Level IV Arts & Science student Avery McNair has received the 2019 Drs. Jolie Ringash and Glen Bandiera Renaissance Award. Collaborating with Megan Watson, a fourth-year Biochemistry student, Avery will be using this opportunity to explore sustainable and agroecological farming across Canada. The duo is pursuing the project because they view sustainable farming in Canada as directly linked to a positive future for food sourcing, climate change, biodiversity retention, Indigenous food sovereignty, and economic efficiency. From May to August, Avery and Megan will be traveling across Canada to interact with Canadian farmers and explore the current ways in which they employ agroecological practices. Upon their return, they will be turning their sure-to-be-remarkable experience into a shareable film designed to inspire people to become more acquainted with their own food systems. This marks the seventh consecutive year that an Artsci student has won a Renaissance Award.
The Renaissance Award: A Summer on Sustainable Farms
From McMaster Daily News, 18 September 2019
For the sixth consecutive year, Arts & Science students have received the honour of the Drs. Jolie Ringash and Glen Bandiera Renaissance Award. Two of this year’s recipients are fourth-year Arts & Science students Emily Siskos and Alexia Olaizola.
For their project, Alexia and Emily will study Indigenous visual arts as means of cultural reclamation and resistance in Canada. With guidance from their supervisors, Carol Podedworny and Dr. Rick Monture, Emily and Alexia have planned a trip that will span from May-August 2018 to study art from Indigenous communities in Eastern, Central, and Western Canada. They want to learn how to become better allies to Indigenous communities in Canada. They are excited to view Indigenous art and learn from artists, curators, and community members. Over the four months, Alexia and Emily will produce sketches and photographs of their journey and compile them into a mixed media piece at the end of the four months.
Exploring How to Be Indigenous Allies Through Art, Thanks to a Renaissance Award
From McMaster Daily News, 9 August 2018