The Artist Salon Series features art professionals leading inspirational artist talks and/or professional development for visual artists.
This session features interdisciplinary performance artist and educator Lori Weidenhammer, the team lead of Victory Gardens for Diversity: recipes for community-based ecological engagement, an artist residency project at Terra Nova Park in Richmond. The team includes Lois Klassen, Crystal Lee, Jenn Pearson, Catherine Shapiro, and Lori Snyder. Lori shares her work in community engaged art projects, and follows with answering questions from the participants at the live session on April 14.
About the Presenter:
Lori Weidenhammer is a Vancouver performance-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. She is originally from a tiny hamlet called Cactus Lake, Saskatchewan. It is in this place, bordered by wheat fields and wild prairie, that she first became enchanted with bees. She is the author of a book called Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees published by Douglas and MacIntyre. For the past several years she has been appearing as the persona Madame Beespeaker, practising the tradition of “telling the bees”. As a food security volunteer and activist Lori works with students of all ages on eating locally and gardening for pollinators. On occasion, she likes to dress up in silly costumes and talk to bees. Weidenhammer is originally from Treaty 4 Territory in Saskatchewan the original lands of the Cree, Ojibwe, Saulteaux Dakota, Nakota, Lakota, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation and feels gratitude to be able to live and work in unceded territory of the Coast Salish nations.
More information on the Artist Salon series can be found here: RAG Artist Salon Series