The Government of Canada has announced the lastest group of Canada Research Chairs (CRC) which includes Fine Arts faculty member Logan MacDonald, a tier two CRC in Indigenous Art.
Logan’s CRC research project is to create opportunities for Indigenous creative knowledge and leadership to be more fully integrated into the Fine Arts curriculum and, by doing so, to broaden the fundamental core knowledge of Studio Arts.
His primary objective will be to establish The Longhouse Labs, an Indigenous artist-residency program that will live alongside an exhibition/community engagement space, where each year the UW Studio Arts program will provide three Indigenous artist/curators/creators with studios and robust student and community engagement. In addition to the three artist-studios, The Longhouse Labs also encompass a flex gathering-space that functions as a learning studio, community workshop centre, and art exhibition site.
The program aims to establish relationships of reciprocity between Indigenous participants and community, students, faculty and the broader public and to create new leadership pathways within the institution for Indigenous creatives who may not have followed traditional educational training, targeting equity and known Eurocentric barriers in the professionalization of the field/discipline.