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Autumn 2016 Newsletter

/ By Ned Zimmerman

Hello friends!

We’re very excited to share our first newsletter with you after an eventful summer on Great Island.

First and foremost, we formed the non-profit Great Island Arts Co-operative in June. Our founding members and current Board of Directors are Mary Burnet, Susan Hauer, Faith Wiley, Ned Zimmerman, and William Zimmerman. Our goal is to offer funded residency positions to selected artists every summer beginning in 2018.

2016 Pilot Residency

We invited three artists to Great Island to take part in a pilot residency in June and July.

Miranda Jones (Halifax) and Anne White (Toronto) are theatre artists whose current project explores matriarchal figures in surreal domestic environments, encountering their worry, hunger and transformative power. Anne and Miranda’s residency was supported by Arts Nova Scotia.

Cecilia McKinnon (Albuquerque, New Mexico) is an intermedia artist whose current work deals with the intersections between feminine/traditionally gendered craft, the act of homemaking, and the entropy of memory.

Our deepest thanks to Anne, Miranda and Cecilia for kicking off a new era of artists in residence on Great Island!

As a conclusion to and celebration of the pilot residency, we hosted a (work) party and built a wharf!

Many thanks to Danny Boos, Moira Donovan, Nicole Ebert, Tristan Glen and Angharad Wylie who volunteered their time and labour, and a special thanks to Ray Rogers and Laura McLauchlan, long time friends of the Great Islanders, who contributed wharf construction expertise and a delicious lunch to the occasion!

Seeking Board Members

We are now seeking two people to serve on our Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning in the winter of 2017! As directors of the Co-op, we will be a working board, meeting at a minimum of four times annually. Submissions must be received by January 31, 2017.

For more details, read the callout!

Seeking Artists for 2017 Pilot Residency

We are now seeking artists for our summer 2017 pilot residency program! Please send us a proposal for 2-4 weeks of work (during the month of June) on a new or existing project. We welcome all types of art—visual, performance, sound, multimedia, literary, etc. Submissions must be received by February 28, 2017.

For more details, read the callout!

Thanks for reading, and don’t hesitate to get in touch.