White Space and Beyond
Wendy Peart, Curator of Education and Community Outreach, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library
This case study will outline Dunlop Art Gallery’s new model for engagement and presentation. Called The Generator, it is defined as a seasonal presentation series featuring community-engaged projects that are created or led by artists, and often presented in alternative and digital spaces to increase access to art and artists. This presentation will cover a few key projects that provided critical findings leading to the development of the series as well as look at the first few Generator projects of 2018/2019 and future aspirations for the series.