First Nations Art Pavilion returns to Artfest Kingston!

Artfest Kingston wanted to make a significant addition to its arts programming. We decided that it would be most fitting to celebrate the art and culture of our First Nations. This promises to be just the beginning of a feature that will grow and evolve (each year) and we welcome First Nations artists and artisans to join our team and exhibit their one of a kind artwork at our Artfest Kingston show. 

From a grain of sand to a great mountain, all is sacred.
— Peter Blue Cloud (1935-) Mohawk Writer

Artfest Kingston is an opportunity for both adult and youth First Nations artists to travel to Kingston, stay for four nights, exhibit their art for three days (to a large audience) and to create mentoring opportunities. Artists have been selected and invited to come based on their artistic potential and their desire to learn more about art and the world of art exhibitions outside traditional venues. The overall goal is to create a model that can be replicated at other festivals across Canada. 

Our First Nations Pavilion showcases a group of professional Indigenous artists. The artists will also serve in a mentoring role for Indigenous youth artists.  It is a wonderful opportunity for artists to share their knowledge, culture and stories as well as the deep meanings of their artwork. Additionally, we will feature First Nations cultural programming that will include storytelling, traditional craft demonstrations and workshops, dance performance, drumming and more.  

The Future of Art - includes a prominent piece of Canada: First Nations people. Supporting our First Nations and re-conciliating with the past looks to a brighter future.  The Gikinoo'amaadiwag Project (meaning to teach each other) offers indigenous artists a way to share their work and to mentor young artists in creation and exhibition of their work. We are excited to work collaboratively with First Nations artists!  At Artfest, we celebrate Canadian art and craft, creativity in children, theatre performance, good food and drink and so much more. See you at the show, from June 30th to July 2nd at City Park, Kingston, ON.


There are 134 First Nations in the province of Ontario and 634 recognized First Nations in Canada. The Mohawks are members of the 6 Nations. Data from the National Household Survey (NHS) show that 1,400,685 people had an Aboriginal identity in 2011, representing 4.3% of the total Canadian population. The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte in the Tyendinega Mohawk Territory are the closest to Kingston with just over 8,000 members.

About Artfest Kingston

Located in beautiful City Park, Kingston. 200 Artists and Artisans from across Ontario and Quebec are in Kingston for THREE days starting Saturday, Sunday Canada Day and Monday. Walk the shady paths throughout the park. Enjoy outstanding pottery, glass, wood, jewellery, gourmet food, live music, art workshops and live outdoor theatre. poetry and more! Plan your weekend!  Come to Artfest!

Summer Art & Craft Festival - June 30 - July 2, 2018




* Craft Beer & Wine Tent *First Nations Art Pavilion * ArtPix Children's LED Video Wall * 200 Artists * 100ft Mural * Live Music * Food Trucks

Posted on June 19, 2018 .