AlgomaTrad Awarded OAC Grant for Dye Garden Project
AlgomaTrad has been awarded an Ontario Arts Council Artists in Communities and Schools Project Grant to establish a permanent garden featuring heritage & native dye plants at the AlgomaTrad Centre, 1249 F&G Line, St. Joseph Island.
Working with land stewardship, plant, plant dye, and community arts specialists, AlgomaTrad will also establish programming to provide engaging, hands-on experience for learners and community participants. From planting to harvesting, to using dyestuffs and co-creating a special community-engaged project with materials produced, learners and participants will be connected to the land and to generations-old artistic traditions. The design and delivery of a community-engaged project (led by community-engaged artist, Miranda Bouchard, who was also instrumental in applying for this grant) will be free and open to the public during AlgomaTrad camp 2020. A final presentation will be held during AlgomaTrad’s 2020 Fall Heritage Festival. Community partners include the St. Joseph Island Horticultural Society and St. Joseph Island 4-H Club. Mentors include Anishnaabe artist and elder Frank Belleau and land stewardship guide Justice Stephney. We will post more information as the project develops.