This Is Art School

This Is Art School



My Culminating Experience project entitled This Is Art School, examines the experiences of intersectional women who have attended Canadian art institutions in post secondary institutions. I interview five different women from different parts of Canada who work in different mediums of artistic expression; trombone, piano, voice, painting, while I contribute my upright bass playing. After each interview, I write a musical portrait based on the discussion I have with each woman, and she contributes her skill to the piece. The final result of this presentation is an in-depth look into the conditions oppressed groups face in institutions, with each woman bringing to light a new subject: female representation in institutions, the physical and emotional stress lived in an institutional environment, oppression manifested through gendered instruments, and the continuation of colonial oppression. Through clips of the video interviews, and a sample of the pieces recorded, audiences are able to experience a snapshot into the lives of these artists during their post-secondary studies in Canada.

Publication Date



Boston Campus


Project Components: paper (.pdf), presentation (.pdf), audio files (ZIP file containing 4 .wav files), videos (ZIP file containing 4 .mp4 files), scores (ZIP file containing 4 .pdf documents).

This Is Art School