The Nest Artist Residency has wrapped its third year of compelling creation and community gathering! A big shout out to our 2022 residents – Skye, Taylor, Shendel, Nathan, Nyasha and Molly. These incredible emerging artists from across the Niagara Region came together for six months of workshops, forums, and mentorship to culminate in a weekend of fun that combined several disciplines to showcase their original work.
Nest Fest (July 15-16) was a chance for our residents to show their magnificent works in progress. Downtown St. Catharines was treated to a walk-through poetry experience in Mahtay Cafe, a play reading in Someday Books, and rooftop screenings at the Niagara Artists Centre. They created a photography book surprise for Brazen Cafe visitors and an interactive arts experience throughout the whole downtown core.
Through the residents’ six-month journey, they were mentored by trailblazers in the Canadian theatre industry. A huge thank you to these phenomenal artists who took the time to share their knowledge, time, and advice with our residents. To Coyote Park, Miquelon Rodriguez, Karen Knox, Michael Healey, Deanna Jones, and Marcel Stewart – THANK YOU!!
We are incredibly grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support in funding our Arts Mentorship Program, and to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts for supporting our emerging artist showcases at the 2022 In the Soil Arts Festival.
With the Nest I shared my idea with others, which helped it grow and turned it from something bobbing around in the back of my head into something real. I learned that for work to get done I need to work on it … the Nest was also really helpful in putting my theatre degree in context. I learned so many skills at school but using them seemed so far off, the Nest made sense of how I could use those things now. That was exciting. This program was really special to me.