Sunday, 25 September 2016

#Canada150

In 2017, Canada will celebrate its 150th anniversary of Confederation.  To prepare for next year's event, senior art students will be challenged to prepare an artwork (or a series of work) that represents their understanding of Canada through a social and political lens.



How should we celebrate Canada in 2017?  How do we view Canada, and how do we see ourselves (and others) as Canadian?  Do we appreciate our differences or are we limited to our own perspectives and experiences?

In December 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its final report.  Is this report important to our growth and success as a country?  Why does/should it matter?  Do you think that some people are unaware of the importance of this report?  Why or why not?

Christi Belcourt is one of Canada's finest artists.  Her work is honest, revealing and beautifully intriguing.  This summer, she spoke with CBC radio to describe how she turned an act of discrimination into a work of art.  Listen to this podcast to hear the full story.




There is no doubt that exploring and finding our Canadian identities can be confusing and somewhat unclear.  We are a country that prides itself on diversity while we strive to find better ways to promote equity.  We want to take care of our environment but we know that change won't happen overnight.  We want to reach out to others but we are limited by resources.

How can students have an impact on other Canadians?  How can simple awareness affect civic responsibility?  How can art reflect society?  Can art change society?  Questions like these will be used to guide students in their next task.  Our class will be encouraged to broach sensitive topics in a quest to find more truth and understanding.



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