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A New Path to the Waterfall


This limited edition volume of printed pieces culminates the year-long collaborative art project A New Path to the Waterfall. Initiated by Portland-based artist Harrell Fletcher with support from the Contemporary art Gallery, A New Path to the Waterfall situated a CAG satellite gallery space within Lord Strathcona Elementary School.

Over the course of the 2017-2018 school year, MaryAnn Persoon’s grade 6/7 class engaged in five projects created and led by six Vancouver-based artists; Justine A. Chambers, Elisa Ferrari, Hannah Jickling, Carmen Papalia, Helen Reed and T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss. The project was conceived to open up new ways for the students to engage with art and the wider world while re-shaping the ways in which we consider contemporary art, gallery spaces and public schools. Over the year, Persoon’s class embarked on five distinct projects with the artists in which they were encouraged to take creative risks and experiment with different ways of making to investigate local ecosystems and issues surrounding accessibility, inclusion, power structures, taste and consumption.

Aspects of each of the five projects in A New Path to the Waterfall are presented in distinct printed pieces collected in this volume.

  • The Herbarium Project T’uy’t’tant Cease Wyss and the students featuring texts by T’uy’t’tant Cease Wyss and Harrell Fletcher
  • the sound of a cactus being touched by a raindrop Elisa Ferrari and the students
  • Open Access Is… Carmen Papalia and the students
  • a mild-skunkish and sweet potato sign, Hannah Jickling, Helen read and the students
  • The Intersectors, Justine A. Chambers and the students
  • Plus A New Path to the Waterfall, a culminating publication featuring images of each project, quotes from the students as well as an interview with Harrell Fletcher, Justine A. Chambers, MaryAnn Persoon and students

A New Path to the Waterfall and its publication were generously made possible by the Vancouver Park Board, the City of Vancouver, The Vancouver Foundation, TELUS Community Board, the Hamber Foundation and Artstarts/Artists in the Classroom.


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