An interactive experience for young environmentalists and art appreciators. The workshop centres on the subject of water preservation and the responsibility we all have to appreciate, honour and protect our earth for future generations. Kim Wheatley will lead a fabric art and sculpture lesson that will culminate in the assembly of a community water quilt. Participants will also enjoy a performance by Miyeko Ferguson who will dance an original piece created in Orillia by acclaimed choreographer Jera Wolfe. Students will have the opportunity to engage with all three artists to ask questions and learn more about the art and ethics of water care.
Anishinaabe Traditional Grandmother & Ancestral Knowledge Keeper. Kim is an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) band member of Shawanaga First Nation Reserve located in the Georgian Bay region of Ontario. She is Turtle Clan and carries the spirit name “Shkoden Neegaan Waawaaskonen” which translates to “Head or Leader of the Fireflower”. She is the Mother of 3 daughters and also a proud grandmother of 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson. Kim is a multi-award winning cultural consultant who has represented Canada internationally and locally in diverse circles of engagements. She utilizes Traditional stories, songs and teachings to generate meaningful relationships based on mutual understandings and respect for the earth. She has been a cultural board member for a wide variety of organizations and a consultant/presenter for various cultural events spanning over 2 decades across the province, country and internationally. Some of the key highlights most recently include being the founder of Aboriginal Celebration Day for Durham Region, key organizer for Brampton Indigenous Arts Festival 2016, Great Lakes Water Walk 2017, Masters Indigenous Games 2018 & curator for Fort York’s Indigenous Arts Festival 2019.
Miyeko is a Toronto based dance artist. In 2016, she received her BFA degree in Performance Dance from Ryerson University. Since graduation, Miyeko has had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Naishi Wang, Jera Wolfe, Kate Hilliard and Allen Kaeja. She has also attended professional training programs with Springboard Danse Montréal and Adelheid where she performed the works of Ohad Naharin and Chuck Wilt, and worked with Jessie Garon. Miyeko is an active member of Nostos Collectives. She has performed in Canada and the United States with Red Sky Performance and in early 2020, she was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for her performance in their production, AF a part of Canadian Stage’s 2019-2020 season.
Photo Credit: Kendra Epik
Born in Toronto, Canada, Dora winner Jera Wolfe is a choreographer and performer of Métis heritage and is an Associate Artist with Red Sky Performance. Jera is the official Canadian choreographer for NBS's Sharing Dance Day 2020, and the Ontario Ambassador for International Dance Day 2020. His captivating choreography has awarded him the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Original Choreography for Trace. He has demonstrated an impressive repertoire of works presented by Canadian Stage, Fall For Dance North, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Festival des arts de Saint-Sauveur, Danse Danse, and Jacob's Pillow. His recent works include Bare choreographed at Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Trace by Red Sky Performance, and Arise for Canada's National Ballet School, Embers for Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Reliance for Ryerson University’s School of Performance. His most recent commission FLOW just opened Fall For Dance North’s virtual Signature Program. He is currently choreographing for Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, and the National Ballet of Canada. Jera graduated from Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and, since 2016, returned to the company to create new works each year. Aside from choreography, Jera performs primarily for Red Sky Performance and has also performed with many other companies including Peggy Baker Dance Projects.
Photo Credit: Ally Gonzalo