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Celebrate and support 15 years of story telling with Toronto’s only free community film festival: Regent Park Film Festival

Celebrate and show your support for the Regent Park Film Festival this year by joining us for a screening of Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World!

Please join us for our annual fundraising screening! The night will be hosted by CBC’s Duncan McCue, host of CBC Radio One Cross Country Checkup.

To start things off, join us for a cocktail reception featuring an amazing spread compliments of Cinq Foods, Steam Whistle beer, a performance by First Nations artist Arthur Renwick, a silent auction and raffle full of goodies and get a sneak peak of the 15th annual Regent Park Film Festival’s line-up.

After the film, stay for a panel discussion with Arthur Renwick and two special guests.

Thu, 12 October 2017
Cocktail Reception: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Film and Talkback: 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Celebrate 15 years of story telling with Toronto’s only free community film festival while helping to keep Regent Park Film Festival’s year-round programming free for all to enjoy and take part in.

About the Film

This documentary tells the story of the influence Native Americans has had on contemporary music. Some of the most influential musicians of our time reflect on the importance Indigenous musicians have had on their music and their contributions to popular culture. Featuring Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Iggy Pop, Jimmy Page, Slash, Taboo and more. This film is one to watch for all music lovers.

The film received great success at HotDocs winning the Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary and the HotDocs Audience Award.”

For more information, please visit Regent Park Film Festival’s event page.

-from Regent Park Film Festival
Read Regent Park Film Festival’s profile on ArtBridges’  Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

SKETCH Indie Studio: Are you aged 16-29, living homeless or on the margins, and passionate about your artwork? (Toronto)

homelessness or on the margins, and passionate about your artwork?

“Are you an artist with practice in visual arts, writing, digital media or movement/performance arts? Are you aged 16-29, living homeless or on the margins, and passionate about your artwork?

Indie Studio provides free studio time, space, some materials, equipment, peer support, mentorship, as well as exhibition, performance, and vending opportunities! Fall Indie Studio runs from 12-4PM on Thursdays from September 28-November 23 (with an off-site trip on November 30th)

This fall we welcome applications from artists working in visual arts, writing, digital media or movement/performance arts. We are prioritizing applicants who have the technical proficiency to work independently with equipment, tools and materials related to their practice.”

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

Public Art Call: Indigenous Art Project for the Faculty of Law

Queen’s Faculty of Law at Queen’s University invites Indigenous artists to submit qualifications for consideration to design, fabricate and install a permanent artwork for the Gowling WLG Atrium of the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University. This is a two-stage competition that will be assessed by a committee. Interested Indigenous artists who may not have previous experience creating a public art commission are encouraged to consider mentorship and artistic collaborations with other artists.

The project is part of the Faculty of Law’s response to further the objectives of the Calls to Action outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, as well as the final report of Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force. It is part of a greater initiative to increase the visibility of Indigenous art and culture and the recognition of Indigenous territory in spaces across the Queen’s University campus. The aim of this project is to create a welcoming space for Indigenous peoples in the Faculty of Law, and to help promote awareness around historical/contemporary issues relevant to Indigenous peoples and law.

Please see http://law.queensu.ca/indigenous-art-project for additional information and photos and a video of the atrium.”

-from Queens University website

Howling Moons – Presented by The Sweetgrass Sisters Collective (Sep 30, Hamilton)

“The Sweetgrass Sisters Collective is proud to present their inaugural event, Howling Moons, taking place Saturday, September 30th, 2017 in Hamilton, Ontario. Howling Moons is a curated celebration of Indigenous art, performance, teachings and culture.

Founded in January 2017 by Jasmin Glaw (Algonquin / German) and Jessica Lea Fleming (Métis / Scottish), The Sweetgrass Sisters Collective (TSSC) aims to connect communities, create opportunity for Indigenous expression and celebrate the beauty of Indigenous cultures.

With support from the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Hamilton Canada 150 Fund, The Sweetgrass Sisters Collective will present Hamilton’s first Howling Moons festival. Daytime programming will take place at the Fischer Gallery, Art Gallery of Hamilton from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., and will feature teachings from local Knowledge Keepers and Hoop Dance performance + Talking Circle with award winning dancer Nimkii Osawamick from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory.

Admission to this event is free and includes light, traditional foods.
All ages welcome.

Facebook | Instagram: @sweetgrass_sisters_collective | Twitter: @TSSChamont”

-from The Sweetgrass Sisters Collective

Call for Visual Art: SPARK Disability Art Festival (Calgary)

“Studio C is proud to announce the SPARK Disability Art Festival 2017, to be held in multiple venues across Calgary November 27 through December 8. The Call for Visual Art is now open. Continue reading for details on eligibility and how to submit.

ELIGIBILITY: SPARK’s visual art exhibitions are open to all artists with a disability. The SPARK Festival is committed to equity and inclusion and welcomes applicants from diverse communities including emerging and established artists with developmental, physical, or sensory disabilities, mental illness, brain injury, and/or chronic illness.

GUIDELINES: To be considered, complete the attached application form and send it to: sparkfestival@icloud.com. Upload jpeg files to: http://www.yogile.com/sparkfestival2017.

