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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
  • Events
  • Arts awards, funding and grant opportunities
  • Tools, tips, ideas & updates, project highlights, resources (including books & reports)
  • Inspiring stories
  • Introductions to community-arts initiatives

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Call for Artists: StArt Youth Presenting Art Festival (Scarborough)

StArt Youth Presenting Art [StArt YPA] is a SuiteLife Arts for Youth initiative, run by Scarborough youth and sponsored by TD Bank and Theatre Scarborough. We strive to give young emerging artists in Scarborough alternative outlets to express themselves in the arts and provide them with a platform where their works are accessible to their communities.

StArt YPA is now accepting art submissions for our 8th annual StArt Youth Presenting Art Festival, being held from August 13th to 18th, 2018. All youth between 13 and 25 years old are welcome to submit their works by June 15th, 2018, to info@startypa.org. Include subject line “Art submissions” and e-mail us links/docs of your work and a statement about you (including name, age, e-mail and phone number) and tell us about who/what inspires you as an artist.

Auditions and interviews for the team to meet all artists will be held on Saturday, June 23rd, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

-submitted by StArt YPA
Read SuiteLife Arts for Youth profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

We’re back up and running! ArtBridges/ToileDesArts

If you tried to access ArtBridges’ website or reach us via email in the past few days, you may have noticed that our website and emails were down. Our sincere apologies! Our server is now fixed and we’re back to updating and highlighting community-engaged arts and arts for social change in Canada–and back to communicating with community partners.

If you sent an email within the past week and haven’t received a response, please send us another email as your email might not have gone through. Looking forward to re-connect with everyone again!

-the ArtBridges/ToileDesArts Team

Photo by Samuel Silitonga from Pexels

Profil à découvrir : L’Académie des arts Trouve ta voie (Saint-Eustache, QC)

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.

L’Académie des arts Trouve ta voie croit en la capacité des personnes différentes à développer leurs aptitudes artistiques et à s’épanouir à travers l’art. Elle favorise le dépassement de soi, le développement de nouveaux liens d’amitié entre les participants, le tout dans le plaisir et le respect.”

Nous vous invitons à lire le profil complet de L’Académie des arts Trouve ta voie dans notre répertoire de l’art communautaire.

Recette et rencontres_Cuisine ta ville : lancement du livre lors d’un 5 @ 7oupe !(ATSA, Montréal)

C’est le mercredi 16 mai prochain qu’ATSA vous invite au Lancement du livre Recettes et Rencontres_Cuisine ta ville

– 5 @ 7oupe sous le tempo
«- Au Parc Hydro-Québec, adjacent à la MDD, 50 Ste-Catherine O. _ Métro Saint Laurent

AU MENU:
-Lancement du livre Recettes et Rencontre, Cuisine ta ville (À se procurer sur place)
-Dégustation gratuite des soupes de la famille Phan, de Gracia Beyloune et des chefs jumeaux, de Fatma Abu Areaf, de Moyad, de Las Mechas, et de Rachel.
-Mot de bienvenu et annonce surprise à 18h !

C’est bien plus qu’un livre de recette !

En mai 2017, Cuisine ta ville nous a élevé et ému par la connaissance et la reconnaissance de ces personnes courageuses, arrivées à Montréal en tant que réfugiées et leurs descendants, tous construisant la trame culturelle du Montréal d’aujourd’hui. Le livre Recettes et Rencontres, Cuisine ta ville comprend les recettes des 34 soupes réalisées, la frise chronologique et le lexique, les témoignages des artistes et conférenciers participants, et le menu de conversation Le Temps d’une Soupe pour animer la discussion lorsque vous serez aux fourneaux ! En savoir plus.

Le livre Recettes et Rencontres, Cuisine ta ville est aujourd’hui le témoin des rencontres qui ont eu lieu autour d’un comptoir, d’une activité partagée, du faire ensemble, sur la place publique au cœur de la ville. Nous vous invitons à poursuivre la démarche, et que la confection de ces soupes aux milles saveurs soit prétexte à apprendre, réfléchir et s’émouvoir sur toute la richesse humaine qui fait de notre Île la métropole francophone d’Amérique que nous sommes aujourd’hui.

