Chelsea Boos is an interdisciplinary artist, designer, community advocate and heritage-lover in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Treaty 6 territory. She is thankful to call home in amiskwaciwâskahikan (Beaver Hills House in Cree language). Chelsea graduated from University of Alberta in 2006 as a Bachelor of Design with Honours Distinction.
Today, she works for Arts Habitat in the role of McLuhan House Project Manager, animating the Centre for Art and Ideas and Artist Studio Residency Program. Recently, she worked as Community Programmer, supporting the creation of Edmonton SpaceFinder and mapping the creative space ecosystem. She worked three years in building an interactive database and designing Space For The Arts Map (with KOBOT).
Chelsea is passionate about art and design created with 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 founded 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
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.
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 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.
Founding Manager 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).
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
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 community
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.
Transitory 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.
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
2016-2017 • Spazio 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
"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
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,