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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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Workshop – At the Heart of the Matter: Personal Storytelling in a Digital World (Winnipeg)

“At the Heart of the Matter: Personal Storytelling in a Digital World is guided by a storytelling process introduced by Story Center www.storycenter.org over 20 years ago. Since then it has found its way into many fields in North America and internationally. It has been used as a transformative resource by social service and health providers; educators, oral history researchers and librarians; and by groups committed to building community and to social, environmental, and political change.

In this workshop Community Works facilitators provide:

  • A safe and respectful storytelling space where participants can listen deeply to their own stories and to others’; 
  • Tutorials on video editing tools used to create short (2-5 minute) multi-media, first-person stories.

The process ends with a screening of the completed videos.

Community Works offers At the Heart of the Matter public workshops on a regular basis. The next public workshop is scheduled for Nov. 3-5, 2017.

Community Works also develops storytelling projects through partnerships with host organizations.

We provide start to finish project planning and development services, including assistance with community engagement strategies and fundraising through proposal development.

For more information, please visit: www.community-works.ca

-submitted by Community Works

CUE Grant Opportunity: Funding for Artists on the Margins (Toronto)

“Attention new generation artists living and working on the margins
Apply for up to $1000
Deadline: November 15, 2017

You must meet with CUE in person before submitting an application. To connect with CUE, email cuegrant@gmail.com

CUE GRANTS ARE FOR ARTISTS WHO:

  • Identify as new generation artists (29 years old or under) living and working on the margins in Toronto
  • Work in any artistic discipline
  • Have a solid idea for an art project that can be completed in 3 months, and can be exhibited or presented to the public in some way
  • Demonstrate experience in their medium
  • Have a track record of finishing projects and following through on goals
  • Have not received funding from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, or Canada Council for the Arts, or other substantial arts funding
  • Are not in a Masters program in a post secondary institution, and do not hold a Masters degree
  • Meet with CUE before submitting an application”

For more information including application details, please visit: www.cueartprojects.ca

-from CUE

In Loving Memory of Cathy Elliott, DAREarts, Friend of ArtBridges

It is with heavy hearts that ArtBridges/ToileDesArts shares the news that artist Cathy Elliott of DAREarts has passed away. Our deepest condolences to Cathy’s family, friends and to DAREarts.

“Cathy is a Dora nominated performer, director, creator and musical director. She is an Acadian/Irish/Mi’kmaq registered member of the Sipekne’katik Reserve in Nova Scotia, and has been writing and performing theatre for the past 30 years. She has also been an Artist/Educator, working with Sudbury Theatre Centre & the Sioux Lookout Literacy Festival, Talk is Free Theatre Camp, Theatre Orangeville Young Company, and the DAREarts First RootsProgram as a strong arts advocacy program for remote and urban FNMI communities and their children. She co-wrote the script and co-directed Graham Greene in the DAREarts Webequie FN documentary, ‘Fill My Hollow Bones’.”

Follow her extensive work at DAREarts here.

Read Cathy’s posts on ArtBridges:
02/08/17 – Conseils et outils de la ToileDesArts no2 : Le démarrage de projets en région rurale ou dans les communautés des PNMI
02/08/16 “Children of God” and Community Healing Through Theatre: Stories from a DAREarts Artist-Educator
10/07/15 – Stepping Sideways – Resiliency and the Learning Heart: by DAREarts artist-educator Cathy Elliott
08/27/15 – ArtBridges Tips & Tools Series: DAREarts Practical Guide for Artists Visiting Remote FNMI Communities
08/21/15 – ArtBridges’ Community Arts 101 Audio Series: Cathy Elliott (DAREarts First Roots)
03/30/15 – Paving a Future – The Ice Road to Tuk: Stories from a DAREarts Artist-Educator
12/15/14 – You’re Gonna Save the World: Stories from a DAREarts Artist-Educator
10/30/14 – Thunder Bay & Rexdale – Too Much in Common: Stories from a DAREarts Artist-Educator
07/04/14 – Excellence is Earned: Stories from a DAREarts Artist-Educator
05/23/14 – Introducing – DAREarts Atlantic: Stories from a DAREarts Artist-Educator
04/29/14 – DAREarts Out on the Land in Attawpiskat: Stories from a DAREarts Artist-Educator
03/24/14 – My Drum’s Journey: Stories from a DAREarts Artist-Educator
02/16/14 – It Starts With a Circle: Stories from a DAREarts Artist-Educator

Read DAREarts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

The 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Oct 18-22, Toronto)

“The 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival today announced the full programming for the Festival, running October 18-22, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. imagineNATIVE will present over 100 feature films, documentaries, shorts, and music videos created by Indigenous filmmakers with almost three quarters of the films (72%) made by Indigenous female directors.

imagineNATIVE’s opening night gala on Wednesday, October 18 will be Waru a film directed by eight Māori women, telling the story of Waru, a young boy who dies at the hands of his caregiver. Each director tackles a ten-minute segment of Waru to create one complete, remarkable story through the lens of multiple family and community members as they deal with the horrific loss. On Sunday, October 22, the closing night gala will be The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Métis/Dene award-winning filmmaker, Marie Clements.

