Lee Deranger Anishnabe Bio: Lee Deranger was born and raised in Toronto, and has spent most of her adult life in Alberta. Her Anishinaabe heritage is an important part of her daily life and is reflected in her work including porcupine quillwork or other traditional art forms along with her paintings. She was fortunate to have been mentored and taught to paint by the late Don Nixon throughout her childhood well into her teen years. Deranger currently resides in Calgary where she often teaches traditional art forms. She donates art work to charitable causes and speaks out through her art about environmental issues, especially those affecting the water. Her husband is Dene from Fort Chipewyan, the community downstream from the oil sands.
Grade 9 -- Humanities. Lee and Patrick shared their stories through her artwork. With the math community, Lee lead the students through the creation of dreamcatchers.
Nina is a Canadian director, producer, writer & actor. She is committed to creating dialogue about social issues revolving around the multicultural experience in Western countries. She has embraced her passion of filmmaking as a powerful tool to build bridges between people of different ages and cultures.
Her films have traveled the globe, and have touched many lives. These works have encouraged conversations between a varied spectrum of people; from children in impoverished villages to graduate students in universities. Nina's films have received national and international accolades and have won several awards.
Nina explored filmmaking during ACE with all grade nines.
Grade 9 Vertlarke Nacht (Transfigured Night) Six Calgary musicians came together to perform Schoenberg’s Vertlarke Nacht, a classical work for a chamber orchestra. The artists visited with classrooms to speak about their work and the process of translating music for an audience. The musicians involved with this performance were Donovan Seidle, David Morrissey, Marcin Swoboda, Jeremy Gabbert, Beth Sandvoss and Peter Blake.
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Artists in Residence
Willow Park is committed to giving our students and educators opportunities to experience encounters with artists and art making. Artists in Residence provide the space for the community to work with artists from all mediums.