New ArtBridges/ToileDesArts website coming this week! / Le nouveau site Web d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts, en ligne cette semaine!

16 09 2013

Balloons (credit: wwskies)

Dear friends,

After months in the making, ArtBridges/ToileDesArts is finally launching our new website this week!: www.artbridges.ca

We hope that you will enjoy it!

We hope that you will find it easier to search for content and to submit things related to community-engaged arts and arts for social change initiatives in Canada. We’d love your feedback.

We hope that the site will become rich with use and grow over time—because of all of the amazing things that you and others contribute to it and read on it.

We hope it will really become a place for learning, resource exchange and connection-making and because of that—communities across Canada can have improved access to arts and art-making opportunities.

We’d like to thank the individuals, foundations and the Ontario Trillium Foundation that helped make the website creation and development happen. Thank you for your belief in the relevance of creating a hub and forum for community-engaged arts in Canada.

Cheers to the amazingly talented, innovative and creative team of people who worked on creating and developing the new website.

Enjoy!

Seanna Connell, Project Director, on behalf of ArtBridges/ToileDesArts

Chers amis, chères amies,

Après plusieurs mois de travail, ArtBridges/ToileDesArts lance finalement son nouveau site Web cette semaine! Nous souhaitons que vous l’aimerez autant que nous! : www.artbridges.ca

Nous l’avons conçu pour qu’il soit plus facile d’y chercher du contenu et d’y soumettre de l’info en lien avec l’art communautaire et l’art engagé au Canada. Vos commentaires sont les bienvenus!

Nous espérons que ce site s’enrichira à l’usage et avec le temps — grâce à tout ce que vous nous fournirez comme contenu intéressant pour que le milieu de l’art communautaire puisse en bénéficier.

Nous espérons qu’il deviendra un lieu d’apprentissage, d’échange de ressources et de rencontres déterminantes et qu’ainsi, les collectivités partout au Canada auront un meilleur accès à l’art et à la pratique des arts.

Nous tenons à remercier les personnes et les fondations, et en particulier la fondation Ontario Trillium, qui nous ont permis de créer ce nouveau site. Merci d’avoir cru qu’il est pertinent de créer une telle plateforme pancanadienne, un tel forum pour l’art communautaire et l’art engagé.

Merci et bravo à l’incroyable équipe qui a mis ses talents à contribution pour concevoir et mettre en place ce nouveau site.

Bonne visite, bon voyage sur la ToileDesArts !

Seanna Connell, directrice du projet, de la part de toute l’équipe d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts

crédit photo/photo credit: wwskies
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Forum national Le Pouvoir des arts (Sept. 27-29, Ottawa)

12 09 2013

FMJF - Forum national Le Pouvoir des arts Evite

“Organisé par la Fondation Michaëlle Jean et la Faculté des arts et des sciences sociales de l’Université Carleton, le premier Forum national Le Pouvoir des arts : contribuer au changement social aura lieu du 27 au 29 septembre 2013 à Ottawa.”

-soumis par Peter Flegel, Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation

Veuillez s.v.p visiter la carte Google pour l’information de contact.
Lire d’autres postes de notre blogue au sujet de la Fondation Michaëlle Jean ici.

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Power of the Arts National Forum (Sept. 27-29, Ottawa)

11 09 2013

FMJF - Power of the Arts National Forum English Evite

“Organized by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and Carleton University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the inaugural Power of the Arts National Forum: Advancing Social Change, will take place between September 27 to 29, 2013, in Ottawa.”

-submitted by Peter Flegel, Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation

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Profile: Manifesto (Toronto)

10 09 2013

Manifesto logo
Profile: Manifesto
Status: Annual Festival, Non-profit
Communities Served: Youth, Diverse communities
Catchment Areas: Ontario, sister organization in Jamaica: ManifestoJA
Languages: English
Arts Focus: Dance, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts, Fashion, Spiritual Arts, Culinary Arts
Main Arts Activities: Manifesto produces a variety of programming throughout the year, including an internship program, workshops, artist talks, townhall meetings, and more. The organization is most recognized for the annual Festival of Community & Culture, a celebration of music, visual art, dance and culture. Rooted in hip hop, this festival works to unite, energize, cultivate and celebrate Toronto’s vibrant, diverse youth arts community. In the last seven years, Manifesto’s Festival has featured unique, socially charged initiatives that boast commercial level productions. The Festival has promoted over 1000 emerging and established Canadian and international artists to a wide audience – and specifically to diverse youth aged 14-29.
Mandate: Manifesto works to unite, inspire, and empower diverse communities of young people through arts and culture.
Additional Info: ABOUT US VIDEO: http://vimeo.com/42076105 (FESTIVAL 2012 RECAP)

