Kawartha Art Gallery, Curve Lake First Nation, And Pinnguaq Association Collaborate To Te(a)ch

Submitted by Susan Taylor

Te(a)ch will:

  • Develop an arts-based, digital literacy program for Anishnaabe youth in the Curve Lake community

  • Equip Curve Lake First Nation youth with the digital skills they need for the jobs of the future

  • Provide Curve Lake First nation youth with the opportunity to create new media artworks that reinterprets their heritage in new and dynamic ways

  • Connects all youth to First Nations cultural knowledge and oral histories through digital educational exhibit programming that creates intercultural conversation on Indigenous cultural representation, resurgence, and reconciliation


The Kawartha Art Gallery, in partnership with Curve Lake First Nation and the Pinnguaq Association, has received a $743,800 Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) for a digital literacy program aptly called Te(a)ch. 

Aimed to expand an arts-based digital literacy program for Anishnaabe youth in the Curve Lake community, the three year program will offer the chance for its participants to creatively express themselves, to better understand each other, and to learn about their shared histories and hopes for the future. The program harnesses the strength of Anishnaabe knowledge, increasing the capacity of the youth of Curve Lake to use new medias to re-interpret their culture. 

Funds from the OTF grant are being used to create six part-time jobs, as well as provide honorariums for artists and translators, workshop costs, buying computers, software, games and other educational support materials, and some administrative costs for the three organizations.

The Pinnguaq Association will provide the model for this digital literacy program called Te(a)ch. Working in consultation with Curve Lake First Nation, Pinnguaq Association will adapt the content and the curriculum of the Te(a)ch program to reflect Anishnaabe culture and language, facilitate workshops and provide tech support for the creation of new media artworks.

Kawartha Art Gallery will coordinate exhibits of work created by the youth of Curve Lake First Nation as well as deliver related educational programming connecting audiences within a wider conversation on contemporary Indigenous cultural representation.

Kawartha Art Gallery will present the media artworks of the Curve Lake First Nations youth at the Gallery from October 15 to November 23, 2019 with an opening reception. For updated details on the exhibit and reception, please check in at kawarthagallery.com.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $108 million to some 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.