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  • Writer's pictureElaine Ho-Tassone

The Conversation features Grand Expressions

The research-based online news outlet includes a story about our collaborative research with Six Nations of the Grand River as part of its World Water Day features.

Grand Expressions, the virtual art exhibit comprised of works by youth from Six Nations of the Grand River, was an important collaboration in the Grand-Erie Study. Youth from Music for the Spirit & Indigenous Visual Arts created artworks and wrote associated stories for the exhibit, which launched at The Carolinian Cafe in Cayuga, Ont., in March 2020. The exhibit was later featured on a tablet at THEMUSEUM (Canada's largest cultural museum) in Kitchener, Ont., from August 2020 to January 2021. In that time, the youths' works were also highlighted in articles in Water News (the news outlet for the Canadian Water Resources Association) and in Water Canada Magazine, among other features.

Founded in 2017, The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public. It is a freely accessible, public domain (commons license) news source that verifies the expertise of its authors. The Conversation reaches an average of 42 million readers around the world each month. Grand Expressions was featured in a March 18 article in The Conversation's lead-up to World Water Day (on March 22). We thank Susannah Schmidt for offering the youth a platform for their works and for the extensive revisions and research she contributed so that the story would be as accessible to the global readership as possible. We also thank Richelle Miller, Coordinator of Music for the Spirit & Indigenous Visual Arts, for collaborating on the project and helping with the draft article.

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