OUR FESTIVAL
Manifesto’s 7th annual Festival of Community and Culture is coming up Sep 19-22, 2013! Artist announcements coming soon! Join us as we celebrate the arts, community and culture through a unique experience that only Manifesto provides. See what talented local and national artists have to offer from dance, music, art, education, comedy, food, clothing and crafts, and so much more.
Manifesto’s annual Festival of Community and Culture is a celebrated event in Toronto which attracts over 40,000 attendees over a span of four days. The mission of the festival is to showcase creativity and culture from diverse communities of young people and to support top notch talent.

Fri, Sep 20: The Beat: Producer Showcase
Sat, Sep 21 (day): Manifesto Summit
Sat, Sep 21 (evening): Manifesto Art Show & 3rd Annual Floor Awards
Sun, Sep 22: Live at the Square Yonge-Dundas Square

Mark your calendars, September 19 – 22 and get ready to celebrate!

OUR SPACE
37 Bulwer is a social hub where great energies merge! Our space has been used to host; artist talks, yoga classes, gallery exhibitions, workshops & collaborative meetings, culinary events and other creative endeavours.
The venue is located at 37 Bulwer Street in the heart of downtown Toronto, just north-east of Queen St. and Spadina Ave. Steps away from creative industries of Queen West, the space is a unique venue for hosting events, parties, and gatherings. If you are interested in visiting or booking our space, please visit themanifesto.ca/space or contact space@themanifesto.ca.
Main Contact Name: Stephanie Perrin, Administrative Director
Phone: (647) 436-8404
Main Contact Email: info@themanifesto.ca
Website: http://www.themanifesto.ca
Address: 37 Bulwer St. Toronto, ON M5T 1A1

– Stephanie Perrin, Administrative Director, Manifesto

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Art of Facilitation Workshop Series for Youth (ArtReach, Toronto)

9 09 2013

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Are you an artist with an amazing talent or skill that you want to teach to youth?
Are you looking for new employment opportunities within your art form?
Or, are you just looking to develop and refine your facilitation skills?

“The Art of Facilitation is a train-the-trainer workshops series for youth (13-29 years) that infuses popular education techniques with the presentation and facilitation skills needed to engage diverse youth audiences. These interactive and engaging workshops will train you in the areas of facilitation, workshop planning, presentation skills, and creating safe and inclusive spaces. In addition to this training, you will receive feedback on your facilitation style/approach, individual mentorship from an experienced facilitator in the field and receive a certificate of completion!

So whether you have facilitated before or have never transferred your skills to an audience, The Art of Facilitation will assist you in creating an engaging workshop experience that everyone will love.

*In order to participate in this program, you will have to fill out the survey here https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=5IxpNT3U70msy0gSUWVZDg AND attend 5 mandatory facilitator-training workshops at Metro Hall, (55 John Street) on the following dates:
Saturday September 28, 10:00am-4:00pm (room 303)
Wednesday October 2, 5:30pm-9:30pm (room 303)
Wednesday October 9, 5:00pm-9:30pm (room 303)
Wednesday October 16, 5:00pm-9:30pm (room 310)
Wednesday October 23, 5:00pm-9:30pm (room 303)

REGISTRATION: If you are interested in this opportunity, please register with eventbrite here and fill out the survey before September 13th.

-submitted by Shahina Sayani, ArtReach Toronto

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Profile: Arts Health Network Canada

5 09 2013

Arts Health Network Canada

Profile: Arts Health Network
Status: Charity, Non-profit
Communities Served: Adults, All Ages, Children, Seniors, Youth
Catchment Area: Canada-wide
Languages: English
Arts Focus: All art disciplines
Main Arts Activities: The Network engages arts/health users, organizations, decision makers, and the broader public to understand and support the connections between health and arts-based activities, as well as the multitude of ways that the arts can contribute to lowering costs, increasing effectiveness, and supporting the sustainability of our public health care system. We are also the primary source of arts and health information and resources in Canada, providing a platform for arts and health knowledge translation.
Mandate: The goal of Arts Health Network Canada (AHNC) is to bring arts and health activities into the mainstream of Canadian life so that all Canadians are able to engage in the arts to enhance their health, well-being, and improve their quality of life.
Artbridging: Other community-engaged arts initiatives are invited to become community participants and gain access to our resources.
Main Contact Name: Nicki Kahnamoui, Executive Director
Phone: 1-877-352-3670
Website: http://artshealthnetwork.ca
Address: Suite 2000, 1188 W Georgia St. Vancouver, BC V6E 4A2

