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Call for Emerging Artists / Appel aux artistes émergents : Elemental Festival 2017 (Manitoulin Island, ON)

Call for Emerging Artists – Elemental Festival 2017
Deadline: May 31st, 2017

4elements Living Arts welcomes proposals from emerging artists who would like to participate in this year’s Elemental Festival in Kagawong | Gaagigewang on Mnidoo Mnising |Manitoulin Island.

Elemental Festival is a site-specific multi-arts gathering that occurs annually during the salmon run in the fall. Our small village centers around the Kagawong River that runs over Bridal Veil Falls and empties into Mudge Bay at the northern side of the island. Billings Township has a population of approximately 500 year- round residents, living in a stunning northern Ontario location, on the North Channel of Lake Huron. Its closest neighbouring community is M’Chigeeng First Nation, one of six First Nation Territories on Manitoulin Island.

This year, we invite proposals for temporary sculptural installations, film/new media works and writing, that consider questions of land, and land-use history. We are particularly interested in the relations between the land, environmental change, and reconciliation given the impact of settlement, forestry, farming, and Treaty history, on Manitoulin Island in particular. How has colonization shaped how we understand the land? What are relations between environmental issues and Treaties? How do we re/claim land through land-based practices, art and art-making? Festival engagements will encourage consideration of the relations between land, environment/environmental change and reconciliation; they will acknowledge the important role of the many cultural communities within and adjacent to Billings Township: the French, the English, and the First Nations (Ojibwe, Odaawaa and Pottawottami).

With the support from federal Canada 150 funding, 4elements and Billings Township will see 7 permanent public sculptures and 40 heritage plaques installed throughout the Township this year, creating a ‘Billings Art and Heritage Trail’. Six artists have been chosen via an extensive community engaged selection process; the 7th sculpture will be designed via a 4elements’ facilitated community collaborative design process. All permanent works will be installed by end of summer 2017 and will be ‘unveiled’ during Elemental Festival.

The emerging artist(s) selected from this call are asked to enter into a dialogue with one of the new permanent works as well as the curatorial theme, to challenge the idea that permanent public installations are static. Rather, we propose that the permanent works present entry points into a complex, multi-layered discussion and should act as provocations for discussion to be picked up and carried forward by community members, and in this case, the selected emerging artist(s). For further information about our village, the curatorial theme, or the selected permanent sculptures to respond to email: patricia@4elementslivingarts.org.

The selected emerging artists will receive an artist honorarium of $1000, plus accommodation if non-local. Artists must be able to attend the festival and arrive in time to complete installation a day prior to the festival opening. All applications are welcome and in particular, Francophone and First Nations artists are encouraged to get in touch.

Festival Dates: Sep 28 – Oct 1
Location: Kagawong | Gaagigewang, Manitoulin Island | Mnidoo Mnising

Application requirements:
Interested emerging artists can submit the following items attached as a single .pdf with the subject line ‘Emerging Artist Proposal – EF 2017’ to patricia@4elementslivingarts.org
1. Full name, address, and contact info; website if you have one
2. A brief project proposal (1 page or less).
3. A brief artist statement (1 paragraph).
4. Artist CV (2 pages or less)
5. Image list, stating title, date and any other relevant details.
Please also submit the following, separate from the .pdf:
6. Maximum of 5 good quality images or short video clip of your work with a corresponding image list (images should be no larger than 1MB)
7. $10 application fee via e-transfer or cheque mailed to the 4e office. This goes directly toward supporting the festival. If this is a barrier for you, please get in touch.
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Appel aux artistes émergents – Elemental Festival 2017
Date d’échéance : 31 mai 2017

4elements Living Arts invite tous les artistes émergents qui désirent participer au Elemental Festival de cette année à Kagawong | Gaagigewang on Mnidoo Mnising |Île Manitoulin, à faire leur demande.

Elemental Festival est un rassemblement artistique annuel se déroulant à l’automne pendant la migration anadrome des saumons. Notre petit village se trouve le long de la Rivière Kagawong, connectée aux chutes Bridal Veil et se terminant dans la baie Mudge au nord de l’île. Le canton de Billings a une population d’environ 500 habitants permanents, vivant dans un lieu exceptionnel au nord de l’Ontario dans le chenal nord du lac Huron. La communauté la plus proche est la Première nation M’Chigeeng, un des six Territoires des Premières Nations sur l’Île Manitoulin.

