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Growing Ontario’s Craft Community – NORTH

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THUNDER BAY, ON - March 3, 2011 - Northern Ontario craftspeople and artists will have some new Ontario Crafts Councilopportunities to exhibit and market their work over the coming year with the launch of the Ontario Crafts Council’s project, “ Growing Ontario’s Craft Community” (GOCC).

Jude Ortiz of NORDIK Institute explains, “This project will provide artists with a variety of spaces and places to learn and share business skills, further develop sustainable livelihoods in the cultural sector, and raise awareness of the sector’s quality and vitality in Northern Ontario”.

A professional development series and a conference will be open to all artists while the exhibition will highlight craft specific work. Anyone with a postal code address beginning with P is a potential participant in the one-year project. Dr. Gayle Broad Director of NORDIK Institute states, “We hope to have participation in this project from diverse cultures, artistic disciplines and from entry level to lifetime artists. We are particularly pleased that Margaret Neveau, from Batchewana First Nation and Jude Ortiz, a local goldsmith, are working with NORDIK to assist with this project.”

Workshops and networking opportunities, conferences and a touring craft
exhibition will be coordinated by NORDIK Institute of Algoma University in the
Northeast, and Jonathan Knapp of Thunder Bay in the Northwest.

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