LE TEMPS D’UNE SOUPE

Depuis février dernier, ATSA, Quand l’Art passe à l’Action est en tournée extraordinaire grâce au programme Nouveau Chapitre du Conseil des Arts du Canada.

Ceci nous a mené à réaliser l’intervention Le Temps d’une Soupe en partenariat avec des acteurs locaux au Burkina Faso avec Rendez-vous chez nous au Liban avec la Zico House et Achrafieh 2020 et au Maroc avec Awaln’Art. L’été qui s’en vient nous amènera davantage au Canada vers Iqaluit, Val d’Or, Moncton, WhiteHorse et Yellowknife.

Un bilan plus exhaustif est en construction vu l’étendue des territoires visités, des personnes et organismes impliqués, des différences culturelles et organisationelles de l’espace public…à suivre!

Nous vous invitons à apprécier les portraits poétiques de chaque destination et merci à toutes les équipes et participants d’être les activateurs.trices de ces dialogues impromptus et nécessaires!»
«L’ATSA est un organisme à but non lucratif fondé en 1998 par les artistes Pierre Allard et Annie Roy. Sur un ton ludique et percutant, ils créent, produisent et diffusent des œuvres et événements transdisciplinaires sous forme d’interventions, d’installations, de performances ou de mises en scène réalistes motivées par le désir d’interpeller la population envers des causes sociales, environnementales et patrimoniales cruciales et préoccupantes.

Leurs Actions visent à ce que le propos esthétique et symbolique de l’art soit aussi un outil d’interaction et d’éducation populaire, nous confrontant à nos responsabilités individuelles et collectives en redonnant à la place publique sa dimension d’espace ouvert à la rencontre, à la réflexion. La dimension participative et le fait d’interpeller le public dans sa citoyenneté est au coeur de la démarche.»

-diffusé par ATSA, crédits photo ATSA
Lire le profil d’ATSA dans notre répertoire et carte de l’art communautaire au Canada

Professional Development Course: for artist educators and community facilitators working in community arts (Toronto)

“This professional development course is for emerging and established Artist Educators and Community Facilitators who are in a time of transition or re-birth in their lives and/or work. If you are seeking a revived sense of direction and purpose in your work in the Community Arts sector, this training is for you. Ideal for artists and educators who believe in the power of personal and collective transformation by engaging with social justice, healing, and education through the arts, and who feel called to work with marginalized sections of society.​

In this course you will engage in powerful processes for personal and professional development. We will provide valuable knowledge about how to navigate the arts, cultural, and educational sector; as well as support you to ground in a sense of personal purpose and direction in this work. To get the best results and most benefit out of this training, it is strongly recommended that you participate in all 3 components of the program. For accessibility purposes, we offer the option of taking each component on its own.

Emerge – Mastermind | May 12 (1-4pm)

Purpose: To provide an opportunity for focused and collaborative brainstorming, problem-solving, sharing of perspectives and ideas. Each participant is invited to come with a specific project idea or challenge in mind that is related to their professional practice. During the mastermind, each participant will be provided with help to figure out practical solutions, explore and expand their ideas in a collective and supportive environment

Evolve – Evening Classes | May 15 & 22 (6-8:30pm)

Purpose: To provide direction and guidance in developing professional skills for creating and maintaining a successful practice as an Artist Educator and Community Arts Organizer. Each class will be dedicated to a different topic that is critical to creating and maintaining success in the sector.

Session 1: Mastering your Mission

  • Aligning personal and professional mission & purpose
  • Writing grants & proposals

Session 2: Self-Care & Well-Being

  • Building healthy community arts organizations and systems for self-employment
  • Navigating personal and professional limits and building capacity

Awaken – Weekend Intensive | May 26 (11am-7pm)

To provide an immersive experience for grounding and unearthing one’s True Inner Purpose as an Artist Educator or Community Facilitator. The intensive is guided by the pedagogical framework of Purpose Driven Education and its core elements (1) Identity & Authenticity, (2) Social Justice & Equity, (3) Healing & Well-Being, (4) Creativity & The Arts. This all-day training will focus on digging deep to support participants’ journey of transformation, helping them to centre and align with their true calling in their life’s work.

