Welcome to the eleventh installment of Pass it to the Left’s ‘Artist Series!’ We have invited amazing artists and musicians to share their work with us, as well as their thoughts on their art, their music, social change, and community. Enjoy!
by Niska Napoleon
How important is art to a culture or society?
Art plays a crucial role in both culture and society. It’s how we communicate, tell stories, and learn. Art is a way to express or evoke a feeling, state or message and opens our eyes to new ideas. Art also has the power to give hope and shed light, it can move people, it can wake people up! As a cree person, art has played a huge role in both my personal and professional life. Through traditional teachings I am able to better understand my culture and history and because of it I am able to keep those teachings alive.
Photo Credit: Chris Tsoi
Why do you create art/music?
I create art because I am able to. A gift like art is meant to be shared.
What do you hope to achieve through your art/music?
I hope that someone can take something from it, anything.
Photo Credit: Hannah C Productions
Check out more from Niska Napoleon:
First single “Rescue Me” is available on Itunes now
Family EP “The Napoleon Collective” is available on Itunes now
Debut release entitled Niska Napoleon “The Whiteflower EP” is due out this fall!
I just finished my first solo tour and the tour video just launched yesterday!!!
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