By the Community
For the Community
Critical Mass is operated by a volunteer group of curators, artists, and art enthusiasts in and around the Port Hope and Northumberland area.
If you would like more information about our Board of Directors, and/or have an interest in joining a team, please contact us at email@example.com.
Back, left to right: Jason Schmidt, Philip Goldsmith, Anna Tucka, Sarah Jacob, Charles Wickett (photo taken by self-timer, 2018)
Front: Miles Bowman (ft. Gus Schmidt), Debbie Beattie
In recent weeks the Black Lives Matter movement has shifted how we notice and talk about ongoing forms of racism that impact our daily lives. We acknowledge and welcome this necessary shift. What’s more, we acknowledge that our solidarity requires action.
The perspectives of BIPOC artists have not always been considered in Canadian contemporary art and more broadly in shaping Canadian culture. This must change. Our organization affirms our support for — and commitment to our part in — dismantling systemic racist practices that limit or remove BIPOC artists’ works from engaging our community.
Critical Mass believes art is for everyone. It shapes our experiences and shows us new perspectives. We have worked to offer programming that is accessible, inclusive, and serves the diversity of our region. However, we know we can do better. Our community deserves to experience the rich cultural benefits from all Canadians including those from BIPOC artists.
We recognize that changing racist systems is a process and that we have much to do: it involves listening to all voices in our community; reaching out and consulting with new groups and individuals; and generating new ways of considering what art is, what we present, and who we bring it to. We welcome this work and look forward to announcing organizational changes that more actively center on anti-racist practices to bring art to all of our community.
If you’d like to know more about what you can do, consider these 20 groups helping out across Canada. More locally, the Alderville First Nation, and Northumberland County are working to address racism aided by initiatives from Horizons of Friendship, Green Wood Coalition and others. Thank you for joining us on this journey. You can help us do better as we grow by emailing feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
Miles Bowman | President (and, occasionally, Goose)
Alex Kirkham | Secretary
Sarah Yoo | Treasurer
Charles Wickett | Past President
Directors at Large
Alex Kirkham | Committee Chair
Debbie Beattie | Curatorial Member
Fiona Crangle | Artist, Curatorial Member
Kelly Kirkham | Artist, Curatorial Member
Brynley Longman | Artist, Curatorial Member
Liz Parkinson | Artist, Contributing Curatorial Member
Jason Schmidt | Committee Chair
Paul Godin | Committee Member
Joanne Marrison | Committee Member
Miles Bowman | Committee Chair
Debbie Beattie | Committee Member
Rosalie Byrnes | Contributing Committee Member
Made possible through the Canada Summer Jobs program.
Madeleine Sinnott | Summer Student 2019
Connor Holmes | Summer Student 2018
Made possible through the Ontario Trillium Foundatoin
Debbie Beattie | Program Director