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Call for Participants: Black Brilliance: 6-day, online filmmaking workshop for young Black artists

“We stand in solidarity with the call for Black liberation. In light of recent movements to address police brutality and anti-Black racism across the world, we’ve been looking at how to do our part.

BLACK BRILLIANCE will be a 6-day online filmmaking workshop for young Black artists to create an original film, with the mentorship and support of professional Black artists and youth workers – Mariam Barry, Vanessa Richards, and Khari McClelland.

This program is a Black space for youth of African descent, and is free for youth participants, and no previous experience is necessary!

We may be distancing, but community will not be cancelled!

PROGRAM DETAILS

In this FREE program, you will:                                                                               

  • Learn how to plan, shoot, and edit a short film, all from home
  • Create art in an all-Black space
  • Receive a FREE 6-month software license for Adobe Premiere Rush
  • Work creatively with a group of peers
  • Have a ridiculous amount of fun!

You are:

  • Of African descent
  • Excited about filmmaking and interested in using film for social change
  • Curious to try a new model of collaborative, pandemic-era filmmaking
  • Between the ages of 15 and 30
  • Available for ALL 6 program sessions listed below
  • Able to access a computer or laptop that can run Zoom (details) and         Adobe Premiere Rush (details).

This will be an all-Black space. We welcome any level of experience, and youth who are female-identified, LGBTQ2S+ or who have disabilities or face systemic and structural barriers are highly encouraged to apply and will be prioritized.

Up to 20 young people will be chosen to participate in this project. Your films will be featured at a virtual gala after the program, submitted to the Reel Youth Film Festival, and distributed on YouTube, social media and the Reel Youth website.

Sessions are:

          Tuesday, August 25           2 – 3:30 pm
          Friday, August 28               2 – 3:30 pm
          Tuesday, September 1      10 – 11:30 am
          Friday, September 4          2 – 3:30 pm
          Tuesday, September 8      2 – 3:30 pm
          Friday, September 11        2 – 3:30 pm

Participants must commit to attending all days and completing homework assigned between sessions (we will keep it light!).”

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://reelyouth.ca/blackbrilliance.html

-from Reel Youth

Call for Applications: FUTURES/forward – A National Community-Engaged Arts Mentorship Program

→ Are you an early to mid-career community-engaged artist who would benefit from the support of a senior community-engaged, art for social change (ASC) artist? Are you passionate about climate justice?

→ Are you a seasoned community-engaged artist interested in sharing your gifts of experience and wisdom with those newer to the field?

→ Are you part of an environmental organization looking to add depth and reach to your programs by integrating arts into your communications, education, outreach, engagement or research strategies?

We strongly encourage BIPOC community-engaged artists to apply!

FUTURES/forward is hosted by the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), the programming arm of Judith Marcuse Projects (JMP). JMP, a pioneer in the field of art for social change (ASC), is celebrating a 40-year history this year as an arts organization working in Canada and abroad. Our recently completed, six-year national study of ASC provides strong evidence of the high impact that community-engaged artists bring to diverse change agendas. The FUTURES/forward program embeds community-engaged artists within organizations addressing the pressing environmental issues of our times. These artists (mentored by a senior ASC practitioner) might work to enrich existing programs; develop new approaches to include arts-infused initiatives; offer innovative communications strategies, provide inclusive and interactive educational programs; or enrich public engagement and advocacy.

Some quick facts:

  • In this third intake of the program, the duration of each arrangement will be up to six months long, commencing in September 2020.
  • Work in performance (dance, theatre, music), visual, literary and digital art forms are all welcome.
  • In each partnership, the “hosting” environmental organization, mentor, and mentee create their own work plan to be approved by ICASC.
  • Partnering environmental organizations may provide logistical assistance (e.g. space for workshops, outreach information, community networking assistance).
  • Both the mentor and mentee receive compensation that will vary according to the length and content of their work plan.
  • Maximum compensation, dependant on the length and content of each partnership, is $5000 per mentee and $2000 per mentor.
  • The ICASC team provides contracts and supports the processes of each arrangement.
  • A final report is required from all participants.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to meet regularly online. As the first year of the program wraps up in late 2020, all participants will be expected to attend a national gathering to share our experiences and learning. As the COVID-19 situation persists, this gathering is very likely to take place online.”

For more information and how to apply, please visit: https://icasc.ca/futures-forward-call-for-applications/

-from ICASC

20th Yukon Riverside Arts Festival (August 13-16 & online)

“The Klondike Institute of Art & Culture celebrates the 20th Annual Yukon Riverside Arts Festival on the weekend of August 15 – 16, 2020. Due to the current public health situation, this year’s festival will not be a conventional gathering and will not feature the usual artist demonstrations or main festival site on the banks of the Yukon River at Riverside Park.

Instead, artists from Dawson City and beyond will present installations, exhibitions, performances, film, and audio work in a variety of innovative spaces throughout the community. We ask that everyone adheres to the Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer’s physical distancing guidelines at all times when viewing the work.

Those who do not live in Dawson City or do not feel comfortable viewing the work in person are encouraged to view the artwork and documentation remotely in the form of an online exhibition starting August 17 at YRAF.ca

For more festival details in Dawson and online, please visit: https://yraf.ca/

-from KIAC

Volunteer Opportunity: Join the Empathy Squad! (FiXT POiNT)

Gather Oral Histories To Foster Empathy And Build Your Podcasting Skills.

Check out www.empathysquad.ca to see our work so far!

Volunteer Opportunity (Future Leaders Age 18-30)

Volunteer for the Empathy Squad to make a difference in your community through the power of storytelling. In the midst of global upheaval, isolation, and the search for social, class, and racial justice, we are looking for volunteers to generate empathy-building dialogue through the collection of stories and interviews.

Oral-storytelling forges connections between people and ideas, makes information more accessible, and helps us understand the ties that bind us. Oral-history nuances the stories of the past and present, helps us understand how communities experience the forces of history, and allows us to learn together on the path towards a shared future. 

Amplify voices, centre overlooked stories, and celebrate the unsung heroes in your community. You’ll have the chance to collect stories, learn podcasting skills, meet new people from different walks of life, and collaborate with future leaders across the country. Come spark change, one story at a time.

Participants Will:

  • Discover artful ways to volunteer in their community
  • Learn interview and recording techniques, narrative shaping and audio editing skills
  • Gain skills in community engagement through oral-history collection
  • Enhance readiness for leadership roles and community participation
  • Grow empathy from coast-to-coast through community-building dialogue

Program Details:

Approximately 12 hours a week of commitment for 12 weeks total. The 4th cohort starts September 7th, 2020 and will be delivered virtually. Cohorts 5&6 are yet to be determined”

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.fixtpoint.com/empathysquad-apply

-from FiXT POiNT

Call for Applications: Toronto Artscape Foundation Launchpad Bursaries

Call for Applications for Toronto Artscape Foundation Launchpad Bursaries now open!

As part of the Together for Artists initiative, Toronto Artscape Foundation has released a new call for applications for the 6-month Launchpad Bursary program to support creatives in need. Fashion designers, jewellers, woodworkers, digital and electronic artists, and more are invited to apply to receive full access to Artscape Daniels Launchpad’s five Creative Studios, thriving creative community, Launchpad online learning programs and wellness events. A total of 250 Bursaries will be awarded. The deadline for applications is August 17.

For more information, please visit: https://www.artscapedanielslaunchpad.com/launchpad-bursaries/

Community Project Space Call for Submissions 2021 (Lakeshore Arts)

Lakeshore Arts is seeking project proposals to activate our Community Project Space in our 2021 programming season.

Deadline to apply:​ ​August 17​, 2020

About

Lakeshore Arts is a nonprofit community arts organization dedicated to engaging all peoples using multidisciplinary art forms as a way of enriching lives and strengthening Toronto’s communities. We believe in fostering collaboration and building inclusive relationships with community partners in order to share resources, support local artists through advocacy and employment, and develop unique and innovative programming.

Lakeshore Arts’ Community Project Space (CPS) is a storefront programming and exhibition space, used for regular and occasional programs and events, as well as ongoing site activations. CPS activations often engage with community knowledge and involve collaboration and/or participation as core components of the work. Past CPS activations have focused on community assets, neighbourhood artifacts, housing, the opioid crisis, geopolitical borders and climate change and involved partnerships with community organizations such as Daily Bread Food Bank, LAMP Community Health Centre and Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services.

For the upcoming 2021 programming season, we are looking for projects that incorporate significant participatory elements, can be engaged with actively or passively, are designed to evolve over time through interaction with the community and include free public events that further activate the projects and create opportunities for connection building and knowledge sharing.

