Friday, November 10, 2017

The 2017 Not a Bystander art project

Aug 27, 2014 Sun: A group of Edmontonians gathered at Churchill Square for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of an aboriginal teen girl recently found murdered in Winnipeg. On Sunday, Tina Fontaine,15, was found wrapped up in a bag and dumped in the Red River in Winnipeg. This art project is dedicated to Tina...

The 2017 Not a Bystander art project began in late March after a survey was conducted over 2 days in front of City Hall and next to the Alberta Legislature. It was determined from my survey from respondents that I should create an art that is positive, hopeful and in some respects promotes healing while focusing on the difficult and sometimes taboo topics of anger, violence and bullying. Several people surveyed said we get enough bad news everyday in our newspapers on radio and TV. The first painting completed I titled 'She smiles after all that...' followed by 'Vimy-Not a Bystander. 

3rd. Installment Non-Violence Oilers Jersey

One last shot at the net for 'Non Hockey Fan Violence'

February 23, 2018: Top of the noon hour picket at the Legislature - Got thumbs up from the window of Rachel Notley's office from staff. I met a guy today who is employed to put up posters on downtown kiosks and he says he's surprised how long my hockey fan violence poster has lasted as long as it has next to remedies cafe on Jasper. 35 days to be exact since it was used during the woman march last month.

Today I'm numb, shocked, in disbelief over this verdict of Not Guilty of the man accused of Tina Fontaine's murder.This young lady's death should have been a wake-up call for all Canadians... It was Tina's death that prompted renewed calls for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. "All of us should be ashamed."- Sheila North, grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak

Photo: Partially completed painting 'She smiles after all that..." My 2017 Not a Bystander art project began last March 2017 as a tribute to the memory of Tina Fontaine and someone else I once knew as a friend named Joanne Ghostkeeper who was murdered in Edmonton 1996. Her case like many others aboriginal women and men remains unsolved. See more about Joanne: CBC

Not a Bystander art project -BE SEEN if you want the people to hear you, you have to say it 10-15 times. This banner that promotes Non Hockey Fan Violence was featured during the womans march last month and has stayed up on this City provided Kiosk next to Remedies Cafe 30 days today. $1 for the placard 1 hour social creativity and 30 days Civil Information Activism...One Heartbeat:

February 1, 2018: It was here by the great #99 that I launched last April, 2017 the 3rd installment to my Not a Bystander art project that focuses on anger, violence and bullying. I gave away my last card from a box of a thousand business cards to university students outside the MacEwan University. This now ends 10 months of civil information actions that began after a female Edmonton fan was punched in the face by an Oiler fan for wearing San Jose jersey and an 11 year old boy wearing a San Jose Sharks jersey was bullied at an Edmonton Oilers game...

February 1, 2018: Funny thing happened while wearing my Oilers Non Violence Jersey today. This guy asked me about my poster with the McJesusJinx was about while we waited for the traffic light to change. I told him that it was about hockey fan violence and bullying that takes place in Edmonton during playoff season. He asked me do you know who I am and I said no. He said he's been with Hockey Canada for 8 years. I said that's great here's my business card to my web site that will explain more of what this is about. He said no thanks but good luck with your cause.

January 8, 2018: Not a Bystander action, 100 St.102 Ave. Interview 'More Positive Attitude by Oilers Fans needed' End the #McJesususJinx YOUTUBE Get In The Game Edmonton Oilers Fans and End Hockey Fan Violence and Bullying.

The Oiler's Jersey became the 3rd installment to the project during the Oiler's playoff season when negative news reports began to surface of hockey fan violence and bullying with headlines like 'Female Edmonton Fan Punched in the Face for Wearing San Jose Jersey' Global News and 'A Young San Jose Sharks Fan Bullied at an Edmonton Oilers Game for Wearing a San Jose Jersey' Global News. It was the natural thing to do adding the Non-Violence Oilers Jersey to the project and followed up with a second survey conducted with Oilers fans during an Oiler's victory rally inside Sir Winston Churchill Square in April. 

I decided to wear my Oilers Non-Violence Jersey all year on street corners, during rallies, protests, outside roger's Place  before games and during civic and provincial functions. The #McJesusJinx was later added after someone posted posters on City provided kiosks during pre-season hockey with the words ' 'We Pray to Connor McJesus for a Stanley Cup'. 

The Edmonton Oilers from the get go were touted as the team most likely to win big during the 2017-18 season but as it stands that #McJesusJinx along with the bad karma that created by the hockey fan violence and bullying has slowed down and perhaps ended the Edmonton Oilers chances of making a playoff in the spring 2018. It has always been my hope as an Oiler fan and a citizen of Edmonton that our team not make playoffs at all. Not until a combined effort by the Edmonton Oilers organization, the City of Edmonton and Oilers fans together step up to the plate and help make a commitment to being the first Canadian City to end hockey fan violence and bullying. Perhaps become The City of Non Fan Violence Champions...

