Mskomini Giizis Residency

We are pleased to announce the third round of the Mskomini Giizis Residency as part of Metcalf Foundation’s 2016 Creative Strategies Incubator, which will take place in Aki Studio from July 1-28, 2019.

The Residency will offer Indigenous artists and collectives the opportunity to further their projects beyond mid to late stage workshop development, or after first productions. Artists will be provided with a combination of space, resources, travel and technical elements. The Residency is not intended for new creation or initial stages of development. For a full guideline, click here.

Through the Mskomini Giizis Residency, Indigenous artists and collectives can take this time to  explore any aspect of the production.

2019 Mskomini Giizis Residency

Aria Evans  |  Waawaate Fobister  |  Christopher Mejaki


2018 Mskomini Giizis Residency

For our second year, we had Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan’s Unsettled Scores who developed their second full-length opera piece Canoe, and Christine Friday of Friday Creeations who developed her newest dance piece Maggie & Me: A Healing Dance.

2017 Mskomini Giizis Residency

For our first year of the summer residency, we had Daniel David Moses and Colin Taylor’s hybrid performing arts and education organization ARTS&SCIENCE, and they developed Moses’ Crazy Dave Goes to Town

The inaugural Mskomini Giizis Residency funded by Metcalf Foundation will occur over four weeks in July 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Raspberry-TransparentMskomini Giizis (“Raspberry Moon”) is the seventh moon of Creation in July, when great changes begin. By learning gentleness and kindness, we may pass through the thorns of its brush and harvest its fruit, as we gain knowledge that will help in raising our families.

Source: The 13 Grandmother Moon teachings are from Kinoomaadiewinan Anishinabek Bimaadinzinwin, Book Two. Author Arlene Berry.


Metcalf’s Creative Strategies Incubator program is designed to help professional performing arts companies explore new strategies for addressing longstanding sectoral issues. Through an accompanying Learning Network, participants are encouraged to nurture the organizational change that comes from developing and implementing innovation, and to foster a culture of shared learning among the sector at large.

The focus issue for the 2016 Creative Strategies Incubator is providing greater opportunities for artistic work to achieve its potential. We are pleased to introduce the six companies who will participate in the program and address this issue over the next three years. More About Metcalf Foundation

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