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I am Unstoppable – International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues (Sarasvàti Productions, Winnipeg)


Sarasvàti Productions presents
I am Unstoppable – International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues

Sarasvàti Productions will again be producing and taking to the community our cabaret of monologues to celebrate International Women’s Week. This year’s theme is I Am Unstoppable, as we tackle obstacles, conquering challenges and living life to the fullest. The evening will offer a diverse line-up of monologues by Canadian playwrights as well as performance pieces. Our goal is to honour women by telling their stories and to explore multiple perspectives to represent the scope of women’s experiences. ASL Interpretation will be available for the evening performance.

IWW will take place on March 10 at 4pm and 8pm at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at U of W, 400 Colony Street)

Tickets $15 (plus $2.50 for on-line purchases) or cash at the door

There will also be additional community performances available from March 4th to 11th

Please Note: Adult Language and Content

For more information on the lineup visit www.sarasvati.ca

-from Sarasvàti Productions press release
Read Sarasvàti Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

Call for Artists!: Apply to be part of The PATCH Project (Toronto)

The PATCH Project provides artists with opportunities to exhibit their work in public – raising their profile while transforming Toronto’s streets.
We partner with landowners and developers to showcase the work of local artists around construction sites and get them the exposure they need to move their career in the arts forward.

PATCH can help YOU:

  • develop your portfolio
  • get paid for exhibiting your work
  • join a community of like-minded creative professionals
  • build a foundation for your career in Toronto’s cultural sector

Our city has millions of feet of construction hoarding (the walls that go up around construction sites) that can be the home for your next work of art (or the exhibition of your existing artwork)!

What is PATCH, and what do we do?
PATCH installs permanent and temporary art in underused spaces, like construction sites. We collaborate with local artists, landowners, and property developers to create an ongoing exhibition that not only beautifies the streetscape, but strengthens community ties around our installations. We:
identify potential sites for public art
recruit Toronto area artists of the highest calibre for site-specific work;
liaise between artists, property owners / developers, and construction companies to develop customized creative solutions that animate Toronto’s public realm; and
manage the logistics of making this all happen!

PATCH is a project of the STEPS Initiative, an award-winning public arts organization that builds the capacity of citizens to take action in creating more vibrant and connected communities. Since 2010, STEPS has led several large-scale public art installations (including the World’s Tallest Mural) through which they have engaged thousands of community members of all ages and received numerous awards.”

For more information, please visit: thepatchproject.com/artist-apply/

-from The PATCH Project website
Read STEPS Initiative’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Town Hall: Eighth Street Skatepark Mural Revitalization Project (Lakeshore Arts)

“This Summer 2018, Lakeshore Arts is planning a large mural revitalization project of the Eighth Street skatepark in partnership with StreetARToronto, Toronto Police Service 22 Division, and Toronto Skateboarding Committee. Located in the New Toronto neighbourhood, the Eighth Street Skatepark serves as a hub for skate enthusiasts and local residents. This project aims to replace the current tags and graffiti vandalism found within the park with a series of new murals created by professional artists in consultation with the community.

Join us for a presentation about the project to-date, followed by an open-format discussion about the future goals for the project, including mural themes, artist applications, the selection process, and gather community feedback.

Addtional meeting dates and locations:

– Thursday, 22 March – 7-9pm – LAMP Community Health Centre, Community Room (185 Fifth St)

– Thursday, 12 April – 7-9pm – Lakeshore Arts, Community Project Space (2422 Lake Shore Blvd. W.)”

-submitted by Lakeshore Arts
Read Lakeshore Arts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Directory and Map of Community-Engaged Arts

Call for Artists: Youth Arts Ambassadors Program (Ontario Culture Days)

Ontario Culture Days invites young and emerging professional artists in Ontario to submit proposals to the third annual cohort of the Youth Arts Ambassadors Program (YAAP).

Would you like to:

  • Produce a community-focused artwork as a part of an Ontario-wide Culture Days 2018 project?
  • Develop your professional practice in areas such as marketing, outreach and community arts practices?
  • Be mentored and supported by an established community host?
  • Connect with a broad network of arts leaders from your region, province and across Canada?

If so, we’d like to hear from you! Tell us how you will explore the potential of community arts to strengthen your own artistic practice and to grow audiences for your work.

YAAP is contingent upon the receipt of funding still to be announced. The following is a call for expressions of interest prior to an estimated project launch in late April 2018.

