breathe: creating resilience through traditional art


Breathe programming


Upcoming events


Art Expressions

Glide, dab, tap and swish. Gather your family and use a variety of materials to create prints and artwork inspired by the Breathe exhibition. Guided by one of our Museum Educators, share, discuss, learn and create with RAM. 

Length: 30 minutes


  • August 12 @ 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm
  • August 15 @ 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm
  • August 18 @ 11:00 am
  • September 4 @ 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm

More dates to follow

Space is limited, so please book your spot in advance to join the Art Expressions fun! Note that this program includes a $5.00 material fee, in addition to general admission.



Peoples and Plagues Tour

Explore our Human History Hall’s most thought-provoking stories surrounding pandemics and infectious disease, from trade blankets to Breathe – RAM's latest temporary exhibition.

Length: 1 hour


  • August 11 @ 11 am
  • August 13 @ 1 pm
  • August 18 @ 1 pm
  • September 2 @ 1 pm
  • More dates to follow

Space is limited. Please email our Learning Team to join the tour. The Peoples and Plagues Tour is included with your general admission.

Email us to save your spot 


Past events

Kitchen Table Talks: Resilience, Art, and Healing with the Breathe Project

Aired live on July 14

Watch this recording of our virtual talk, celebrating the opening of Breathe: Creating Resilience through Traditional Art. Pull up a chair around our virtual kitchen table and listen in as Elaine Alexie, Curator of Indigenous Studies, talks with Breathe co-creators Lisa Shepherd and Nathalie Bertin.


Speaker bios:

Nathalie Bertin

Nathalie Bertin is a multi-disciplinary artist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada with documented roots in Michilimackinac & Nipissing. She is of Métis, French, Anishinaabe and Omàmiwininiwak (a.k.a. Algonquin) ancestry. Bertin is a member of the Waawaashkeshi (Deer Clan). Nathalie's art takes many forms, including beadwork which combines traditional designs from her various ancestries, as well as silk embroidery, quillwork, fish scale art and illustration work. Nathalie has created and curated several community-centered exhibitions which speak to notions of care, community, compassion and understanding with Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. For more information about Nathalie's work please visit her website:

Lisa Shepherd

Lisa Shepherd, Métis Artist, was born in Edmonton and grew up in Spruce Grove, Alberta, before migrating west to British Columbia, where she now lives. Lisa is a beadwork artist dedicated to revitalizing Métis culture from a place of authenticity and traditional foundations as the art and culture continues to grow in contemporary times. Her work is recognized across Canada for its heirloom quality and authenticity of Métis art and culture.

Lisa is best known for her one-of-a-kind beaded garments that pay tribute to her Métis roots. Her contemporary studies of native plants and her exploration of the padula flowers in ancestral works land thoughtfully by way of beads on velveteen, stroud and smokey hide. Lisa is also an educator, a knowledge carrier, a dancer, and a strong advocate for artists across the country, bringing people together in community. For more information on Lisa's work please visit her website:

Moderator bio:

Elaine Alexie is a member of the Teetł'it Gwich'in First Nation in Fort McPherson, N.W.T. She is a beadwork artist, and is completing a PhD on Dene material culture at the University of Alberta. She has extensive experience in community engagement, creative practice, and storytelling. Her PhD research examines the preservation of traditional Gwich'in knowledge and artistic practice through an analysis of Dene material culture in several international museums. She employs a collaborative research methodology ensuring her research benefits Northern Indigenous communities.