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Badlands Art Department is an independent and multifaceted artist residency, studio and press located alongside the Rosebud River, which has been called Akokiniskway* (the river of many roses), on Treaty 7 territory, the ancestral lands of the Blackfoot confederacy. Situated in the rugged Badlands of Drumheller, Alberta, B.A.D. is organized by artists Miruna Dragan and Jason de Haan. As part of our activities here, we invite artists to research and respond to various conditions of this unique site – including its history of coal and clay mining, continuing extractive industries of natural gas and cryptocurrency, as well as its paleontological, geological, and scientific significance. Layered with these unfolding ecosystems, B.A.D. fosters events and activities that take place on, or about, this land. We are committed to creating opportunities for community development between artists, elders, scholars, stewards, scientists, ecologists, and any others that are committed to teaching about, learning from, or contributing to this place. 

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*Akokiniskway “by the river of many roses”, Hymas, Kay, 1983 (attributed to Blackfoot Chief High Eagle)

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