Youth Arts Ambassadors Program (YAAP)
In 2016, Ontario Culture Days launched a new initiative called the Youth Arts Ambassadors Program (YAAP). The program, aimed at fostering and supporting the next generation of community-engaged artists in our province, commissioned selected professional artists under 30 to create new works of art. The artworks were unveiled over the Culture Days weekend with a corresponding public program directed towards members of the artists’ communities. As YAAP enters its third year, we are looking to grow and develop this valuable initiative. In 2018, YAAP will increase its emphasis on the role of arts ambassadorship. YAAP artists will be partnered with local host organisations to develop outreach and programming initiatives that relate to the needs of their local communities. Alongside this relationship-building, Culture Days will provide the artists with educational resources to deepen their understanding of arts advocacy, arts marketing and program development. Combining the practical relationship building with a professional development component will provide participating artists with a valuable set of resources. This will help them as they reach out to their communities, act as ambassadors for local arts initiatives, and develop a successful YAAP program for the Culture Days weekend, September 28, 29 and 30, 2018. 2018:”

For more information, please visit Ontario Culture Days

-from Culture Days website

Workshop: Introduction to Storytelling and Acting (GeriActors, Edmonton)

“NEW GeriActors Workshop: Introduction to Storytelling and Acting (Spring Session)

If you’ve EVER acted or NEVER acted, this is the program for you!

Join the fun!

Turn your stories into plays
Learn about acting
Improvise
Create dynamic characters
Perform (if you want to)
If you participated in GeriActors SUMMER SCHOOL this workshop is a continuation of what you learned. We would love to see you there!

When:
Fridays from 3:00 – 5:00pm
March 2 – May 11
No session on March 30 for Good Friday

Location:
The SAGE Seniors Association
15 Sir Winston Churchill Square
SAGE is wheelchair accessible and all abilities are welcome

Cost:
$40 per person or pay-what-you-can
Register in person at SAGE or call 780-423-5510

GeriActors has been turning stories into plays for the last 17 years. For more information on GeriActors Theatre visit our website: www.geriactors.ualberta.ca

-submitted by GeriActors Theatre
Read GeriActors’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Post your community arts initiatives’ opportunities for jobs, student placements, internships, or volunteer positions with ArtBridges!

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Do you have job opportunities, student placements or volunteer opportunities?
Send them to ArtBridges! We have wide readership with people in the community arts field from all across Canada! If you’d like us to circulate your opportunity through the ArtBridges network & in our growing Classifieds section, email us at info@artbridges.ca with “Classifieds” in the subject line.

Call for Applications: Mural Art Career Development 2018 (Mural Routes, Toronto)

“Applications are now open for Mural Art Career Development program!

Mural Art Career Development is a fully-subsidized, intensive program for emerging artists and project managers who have completed some previous training. As the only program of its kind in Canada, acceptance to the program is by application and subject to a selection process.

Mural Art Career Development will take place from May 1st to July 3rd, 2018, on Tuesdays and some Saturdays, at Centennial College Story Arts Centre and Mural Routes. The application deadline is Monday, March 5th at 5pm. For application guidelines and other information, please visit muralroutes.ca/macd-apply

The 60-hour curriculum encompasses a wide range of relevant topics, from discussions of administrative fundamentals to hands-on practice with various mediums. Participants also benefit from a supportive environment with networking and placement opportunities.

Led by experienced professionals, the program is designed to provide committed artists and managers with skills specific to mural-making. Skills ranging from budgeting to community consultation are developed through in-class and hands-on workshops. Students also have the opportunity to make connections with established artists, collaborate with each other, and gain experience.

Mural Art Career Development saw a 60 per cent increase in applications in 2017 with one student travelling from Ottawa to Toronto twice a week in order to attend. “This type of comprehensive mural training isn’t offered in my city,” noted artist Kalkidan Assefa, “so despite the distance I consider it a worthwhile investment in my career as an artist.”

The program is part of the Mural Art Learning Institute, a Mural Routes initiative funded by a three-year, $565,100 Grow grant made in 2015 by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario. Thanks to this support, the 60-hour program is offered entirely free of charge.

About:

Mural Routes is the only member-based, not-for-profit art service organization in Canada dedicated to the creation, development, and promotion of public wall art. Their vision is to inspire the creation of extraordinary public wall art that serves as a catalyst for community building. In late 2015, Mural Routes was awarded an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grant for the purpose of expanding their existing education and mentorship programs into the Mural Art Learning Institute (MURALi).
www.muralroutes.ca

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. www.otf.ca

-submitted by Mural Routes
Read Mural Routes profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Expressions of Interest for Canadian Artists: Art Benches of Liberty Village (Toronto)

“The Liberty Village Business Improvement Area (LVBIA) is inviting Canadian artists to submit a proposal for the creation of public art to be installed on 25 unique steel benches. The LVBIA’s first bench program, named BenchMark, transformed old wooden benches into public pieces of art.

