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Outcome #4 Updates and Successes

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Laurentian University is host to many arts and cultural events, activities, and groups. Our tricultural mandate values university experiences in both English and French, while promoting Indigenous perspectives and cross-cultural understanding. We draw in the Sudbury community with our numerous events hosted at our campus and the downtown McEwen School of Architecture, and bring recognition to Laurentian through our partnerships with other events and venues around the city.


Outcome #4 Updates and Successes

Lead (as at January 2019):  Gillian Schultze 

Executive Lead: Tracy McLeod

Laurentian University Arts and Cultural Events from May-August, 2019

Laurentian University Arts and Cultural Events from May-August, 2019

Intercultural Learning Environments Conference  
Date: May 14, 2019 Location: Collège Boréal’s Sudbury Campus. 
The purpose of this one-day conference was to raise individual and collective awareness about issues and solutions for more inclusive intercultural practices in postsecondary environments. 

Book Launch
Date: May 31, 2019 Location: Canisius Hall, University of Sudbury
The Indigenous Studies Department at the University of Sudbury invited the Laurentian community to celebrate the publication by Dr. Michael Hankard: The Clean Place- Honouring Indigenous Spiritual Roots of Turtle Island.

National Indigenous Peoples Day
Date: June 21, 2019 Location: ISLC
Laurentian community members participated in a KAIROS blanket exercise. The exercise illustrates more than 500 years of generational trauma inflicted against Canada Indigenous peoples and the resilience they continue to show today.

SciArt Digital Gallery 
Date: June 24, 2019 
The release of an online digital art gallery of some display pieces from LU SciArt 2019. View the gallery here:

Okanagan Charter Signing 
Date: June 25, 2019 Location: Laurentian campus
The adoption of the Okanagan Charter, to embed health into all aspects of campus culture.
To celebrate the occasion, many staff, faculty members and students participated in a wellness walk along the Laurentian trails.

Birch Bark Harvesting 
Date: June 28-30, 2019
Volunteer experience to assist with birch bark harvesting led by Elder Art Petahtegoose. This was a special event to help finish the campus wigwam. Great opportunity to learn traditional building material harvesting techniques.

Up Here Fest
Date: August 16-18, 2019
The urban art and music festival celebrated annually in Sudbury. Included a weekend of dozens of muralists, local musicians and installation artists to transform downtown Sudbury into an urban art gallery.

Laurentian University Upcoming Arts and Cultural Events for September, 2019

Wiigwam Covering Activity 2 - Laurentian University
Date: September 18-19, 2019 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join Elder, Art Petahtegoose and Julia Pegahmagabow as we cover the wiigwam at Laurentian University with the harvested birch bark panels.  These are all day events and you are welcome to attend when you are able to and stay for as long as you want. 

Wiigwam Covering Activity 3 - Laurentian University
Date: September 19, 2019 5:30 pm
Bring a favourite dish to share with others, and also bring your feast kit. A feast kit is a bag with reusable dishes and cutlery and water bottle or cup.  We want to be kind to the earth and this is one way we can help.

Cinefest Sudbury
Date: September 14-22, 2019
Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival is a non profit charitable organization, whose mandate is to organize and promote an annual festival of highly acclaimed Canadian and world films, as well as encourage film culture, education, and production in Northern Ontario. Films will be screening from September 14th to 22nd. For a full schedule of films, visit 

TNO Show: Plein la Gueule! | Full Mouth!
Date: September 27, 2019
For months, a group of Sudbury writers, both pros and newbies, have been meeting regularly to see where their words might lead them. After a series of underground writing workshops known as l’Écritoire bricolée (the makeshift writing desk), they invite you to feast on their effervescent orations. Their project is 100% pure Sudbury and promises to pack a punch. For more information, visit 

The LUMAC Art Collection

The Laurentian University Museum and Arts Centre (LUMAC) was developed as a Centennial project of the Sudbury and District Chamber of Commerce in 1968. From 1968 to 1997, the Centre was operated by Laurentian University, and directed by the late Pamela Krueger for almost 20 years, from 1977 to 1995. On July 1, 1997, LUMAC was incorporated as the Art Gallery of Sudbury | Galerie d’art de Sudbury.

The Permanent Collection of the Laurentian University Museum and Arts Centre comprises more than 1,400 works by notable artists, including Aba Bayefsky, Carl Beam, Frederick Hagan, Daphne Odjig, Bert Weir, and members of the Group of Seven.

In 1981, the Centre received the estate of B.A. McDonald, a local businesswoman, allowing for the purchase of new acquisitions. At that time the Collection numbered roughly 600 works. From 1986 to 1997, LUMAC collected around 800 works, bringing the total to over 1,400.

In 1986, Ruth and Jack McCuaig donated a significant part of their personal collection, which helped broaden the LUMAC Permanent Collection. Works by artists who have painted in Northern Ontario, both historical and contemporary, including artists such as A.J. Casson, A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer, and J.E.H. MacDonald, were selected.

LUMAC’s largest collection of work by a single artist is the Frederick Hagan Collection. In the span of seven years, from 1986 to 1993, 287 works were gifted by the artist to the Centre. Canadian painter and printmaker Frederick Hagan has significant ties to Northern Ontario, as Pamela Krueger writes: “The North became Frederick Hagan’s anchor in life, and often the work accomplished there became the source material for his paintings and prints” (Pamela Krueger, 1991).

In 1991, LUMAC acquired 30 paintings from the artist Bert Weir, some of which are displayed in the J.N. Desmarais Library at Laurentian University. After graduating OCA (Ontario College of Art) in 1952, Weir returned to Northern Ontario to live and work, as his daughter writes in his obituary, Weir “spent his lifetime in the bush in northern Ontario on a quest to depict the beauty, power and reality of nature in paint.” Weir has a special connection to Sudbury, Ontario, as many local artists - Dennis Castellan, Mary Green, Ray Laporte, and Heather Topp - remember him fondly as an enthusiastic teacher who often gave feedback during drawing circles (“Bert Weir” 2018).

Description by Karley Staskus, MMSt., Registrar, Art Gallery of Sudbury | Galerie d’art de Sudbury.

Outcome #4 team members have developed a 5 year plan to display some of the works from the LUMAC collection on campus. (see plan here)

A call for artists will be sent out each year for an artist to create a response to the chosen LUMAC work. The selected piece will be installed next to the original LUMAC piece on campus for the duration of the display every year.

This plan will bring awareness to the LUMAC collection and create a greater appreciation for art at Laurentian. It will also give local artists the opportunity to have their work displayed publicly, increasing recognition of the artistic talent in our region.