Cette année, nous acceptons des propositions d’artistes pour des installations sculpturales temporaires ainsi que des œuvres cinématographiques/nouveaux médias et d’écriture, qui discutent de la terre et de l’historique de l’utilisation des sols. Nous sommes particulièrement intéressés dans les liens entre la terre, les changements environnementaux et la réconciliation, étant donné l’impact de la colonisation, de la foresterie, de l’agriculture et de l’historique des traités sur l’Île Manitoulin. Comment la colonisation a-t-elle façonné la manière dont nous voyons la terre ? Quels sont les liens entre les préoccupations environnementales et les Traités ? Comment pouvons-nous réclamer la terre par le biais de pratiques axées sur la terre, les arts et la création artistique ? Les engagements au Festival encourageront la prise en compte des liens entre la terre, les changements environnementaux et la réconciliation. Ils permettront de reconnaître l’importance du rôle des trois communautés culturelles présentes autour et à l’intérieur du canton de Billings : La communauté française, anglaise et des Premières Nations (Ojibwe, Odaawaa et Pottawottami).

Cette année, avec le soutien financier du Fonds Canada 150, 4elements et le canton de Billings pourront présenter 7 sculptures publiques permanentes et 40 plaques commémoratives installées dans tout le canton, créant ainsi un sentier artistique et du patrimoine. Six artistes ont été choisis à l’aide d’un processus de sélection communautaire approfondi; la septième sculpture sera conçue par un processus de conception collaborative et communautaire élaboré par 4elements. Toutes les œuvres permanentes seront installées avant la fin de l’été 2017 et seront révélées pendant le Elemental Festival.

Les artistes émergents choisis par le biais de cette invitation seront demandés de rentrer en contact avec les nouvelles œuvres permanentes et le thème de l’œuvre pour contester l’idée que les installations publiques sont statiques. Au lieu de cela, nous proposons que les œuvres permanentes contiennent des points d’entrée et puissent entraîner des discussions complexes suffisamment pertinentes pour permette de faire réagir les membres de la communauté et les artistes émergents. Pour en savoir plus au sujet de notre village, du thème de l’œuvre ou des sculptures permanentes choisies, veuillez-nous envoyer un courriel à patricia@4elementslivingarts.org.

Les artistes émergents choisis recevront une récompense artistique et honorifique de 1 000 $, plus l’hébergement. Les artistes doivent être capables d’assister au festival et d’arriver à l’heure pour compléter l’installation une journée avant l’ouverture du festival. Toutes les demandes sont les bienvenues, et les artistes francophones et des Premières Nations sont encouragés à nous contacter.

Dates du festival : 28 septembre – 1 octobre
Lieux : Kagawong | Gaagigewang, Île Manitoulin | Mnidoo Mnising

Exigences relatives à la demande :
Les artistes émergents intéressés peuvent soumettre les exigences ci-dessous en un un seul fichier PDF, avec comme objet « Proposition Artiste émergent – EF 2017 » à patricia@4elementslivingarts.org
1. Nom au complet, adresse et coordonnées; site web (le cas échéant)
2. Une brève description du projet proposé (1 page ou moins)
3. Un bref énoncé de la part de l’artiste (1 paragraphe).
4. Le CV de l’artiste (2 pages ou moins)
5. Une liste d’images, de titres, dates et de tout autre détail pertinent.
Veuillez également soumettre les éléments suivants dans un fichier PDF séparé :
6. Un maximum de 5 images de bonne qualité ou un petit film vidéo de votre travail avec une série d’images en rapport avec la vidéo (les images ne doivent dépasser 1Mb).
7. Les frais de dossier de 10 $ doivent être envoyés par transfert électronique ou par chèque au bureau de 4e. Ces frais seront utilisés pour financer le festival. Veuillez nous contacter si vous penser être dans l’impossibilité de payer ces frais de dossier.”

-from 4elements Living Arts facebook
Read 4elements Living Arts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Community-engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: Firelight Lantern Festival (Picton, ON)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

“The annual Firelight Lantern Festival features live music, puppetry and a community parade, preceded by a series of lantern-making workshops throughout the community of Prince Edward County, Ontario.”

