Project Manager, Administrator, Volunteer Extraordinaire, Culture Shifter
Leigh Anne Parry is grateful to have spent most of her life on treaty one territory. Much of Leigh Anne’s work has focused on both small-scale and large scale culture shifts and establishing foundations for strong organizations capable of bringing a large group of people’s ideas to fruition. With a keen interest in creative problem-solving and amplifying the aspirations of other people, Leigh Anne approaches much of her work from the perspective of an interdisciplinary artist and collaborator. For the last five years she has collaborated with a team at Winnipeg Trails Association to grow ideas into projects and programs including as a key organizer of the multidisciplinary art, health, urbanism, conference ModeShift: A Festival of Human-Scale Cities.
Most recently Parry has organized women to teach other women to ride bicycles and is developing this idea into a larger program to serve multiple community organizations and hundreds of indigenous, immigrant, and refugee women and girls. Her stewardship and willingness to take risks has led to other innovative, collaborative projects like the Plain Bicycle project (a culture bomb of Dutch bicycles). She co-founded the Landless Farmers Collective Urban Farm (a successful 9-year experiment in vegetable and food production in a well-known city park). She has contributed several site-specific art installations in public spaces including From the Seat of A Canoe, a performance/installation that drew attention to riverine environments in the city and A Lingering Darkness, a series of installations curated for Cluster Festival that focused on what we lose when we lose the night sky. For 4 years was the executive director of Young Lungs Dance Exchange an artist-run dance organization.
In general, her focus is on movement; the micro and macro, the personal and political, the human and environment.