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Epoch Youth Project (Vancouver)

Epoch Youth Project is a collaborative creation workshop and process for youth ages 13-23 that combines dance, theatre and film to explore socio-political themes. The project is co-facilitated by professional artists Laura Avery, Sophia Wolfe, Red Fawkes and myself, Kelly McInnes. The project is free of cost and snacks are provided at each session.

Details: October 2019 – June 2020
Wednesday’s 530-730pm
Kensington Community Centre
There are performance opportunities throughout the season and youth receive a $100 honorarium for their participation.”

For more information and to register, please visit:

-submitted by Epoch Youth Project

Call for Performing Artists in Schools 2020-21 Artist Roster (Prologue to the Performing Arts)

Are you a performing artist with a passion for reaching young people through the performing arts?

Prologue to the Performing Arts is seeking professional performing artists to join our 2020-21 roster of artists working in schools and communities across Ontario. Prologue to the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit charitable organization that facilitates opportunities for young people to experience the performing arts within Ontario. Impacting communities for over 50 years, each season Prologue reaches over 500,000 children and youth through 1,800 performances and workshops across Ontario. Prologue works with performing artists in all relevant disciplines (dance, theatre, music, storytelling, spoken word, puppetry and others) who reflect the diversity of Ontario to deliver performances and workshops in schools and community venues. Artists selected for the 2020-21 Artist Roster will receive compensation based on negotiated artist fees for all school and community engagements throughout the year.

For 2020-21, Prologue has identified a series of focus areas – including theatre, puppetry, French and bilingual programming, workshops, programs for younger students and artists who self-identify as belonging to an Ontario Arts Council Priority Group – described below that address current gaps in the Artist Roster.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Prologue
The Possibility Fund and Prologue’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival (Aug 7-11)

August 7-11, 2019
Celebrating Indigenous Arts in Algonquin Territory
Ottawa • Canada

The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival is excited to announce the 8th annual festival, screening the best in Indigenous film from Canada and around the world.


This year’s festival takes place over 5 days, and includes our traditional opening night outdoor film screening in the Courtyard at Club SAW, 3 days of film screenings in the Alma Duncan Salon at the Ottawa Art Gallery, our Matriarchs Art Exhibition Opening at Enriched Bread Artists, plus our Sound/Tracks presentation of micro-commissioned audio-visual performances in partnership with SAW Video, an Inuit contemporary Music Showcase, and the world’s first ever 2-Spirit Ball.

The 2019 program and festival schedule is published on the website:

-from the Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival
photo: 2019 Asinabka Festival graphic art by Asinnijaq

York Region Arts Council Artrepreneur Program

Artrepreneur is a program designed to equip creative entrepreneurs with vital business skills needed for success across all arts disciplines and industries. Cohort 7 of Artrepreneur will launch in the City of Vaughan.

Artrepreneur York Region is comprised of weekly seminars, workshops, assignments and a final presentation and expo over a period of four months. It primarily serves York Region based artists, arts groups and arts businesses working in all artistic disciplines such as, though not limited to visual arts, dance, theatre, film, music, digital media, jewelry, fashion, and more. Our curriculum is blended with in-class working sessions, peer-to-peer learning, a one-on-one session in preparation for your final presentation and expo, and opportunities for group learning and discussion. 

By the end of the program, fellows will have gone through a business model canvas and a business plan, allowing you to take your business to the next level. Participants also have the opportunity to present their work to an audience, including York Region Arts Council stakeholders, at a final expo. The expo is for program fellows to present their businesses in a pitch-style format. It will also involve a graduation ceremony and showcase of work from each fellow. Upon successful completion, fellows will also be awarded a certificate endorsed by all program partners.

“Start Date: Sep 10, 2019
End Date: Dec 10, 2019
Format: In-Person
Venue Name: Vaughan City Hall
Address: 2141 Major MacKenzie Dr W, Maple, ON L6A 1T1
Cost: $185 (Non-members); $150 (Members)
Provider: York Region Arts Council

For more information, please visit:

-submitted by Artrepreneur

Appel à communications : Se mobiliser par l’art. Comment les pratiques artistiques, muséologiques et éducatives appellent-elles l’action ?

“Colloque international Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) et Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (MBAM)

Se mobiliser par l’art. Comment les pratiques artistiques, muséologiques et éducatives appellent-elles l’action ?

15, 16 et 17 juin 2020

La Chaire de recherche UQAM pour le développement de pratiques innovantes en art, culture et mieux-être, le groupe de recherche ArtEspaceSocial et le Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal vous convient au colloque international Se mobiliser par l’art. Comment les pratiques artistiques, muséologiques et éducatives appellent-elles l’action ? qui aura lieu les 15, 16 et 17 juin 2020 au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal et à l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Ce colloque mettra en discussion des projets de recherche, des pratiques artistiques et des expériences de participation provenant du domaine des arts, de la muséologie et de l’éducation artistique.

Les pratiques artistiques, muséales et éducatives qui conjuguent l’art et la participation sociale de personnes marginalisées, l’art et l’éducation inclusive et l’art pour une meilleure santé mentale et physique des individus font partie du paysage culturel québécois depuis plus d’une décennie. Compte tenu de leur déploiement dans différents contextes et auprès de différentes populations ainsi que de l’intérêt grandissant des chercheur.e.s, des, des milieux de la santé et des groupes communautaires pour de telles pratiques, les conférencier.ière.s seront appelé.e.s à interroger le thème à partir de la question suivante : Comment et à quelles conditions les pratiques artistiques, éducatives et muséologiques inspirent-elles l’action sur les plans individuel et collectif ?

Les propositions de communications aborderont plus largement les questions suivantes :

D’un point de vue individuel : Comment des pratiques artistiques, muséologiques et éducatives formelles et non formelles favorisent-elles une (re)remise en mouvement qu’elle soit psychique, physique ou intellectuelle ? Comment permettent-elles de mieux se (re)connaître ? Comment agissent-elles sur les habiletés d’une personne à rassembler son énergie, à stimuler sa motivation, à faire preuve d’une plus grande résilience, à activer sa créativité ? Comment permettent-elles de sortir de l’isolement et de se penser comme partie prenante d’une collectivité ? Comment l’art peut-il contribuer à s’instruire et à s’investir dans la poursuite d’un objectif ?  Comment faire face aux enjeux éthiques propres à de telles pratiques ?

D’un point de vue collectif : Comment des pratiques artistiques, muséologiques et éducatives formelles et non formelles favorisent-elles l’inclusion et la participation à une collectivité ? Comment agissent-elles sur la capacité à tisser des liens, malgré les différences ? Comment permettent-elles à une collectivité de se penser comme telle, de devenir visible et audible, d’agir publiquement ? Comment le contact avec l’art et le fait d’en faire l’expérience peuvent-ils contribuer au vivre-ensemble dans une société pluraliste ? Comment ces pratiques favorisent-elles une action sociale et politique ?

D’un point de vue sociétal : À quelles conditions l’apport de ces pratiques pourrait-il être reconnu pour sa complémentarité avec les actions posées dans les milieux de la santé, des groupes communautaires et de l’éducation qui doivent, de plus en plus, répondre à des problèmes complexes nécessitant d’autres types de collaboration, d’autres façons de voir et de faire ? Quelles sont les conséquences de la non-accessibilité à la culture et à l’art sur une citoyenneté effective ? L’évaluation des impacts de ces pratiques telle qu’exigée par les instances subventionnaires est-elle souhaitable ou même possible ? Dans quelle mesure les méthodologies issues des sciences sociales et de la santé peuvent-elles en faire l’évaluation?

Consignes de présentation : Les propositions de communication doivent être rédigées en français ou en anglais en utilisant le présent formulaire. Une confirmation sera transmise dès la réception de la proposition. La durée de chaque communication est de 20 minutes.

Date limite : Nous invitons les candidat.e.s à retourner le formulaire par voie électronique à l’adresse suivante : semobiliserparlart[@] au plus tard le 13 septembre 2019.

Un comité scientifique évaluera les propositions et communiquera avec les personnes sélectionnées au plus tard le 11 octobre 2019.

Pour plus d’informations : semobiliserparlart[@]”

-soumis par Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal

Call for Papers: Art as an Agent for Change: How do Art, Museum, and Education Practices Inspire Action?

“International Conference Hosted by the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA)

Art as an Agent forChange: How do Art, Museum, and Education Practices Inspire Action?

June 15–17, 2020

The UQAM Research Chair for the Development of Innovative Practices in Art, Culture, and Well-being, the research group ArtEspaceSocial, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts invite you to the international conference Art as an Agent for Change: How do Art, Museum, and Education Practices Inspire Action? , to be held at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Université du Québec à Montréal from June 15 to 17, 2020. This conference will provide an opportunity to discuss research projects, art practices, and participatory experiences in the arts, museum education and art education.

Art, museum, and education practices that combine art with the social participation of marginalized groups; art and inclusive education; and art that supports mental and physical well-being have been part of Quebec’s cultural landscape for more than a decade. These practices have been implemented in a range of contexts with various populations, and interest is growing among researchers, practitioners, health organizations, and community groups. Presenters will be asked to explore the conference theme by considering the following question: How and under what conditions do art, education, and museum practices inspire individual and collective action?

Proposals will address the following issues:

From an individual standpoint: How do art, museum education, and formal and informal education practices promote mental, physical, or intellectual (re)mobilization? How do they enable greater self-awareness? How do they affect an individual’s capacity to re-energize, self-motivate, exercise greater resilience, and activate creativity? How do they break through isolation and enable individuals to see themselves as stakeholders within a community? How can art contribute to self-education and a commitment to the pursuit of an objective? How should the ethical issues related to these practices be addressed?

From a collective standpoint: How do art, museum education, and formal and informal education practices promote inclusion and community participation? How do they affect the ability to forge relationships, despite differences? How do they allow a community to identify itself as such, to be seen and heard, and to take public action? How can contact with art and creating and experiencing art contribute to harmonious community life in pluralist societies? How do these practices encourage social and political action?

From a societal standpoint: Under what conditions could these practices be recognized as complementary to health, communication, and education initiatives, which must increasingly respond to complex problems that require additional forms of collaboration, perspectives, and approaches? What are the consequences when culture and art are not accessible to citizens? Are the impact assessments required by funding agencies beneficial or even possible? To what extent are social sciences and health methodologies applicable to these assessments?

Presentation requirements: Conference presentation proposals must be submitted in English or French with this application form. A confirmation will be sent upon receipt of your proposal. Each presentation will be twenty minutes in length.

Deadline: Candidates are invited to email their applications to semobiliserparlart[at] by September 13, 2019, at the latest.

An academic committee will evaluate the proposals and contact the selected presenters by October 11, 2019, at the latest.

For more information: semobiliserparlart[at]”

-submitted by Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal

July Hamilton Youth Poets’ SLAM: HYP’S Got Talent!

“Calling all poets, performers and spectators! We’re back with our July HYP Slam – HYP’s Got Talent! This month we’re opening up the open mic to make room for even more amazing talent. Come out and show us what you do. Bring your cheering crew with you!

Date: Sunday, July 28th, 2019
Doors At: 6:00 pm
Open Mic: 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Slam Start: 7:15 pm
Slam Spot: The Spice Factory (121 Hughson St N, Hamilton, ON)
Price: $5 dollars or PWYC (Pay What You Can)

Twitter: @HYP_SLAM
Instagram: @hamiltonyouthpoets

There will be 10 spots in the open mic with a 4 minute time limit each.

Slam Rules: no props, no costumes, no musical instruments, original work only, no racist, homophobic, gender bias or otherwise hateful speech allowed, memorization optional, team pieces welcome.

Follow the link below and sign up for the open mic!

