The New Dawn Enterprises series, Ideas: Powered by Passion, continues this week at the Cape Breton Center for Craft and Design. On Wednesday, May 23, Order of Canada recipient Dr. Teresa MacNeil, will be sharing her thoughts on how we “can be in charge of our own house”. She’ll explore why it’s vital that we reflect on the past in order to shift into a bright future. MacNeil will help illustrate how some of the cultural, economic, social, and political influences keep us from being in charge of our own house. She says, “learning and experience are liberating factors”.
Laura Schneider, Curator of the Cape Breton University Art Gallery, will be examining the question “What does contemporary art have to do with Cape Breton?” and discussing the upcoming exhibition of young Cape Breton artists entitled “The Glass Is…“. As the product of a small community herself, Schneider clearly recognizes the value of an art gallery within the network of Cape Breton communities and works to increase the profile of the gallery as a hub for arts education and a valuable resource for research, inquiry and enjoyment in the arts.
The evening of creativity and ideas, encouraging new thinking through speech and music, concludes with Cape Breton harp player and teacher Jenny Tingley, who will share her unique talent playing both traditional, and not-so-traditional tunes on the Celtic Harp.
After a lively Q & A, the crowd will reconvenes to Governors Pub for a “meeting of the minds”, where the speakers, audience and community members mingle and continue the conversation.
This free event takes place on Wednesday from 7–9pm at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design (3rd floor). For more information on the Ideas: Powered by Passion series, or to watch video of past talks, visit newdawn.ca.