To read more about Firelight Lantern Festival, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: Instruments of Change (Vancouver)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

“Through Instruments of Change’s arts-based community development projects, which serve schools, hospices, shelters, community centres and prisons, they create synergetic experiences that give both their facilitating artists and their participants a means of expression to find their authentic voice using a variety of artistic modes.

Our objectives are:
-To bring music and art to the broadest possible demographic, allowing people the chance to experience, make and do art themselves.
-To connect and impact the creators and audience of our art by enabling participants to become agents of change in their own lives through the act of collective art making.
-To advocate for the value of the arts by illustrating their broad-reaching benefits through our projects, performances, and stories.
-To create a sustainable organization, using diversified funding strategies and by developing numerous community partnerships.”

To read more about Instruments of Change, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Breaking Through (Sarasvàti Productions, Winnipeg)

 

 

“I think we all live in mortal fear of losing our minds”

“This bold new play puts the spotlight on mental health like never before.

After two years of research and input from almost 400 community members with different perspectives on mental health, Sarasvàti Productions is excited to present the world premiere of Breaking Through.  The play follows the stories of five Winnipegger’s living with different mental health issues. Writers Hope McIntyre and Cairn Moore honour these stories with nuance, humour and unabashed honesty. Join the conversation with panel discussions following select performances.

Date: May 23-28, 2017.

Location: Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at U of W, 400 Colony Street)

Time: Performance times vary”

-submitted by Sarasvàti Productions
Read Sarasvàti Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

Reminder: Submit your award nomination! / Rappel : Soumettez votre candidature pour les prix honorifiques!

(Vous trouverez le message en français à la suite)
ArtBridges/ToileDesArts is now collecting nominations for the 3rd Annual Recognition Awards for community-engaged arts initiatives, community partners and ArtBridges’ Member initiatives.

These awards will showcase remarkable work in community-engaged arts taking place in Canada. There are three categories:
1) Innovation
2) Resiliency
3) Creativity

One award will be given in each category. Each award-winning initiative will receive a certificate and $250 award as well as recognition on the ArtBridges hub. You can apply for one, two or all three, award categories. The awards jury will be comprised of three active leaders in community arts in Canada.

You are eligible to nominate your a community-engaged arts initiative that you are involved with or another that you think highly of. To be considered, please fill out the attached one-page nomination form http://goo.gl/forms/Unv1GClZHm and submit it back to ArtBridges by May 24, 2017

Past recipients include DAREartsMUArtHeart Community Art Centre4Cs Foundation’s Art Bikers ProgramVIBE Arts and The Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space Initiative (STEPS).

Please contact us at tiffany@artbridges.ca, or 416-691-7777 (toll-free: 1-877-278-3002) if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Tiffany Nyklickova
ArtBridges Membership Developer

& Seanna Connell
Project Director

ArtBridges/ToileDesArts lance un appel de candidatures pour la troisième édition de ses Prix honorifiques annuels soulignant le travail remarquable de ses membres, des projets ou organismes d’art communautaires œuvrant au Canada.

Il y a trois catégories, pour chacune desquelles un prix sera remis :
1) Innovation
2) Résilience
3) Créativité

Chaque organisme ou projet gagnant recevra un certificat ainsi qu’un prix de 250 $ et sera publiquement reconnu sur le site de la ToileDesArts. Vous pouvez soumettre votre candidature pour les trois catégories ou pour une ou deux d’entre elles. Le jury sera composé de trois personnes jouant un rôle de leader dans le milieu de l’art communautaire au Canada.

Vous pouvez soumettre la candidature de l’organisme pour lequel vous travaillez ou avec lequel vous collaborez, ou celle d’un autre organisme que vous tenez en haute estime. Pour participer, veuillez remplir d’ici le 24 mai 2017 le formulaire d’une page accessible en cliquant sur ce lien : http://goo.gl/forms/smLYWhmDht

Voici les récipiendaires des années passées : DAREarts, MU, ArtHeart Community Art Centre, 4Cs Foundation’s Art Bikers Program, VIBE Arts et The Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space Initiative (STEPS).

