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The Indigenous Artist-in-Residence (IAiR) program is inspired by other Artist-in-Residence programs at the City of Edmonton, but approaches the program through a partnership between the Edmonton Arts Council, the City of Edmonton Indigenous Relations Office, and Indigenous artists and knowledge holders.

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Thank you for your nominations. Nominations are now closed.

Melissa-Jo (MJ) Belcourt

Melissa-Jo (MJ) Belcourt is the Indigenous Artist in Residence

Belcourt is a Métis artist who is best known for her work in traditional art forms such as beadwork and porcupine quillwork. Belcourt has taught decorative arts and creative skills within Indigenous cultural art programs and continues to support both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in facilitating workshops on history and traditional art skills.

Belcourt is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Aboriginal Role Model of Alberta Art Award and the City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence Arts and Culture Performance Award. In 2006, she represented Alberta at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. In 2018, Canadians for a Civil Society recognized her with the Daughter of the Year award for her significant contributions to the community.

Melissa-Jo's Artwork

"Relations with all Beings"

Indigenous Artist-in_Residence logo next to "Relations will all Beings" beaded artwork created by Jessica Sanderson-Barry."Relations with all Beings" beaded art piece (right side) created by Jessica Sanderson-Barry.

Relations with all Beings

Read Jessica's Bio
 

For More Information

Indigenous Relations Office

Citizen Services
18th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111-104 Avenue NW
P.O. Box 2359
Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7

Telephone 780-944-7602
Fax 780-577-3525
Email indigenousrelations@edmonton.ca

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