May 10, 2020


2:00 - 4:00 PM

The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba and MICE Magazine are proud to present an online creative writing workshop with Alexa Joy Potashnik (Founder and President, Black Space Winnipeg) and Alyssa Fearon (Curator, AGSM).

This is a FREE event, but please register via Eventbrite to secure a spot. We encourage participation from individuals that identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Colour).

Capacity is limited.


In this creative writing workshop, we will explore the relationship between doubt and knowledge by interpreting proverbs, aphorisms, and “short truths” rooted in Afro-diasporic oral traditions and Black artistic expression. Through writing, dialogue, and non-verbal rhythmic communication (e.g. beatboxing), we will create and affirm our own truths.


Alyssa Fearon currently holds the position of Curator at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba on Treaty 2 territory (Brandon, Manitoba). In 2018, she curated the inaugural Scarborough zone of Nuit Blanche Toronto. She has also held positions at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the New York-based Independent Curators International, and has taught at the University of Toronto Scarborough, York University, and Brandon University.

Alexa Joy is a researcher, activist and artist whose work attempts to dismantle structural white supremacy while encouraging demonstrations of Black, radical-advocacy. Her work as the founder and president of Black Space Winnipeg inspires her to push for authentic dialogue on challenging anti-Blackness in Canada and establishes critical inquiries on deconstructing how we think of race and racism. As a vocal percussion, Alexa explores the power of breath and rhythmic dialogue to create percussion communication while pushing the boundaries of beatboxing. As a community organizer and leader her work has been recognized by CBC's Future 40 under 40 and recipient of the Sybil Shack Youth Award for Human Rights, among many other accomplishments, Alexa continues to disrupt institutional inequalities by searching for truth and justice for society's most vulnerable.


MICE [Moving Image Culture Etc.] Magazine is a collectively-run online periodical devoted to critical writing and artists’ projects about and within moving image culture. This workshop series is produced with generous support from the Canada Arts Council.

The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba has been proudly serving Brandon and its surrounding region for more than 100 years. Founded in 1907 as the Brandon Art Club, the AGSM is Manitoba’s oldest centre for visual art and one of Canada’s first. The AGSM is a community-engaged contemporary art gallery that celebrates artistic excellence and diversity within our region and beyond. We believe that art is an essential element of what defines community, culture, and nation. As such, we are committed to the artists and deep art history of this land as we collectively work to understand the complexities and wonders of our lives and circumstances in this shared community.


Image courtesy of Liz Ikiriko and Anique Jordan. Chapbook design by Emmie Tsumura. MICE is Aaditya Aggarwal, Marina Fathalla, and Marsya Maharani.