CONTACT: Phyllis Grant at phyllgrant@gmail.com
About Phyllis Grant

Biography: 

Phyllis Grant is a Mi’gmaq artist from Pabineau First Nation. She is a mother, artist, rapper, filmmaker, dreamer and lover of all creation. She has worked with several organizations and groups –from those in her own community and home province of NB to Coca-Cola Canada, the National Film Board of Canada and Honor the Earth. An interdisciplinary artist, her works include animated films, poetry and music, as well as paintings and illustrations. She holds a Bachelor of Integrated Studies with a Certificate in Leadership Studies from UNB. Her artwork has appeared in many organizations and publications, notably, Pearson Canada, Native Women's Almanac, First Nation’s Children’s Futures Fund and UNB. Phyllis is passionate about community building and transformative learning in terms of leadership through art and technology. Her art focuses on sharing traditions and exploring identity within the process of creation, often retelling the stories she grew up with. She enjoys inspiring and facilitating creativity in others, and shares her path with unique expressions of family, nature, stories, medicines, passion and love.

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Phyllis Grant is a mother, artist, rapper, filmmaker, dreamer and lover of all creation. She’s from the Mi’gmaq community of Pabineau First Nation, New Brunswick, Canada. She believes that living life is an art, and shares her path through artistic expressions of family, nature, stories, medicines, passion and love. 

Full bio:

Phyllis Grant is a Mi’gmaq artist from Pabineau First Nation, New Brunswick, Canada. She is the mother of three beautiful children. Phyllis holds a Bachelor of Integrated Studies from the University of New Brunswick, with a Certificate in Leadership Studies.

Her artwork was exhibited in Canada at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (2007) and in the US with Honor the Earth’s “Impacted Nations” which opened in New York City and toured Minneapolis, Santa Fe and Chicago (2005-2008).

Phyllis’s art appears on the cover of “Hand in Hand: A Review of First Nations Child Welfare in New Brunswick” (2010).

She is a Canada Council grantee for Writing and Publishing and a multiple grant recipient of The Arts Board of New Brunswick.

Phyllis is a member of The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), the ECMA (East Coast Music Association) and the Writer’s Guild of Canada (WGC/ACTRA).

In 2006, she directed her first film, “Maq and the Spirit of the Woods”, produced by the National Film Board of Canada. It was selected and screened at several festivals, including the Terres en vues / Land InSights festival in Montreal, the American Indian Film Institute’s Film Festival in San Francisco, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, and National Geographic’s “All Roads Film Festival” in Los Angeles and Washington DC. 

Her second animated film with the NFB titled “Waseteg”, premiered at the Atlantic Film Festival/ViewFinders in Halifax, N.S. 
It was nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival, 2011, and selected and screened at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, 2011. “Waseteg” was also included in “Best of the Big Top”, a compilation DVD for Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival in 2012 as well as Air Canada’s “In Flight Entertainment” (2013).

“Maq and the Spirit of the Woods" and “Waseteg” were screened at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City and are available through their Film and Media Center. Both films were also listed in the NFB Education’s “All-time Favorite 100 Films” in their 2013-2014 catalogue.

Phyllis is also a rap and spoken word artist and was nominated for an East Coast Music Award in 2004 for her work with Red Suga. In 2008, she released her own cd titled “Up Risin’”. It was nominated for a 2009 ECMA. The title track, “Up Risin’” made it to the second round of judging (out of 15,000 entries) in the International Songwriting Competition in 2005. She is currently producing her second album, "Love and Devotion" in 2017.

Phyllis’s work was also featured in Pearson Canada’s “Literacy In Action” textbooks, 2007.

She is one of 15 artists across Canada who designed and painted a 6 foot Coke Art Bottle for Coca-Cola Canada’s “Aboriginal Art Bottle Program” for the Vancouver Olympics, 2010.

In 2012, ArtsNB featured her in a media arts campaign titled “I am art”. The campaign is ongoing and includes film clips from “Maq and the Spirit of the Woods” (NFB).

Phyllis teaches mandala art in her community. She contributed to Terry Fox Elementary School & Sentier NB Trail’s informative panel project where she taught grades 3-5 plant and animal drawing techniques (2013). The interpretive panels can be found near the Basin NB Hiking Trail in Bathurst, NB.

Phyllis also created the art/logo for the First Nations Children’s Futures Fund in New Brunswick, 2013 and the Medicine Journey Mandala for Vitalite Health Network and Horizon Health Network, New Brunswick, 2015.

She has facilitated visual storytelling, animation workshops/screenings and mandala art workshops for all ages in schools, nature parks, festivals and libraries.

She is currently a member of the Task Force on the Status of the Artist in New Brunswick (2014-2017) and Creative Futures: A Renewed Cultural Policy for New Brunswick (2015- 2017).

Phyllis hosts a weekly radio program with Phantom FM 103.3 in Bathurst. The show is called “Vinyl Love Forever”, a half-hour of "handmade" radio promoting community wellness through the healing power of records! Vinyl record selections, reflections, local arts, culture, health news and community events are all included in a fresh episode each week.

Her art focuses on sharing traditions and exploring identity through technology, leadership, transformative learning and healing through creation. These themes flow consistently throughout her work.

Artistic Mediums, Process and Technique: Pencil sketches with black marker and pencil crayon on 23 lb acid free paper. Acrylic paint on canvas. Watercolor paints on watercolor paper. Traditional animation on animation paper created on an animation disc with light table, camera and computer. Phyllis is inspired by everyday life. Her art pieces express the contemporary thoughts, emotions, studies, reflections and life force evident within the realms of human experience. Her Mi'gmaq spirituality is interconnected with the art she expresses. Phyllis’s approach to art creation is gentle, yet intense in its follow through and visual impact. Images of family, nature, community unity and harmony come to life in soulful lines, brilliant colours and bold shapes.

She believes living life is an art, and continues to share her ideas through artistic expressions of family, nature, stories, medicines, passion and love.