ONGOING — COGECO LOBBY / THE FILM HOUSE AT AT FIRSTONTARIO PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
Soaring Eagles Secondary students present the art exhibit “Honouring Indigenous Athletes”. The Grade 9-12 students each created a unique piece of art that was inspired by the stories of Indigenous athletes. Students learned about First Nations, Métis and Inuit athletes and channeled their inspiration in creative ways that represented themselves and the sport. The students were given the choice of their materials and style, and each student chose a slightly different approach to share their vision, based on their own interests. The purpose of this art project was to share the story of Indigenous athletes, through the lens of youth. Through this art project, Soaring Eagles students discovered incredible stories of strength, commitment, and perseverance. The student art creations in this exhibit highlight the significant contribution Indigenous athletes have had, and continue to have, today, within their communities and within the world of sports.
Soaring Eagles Secondary Program is located on the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Site and is delivered by the Niagara Catholic District School Board in partnership with the Niagara Regional Native Centre and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.
Teacher – Kelsey Huxley
Educational Assistant – Alejandro Cadavid
Indigenous In-School Support Worker – Sara Cotter
Brock Education Art Workshop Leader – Genevieve Broadley
- A special thank you to Rebecca Marshall for her assistance in the coordination of this art workshop.
This exhibit was originally created through PARTicipation 2022: A Celebration of Sports & Art through the Eyes of Niagara’s Young Artists – A Community Art Project.
Students in Grade 4 to 12 from six schools across the region created artwork related to sport as part of a research project led by Dt. Peter Vietgen, Associate Professor in Brock University’s Faculty of Education.
The project, “PARTicipation Niagara 2022: A Celebration of Sports and Art through the Eyes of Niagara’s Young Artists,” was funded under the 2020-21 round of Brock’s VPR Canada Games Grant program. Dr. Vietgen worked with eight Brock teacher candidates to run visual arts workshops with an ‘Art and Sports’ theme in local elementary and secondary schools, helping students to learn about the determination and passion that drives athletes competing in the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games.