Mike has also partnered with the KAC to create the Mike Alexander Emerging Indigenous Art Micro-Grant that supports projects initiated and directed by emerging Indigenous artists in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo Region who have demonstrated commitment to their artistic practice.
Click here to view more information on this micro-grant. Deadline is January 15th, 2021! >> https://kamloopsarts.ca/programs/grants-scholarships/
Member of the Month
Full Name: Mike Alexander
Medium: Acrylic painting.
How long have you been doing your art: Just over four years.
What got you originally interested in the art you do: The process of decolonization in my own life. To actively explore my cultural roots and to better understand the importance of art as it relates to storytelling.
What is something you have learned about yourself through your art: I have come to believe in myself both in terms of my skill, but of being able to know that art is something I am constantly able to feel motivated to create. It is a language that I try to speak every day and my desire to do so is a happy learning.
What do you enjoy the most about your art: That I have the freedom to pursue it on a daily basis and understand the role that it plays in the pursuit of my dreams.
What is your favorite joke/quote: “We’re doomed.” -C3PO
What is something most people don’t know about you: I have been collecting metal and punk records for almost 30 years.
If you could teach everyone one art medium or method, what would it be, why: Sketching is one of my favorite things to help people better understand. Establishing the initial relationship between brain and hand introduces young artists to a non-judgemental search for form and shape. When we simply explore without imposing rules, a mind can learn to be present without the pressure of having finished compositions as a goal.
What do you think makes art important: In this global pandemic, we see why art is important. People turn to art in times of uncertainty and fear, allowing the artists and storytellers to provide reassurance, comfort and unique perspective on the world.
Why are you a member of the Kamloops Arts Council: The staff are incredibly supportive and understanding. They understand the needs of the artist community and work overtime in pursuit of opportunities that benefit us all, as artists and as a city.