We are accepting proposals from applicants that respond broadly to the following thematic prompt:

With varying degrees of influence, systems shape and govern fundamental aspects of our lives: our bodies, relationships, environments, movement, identities, access, resources and opportunities. Yet these systems are often obscure to the public and designed and administered inequitably. As a global pandemic and anti-racism protests bring focus to the inequality of the systems we interact with, we are presented with an opportunity to observe and scrutinize these systems as well as imagine alternatives. With this opening in mind, we are inviting applicants to develop a project that examines the form, purpose and consequences of human systems including political, economic, justice, information, education, transportation, and health (plus any others) and considers some of the following questions:

  • How are systems expressed?
  • How do we experience systems and how do our experiences of these systems differ depending on our social location?
  • How has a system succeeded or failed at its expressed or tacit objectives?
  • How are systems made opaque and for what reasons?
  • How do existing systems harm or help, exploit or nurture us and how does this differ depending on our social location?
  • How are systems influenced by their environments and environments influenced by systems?
  • How do human made and biological systems interact with and influence each other?
  • What alternative systems can we imagine?

Acknowledging this subject is expansive and complex, we aim to present projects that are thought provoking while remaining accessible and engaging for community members of different ages, abilities and experiences and offer layered points of entry that can accommodate those differences.

Updated project timeline:​ Selected projects are planned to run for 2-3 months each from early spring 2021 to December 2021.”

For more information, please visit: https://lakeshorearts.ca/opportunities/artist-calls/

-from Lakeshore Arts

ArtSpace: A Space for Meaningful Interactions, Community Conversations & Creating Art (Ribbon Rouge Foundation, Alberta)

“Limited spots available! Register by August 8th!

Are you African, Caribbean, Black? Looking for a space to build community and form connections? Looking to express yourself?

ArtSpaces are events designed for meaningful interactions and community conversations with African, Carribean, Black individuals, with the intention of building relationships and forming social networks. It is a space for culturally relevant meaningful interactions, community conversations, & creating art.

To Register: https://forms.gle/ZmfTCYcqKNgfP3VE6

-from Ribbon Rouge Foundation

Call for Community Consultants: Digital Projects (Tangled Art + Disability)

Do you follow Tangled Art + Disability? Then we may need your help!

“Tangled is conducting paid interviews with artists and audience members as part of an evaluation and exploration of our online presence, accessibility, and community. We, along with everyone else, are feeling the impacts of the shut down. Along with many other arts organizations we are working to shift our programming in response to the shifting habits (and experiences) of our artists and community members. We would like your input to assist us with this shift.

You do not need to be an artist to participate in this call. The only requirement is that you interact with Tangled Art + Disability online and identify as Deaf, Disabled, Mad, or Neurodivergent. We are looking to speak with community members with a wide range of access needs.

Interviews will be conducted remotely, either over the phone, or video call. They will take up to two hours in total, and you will be paid $200. Support workers and ASL interpretation can be booked for interviews through Tangled and the costs will be covered.

If interested, please follow the link to submit a form indicating your interest by August 9, 2020. We will get back to you by August 14, 2020.
Form: Community Consultants: Digital Projects Form

If you require any accommodations to fill out the form, or would like to fill it out over the phone/video call, or if you have any questions about accommodations/access please contact victoria[at]tangledarts.org.”

For more information, please visit: https://tangledarts.org/2019-2020/call-for-community-consultants-digital-projects/

-from Tangled Art + Disability

Calls for Proposals: Research on funding for Indigenous artists, arts groups, and arts organizations (ArtsNL, Newfoundland and Labrador)

ArtsNL is reissuing the request for proposals from individuals willing to travel to the territories of the province’s five main Indigenous groups in order to help ArtsNL determine the best way to deliver funding within its mandate that targets the specific needs of Indigenous artists, arts groups and arts organizations in those territories. The successful candidate will contact the Qalipu, Miawpukek, and Innu First Nations, as well as the NunatuKavut and Nunatsiavut governments, for permission to conduct this research, and set up public meetings with interested community members. Some research will also be conducted in St. John’s and Corner Brook with artists who self-identify as Indigenous.

To determine the specific needs of the project, the consultant will:

  • Meet with the ArtsNL’s Indigenous Advisory Committee to draft a list of questions and discussion points that can be brought to the artists, arts groups, and arts organizations in their communities;
  • Contact Indigenous governments to set up travel and meeting schedules, according to what makes best sense for the communities and the travel budget;
  • Meet again with ArtsNL’s Indigenous Advisory Committee before conducting site visits;
  • Travel and conduct meetings, interviews, community forms/focus groups. This will require site visits to approximately 12-15 communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. Travel expenses incurred with these site visits will be paid for by ArtsNL;
  • Write a draft research report and make recommendations to ArtsNL based on the feedback gathered through the consultation process;
  • Meet with the ArtsNL Indigenous Advisory Committee to discuss the draft research report;
  • Make an in-person presentation of the final approved report to ArtsNL.”

For more information, please visit: http://www.nlac.ca/news/rfp2020.htm

-from ArtsNL