Art Windsor-Essex respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Bkejwanong. We want to state our respect for the ancestral and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
City Building with Youth Poet Laureate Chidera Ikewibe
Time and Date: Thursday, January 18th, 5pm-9pm
Location: Art Windsor-Essex, 401 Riverside Dr. W, Windsor, 2nd floor Education Studio
Cost: $10 regular gallery admission, free admission for AWE members. This event is part of AWE at Night.
The City of Windsor’s Youth Poet Laureate Chidera Ikewibe is activating the education studio for a night or art and poetry!
From 6pm-7pm, Chidera will lead a discussion with Anahita Jamali Rad (they/them). Decorate your own house and transform it into you a 3D poem that reminds you of Home. Chidera will show you how to build a three-dimensional structure using words, images, colour, shapes and lines. What reminds you of home?
Chidera Ikewibe is an Igbo Nigerian Canadian artist and poet whose work often combines her experiences and cultural identity. Her works often incorporate Nsibidi – an ideographic/pictographic writing system from the south-eastern region of Nigeria. She was the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) winner for the senior playwriting competition for 2018 for a play she wrote about the Nigerian Civil War. She has been published in poetry anthologies such as Voices # 1, published by Poetry in Voice, Island Shores Anthology; and in the anthologies Catch the Whispers and Passages of the Heart, published by the Poetry Institute of Canada. A recognized spoken-word artist in the Windsor community, Ikewibe has performed at CJAM’s open mic night, and was invited to create and recite poetry for the Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth for their Black History Month celebration, and with Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership for their youth meeting. Ikewibe has also appeared on CJAM Radio as the host of University Redacted.
As an artist and community-builder, Chidera’s areas of interest are race and ethnicity, Anti-Black racism, institutional decolonization, poetry as performance, spoken-word radio, Black Diaspora, playwriting, mask making, and mixed media. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in psychology and BA in English and creative writing at the University of Windsor.
The Youth Laureate program is supported by the City of Windsor.