Visual art submissions are being accepted until 11:59pm on September 30, 2017. For help with your submission, contact Roxanne Taylor at: sparkfestival@icloud.com.”

Learn more at: www.sparkdisabilityartfestival.com

-submitted by SPARK Disability Art Festival

Profile Highlight: Project Kids & Cameras (Toronto)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realizae 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.

 

Project Kids & Cameras is a social enterprise empowering kids ages 7-14 to explore their voice and the world around them through photography, literacy, visual thinking skills, and social action. Our programs are implemented in a variety of learning environments such as in schools, community art centres, libraries, and during photo walks, summer workshops and PA Days.”

To read more about Project Kids & Cameras, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Resource Highlight | Choreographic Play: Investigating Dynamic Choreographic Engagement with all Bodies

Choreographic Play: Investigating Dynamic Choreographic Engagement with all Bodies
York University | ON | 2016
Michelle Ann Silagy

“Choreographic Play: Investigating Dynamic Choreographic Engagement with all Bodies is informed by the burgeoning trend to include multi-ability bodies in the practice of contemporary dance. An important aspect of this research addresses inclusivity whereby improvisational methods and choreographic processes can be infused within communities comprised of all abilities of all populations of people. The goal of my research has been to originate improvisational and choreographic processes and choreography that can be experienced and understood by all who take part in it. This research considered ways to share both processes and performative aspects of choreography by utilizing a practice-based methodology in the creation of three choreographic case studies. These are, first the I Am solo project entitled at the end of a stem, second, a self-produced project (RE)Trace and finally, Snowlight. These case studies represent the containers where activated investigations are magnified and/or realized.”

Click through the ArtBridges Resource Portal to learn more.

FemFest 2017: Human Library: transformative theatre that presents significant social issues (Sarasvàti Productions, Winnipeg)


FemFest and the Winnipeg Public Library Team Up to Challenge Stereotypes

FemFest 2017: Coming of Age is excited to celebrate its 15th anniversary with unique initiatives that engage the public. For the first time the festival will offer The Human Library™ in partnership with The Winnipeg Public Library! The Human Library, or “Menneskebiblioteket” in Danish, began in Denmark in the spring of 2000 and has gone on to produce events in over 25 countries. The event was designed to challenge readers’ stereotypes by putting them in a one-on-one dialogue with human ‘books’, demonstrating the power of not “judging a book by its cover”.

For the first time FemFest will follow the example of other national theatre festivals by including this exciting experience in the line-up. Sarasvàti Productions and the Library will host a wonderful array of Manitobans for the catalogue of Human Books. The event is free and runs September 21st – 23rd, 2017 on the second floor of the Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street (4-8 PM on Thursday, 1-4 PM Friday and Saturday). Readers (the public) may “borrow” a book for up to thirty minutes of conversation. The event features Human Books on a wide range of topics, from new immigrants to Canada to the modern Indigenous struggle to the challenges of living with mental illness. The books come from all different walks of life, but are united by their struggle against stereotyping or prejudice. By putting faces to important issues, the Human Library is designed to foster positive discussions and answer readers’ questions.

The Human Library is part of Sarasvàti Productions’ mandate to show experimental and transformative theatre that presents significant social issues. Some of the books featured include local comedian Lara Rae; the creator of Artbeat Studio, Nigel Bart; and Black Space Winnipeg founder Alexa Potashnik. In addition to presenting her play Watching Glory Die, master Canadian playwright and FemFest guest artist Judith Thompson will also take part as a book on September 23rd.

In addition to co-hosting The Human Library, FemFest is taking over the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film for eight days of exciting performances. The theme of this year’s festival is “Coming of Age” and 15 years of programming will be celebrated. FemFest 2017 will present Judith Thompson’s Watching Glory Die, produced by Mulgrave Road Theatre. Other productions include Two Indians by emerging playwright Falen Johnson and Ivan Coyote’s Tomboy Survival Guide, a heartfelt memoir backed by a live band. Plus the annual opening cabaret and live readings.

FemFest runs from September 16-23, 2017 based out of the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at the University of Winnipeg, 400 Colony Street). Tickets are $15-$20 for single shows and a full festival pass is available for $50. FemFest welcomes all audience members to join the celebration of female artists and enjoy the local and national art scene. For more information visit our website: 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!

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!”

-from Sarasvàti Productions press release
Read Sarasvàti Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

Culture Days 2017 (Sept 29 – Oct 1)

Culture Days 2017 takes place September 29th through October 1st, and is poised to showcase thousands of opportunities for Canadians to express what culture means to them. Hundreds of rural and urban communities alike offer a diverse series of events for the public to experience rare-access, behind-the-scenes, and hands-on arts and culture activities – and all for free.

Millions of Canadians engage in thousands of free activities and performances hosted by artists, cultural organizations and municipalities in communities across Canada. From Nunavut to New Brunswick, and from British Columbia to Baffin Island – and all points in between – we share all the inspiration, artistry, creativity and expression that reflects the mosaic of Canadian culture. As a leading national voice for an active and engaged cultural life, we provide marketing and industry development resources that lead to greater cultural engagement. The Culture Days national awareness campaign culminates in a three-day celebration of the arts starting on the last Friday of September.”

For more information, please visit culturedays.ca/

-from Culture Days website