The City of Burlington’s public art program, in collaboration with local Indigenous Peoples, invites residents to join the Bimose Agaming - Walking along the Lake Indigenous art walk and spring equinox celebration. The event takes place Monday, March 20, beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Gazebo in Spencer Smith Park.
The walk begins at the Orange Crosswalk at Lakeshore Road and Nelson Avenue, which was installed to serve as a permanent reminder of Burlington’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation. This prominent location is an entrance to Spencer Smith Park, with direct connections to the Art Gallery of Burlington and Spencer’s at the Waterfront.
From there, visitors may travel east or west along the waterfront promenade. A series of electrical boxes along the main path are wrapped in works by nine Indigenous, Metis and Inuit artists. Heading west, the art walk will end at Joseph Brant Museum, where artist David General has created a large-scale sculpture, Conversations and Stories.
The agenda includes:
11:30 a.m. - Indigenous Art Walk, Spencer Smith Park Gazebo
Gather at the Gazebo in Spencer Smith Park for an Opening Prayer with WhiteEagle, followed by the Art Walk of the nine Indigenous pieces, crosswalk and ceremonial fire. Arrive at Joseph Brant Museum for noon.
Noon to 1 p.m. - Conversations and Stories Sculpture Celebration, Joseph Brant Museum
Join local Indigenous Peoples including Chief Laforme for a Smudging Ceremony, Opening Prayer and music to celebrate Bimose Agaming and the sculpture Conversations and Stories by David General. Sample traditional Indigenous cuisine as the celebration event wraps up with a travelling song.
For more information on Bimose Agaming - Walking along the Lake and the featured artists, visit the City of Burlington website.