Public Art Projects
Dawn has been collaborating with fellow artist and art administrator Jason Botkin since 2012. (www.jasonbotkin.ca) Graduates of Alberta College of Art and Design (1996/1997), where they shared a studio within the drawing department. As professional artists/arts administrators, they have expanded their working relationship to explore a series of collaborations that feature the creation of multiple public art projects within Alberta. These activations are designed to engage a deep level of community involvement and communication. Their work encourages participants to explore how public art and shared creativity can spark powerful conversation, ultimately becoming useful tools for the testing of and reshaping what are too often flawed social realities.
Most recently, Dawn and Jason have begun work on the development of an artistic residency project in Morley, Alberta, home to the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, designed to speak to the communicated ancestral values, cultural integrity, solidarity, and future goals of reconciliation for not only the Nakoda peoples, but between Canada and all of it’s incredibly diverse indigenous population.
Scroll down to visit the projects they have created together.
Bow Valley Mural Project 2017
From these projects the seeds of the Bow Valley mural project were planted, turning toward reconciliation with local Indigenous communities in tremendous need. Five murals were created throughout the Bow Valley which were part of Canada’s 150th year celebration. Each wall was conceived in consultation with local Indigenous Elders and youth, through multiple workshops, exploring themes of belonging, inclusion, connection and reconciliation with our country’s First Peoples.
The conversations continue today as they amplify the discourse, with the development of an on-reserve artist-in-residence model, straddling workshops that began in Edmonton and now throughout the Bow Valley
Photos and locations of the murals can be found here:
The Works Art & Design Festival Giant Gateways 2012:
Working closely with local street/graffiti artists, this project advanced a highly accessible and inclusive process, built on extensive networking + capacity-building workshops, allowing them to connect/gain trust within Edmonton’s underground arts community, while exploring ways to collectively manage energies, emotions, experience, and ethics within that unique cultural landscape.
OPEN SOURCE STREET ART PROGRAM 2013-2015
This was a two-year pilot project that allowed local artists to legally practice their street art in two locations. The project strengthened the voices of Edmonton’s street art community and renewed conversations on key issues. Idea-generating workshops launched a series of permanent and temporary murals into high gear.
To learn more about the project visit: