Chelsea Boos works as an interdisciplinary artist, user-centred designer, community developer and heritage practitioner in urban Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. As a guest on Treaty 6 territory, she is thankful to call amiskwaciwâskahikan her home. Chelsea graduated from University of Alberta in 2006 as a Bachelor of Design with Honours Distinction.
Today, she is employed as Community Programmer for Arts Habitat, initiating the McLuhan House Studio Residency and Centre for Art and Ideas. She also supports artists’ creation of space and leads Edmonton SpaceFinder. To better understand the arts ecosystem, she has invested three years to creating an interactive Space For The Arts Map (designed by KOBOT with Arts Habitat).
Chelsea is passionate about art and design cocreated with her community. She has contributed to 3 Edmonton Urban Design Award winning Community Projects; Colour Alley (2011), Dirt City¦Dream City (2013) and LIVINGbridge (2013). She coordinated Colour Alley and Dirt City¦Dream City as Transitory Public Art Coordinator of the program at Edmonton Arts Council from 2011-2012. LIVINGbridge transformed a decommissioned CN Rail bridge in the border of three inner city neighbourhoods with an edible garden of indigenous plants in collaboration with community volunteers and agencies until 2018 when it was forced to stop by the land owner.
Her design work has also been published in magazines BlackFlash, Spacing, SNAPline, and Display Canadian Design. From 2010-14, she explored the urban landscape and documented visual culture for Vue Weekly in a column called Back Words.
Chelsea believes in carving out safe(r) space for all artists to take risks and learn from doing. She curated the gallery known as Spazio Performativo in her role as Visual Art Outreach Coordinator for Mile Zero Dance in 2015-2016, as well as Edmonton’s international Park(ing) Day from 2014-2017. She was also the owner of a storefront known as The Drawing Room Studios and Salon, showing monthly exhibitions by emerging artists and playing host to pop-up shops, film screenings, art workshops, school tours, and discussion groups.
In May 2013, Chelsea cofounded The Drawing Room as a social enterprise offering accessible and affordable space for artists and designers to develop their practice, engage with the public, and cultivate a supportive network. Before it was forced to close in 2016, Chelsea worked as Director of the gallery and co-work space for creatives in a myriad of disciplines. It became a thriving place for community dialogue and arts engagement.
The Drawing Room Studios provided opportunities for personal development and creative collaboration with an interdisciplinary collective of cultural producers.
Prioritize the collective: nurture a deep sense of belonging to the group
Build community: provide a gathering place for the public to engage with art and artists
Celebrate diversity: bring people of different backgrounds together
Design serendipity: provide the right circumstances for unexpected things to happen
Cultivate Interdisciplinary collaboration: facilitate exchange between disparate perspectives
Enable experimentation: support cultural producers in taking risks
Incubate ideas: establish a respectful, productive and safe space for critical discourse
Expect artistic excellence: compel conceptually rigorous and visually strong contemporary work
Break new ground: encourage creators to be provocative, bold, and innovative
Foster emerging artists: give opportunities to new cultural producers
Be inclusive: reach out to other collectives, studios, organizations, and the community
Challenge the dominant culture: provide a platform for dissenting voices and subversive ideas
Remain a professional amateur: never stop becoming
2006 BDes, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
2016-2017 • Spazio Performativo, Mile Zero Dance, Edmonton
2013-2015 • The Drawing Room Salon, Edmonton
2011 • High Mysteries of the Threefold Philosophy, Latitude 53, Edmonton
2008 • Mysteries of the Void, Cabinet Gallery, Edmonton
2007 • Visions of the History of the Universe, Atom Heart, Montreal
2017 • Sycorax, SubArctic Improv curated by Jenn Mesch & Allison Balcetis, Mile Zero Dance, Edmonton
2017 • Spell for Stitching with Dana Buzzee, Hibernaculum curated by Tegan Bowers, Michelle Duchamp, Megan Gnanasihamany, Susie Winters for The Works Gallery, Edmonton
2017 • Myrrorym with Devon Beggs, Do It Yourself curated by Kristy Trinier, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton
2015 • Psychogeographic Archive, Design Latitudes curated by Aidan Rowe, FAB Gallery, Edmonton
2014 • Rogue with Devon Beggs and Mazi Javidiani, Sound Light and Motion curated by Make Something Edmonton, Francis Winspear Centre, Edmonton
2014 • Fine Art of Shmoozy, invited by Latitude 53, Edmonton
2014 • Practical Magick, Gastrosophy curated by Olivia Chow, Jackson Power Gallery at The Works, Edmonton
2013 • Print Affair: Bright Lights invited by April Dean, Society of Northern Alberta Printartists, Edmonton
2013 • Fleeced, Thaw Hut Challenge at Deep Freeze Festival, curated by Joshua Kupsch for MADE and Arts on the Ave, Edmonton
2012 • Curiosities curated by Carolyn Jervis, Fast and Dirty Collective, Edmonton
2012 • Libra with Teng Chong, Illuminite Festival curated by Amanda Tse, Beaver Hills House Park, Edmonton, AB
2012 • Parka Patio invited by Tyler Sherard, Latitude 53, Edmonton
2011 • Dust to Dust, Where Are We Going? curated by Gabe Wong (catalogue) Latitude 53, Edmonton
2011 • Hindsight, Portable Festival of Portable Art curated by Josée Aubin Ouellette, The Works Art and Design Festival, Edmonton
2008 • You Are Here, Nextfest curated by Josée Aubin Ouellete, Latitude 53, Edmonton
"Adventures in Psychogeography." SNAPline Magazine 2015. Print
"Cage at the End of the Universe." Arts & Culture XL Newspaper. August 2014. Print.
