In 2005, Janice moved with her family to Treaty 7 Territory in Alberta where she accepted a position to serve as Program Manager for Aboriginal Leadership at The Banff Centre. Setting aside a successful art career to devote time to her young family and her new role, she discovered artistic inspiration and support through close relationships with faculty and participants from Aboriginal communities across Canada & Australia.
She is greatly honoured to have been adopted as the daughter of Elder Tom Crane Bear of the Siksika Nation (Blackfoot), initiated into the pow wow dance circle, is a tipi owner, has been given the Blackfoot name Iniskimaki (Buffalo Stone Woman).
Curious as to how to reconcile the wide spectrum of diversity within her communities and families, Janice began new works. Focussing upon these cross-cultural relationships through painting, film and a melding of performance arts, she launched the Community Fusion Project with the support of a grant award from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Retiring from her role at The Banff Centre at the end fo 2010 to devote her time solely to her arts practice again, she continues her strong relationships with aboriginal communities and leaders across Canada. The focus of her work centres upon artfully discovering the colourful contemporary threads of commonality woven within the remarkable diversity of our species. Janice's work breaks new ground by exploring the intersection of collaborative cross-cultural arts practice to strengthen relationships.
She is working hard at becoming a Full Time Human Being and writes regularly: http://www.janicetantonblog.com
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