Calgary, AB — Calgary Public Library is thrilled to announce the artists behind its third round of Indigenous Placemaking, which will add permanent art installations to Crowfoot, Seton, Shawnessy, and Saddletowne libraries in spring 2021.
Through Indigenous Placemaking, the Library welcomes Indigenous artists from or connected to the diverse nations and communities within Treaty 7 territory to create artwork installations for Library locations. So far, there have been two other rounds of Placemaking, with installations in Central, Signal Hill, and Forest Lawn libraries. The third round introduces eight new artists whose works will be permanently installed in Library spaces. By the end of 2021, seven Library locations will have Indigenous Placemaking.
“It’s exciting to see the Library continue to grow its Indigenous Placemaking at four new locations this year,” says Livia Manywounds, Program Coordinator for Calgary Public Library. “Bringing local Indigenous talent into the Library is a celebration of the powerful culture and traditions of Treaty 7 communities. I am proud to see more permanent Indigenous art being installed in public spaces.”
The artists behind the 2021 installations use a variety of techniques and mediums that include both Traditional Indigenous methods and contemporary art practices. The program aims to create a safe and inclusive place for sharing and to encourage education and communication about traditional and contemporary culture.
“These talented artists bring a diversity of stories, mediums, and perspectives to their art that will enrich our spaces for years to come. I can’t wait to see their work installed so future Library visitors can experience and enjoy them in person,” says Manywounds.
More information about the 2021 artworks will be shared closer to the time of installation, which will take place later this spring. For a full list of the artists that have created permanent placemaking installations at seven Calgary Public Library locations, visit calgarylibrary.ca/indigenous-placemaking.
The Indigenous Placemaking program is generously supported by the Suncor Energy Foundation.