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What It Means to Be a Women in the Arts will feature four short performances anda moderated panel discussion by local artists, followed by an open conversation with the audience. Theintent is to create a safe space where women can discuss their experiences working in the arts, andhow being a woman shapes or influences their artistic practice and every day experiences inour community. The audience will leave the event with a broader perspective and new ideas about female experiences in the arts community.
The event will open with introductions of the panel, a land acknowledgement and a safe space acknowledgement.We want everyone attending to feel comfortable participating in the conversation, whether they are simply listening or offering up their unique or shared perspective. After laying out ground rules for a safe space, the panelists, Maita Cienska, Lindsay Delaronde and Nicole Malcolm, and moderator, Pam Stewart, will each give a short performance based on their artistic discipline.
The events feature is the panel discussion from 7:30 8:00 p.m. exploring the theme of how women express themselves through art, and what barriers they face in being able to express an authentic self. Following the panel, from 8:00 9:00 p.m., the conversation will be opened up to the whole room to participate.
The event is free to register for anyone who identifies as a woman, although space is limited. Snacks and tea will be provided.
Maita Cienska is the 2017 Youth Poet Laureate of Victoria. Shetied for slam champion of 2015 and has been a member of the 2015 Slam Team and the 2015 Youth Slam Team. Born and raised on the island, Maita is trying to discover herself through writing as if she already knows herself: faking it till she makes it. Maita has performed cross country, in front of audiences there for poetry and in front of audiences that were patiently waiting for the next Justin Bieber Cover Band. Maita is 20 years old, a high school dropout, and lives with her cat, Rueben, and bunny, Nora Jones. She released her album 'For The Ghost In My Walls' when she was 16 and is in the final stages of editing her first book of poetry.
Pam Stewart began her artistic development through the process of journaling, which in time led her to spoken word. Through performance poetry she's found her voice as a performer, writer, facilitator and event producer. She is the producer of the Victoria spoken word festival, Slam by the Sea, her essays have been published on the mindfulness journal Elephant Journal, and she is a four-time Canadian Festival of Spoken Word competitor. She is a facilitator in using writing and stillness to find your voice. The premise behind her workshops is that through developing your ability to use silence and stillness, you will discover your creativity and authenticity.
Nicole Malcolm is passionate about the role of arts and culture in our communities. An artist of European settler / French-Mtis ancestry, her work now takes place primarily on the un-ceded Coast Salish Territories in and around the traditional lands of the Lekwungen people, in Victoria. Originally from Saskatchewan, with a background in lighting design and stage management for dance and musical theatre, Nicole has worked for Pacific Opera Victoria since 2009, where for the past three years she has managed the companys fundraising department as the Development Manager. She is also a local improviser and storyteller with Paper Street Theatre Co., The Dungeons & Dragons Improv Show, Improv Cabaret, and a regional judge, adjudicator and trainer with the Canadian Improv Games.
Born and raised on the Kahnawake reservation, Iroquois Mohawk artist Lindsay Delaronde is a strong advocate for Indigenous voices, stories, culture and history. Delaronde has been living on the West Coast for the past ten years, she began this journey by travelling to Vancouver to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design followed by a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Victoria. Recently, Delaronde completed her second Masters degree in Indigenous Communities Counselling Psychology at the University of Victoria.
Delaronde is a professional multi-disciplinary visual artist who works in print-making, painting, drawing, video and performance. The intention of her work is to manifest the relationships between Indigenous and non-indigenous as well as intercultural respect among allies, nation-to-nation.