– Nicki Kahnamoui, Executive Director, Arts Health Network Conada

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Festival: Lake Country ArtWalk (Okanagan Valley, BC)

4 09 2013

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“Lake Country ArtWalk, the largest of its kind in the BC interior, showcases original works of art and live performances created by visual and performing artists living in the Okanagan Valley. More than 300 artists of all media are exhibiting over 3000 original works of art. The event plays host to over 7000 visitors.

When: Saturday & Sunday, September 7 & 8, 10am-5pm
Where: Lake Country Community Complex
10241 Bottomwood Lake Rd, Lake Country, BC
Price: Only a Toonie ($2)

Proceeds from ArtWalk go to supporting the arts in our community.
Artwalk is truly a community event with many volunteers working hard to make this festival happen, and with community groups contributing in numerous ways.”

– Sharon McCoubrey, Lake Country Art Walk

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Event: Sew What?! Fashion Show and Open House (Art Starts, Yorkdale Community Art Centre, Toronto)

3 09 2013

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Sew What?! fashion program grads present “As Time Goes By”

Art Starts and Sew What?! graduates are proud to present their “As Time Goes By” collection Sunday September 8th at the Yorkdale Community Arts Centre. The event is an open house from 1pm-4pm and features a fashion show at 2pm.

Sew What?! is a free six-week summer intensive fashion program for youth aged 16-21 from across Toronto who would not normally have access to this opportunity. The program took 12 fashion-inspired participants through a hands-on exploration of all things fashion from field trips, interactive lectures and discussions to hands-on design and sewing workshops led by industry professionals. By the end of the immersive six weeks, the youth had developed sewing skills and learned how to turn their ideas into wearable garments all the while making important connections in the industry and developing a sense of where their skills might be best utilized in the fashion world. Expertise and advice was shared by such fashion luminaries as designer Adrian Wu,Pearl Miller of La Chance boutique and Kingi Carpenter, Peach Berzerk mastermind. Sew What’s?!combination of hands-on experience and industry connections are a first step for participants to eventually find meaningful internships and employment in the field.

“Sew What?! is the first step in helping me to realize my dream of becoming a fashion designer” says 21 year old Sew What?! grad Marissa Minto.”The program has given me the confidence to broaden my horizons beyond my visual arts background and I look forward to leveraging this experience in my future fashion career.”

The fashion show explores the theme “Travelling through fashion history”. Each participant had to select two different fashion eras as inspiration for the creation of a daywear garment and an evening wear garment. The results are both an education in fashion history and an inspiring glimpse at how young people interpret styles from decades past.

“I loved experiencing the creativity that flowed from these youths each and every day of the program” says Program Manager Carleen Robinson. “I can’t wait for people to witness the talent I’ve seen blossom over the past 6 weeks!”

Art Starts is charitable organization that has been bringing professional artists and underserved communities together in community-building arts programs for over 20 years. They are the winners of Toronto Arts Foundation’s 2013 Arts for Youth Award. Sew What?! was conceived in response to increasing interest from youth in developing careers in the fashion industry. With their central operations housed in a 1200 square ft studio in the Lower Level of Yorkdale Mall, Art Starts is in an inspiring location to bring together youth interested in pursuing fashion-focused careers.

Sew What?! was generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

WHO: Art Starts & Sew What?! participants
WHAT: Sew What?! Fashion Show and Open House
WHEN: Sunday September 8th, 2013. 1-4pm. Fashion show at 2pm.

