NBrand

Biography

I am originally from Toronto (traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit) and spent ten years in Calgary (traditional territories of the Treaty 7 Nations and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3), before relocating to the unceded and occupied territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil- Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam). Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver) in 2013.

I hold both a BA and an MFA from the University of Calgary, where I also worked as an instructor in the faculty of fine arts from 2009-2012. I am a dancer, choreographer, performer, writer, facilitator and educator. I have cultivated an artistic practice that spans work in the professional arts and community-engaged art making with diverse populations.

In 2014, I co-founded All Bodies Dance Project, an inclusive dance company made up of dancers with and without disabilities that celebrates the artistic potential of difference. In recent years my artistic practice has been focused on values of access and inclusion. I strive to make art within a context that both creates and speaks to community connection.

I have worked in the non-profit arts and culture sector for fifteen years in numerous capacities. I am currently a Community Arts Programmer with the Vancouver Park Board and regularly serve on many boards of directors, selection committees, juries and advisory committees. I have been the recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Art Council, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, as well as the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award.

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nbrand@langara.ca