INTERSECTION will be a unique gathering of Indigenous artists, entrepreneurs, experts and students, relating success stories and lessons learned by entrepreneurial arts organizations in Canada.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Jessica Metcalfe. Stemming from a social activism history, Dr. Metcalfe will speak about the Indigenous fine art market, the challenges of small businesses, and how entrepreneurship can address local and global social issues.
Three distinct panels will expand discussions on emerging business ideas and social innovation approaches. A series of practical workshops on the themes of Navigating the Entrepreneurial Space, and Arts and Leadership, including two workshops on design thinking and business model canvas, will allow attendees to test their ideas for scaling up and sustainability.
Keynote: Dr. Jessica Metcalfe
Dr. Jessica R. Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) earned her Ph.D. in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on Native designers of high fashion, and is in the process of editing her dissertation for a book manuscript.
She is the main author of the website, Beyond Buckskin, which focuses on all topics related to Native fashion, and is the owner of the Beyond Buckskin Boutique, which promotes and sells Native American-made couture, streetwear, jewelry, and accessories.
She has taught courses in Native studies, studio art, art history, and literature at tribal colleges and state universities. She has presented at numerous national conferences, lectured at museums, and co-curated exhibitions. Her current work focuses on Native American art, clothing, and design from all time periods, with an emphasis on contemporary artists.
The conference will:
- Highlight successful examples of Triple bottom line (Financial, Social, Environmental) enterprises
- Provide practical tools and workshops for students and aspiring entrepreneurs
- Provide success stories of income generation for organizations looking for ways to replace government funding
- Address intersections and breakdown barriers between creative and business type
Elder Garry Sault of the Mississauga New Credit, will offer the opening prayer