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An Artist’s Eye on the world | Artists and Activists
An Artist’s Eye on the World is a discussion and networking time facilitated by leading Okanagan artists and activists. This event is Part 1 of the 2012 Lille Gard Discussion Series and sponsored by Global Citizen Week taking place here in Kelowna. There will also be a musical performance by musician and activist Zachari Smith.
Featured Speakers: Angela Reid-Nagy, Gabe Cipes and Jan Vozenilek.
This event will be the first in a series of three ‘Lille Gard Discussions’ leading up to the 2012 Lille Gard Festival on June 29-July 1. This event will be an informative and exciting way for artists to connect with local causes and for activists to meet local artists. Activists tend to have a deep understanding of the issues and the stakeholders involved. Artists tend to have a strong desire to make a difference in their community – and they have a way to ‘amplify’ a message through their work and their audiences. History shows that bringing these groups together benefits everyone.
Each panellist will choose a specific cause that they are involved in and give a short (aprox. 15 minute) presentation. They will bring a spotlight on a local social and/or environmental issue faced by Okanagan residents. The goal of this event is not only to enlighten people about local issues, but to facilitate connections, even ongoing relationships between Okanagan artists and activists. Panellist presentations will also describe how they’ve experienced the artist/activist collaboration in their work – and how they imagine this collaboration could work in the future.
After the presentations, the panellists (with the help of the moderator) will then facilitate a Q&A discussion time on these issues. There will also be time to mingle after the discussion over delicious snacks, coffees, teas, beers and wines.
Angela Reid-Nagy decided at the age of 18 that she would “save the world through business, politics and music.” In 2004 Angela started Tigress Ventures Inc., and in 2008 co-founded Tigress’ first subsidiary, GreenStep Sustainability Coaching, a consulting company that helps organizations and households develop sustainability visions, strategies and action plans. In 2008, Angela was the youngest woman elected to local government in BC, when she became a Kelowna City Councillor and was appointed to the Board of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan. Always active in the community, Angela has served on the Board of the BC Sustainable Energy Association and the Society for a G.E. Free BC. She is a co-founder of the Okanagan Greens Society, which hosts the annual Organic Okanagan Festival and the Ant Hill Collective, a group working to develop a co-work space in Kelowna. Angela has been trained three times by Al Gore and David Suzuki to deliver “The Climate Reality Project” and delivers presentations as a volunteer about the risks and solutions surrounding climate change.
Gabe Cipes practices permaculture and biodynamic agriculture at Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna BC Canada. In 2007 Gabe attended the Selkirk College permaculture design course in Winlaw with his brother Ezra. Together they created the no-till Culinary Garden for the Summerhill Organic Sunset Bistro where they continue their research into indigenous ecology, gardening and Viticulture. In 2010 Gabe became a director of the Biodynamic Agriculture Society of BC and began making preparations for Demeter Organic Certification status of Summerhill Vineyard and culinary Gardens. Summerhill is the first Vineyard in the Okanagan Region to receive the status. The Cipes have also created the company Summerhill Organic Wildcrafts as an outlet for wild crafted herbs and plant technologies and the study of how to harvest and maintain plants to not deplete the ecosystem. They have also been developing a natural plant technology to clean up oil and other types of contamination in water. As a result, in August 2010, Gabe was invited to the Gulf of Mexico to meet with the National Wildlife Federation to discuss this technology. Gabe – working with Random House publisher Robert McDonald – helped to create the Wetland Regeneration Alliance that is currently conducting studies and species maps of the Okanagan wetlands. Since 2007 Gabe has produced annual ecology-themed festivals – bringing together art and ideas – in the Okanagan Valley.
Jan is Founder and Principal of Vancouver and Kelowna, B.C.-based Copper Sky Productions established in 1998. His film production company has created a vast collection of documentaries, music videos, travel films and corporate promotionals for an array of clients worldwide. A renowned cinematographer and photographer who’s traveled throughout numerous countries, Jan passionately directs his energy on projects that bring together people, nature, cinematic beauty, travel and history to tell an unforgettable story. Recently, he was part of a film crew that has now on several occasions traveled to the remote island of Midway Atoll in the North Pacific, where he is documenting an ongoing horrifically symbolic environmental tragedy that affects us all.
MUSIC BY ZACHARI SMITH
Zachari Smith is a singer/songwriter and multi-intrumentalist. Zachari has released two solo albums as well as an album with his dad, Andrew Smith (andrewandzacharismith.com). He is also a member of the indie rock band The Geese (thegeese.ca) who have released an EP and a full length album together. He toured Canada, Germany, the UK and Switzerland in 2011 with these groups and will tour many of the same places in 2012. Zachari has done work as a studio musician, engineer and mix engineer working on albums by Joel Strauss, The Mighty River, and others. Zachari is also passionate about social justice and environmental protection and this comes across is his songwriting. He studied at St. Stephen’s Universitywhere he wrote a thesis on the artist’s ability to affect social change.
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