One Heartbeat: Not a Bystander
'The role of art is to inspire hope, 
it should be used for healing.' 

December 20, Not a Bystander art project last day. Word Up! with Slam/Poet Kaz Mega City of (Non Violence) Champions YouTube

Final 230th art show 2017
November 11, 2017 Remembrance Day 
final art show next to City Hall  🌹 YouTube

#214 Not a Bystander - Non (Fan) Violence Jersey. Oiler Fans Commit to Ending The McJesusJinx - Non Fan Violence YouTube:

Not a Bystander and Fire and Rain Art Show Today was my 210th outdoor art show this year at the top of the noon hour in front of the Alberta Legislature. I said hello to a couple returning MLAs who got back to work this afternoon for the fall session of question period.

#207 Not a Bystander/Non (Hockey Fan) Violence Jersey

#207: Today I shared the stories behind my Not a Bystander art project with a steady stream if visitors including this young University student who graciously posed next to my newest painting I was working on today. She took a stack of cards with my website address, promising to share it with friends: 'Don't Hate The Media, be The Media!' Word of Month/ This is how Civil Information has worked for me as a citizen news activist 10 years this year.

#201 "Not a Bystander, Fire and Rain, Coming Storm" Edmonton City Hall - Two Texan Missionaries (right holding Fort McMurray the beast and left Justin Trudeau) stopped by to hear the stories behind my art show today. Justin Trudeau was in the neighbourhood inside the Hotel Mac and Edmonton Police Headquarters. 'Justin Trudeau' and 'Roughneck protector of oil' was added to the Fire and Rain art project after two paintings were retired from the collection from damage. I played Gord Downey's Secret Path during the show...

#194 #ArtAsActivism #Yeg Not a Bystander Final Weekend Poster Blitz-Vote Yes to Free Speech No to Hockey Fan Violence 

Not a Bystander Sheikh Usama Al-Attar has many times been on the other side of my free news sharing lens promoting peace, nonviolence defending the rights and freedoms of others. I'm honoured to call him friend. As-salamu alaykum Violence, Their Voices Ask "Why the Silence?" YouTube 

#167 Here I'm seated next to the ‘Poet of Churchill Square’ Kevan Lyons’ inside Sir Winston Churchill Square, the square where Kevan's office is always open. Last years 2016 Fire and Rain art project endured 3 verbal bans by officials who work for the Government of Alberta and was finally threaten with police action by a City of Edmonton employee on New Years eve.  I had already resolved my bans with the Alberta Government in 2016 but I had to delay starting the 2017 Not a Bystander art project until late March this because I was committed myself to picketing the City of Edmonton demanding they put it in writing why I cannot as a Canadian freely express myself with art on city public property. The City apologized March 10 after 36 days of picketing and I'm now allowed to freely paint and show my art in public. Kevan was one of many artists who stopped to sign my placard during my protest and he supported my 'Art is Freedom Picket Against The City of Edmonton' writing on my placard 'Art is a way to express ourselves as an artist, and its not something that others can simply take it away from us.' During this fall leading up to the Municipal Elections, I'll be lobbying Edmontonians in the streets and public squares while wearing my Oilers Non Violence Jersey to vote for candidates who will promise to defend Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms for all Canadians.  

#164 Not a Bystander : Standing next to horse mounted members of the volunteer unit of the Lord Strathcona Horse Ceremonial Mounted Troops, wearing First World War uniforms. 

#163 rd. outdoor art show... Not a Bystander Edmonton Oiler Non Violence Jersey corner of 102 street and Jasper Ave. 

#155 Th. outdoor art show... Not a Bystander Edmonton Oiler Non Violence Jersey standing next a Buffalo Saber fan in front of the war memorial in front of #yeg City Hall. 

(EPS) Edmonton Police Service obliged my request for this photo opt and shared my story behind my Edmonton Oiler Non Violence Jersey.

Not a Bystander: Today our Alberta Education Minister David Eggen confronted racism on the steps of the Alberta Legislature.

#149 "Walk About" starting inside Sir Winston Church Square tonight during the Lebanese Festival later ending at the #AbLeg during an anti racism rally.

