Locals Only Participants

Olivia Adams

Saskatoon, SK

Olivia is from Saskatoon, SK, and is completing her final year at Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music in the Bachelor of Music Performance Honours program. She enjoys collaborating with musicians and artists and has worked with organizations including the Saskatchewan Craft Council, the Saskatchewan Music Collection Project, and now AKA Artist-Run. She has been a private music instructor for 6 years and enjoys bringing out the inner artist in her students as she encourages them to develop their artistic practice and share with their community. Olivia has volunteered to work with Canadian Fire Missions abroad in the Philippines, Romania, and Moldova, and contributed to their on-going work with vulnerable community members, churches, and non-profit organizations. Besides her work as a teacher, she has worked with youth at the Summer Academy for Voice and Piano, Circle Square Ranch, and through her University internship experiences. Her current artistic research looks at the music of Canadian women composers and she has performed lecture recitals in Canada and Portugal on this topic.  She is excited to bring her experience in the musical arts to Locals Only and looks forward to learning from the youth, artists, and community participants she will be working with.

Project:

Locals Only

Developed by Justin Langlois, for AKA in collaboration with CHEP Good Food Inc., Locals Only is a large-scale multi-year project that explores food security, community-based artworks, and intergenerational exchange in Saskatoon’s core neighbourhoods.

Locals Only deploys local knowledge and long-form hospitality through socially engaged art to link public engagement, youth leadership, and elder stewardship, cultivating a community-based exploration of reciprocity and change. We call it Locals Only to draw attention to the community context of core neighbourhoods and identify the project’s ambition to respond to long-time residents and intergenerational affinities.

Locals Only will operate as an elder-guided, artist-designed, and youth-operated mobile programming space, and will serve as a platform for intercultural dialogue and intergenerational capacity building by sharing traditional knowledge around food, hospitality, and community development. Beginning in 2017, the project extends until June 2019, and will encourage meaningful participation from community-based youth and elders, as well as deep collaboration with local and national artists.