Full-Day Student Symposia
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AGH Symposia encourage students to experience historical and social themes through artwork on display. This full-day interdisciplinary program includes a featured speaker, exhibition tours, hands on art-making and activities focused on a significant theme, leading to important conversations and inspiring students to take action.
Secondary* Curriculum connections: Canada and World History; Genocide Studies; Indigenous Studies; World Religions; English; Visual Arts.
*Inquire about a Current Conversations: Displacement and Reclaiming Identity program for Grade 7/8
Fall Symposia at the AGH will use exhibitions on view as a lens with which to focus on themes of displacement and reclaiming identity. Both symposia provide a multi-faceted entry point from which to start, or continue, the conversation about how all Canadians need to be part of the Truth and Reconciliation process.
Current Conversations: Displacement and Reclaiming Identity
Tuesdays, November 14 & December 5, 2017
8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Through the works of contemporary artists Shelley Niro and Abedar Kamgari students will explore traditionally-held notions of Canada and the consequences of these views. Niro is a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) Nation, Turtle Clan. Kamgari is a first-generation Canadian of Iranian descent.
Niro’s work challenges the traditional, colonial view of the untouched Canadian Landscape, while Kamgari explores her journey of immigration and displacement from her place of birth. Traditional viewpoints are challenged, and a new inclusive vision is presented. By working with these two exhibitions along with collections of Inuit and settler art, they will uncover notions of Canadian identity through many cultural lenses. Students will explore the traditionally-held notions of Canada and the consequences of these views. They will compare them with a more inclusive world view.
This event will feature a variety of voices, from Indigenous guests and contemporary artists. Students will participate in interactive exhibition tours and hands-on activities to activate their learning and reveal ways to reframe their own ideas of identity, of what it means to be Canadian.
Don’t miss our Teachers Night on Exploring Themes of Identity and Displacement, Wednesday, November 1, for more information about the symposium program and other tour options.
Troubling Footprints: Human Impact on Land, Water and Worldview
Tuesdays, April 24 & May 8, 2018
8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Industry, development and actions of everyday left have all left an indelible mark on the landscape. The environmental and social impacts of this are even more far-reaching and affect cultures around the world.
The exhibition Witness: Edward Burtynsky brings environmental issues to our attention through awe-inspiring images of industrial sites. The photographs are a reflection of our times, and show the complex affects that global manufacturing, and the demands of first world consumers have on the planet. In a second major exhibition of historical and contemporary artists, the theme of water and its centrality in various artistic, spiritual and identity-based concepts is further explored.
This event will use the exhibitions as a jumping-off point to explore themes of impact, attitude, worldview as well as the myriad opportunities to participate in social change. Special guests will include indigenous elders, conservationists and artists.
The Judgement of Paris c. 1640
Cornelis Van Poelenburgh (Dutch 1586-1667)
oil on copper plate, Anonymous Gift, 1973