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We invite you to read about and contribute to what’s going on in community-engaged arts and arts for social change initiatives across Canada. We post what people submit to us as well as "all things community-engaged arts" that we find out about. ArtBridges/ToilesDesArts shares all kinds of information:
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Dawson Film Lab (KIAC)

“The Dawson Film Lab is a unique filmmaking experience taking place in Dawson City, August 25-30.

A 5 day short film event in which 8 filmmakers participate in a collaborative exchange of ideas and knowledge and produce short films in 5 days. The Lab will end with a screening event on August 30, to view the works made during the week.

There are still a few spots open for participants! (Travel assistance available for participants outside Dawson City). $100 Fee to work alongside other amazing filmmakers.”

For more information, please visit: https://kiac.ca/2019/05/25/dawson-film-lab/

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

Webinar – Culture Days and Get Creative Festival: Recent findings from across the pond on personal well-being and arts participation

“On May 29, 2019 Culture Days was 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 has been released in connection with the Get Creative Festival – the UK-wide celebration of creativity that took place from May 11-19, 2019. 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.”

For more information, please visit: https://www.culturedays.ca/organize/webinars

-from Culture Days

Webinar: Deepening Sense of Belonging Through Arts and Culture (Culture Days & CAPACOA)

“What is belonging? How does it relate to arts and culture? And how can we strengthen belonging to each other and our communities? In 2017, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) sought to answer these questions in Vital Signs: Arts & Belonging.

Building on this report and on subsequent research findings, this webinar will explore how arts and culture programs and venues make our communities better places to live by helping people connect through shared arts experiences.

The webinar is presented by Frédéric Julien, Director of Research and Development at CAPACOA. Frédéric has been active in the performing arts for several years as an artist, an arts administrator, a consultant, an advocate, and a change maker. He has been leading research and development activities at CAPACOA for the last nine years. He is a regular speaker and session facilitator at conferences throughout Canada. He also frequently facilitates online dialogues on the state of the performing arts sector as part of the Arts in Perspective series.”

For more information, please visit: https://www.culturedays.ca/organize/webinars

-from Culture Days

Exchange: 19th National Mural Symposium

“Mural Routes invites you to join us for Exchange: 19th National Mural Symposium at the Spoke Club, Toronto.

About the Symposium

For over 20 years, Mural Routes has brought the mural art community together for learning, sharing and networking. This year we highlight and celebrate murals as a tool for Exchange and creative gateway for public dialogue.  Presenters will share local and international projects and ideas to illustrate how the value of a mural lies not only in the art left behind, but in the process of exchanging skills, perspectives, stories and experiences. We invite you to join us, learn from your peers, and walk away with a new perspective on mural art.

Check out the schedule and full list speakers here.”

For more information and to register, please visit https://muralroutes.ca/registration-symposium19/

-from Mural Routes

Opportunity: Bookings & Outreach Coordinator (Prologue)


“The Bookings & Outreach Coordinator reports directly to the Executive Director and is responsible for the coordination of school bookings within Ontario and outside of the Greater Toronto Area; as well as bookings in public venues. Responsibilities also include maintaining positive and clear relationships with Prologue artists and artist companies, overseeing marketing and outreach initiatives as part of a collaborative team and maintaining the organization’s CRM database system; among others.

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. Prologue seeks to enrich the lives of every young person in the province through diverse and impactful performing arts experiences. Founded in 1966, Prologue reaches over 500, 000 young people each year through over 1,800 performances and workshops in dance, music, theatre, puppetry, opera, storytelling, spoken word and more. 

For more information, please visit: www.prologue.org

-submitted by Prologue

“I Carry”: A Video Poem by Participants of the Countdown Public Art Legacy Project

“I Carry” is a video poem created by participants of the Countdown Project The Countdown Public Art Legacy Project is a series of pebble mosaics that honour sexual assault survivors across Ontario. They are created in collaboration with grassroots agencies, area residents, and survivors of sexual violence.

Visit Red Dress Productions’ interactive map of Countdown mosaics across the province: https://reddressproductions.org/current-projects/countdown-project/

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

Community Arts Education: Best Practices – Livestream

“Come hang out with us from the comfort of your own laptop on August 20th at 12:30 p.m. for a live stream video! Sun of ‘Voice of Purpose’ will elaborate on her thoughts shared in the Community Arts Education: Best Practices resource she wrote for our Learning Room. You will have the opportunity to participate in the discussion live with the chat function, so feel free to bring questions!

Read the written component to wrap your head around the basics in advance here: https://neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/learning-room/learning/best-practices-in-community-arts-education

About the facilitator:
SUN – the Phoenix (formerly known as The Real Sun) has been an Artist Educator and a leader in community arts organizing since 2005. She is a (r)evolutionary and healer with a calling to support artists through the journey of becoming empowered educators and agents of social change. As the creator and director of Voice of Purpose, Sun has been blazing a path through the development of Purpose Rooted Arts Education as a pedagogical framework for facilitating transformative arts education. Sun has played key leadership and co-creational roles in several respected and award-winning community arts organizations in the Jane-Finch community of Toronto. She has also sat on Grant Review Committees for a number of Arts funders in Ontario. Sun is formally trained in Psychotherapy, Bio-Energetic Therapy, and Energy Healing. Sun is a multidisciplinary artist whose current primary practice is Brazilian Zouk dance; however, her professional artistic career has spanned modalities including Spoken Word Poetry, Singing/Songwriting (Acoustic Soul), Rap, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Originally born in Korea, Sun is now based in Toronto, Ontario.”

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

Art of Facilitation Toronto (Partners for Youth Empowerment)

Embark on a 5-month learning journey to develop the art of designing and leading life-changing transformational programs. Whether you work with youth or adults, Art of Facilitation will show you how to add depth and impact to your classrooms, youth programs, trainings, or conferences. Based on the premise that effective facilitators are authentic, creative, responsible, and passionate, the training weaves personal growth with skill building and practice.

You’ll Learn

  • Communication skills that empower
  • Leading edge group facilitation
  • How to lead and speak with ease
  • Strategies for dealing with triggers
  • How to lead equitable, inclusive groups Program design tools
  • Creative ways to add depth

You’ll Gain

  • New joy in your work
  • A diverse, supportive community of colleagues

Art of Facilitation is for teachers, youth workers, teaching artists, counselors, social service professionals, and trainers.

For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.partnersforyouth.org/aof-toronto-2019-2020/

-from Partners For Youth Empowerment

2019 Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival

“Community Arts Council of Vancouver presents the third annual Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (VOAF) offering visual and performing artists facing social exclusion and other barriers opportunities for exhibition and sales, performance and participation, connection and learning. VOAF is Canada’s first and only festival for Outsider Art, which is represented by significant fairs and museums globally. The artists may be self-taught or trained: they are all devoted to their creative practices, and come from a point of view that is outside the mainstream art world trends.

The 3-day free festival takes place at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre from August 9-11, 2019, and includes 150+ exhibiting and performing artists as well as organizational partners, free public workshops, and hundreds of artworks on display and for sale, alongside aerial silk acrobatics, Cantonese opera, intergenerational dance, wild live performances, and a range of musical stylings throughout the weekend.”

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews
Corner of Davie & Pacific
Yaletown, Vancouver, BC

For more information about the festival, please visit cacv.ca/vancouver-outsider-arts-festival-2019

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

Call for Artists: Granville Island Community Market (Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture)

Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture is seeking local visual artists who identify as living with a disability to share a market booth at the Granville Island Community Market this summer. Every Thursday from June – September 2019, Kickstart will be on Granville Island, doing community outreach, and we’d like to have a different artist share the booth with us each week. It is an unbelievable experience and a free opportunity to get your work in front of the public and the opportunity to sell work. This is also a paid opportunity for Artists.

Deadline: ongoing

Kickstart is a Vancouver-based non-profit registered charity, founded in 1998, with a mandate to support and promote artists with disabilities. We do this by presenting professional work by artists with disabilities to public audiences, raising public awareness of their contribution to the arts, and paying the artists for their work.”

For more information, please visit: https://www.kickstartdisability.ca/granville-island-community-market/

-submitted by Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture