January 20th, 2021

#YQL Expressions of Reconciliation Art & Media Contest opens

By Jensen, Randy on September 30, 2020.


For the third year, local artists of all ages and abilities are invited to get creative for a chance to win a cash prize in the #YQL Expressions of Reconciliation Art & Media Contest.

The contest, a collaboration between United Way, the Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee, Lethbridge Indigenous Sharing Network and The Gallery at Casa, provides an opportunity to continue conversations about Reconciliation in southwestern Alberta communities following Lethbridge’s Reconciliation Week in September.

The theme of the contest in 2020 is “Indigenous Plants & Medicines” to coincide with the United Nations declaration of 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health. Each submission must incorporate the theme.

“RLAC and the City of Lethbridge are excited to partner with United Way for the Art Contest this year,” said Pamela Beebe, Indigenous Relations Co-ordinator for the City, in a news release. >”We distributed orange shirts during Reconciliation Week with a unique design featuring Indigenous plants by local artist Chataya Holy Singer. We support all artists and look forward to all of the entries.”

Connolly Tate-Mitchell, marketing and communications co-ordinator at United Way, said art is helpful in continuing to foster understanding in the community.

“It will be really interesting to see how the theme is interpreted,” she said. “As artists are preparing their submissions, they may be researching, or reading, or talking to Indigenous community members about plants and medicines, and thinking about their significance historically, and what role they now have in Reconciliation. It’s a great opportunity for educating ourselves.”

First-, second- and third-place winners will be selected by a jury made up of representatives from community and contest partner organizations. Submissions will also be featured on the United Way’s Facebook page for the People’s Choice component of the contest. For two weeks, community members will be invited to vote for their favourites. In addition to taking home a cash prize, contest winners will have their work displayed publicly at The Gallery at Casa in November and December.

A variety of types of art will be accepted from artists of all ages and abilities. Full contest rules and submission information are available at http://www.lethbridgeunitedway.ca/reconciliation. The deadline to submit a piece is Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. and the winners will be announced in mid-November.

Prizes include: first, $350, sponsored by the Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee; second, $200, sponsored by United Way of Lethbridge & South Western Alberta; third, $150, sponsored by the Lethbridge Indigenous Sharing Network; and People’s Choice, $100, sponsored by United Way of Lethbridge & South Western Alberta.

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