School District 50's “Identity Maps” project, now on display at the Haida Gwaii Museum, is a great example of the kind of project we’re excited about supporting. “Identity Maps” involved two local artists working with 48 students at Sk’aadgaa Naay and Agnes L. Mathers elementary schools to explore ideas about mapping and “selfies”, learn techniques in photography and clay sculpture, and create a collaborative artwork to share with the public. ALM principal Vicki Ives described the project as “an artistic approach to researching and understanding our relationship to place by creating a clay high relief map of Haida Gwaii while exploring our identities through photography and portrait painting,” as well as a tribute to the late artist and educator Katie Borserio.
Photographer Jack Litrell and sculptor Darrell Oike worked with the students over several months as they created portrait photos, acrylic portraits and a large clay jigsaw map.
Members of the public can check out the results of this amazing project at the Haida Gwaii Museum, where it will be on display from Jan 19 - Feb 16, 2018.