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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

Send us your story, your tip, your announcement or your opportunity – all community-engaged arts information that others would enjoy learning about.

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18th Annual Regent Park Film Festival (Nov 26-29, online)

“The 18th Annual Regent Park Film Festival is taking place online for the first time!

From Nov 26 – 29, we will fill your screens with an incredible selection of programming, spotlighting BIPOC artists and filmmakers along with industry panels and talkbacks with our directors. Our program book is now LIVE and in it, you can see all our festival has to offer!

This year’s Festival is a video on demand experience (Think Netflix!) using our Cinesend streaming platform. Instead of tickets to individual screenings, you subscribe on our website to access the entire catalogue of films and panels all at once for free.”

For more information, please visit Regent Park Film Festival’s website

-from Regent Park Film Festival

Age Friendly Arts and Culture Symposium (online, Dec 10)

“To meet the immediate challenge of COVID 19, the Age Friendly Arts and Culture Symposium – hosted by Museum London and funded by the Ontario Seniors Community Grant Program has moved to an online platform. When you register, you’ll be able to attend one session or all and you’ll receive a link to event.

December 10th 2020, 9:30am to 3:30pm

Building Digital Bridges
Older Adults, Arts and Culture During COVID-19 and Beyond

Who should attend this Symposium?

Those who also wish to explore opportunities for collaboration and the use of technology to engage older adults in arts and cultural programs and online activities during COVID-19 and beyond . Morning and afternoon sessions.

  • Municipalities
  • Libraries
  • Arts and Culture Institutions
  • Art Galleries and Community Arts Organizations
  • Arts/Health Organizations
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Arts Instructors and Facilitators
  • Community Developers
  • Retirement Homes and Seniors Social Housing
  • Program and Activity Coordinators
  • Tech Support and Services
  • Seniors Services Providers
  • Interested Older adults and Caregivers”

For more information and the full schedule, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/age-friendly-arts-and-culture-symposium-tickets-127197843173

-from Creative Age Network

Profile Highlight: Participatory Creative Music Hub (Canadian New Music Network)

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.

Participatory Creative Music Hub photo. Seven hands with music notes drawn on top of them, reaching towards butterflies and more music notes in the sky.

“The Participatory Creative Music Hub showcases people from all walks of life creating music together. Whatever you call it – participatory creative music, community music, jamming, co-composition, improvisation, music exploration, listening games or having fun with sound – The Hub celebrates music creativity for everyone. Whether they are 4, 40 or 94 years of age, an experienced musician or making music for the first time – everyone has active input in the creative process. The Hub sparks new inspiration through shared processes. Next time your group makes amazing music, share the process to the project catalogue, and check out other projects for new ideas while you’re at it. Walking into a new situation? Want to brush up on your skills? Check out Tips and Tools. Creative music projects include those in schools, hospitals, long-term care facilities, social services and prisons, using materials as varied as playdough, stethoscopes, found objects, acoustic instruments, rock band instruments, field recorders and digital software.”

To read more about the Participatory Music Hub, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

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

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ArtBridges/ToileDesArts is now collecting nominations for the 6th Annual Recognition Awards for community-engaged arts initiatives, community partners and ArtBridges’ Member initiatives.

We would like to take this opportunity to help lift up community-engaged arts initiatives during the pandemic. We’d like to highlight your stories of innovation, resiliency, and creativity during these unbelievably challenging and unprecedented times. Perhaps your story will be an inspiration to someone else. Perhaps new connections will be made, ideas spawned and amplified, and support generated. Let’s hear about the amazing work that continues to happen in this field, despite everything, because of everything!

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 $300 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. The Awards are sponsored by the Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES FUND.

You are eligible to nominate a community-engaged arts initiative that you are involved with or one you would like to support. To be considered, please fill out the attached one-page nomination form http://goo.gl/forms/Unv1GClZHm and submit it back to ArtBridges by November 30th, 2020.

Past recipients include SExT: Sex Education by TheatreRed Dress ProductionsSister WritesBlueprint PathwaysSarasvĂ ti ProductionsOpen Field CollectiveDAREartsMUArtHeart Community Art Centre4Cs Foundation’s Art Bikers ProgramVIBE ArtsThe Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space Initiative (STEPS), OtahpiaakiCirque Hors Piste – Cirkaskina – National Social Circus Gathering / Rencontre nationale en cirqueThinking Rock Community Arts (TRCA

Please contact us at tiffany@artbridges.ca if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Tiffany Nyklickova
ArtBridges Membership Developer

& Seanna Connell
Director

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ArtBridges/ToileDesArts lance un appel de candidatures pour la sixiĂšme Ă©dition de ses Prix honorifiques annuels soulignant le travail remarquable de ses membres, des projets ou organismes d’art communautaires Ɠuvrant au Canada.

Nous souhaitons en profiter pour remonter le moral des troupes en ces temps de pandĂ©mie. Nous voulons mettre en lumiĂšre l’innovation, la rĂ©silience et la crĂ©ativitĂ© dont vous faites preuve pour faire face Ă  cette situation pĂ©nible et complĂštement nouvelle. Votre histoire peut inspirer d’autres personnes et faire naĂźtre de nouveaux liens, de nouvelles idĂ©es, de nouvelles façons de se soutenir. Nous voulons nous nourrir de l’extraordinaire travail effectuĂ© dans le milieu de l’art communautaire, malgrĂ© toutes les difficultĂ©s, pour pallier toutes les difficultĂ©s!

Il y a trois catĂ©gories, pour chacune desquelles un prix sera remis :
1) Innovation
2) RĂ©silience
3) CrĂ©ativitĂ©

Chaque organisme ou projet gagnant recevra un certificat ainsi qu’un prix de 300 $ et sera publiquement reconnu sur le site d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts. Vous pouvez soumettre votre candidature pour une, deux ou trois catĂ©gories. Le jury sera composĂ© de trois personnes jouant un rĂŽle de leader dans le milieu de l’art communautaire au Canada. Les prix sont commanditĂ©s par la fondation Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES FUND.

Vous pouvez soumettre la candidature de l’organisme pour lequel vous travaillez ou avec lequel vous collaborez, ou celle d’un autre organisme dont vous voulez soutenir le travail. Pour participer, veuillez remplir le bref formulaire ci-joint http://goo.gl/forms/smLYWhmDht et nous le retourner d’ici le 30 novembre 2020.

Voici les rĂ©cipiendaires des annĂ©es passĂ©es : SExT: Sex Education by TheatreRed Dress ProductionsSister WritesBlueprint PathwaysSarasvĂ ti ProductionsOpen Field CollectiveDAREartsMUArtHeart Community Art Centre4Cs Foundation’s Art Bikers ProgramVIBE Arts et The Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space Initiative (STEPS), OtahpiaakiCirque Hors Piste – Cirkaskina – National Social Circus Gathering / Rencontre nationale en cirqueThinking Rock Community Arts (TRCA).

Communiquez avec nous Ă  l’adresse courriel tiffany@artbridges.ca si vous avez des questions!

Chaleureusement,

Tiffany Nyklickova
Responsable de la campagne d’adhĂ©sion 

& Seanna Connell
Directrice

Grant Writing for Young Black Artists (ArtReach, Dec 9)

This session is part of ArtReach’s Grassroots Organizing and Leadership (GOAL) Workshop Series

Are you a young Black artist or youth organizer? Have you been thinking about applying for funding for your projects but are unsure where to start?

In this session, we will explore the basics of preparing a grant application specifically for Black artists. We will breakdown the main components of an application including the proposal, work plan and budget, which you will be able to use to implement your project. Facilitators will share tips on identifying funding resources, building relationships with funders, and writing compelling artist statements that specifically focus on articulating the Black experience through art.

This workshop is for youth 13-29 years old, and the information presented in this session will be most helpful to first time/ newer grant writers.

