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Artists Rendering Tales Collective Inc. (ARTCI)

Discipline: Dance, Film / Video, Interdisciplinary, Music, Storytelling, Theatre, Visual Arts, Writing
Homebase: Richmond
Languages: English
Contact Me: (778) 319-6524 , Email , Web

Artists Rendering Tales Collective Inc. (ARTCi) is a powerful group of artists who are highly familiar in combining arts and curriculum. With over 100 years combined experience, ARTCi has the ability to cover multiple facets of art and education from the traditional to ultra-modern electronic media formats in a single project and are particularly effective in developing full-school infusions. ARTCi’s focus is on the process of art creation and the power the arts have to transform minds, hearts and actions. Our diverse team includes Indigenous artists, Elders, new immigrants, two spirited individuals and allies. We believe that together we are better and that it is important for us, as artists, to model what ReconciliACTion in process looks like through the arts. Together we create safe spaces for dialogue and art creation and have cultural protocols and procedures in place in order to assure this. Our team includes Indigenous, drama, storytelling, visual arts, dance, creative writing, media, and musical artists. ARTCi has the capacity to help you tell your school’s, classroom’s or curricular story in multiple, integrated, engaging and artistic ways! To see full artist bios visit


The project that was assigned to ARTCI during our 125 celebrations was enormous and involved many facets. During this time ARTCI was eager to collaborate with diverse groups of people from the local First Nations Band, local drama groups and volunteers that could sometimes disappoint by pulling out at the last minute, as well as working with various City departments. Along with their extreme creativity they were always professional, adaptable, tactful and understood the needs and the complexities of any situation. Lynda Baker, Cultural and Community Events Coordinator, City of Coquitlam
The leadership, teamwork and confidence that the program instills translates directly in to the classroom. The artists allow the students to 'taste success' thus, by the time they return to the classroom they can't help but strive for more, both academically and as leaders. ARTCI's positive effect on the social and emotional progress of the children resonates long after the program ends. It is because of this effect that I hope to continue to work with these amazing artists in the future. Justin Borsato, Grade 7 Teacher, Britannia Elementary
My heart is so full having experienced the leadership displayed by all of you tonight. There was heart and beauty in every moment of our discussion and I am so honoured to have shared these moments of exchange and learning with all of you. Elder Nk'xetko you are a model of grace and I will be forever changed by your presence here tonight. You are the embodiment of resilience, and I am humbled by your amazing capacity to turn the dark into light. The sharing of your songs, stories, and the meaning of the drum are imprinted on my soul forever. What a gift! Shelley – you took all of our hands, as if pulling us up before we fell off a tall building, and gave us the tools and courage to lead, create, make mistakes, and trust our hearts. Empowerment is such an amazing gift. And did I mention the laughter? Shelley, you taught us so much about just being human. Thank you! Dr. Jeanette Gallant, Voice teacher and Ethnomusicologist

Project Examples

Elder Storytelling and Collaboration

Observing and incorporating the protocol, history and traditions of Indigenous people, students explore stories told by an Indigenous Elder using a combination of art forms. Beginning with a visit from ARTCi's Elder Nk'xetko, students continue to build on their knowledge and understanding of traditional and contemporary Indigenous culture by expressing themselves through drama, dance, visual arts, media arts, filmmaking, storytelling, creative writing or all of the above with the expert support of the ARTCI team in the visits that follow.

Reconciliation Through the Arts

Elder Nk'xetko, a former student from the Kamloops Residential School shares her story of resiliency as provocation along with some of the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Committee. Our ARTCi team helps to facilitate the process of being an ally by using the arts to create a bridge for dialogue and action. As artists we model what ReconciliACTion in process looks like through the arts and engage students in their own diverse creative projects that build empathy and understanding for all.

Voices: The Great Story Project

Every time, place, person and artefact has a story... a voice. ARTCi’s Voices Project celebrates these stories by encouraging each participant to become its teller. Whatever the topic or subject matter and whether through drama, dance, visual arts (including print making), Indigenous arts, media arts, filmmaking, storytelling, creative writing or all of the above, students discover, embrace and share their gifts and abilities as storytellers with our creative team. ARTCi will collaborate with schools or classrooms to develop programs that address school specific themes and needs and can facilitate a showcase of student success as a finale.

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