-from Hamilton Youth Poets
Read Hamilton Youth Poets’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Let’s Talk Art Workshop Series (Neighbourhood Arts Network)

We Are Of Earth & Sky
Workshop date: Thursday July 18, 2019
Time: 6 – 9 PM
Address: Toronto Centre for Learning & Development, 540 Dundas Street East
Facilitators: Mahlikah Awe:ri & Karen Villanueva

Content of workshop: This will be an activity driven three hour workshop which utilizes an anti-oppression framework through an indigenous lens to engage those who work, create and live on indigenous homelands. Knowledge seed conversations around: Colonization on Turtle Island, What does it mean to be Treaty People?, How to become an intentional accomplice as oppose to an ally?, Understanding Privilege and Positionality. Participants will come away with a basic understanding of indigenous ways of reconnecting to our humanity, and developing relationship building in a mindful, authentic way, enabling us to move forward as stewards of these homelands in solidarity with Indigenous People and the Land. Food will be provided.

The Art of Cape Dorset: Tour and Talk at the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative in Toronto
Date: Thursday July 25, 2019
Time: 6 – 9 PM 
Address: Dorset Fine Arts- 100 Broadview Ave Suite 201Wheelchair Accessible: YesPresenter:William Huffman; Marketing Manager of Dorset Fine Arts
Content of workshop: A guided talk and tour of the Dorset Fine Arts space, which is the Toronto office of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, with William Huffman, Marketing Manager. An informed and engaging speaker, William will share his knowledge and experience working with Inuit artists, travelling to the North and about the many programs and initiatives the organization undertakes.

We encourage participants to attend both events since they are complimentary to each other.

Spots are limited, register and find out more information here!​”

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

July Workshop with Mixed Company Theatre: Forum Theatre Performance and Creation Workshop!

Mixed Company Theatre is excited to announce our July workshop for artists, educators, and community leaders!

Forum Theatre Performance and Creation Workshop (2 Days, July 19th & 20th 2019, 10AM-5PM)

What is Forum Theatre?

This intensive all-levels workshop led by award-winning artist Simon Malbogat is a hands-on introduction to Forum Theatre, a style of theatre rooted in anti-oppression principles. This workshop explores how theatre facilitates community engagement, addresses social justice issues, sparks community dialogue and bring about grassroots advocacy.

Artists will explore how forum theatre techniques of community participation, intervention and improvisation can help build tool kits for character development, devised creation and audience engagement.

Community Organizers, Social Workers & Educators will learn they can use Forum Theatre in their everyday practice to initiate vital conversations, engage in critical inquiry, and create social change in their communities.

Questions? Contact: communications[at]

For more information, please visit:

20% Discount for CAEA Members, and 50% Discount for Students and Arts Workers who identify as under-waged. Bursaries also available upon request!

-from Mixed Company Theatre
Read Mixed Company Theatre’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

La 10ᵉ édition de MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE de 4 au 14 juillet 2019

« MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE, présenté par Loto-Québec, dévoile les détails de la programmation en salle de sa 10e édition qui se tiendra du 4 au 14 juillet 2019. Un programme haut en couleurs et riche en émotions pour célébrer comme il se doit les 10 ans de l’événement ! Ainsi, dès le 4 juillet prochain, les rendez-vous mémorables se succéderont et, pendant onze jours de fête, les prouesses inégalées et l’inventivité infinie des créateurs du cirque d’aujourd’hui se déploieront au cœur de deux pôles principaux : LA TOHU et LE QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES, pôle quartier latin. LES BILLETS SONT EN VENTE DÈS MAINTENANT. 

MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE est un Festival rassembleur et mobilisateur proposant chaque année, en juillet, une programmation cirque éclatée à travers la ville. Pendant 11 jours, Montréal vit au rythme des arts du cirque et ses salles de spectacles, ses rues, ses parcs et ses trottoirs deviennent le théâtre de performances, d’ici et d’ailleurs, hautes en couleur.

Rendez-vous incontournable, il présente une diversité de formes et d’expressions en proposant des espaces où se rencontrent les plus talentueux représentants de l’univers cirque.

Créé en 2010, MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE est le fruit d’un rêve collectif. La TOHU, maître d’œuvre du projet, avec le soutien du Cirque Éloize, des 7 doigts de la main, du Cirque du Soleil, de l’École nationale de Cirque et d’En Piste, ont mis en commun leurs expertises, leurs ressources et leurs volontés pour créer le 1er festival international en arts du cirque en Amérique du Nord. »

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