We are pleased to announce that Canmore, Alberta artist Janice Tanton and musician/songwriter Jacob Posacki will be travelling to Los Angeles, California to lead sessions of The Community Fusion Project.
Sponsored by the San Fernando-Santa Clarita Valley Child Abuse Prevention Council, Tanton and Posacki will lead sessions at the Canoga Park Arts Centre on April 9th and at the Pacoima Community Centre on April 10th, 2011. In addition to the interactive sessions, they will hold artist talks and consultations with local educators and artists to create a base for future development of Community Fusion in Los Angeles.
Tanton and Posacki have previously led sessions at The Banff Centre, Town of Canmore, Banff and Melbourne, Australia for the Indigenous Deep Listening Project. The work has also been presented in Monterrey, Mexico as part of an academic paper at the 2009 APROS conference.
In 2008, Tanton received an award from the Canada Council for The Arts that supported The Community Fusion Project. The project resulted in the creation of an exhibition, Community Fusion film and audio narrative that successfully engaged hundreds in a process that created new relationships between diverse community members by communication only through the language of the arts. Community Fusion continues to grow, touching the lives of many people, from aboriginal negotiators to local community members, children and elders in Canada and Australia.
In March 2011, Tanton was awarded a second Canada Council for the Arts grant to embark on “CAMP”, a one year visual-arts project examining identity and contemporary nomadism through the eyes of indigenous, non-indigenous and new Canadians.
“We are very excited to be travelling to Los Angeles to share this process with such multiculturally diverse communities. We look forward to assisting the groups in developing new ways to deeply listen and communicate with each other through the language of the arts.”