Outside the Box participants Shayna Jones and Rufus Cappadocia. Photo: Carlo Alcos

Outside the Box participants Shayna Jones and Rufus Cappadocia. Photo: Carlo Alcos

Nelson arts council presents Outside the Box

Videos of cross-disciplinary works will stream on Jan. 23

Submitted by the Nelson and District Arts Council

The Nelson and District Arts Council is proud to present the first-ever installment of Outside the Box, a project that wires artists from across disciplines together to create cutting-edge interdisciplinary work.

Each artistic pod is composed of artists from a wide range of disciplines. They are not given any prompts or constraints. Over the course of several sessions, the pods develop their work into a piece that can be professionally filmed.

Tackling subjects from the tedium of the workplace to the vastness of the universe, each project has emerged unique, poignant, and potent.

Storyteller, poet, and spoken word artist Shayna Jones worked with body painter Yvonne Boyd and cellist Rufus Cappadocia.

Metalsmith and singer-songwriter Samonte Cruz collaborated with textile artist Jennifer Burke and glassblower Bee Schroeder.

Poet Jane Byers (recently named Nelson’s Cultural Ambassador of 2022) worked with pianist Siji Olunuga and dancer MJ Armstrong.

Sinixt poet Ksxan and singer-songwriter Tony Louie worked with visual storyteller Derrick LaMere.

The Outside the Box project culminates in showcase videos and artist talks, which will livestream on Sunday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. on the NCAC’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.