Over the course of two years, Centre’s Board of Directors and staff have worked diligently to develop a mission and a vision statement: Art connects and transforms our vision, and our mission is to support artists and collaborate with communities to create social change through the arts.
During this period, we also revised our name from “for Print and Media Arts” to “for Artistic and Social Practice.” This name change reflects our growth and expansion into other practices, moving away from being discipline restrictive. Our new name, Centre for Artistic and Social Practice, reinforces our mission of supporting artists and engaging with our community through the arts. Our revised mandate states that Centre is dedicated to supporting artists with creation, production, presentation, and dissemination. The centre conducts research, fosters innovation and provides opportunities for critical discourse. Centre engages with the broader community through social practice, encouraging experimentation and collaboration through contemporary art. In respect to expanding our practices, we are piloting a small textile studio at 126/128 James Street North to determine the needs of our membership and community.
We are excited to share that Centre has activated its succession plan to replace the Executive Director, Colina Maxwell, in two years. After a long search, the Board of Directors and Maxwell have hired Alex Jacobs-Blum as the Assistant Director.
Alex Jacobs-Blum is of the Lower Cayuga Nation of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, and mixed-European ancestry, currently living in Hamilton, ON. Alex is a photo-based artist and the former Indigenous Community Relations Coordinator at Guelph Museums. Her work focused on building relationships with local First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, and to strive to centre Indigenous voices within the museum. Alex also supported the education and continued learning of museum staff in reconciliation and decolonization. Nationally, Alex’s work has been exhibited at the University of Ottawa, the Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, and Critical Distance Centre for Curators, Toronto. She has facilitated photo and social justice workshops with Indigenous youth at Western University, London and Centre for Artistic + Social Practice, Hamilton. Alex holds a Bachelor of Photography from Sheridan College (2015).
Please welcome Alex, who will assume executive leadership of Centre in March 2022!
We as an organization are continually learning and adapting given the circumstances, and we are open and eager to hear feedback related to the needs of our membership relating to safety. Our re-opening has been aligned to the phases of the provincial and municipal governments and we continue to look to Public Health for guidance.
In person courses and workshops are on hold until further notice, but we are creating online courses that will be on offer for the fall. Stay tuned for updates. We will continue to offer digital printing and custom screen-printing services. Although walk-ins are not available, orders can be placed via phone or email, files can be submitted digitally, and processed orders will be made available for safe and contactless pick up or delivery.
For digital printing services, you can forward your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re looking to get t-shirts printed, or any other custom screen-printed needs, you can forward your inquiries to email@example.com.
If you have any questions regarding the re-opening or if you have any print projects you need assistance with, please do not hesitate to call at 905-524-5084 or email our Director of Operations, Julie Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to work with you to find a solution.