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Highlights from imagineNATIVE‘s feature film programs include Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier, the true-crime story revolving around a captivating reclusive woman from a small northern Manitoba reserve whose catfishing of an NBA superstar made international headlines; Sweet Country, from director Warwick Thornton and starring Hamilton Morris and Sam Neill in a period western set on the Northern Territory frontier; Juliana & the Medicine Fish, starring Adam Beach and Emma Tremblay; Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film; and Kayak to Klemtu, the first feature film by Zoe Hopkins.

imagineNATIVE will also include a diverse selection of short film programs including the return of The Witching Hour, the annual midnight horror/comedy series; Receptors, a series of experimental, dramatic, and documentary shorts; Ambient Light, shedding a light on the polar region with five shorts from Sweden, Greenland and North America; and Channel 51 Igloolik, celebrating 30 years of Inuit video art with a world premiere screening of Bowhead Whale Hunting with My Ancestors by Carol Kunnuk and Zacharias Kunuk – the first episode from the seven-part television series, Hunting with my Ancestors.

imagineNATIVE is also proud to announce that Cree actor, humanitarian and activist Tina Keeper will receive the 2017 August Schellenberg Award of Excellence. Tina Keeper will receive her award at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival’s Awards Presentation on Sunday, October 22 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

imagineNATIVE will present A Wall is a Screen, a nighttime event that is part-walking-tour and part-film-screening that transforms the way people look at and interact with their city by projecting short films onto various surfaces. This will be the first time ever A Wall is a Screen will feature all Indigenous-made short films.

imagineNATIVE‘s music showcase The Beat, co-presented by Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), returns with live performances from Mob BounceKayla BriëtZiibiwan, and DJ Kookum, and a screening of eight music videos by Indigenous filmmakers and musicians.

The Digital Media Art+Cade, sponsored by Rezolution Pictures/Schoolü, returns to imagineNATIVE with projects including: The Cache, a digital photo essay from the Ammaaq family, who live north of the Arctic Circle; Standing Rock: People and Pride, an audio documentary by Kim Wheeler; Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show, a video game testing the mental might of the player; Impossible to Contain, a 360 video doc about the aftermath of a diesel spill in the waters of Bella Bella, BC; Purity & Decay, a video game utilizing the popular Telltale adventure game style; Thunderbird Strike, a 2D sidescroller game with the player flying from the Tar Sands to the Great Lakes as a thunderbird protecting Turtle Island; He Ao Kotahi, a web series featuring Māori artists in Palestine; and XINONA, a digital animation essay set in an alternative universe where planets are made of kale, kombucha and beer.

imagineNATIVE’s Art Crawl will include three different locations, showcasing eight exhibitions at seven different galleries. This year’s Art Crawl will begin at OCADU with two exhibitions: For This Land: Inside Elemental and raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000–2015). The Art Crawl will then move to the 401 Richmond building with five Exhibition Premieres including: Mourning and Mayhem: The work of Adrian Stimson at A Space Gallery; Channel 51: Igloolik – The Filmmaking Process, at Trinity Square Video; Skawennati: for the ages, at The Commons; Territ-Aur(i)al Imprints at Prefix Gallery; and Raven Chacon: Report at YYZ Artists’ Outlet. The evening will end with Installation Preview: Transmissions Part II at Wallace Studios, a behind-the-scenes preview of filmmaker Lisa Jackson’s first art exhibition Transmissions, as well as watching the filming of Unearthed, a live performance that will be a centrepiece of the installation.

imagineNATIVE’s FREE Industry Series, presented by CBC and CBC Docs, returns with leading professionals from around the world teaching and discussing topics relevant to Indigenous media creators. The Industry Series running October 19 to 21 will open with a launch and details of the new imagineNATIVE Institute, panels including topics surrounding Indigenous protocols in film and media, the first ever Web Series pitch competition, networking events, and a Sound Design Masterclass with Māori artist Dave Whitehead, with credits on major motion pictures and shows including District 9, The Hobbit, Arrival and Netflix’s Okja.

