Here it is, the Windsor is Forever tattoo flash set (in two parts). With the help of those who came out on Monday’s Sketch Night, Jason Sturgill has whittled down the submissions to the most poignant designs and optimized them for our free tattoo day tomorrow. If you submitted a story and were contacted to book an appointment, we’ll see you tomorrow!
Undocumented: A workshop for those without papers in Windsor and Detroit
FRIDAY MARCH 15: 3 – 5 PM
Art Gallery of Windsor, Border Bookmobile Public Archive and Reading Room, Gallery C, 2nd floor
While it is often presumed that the Windsor-Detroit border is relatively easy to cross, many residents have been unable to visit their neighboring city since strict passport regulations came into effect in 2009. This workshop will be co-hosted with Windsor’s Broken City Lab and the Interminus Research Group to examine the uneven access to passports that impacts both new immigrants and lower income groups in Windsor and Detroit. As both cities have high unemployment rates, significant numbers of residents are unable to visit the other side. This planning workshop will bring together local organizations to work toward assisting passport applications for marginalized groups on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, with the ultimate goal of facilitating a small number of day trips for these new passport holders in 2014. The project will begin during this workshop and will continue over the next year. This is a research based project that will be documented at all stages to outline the significant challenges and hurdles faced by many residents of these border cities.
Diversions: Detroit-Windsor Conversations on Borders, Traffic and Circulation
Windsor’s urban character has been closely tied to Detroit’s rise and fall. This symposium seeks to change the conversation about borders in the Windsor-Detroit region through inviting prominent artists and researchers to consider the obstacles and mobilities that have emerged in this urban locale.
Friday, March 8, 10:00 am – 5 pm
10am – 10.30 am : Opening Remarks by Catharine Mastin, Director, Art Gallery of Windsor, followed by conference organizers.
10:30 am – 12 pm: Spheres of Circulation
Moderator: Srimoyee Mitra, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Windsor
Panelists: David J. Taylor, Ali Kazimi, Richard Fung and Natalie Casemajor Loustau
1 pm – 3 pm: Bordered Spaces
Moderator: Lee Rodney, Associate Professor, Media Art Histories & Visual Culture, Director Border Bookmobile Project
Panelists: Janine Marchessult, Justin Langlois, Phil Hofmann and Marcos Ramirez ERRE
3:30 pm – 5 pm: Imagined Geographies
Moderator: Michael Darroch, Assistant Professor, Media Art Histories & Visual Cultures, Director of Interminus Research Group
Panelists: Christopher McNamara, Will Straw, Louis Jacob and Anouk Belanger
Admission to these panel discussions is FREE!
Saturday, March 9 11 am – 5 pm:
Exhibition Tours and Detroit Bus Tour
11 am – 12 pm: Exhibition Tours
Join Srimoyee Mitra for a tour of Border Cultures: Part One (homes, land) and Lee Rodney for a tour of The Border Bookmobile Public Archive and Reading Room. Admission is FREE!
Afternoon: Detroit Bus Tour with Dylan Miner (seats are limited)
Dylan AT Miner is a border-crossing artist, activist, historian, curator and professor.
Admission is $5 for the bus tour; email Nicole McCabe email@example.com for more information.
Complete information on the Diversions Program is available at: http://www.agw.ca/event/583
Art Gallery of Windsor
401 Riverside Drive West
Photo by Jason Sturgill from Art is Forever.
Tattoos have been a long-lasting part of our cultural history, revealing glimpses of where we’re from, where we’re going, and who we think we are. Windsor is Forever is a new community-driven art and tattoo project that will give residents of Windsor an opportunity to make a permanent mark, on themselves.
Conceived by Portland-based artist, Jason Sturgill, Windsor is Forever will kick off on this Thursday, February 27th with Sturgill taking over CIVIC SPACE hosting events, doing archival research, and speaking with members of the community. Residents are encouraged to come meet Sturgill at CIVIC SPACE from February 27th to March 3rd to talk about their favourite places, landmarks, and people in the city. Sturgill will also be looking for Windsorites to give him guided tours of their favourite places so that he has source materials for open sketch night where the tattoo designing will begin. That sketch night begins at 7pm on March 4th, with Sturgill co-hosting ACWR’s Sketch Night at CIVIC SPACE with local artist Dave Kant. This work will lead to the end goal of creating a series of Windsor-based flash tattoos ready to be inked onto members of the community.
Then, on March 7th, CIVIC SPACE will be turned into a FREE tattoo shop for the day, hosted by local tattoo artist Dave Kant of Advanced Tattoo. Residents that want to receive a tattoo will be asked to choose from the flash sheet that have already been designed.
Anyone eager to receive their Windsor tattoo or just interested in sharing a story is encouraged to fill out the form below with an explanation on why they believe Windsor is Forever!
*Please note that since the tattooing is only happening for ONE day, we have a limited number of spots open. So if you’re interested, please sign up below ASAP!
*We’ll be in touch by the afternoon of Tuesday, March 5th if you’ve been selected to receive a tattoo, along with an approximate timeframe for your appointment on Thursday. We’ll do our best to accomodate as many people as we can!
With artists Broken City Lab (Canada), Campus in Camps (Palestine), Iftikhar and Elizabeth Dadi (Pakistan/USA), Willie Doherty (Ireland), Marcos Ramirez Erre(Mexico/USA), Sanaz Mazinani (Canada), Christopher McNamara (Canada/USA), Dylan Miner (USA/Canada), Ed Pien (Canada), Leila Sujir/Maria Lantin (Canada)
Border Cultures is a three-part annual exhibition that brings together regional, national and international artists to examine the complex and shifting notions of national boundaries. It is an exhibition-in-progress, conceptualized as a research-based platform for artists and cultural producers to explore and examine the border through different lenses. Border Cultures: Part One (homes, land) will be followed by Part Two (work, labour) in 2014 and Part Three (security, surveillance) in 2015. In this exhibition artists reimagine the pattern of crisscrossing national boundaries as way to engage in dialogues and share knowledge. With a goal to mobilize and connect the ongoing critical dialogues on national boundaries in Windsor with diverse narratives and experiences of border contexts in different parts of the world.
The exhibition opens on Friday, January 25 at 7pm at the Art Gallery of Windsor.
Highlights of this exhibition include the Canadian premier of early black and white photographic works by Irish artist Willie Doherty shot in the contested city of Derry, Postcards from the Edge of the Tijuana and San Diego border by Marcos Ramirez Erre, an exchange of best-friend lockets between Detroit and Windsor and a mobile print lab by Métis artist Dylan Miner in collaboration with youth from the Turtle Island Education Centre, Windsor, and much more. The exhibition is curated by Srimoyee Mitra.
Also, our friends…
The Border Bookmobile Public Archive and Reading Room
Organized by Lee Rodney in collaboration with Mike Marcon
This project aims to reposition local history within the context of international borders, chronicling the shifting relationship between the two communities as post-9/11 border policies continue to drive a wedge between them. Over the past three years, the Border Bookmobile traveled throughout Windsor and Detroit as a mobile exhibition and discussion platform and cross-border community archive of books, artist projects, photographs, videos, maps and ephemera about the urban history of Windsor-Detroit and border regions in other parts of the world. At the AGW, the Border Bookmobile will host a series of discussions and workshops with the goal of collecting, organizing and synthesizing knowledge about this border region to contextualize globally, and chronicle, locally, the changing perceptions of the border.
March 8-10, Diversions: Detroit-Windsor Conversations on Borders, Traffic and Circulation, An Experiential Symposium.
Organized by the Art Gallery of Windsor, IN/TERMINUS: Media, Art, and Urban Ecologies (University of Windsor), The Border Bookmobile (Windsor-Detroit) and the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (McGill University).
Panellists include artists Marcos Ramirez Erre, Dylan Miner and Christopher McNamara as well as theorists Will Straw, (McGill University) and Janine Marchessault (York University). FREE admission
March 9, 12-1pm, Curator’s tour of Border Cultures: Part One (homes, land)
March 15, 2-4pm: Connections and Disconnections in the Windsor-Detroit Area This is a one day workshop run by Broken City Lab and ArtsCorpsDetroit to arrange an exchange for people without passports in Windsor-Detroit area.