WHERE: Art Starts, Yorkdale Community Art Centre, in the Lower Level of Yorkdale Mall (access via elevators beside Home Outfitters escalators)

For more information, please visit http://www.artstarts.net or contact Art Starts Program Director Myra Leibu at 416-770-3011 or myra@artstarts.net

-submitted by Elvana Xhakollari, Art Starts

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Profile: Theatre for Living (Headlines Theatre) [Vancouver]

29 08 2013

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Profile: Theatre for Living (Headlines Theatre)
Status: Non-profit, Charity
Communities Served: Youth, Adults, Seniors, First Nations, Metis or Inuit (FNMI), Dis/Abilities
Catchment Area: Canada-wide
Art Disciplines: Theatre
Language(s) Used:
 English, we can also work through translators
Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities: Founded in 1981, Theatre for Living has evolved from Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. The work is designed to help communities engage in real dialogue. We offer main stage projects, training workshops, Power Plays (small performance-based community workshops) and non-performance-based workshops. For complete info: http://www.theatreforliving.com
Mandate/Mission: To promote, develop and produce community-based theatre, video and film generally, and THEATRE FOR LIVING specifically, as these cultural forms spring from and speak to issues that arise from community* concerns; theatre, film and video that raise social awareness, encourage new audiences, and share in culture-making skills. To build a working relationship between the art forms and the communities they serve.
*Community is defined as any group of people who share a common concern.

2 Degrees_67232º of Fear and Desire: David Diamond facilitating an audience interactive event. Photo by: Tim Matheson

Contact: Liza Lindgren, Outreach Coordinator
Email: outreach@theatreforliving.com
Website: www.theatreforliving.com
Telephone: 604-871-0508
Address: 323-350 East 2nd Ave., Vancouver, BC. V5T 4R8
Additional Info:
Corporations in our Heads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALKPqOfXNwY Video by Dima Alansari
Us and Them promo video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtyxD7hy71w Video by Liza Lindgren

– submitted by David Diamond
Main photo (at top): Us and Them: (in box) Iris Paradela-Hunter, (on top) Connor Polishak, (at right) Brandy McCallum. Photo by David Cooper.

Maladjusted _promo Maladjusted_preview_0282 Maladjusted: (Promo Shot) – foreground: Micheala Hiltergerke, background: Pierre Leichner. Photo by: David Cooper
Maladjusted 2: Left to right: Micheala Hiltergerke and Colin Ross. Photo by: David Cooper

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Reminder: Call for Applications for 2013-14 Sharon Wolfe Artist Residency (Abilities Arts Festival, Toronto)

28 08 2013

Abilities Arts Festival

The Sharon Wolfe Artist In Residence program is intended to allow a disability-identified artist to undertake a project that advances their own artistic goals and practice, and which has the potential to benefit the wider community of artists with disabilities.

For the last 10 ten years, the Abilities Arts Festival (AAF) has been presenting and promoting the work of exceptionally talented artists across the entire spectrum of disciplines. The Sharon Wolfe Artist In Residence program allows us to take this mandate a step further. Few artists have the luxury of devoting themselves completely to their practice; the vast majority must subsidize their work by juggling one or more paid positions. While funding poses a significant challenge for all artists, people with disabilities encounter a host of additional accessibility obstacles.

Named in honour of the organization’s founding Artistic Director Sharon Wolfe, the SWA Residency is intended to offer the resident artist an opportunity to devote themselves to a specific program of work, while simultaneously contributing to a larger dialogue and sense of engagement with the wider community of disability artists in Toronto.

The SWA Residency will provide the artist with a $5000 stipend, as well as access to a small studio space at the prestigious 401 Richmond building for up to two months between October 2013 and June 2014.

Eligibility: 
· The SWA Residency is intended to benefit artists who have completed basic education or training in their discipline and can demonstrate a history of professional practice and exposure.
· The residency is open to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants. Artists need not be residents of Toronto, but must be prepared to spend at least one month of their residency in Toronto at their own expense. For artists outside of Toronto, Abilities Arts Festival would provide all possible assistance in locating appropriate, accessible accommodations in the city.

Applications must include:
· A professional CV;
· A 2-3 page (max) description of the intended project, indicating the connection to the artists work and potential benefit to the larger community;
· A schedule and timeline for the project;
· A budget indicating how the funds would be spent (ie. subsistence; materials; equipment; accommodation; presentation).
· Applicants are encouraged to include support materials documenting their work.

Applications will be assessed on the basis of:
· Artistic merit;
· Relevance to the applicant’s professional advancement;
· The viability of the proposed program and budget; and
· Overall value to the field of disability arts and community at large.

Applications will be accepted between July 30 and August 30, 2013.

Completed applications can be sent by mail to:
Sharon Wolfe Artist in Residence
Abilities Arts Festival
Suite S-30, 401 Richmond Street West
Toronto M5V 3A8

Or by email to: katie@abilitiesartsfestival.org
Subject Heading: Application – Sharon Wolfe Artist in Residence”

-submitted by Katie McMillan, Abilities Arts Festival

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