Biography

Chelsea Boos is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, community advocate and heritage-loving settler in Treaty 6 territory and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4. She is grateful to be based in amiskwaciwâskahikan (Beaver Hills House in Cree language) or Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Chelsea graduated from University of Alberta in 2006 as a Bachelor of Design with Honours Distinction.

She has worked for Arts Habitat in the role of McLuhan House Community Programmer and Project Manager, animating the Centre for Art and Ideas and Artist Studio Residency Program. Previously, she supported the establishment of Edmonton SpaceFinder and undertook to map local creative spaces. She worked three years in collecting data and then designed the user interface with KOBOT.

Chelsea is passionate about art and design created with community. She is a contributor 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 BlackFlashSpacing, 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.

She was recognized as one of BLOUIN ARTINFO Canada's 30 Under 30 and Avenue Magazine's 2014 Top 40 Under 40.

Chelsea believes in holding safe(r) space for all artists to take risks and learn by doing. She curated the gallery known as Spazio Performativo in her role as Visual Art Outreach Coordinator at Mile Zero Dance in 2015-2016, as well as Edmonton’s Park(ing) Day from 2014-2017.

As the owner of a storefront gallery known as The Drawing Room Studios and Salon, she curated monthly exhibitions by emerging artists and hosted numerous discussion meetings, pop-up shops, film screenings, art workshops, school tours, special events, and community groups.

From May 2013 to May 2016, Chelsea operated 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. Chelsea worked as Director of the gallery and manager of the co-work space for creatives in a myriad of disciplines. It became a thriving place for community dialogue and arts engagement.

 
Our mission at The Drawing Room, to inspire and empower people through interdisciplinary arts, is envisioned to create a welcoming space for emerging cultural producers to gather and work. The Drawing Room fostered creative collaboration and critical discourse through stewardship of a place to make and think.
— DrawingRoomEdmonton.com

The Drawing Room provided opportunities for personal development and creative collaboration with an interdisciplinary collective of cultural producers.

Values

  • 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 and perspectives 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(r) space for ideation

  • Expect artistic excellence: compel conceptually rigorous and well-executed work

  • Break new ground: encourage creators to be bold and innovative

  • Foster emerging artists: share opportunities with 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

RESUME

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
McLuhan House Project Manager, Arts Habitat, Edmonton AB
Nov 2018 to present

• Identify opportunities in arts, heritage, communications, technology, media, and cultural industries where participants can engage in long-lasting and meaningful exchange of ideas.

• Implement logistics of arts space project with outcomes and impacts measured and reported according to Arts Habitat’s mission of nurturing, advocating for, and building vibrant, healthy, and creative arts spaces.

• Planning, management, monitoring and evaluation of events, conferences, seminars, workshops, etc. through partnerships with artists or related community organizations.

• Identify, assess, report and monitor progress in addressing risks to the achievement of objectives.

• Manage project budgets to organization standards and be responsible for the procurement process of external suppliers.

• Ensure that projects are represented in print (press, publications), digitally (websites, social media, TV, radio) and at events (conferences, workshops, meetings).

• Manage administrative requirements relating to contracts, risk assessments, schedules, travel booking, accommodation, receptions, visual identity, official ceremonies and other aspects, as required.

Community Programmer, Arts Habitat, Edmonton AB
Oct 2015 to Nov 2018

• Initiate Studio Residency program and manage multipurpose spaces inside McLuhan House Centre for Art and Ideas.

• Animate McLuhan House to build on creation of arts and heritage resource (EG. Doors Open Festival, Seminars, Workshops).

• Liaise with stakeholders and community partners for public engagement (EG. Recover Project Empty Storefront prototype and Creative Spaces Map).

• Maintain database of available, affordable, and appropriate art space in Edmonton Metro Region.

• Mentor Student Interns in Summer Temporary Employment Placement.

• Supervise and gather feedback from volunteers in development of improved volunteer screening process.

