Thanks to your support, OMAH is proud to present the Orillia Native Women's Group with funds raised!

 

The count is in, our event Dangerous Dames raised an awesome $400 for the Orillia Native Women's Group. 
 
On Sunday July 28th, 7-9pm, OMAH hosted a fundraiser storytelling event that featured stories told by empowered women who are working to advocate for themselves and the environment. Thank you to Sherry Lawson, Becky Big Canoe, Kim Desmoulin, and Angela Cadeiux for donating their time and energy, for sharing their stories, song and ceremony with all who attended. These women have issued a “call to action”. They are real-life superheroes, speaking-out to break barriers, beat the odds and blaze new trails to make a positive impact in other people’s lives.
 
When I began to approach speakers for this event I took inspiration from the artwork in the exhibition When Raven Became Spider, at OMAH until the end of the month. In particular, Shaun Beyale’s work which depicts characters that are powerful women using a mix of traditional and imagined weapons. The strong women featured in the artwork prompted me to explore the women in Orillia’s community. I believe that OMAH is a platform to give voice to hardworking real-life superheroes, and to celebrate the work they do for the betterment of all of us. 
 
Dangerous Dames was planned in conjunction with the exhibition When Raven Became Spider which re-imagines Indigenous stories using popular comic book imagery, blurring the line between oral and graphic storytelling.
 
When Raven Became Spider is a travelling exhibition developed by Regina Public Library and Dunlop Art Gallery and features work by six contemporary Indigenous artists. Curator Leena Minifie says that “Their work prompts many questions: How does the transformation of Indigenous images and stories into superhero tales change modern dialogue?” The connection between oral storytelling and visual arts inspired me to begin development for this storytelling event. This show, which celebrates visual storytelling, is the perfect jumping off point for an evening of oral stories and music.The exhibition runs until August 26.
 
Thank you to everyone who attended Dangerous Dames and the Curatorial Talk with Leena Minifie. 
 
Olivia Rozema, 
Community Engagement Coordinator