Emerging Cultural Leader 2015

We were pleased to announce the recipient of the Emerging Cultural Leader for 2015, Cole Forrest, at the WWG Annual General Meeting on March 15 2016.

Cole Forrest is an Ojibwe artist and spoken word poet based out of Nipissing First Nation in North Bay, Ontario. He strives to bring his understanding and compassion for arts to a level that is perpetual. By always seeking new horizons and pushing to be the best he can be, Cole is forever learning new techniques to hone his craft. A high school student of Chippewa Secondary School, he is involved with most art extra curricular activities, namely with both orchestral bands and theatrics.

Cole has worked with Aanmitaagzi for several years on projects such as “Dances of Resistance”, “Ice Follies”, “Beneath Us”, and “Aanmitaagzi Summer Arts Program”. Cole has appeared in the short film “O-Getche Tahk”, and a stage performance of “Designer Genes”. Cole is an Artistic co-coordinator of the Black Water Art Collective based out of the White Water Gallery in downtown North Bay. Cole is the current “Overall Artist of the Year” at his high school, and is proficient in dance, acting, music, and most notably, writing.