The 2018 APAN Summit team is hard at work creating the program for this year’s event. We will update regularly as we confirm our speakers and facilitators.

Justin Langlois is our Keynote Speaker.

JLanglois-438x292Justin Langlois is an artist, educator, and organizer. His practice explores collaborative structures, critical pedagogy, and custodial frameworks as tools for gathering, learning, and making. He is the co-founder and research director of Broken City Lab, the founder of The School for Eventual Vacancy and curator of The Neighbourhood Time Exchange. He is currently an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Integrated Learning in the Faculty of Culture + Community at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and the Lead Artist on Locals Only with AKA Artist-Run in Saskatoon, supported through the Canada Council’s New Chapter initiative. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.

Edmonton-based artists Jason Gondziola and Brooke Leifso will lead participants through a hands-on, experiential workshop that will address the theory and ethics of working with community.

Jason GondziolaJason Gondziola is a filmmaker and youth media facilitator who has been working in digital cinema production and community media for over a decade. While living in Montreal, he spearheaded the Say it Loud, Say it Proud! oral history and storytelling project in partnership with COHDS, CUTV and the Black Community Resource Centre. He is currently living in Edmonton and working with inner-city Aboriginal communities and high-school students to facilitate digital storytelling and oral histories.

brooke leifsoBrooke Leifso is a Crip multi-disciplinary theatre practitioner and Expressive Art Facilitator with an emphasis on Devised Professional and Community Art Practice. She has worked in various capacities with Theatre Yes, Northern Light Theatre, Latitude 53, and Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre. She currently works as an Associate Producer with Edmonton-based Crip dance company, CRIPSiE. She is currently working on her MA in Expressive Arts Therapy – Conflict Transformation: looking at how the process of art making can create social change and resilient communities.

Hannah Jickling & Helen Reed are also known as the “Big Rock Candy Mountain” a taste incubator that explores and expands notions of public art and collaboration. Their work investigates the potential of working with children and youth as creative collaborators.

serif_greenHelen Reed and Hannah Jickling have worked together throughout the past 9 years. In each of their projects, collaboration is a working process from which the artwork emerges. Projects often take form as videos, public installations, social situations, events, photographs, printed matter and multiples. In a recent series of projects with children, the artists have been exploring the ‘contact high’ intrinsic to collaborative work, especially in proximity to young people. In 2012, Jickling and Reed were artists-in-residence as part of the Pedagogical Impulse, a SSHRC- funded research/creation project at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Within this project they developed a series of projects with children (Ask Me Chocolates, Your Lupines or Your Life, and Upside Down and Backwards), that sought to explore questions about where, with whom and at what age contemporary art is created, curated and experienced. In 2013, they were artists in residence at the MacDowell Artist Colony (New Hampshire), and have recently returned from an artist residency at the Nida Artists’ Colony (Lithuania). They are the recipients of numerous arts council grants and have recently presented work at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), Studio XX (Montreal), the Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa) and Gallery TPW (Toronto). Their artists’ book cum exhibition catalogue, Multiple Elementary, co- published by YYZbooks (Toronto, CAN) and Black Dog Publishing (London, UK), was released in 2017.

Call for Topics ~ 5 by 5

micYou. A microphone, 5 slides, 5 minutes.

Like any relationship, public art is complicated but within that complication lies excitement and passion (and struggle too… which we’re addressing!).

What story from the past year would you like to share? A great artwork, a fantastic workshop, a new artist relationship, a new idea or project?

You bring the five slides and a five minute story; we’ll provide the stage!

Please submit your suggestions / ideas to Robert Harpin by end of day, July 27, 2018.