The Creative Practices Institute is hosting two satellite events for Mapping Maternal Ethics, an academic colloquium that will take place May 11th to the 14th at the University of Alberta. As part of this colloquium several well established parent artists will be visiting our community. In partnership with the University of Alberta, these events will  create opportunities for local and visiting parent artists to network and share resources in an informal but supportive setting.  

Creative Practices has been fortunate to host several parent artists in their studios. According to these studio tenants being a parent artist in this city is challenging and can feel lonely at times. Over the past two years in operation the Institute has been looking for a way to support this community of creative professionals. As non-parent artists’ the staff of the centre lack the network within this particular demographic in order to proceed. In the fall of 2015 CPI approached Missy LeBlanc, our previous Exhibition’s Intern about curating a show to coincide with Mapping Maternal Ethics as a way to support local artists. And invited Missy to create two networking event. Missy has since invited local parent artists to lead this project and develop the opportunity to build a successful, sustainable network. 

Sunday May 15, 2016; 10:00am – 1:00pm
The second networking event will take place on Sunday, May 15th once the colloquium is done as a type of ‘goodbye’ for the visiting artists so that they may reach out one final time to Edmonton’s parent-artists. This event will be open to the public, the oliver community, and the larger Edmonton Community as well. There are over 19,000 residents and close to 800 households with children within Oliver. We would like to invite and encourage our neighbours in Oliver and their families to come out and meet local parent-artists and their families, as well as the visiting  international parent-artists in an informal setting  for free family-friendly entertainment and activities at Creative Practices Institute. This event will allow the opportunity for the residents of Oliver to come out to and meet each other in a family-friendly setting and has the potential to open communication between community members that did not know each other before this event. It will allow the Oliver community to grow it’s sense of community and unite residents. Childcare and kid-themed activities will be provided on site for those families that will be in attendance.

Creative Practices is happy and very honoured to be the hub where this type of community building and placemaking will occur. For more information or to join our Parent-Artist facebook group please email Missy LeBlanc: