Satellite x DESIS Residency Helps Supercharge Student Initiatives

August 7, 2020

A new series of projects launched under the Satellite banner put the spotlight on building relationships and enhancing community resilience.

Laura Kozak, facilitator for the Satellite program’s 2020 iteration, Satellite x DESIS, says the process of building resilience both for the individuals involved, as well as for the communities they interact with, is central to this cohort’s way of working.

Projects within the program focus on creating, expanding and enhancing relationships. This approach emphasizes collaborative process over particular outcomes, meaning participants walk away with a holistic skillset and robust connections outside the school, fostering agency and confidence as artists and designers in the creative workforce.

“Rather than being focused right from the very beginning on making specific things happen at specific times, we gave the program a phased approach to allow projects to emerge through collaborative discussion and examination of systemic contexts to shape the work,” Laura says.

Ten residents, making up five projects, are included in this year’s cohort: Garima Sood and Damien Stonick (Radical Waste); Annie Canto, Jean Chisholm and Nura Ali (POOL); Lauren Thu and Zara Huntley (Studio Peal); Josh Singler (Fruitcake Press); and Morgan Martino and Naomi Boyd (Pocket Change).

Satellite is an evolving project incubator run by the Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship, and funded by the Accountability Council for Co-op Education and Work-Integrated Learning (ACCE-WIL) and the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

“This groundbreaking investment in the Satellite Incubator enables us to empower artists and designers by giving them the hands-on experience they need to make their world-changing ideas possible,” says Kate Armstrong, Director of the Shumka Centre.

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