Inkwis Arts & Culture

Collaborative art project about Nuu-chah-nulth arts and culture

About the Inkwis Arts & Culture

In 2013, The Carving on the Edge Festival Society nested a collaborated arts project called Inkwis Arts and Culture led by Tla-o-qui-aht artist and community arts organizer Marika Swan. For a year a space was hosted near the harbour at 398 Main St in Tofino and was built out to host a wide range of arts and culture activities. Inkwis is a Nuu-chah-nulth term meaning “beach fire” which represented the project’s intentions to create a warm gathering place for diverse local and visiting communities.

Several collaborative art shows were hosted at Inkwis including “The Tide Waits for No One” a canoe journey themed exhibit featuring work by late Reg David, Randy Frank and Joe Martin; and “All We Have Inherited” featuring artwork by local legends Jeremy Koreski and Susanne Hare. Inkwis also hosted a printing workshop and exhibit as a part of the Pacific Rim Whale Festival, The Oyster Festival decorations committee, an Acrylic Painting workshop hosted by The Tofino Arts Council, a week-long series of fundraising events for The Language Keepers Society, a local group designing a Tla-o-qui-aht Language App.

Inkwis Arts and Culture was supported through the BC Creative Spaces Grant and Administrative Mentorship Grant from the First People’s Culture Council.

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