The Future of Found: How we Fest in the age of Pandemic

let’s shake it up, shall we?  

Here’s the thing. Found Festival thrives on change, risk, invention, innovation, and delving into the unknown. The Festival was born of these very principles, and we carry that torch with a fierce passion.

The pandemic is having very real impacts on the local arts community. We feel it, too. The situation is changing daily, and we are responding the best we can with the information we have.

While we don’t have all the answers yet, we are investigating how Found Festival can move forward in this new reality. Maybe we take it online. Maybe we reimagine how artistic exchange happens when we cannot gather with our audience. Maybe we discover something wild and new and amazing in the process. 

We’re working with our board, artists, volunteers, and staff to imagine a new vision for Found Festival in the age of pandemic. So, stay tuned. We’re gonna need you, Foundsters, when we figure out what this next iteration looks like.

Questions? Ideas? Reach out. We’d love to hear from you.  

We know this situation has real impacts for the local arts scene. The artistic community is darn resilient, and we will get through this together with a little compassion, kindness, and connection (from a safe distance, of course!).

If you’re looking for resources on how you can contain the spread and/or look after yourself in the coming weeks, please see below.

If you have questions, need some friendly support, or just want to yell into the void with a fellow artist, please reach out. You can find us at bethdart@commongroundarts.ca and megandart@commongroundarts.ca.

Much love,
The Sisters Dart

RESOURCES:

We find ourselves in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ) on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of the Cree, Nakota, Blackfoot, Dene, Saulteaux, Metis, and other indigenous peoples who have made this place home long before we settled here. For thousands of years, people have gathered here to share in story, community, and creative exchange.

We find ourselves thankful: thankful to play a small part in that long-standing tradition, a tradition carried on the shoulders of so many creators, builders, dreamers, agitators, and makers who came before us, and who will come long after us.

We find ourselves inspired: inspired by an evolving community of artists who passionately spark the magic that manifests when we surrender ourselves to the long summer days of this northern place.

We find ourselves grateful: grateful to everyone who rallies around this tiny but mighty Festival — the artists, the volunteers, the staff, the audience, the board, the mentors, the partners and sponsors, the funders, the believers. Found Festival exists because of you.