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Writing Explorations Inspired by Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires

portrait of woman in abstract style painting

Mickalene Thomas. Portrait of Kalena, 2017. Acrylic and oil on wood panel,  121.9 x 152.4 cm. Collection of Ms. Ursula M. Burns. © Mickalene Thomas / SOCAN (2018). Courtesy Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul.

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@ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Writing Explorations Inspired by Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires

Friday, January 25 or February 22

Writing Explorations is a series of group workshops inspired by the AGO Collection or special exhibitions, guided by an artist-instructor. Learn to express yourself in written and visual form, building on the personal experiences and narrative strategies of great artists. Each month you’ll visit a new location in the Gallery to see a new selection of artwork.

Conducted in an intimate setting, workshop participants will be encouraged to reflect, write and share their impressions of selected artwork in the galleries.

This writing workshop is inspired by the current exhibition Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires; guest artist Mahlikah Awe:ri Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw (The Woman Who Stands In The Light) leads the workshop.

Please bring your own supplies: 11"x14" coil bound sketchbook, pencils: 2B, 4B,8B, white vinyl eraser and a pencil sharpener with a well to collect shavings.

Students are asked to print out a copy of their receipt and meet your instructor in the Community Gallery located in the AGO's Weston Learning Centre. Participants must be 19 or older. Suitable for beginners.

artist Mahlikah Awe:ri Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw

A self-described Afro-Indigenous, drum talk poetic rapologist, Mahlikah Awe:ri Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw is Haudenosaune Kanien'kehà:ka and L'sitkuk First Nations, Okwáhowak (Wolf Clan), based in the One Dish One Spoon Wampum Tsi' Tkarón:to. A multi-disciplinary artist, Mahlikah is a slam poet, musician, hip-hop emcee, recording artist, arts educator, keynote speaker, artist mentor, festival curator, and emerging knowledge keeper and medicine carrier. 

Mahlikah is currently the Director of Programming for Neighbourhood Impact for the Toronto Centre for Community Learning & Development  in Regent Park, and founding member of Red Slam, an Indigenous Cultural Arts Movement. She a KM Hunter OAC Literary Arts Award finalist, and a 2017 TD Diversity Arts Award Finalist.

Published in nine literary publications, she is the only Canadian Motivational Speaker for Sonali Fiske's 2018 BIWOC online Master Class; and the only hip hop artist featured in the international digital storytellers project, Biology Of Story, which premiered at the 2016 SXSW Festival. As a Toronto Arts Council Leadership Fellow, Neighbourhood Arts Network Committee Member, one of the New Faces of Feminism (as named by the Canadian Labour Congress), and the Indigenous lead artist for the JAMII & Canada Council for the Arts Community Connecting Project, Awe:ri leads the charge of art for social change movements across Turtle Island, with a focus on access and equity for BIPOC & LGBTQ2S emerging artists.

For more courses and workshop opportunities visit here http://ago.ca/learn/courses.

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