Michael Cywink

Michael Cywink is a band member of the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island. He is presently the Art Coordinataor with the newly established Wiikwemkoong Art Gallery. He is also an alumnus of the Museum Studies Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Michael is an independent curator. Previously he was the curator for the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation in M’Chigeeng, Manitoulin Island, as well as a First Nation’s ccultural consultant with Walt Disney Imagineering / Disney’s America theme park project in Glendale, California. He has interned at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Hull, Quebec, The Museum of American Indian, Smithsonian, Washington DC, the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico and at Walt Disney Imagineering, Glendale, CA. Throughout the 80′he was a counselor / contract street worker in Toronto working with agencies such as Central Toronto Youth Services, Under 21 Covenant House, The Toronto Boy’s Home, Native Men’s Residence and Kinark Homes – Peterbourgh. In addition he is also contracted with the school boards in Ontario under the Aboriginal Artist in the Schools Program, Ontario Arts Council implementing “Cultural Appreciation From a First Nation Perspective”. He is a curator, artist, author, muralist and a 1 of a kind guy. He will be speaking on ‘Achieving Artistic Endeavors, Encountering the Crown 1764, and Certificates of Authenticity”.

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