The full schedule for the 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is now available online at imaginenative.org/calendar.”

-from ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival news release
Read imagineNATIVE’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Artists’ Health Talk Series starts today! (Artists’ Health Alliance)

“Starting October 17, world-class researchers take the stage for our free Research for Practice (R4P) Talk Series.

Bringing decades of clinical work and research, our speakers will share their hard-earned insights into the forces which shape artists’ health. The focus lies on practical applications of their research, bridging the gap between what researchers discover and how artists work.

All talks are free of charge.
Registration is open! To learn more and register, go to
artistshealth.com/workshops/R4P-registration

-from Artists’ Health Alliance website
Read Artists’ Health Alliance’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Kwe Performance Series: community workshop & performances (Native Women in the Arts)

Native Women in the Arts is pleased to announce the Kwe Performance Series: Pura Fé and Jennifer Kreisberg, in partnership with Big Medicine Studio.

On Thursday, November 3, at Nipissing First Nation, Pura Fé and Jennifer Kreisberg of Ulali Project will present a free community workshop at Big Medicine Studio, followed by a community performance. Pura Fe and Jennifer Kreisberg will perform and discuss hand drum songs, invite participants to join in, and answer questions.

Nipissing Community Workshop: Friday, November 3, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: Big Medicine Studio, 161 Couchie Memorial Drive, North Bay, ON
Admission: Free

Nipissing Community Performance: Friday, November 3, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Big Medicine Studio, 161 Couchie Memorial Drive, North Bay, ON
Admission: PWYC


Native Women in the Arts is pleased to announce the Kwe Performance Series: Ulali Project, in partnership with St. Anne’s Anglican Church and Big Medicine Studio. 

The evening will include a performance by world renowned a cappella group Ulali Project, with guest artist. This concert is the first event of our Kwe Performance Series for the second season.

Toronto Performance: Saturday, November 4, 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Venue: St. Anne’s Anglican Church, 270 Gladstone Avenue, Toronto, ON
Tickets: Adults $20.00/Elders, Students, Underemployed & Art Workers $10.00

For more information, please visit Native Women in the Arts website or  the facebook event pages: Nipissing First Nation (Nov 3) and Toronto (Nov 4)

-posted with permission from Native Women in the Arts
Read Native Women in the Arts’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

17th Annual Reelworld Film Festival (Oct 11-15, Toronto)

“Join us for five days of films that raise awareness, spark conversation, and create greater understanding of the world around us. Now in its 17th year, Reelworld Film Festival takes audiences on journeys that deeply explore the world’s most pressing social issues from the perspectives of diverse filmmakers. Through socially relevant films, Virtual Reality (VR) experiences, video games, and conversation, Reelworld uses storytelling as a tool for social change.

October 11th to 15th – Save the dates and discover the best in socially engaged film and media.”

For more information, please visit: www.reelworld.ca/festival2017

-from Reelworld website
Read Reelworld’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Toolbox Initiative: program designed to encourage and build healthy relationships between girls, gender nonconforming youth, and boys and to challenge gender stereotypes (Toronto)

About the Toolbox Initiative

“Toolbox is a program designed to encourage and build healthy relationships between girls, gender nonconforming youth, and boys and to challenge gender stereotypes. Our aim is to support the development of self sufficiency and confidence: experiences that we, as members of Toolbox, had when we first learned to work with our hands. The program will be led by the women identifying members of Toolbox who have backgrounds in woodworking and experience in training youths in these skills. Currently Toolbox aims to service the youth of the Kingston Galloway/ Orton Park neighbourhood. The members have, in some capacity, a connection to the KGO; having worked, gone to school or participated in community programming in the area.”

-from SKETCH
Read SKETCH’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight | Open Field Collective (Toronto)

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.

Viewer at Street Projects

“The Open Field Collective brings contemporary art right to the streets by exhibiting artists’ works in residential front-yard gardens. The exhibitions are curated or selected from our ongoing open submission calls, and change every six weeks. These galleries are free to the public and are accessible by anyone walking down the street, 365 days a year.”

To read more about Open Field Collective, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight | Sister Writes (Toronto)

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 2010, Sister Writes has built community around stories. Through creative writing workshops, public arts events, and literary magazines, we strive to empower women, provide mentorship, and inspire the community with vital stories about women’s lives.”

To read more about Sister Writes, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map