Locals Only Participants

Tarin Dehod

Saskatoon, Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis

Tarin Dehod is a curator and arts administrator, living and working on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Metis in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Since 2014 Tarin has served as the Executive Director of AKA, a non-profit artist-run centre funding artistic research, creation and presentation. AKA’s work in the cultural sector is focused on building sincere relationships with neighbours and community members and supporting artwork produced by a diversity of voices. Tarin received her B.A. with Honours in Art History from the University of Waterloo and has worked in outreach and community engagement in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

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.