Communiquez avec nous à l’adresse courriel tiffany@artbridges.ca ou au 416-691-7777 (sans frais : 1-877-278-3002) si vous avez des questions!

Chaleureusement,

Tiffany Nyklickova
Responsable de la campagne d’adhésion

& Seanna Connell
Directrice du projet

Resource: Arts Equity Video Series (Neighbourhood Arts Network)

“Neighbourhood Arts Network is very excited to share the Arts & Equity Video Series, using creative methods to communicate and virtually convene to spark conversation about arts equity and practicing the associated principles in a community setting.

In this 1st video learn about how flexibility and adaptability as an overarching principle to applying an arts & equity lens in your work and creative practice. In order to be equitable when engaging communities, it is necessary to be responsive. Video #1 & worksheet can be found here: http://www.neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/learning-room/learning/arts-equity-video-series-principle-1,-flexibility

The 2nd video speaks to how reflexivity and relationships starts with critical self-reflection; reflecting on how our own position fits with those we aim to work with. This sort of reflection helps when working to build and maintain relationships. Video #2  & worksheet can be found here: http://www.neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/learning-room/learning/arts-equity-video-series-principle-2,-reflexivity

The 3rd video addresses to how relevance and representation is used to make art more relevant to individuals and communities. Art can be a tool for social change! Be inclusive, relevant and representative of your community. Video #3 & worksheet can be found here: http://www.neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/learning-room/learning/arts-equity-video-series-principle-3,-relevance-an

In this 4th video learn how to be rooted within existing community contexts and initiatives. Consideration of community priorities and a clear benefit for participation is key! Video #4 & worksheet can be found here: http://www.neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/learning-room/learning/arts-equity-video-series-principle-4,-embeddedness

In this 5th demonstrates how inclusive and mutual support can sustain individuals and collectives in community arts practices. Video #5 & worksheet can be found here:http://www.neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/learning-room/learning/arts-equity-video-series-principle-5,-sustainabili

-submitted by Neighbourhood Arts Network
Read Neighbourhood Arts Network’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

VIBE Arts Fest (May 19-23, Toronto)

By youth, for youth: Renewing VIBE’s creative vision with the 9th annual VIBE Arts Fest: Revive the VIBE

“TORONTO, ON (May 19-23, 2017) — VIBE Arts Fest is a FREE, five-day Youth-Led Arts Festival, presented in the Young Welcome Centre at the eco-friendly and sustainable Evergreen Brickworks, showcasing young Toronto talent from a variety of VIBE Arts’ children and youth oriented programs, and the city at large. This year’s festival will also include a visual art gallery featuring artwork from VIBE Arts’ emerging artists and program participants, a performance arts showcase headlined by RISE Edutainment, a pop-up artist vendor market, as well as interactive art activities open to the public throughout the festival.

VIBE Arts Fest 2017 is an eclectic mix of transitions titled “Revive The VIBE.” This year’s festival is an exploration of a person’s journey to finding their voice, identity and truth, starting with ‘Awaken’, moving through ‘Discover’, ‘Dismantle’, and ‘Redefine’ into ‘Freedom’. Each day’s interactive programming is an invitation to explore what these themes mean personally and communally to members in the city of Toronto. Also featuring artwork created in VIBE programming across the city, VIBE Arts Fest celebrates the creativity of youth communities within the city.

Evergreen Brickworks is located at 550 Bayview. Free Shuttle buses depart from Broadview Station. www.evergreen.ca

VIBE Arts Fest: Revive The VIBE is open and free to the public.

Schedule Activities and events throughout May 19th- 23rd

Visual Art Gallery (May 19-23, 2017)

The gallery exhibition will display artworks designed and created by artists such as Shawntol Drakes, Hive&Honey and Camelle Davidson along with the art produced by children and youth involved in VIBE Arts programs as well as emerging artists.

Artist Pop-up Market (May 21-22, 2017)

Over 16 different local artists and art collectives will be selling their artwork and products in the Young Welcome Centre at a special two day pop-up market! The market will run from 10 am – 4 pm on each day.

Performance Showcase (May 20, 2016)

On May 20th from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, children and youth participants from VIBE Arts’ school and community programs will perform live! This year’s line-up includes hip-hop, African drumming performances by young participants from schools like Rockcliffe Middle School, and fashion showcases from VIBE’s Platform A micro-grant recipients! This year’s headlining act is RISE Edutainment! RISE – Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere, works with youth primarily in Toronto’s east end, to showcase self empowerment through the performing arts. RISE is currently nominated for the Arts for Youth Award by the Toronto Arts Foundation.

To learn more about RISE, please visit www.riseedutainment.com

About VIBE Arts

VIBE Arts is an award-winning charitable organization that is committed to engaging young people living in neighbourhood improvement areas with high-quality, accessible arts educational programs that are meaningful, relevant and collaboratively developed with community and education partners. VIBE Arts positions arts programs in schools and neighbourhood venues as a means of building community, and empowering children and youth to reach their full potential as artists and social contributors. To learn more, please visit http://vibearts.ca or call us at 416-929-9314.

About VIBE Arts Fest

VIBE Arts Fest is a youth-led festival that celebrates the artistic skill and impact of Toronto’s young people and emerging artists. The 2017 festival is organized and run by a volunteer youth committee of six people, many of whom are artists themselves. VIBE Arts Fest is the continuation of an annual event previously known as BIG BAM BOOM. This transformation launches a rebirth and new vision for the festival to maintain its original values of positive impact for VIBE Arts’ program participants and bridging communities, while also expanding its audience and engagement.

VIBE Arts youth performers and families look forward to the festival each year. To learn more about the VIBE Art’s Fest and the VAF Volunteer Youth Committee, please visit www.vibeartsfest.ca. Contact us via festival@vibearts.ca or by phone at 416-929-9314.

We honour and acknowledge the original caretakers of this land: Mississaugas of New Credit and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.”

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

Profile Highlight: Spectrum Productions (Montréal)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.


Spectrum Productions provides a unique platform for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to realize their potential through social, creative, exploratory and vocational opportunities in media production.”

To read more about Spectrum Productions, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

The Touching Ground Festival (Jumblies Theatre, Toronto)

“This spring Jumblies is producing the Touching Ground Festival – a suite of new works on a common theme – the culmination of many activities with many people over the past three years of inhabiting this brand new and ancient location – now called CityPlace, in this place now called Toronto. During our time here, we have delved into the Indigenous and layered histories and current sounds, sights and voices of the area, while also making connections across the city and the country. Threads from all of these explorations appear in our activities over the coming weeks.

As many of you already know, starting on Saturday May 13th, until the end of June, Touching Ground events will be taking place in three main areas: The Ground Floor (132 Fort York Blvd), Evergreen Brick Works (555 Bayview Ave.), and Historic Fort York (250 Fort York Blvd). In addition, Jumblies will be collaborating with our partners elsewhere in Toronto.

Click on each event for more information about some of our Festival highlights:

Plus: three short films, a giant turtle quilt, comics, a new musical in-progress, workshops, exhibitions, celebrations, and more!

For more information, including a full list of festival events, schedule, workshops, and how to get involved visit www.touchinggroundfestival.ca

-submitted by Jumblies Theatre
Read Jumblies’ Profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Profile Highlight: Sault Ste. Marie Indian Friendship Centre

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.ssm-logo

“Sewing Circle: Come early to assist with room set up please. Weekly Sewing Circle brings people together to learn the basics of machine sewing while completing simple projects. All materials & machines are provided. If you have not used a machine or sewed previously, this is for you. We have worked on ceremony skirts, feast bags & picnic blankets. Some started working on denim bags, others are working on ribbon shirts. If you have a machine,please bring it. Only those who are taking part in Sewing Circle will be permitted to enter. The front doors will always be locked. Participants can knock at the gym door for entrance. If participants leave for any reason, they will not be allowed to re-enter. Due to the high number of youth who are now taking part in this event, I want to ensure their safety while they are attending program. Coffee, tea & snacks will be provided.”

Other activities offered at Sault Ste. Marie Indian Friendship Centre are “Anishinaabemowin, Moccasin Making, Beading Night, Coffee House, Let’s Walk & Roll, Seasonal Traditional Teachings, Stages of Life Teachings.”

To read more about Sault Ste. Marie Indian Friendship Centre, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Ma