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Art as a Tool for Change


Art is an empowering tool to facilitate critical dialogue around feminism, anti-racism, 2SLGBTQAI+ rights, and environmental activism. This project, running from October 2021 to March 2022, will explore how art inspires and promotes social change and justice. This series will highlight queer, women-identifying, and BIPOC artists’ work through events such as panel discussions, workshops, artist talks, film screenings, work-sharing events, and live performances, culminating in a group exhibition and presentation series in Winter 2022.

Rachel Gilbert, Project Lead

Instagram: @easternedge.arc, #ArtForChange



A book about the project that includes essays and curatorial writing was released in August 2023!

Books are priced at $20 and can be picked up from Eastern Edge.

CLICK HERE to get your copy!

We would also like to thank everyone who was involved with this project and our funder, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund by Government Canada. 

In May of 2022, CÉGEP DE Saint Laurent students visited Eastern Edge to create a documentary on our centre. Thank you, Darya, Alexia, Adèle and Éloise, for wonderfully capturing our space!

We’d like to thank Emily Jan, John McCallum, and Brian Amadi for their time.


Rachel Gilbert, Project Lead

Rachel Gilbert was born in Texas with family roots in Newfoundland, moving to the island in 2014 to study for BFA in Visual arts from Grenfell Campus. Working as an interdisciplinary artist, Gilbert specializes in painting and printmaking with subjects ranging from animals and nature to still-life and portraiture. She has been working with the arts community since 2016, starting with the Corner Brook Rotary Arts Centre’s Visual Arts Committee, a Collections Internship at The Rooms, to her work as the Communication & Design Assistant at St. Michael’s Printshop. Rachel recently worked as the Outreach Coordinator at Eastern Edge. She is also one of the lead organizers of the BIPOC Creators Collective of NL. Rachel currently lives and works out of St. John’s, Newfoundland.


Ife Alaba, Project Assistant

Ife Alaba is a singer-songwriter born in Nigeria, raised in South Africa and currently based in St John’s. She has a strong musical background spanning from being in Choirs, Orchestras, undergoing opera training and undertaking the trombone. She uses life experiences as a muse for her heart-wrenching hooks and creative but subtle melodies while keeping her music relatable and catchy. She is a powerful vocalist whose music style has been influenced by a mixture of pop, afro, and classical music. Ife is also one of the stars of CBC NL’s web series, stuffed, a food show following Ife and her friends as they compare dishes at local restaurants. She is a producer and host of another CBC web series called Being Black in NL. Ife is currently studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Minor in Communication Studies at The Memorial University of Newfoundland.


This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.
Ce projet est financé  par le gouvernement du Canada

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