This new Art Benches Program of the LVBIA and the City of Toronto goes beyond transformation to creation. The goal of the Art Benches Program is to beautify the Liberty Village area while supporting national and local artists and celebrating the community spirit that defines Liberty Village.

Liberty Village is Toronto’s innovation hub, forged in creativity. As you walk around Liberty Village there is a sense of community, modern yet timeless, youthful village atmosphere. This energy and vibrancy comes from the concentration of more than 600 businesses which include some of Toronto’s leading creative thinkers and companies in high tech, arts, design, entertainment and media; as well as the more than 10,000 residents who call this village home.

Art Benches of Liberty Village: CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
Application Deadline: Monday February 19, 2018 by 5:00pm

We are looking for Expressions of Interest to submit an original design for a custom -made steel bench to be installed in the Liberty Village area. Designs for the bench back should be original, timeless and modern.

  • Submit a current résumé/CV, and an artist’s statement expressing the artist’s interest in designing an original bench back for the Art Benches of Liberty Village Project.
  • Include colour photos of recent art or design work.
  • Entries must include complete contact information, including name, address, phone, email and website if available.
  • Entries may be submitted by mail to Mural Routes, 1859 Kingston Road, Toronto ON M1N 1T3 or by email to info@muralroutes.ca
  • Please put “Art Benches of Liberty Village” in the subject line of your email.

Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on February 19, 2017.

The competition will be a two-stage process.

STAGE 1: The Selection Committee (jury) will select up to 25 artists from the submitted REOI’s to prepare designs.

STAGE 2: I. Selected artists may be requested to submit up to 3 designs for consideration. II. 25 designs will be selected by a committee from the submissions

$1000 will be paid for each approved design.

Full application details http://bit.ly/2BFHaVH

This call is being administered by Mural Routes on behalf of the Liberty Village BIA and The City of Toronto.”

-submitted by Mural Routes
Read Mural Routes profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

SHINE! 9th Annual Concert (Toronto)

Sunday February 25th ~ 6pm Doors and Dinner
Lula Lounge 1585 Dundas W. (one block west of Dufferin)

Featuring:

Book your tickets now at http://shineconcert.ca
Dinner reservations guarantee a table.
Call Lula Lounge 416-588-0307 after you purchase your tickets to reserve a table.

Tickets $25 (children/youth – $10)

SHINE keeps alive the memory and music of friends we’ve lost – Jim Fay, James Gray, Doug Queen, while helping to further the passions of young musicians who may face barriers to their study and practice of folk/trad/blues music.”

-posted with permission from Marie MacCormack

2nd annual Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (August 10-12)

“The Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (VOAF) offers visual and performing artists facing social exclusion and other barriers opportunities for exhibition and sales, performance and participation, connection and learning. The 3-day free festival takes place at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre from August 10-12, 2018, and includes individual artists as well as organizational partners, workshops for artists and the public, and hundreds of artworks on display and for sale, alongside live art and other performance forms.  Our primary values are inclusion and active participation towards strengthening a sense of community and creative citizenship among participants and the public.

Early opportunities to get involved include:

VOAF Organization Partners work with us to include an existing community of outsider artists in the festival in a group show format. We want to connect with those serving socially excluded artists as part of our ongoing work at CACV. Contact details below.

VOAF Organizing Committee meets every 2-4 weeks over the next 6 months and contributes to the planning, outreach, selection of artists, plus performance and exhibition design for the festival. Time commitment is flexible depending on availability. Committee volunteers are also encouraged to participate in the running of the event itself. Great opportunity to help develop a still-new festival in its second year after a successful 2017 launch. Encouraging POC, LGBTQ, Indigenous, youth, community artists and the disability arts community to help us build a festival that is even more vibrant and represents our city! Contact us by January 30. Details below.

Performing Artists in any form who self-identify as outsiders are invited to submit a short description of your performance (30-60 minutes) for early consideration. Performances can range from indoor, theatre-style seating with basic lighting/video/sound to outdoor, roving, interactive or participatory works. Fees will be paid. This is an open call and will be followed by a programming/curation process based on the proposals received. Apply by January 26 for early consideration: there will be a second artist call and application process. Application must include a 250 word bio of the artist or group and a link to a video or website of your proposed or a representative past work.”

-from CACV website
Read Community Arts Council of Vancouver’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map