"Commonplace." Spacing Magazine Fall 2013. Print.
"Capture, The Art of Band Photography." Display Canadian Design Magazine 2012. Print.
"Back Words" BlackFlash Magazine 2012. Print.
"Labyrinth" Where are We Going? Exhibition Catalogue 2011. Print
DISCUSSIONS, LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS
2014-2016 • Jane’s Walk, City of Edmonton.
2015 • Edmonton Youth Council, Make Something, Edmonton.
2014 • Community, Art History Seminar, University of Alberta, Ed.
2014 • Municipal Heritage Forum, Lacombe, AB
2014 • Art of Hand Lettering, Edmonton, AB
2014 • Open Forum, QuartersARTS, Boyle Street Community, Ed.
2013 • Atelier: Design by Doing, Startup Edmonton, Ed.
2011 • Backwords, Pecha Kucha#10 for audience of 400, Edmonton
2018 • Artist Travel Grant, Edmonton Arts Council
2014 • Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40, Edmonton
2014 • Bluin ARTINFO Canada’s Top 30 under 30, Canada
2013 • Grant to Untitled Forum publication, Edmonton Arts Council
2013 • First Place in MADE Thaw Hut Competition, Deep Freeze Festival, Edmonton
2012 • Altweekly Awards by Association of Alternative Newsweeklies
2011 • Community Projects, Edmonton Urban Design Award
2006 • Explore Summer Language Bursary, Montreal QC
2002-06 • Dean’s Honours List, University of Alberta, Edmonton
2003-06 • Jason Lang Scholarship for Superior Academic Achievement
2002 • Universaide ’83 Scholarship, Fine Arts, University of Alberta
October 2015 to Present
Community Programmer, Arts Habitat Edmonton
• Programming McLuhan House Centre for Art and Ideas
• Operating Artist Studio Residency Program
• Creating content for media channels and promotional material to build awareness of arts and heritage
• Liasing with stakeholders and community partners to create engagement opportunities.
• Maintaining database of available, affordable, appropriate art space in Metro Edmonton
• Mentoring Students in Summer Temporary Employment Placement Internship
• Managing volunteers
May 2013 to May 2015
Director, The Drawing Room Studios and Salon, Edmonton
• Developing and operating shared studio space and gallery
• Evaluating direction of the organization
• Producing art exhibitions and outreach programs
June 2014 to present
Founding Director and Secretary of the Board, Quarters Arts Society, Edmonton
• Participating in board governance and regular meetings
• Volunteering on Communications Committee
• Hosting open forums for community development
December 2014 to March 2015
Community Well-Being Working Group, End Poverty Task Force, City of Edmonton
• Recommending actions for EndPoverty report to City
• Attending monthly meetings and research retreat
• Negotiating community, creative workers, businesses, and government
September 2013 to January 2014
Sessional Instructor in Design, MacEwan University, Edmonton
• Teaching digital applications to graphic design students
• Engaging students with leaders of local design community
May 2013 to May 2014
Project Coordinator, LIVINGbridge, Edmonton
• Redeveloping a lost space into a public edible garden
• Coordinating donors, volunteers, and suppliers
• Communicating with property owners and stakeholders
• Initiating placemaking activities and community outreach
July 2011 to September 2012
Transitory Public Art Coordinator, Edmonton Arts Council
• Coordinating transitory public art exhibition in Boyle Street
• Facilitating community engagement in workshops
• Managing curator, artists, volunteers, and participants
• Producing Colour Alley mural project in Downtown
• Planning bold art projects with a strong positive impact
October 2010 to present
Author of Back Words, Freelance Columnist, Vue Weekly, Edmonton
• Reaching an audience of 25 000 readers every week
• Documenting art in urban setting with photos
• Contributing to critical discourse on the local visual culture
August 2009 to June 2011
Production Assistant and Graphic Designer, Vue Weekly, Edmonton
• Contributing to two special issues that received awards from the AAN’s 2012 AltWeekly Awards
• Producing illustrations, photography and graphic elements for the paper, website, and marketing department
• Planning, budgeting, and branding for promotional events including art exhibits and film festivals
• Facilitating integrated sessions to solve problems within the art department and the organization at large
• Styling five fashion supplements, holiday & wedding guide.
• Designing for advertising clients
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