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City of Kingston announces Elder in Residence for the Grand OnStage 2018-19 season

October 19, 2018 -

The inaugural Elder in Residence for the Grand Onstage 2018-19 season has been confirmed as Grandmother Kathy Brant. Grandmother Brant has worked with the Indigenous Community in Kingston and area for the last five years as an Indigenous Community Development Worker with Kingston Community Health Centres. Her role begins Monday, Oct. 22, when she will be supporting Xara Choral Theatre's presentation of Fatty Legs. The three sold-out performances are part of the Grand Theatre's programming for students and educators.

The City of Kingston is committed to a shared path of reconciliation and in the context of the Grand OnStage Program at the Grand Theatre to providing Indigenous cultural and educational experiences centered on the performing arts to Kingston residents. As a new initiative over the 2018-19 Grand OnStage Season, the City of Kingston released a call for an Elder in Residence/Traditional Knowledge Keeper who is able to share his or her knowledge, traditional teachings and offer cultural support to patrons and artists.

All applications were reviewed and assessed by a jury of peers with Grandmother Kathy Brant being selected as the successful applicant for the 2018-2019 Grand OnStage season. Grandmother Kathy Brant will provide her knowledge and support to performances and operations throughout the programming year.

"I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with Grandmother Kathy Brant as we strive to deepen the relationship between the Grand OnStage program, the exceptional Indigenous artists in our season and the Indigenous community" states Jayson Duggan, performing arts manager for the City of Kingston.

Grandmother Brant is Mohawk of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Confederacy and has worked with Indigenous Communities for close to 25 years. She is passionate about sharing her own teachings and to working with other Knowledge Keepers to share their teachings as well. The goal of the Elder in Residence position is to increase awareness of Indigenous culture for patrons of the Grand Theatre as well as provide traditional medicine and knowledge to artists and patrons as needed over the term of the appointment. Involvement in engagement activities such as participation in talks, question and answer sessions, and informal dialogue at performances will be part of the duties of this position and more details for specific performances will be released as they are confirmed.

Learn more at www.kingstongrand.ca/education/elder-in-residence