Urban Access Project: Aboriginal Gathering Place

URBAN ACCESS TO ABORIGINAL ART (URBAN ACCESS) began in 2014 and involved yearly four-week intensive art and design programs that blended studio instruction with cultural studies modules and field trips. Fifteen aboriginal participants were selected each summer to learn traditional forms of art: Beadwork, Carving, Cedar Basketry, Drum Making, Moose Hair Tufting, and Form Line design. The program included cultural studies, visual communication, guest artist talks, and field trips to galleries and museums.

These videos illustrate each of these traditional forms of art, sharing the knowledge and cultural backgrounds of these practices and the artists. The project was managed by Brenda Crabtree, the Aboriginal Program Manager, at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Filming + editing was done by the Emily Carr University Production Services film team under the production direction of Grant Gregson, guest director Moira Simpson, and guest editor/director William Fritzberg. All filming took place at Emily Carr between 2014 to 2016.

The Urban Access Project was generously supported by the Vancouver Foundation, the Ministry of Advanced Education, the Aboriginal Arts Development Awards, the Canada Council for the Arts, The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, the Rona Foundation and the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Please visit aboriginal.ecuad.ca/urban-access/ for more information about this project.