We invite faculty, students, and the public to participate in the kick-off workshop to our 2023 summer program, Kiskithihta Mīthokwesowin: Discovering our Gifts. Discovering our Gifts is a program aimed at inspiring the next generation of Indigenous artists. 

As we engage in the process of reconciliation, we recognize that Indigenous art is a particularly valuable gift, transmitting stories and perspectives that will collectively lead us to a more equitable and sustainable decolonial future. We have developed this program to inspire and activate the next generation of Indigenous artists by removing barriers, instilling confidence, and providing them with opportunities to explore art-making as a means of telling their stories. Working in partnership with community organizations, the program will offer a series of art workshops focused on cultural themes, led by professional Indigenous artists, and developed in consultation with Elders from UM. Kiskithihta Mīthokwesowin aims to help Indigenous discover and share their gifts through art. Artwork created by workshop participants will be exhibited at SoAG, allowing participants to share their gifts with the public. 

Our opening workshop, taking place Wednesday, June 21st, 2023 from 5-8 pm and will include a Pipe Ceremony, Medicine Walk, A Monoprint Workshop, and free food and drinks! The evening will also feature guest artist Katherine Boyer!