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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:
  • Conferences, workshops, training, seminars, education
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  • Arts awards, funding and grant opportunities
  • Tools, tips, ideas & updates, project highlights, resources (including books & reports)
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  • Introductions to community-arts initiatives

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Cultural Hotspot: Modern Batik Fashion Workshops (Next Generation Arts, Scarborough)

“Presented in partnership with the City of Toronto – Cultural Hotspot SPARK Project and Agincourt Community Services Association – Dorset Park Hub, this workshop series explores the ancient African art of Batik, waxes, dyes and inks and applies it to fashionable fabric pieces which participants are free to alter. At the end of the workshop series, participants will show off their creations in a fashion show event.

The Modern Batik Fashion Workshops are FREE for all youth (individuals to the age of 29) but spaces are limited. The workshop begins July 20.

To register, complete the registration and consent form and submit to jen@nextgenerationarts.ca.

Spaces are limited.

When: July 20 to August 31 (Fridays, 1-4:30PM)
Where: Dorset Park Hub (1911 Kennedy Road, Unit #105)”

For more information, please visit: nextgenerationarts.ca

-from Next Generation Arts

Workshop: Financial Management 101 (ArtReach, Toronto)

Are you running a community project or involved with a larger organization? Already an ace at event management, social media, or youth engagement, but run in the other direction when you have to deal with money? Want to know how to manage grant funding when it affects your taxes?

As artists and community planners we are fiercely dedicated to mastering our creative practice which sometimes tends to leave us putting our administrative and financial organization on the back burner. In this workshop we will look at how to budget, keep track of your finances and what records you should be keeping for taxes. We will also look at what you need to claim for your taxes, which forms you need to fill out, and understanding how different sources of income (like receiving a grant) can impact your taxes.

Participants will also get hands-on time with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets and Google Sheets, supported by our expert facilitators who will show you how to get the most out of these powerful financial management tools!

Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2018
Time: Networking and food at 5:30pm, workshop runs 6:00pm-9:00pm.
Location: Urban Arts, 5 Bartonville Avenue East, Toronto ON, M6M 2B1
RSVP: https://bit.ly/2NsbESq
Facilitators: Robert Watterson and Patrick Warner
Details: This workshop is targeted to youth 13-29 years old. Space for this workshop is limited so register today! Food and refreshments will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops or tablets.”

For more information, please visit: artreach.org

-from ArtReach

CultureShock Community Arts Festival & Forum (Aug 7-11, Toronto)

“CultureShock Community Arts Festival & Forum
August 7 – 11

In it’s 13th year running, CultureShock Community Arts Festival is a FREE all-ages multi-day festival hosted by UrbanArts each August in Central West Toronto. CultureShock provides a forum and a space for artists across the city to connect, collaborate, and showcase their talents.

Check out ALL the happenings at CultureShock this year on our website!
All events, activities & workshops are FREE!”

For more information and upcoming announcements about the festival, please visit: cultureshockfest.ca

-from CultureShock Community Arts Festival


FemFest 2018: Staging Resistance (Sarasvàti Productions, Winnipeg)

Sarasvàti Productions presents FemFest 2018: Staging Resistance! The 16th annual festival features life-changing theatre for everyone and will feature performers from Toronto to Morocco plus a new art walking tour.

Experience the powerful blend of Indian dance and theatre, hear from DIY theatre-maker Norah Paton, and take in an award-winning performer speaking truth to power using spoken word, storytelling and hip-hop. At FemFest 2018: Staging Resistance, the stories of brave and diverse performers take centre stage. Whether you see one production or the entire festival, you are sure to leave with a new understanding on what it means to embrace individuality.

Our amazing line-up includes:
The Game
Burnt
Sound of the Beast
White Man’s Indian
La Civilisation, ma mère!

We’re also offering workshops and readings through the festival. For tickets and information, please visit: www.femfest.ca

About Sarasvàti Productions: Founded in Winnipeg in 2000, we seek to inspire artists and audiences through the use of theatre and to provide a place where artists can develop, showcase their skills and celebrate their creativity. FemFest has been up and kicking since 2003 and to date has showcased hundreds of artists!”

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

Resource Highlight | Community Arts Dialogue on Interculturalism


Community Arts Dialogue on Interculturalism
Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV) | BC | 2013

“On November 9 and 16 2013, the Community Arts Vancouver invited community members of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to participate in an arts-based dialogue of Interculturalism. Guest artists Diane Moran and Shelley Stefan also joined the dialogue. Participants enlisted visual arts, theatre, and music to explore the theme and worked collaboratively to create important questions.”

Click on the ArtBridges Resource Portal listing for more details.

Profile Highlight: Margaret’s – Expressive Arts

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.

“Since 2014, Margaret’s Expressive Arts Group has held space for modelling healthy relationships through community building activities such as creative writing, table top plays, call and response songs about our day, dance challenges, community painting, banner-making to celebrate diverse cultures/events, art exhibitions and the drumming group. In the walking group we pay attention to the changes in the neighbourhood, seasons and ourselves as we head to other Drop-Ins to visit. We have partnered with the Toronto Animated Image Society on an animated movie. We support community projects as well.”

To read more about Margaret’s Expressive Arts Group, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Pitch Opportunity for Young Audience Performers (Northern Ontario)

“The Ontario Arts Council, the Department of Canadian Heritage and Ontario Presents/Ontario Contact are a hosting pitch session for Ontario-based young audience performers, taking place in St. Catharines, Ontario on September 16th, the day following Ontario Contact 2018.

6 to 8 applicants will be selected to pitch new and upcoming projects to an audience of presenters and industry professionals, from Northern Ontario and beyond. Projects from all performing arts disciplines are welcome. Successful applicants will receive professional coaching to develop their pitching skills, as well as travel support and a complimentary 1-day registration for Ontario Contact.

This project has been developed as part of the Ontario Arts Council’s commitment to increase the quality and diversity of performances available for young audiences in Northern Ontario.

All applications must be received by July 19th, 2018 to ceilidh[at]ontariopresents.ca. All applicants will be notified if their application has been successful by August 3rd, 2018.

For more information, please read the full call for applications here.
If you have questions or wish to discuss applying, you may contact Ceilidh Wood at ceilidh[at]ontariopresents.ca.”

-submitted by Ontario Presents

Ressource à découvrir | Le Guide Pratique des Ruches d’Art


Guide Pratique des Ruches d’Art
Les Ruches d’Art | QC | 2015
Janis Timm-Bottos, Rachel Chainey

“Le Guide Pratique des Ruches d’Art a été créé en réponse a un besoin exprimé par plusieurs membres de la communauté qui partagent un désir de se regrouper pour répondre de façon créative aux enjeux auxquels fait face leur milieu de vie, et se demandent par où commencer. L’information que nous avons recueillie ici ne se veut pas un livre de recettes définitif, mais nous espérons qu’en rendant disponibles nos apprentissages jusqu’à ce jour, nous pourrons vous soutenir sur votre parcours vers la création d’une Ruche d’Art au sein de votre communauté. Nous voulons épauler les personnes parmi vous qui se sentent inspirées par le modèle des Ruches d’Art et les aider à se l’approprier et à l’adapter à leur réalité. Chaque communauté est complexe et comporte ses forces et ses défis bien particuliers, et chaque Ruche d’Art devrait réfléter de façon tout aussi unique les enjeux auxquels elle fait face et les traditions qui y sont célébrées.”

Pour plus de ressources et outils GRATUITS comme celui-ci, consultez artbridges.ca/learning/learning_resources

Call to Artists: Utility Box Mentorship Program (City of Calgary)

“A collaboration between the City of Calgary, and Indefinite Arts Centre

The intention of this Call to Artists is to select artists based on qualifications, experience and references. Design concepts and prices are not required.

The City of Calgary Public Art Program in collaboration with Indefinite Arts Centre are seeking a professional artist with established community engagement experience to lead a six-week workshop series resulting in the development and execution of temporary utility box artworks in a select community.

The 2018 Mentorship program will work with artists participating in the Indefinite Arts Centre. A lead artist will be hired upon his/her ability to bring new ideas, skills and expertise to the selected mentees. This mentorship program will support the mission of Indefinite Arts Centre to provide artistic training, creation and exhibition opportunities for people, of all ages – with developmental disabilities, and shares the power of their creativity by advocating for their inclusion in the contemporary arts.

The Public Art Program has a vision to build a diverse collection and encourages artists working in suitable media to apply. Safety, durability, low maintenance, vandalism resistance and exposure to sunlight and variations in temperature and weather conditions must be considered due to the public nature and usage of the boxes. Artists should have experience working in public spaces, be able to work within the existing parameters of the site, be able to work collaboratively and have a history of working within set budgets. Previous experience with successful community engagement is required.

The all-inclusive lead artist budget for this project is $20,000.

The submission deadline is Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 4 p.m. MST. No extensions will be granted and late submissions will not be considered. Please read the full call to artists to ensure compliancy with submission requirements. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Disbursements will be made throughout the project as per a negotiated schedule of deliverables. The project will be awarded through a two-stage selection panel process. Stage one to short list based on qualifications and stage two for interviews.”

For more information, please see the City of Calgary’s document

-from the City of Calgary website

Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival 2018 (Aug 10-12)

Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival 2018
Disrupting Exclusion, Inviting Connection
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
Friday August 10th – Sunday, August 12th, 2018

Community Arts Council of Vancouver presents the second 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.

The 3-day free festival includes individual artists as well as organizational partners, workshops for artists and the public, and hundreds of artworks on display and for sale, alongside music, spoken word, live art, clown, and other performances in the Exhibition Hall. This year Vines Arts Festival and VOAF are co-presenting a performance series Friday on the outdoor Turntable, followed by a conversation around accessibility and Ablesim.

Disrupting Exclusion
Our primary values are inclusion and active participation towards strengthening a sense of community and creative citizenship among participants and the public. Eligible artists self-identified as outsiders and have strong creative practices, with wildly diverse aesthetics. 100% of sales go to artists, and performers are paid fees: this is a professional opportunity for outsider artists.

Free Public Workshops
The festival aims to increase awareness about Outsider Artists and to challenge stereotypes about who and what counts in the art world. The festival provides a much-needed platform for visual and performing artists to gather, learn, and share their creative scope with Vancouver. PLAN, MPA Society, Coast Mental Health, and Alternative Creation Studios are all organizing group shows, alongside 46 exhibiting individual artists.

Free public learning workshops for artists include “The Business of Selling Your Art” on Saturday at 10 AM and “Writing Grants 101” on Sunday at 10 AM.

Registration for these workshops is now open:

For more information, please visit CACV’s website and Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival’s event page.

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