Friday, January 21, 2011

Winnipeg- Red Dress Project

Beginning in January 2011, the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies (IWGS) at the University of Winnipeg will be partnering with local Métis artist Jaime Black on an interdisciplinary on-campus art & education project. The REDress Project is a public art installation that aims to raise awareness surrounding the murder and disappearance of over 500 Aboriginal women across Canada. The aim of the project is to collect, by com...munity donation, 500 RED dresses to later install and display in public spaces in an effort to draw attention to this often overlooked national issue.

The campus-wide installation of the REDress Project will take place during International Women’s Week, from March 7-12, 2011. Along with the installation of 300+ dresses, we will be coordinating tours of the installation, educational materials, a movie screening, as well as a panel of speakers. It is our intention to provide an environment for students, staff, faculty and the general public to learn through engagement with the art, and to provide opportunities for conversation about the serious impact of this gendered and racialized violence on all of the peoples of Canada.

It is our hope that faculty and staff throughout the University, as well as community and government partners, will join with us in the weeks and months before the installation to create space in classrooms, in offices, and in workplaces to engage and educate students, staff and the wider public about this crucial issue.

How can you get involved with the REDress Project at the University of Winnipeg?

- Join us for the launch of the REDress project on campus on THURSDAY, FEB 3rd from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the 2nd floor Duckworth Lounge (DATE/LOCATION CHANGED)! We intend this launch to be an opportunity for folks to learn about the project, and pick up some educational materials about the issue that can be shared in the classroom, workplace, or home. We also hope that this will be a forum for brainstorming and idea-sharing on how our partners both on, and off, campus may be able to support, and continue, the educational and artistic goals of the REDress project.

- Donate! Collect new or gently used RED dresses of any size, length and style for donation OR offer your workplace as a donation drop-off location. The project will also gratefully accept cash donations for dress purchases or to offset the costs of installation.

- Educate! Start conversations in your classroom, your workplace, your communities, and your home on the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. If you need reading materials and other educational supports we will have resource kits available beginning in January 2011, however the Native Women’s Association of Canada has incredible resources available through their Sisters in Spirit project at

-Volunteer! We’ll need support installing the project, handing out educational materials and talking to folks about the project, as well as support at the various events during the week.

-Attend! Bring your friends and family to the REDress project on campus and then go home and have conversations with folks about what you’ve learned, and what you’re thinking about.

To support the REDress project please contact us directly in one of the following ways. We appreciate your support, and welcome your ideas and feedback.

Kim Hunter (IWGS Projects and Events Coordinator) or 204.786.9921 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 204.786.9921 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Jaime Black (Artist + creator of the REDress project)

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