In 2017 artist Eyoalha Baker will be making 13 stops across Canada (1 location per Province + Territory) as part of an Artist Residency with Vancouver Biennale in celebration of Canada’s 150th year and looking towards a better future together in reconciliation with First Nations across Canada.
A little background on Jump for Joy Photo Project from Eyoälha …. I have been taking photos of people from all walks of life and backgrounds jumping for joy for over 4 years. I’ve made 2 large scale photo murals in Vancouver with the photos and have done a TEDXEastVan TALK about the project and why I feel its important to feel and share joy.
The Jump for Joy Photo project is about making joy a priority in our lives, uplifting ourselves and others, its about celebrating the good things in life, unifying people, celebrating our differences and our similarities as human beings. Images are powerful tools and we are most often shown only the negative sides to the story.
Jump for Joy Canada!, will be an extension of sharing this same energy to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary and the important work being done towards positive reconciliation of First Nations.
To date, the history with First Nations and Canada has not been one with much to celebrate, which is why, as a First Nations Canadian, my hope is that the future tells a different, more positive and unified story. For me, celebrating First Nations successes, healing and moving forward in reconciliation is an important part of the Jump for Joy Canada project. I want to make sure that First Nations are well represented and celebrated in this project, and that our people are held up and recognized along side other diverse and forward thinking Canadians who want to see a better future for all of us, together.
In the Jump for Joy Canada! 2017 cross Canada tour, I will be showcasing and bring together 13 diverse communities across the Nation though the uplifting photographic imagery and participation of Canadians jumping for joy. The collaborative imagery reflects the unity, pride, and diversity of Canada working to develop a more positive future.
Final collections of the imagery will be stitched together to produce community-based murals displayed in select locations, a curated selection of 13 images for gallery shows, as well as a final book and a film documenting the process.
The Vancouver Biennale and myself are deep in the planning stages of this project, and are looking to connect with potential participants to feature jumping for joy across Canada as well as local partners, volunteers and sponsors.
We currently looking for (for more info on how you can help or get involved please contact us in the form below):
SPONSORSHIPS (in kind / financial)
PEOPLE / CONTACTS / PARTNERSHIPS
RECRUITING potential jumping participants – well known Canadians celebrated for their accomplishments and skills such as Olympic medalists, artists, people known for making positive impact, Canadian + First Nations celebrities etc. etc.)
VOLUNTEERS – variety of tasks
MEDIA CONNECTIONS – locally and nationally (publicity = sharing the JOY!)
– Sponsorship Assistant
– Web / Social Media Assistant
– Photo Assistants
– Executive Assistant / Project Management
SCHEDULE – may be subject to change, but gives an idea of where we will be and when. Start Date: April 28 – End date: October 19
Kamloops April 28 – May 12 (15 days)
Calgary / Banff May 12 – May 29 (18 days)
Dawson City May 29 – June 7 (10 days)
Inuvik June 7 – June 16 (10 days)
Saskatoon June 16 – June 30 (15 days)
Winnipeg June 30 – July 14 (15 days)
Rankin Inlet or Iqaluit July 14 – July 23 (10 days)
Toronto July 23 – August 9 (18 days)
Montreal August 9 – August 29 (21 days)
Saint John’s August 29 – Sept 12 (15 days)
Saint John Sept 12 – Sept 26 (15 days)
Charlottetown Sept 26 – Oct 5 (10 days)
Halifax Oct 5 – 19 (15 days)
If you are interested in art, joy, community engagement, events or a sponsorship package, please get in touch for more info on and how to get involved:
Keep on sharing the joy –
Jump for Joy Canada! 2017
Founder Jump for Joy Photo Project