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Oxygen Art Centre

Register today for Oxygen’s Spring 2023 Semester! 
We are thrilled to share an exciting offering of classes ranging from drawing and painting to acting and screen printing, and more! 

Oxygen’s education program is designed to inspire, promote, and support creativity for our regional and expanded communities.

Scroll down the newsletter to learn more about each class or visit our website.

Spaces are limited + going quickly! Register via www.oxygenartcentre.org
22 February 2023 @ 6:00 PM PST (Zoom)
Joshua Whitehead
Kaitlyn Purcell
+ Peyton Ernst 
(Selkirk College Creative Writing student)Register via EventBrite to attend
 Joshua Whitehead is a Two-Spirit, Oji-nêhiyaw member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary where he is housed in the departments of English and International Indigenous Studies (Treaty 7).

In the last few years, following the publication of his debut novel Jonny AppleseedJoshua Whitehead has emerged as one of the most exciting and important new voices on Turtle Island.

Joining Whitehead is artist, poet, storyteller, and scholar, Kaitlyn Purcell who is a proud member of Smith’s Landing First Nation, and the Writing Revolution in Place creative research collective. She is a PhD student at the University of Calgary studying Indigenous Literatures, Creative Writing, and Community-Based Learning.

Purcell’s debut book, ʔbédayine (2019, Metatron Press) follows narrator, Ronnie, who learns what it is to be a young Indigenous woman, almost-alone in the city; unable to hear herself over its noise, see through the glare of its lights to find the ground beneath her feet. Winner of the 2018 Metatron Prize for Rising Authors and nominated for a 2020 Indigenous Voices Award, Purcell’s writing is a poetic force to reckon with the complexities of an Indigenous female narrator.Everyone welcome to attend. Admission is free.
This event is generously supported by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance.

Oxygen Art Centre announces their Board of Directors for 2023!

We are delighted that Anita Levesque (Chair), Carol Wallace (Secretary), Samonte Cruz (Director), and Gabby Asbell (Youth Chair) are returning for another term! Alison Talbot-Kelly and Chelsea Freyta have been working with the board in an interim capacity since 2022, and we welcome them officially this year, along with new members, Marilyn Lee, who is stepping into the Treasurer position, Suzanne Simoni, and Laurel Terlesky.

As artists and volunteers, Oxygen’s Board of Directors are excited to work together on youth outreach initiatives, our accessibility action plan, non-hierarchical organizational structures, and developing new ways to support arts and culture in our community.

Learn more about the Board of Directors here.