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REBIRTH: Artist Educator Professional Development Certificate Program (Toronto)

“This professional development certificate program is designed for emerging and established Artist Educators and Community Facilitators; those in the Community Arts Sector who want to serve marginalized sections of society, who find themselves in a time of transition and transformation.

The Rebirth program is designed for those seeking to develop their professional skills to produce quality work in the Community Arts Sector.

If you are feeling called to create personal and collective transformation through engagement with social justice, healing, and education through the arts, then this space was created for you


There are 3 major components to this training (total of 28 hours):

  1. AWAKEN: Weekend Intensive (June 8 & 9 | 11am-7pm) – at Jumblies
  2. EVOLVE: Seminars (June 3, 10, 17, 24 | 6-8pm) – at Art Starts
  3. EMERGE: Masterminds (June 3, 10, 17, 24 | 8-9pm) – at Art Starts

Optional Bonus* EXPAND: 1-on-1 Private Coaching (flexible schedule)”

For more information, please visit REBIRTH’s event and registration page and


Call for Applications: Yukon Riverside Arts Festival

“The Yukon Riverside Arts Festival provides an accessible environment for community members and visitors to interact with and celebrate the arts. The Festival welcomes artists practicing traditional and contemporary art forms and features exhibitions, artist demonstrations, lectures, live music, art installations, and art market, and more!”

For more information, please visit:

-from Klondike Institute of Art and Culture
Read KIAC’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profil à découvrir : Unité théâtrale d’interventions locales (UTIL)

À mesure que notre répertoire de l’art communautaire prend de l’ampleur, nous réalisons qu’il devient un peu lourd de parcourir tous les profils… Nous avons donc pensé qu’en soulignant certains profils dans notre blogue, de temps à autre, nous vous permettrions de découvrir des projets que vous n’auriez pas encore vus. Merci de nous informer si vous connaissez des projets ou des organismes d’art communautaires canadiens qui ne se trouvent pas encore dans notre répertoire. Cette ressource se construit grâce à vos contributions! -l’équipe d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts.

“Les actions d’UTIL ont pour but de favoriser la mobilisation citoyenne par le biais de la pratique artistique et de participer au dynamistme des villages de la MRC des Basques et plus largement ceux du Bas-Saint-Laurent. Nous aspirons au rassemblement, au décloisonnement, à l’expression collective et au développement d’un regard critique et inventif sur notre environnement immédiat et lointain”

Nous vous invitons à lire le profil complet d’Unité théâtrale d’interventions locales (UTIL) dans notre répertoire de l’art communautaire.

RBC Arts Access Fund (Neighbourhood Arts Network)

“The RBC Arts Access Award is designed to support newcomer artists across Toronto. The awards range from $500 to $1500 to support costs associated with arts projects, such as artist fees, art supplies, equipment rental, space rental and food costs for a workshop or event.  Additionally, awards may also support professional development, training and mentorship requests for newcomer artists looking to improve their skills regarding working in and with community.

Deadline: June 24, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be:
– Newcomer who has been in Canada no more than 7 years
– Canadian Citizen, or Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant), or have an application pending for Permanent Resident status, or be a Protected Person (approved refugee claimant)
– Over 18 years old
– Live in the City of Toronto or GTA (Halton, Peel, York and Durham municipalities
– A member of Neighbourhood Arts Network, if you are not a member, sign up here

*Artists can receive only one RBC Arts Access Fund per year.”

For more information, please visit Neighbourhood Arts Network’s website.

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

Five monument unveilings will honour sexual assault survivors across Ontario (Red Dress Productions)

“The Countdown Public Art Legacy Project is a series of pebble mosaic workshops to create monuments that honour survivors of sexual violence.

Pebble mosaic monuments

From February to March 2019, Red Dress Productions, Amelia Rising Sexual Assault CentreLanark County Interval House, the Sexual Assault Centre of BrantKawartha Sexual Assault Centre, and Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre collaborated with 300 residents in North BayCarleton PlaceBrantford, and Peterborough, Ontario.

Each community created a unique, six-foot diameter, pebble mosaic monument in tribute to sexual assault survivors. These four new monuments will be permanently installed and unveiled from May to July.

Benches for Eganville monument

In May, two benches for the Eganville Countdown monument will be unveiled. Nestled next to the mosaic in Centennial Park, they are the result of a collaboration with Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio.

Unveiling dates and locations

Brantford mosaic
Saturday, May 11, 2019 1:00 p.m.
Brantford & District Labour Centre 1100 Clarence Street South, Brantford

Lanark County mosaic
Friday, May 17, 2019 1:00 p.m.
Town Hall Square Park 15 Mill Street, Carleton Place

Eganville benches
Monday, May 27, 2019 6:00 p.m.
Centennial Park 1T0, Eganville

Peterborough mosaic
Thursday, June 20, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Millennium Park 130 King Street, Peterborough

North Bay mosaic
Friday, July 5, 2019 1:00 p.m.
Fisher Street Parkette Fisher Street, North Bay

About the Countdown Project

The Countdown Public Art Legacy Project was launched in 2016 after the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County invited Red Dress Productions to bring its vision into being.

Workshops were held with residents, municipal bodies, local partners, and artists in Pembroke, Eganville, Killaloe, and Pikwàkanagàn First Nation to create the first four monuments.

The Countdown Project will continue into 2022. Visit our interactive map of Countdown mosaics across Ontario.

For more info, contact: info[at]”

-from Red Dress Productions
Read Red Dress Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Introduction to Mural Art: North Etobicoke 2019

“Introduction to Mural Art is a free visual art learning program for all ages (14+) and abilities. Participants learn basic art, design, and mural-making skills from professional artists, gaining the skills and confidence to brainstorm design input and participate in the Community Collaborations mural along Finch Ave W., as part of The North Etobicoke Mural Jam upcoming this July 2019.

Introduction to Mural Art is comprised of six workshops, each three hours in length. Workshop topics include: mural styles, collaboration, drawing and painting techniques, colour theory, design challenges, mural techniques, enlarging techniques and large-scale collaborative final design projects. Each program aims to connect with a local mural project in the community where the program is being presented.”

For more information and to register, please visit:

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

Webinar: Get Creative, Get Well – New Research on Personal Well-being & Arts Participation (Culture Days)

Culture Days will be joined by BBC Arts Editor Stephen James-Yeoman and University College London (UCL) Senior Research Fellow Dr. Daisy Fancourt to discuss new research on the benefits of arts participation. A recent study conducted by Dr. Fancourt and UCL identified the different ways that people use creativity as a coping mechanism to control negative emotions, such as stress and anxiety, and how spending just a brief amount of time on artistic pursuits can have a direct impact on personal well-being.

The study is being released in connection with the Get Creative Festival – the UK-wide celebration of creativity taking place this year from May 11-19. Stephen James-Yeoman will speak about the festival, its audience, and ongoing research efforts, in addition to the many links between Get Creative and Culture Days.

Webinar – May 29, 2019 12:30 PM EST”

For more information and to register, click here.

-from Culture Days

Le Festival Masq’alors (16 au 26 mai, Québec)

“Pour son dixième anniversaire, le festival international du masque du Québec Masq’alors! revient en force avec une programmation éclatée et inclusive, dans le cadre sans pareil de la nature en éveil de Saint-Camille. Le 6e édition de cet événement biennal incontournable de l’Estrie, qui déploiera également à Saint-Adrien et Ham-Sud, célébrera une fois de plus l’art du masque en rassemblant, pendant 10 jours, les artistes et aficionados de tous âges en théâtre, en danse, en conte, en cinéma et en arts numériques et visuels.

Des artistes du Brésil et de la France se joignent à des artistes d’ici pour révéler les facettes artistique, sociale et politique de cet artefact universel. Avec ses 7 spectacles, 4 expositions, 6 conférences et table ronde, 2 formations professionnelles et 10 autres activités ludiques, créatives et gustatives, Masq’alors! entend bien combler les attentes des petits comme celles des grands!

Le jeudi 23 mai, dès 16 h 30, le festival célèbre ses 10 ans en grand avec une cérémonie d’ouverture autour d’un buffet raffiné aux saveurs autochtones du traiteur Québénakis, entrecoupée d’impromptus scéniques de nos artistes invités et suivie d’activités qui se poursuivront jusqu’à 22 h 30 dans une atmosphère conviviale et chaleureuse dont Saint-Camille a le secret!


Le festival est heureux d’accueillir une grande créatrice québécoise, Magali Chouinard, avec sa dernière création, Âme nomade, œuvre onirique inspirée de la spiritualité autochtone et mariant, dans une poésie visuelle inédite, masques, marionnettes et projections de films animés et vidéos. La compagnie de théâtre autochtone Ondinnok (Montréal) nous fait l’honneur d’une visite prolongée pour une formation professionnelle, une présentation « carte blanche » sous la direction de Yves Sioui Durand et Catherine Joncas, et une conférence sur le rôle du masque dans le théâtre divinatoire autochtone.

Au chapitre des expositions, le 10e anniversaire du festival est l’occasion rêvée de souligner le travail de Sylvain Laroche et Jonathan Mercier, deux photographes de Saint-Camille. Toujours à pied d’oeuvre pour capter avec justesse et sensibilité la rencontre entre artistes et public qui a cours depuis 10 ans, ils seront à l’honneur avec une rétrospective de leur travail exposée en extérieur et en grand format, au cœur du village. À cela s’ajoutent la traditionnelle exposition collective mettant en vedette une quinzaine d’artistes de la région, et la venue spéciale d’étudiants de l’option théâtre du Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe qui présenteront trois séries de masques réalisés pour des productions théâtrales entre 2005 et 2013.


À l’actualité récente sur l’appropriation culturelle et à ses propres questionnements sur cette question depuis 10 ans, le festival répond avec une table ronde qui tentera de cerner les contours de cet enjeu important en présence de André Dudemaine, directeur du festival Présence autochtone, Candice Moise, ethnoscénologue, et Khadija El Mahdi, artiste.

Aux conférences déjà mentionnées s’ajoute la présentation deGuy Muchagalusa Chigoho, collectionneur, sur le langage des masques kuba de la République démocratique du Congo


Saint-Camille exerce un grand leadership en matière de développement numérique, et Masq’alors! adhère au mouvement en offrant une conférence sur le rôle et l’avenir du masque en réalité virtuelle, suivie d’un atelier d’expérimentation avec casques RV, en présence de René Barsalo, grand spécialiste montréalais en design de contenus numériques et d’expériences interactives.

Par ailleurs, toutes les conférences du festival seront également disponibles en webdiffusion, permettant au festival d’être accessible au plus grand nombre. Surveillez la page Facebook du festival!


Atelier de fabrication de masques, défilé festif, barbecue, soirée Kino : le festival Masq’alors! se veut rassembleur et familial, et espère connaître encore cette année autant de succès auprès des visiteurs qu’il en a auprès des Camillois! Saint-Camille et ses environs proposent un vaste choix d’hébergement pour les festivaliers, de même qu’un voisinage propice aux activités de plein-air en tous genres.

Pour plus d’information concernant les heures des présentations, les forfaits spéciaux et les services offerts sur place, et pour acheter des billets, consultez notre site Internet :”

-source : Masq’alors
Lire le profil du Paysages éclatés dans notre répertoire et carte de l’art communautaire au Canada
Crédit photo: Dominique Journey Ramel

Call for Participants: Like Mother, Like Daughter (Sarasvàti Productions, Winnipeg)

“As part of Sarasvàti Productions’ FemFest, we are excited to welcome Why Not Theatre and their production Like Mother, Like Daughter. They will be bringing together mothers and daughters who were born outside of Canada (newcomers, as well as those who may have immigrated many years ago) as well as Indigenous mothers and daughters, in order to create and perform in a participatory project whose 2016 Toronto premiere was described as “delicate, generous, inspiring, warm, funny, and in moments, heart-rending.” (Sprockets & Greasepaint)

Directed by Rose Plotek, Like Mother, Like Daughter weaves together stories from 12 pairs of mothers and daughters into a performance of unscripted conversations performed by the mothers and daughters themselves. At the end of each performance the audience is invited to join the mothers and daughters for a meal– to continue the conversations.

No performance experience necessary! We’re looking for real stories!

We’re looking for mothers and daughters who…

  • Are either Indigenous, or have migrated to Canada (at least one member of each mother-daughter pair must have been born outside Canada)
  • Feel comfortable conversing and answering questions in English
  • Span a variety of ages/generations (minimum age requirement: 14 years old+)

Selected mothers and daughters will be paid an honorarium for their participation, and will be expected to participate in all rehearsals, workshops, and performances:

  • 6 workshop/rehearsal sessions, between September 7-17
  • 3-4 selected performances, between September 19-21

All interested mother/daughter pairings are asked to submit an expression of interest to admin[at] by June 15th.

For more information please visit our website or contact our administration team at admin[at]”

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

Art to Power: Resiliency Project (PASAN & Council Fire, Toronto)

“Art to Power is an arts workshop series for people who have experienced incarceration.

Bust out your creativity, your joy, your survival

Choose a different media every month from May to October:
May: BEADING with Myingaan kwe and Louis Esmé
June: MASK MAKING with Naty Tremblay and RAWHIDE SCULPTURE with Maanii Oakes
July: PAINTING with syrus marcus ware
August: DRAWING with Sybil Lamb
September: PHOTOGRAPHY with Kwasi Kyei
October: to be announced

WHEN: Friday afternoons from 2 – 4pm, starting May 10
$10 plus tokens and snacks provided
WHERE: Council Fire, 439 Dundas St. East

Art to Power honours and celebrates our incredible journeys of survival, while fostering wisdom, pride and stability through creativity. Elder Jacqui Lavalley will join us on the first workshop of each month for ceremony and teachings on resilience. If you’re interested, please email or call Project Coordinator, Orev Katz at: orev[at]”

For more information, please visit:

-from PASAN