We’ll have a lot more news (and a call for submissions) on this new neighbourhood artist-in-residence program soon, but in the meantime, there’s a job posting for a position to help make this happen. It’s a part-time position to support what is sure to be an amazingly fun project, and the bonus is, you’ll get to hang out with us! More info below…
Arts Council Windsor and Region (ACWR) is seeking a Part-Time Program Coordinator (Neighbourhood Artists in Residence)
DEADLINE: JANUARY 22 2013 via email firstname.lastname@example.org
GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION
Under the supervision of the ACWR Executive Director, the Program Coordinator is responsible through a two year contract to develop, manage and facilitate a 12 month Artist in Residence program located throughout Windsor & Essex County which will bring contemporary art to the community in non-traditional spaces in non-traditional ways.
Artist-in-Residence programs exist to invite artists, performers, musicians, curators, and all manner of creative people for a time and space away from their usual environment. Art residencies emphasize the importance of meaningful and multi-layered cultural exchange and immersion into another culture or place. The Windsor Essex Artist in Residence program will locate 10 chosen artists from across Canada and beyond into neighborhood community spaces throughout Windsor and Essex County. These community hubs will provide a productive “home base” for the artists and a compelling injection of culture into the surrounding neighborhood. Beyond artists working in the community spaces, they will also engage with the community stakeholders and user groups to animate, explore and inspire the specific stories, curiosities, challenges and triumphs of the local community. The program will span two years, with six months preparation, 12 months of residences, and six months of wrap up and reporting. A final exhibition and symposium will be held after the residencies are completed. An online publication will be created documenting the program.
This program is a collaborative partnership between the Arts Council – Windsor & Region, Broken City Lab and The City of Windsor (“the Collaborative”).
More information here: http://acwr.net/news/acwr-seeks-part-time-program-coordinator/
This program and position is made possible through the generous financial support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
From our friends at the University of Windsor…
The University of Windsor’s School for Arts and Creative Innovation offers a one-month Emerging Artist Research Residency. This program is an opportunity for emerging artists to cultivate new ideas through research and production, access the school’s resources and facilities, and exploration of arts and culture in the border region of Windsor/ Detroit.
Resources available include; Sculpture Studio and equipment, Multi media, Woodshop, and much more. Each resident artist will present their work in the form of a public lecture for the Artist-In-Residence Speaker Series at the University of Windsor.
Application Deadline: January 15, 2013 (post marked).
2013 residency program dates: May 1- 31.
Submission Materials and Guidelines:
– Artist Statement (1 page max)
– Residency Intent (1 page max)
– 10 Images on CD, Mac compatible (768 x 1024 dpi)
– Image list
Residency program fee is $350. All applications will be considered. Individual application feedback will not be provided. Please note that the residency program does not include accommodation, although the Program Coordinator can assist with information.
Please send all application materials to:
Residency Program Coordinator
School for Arts and Creative Innovation
University of Windsor
401 Sunset Ave
Windsor ON, N9B 3P4
For more information please contact: email@example.com
We’ve played with Ponoko before, laser cutting some acrylic for a mould, and the results were great. We’re now sending off another couple of files for an upcoming project.
We’ll be cutting on mirrored acrylic .. and
Ordered and locked! Should arrived in a few weeks.
I sat down with a couple of different people over the last few weeks to discuss the possibility to rethink how we collectively address youth retention in Windsor. It’s an incredibly pressing (and yet somehow invisible) emergency. As a faculty member and collaborator with many recent graduates, it’s a professional and personal challenge to see people move away from Windsor. And yet, it’s so rare that recent grads do stick it out that it’s impossible to imagine how huge of an impact they could have on the city.
And, of course, it also begs the question — why do people move?
The draw of a bigger city, their experiences here in Windsor, and job prospects are all often cited for packing up at the end of an undergraduate degree, and for good reason. These things can weigh heavily on a decision of staying in Windsor after graduation, as the city itself cannot offer much in lieu of them. However, I have to wonder what ‘the thing’ is that might help recent graduates decide not to move away. What about this city might be able to draw people to stay and even bring people back?
It started with cheerleaders. Or more specifically, an idea for a guerrilla cheerleading squad. that went something like this: What if we paid unemployed recent graduates to show up to political events — city council, funding announcements, town hall meetings — to advocate for more resources being put towards youth retention? The guerrilla cheerleading squad would show up, make some noise, and hopefully draw attention to the lack of ambition and absence of real work being put towards keeping young and creative talent in this city.