Friday #147 Outdoor Art Show top on the noon hour #AbLeg 2016 Fire and Rain & 2017 Not a Bystander art projects 

Hate; I'm not afraid of you - Lewis Cardinal: YouTube by Doug Brinkman: Artist Log August 21, 2017: Tonight I wore my Edmonton Oilers Non(Fan)Violence Jersey to Chevy Rabbit's 6th annual #H82Hope rally, staged in front of the Alberta Legislature steps. At first I stood alone during the speeches as the crowd stayed well away from the steps. After Lewis Cardinal gave a speech about countering hate with love, the emcee invited everyone to move in closer. I knew the Oilers Jersey and not me personally that was intimidating for some at the rally.

Last night I attended a candle light vigil for the victims of violence and bullying "Don't Be A Bystander" at the Alberta Legislature and listened to many special guest speakers talk about this topic, They shared experiences, ideas and solutions of how we can stand up and counter violence and bullying by not being a bystander. I wore my Edmonton Oiler Jersey "Non Violence #1" and brought along from the 2017 "Not a Bystander" art project "She smiles after all that" and shared my goal with several people after the vigil of how I'm using my painting to inspire dialog about anger, violence and bullying with images of hope, healing, renewal, with love and beauty as suggested others from my surveys. Organizers Manwar Khan center (white shirt) next to his wife on his left who emceed tonight's Don't Be A Bystander candlelight vigil. Thanks to all the volunteers and Sheriff Harris who stood by on guard for everyone tonight. Tonight was my 130th outdoor art show and demonstration since the start of the year. My project ends December 20, 2017.

147th art show: I made my first stop before the #ABLeg to the Edmonton General to visit my long time co-worker friend John Orfino and give him his own personal art showing of the "2017 Not a Bystander" art collection. A huge hockey fan we enjoyed each others company and he's invited me back next week to show some more paintings and share thier stories. Today I wore the "Non Violence" Oiler Jersey and shared the stories about the painting "She smiles after all that" both part of the art project...

The complete 2017 Not a Bystander art collection is laid out before the Alberta Legislature, Edmonton, Alberta on treaty 6 Territory, Canada.  On the bottom left of the photo a small painting from last years 2016 The Fire and Rain art project. Other smaller paintings were given away as gifts during public art shows.  

The 2017 Not a Bystander art collection that began late March was completed Canada Day and will continue to tour city streets and public squares of Edmonton until December 20, 2017. 

Anti-bullying activist Manwar Khan with Doug Brinkman

2nd. Installment 'Vimy-Not a Bystander'

 On my way to the Alberta Legislature to do my 72 nd. outdoor art show of the 2017 Not a Bystander art project I was thrilled and honoured taking a picture of friends Paul Franklin and his pal Achilles next to my painting Vimy- Not a Bystander. Paul lost both his legs in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan and has since become a nationally known advocate for amputees. Achilles loves making his rounds getting petted and enjoys Mexican tacos at local eateries. Paul recently returned home from France after participating in the commemoration of (battle of) Vimy (Ridge)100

Next to the completed Vimy-Not a BystanderThe Honorable Ms. Nicole Goehring (ND) Government of Alberta’s Liaison to the Canadian Armed Forces. The painting was originally promised to Nicole but I received no answer when I tried to contact her at her office November and by twitter throughout December. I gave the painting away to Paul Franklin January 1, 2018 after an art show at City Hall by the memorial.
Next to the start of Vimy-Not a Bystander: Laurie Daniel Hawn PC CD is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was the Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre from 2006 until 2015. He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence from October 10, 2007 until May 24, 2011.

1st. Installment 

'She smiles after all that' #McJesusJinx'

She just came up to me and smiled, took my paint brush and palette from me and began to paint. Her Husband looked shocked and I said "Its okay, this is exactly what I wanted to see happen with this art project, community participation!" 

A man who is a comic artist was also invited to add a few brush strokes to my painting "She smiles after all that..." part of the Not A Bystander art project that invites community input.

Other participants included these school children who suggested I paint something that represents  Ying and Yang, MLA (Wildrose) David Hanson suggested a crow known for it's intelligence and MLA (ND) Rod Loyola suggested a yellow star that he says represents hope. 

A man in front of Edmonton City Hall watched and kept me company as I added to the painting She smiles after all that.

Early April: First few days painting She smiles after all that inside Sir Winston Churchill square, Edmonton on Treaty 6 Territory. Last year my 2016 Fire and Rain art project endured 3 verbal bans by officials with the Government of Alberta and was threaten with police action by a City of Edmonton employee. The 2017 Not a Bystander art project was delayed as a result because I had to defend my right to freely express myself with art in public. I used art as my placard to picket in front of City Hall and on public sidewalks for 38 days. On March 10th I ended my picket after a meeting with the city. I received an apology and we agreed to work together so I can freely express myself as a Canadian with art without duress.

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