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Episode 12: Synonym Art Consultation

Syn­onym Art Con­sul­ta­tion is a cura­to­r­i­al col­lec­tive and small arts busi­ness based in Win­nipeg, Man­i­to­ba on the stolen, ances­tral, and tra­di­tion­al lands of the Anishi­naabeg, Ininiw (Cree), Anish-iniw (Oji-Cree), Dako­ta, and Dene Peo­ples, the home­land of the Métis Nation and that we are sus­tained by water sourced from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.

Through unique, inclu­sive and com­mu­ni­ty-mind­ed events, as well as our mur­al and cul­ture fes­ti­val – Wall-to-Wall, Syn­onym strives to cul­ti­vate a grass­roots con­tem­po­rary street-art move­ment in our city and to par­tic­i­pate in hyper­local and inter­na­tion­al dia­logues around impor­tant issues, such as social respon­si­bil­i­ty, and inno­v­a­tive eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment, root­ed in the arts.

Syn­onym Art Con­sul­ta­tions and its projects, pro­grams, and events are com­mit­ted to cura­tion that uplifts artists, men­tors, musi­cians, and per­form­ers belong­ing to under-sup­port­ed com­mu­ni­ties, par­tic­u­lar­ly those who iden­ti­fy as Black, Indige­nous, Afro-Indige­nous, Peo­ple of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, artists with dis­abil­i­ties, and any and all peo­ple who fall with­in these intersections.

Syn­onym Art Con­sul­ta­tion believes that pub­lic art is best real­ized by cen­ter­ing and reflect­ing the diverse needs and dreams of the com­mu­ni­ty. Syn­onym com­mits to mean­ing­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion that rec­og­nizes com­mu­ni­ty assets and sys­temic bar­ri­ers, is open, inclu­sive, acces­si­ble, and sus­tain­able when under­tak­ing pub­lic art initiatives.

Syn­onym also rec­og­nizes that the devel­op­ment of pub­lic art must fos­ter the cre­ative devel­op­ment, agency, and well-being of artists.

Syn­onym com­mits to fos­ter­ing artists in cre­ative expres­sion that reflects the needs of the com­mu­ni­ty and main­tains our organization’s zero-tol­er­ance pol­i­cy for racism, ageism, sex­ism, homo­pho­bia, queer­pho­bia, trans­pho­bia, trans­misog­y­ny, whore­pho­bia, ableism, clas­sism, sizeism, sex-neg­a­tiv­i­ty, cul­tur­al appro­pri­a­tion or any oth­er con­duct that may per­pet­u­ate oppression.

Guests

  • Chloe Chafe - Co-Founder/Creative Director

    Chloe Chafe is the co-founder and creative director of Synonym Art Consultation and co-founder and co-curator of the Wall-to-Wall Mural + Culture Festival. She has worked in many capacities of Manitoba’s arts and culture sector; as assistant manager of Studio 393, event coordinator for Arts & Disability Network, stage managing for Big Fun Festival, as well as providing curatorial assistance with nùna (now) Icelandic Convergence Festival. Chafe’s focus is in representing, protecting and mentoring artists of various practices. Chafe also has a career as a professional visual artist in many different mediums and has shown work at The Graffiti Gallery, the REEL PRIDE Film Festival and Rip/Torn Magazine.