On June 16th, Brave Space joined folks from across Nova Scotia for a province-wide conference to spark and commit to ideas for citizen-led change.
Capturing voices from Middleton, Truro, Pictou, Sydney, Amherst, New Glasgow, Yarmouth, East Hants, Tatamagouche, Greenwich and Halifax, Brave Space harvested calls for action from one end of the province to the other.
Engage NS worked in partnership with the Halifax Partnership, the Cape Breton Partnership, the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia and many other partners and friends to create a space where we as Nova Scotians can come together—to learn from daring examples and prepare to take the next steps that will move us forward.
Last Sunday, Brave Space shared in an evening of storytelling with our friends and colleagues from our local creative community. Hosted by Springtide Collective, Scene Change featured a story circle about political activism as told by Nova Scotians involved in the recent movement to save the Film Tax Credit.
Together we explored the experiences of filmmakers, advocates and activists working to make change. Storytellers shared what they've learned first-hand about how to make changes in Nova Scotia politics, and what elements of Nova Scotia politics need to change.
Thank you to Lion and Bright for providing a cozy and supportive space for the event and to all our brave storytelling friends for letting us into their hearts, sharing laughs and deepening the roots and resolve of our creative community.
I am culture. You are culture. We are culture.
Last Wednesday, we celebrated with clients, colleagues and community at Lion & Bright. It has been a busy Winter and Spring for Brave Space. Lots of learning, work and play. Brave Space was born in October 2013, with strong support and encouragement from friends and family. In September 2014, Rachel, Louise and Isabel came forward with requests to learn more and be a part of Brave Space. We have spent the last 8 months training together, taking on community graphic gigs and building the business. This influx of creative energy and powerhouse capacity has allowed Brave Space to bloom and develop in new and exciting ways. We are taking on more work and even drawing in multiple locations simultaneously!
A few important thank yous... To Tim Merry and Sera Thompson for continuously mentoring me in this work and inviting me into so many gigs and learnings. To Ben Fong and Meg Craig for supporting our design, logos and website creation. To Ryan Watson for caring for the $$$$$ side of things. To Louise, Rachel and Isabel for being beautiful, fierce and creative mates with markers!
I am so looking forward to the next phase of growth and creativity. Cheers to the Graphic Revolution!
So excited to report that our new business cards came in mail today! A huge shout out to Meg Craig of SKYSAIL Brand for her design work. The graphic revolution is coming on strong!
Other projects on the go right now are- Ziji Collective Summit in Mexico, Public Art consultation, work with Springtide Collective and ALiA Summer program in Tacoma.
The Brave Space team was so excited to create a graphic installation at Mindball 2015. Rachel, Marguerite and Louise applied their make up and headed down to the Seaport Market in a blizzard. The place looked beautiful but everyone was a bit on edge about how the weather would affect the turnout. People began to arrive and have a drink or hit the dance floor. Brave Space was positioned near the entrance so everyone walked by the installation as they entered, and were invited to engage with the piece. People reflected on questions about isolation, being an ally and having allies and what community looks and feels like. It was a great party and an amazing experience of creative engagement.