e24 weaving – the good, possible and beautiful

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The recognition, and finding ways to assist people, in an awareness of all the good, the possible and the beautiful and where those things can lead, is one of the roles that artists can specifically play. 

jil p. weaving, conscient podcast, March 31, 2021, Vancouver

jil p. weaving is a site-specific artist who has created works for presentation in both galleries and unconventional spaces. She was Coordinator of Arts and Culture for the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation where she developed and managed a number of projects, such as the Arts, Health and Seniors Project. I had the pleasure of working with jil while I was at the Canada Council for the Arts on various initiatives to support artists working with communities. She is as a passionate advocate for the arts and well grounded.

I appreciated that jil began our conversation with a land acknowledgment from her base in Vancouver on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) and the Tsleil-Waututh (Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh) peoples.

This episode was recorded on jil’s back deck in Vancouver on March 31, 2021.  You’ll hear her son’s dog Dexter once in a while, who enriched our soundscape.

jil and I exchanged on a wide range of issues including relations with indigenous communities, the role of the arts, definitions and appreciation of different art practices, the work of EartHand Gleaners Society, the importance of speculative fiction, etc. 

As I did in e22 westerkamp and e23 appadurai, I integrated excerpts from previous episodes in this case, from e19 reality and e05 carruthers this episode. 

I would like to thank jil for taking the time to speak with me, for sharing her deep knowledge of the arts and her insights on how to chart a path forward (on my goals in season 2 of the conscient podcast).

For more information on jil’s work, see https://artists-speak.ca/?p=46

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