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Saturdays in the Studio! Create Your Own Fish with Ostoro Petahtegoose

DATE: Saturdays in March 2023
TIME: 1pm- 4pm
LOCATION: 2nd floor, Education Studio

This March, we’ll work collaboratively to create a collaborative, community sculpture! Come and learn about both Native and Invasive species inhabiting the Ontario Great Lakes and Rivers systems and the dangers threatening our aquatic ecosystems. Come see how these sculptures grow and take shape over a four week period!

To Participate:

  • Drop-in between 1-4pm on Saturdays.
  • This program is free with admission to AWE and open to all.

This program is generously sponsored by Anne Safranyos and family.

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Create your own Fish! A Native and Invasive Fish Species of Ontario Workshop

This workshop is designed to use air dry clay to create small models of fish species that are Native to the Ontario Lakes and Rivers ecosystems. Templates for 3 different species are provided, as well as some facts about these species.

Invasive Fish Species - Guide

Meet the Artist: Ostoro Petahtegoose

Ostoro Petahtegoose is a biracial Nishinaabe of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek with European descent, born and raised in the traditional territories of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Anishinaabe, the Odawa, and the Potawatomie, also known as one of it’s many place names in one language, Waawiiye’adinong (the place where the river bends – Windsor, Ontario.)

Ostoro is a queer, transgender, nonbinary writer, Goldsmith and multi-media artist who goes by “they/them” pronouns. Ostoro completed their English and Creative Writing and Visual Arts BA in 2022 and was the Project Coordinator of the New Voices Artist Residency at the Arts Council Windsor & Region. They were the BIPOC Artist in Residence at Artcite in August of 2020 and in June 2021 Ostoro was awarded a grant through the Arts Culture and Heritage Fund to work on a research project on the Indigenous history of Windsor/Essex county to use in a book of short ghost stories. In Ostoro’s personal and professional life they continue to reach for meaningful ways to connect back to their Indigenous community through the work of building relations while learning their cultural language Nishnaabemwin, all while being obsessed with themes of hauntings, ghosts and land.

Photo credit: Shayenna Nolan

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