Visual Art Outreach Coordinator, Mile Zero Dance
Jun 2016 to Nov 2017

  • Curation of diverse artists in production of original exhibitions.

  • Management of administration, budget, and communications.

Founder of The Drawing Room
May 2013 to May 2016

  • Curation of monthly art exhibitions

  • Management of volunteer team in art preparation, communications.

  • Produced outreach programs, including PARK(ing) Day, a temporary exhibitions of art parks in street parking stalls.

  • Operated shared studio space and gallery

  • Evaluated and mandate the direction of the organization

Founding Director and Secretary of the Board, QuartersARTS
Jun 2014 to Nov 2018

  • Participate in monthly board meetings and contribute to board governance as signing authority.

  • Volunteer for Communications SubCommittee

  • Hosted public forums and faciliation of public discussions about social, environmental issues to foster critical discourse (EG. gentrification, discrimination, and poverty).

Sessional Instructor in Design, MacEwan University, Edmonton
September 2013 to January 2014

  • Mentoring digital applications to graphic design students

  • Engaging students with leaders of local design communityTransitory Public Art Coordinator, Edmonton Arts Council
    July 2011 to September 2012

    • 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

    Freelance Columnist, Vue Weekly, Edmonton
    October 2010 to present

    • Author of Back Words with audience of 25000 readers weekly

    • Documenting art in urban setting with photos

    • Contributing to critical discourse on local visual culture

    Production Assistant and Graphic Designer, Vue Weekly, Edmonton
    August 2009 to June 2011

    • 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 advertising and managing client accounts.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Board Director of Latitude 53, Edmonton AB
Nov 2018 to present

  • Member of Human Resources Subcommittee, meeting monthly and contributing to quarterly evaluations of Executive Director, biannual reviews of staff, writing and updating procedure manuals.

  • Attend Monthly meetings of the Board of Directors with role of overseeing fiduciary and governance duties.

Community Well-Being Working Group, End Poverty Task Force, City of Edmonton
December 2014 to March 2015

  • Recommending actions for EndPoverty report to Council

  • Attending monthly meetings and research retreat

  • Negotiating competing priorities among stakeholders from community, creative workers, businesses, and government

LIVINGbridge Project Coordinator, Edmonton AB
May 2013 to May 2014

  • Plan and facilitate animations of an abandoned rail bridge in collaboration with volunteers, residents and social agencies.

  • Produce a public edible garden to combat food insecurity and the lack of access to urban agricultural space.

  • Coordinate with City of Edmonton, land proprietors, donors, volunteers, suppliers and community stakeholders.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Sep 2002 to Jun 2006 • Bachelor of Design Degree with Honours Distinction, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB

March 2018 • Rozsa Admin Fundamentals Training, Rozsa Foundation

Sep to Dec 2018 • Volunteer Screening Lab, Volunteer Alberta/Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations

Jun 2006 to Jun 2008 • French as a second language, Commission Scolaire de Montreal, Montreal QC

CURATION 
2016-2017Spazio Performativo, Mile Zero Dance, Edmonton
2013-2015 • The Drawing Room Salon, Edmonton

ARTS RESEARCH AND EXHIBITIONS
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
2015 • Myrorym 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
2011 • High Mysteries of the Threefold Philosophy, Curated by Todd Janes, Latitude 53, Edmonton
2009 • Mysteries of the Void, Cabinet Gallery, Curated by Josée Aubin Ouellette, Edmonton
2008 • You Are Here, Nextfest curated by Josée Aubin Ouellete, Latitude 53, Edmonton

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
"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

GRANTS, AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
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

SKILLS SUMMARY

Communications: Strong written and oral communications in English, cursory French and German.

Computer: Adobe Creative Suite, Content Strategy and Management, Google Suite Applications and Analytics, Microsoft Office Suite, Social and Email Marketing

Art and Design: 2 and 3-Dimensional design, applied art and performance, arts education, curatorial practice, public art production, public presentation, special events, workshop facilitation,