Wampum: Elisa Harkins

Wampum: Elisa Harkins
Saturday, March 9, 2019,
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, March 9 at 7pm, Open Space presents Elisa Harkins' Wampum as part of the Sche'chulth month of events. 
Wampum is an Indigenous electronic music performance that takes inspiration from Native American sheet music from the 1800’s and re-arranges it into dance music. Songs are sung in Cherokee, English, and Muscogee (Creek).
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.
Sche’chulth: Decolonizing the Arts in Victoria is a series of curated events occurring throughout the month of March, that will address the centering of Indigenous artists and artists of colour in the local arts community.  
 This program of events is a partnership among Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires, the Indigenous Arts Collective, the ProArt Alliance of Greater Victoria and Open Space Arts Society, along with other individuals and organizations. FMI: http://openspace.ca/Schechulth-Decolonizing-the-Arts-in-Victoria
Admission is free / by donation.
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 office@openspace.ca or 250-383-8833.