But, that conversation led to an honest assessment of potential impact. A cheerleading squad might make the paper once, it might draw some attention to the issue, but ultimately, we wouldn’t be arming ourselves to have a conversation about what should be done, or what could be done with some imagination, to address the issue. The long-term impact would evaporate.
So, that led to another conversation. How could we enact a kind of long-term impact towards addressing the lack of initiative put towards youth retention at the regional level? It’s a conversation that I’ve been having for two years (and probably even longer), and yet it feels like the exact same conversation over that entire time.
There’s a reality here in Windsor that always seems to surprise people from away when we tell them about it. First, commercial property taxes are really, really high. But that’s not the surprising part. Second, there’s a lot of vacant commercial spaces and a lot of need for affordable space. But, that’s not surprising either. The third and surprising part is that if you own a commercial property, and it’s vacant, you can fill out a two-page form and get a property tax rebate. So, naturally, there’s little incentive to reduce the rent to reflect the realities of the market and economy here. And in turn, there are few opportunities for a young start-up of any kind to get into a space and get to work doing whatever great thing they might want to do.
Long-term impact will be driven by some radical short-term changes here in the city. These changes need to be developed specifically for Windsor, they should try to solve a couple of parallel problems (but not attempt to solve every problem), and they should be something that might be able to make national headlines. With that in mind, there’s a preliminary plan. It’s early, it’s naive, but it’s going to be further developed and researched. And, it goes something like this:
Instead of a tax rebate just for vacant space, that same rebate should be extended to allow (actually, to encourage) landlords to make their space available free of charge for new businesses, artists, and non-profits operating in their first year and still access the rebate. Businesses, sole proprietors (artists), and non-profits would all register to verify that they were indeed a new startup and they would find the appropriate vacant space and interested landlord — perhaps in collaboration with the area’s BIA. The landlord would fill out a very similar to what already exists two-page form, while noting their request for exemption of the necessity for 100% vacancy for supplying space to one of these startups, and ultimately receive the same tax rebate while supplying vital and incredibly necessary space for young creative people. In the second year of such an arrangement, the startup renting the space could pay a graduated fee (perhaps 50% market value in year 2, 75% market value in year three, and full market value in year four if they could stick it out), or perhaps they would just enter into a normal lease agreement. The bottom line is that the vacant space is filled, there is wealth and job creation, and most importantly, a young creative person sticks it out in the city. And, hopefully, we can tell the world that the city is doing this.
As I noted, research on this is really, really preliminary. There might be a huge number of hurdles or there might already be plans underway to do this, there could be a thousand examples of similar programs elsewhere or it might be a truly unique take on municipal action on youth retention and economic development. We’ll find out as time goes on.
In the meantime, if you have any links, resources, or research to share, please post it in the comments. More soon.
For more information on CIVIC SPACE and its programming: please visit civicspace.info.
We’re incredibly excited to announce a new initiative that will become the centre of our focus for the next two years.
CIVIC SPACE (Community Innovation through Vital Interaction & Collaboration Space) will launch on Thursday, June 21st at 411 Pelissier Street in downtown Windsor. Supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, CIVIC SPACE will serve as a hub for our events, public activities, and research around locality, infrastructure, education, and creative practice as a driver for civic change.
This storefront space (once a textile store and before that a jeweller) will soon host new community projects, artist residencies, DIY workshops, public lectures and a range of other new initiatives for the next 24-months. CIVIC SPACE will aim to engage the public in addressing community challenges through new programming and activities that initiate collaborative creative problem solving.
On June 21st at 7pm, we’ll be kicking things off with the Letter Library (A Collection of Alphabetic Interventions). This open community project invites anyone and everyone to come borrow from our letterset to caption the city around them. With Windsor at the edge of so many transitions, how might we collectively reclaim and create our own public narratives about the future of our city through this playful intervention? Anyone participating will be issued a Letter Library Card and will able to sign out 12″ 3D letters from our collection to create their own temporary installation, document it with one of our single-use cameras, and ultimately help to build an archive of new captions for the city’s build environment.
We’ll also be announcing the rest of our summer programming very soon … stay close.
CIVIC SPACE would not be possible without the incredibly generous support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
P.S. If you’re interested in applying for a residency, looking to connect for a new collaborative project, or just interested in (finally) making the trip to Windsor, be in touch.