Non-Profit Organization promotion:

There are group rates available for Non-profit organizations that enrol multiple personnel

Project Partners:

  • Voice of Purpose
  • York University (TD Community Engagement Centre)
  • Neighbourhood Arts Network (Toronto Arts Foundation)
  • North York Arts

For more information and to register, please visit: www.picatic.com/RebirthMay2018

-from North York Arts newsletter
Read North York Arts’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

CBC Arts Article: Spend a day carving stone in Cape Dorset with 13-year-old artist David Pudlat

CBC Arts shares with us a recent article on David Pudlat, a 13-year artist from Cape Dorset. Here’s an excerpt from the article, as well as a video below to learn more about David and his artwork:

“David Pudlat remembers that when he was six or seven years old, he drew a man trying to catch a seal. Somebody told him the drawing was good, and that was what gave him the confidence to pursue art.”

Read the full CBC Arts article here.

-submitted by CBC Arts

Submit your award nomination! / Soumettez votre candidature pour les prix honorifiques!

(Vous trouverez le message en français à la suite)
ArtBridges/ToileDesArts is now collecting nominations for the 4th Annual Recognition Awards for community-engaged arts initiatives, community partners and ArtBridges’ Member initiatives.

These awards will showcase remarkable work in community-engaged arts taking place in Canada. There are three categories:
1) Innovation 
2) Resiliency 
3) Creativity

One award will be given in each category. Each award-winning initiative will receive a certificate and $250 award as well as recognition on the ArtBridges hub. You can apply for one, two or all three, award categories. The awards jury will be comprised of three active leaders in community arts in Canada.

You are eligible to nominate your a community-engaged arts initiative that you are involved with or another that you think highly of. To be considered, please fill out the attached one-page nomination form http://goo.gl/forms/Unv1GClZHm and submit it back to ArtBridges by June 1, 2018

Past recipients include Blueprint Pathways, Sarasvàti Productions, Open Field Collective, DAREartsMUArtHeart Community Art Centre4Cs Foundation’s Art Bikers ProgramVIBE Arts and The Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space Initiative (STEPS).

Please contact us at tiffany@artbridges.ca, or 416-691-7777 (toll-free: 1-877-278-3002) if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Tiffany Nyklickova
ArtBridges Membership Developer

& Seanna Connell
Project Director

ArtBridges/ToileDesArts lance un appel de candidatures pour la quatrième édition de ses Prix honorifiques annuels soulignant le travail remarquable de ses membres, des projets ou organismes d’art communautaires œuvrant au Canada.

Il y a trois catégories, pour chacune desquelles un prix sera remis :
1) Innovation
2) Résilience
3) Créativité

Chaque organisme ou projet gagnant recevra un certificat ainsi qu’un prix de 250 $ et sera publiquement reconnu sur le site de la ToileDesArts. Vous pouvez soumettre votre candidature pour les trois catégories ou pour une ou deux d’entre elles. Le jury sera composé de trois personnes jouant un rôle de leader dans le milieu de l’art communautaire au Canada.

Vous pouvez soumettre la candidature de l’organisme pour lequel vous travaillez ou avec lequel vous collaborez, ou celle d’un autre organisme que vous tenez en haute estime. Pour participer, veuillez remplir d’ici le 1 juin 2018 le formulaire d’une page accessible en cliquant sur ce lien : http://goo.gl/forms/smLYWhmDht

Voici les récipiendaires des années passées : Blueprint PathwaysSarasvàti ProductionsOpen Field CollectiveDAREartsMUArtHeart Community Art Centre4Cs Foundation’s Art Bikers ProgramVIBE Arts et The Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space Initiative (STEPS).

Communiquez avec nous à l’adresse courriel tiffany@artbridges.ca ou au 416-691-7777 (sans frais : 1-877-278-3002) si vous avez des questions!

Chaleureusement,

Tiffany Nyklickova
Responsable de la campagne d’adhésion

& Seanna Connell
Directrice du projet

Call for Applications: Mikw Chiyâm Teaching Artist Residency 2018

Mikw Chiyâm is accepting applications from artists of any discipline to work with secondary school (high school) students in Eeyou Istchee, the Cree Nation in Northern Québec for 6 weeks at a time. This is a paid position (fee of $7,500 + travel, per diem, and housing provided) and artists get to work on their own projects at the same time. Experience teaching is an asset but not a requirement. The program mostly takes place in English.”

For more information on the application process and about Mikw Chiyâm, please visit http://mikwchiyam.com/

-from Mikw Chiyâm website
Read Mikw Chiyâm’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

SKETCHTalks: Diversity & Inclusion Panel-Discussions (Toronto)

Diversity & Inclusion
SKETCHTalks bring together leaders from Toronto’s technology, advertising, creative and not-for-profit sectors to create strategies and dialogue around impact and change-making in the community.

With The Globe and Mail recently heralding “Diversity and Inclusion give firms a competitive edge,” there’s no doubt creating an organizational culture that champions diversity and inclusion in the workplace benefits our organizations, our societies, and ultimately our world. Many corporations and nonprofits in Toronto are leading the way to workplace diversity and inclusion–and benefitting from it.

SKETCHTalks is proud to bring together panelists from some of these very organizations who’ll share with you their own personal, inspiring stories and shared journeys, and insightful strategies that can lead to organizational transformation.

Event Details:
Join us at the SKETCH Creative Hub on Friday, May 4 for breakfast and change-making conversations about inclusion & diversity in the workplace.

When?
7:30am – 8:00am – Networking Breakfast*
8:00am – 9:00am – SKETCHTalks Panel Discussion
9:00am – 9:30am – Networking, Tours of SKETCH Creative Hub

*Coffee and breakfast provided by our own Culinary Arts team.

Where?
180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
Artscape Youngplace building – SKETCH Lower Level – Creative Hub (see map below)

About SKETCHTalks:
Hosted by Toronto-based non-profit SKETCH, SKETCHTalks is a series of panel-discussion events that bring together leaders from Toronto’s technology, advertising, creative, and not-for-profit sectors to create strategies and dialogue around impact and change-making in the community.

For more details and to register, please visit SKETCHTalks event page.

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

Call for Artists: The Placemaking Project (Art Starts, Scarborough)

The Placemaking Project will see youth and professional artists consult, design and craft 2 permanent public art installations within the (Scarborough) Cultural Hotspot boundaries. To ensure local excitement, resonance and a high-quality outcome, the installation locations, type and lead artist/s will be determined following community and stakeholder consultations.

Creative initiatives may include long, colourful sidewalk murals, funky signage, stair décor, etc. Professional artists (YOU) will work with 6 paid youth. The artists (YOU) will mentor them in the conceptualization, design, crafting and implementation processes. The youth will be mentored for 360 hours (collectively) by professional artists and a Senior Project Manager.

Together they will consult with local representatives (e.g city councillor, residents) and spend over 40 hours conceptualizing, designing and crafting murals that animate and beautify.

Apply Now!

Project Description
The Placemaking Project brings together youth and lead artists to animate 2 public areas in North Scarborough. Each artistic project will inject a burst of colour, intrigue and warmth into dull, lifeless, concrete places, asserting a sense of fun and prominence into the neighbourhood. A fun, festive ribbon cutting celebration will take place after the culmination of the project.

The Placemaking Project is a Signature Project of the Cultural Hotspot, produced in partnership with the City of Toronto. In 2018 the Cultural Hotspot shines a spotlight on arts, culture and community in the central and north areas of Scarborough.”

For more information and to apply, please visit Art Starts

-from Art Starts & Cultural Hotspot
Read Art Starts profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map