Vote Naomi!

In case you haven’t already heard, I am pleased to announce that I am running for the position of NCECA Student Director At Large.

As many of you know, community involvement has been, and continues to be integral to my own growth as a student, maker, and educator, so I am eager to help make these experiences more accessible to the next generation of students. I’ve got lots of ideas, and am particularly interested in how to make NCECA more accessible to international students and educators.

To learn more about why I want this job, and why I think I would be good at it, check out this video:

I’m really excited for this opportunity and would be most grateful if you would consider voting for me, and/or sharing my video online to your social networks in the coming weeks.

Voting opens February 1, and anyone who is a current NCECA member (you don’t even have to go to the conference) can vote online — it’s super easy. See below for full details on how to vote.

How to vote:

Elections will open February 1, 2016 and will be conducted via SurveyMonkey. All current members prior to January 29, 2016 will receive an evite to vote. A second round of voting evites will go out after the close of Advanced registration on March 1, 2016. If you joined membership after this date, please notify or to receive your evite. All votes must be cast by 4pm, Friday, March 18, 2016. If you become a member while at conference, please see Candice at registration to get set up for voting.

NCECA 2014

It’s hard to say what the highlights were for me at NCECA this year, as everything about it was great. From the shows, to the talks, to the demos, and all the great people I met, not to mention the great food and general good times that Milwaukee had to offer, it was a fantastic experience, and it’s going to take me a while to process it all.

Luckily I came home with some new tools to help bring my new ideas to fruition…

I'm a sucker for new tools, and the resource hall at NCECA always obliges!

I’m a sucker for new tools, and the resource hall at NCECA always obliges!

NCECA Bound!

NCECA Milwaukee

Thanks to the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council, I am heading down to NCECA tomorrow! This will be only my second time going, so I’m still a relative NCECA newbie. Last year when I went down to Houston, I barely knew anyone—this year (thanks to all the great people I’ve met through Medalta) it’s a different story. Plus, it’s in Milwaukee this year, which is apparently the beer capital of the US… I’ve never been a huge beer drinker, but I think that might be because I haven’t done enough research. I like research.

If you are going to be there, I am helping out at Medalta’s booth (booth T40 in the resource hall), so stop by and say hi.

Winning the Art Lottery

(or in other words: I got a grant!!!)

As I’ve talked about in previous posts, I’ve been forcing myself to apply to more things recently, such as shows and the like. So with that in mind, this past fall I took my first crack at applying for an Ontario Arts Council (OAC) grant—figuring that it would be a useful exercise, but not really expecting anything to come of it.  Okay that’s a lie—I enjoyed several glorious days daydreaming about how wonderful it would be to actually get it, and then, like the modest Canadian I am, I spent the next few months trying to remind myself of all the reasons I wouldn’t get it.

So when my Mom called the other day, saying that a letter had come from the OAC, wondering if she should open it or not, I was half hopeful, half trying not to get my hopes up. Needless to say, when she said that I’d been awarded one of the 25 grants they gave out (of 81 applications), I couldn’t believe it!

The grant I applied for was a Crafts Projects Creation & Development grant—part of my proposal was towards my first solo show which is scheduled for July at Medalta’s Yuill Family Gallery in Medicine Hat, and the other part was so I could attend NCECA this year in Milwaukee.

It’s such a great feeling of validation to be selected by a jury of fellow artists and arts professionals to receive funding for making my work, and I am truly grateful to the Ontario Arts Council for making this possible.

Time to get my hands dirty!

Ontario Arts Council