Ronnie Dean Harris/Ostwelve
Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve, is a Stō:lo/St’át’imc/Nlaka’pamux multimedia artist based in Vancouver, BC.
Ron has performed in numerous festivals and has opened for acts such as Guru, K’naan, Abstract Rude and Snoop Dogg. Ron has also had the opportunity to perform as a part of the red diva projects ensemble project “The Road Forward” at the 2014 PuSh Festival in Vancouver. He rejoined the ensemble of “The Road Forward” in 2015/16 to shoot a National Film Board Documentary based on the production. He continues to tour and is writing a new album project due out in 2017.
In the last 10 years Ronnie has also been very active in facilitating and creating workshop programs for youth empowerment in media arts and hip-hop. He has worked with “All Nations Healin’ Thru Artz” in Regina and helped to create “InDigital”, an initiative focused on creating job training for Indigenous youth in the technology industries. More recently he’s worked with “Boldskool”, a hip-hop/theatre workshop created by urban ink productions based out of Vancouver, BC, and Metaphor, where he entered the Burnaby Youth Custody Services Centre to work with youth on expression through writing and hip-hop culture. Currently he is working with the Community Arts Council of Vancouver developing programming for indigenous artists to interface with students and youth in communities.
Kelty Jean McKerracher is a multi-disciplinary community-engaged artist based in Vancouver, BC, Coast Salish Territories. She holds a masters degree in Expressive Arts Therapy from the European Graduate School. Kelty’s practice is nurtured by a passion for flamenco art and a love of movement. She has collaborated as a dance teacher, community choreographer, event producer, and performer with organizations such as Vancouver Moving Theatre, Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, SFU Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Carnegie Community Centre, and Toronto’s Jumblies Theatre. Most recently, Kelty was a contributing choreographer for The Big House Cultural Sharing Feasts, a series of storytelling feasts produced by Vancouver Moving Theatre with a host of community partners. With the support of a BC Arts Council professional development grant, Kelty participated in Train of Thought, a cross-Canada arts tour produced by Jumblies Theatre that connected Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in the practice of intercultural community arts.
Alongside her artistic work, Kelty has worked for six years in mental health and harm reduction alongside communities in the Downtown Eastside. As part of her arts therapy training she worked with youth in elementary and secondary schools, at the Dr. Peter Centre for people with HIV/AIDS and at the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture. She leads dance-focused workshops for women’s groups at Pender Community Health Clinic and for the Positive Women’s Network annual wellness retreat, and she facilitates a weekly Expressive Arts Therapy group at the PHS Drug Users Resource Centre. Kelty is Program Coordinator for the Community Arts Council of Vancouver and is currently developing intercultural arts workshops for youth in collaboration with Ronnie Harris/Ostwelve.