Indigenous Emerging Artist Program: Elisa Harkins

Indigenous Emerging Artist Program: Elisa Harkins
Sunday, March 10, 2019,
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, March 10th from 10am to 5pm, emerging Indigenous artists are invited to join Elisa Harkins in the second workshop of the Indigenous Emerging Artist Program (IEAP). 
Workshop: Fancy Dance Shawl Creation 
Creating regalia can seem like a daunting task if you have never sewn before. In this workshop you will learn some sewing machine basics, a step by step method of making a Fancy Dance Shawl, and a few women’s Fancy Dance steps. 
Please note: space is limited and advance registration is required. Please see the Eventbrite link to register and contact Eli if you have questions (
The workshop is free and includes lunch and any materials required. The workshop will operate on a first come, first serve basis. There are only 10 available stations. 
We encourage the spectrum of genders to sign up, including, but not limited to women, men, and two-spirited members of the community. 
The workshop will be conducted by Elisa Harkins. Elisa Harkins is a Native American (Cherokee/Muscogee) artist and composer originally hailing from Miami, Oklahoma. Harkins received her BA from Columbia College Chicago and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. She has since continued her education at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work is concerned with translation, language preservation, and Indigenous musicology. Harkins uses the Muscogee (Creek) and Cherokee languages, electronic music, sculpture, and the body as her tools. She has exhibited her work at documenta 14, The Broad Museum, The Gilcrease Museum, The Hammer Museum, Missoula Art Museum, MCA Chicago, and MOCA North Miami. Harkins is currently a mentor at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, she is a Tulsa Artist Fellow, and she is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) tribe.
About the Indigenous Emerging Artist Program:
Co-coordinated by Aboriginal Curator Eli Hirtle and France Trépanier, IEAP is an arts mentorship program that brings together emerging Indigenous artists, established professional artists, and elders. Running from February-March 2019, IEAP provides a crucial space for Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) emerging artists to strengthen and develop their voices, tell their stories, and widen their relationships to contemporary Indigenous art, culture and discourse.
Because an essential component of the IEAP is respect for and engagement with Indigenous methodologies and cultural protocols, the program will foreground the practice of understanding and responding to the IEAP host nation’s cultural protocols, specifically Coast Salish, Nuu-chah Nulth and Kwakwaka'wakw traditions. Learning and working within the territories of the group’s host nations will be guided by Lekwungen artist Bradley Dick Yuxweluptun and ‘Namgis Elder Gerry Ambers.
Who can participate:
These workshops are designed for self-identified emerging artists of Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Metis) ancestry.
During her time in Victoria, Elisa Harkins will also be performing Wampum, an electronic music performance, on Saturday, March 9. Read more:
Open Space respectfully acknowledges that we are on unceded First Nations territory. The City of Victoria and the surrounding areas lie on the territories of the Coast Salish and Lekwungen-speaking peoples, including the Esquimalt, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations. 
Open Space is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed by a flight of 23 stairs. There are two gender inclusive washrooms, one multi-stall and one single stall with a urinal. If you have any other questions or concerns in regards to accessibility, please contact or 250-383-8833.