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Pilot Project: Remote Residency



InterAccess (https://interaccess.org/) and Eastern Bloc are thrilled to announce a new pilot partnership and remote residency with Sapphire Woods as artist-in-residence. The paid residency includes a fully subsidized user membership at Eastern Bloc and remote mentorship from InterAccess staff, which will provide the artist-in-residence access to new media studio space and equipment, as well as subsidized access to new media education and presentation opportunities.


Sapphire Woods (they/them) is a Black of Caribbean descent shapeshifter, storyteller, Virgo sun and Aquarius moon living in Tio’tia:tke (Montreal). Inspired by their grandmothers to bridge the gaps in accessing land-based knowledge and medicine, Sapphire’s ongoing work engages barriered Black and Brown communities through accessible education. IRL, Sapphire is involved in land-based arts and herbal medicine collectives in Montreal, enjoys reading, and taking naps.


As part of the residency, Sapphire will work toward gathering, developing, and sharing digital knowledge and resources related to community agriculture and traditional herbalism rooted in BIPOC heritage. Their work during the residency is the first step of a larger prospective online project called GroundScapes: an interactive, virtual garden where knowledge from BIPOC elders, friends, and gatekept institutions can cross-pollinate, grow, and disperse among Black and Brown communities.


This collaboration between Eastern Bloc and InterAccess directly results from Rhizomatic Pedagogies, an InterAccess-led, cohort-based program that occurred from 2021–2023, dedicated to fostering new media leadership and collaboration within Black, Indigenous, and Disability Arts communities.

 

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. #BringingTheArtsToLife

 

Photo by Hayf Abichahine


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