Opening the Doors to Dialogue

May 13, 2016 by  Uncategorized /

Opening ceremonies: Saturday January 16, 2016 – open to the public
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Beadwork sessions: January 16 & 17, January 23 & 24, and January 30 & 31
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Request a beadwork session registration form:
All events are held at the Woodland Cultural Centre
184 Mohawk Street, Brantford ON

This blog is an excerpt from, originally posted on December 21, 2015, read more.

"Opening the Doors to Dialogue is a collaborative project involving artists, organizations, Elders, and community members both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal made up of residential school survivors, their descendants, and the general public. Through a series of bead work sessions we will bead 7 doors salvaged from residential schools across Canada.”

The Facebook page for the event explains "these sessions will provide a forum for open dialogue while sharing culture through the creation of a monumental work of art. Through the creative process the dialogue that will occur will assist in opening the doors to the healing process. This project will not only open the dialogue between several people during the creative development of the art work proposed, but will continue to create dialogue for thousands of viewers for years to come through the finished work and public exhibition. The project is led by Samuel Thomas (Six Nations of the Grand River Cayuga), a researcher, artist, and educator of Iroquois beadwork."


ArtBridges is a Canada-wide hub for community-engaged arts initiatives that connects people interested or active in community-engaged arts across Canada.



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