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In Conversation: Alan Syliboy

Join us In Conversation with artist, author, musician, filmmaker, and illustrator, Alan Syliboy.

Alan Syliboy grew up believing that native art was generic. “As a youth, I found painting difficult and painful, because I was unsure of my identity.” But his confidence grew in 1972 when he studied privately with Shirley Bear. He then attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where 25 years later, he was invited to sit on the Board of Governors. Syliboy looked to the indigenous Mi’kmaq petroglyph tradition for inspiration and developed his own artistic vocabulary out of those forms. His popularization of these symbolic icons has conferred on them a mainstream legitimacy that restores community pride in its Mi’kmaq heritage.

Alan still lives and works in Millbrook, NS, where he was born and raised. He creates his art in his studio in Truro, NS.

Join host Liz Crocker this National Indigenous People’s Day to celebrate the life and work of one of Nova Scotia’s best-known artists.

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This is a third party event and has not been verified by the Municipality.