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Reelworld Film Festival and Media for Impact Conference (Harbourfront Centre, Toronto)

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Reelworld is hosting a conference for makers users of media for social change at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto on October 12th and their annual film festival from October 12th to October 16h. They have generously offered a discount code for all Artbridges partners!!!
If you would like to register for the conference and/or buy passes for the festival while benefitting from the discount, contact Catherine Lamaison at


“Now in its 16th year, the Reelworld Film Festival is dedicated to harnessing the power of film as a force for social good. We believe great stories are the beginning of great solutions. Our mission is to unlock the power of film by connecting inspired people to inspired partners. Reelworld is for you – a generation of socially engaged citizens who care about how your lives impact your community and the planet.

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“Hosted at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, MIC 2016 will bring together hundreds of media makers and change leaders including filmmakers, broadcasters, CSR professionals, non-profits, philanthropists and social entrepreneurs. Attendees will participate in a full day of workshops, pitches, meetups, networking events and hear from inspiring leaders across the globe. Explore stories and campaigns that are pushing limits. Connect with partners who challenge the status quo. Join us this year at MIC and find the tools to make your impact stronger.”

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For more information about the festival, the conference, full schedules and passes: and

Source and photo credit: Reelworld
Read Reelworld’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

STATE of the ART: A Report on Art for Social Change (ASC) in Canada


STATE of the ART: A Report on Art for Social Change (ASC) in Canada (2016)

Across Canada and around the world, artists are working with diverse communities to create positive social change through processes of participatory art making. Since 2013, the ASC! Project, a five-year, national research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), has been working to better understand how these practices are evolving in Canada, particularly in the areas of evaluation, teaching and learning, and partnerships. This interim report is designed for public, non-academic audiences and is intended to provide a snapshot of some of our findings about art for social change work gleaned from the first two and a half years of our research. DOWNLOAD THE REPORT PDF.

-source: ASC website
Read International Centre of Art for Social Change’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

7th annual Culture Days invites Canadians to immerse themselves in local arts and culture (Sept 29 – Oct 2)


Canadians Get Up-Close with Culture September 30 to October 2

7th annual Culture Days invites Canadians to immerse themselves in local arts and culture

Canadians are invited to fall in love with arts and culture during Culture Days. From September 30 to October 2, the 7th annual Culture Days weekend will offer participants an eclectic range of free, rare-access, and hands-on arts and culture activities available locally.

Every year during Culture Days over 800 Canadian rural and urban communities alike collaborate to showcase their unique part in Canada’s diverse artistic and cultural mosaic. This year, experience a hybrid of dance and fitness with Pow-Wow boot camp in St. Catharines, Ontario or inspire young artists to bloom in Winnipeg, Manitoba; be transported to ancient Japan for traditional tea in Kelowna, British Columbia, or channel The Group of Seven while painting surrounding landscapes with friends in Millarville, Alberta; take to the performance stage in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan or free the inner artisan while glass blowing in Whitehorse, Yukon. Having initiated Culture Days in 2009, Canada’s largest arts organizations including the Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver Opera, the Stratford Festival, Canada’s National Ballet School, and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet are also leading the way in their cities with unique Culture Days activities. Choices abound as creativity soars.

“It’s incredible how Culture Days has been adopted in so many corners of the country by artists and creators, organizations, communities and cities as a vehicle to celebrate and share their creative talents, programs and cultural traditions with their fellow citizens,” commented David Moss, National Executive Director. “We are thrilled with the ongoing growth and maturation of Culture Days as an integral pillar of the Canadian cultural calendar.”

THIS YEAR’S ACTIVITIES: This year, organizers expect a record number of more than 8,000 Culture Days activities to be presented, all free of charge. Culture Days activities are curated and hosted by individual artists, organizations of all sizes and disciplines, community arts initiatives, municipalities and businesses. Click HERE for a personal invite. The weekend offers a startling array of rare-access and hands-on arts and culture activities in hundreds of local communities across Canada. Activities span indigenous cultural traditions to new media, crafts and music of all forms to culinary and agriculture, literature and spoken word to theatre, film, design and everything in between! Whether discovering something new, or revisiting an old favourite, there’s something for everyone, everywhere. Click HERE to search the full range of activities by location and type happening September 30 to October 2.

PLAN YOUR WEEKEND WITH THE BRIGHT SPOTS SCHEDULE: Creating a personalized Culture Days weekend itinerary of activities is made easy with the Culture Days Bright Spots Schedule. This innovative tool is generously made possible by Sun Life Financial through its award-winning Making the Arts More Accessible TM program. Click HERE to get started.

“At Sun Life, we believe that all Canadians should be able to enjoy arts and culture regardless of their means. It’s through our award-winning Making the Arts More AccessibleTM program that we’re able to support many arts organizations across Canada, enabling individuals and families to enjoy the best of arts and culture our country has to offer,” said Paul Joliat, Assistant Vice- President, Philanthropy and Sponsorships, Sun Life Financial. “As the National Partner of this grassroots, community-based movement, we’re pleased to play a role in the success of this national celebration of culture.”


Culture Days exists to create a Canada where culture connects us all to see and do more.

Founded in 2009, Culture Days is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a national network of cultural connections devoted to providing Canadians with opportunities to participate in, and appreciate, all forms of arts and culture. Through an annual three-day national celebration each September, hundreds of thousands of artists and cultural organizations in hundreds of cities and towns come together and invite Canadians to participate in free interactive and behind-the-scenes activities to discover their cultural spirit and passion.

As a leading national voice for the active and engaged cultural life of all Canadians, Culture Days provides support, tools and resources to a wide variety of artists and cultural organizations to help them unite the country through engagement in culture.

For more information please visit


Culture Days was initiated by Founding Partners The Canadian Arts Summit, Culture pour tous (producer of Journé es de la culture in Québec), the Canada Council for the Arts and The Banff Centre. National Partner is Sun Life Financial. National Broadcast Partner is Bell Media (CTV) and National Communications Partner is St. Joseph Communications. National Creative Partner is BT/A and National Digital Partner is Plank. Cineplex Media is an official partner of the Share Your Love of Culture contest. Federal Government support is provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Provincial Partners are: Government of British Columbia, Government of Alberta, SaskCulture, Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, The Asper Foundation, Government of Ontario, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Government of Québec, Government of New Brunswick, Government of Nova Scotia, Government of Prince Edward Island, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, and the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Profile Highlight: Chrysalis: An Alberta Society for Citizens with Disabilities

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.


Chrysalis “endeavours to have people with disabilities accepted by and included in society for their abilities to contribute, and have the same rights and privileges as all citizens. Through the creative arts programming, individuals have not only developed their artistic talents, but have been able to reach into the community through annual art shows, online auctions, distribution of the yearly Chrysalis art calendar and numerous art displays housed at high traffic public places like the Edmonton International Airport and Community Natural Foods in Calgary. Thanks in large part to this exposure; many of the talented artists are being sought-after to create commission artwork for their supporters.”

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

Canada Council for the Arts’ New Funding Model: 6 New Programs for 2017!

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“Canada Council for the Arts offers 6 new programs as part of their new funding model for 2017.
Registration will be open in December 2016.

Here is an overview of those programs:

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You can access detailed information about the six new programs, their objectives, candidate and entrance activity requirements, the maximum grant allowance, application deadlines and assessment criteria here.

You can also email the council at or call them at 613-566-4414, ext. 5060 if you have questions.”

Source: Canada Council for the Arts

Learn about Community Arts funding programs and experience a participatory jury process (Mississauga)


“Jumblies Theatre, Toronto, in partnership with the Art Gallery of Mississauga, hosts a Mock Jury with Loree Lawrence, Multi & Inter-Arts, Community Engaged Arts and Community Arts Program Officer for Ontario Arts Council.

Register is required as space is limited!

Friday, September 23, 5-8pm, Committee Room A, Mississauga Civic Centre, 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga.

For more details on the Mock Jury, please see the flyer above or visit

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

Profile Highlight: Reelworld (Toronto)

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.


reelworld-logoReelworld: “Great films are at the centre of everything we do. We believe a good story well told can move us to act, care in new ways and take action. We support talented storytellers to create the very best films. We are committed to discovering new voices, diverse perspectives and stories that might not otherwise be told. Collaborating with others is essential to our impact. We bring together filmmakers with a community of change makers – foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policymakers, artists, charities, non-profits, social entrepreneurs, educators, technologists, brands, and media—to forge coalitions and campaigns that are beneficial for all.”

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

PAROLE AUX DRAMATURGES ! 9 lectures ouvertes à tous du 16 au 18 septembre 2016 à Ottawa! (Théâtre Action)

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“Les Feuilles vives est un événement de mises en lecture rassembleur et ouvert au grand public qui se tient aux deux ans (années paires) et qui fait découvrir de nouveaux textes de création et auteurs dramatiques franco-ontariens des milieux professionnel, communautaire et de l’éducation. Chaque lecture est encadrée par une compagnie de théâtre professionnelle franco-ontarienne et est suivie par une discussion avec le ou les auteurs du texte.

Les neuf textes au programme de la prochaine édition seront mis en lecture par des compagnies professionnelles franco-ontariennes et lus par des comédiens aguerris.
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Biographies des auteurs, synopsis, horaires et achat de billets cliquez ici



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Michel Ouellette, auteur de L’inoubliable, « un texte musical, rythmé comme une partition, une histoire portée par les mots des personnages ».
Marie-Thé Morin, auteure de Les couleurs de Floyd, « par le regard d’une femme, une mythologie personnelle et pink floydienne ».
Mishka Lavigne, auteure de Havre, « un huis-clos sur l’absence, le deuil, l’intime et l’amitié ».
Lisa L’Heureux, auteure de Et si un soir, « un texte qui tourbillonne comme un vinyle. Des petits morceaux d’histoires sur la solitude, l’isolement, le manque ».
Marie-Pierre Proulx, auteure de Jack, « besoin de partir pour se définir. Un personnage en quête… comme son auteure ! ».
Marc Boucher, auteur de Les labyrinthes barbelés, « l’histoire d’une rencontre entre une étudiante chilienne et un inconnu, sosie de son grand-père ».

Au-delà des lectures

Feuilles vives c’est aussi des rencontres avec les auteurs pendant les discussions qui suivront chaque lecture. Une équipe de professionnels guidera les échanges : Paul Lefebvre, conseiller dramaturgique au Centre des auteurs dramatiques(CEAD) pour le volet professionnel; Catherine Voyer-Léger, écrivaine et chroniqueuse pour le volet communautaire et universitaire et Sylvain Schryburt, directeur du Département de théâtre de l’Université d’Ottawa pour le volet scolaire.

Et en clôture de l’événement, le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, le Théâtre français de Toronto et le Théâtre la Catapulte remettront un appui financier à la création à un des auteurs professionnels grâce à leur nouvelle initiative Dramaturgies en chantier! Quelle merveilleuse façon de terminer les Feuilles vives que d’encourager la poursuite de projets en dramaturgie !”

Renseignements et demandes d’entrevue :
Capucine Péchenart – Directrice des communications et des partenariats
613 745-2322, poste 221 | Facebook | Twitter

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-crédit photo et source: Théâtre Action
Lire le profil du Théâtre Action dans notre répertoire et carte de l’art communautaire au Canada

Conseil des Arts du Canada : un Nouveau Modèle de Financement et 6 nouveaux programmes pour 2017 !

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Le Conseil des arts du Canada offre six nouveaux programmes de subventions en 2017 sous un nouveau modèle de financement. Les inscriptions seront ouvertes des Decembre 2016.
Voici un aperçu de ces différents programmes:

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Vous pouvez en apprendre davantage sur les six nouveaux programmes, y compris les objectifs des programmes, les candidats et les activités admissibles, les montants de subventions maximums, la fréquence des dates limites et les critères d’évaluation pour chacune des composantes, en cliquant ici : N’hésitez pas à nous écrire ( ou appelez-nous (613-566-4414, ext. 5060) si vous avez des questions.”

Source: Conseil des Arts du Canada

FemFest 2016: Transformation (Sarasvàti Productions, Winnipeg)


Sarasvàti Productions presents FemFest 2016: Transformation.

The 14th annual festival featuring captivating plays by women for everyone, will take audiences through an emotional journey as they explore what it means to rise above and come out stronger than before. Everything from the real-life struggles of a transgender poet, a comedy-duo’s growing pains, to the perverse exploitation of young girls; FemFest 2016: Transformation puts the stories of brave women centre stage. Whether you see one production or the entire festival, you are sure to leave with a new understanding of the power of change.

Catch FemFest 2016: Transformation at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at the University of Winnipeg) from September 17 to 24. Please visit our website,, to learn more about the FemFest 2016 lineup and purchase tickets.”



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