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.
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.