Avatittinnik Kamatsiarniq is an Inuit societal value meaning, Respect and care for the land, animals and the environment.
This large-scale legacy mural that sits atop the Coronation Park Pavillion was concieved specifically for Toronto's Waterfront by Inuit youth artists from Kinngait (Cape Dorset, NU), in collaboration with Toronto based artists Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson of Embassy of Imagination.
The imagery on this site is composed of water animals using a traditional cut-out technique, evoking the close proximity to the lake and meaningful connections between the Inuit and the water.
Artists: Christine Adamie, David Pudlat, Taqialuk Pudlat, Moe Kelly, Iqaluk Quvianaqtuliaq and Cie Taqiasuk
Mentors: Cie Taqiasuk, Julieta Arias, Moises Frank
Facilitators: Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson
ABOUT EMBASSY OF IMAGINATION
Embassy of Imagination (EOI) is a multidisciplinary arts initiative for youth based in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Their workshops provide youth access to a global perspective of art practices and a variety of art mediums, specializing in printmaking and mural painting. EOI encourages youth to achieve self-empowerment through creating, fun, collaborative community projects and professionally-realized satellite projects across Canada.
Cape Dorset has a remarkable roster of artists and arts economy, but the community has long lacked consistent programming for youth. In a territory that has complex challenges and lacks employment opportunity, artistically inclined youth must be supported. Cape Dorset youth have an abundance of talent, personality and life experience to contribute creatively to their community and Canada.
EOI provides young Cape Dorset artists with workshops for art forms that they are interested in but cannot otherwise access. Youth artists also get opportunities to travel and share their art and culture with the nation at large. EOI’s landmark public mural projects in Toronto and Montreal comprised of extraordinary drawings by the youth artists and painted by the youth artists, have been celebrated as incredible gifts to their host cities.
EOI projects have been supported by Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association, the West-Baffin Eskimo Co-op, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Canadian Heritage, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, Taking IT Global, and the Government of Nunavut.