Arts and Entrepreneurship: Research @1860

Our community-based arts and entrepreneurship research and professional development programming is made possible through funding and support from several organizations, including: ArcticNet, Canada Council for the Arts Digital Greenhouse, Manitoba Arts Council Indigenous 360 Program, the University of Victoria Community Based Research Lab and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Community-Based Research Projects and Programs

Manitoba Arts Council Indigenous 360 Program
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2019 – 2023

Our People, Our Climate is a ground-breaking documentary film initiative, aiming to develop the storytelling skills of Indigenous youth and young adults. First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities across Canada’s Arctic are essential to current climate change discussions, and this project brings together a range of young people in these communities to tell important stories through a unique and distinct cultural lens.

Learn More: Our People Our Climate
Explore: Our People Our Nuclear Climate

Race and Systemic Bias in Arctic Sciences​

Arctic Science Summit Week 2023
Vienna, Austria and Winnipeg, Manitoba

Arctic science suffers from systemic biases that marginalize and exclude people who are Black, Indigenous, or from other under-represented minorities both in the Arctic region and around the world. During this workshop we heard from speakers who have been impacted by these issues, and are working to eliminate them. Through breakout discussions we explored actionable recommendations for IASC and the Arctic Sciences community to continue to tackle these issues. This workshop, organized by Cardiff University worked with and across multiple IASC working groups, as this issue affects all areas of Arctic Science.

Our People Our Nuclear Climate: Perspectives on Adaptive Phased Management

@1860 2023 Winter Arts Program​

@1860 Winnipeg Arts
Winnipeg, Manitoba; Minneapolis, Minnesota and Virtual; 2023

This project follows the inspiration of previous research work that highlights the need of the direct inclusion of local Indigenous populations in arts, culture and heritage operations as a form of reconciliation. Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities are collaborating and contributing to research on the arts, cultural entrepreneurship and organizational development for community resilience. In this year’s Winter Institute program, youth and community artists become active leaders in designing and delivering therapeutic, recreational and community-led arts and culture initiatives through storytelling, curation and exhibition.

Media: National Press Conference for National Kindness Week
Collaboration: Enhancing the Our People Our Climate Project

2022 Summer Arts Program​

@1860 Winnipeg Arts
Winnipeg, Manitoba; 2022

An 8-week hybrid digital arts program for Indigenous youth emerging artists and cultural connectors held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This pilot program was funded by the Manitoba Arts Council with support from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. This arts and climate entrepreneurship-focused program saw virtual participation from communities across Canada. Youth also created an online gallery and platform to support their future work.

Watch: Highlights Video
Explore: Our People Our Climate
Explore: @1860 Winnipeg Arts

Using the arts in support of inclusive and participatory learning environments​

Auviqsaqtut Inuit Studies Conference
Winnipeg, Manitoba and Virtual, 2022

This grassroots arts project brought together northern and southern youth, community builders, arts-based researchers, cultural creators and educators to share cultural and environmental observations, challenges and insights-based solutions for hands-on digital arts and technologies to tackle cultural and climate change through regenerative artistic creation, cultural entrepreneurship training and participatory video training. 

@1860: Designing and testing an incubator for digital arts and cultural entrepreneurship​

Canada Council for the Arts, Digital Greenhouse
Winnipeg, Manitoba and Virtual, 2021-2022

Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, @1860 Winnipeg is an evolving, grassroots digital arts and cultural entrepreneurship collaborative supporting training and professional development for emerging, urban and newly urban Indigenous youth artists and cultural connectors. Launched in November 2021 with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts with support from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design this unique program has grown beyond its original scope to support hybrid programming engaging urban, rural and northern participation as well as internationally. 

#InclusiveNorth – the Inclusion in Northern Research Project

Arctic Science Summit Week 2021
Lisbon, Portugal and Virtual, 2021

The Inclusion in Northern Research Project, which was developed through the course of the last year and premiered at the Arctic Change 2020 virtual meeting, began with the creation of videos highlighting the varied journeys of our colleagues, and grew into an online discussion that included over 1000 people in 35 countries, starting important conversations about inclusion in our research community in a safe and open spaces. 

Watch: Presentation

Creativity for Entrepreneurship

University of Minnesota Duluth
Winnipeg, Manitoba and Duluth, Minnesota and virtually, 2021

Indigenous entrepreneurs are ready to embrace a bold new future together, thanks to a successful partnership to explore how Cultural Entrepreneurship can contribute to building sustainable jobs for local communities; and to be full economic partners in Canada’s future prosperity through online learning. This project, launched in the spring of 2021, was supported by US National Science Foundation-funded digital incubator research and was an example of Canada, Minnesota and international science and economic development cooperation.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
ArcticNet Network Centre of Excellence

There is an indisputable body of evidence proving diverse and inclusive teams produce more creative and innovative science. ArcticNet is committed to sharing the responsibility to promote positive change and cultural inclusion within the Network. It recognizes that the existence of systemic racism against racialized and Indigenous People, the impacts of colonialism in Canada, anti 2SLGBTQ+ discrimination, discrimination based on disabilities, gender inequality and any combination of these limits the full participation of many of ArcticNet members and partners.

Read: ArcticNet Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

Arctic Change 2020
Winnipeg, Manitoba and Virtual, 2020

With support from the ArcticNet Network Centre of Excellence, Inclusion in Northern Research was a trans-disciplinary, international and cross-cultural, community-driven, participatory exploration of what it means to feel included in Northern research.

Watch: Vox Pops in Northern Inclusion

Research for Resilience and Reconciliation

Pathways to Resilience IV: Global South Perspectives
Cape Town, South Africa, 2017

Research on Indigenous peoples has been a tool of Colonization and there are increasing calls to decolonize research by incorporating arts with Indigenist methodologies.  We highlight themes of dis/connection, un/learning, colonization, and reconciliation through co-developing projects that incorporate television, technology and participatory action storytelling. We share emerging insights about the challenges and possibilities of doing research with Indigenous youth and communities in ways that contribute to both resilience and reconciliation.