Meet The Artist

Hello! Welcome to The Men’s Banner Project Blog.

My name is Anna-Celestrya Carr I’m a Metis artist, filmmaker, feminist, activist, speaker, student, wife and mother of twin boys. I’m at my most creative when I have a busy life.

Anna-Celestrya and Artis-Yul
Anna-Celestrya and Artis-Yul

My Background

I graduated from both the Vancouver Film School and the National Screen Institute’s New Voices program in Canada. While at NSI I created Dreamcatcher: A short dramatic fantasy of Aboriginal mythology. In 2012 I created Tik-A-Lee-Kick, an honest and candid telling of a young Aboriginal woman’s perspective on the role of the Little People funded by the Video Pool Aboriginal Media Art Initiative.

In 2009, I received the Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award for my work on violence against women. That same year I ran in the Miss Manitoba Pageant with the sole purpose of bringing awareness to the organization Sisters in Spirit.

I was one of the core organizers for the RebELLEs Pan-Canadian Young Feminist Gathering, attended by over 350 young women from across Canada on May 20 -23, 2011. Later that year I represented RebELLEs as an attendee of the 8th World March of Women International meeting in Quezon City, Philippines from November 20th to 25th, 2011.

In 2012, I received the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Public Awareness and Communications and became one of Ace Burpee’s 100 most fascinating Manitobans, a distinction given out yearly by a beloved and influential radio host. .

The artwork that I’m best known for is The Men’s Banner Project (which is why you’re here :). This work is a combination of interactive performance and installation, about which I also lecture.

I’ve gone to many events in Winnipeg, across Canada and in other parts of the world. I’ve spoken in public on the issue of violence and creating peace from an Aboriginal perspective many times. I’m a very shy person. But I use myself and my talents to create the world that I want to live in. A peaceful safe and fun one.

Meet My Family

Artis-Yul my big little guy.
Artis-Yul my big little guy
Oberon-Wolf my little big guy
Oberon-Wolf my little big guy and yes his tail is very  bushy
Yuris my hubby and biggest supporter
Yuris my husband and biggest supporter