Temporary closure: Alta Vista


Due to upgrades to the front entrance, the Alta Vista branch will be closed from July 26 to August 8. There will be no returns or holds pick-up during that time. Alta Vista branch will reopen August 9 at 10 am.   

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Art and our Ancestors

red plant prints on a blue background


Join Algonquin artists Mairi Brascoupé and her father Simon Brascoupé in a livestreamed conversation about how traditional teachings and familial stories have shaped their creative process and the artistic work they produce.


Simon Brascoupé is an internationally known Indigenous artist from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation. He depicts humans' sacred relationship with animals and birds using a traditional Indigenous stencil (pochoir) technique as well as practicing in community-based or community-engaged public art. By being closer to the natural world, we fulfill ourselves as human beings. Simon’s work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, Europe, China and Cuba. His work is in the collections of the Canadian Museum of History, the National Art Gallery of Canada, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Ottawa Art Gallery and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. His work can also be found in major corporations and private collections.


A member of Kitigan Zibi First Nation, Mairi Brascoupé was born and raised in Ottawa. Having done her Bachelor of Design at Ryerson University in fashion and costume making, she was interested in applying her Indigenous culture to her design practice and continued to do this during her MA at Central Saint Martin’s in London, England. With the aim of decolonizing research approaches and the design process, she brings traditional knowledge into academic and design spaces. Mairi currently works at the National Arts Centre as their Indigenous Cultural Resident for Indigenous Theatre.

Register to receive a Zoom link and a remider.  Or join us on Facebook Live  (a Facebook account is not necessary)



With thanks to sponsors:

  • Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA)