Serene Porter, a Halifax-based multidisciplinary artist, consultant, and facilitator from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory (Mohawk Nation) in Ontario, where she developed an abiding passion for her Indigenous culture, nature, sports, and artistic expression. She holds a Fine Arts degree from York University, a Graphic Design diploma from Mohawk College, and an Art Therapy diploma from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. Serene currently brings her wealth of expertise as the Indigenous advisor for the 2024 Juno Awards.
Most recently, Serene served as Director of Culture & Engagement for the 2023 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), where she spearheaded the most successful integration of Indigenous culture to date, setting a new standard for the event. Her leadership included the creation and successful facilitation of a cultural awareness training program for over 3000 volunteers. Beyond her role in NAIG, Serene has a diverse background as an art therapist, instructor, consultant, outreach coordinator, and graphic designer, Serene is a workshop facilitator and educator with a focus on Indigenous Culture. She has developed and delivered a variety of Integrated Learning workshops for Elders, residential school survivors, and youth, in which she guides participants through creative explorations that nurture self-care and healing.
With a unique skill set and perspective, Serene acts as a catalyst for others, promoting resiliency, determination, and creativity through art, cultural connections, nature, and sports/movement. This philosophy is evident in both her work and life.
Mohawk Nation, Haudensaunee