Facilitators: Paulina O’Kieffe and Adom Acheampong

This workshop is in collaboration with Nia Centre for the Arts

For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/grant-writing-for-young-black-artists-tickets-127487381189

-from ArtReach

Red Dress Productions presents Inkling Enacted Digital

2 photos taken by Dahlia Katz at the performance of "A Creature, Untamed" at The Buddies and Bad Times 2020 Rhubarb Festival. They feature Steff Juniper as the alien-bat creature, a costume consisting of a black morph suit, bat wings, bat gloves and black leather jazz shoes. Audience members sit on the floor in the background. The first photo shows Steff with wings spread wide, facing the camera head on. Yellow text on a black strip across the photo reads "INKLING ENACTED" on one line and "PROJECT SPOTLIGHTS" on the next line.

Red Dress Productions presents
Inkling Enacted Digital
November 16th – December 11, 2020

“Introducing the Inkling Enacted Project Spotlight series! Inkling Enacted is a festival of new performance and works-in-progress. Originally set to take place in the Spring of 2020, and postponed due to COVID-19, Inkling Enacted follows a suite of creative projects: the Inkling Incubator, Inkling Symposium, and Inkling of Appreciation.

At its root, Inkling asks: What arises when Deaf, disabled, hearing, and enabled artists collaborate at the ‘inkling’ phase of a creative project and experiment with creative problem solving? Over the summer and fall, 40 artists spanning 8 different projects have leaned into creative processes, distanced collaboration, and a mix of digital and analog explorations.

We’re going digital, in lieu of an IRL festival! The Inkling Enacted Project Spotlight series will highlight these 8 projects over 4 weeks via video highlights, process photos, artist profiles, and artist interviews shared on Red Dress Productions’ social media channels. Tune into our Facebook and Instagram pages between November 16th and December 11th to get to know the artists, their projects, and their undertakings in collaborative, interdisciplinary, and access-oriented artistic processes.

The 2nd photo shows them in the same pose but with their back to the camera. Yellow and white text at the bottom of the image reads in all capitalized letters “40 artists. 8 projects. Nov 16 - Dec 11 on Facebook and Instagram, presented by Red Dress Productions

Red Dress Productions gratefully acknowledges support from the Toronto Arts Council Strategic Funding, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts.

Special thanks to the Inkling Enacted team: Artistic Co-Directors Anna Camilleri and Tristan R Whiston – Digital Engagement Animators Wy Joung Kou and Annanda DeSilva, Stage Manager Aidan Morishita-Miki – Production Lead Katie Yealland – ASL Interpreters Rogue Benjamin, Amanda Hyde, April Holtam, Latasha Lennox, Amy Lawson, and Scout Huston – Support Workers Blaze Rafferty, Stevia Arthur, and Becky Gold.

For more information, please visit: reddressproductions.org

-from Red Dress Productions

Call for applications – Five in Focus: Indigenous (Women in View)

“Indigenous women-identifying and non-binary writers and directors in Canada are invited to submit an application for Five in Focus: Indigenous, a 10-week project-based professional development program.

Launched at ImagineNATIVE 2020, Five in Focus: Indigenous will promote the advancement of five Indigenous women-identifying writers and directors to take their career to the next level through project development and tailored training. Support for this program is provided by: the Indigenous Screen Office, Telefilm Canada, Canadian Media Fund, Directors Guild of Canada, and Telus.

Five in Focus: Indigenous will be customized to meet the needs of each participant.

1-on-1 mentorship
Each Participant will be paired with an Indigenous industry woman mentor to further develop their projects and provide insight and guidance.

Pitch Coaching
Participants will receive individual sessions with international content development and pitch consultant Jan Miller to develop their personal presentation.

Master Classes
10 virtual master classes will be presented based on the needs of the participants.

Project Resources
‱ Participants will be paired with a graphic designer to create a professional pitch package for their series or film.
‱ Participants will be paired with a video editor for those who need a director’s reel.

Virtual Pitch Day
The program will culminate in a virtual “pitch day” where participants will introduce themselves and pitch their project to a selection of industry decision makers.


About Women in View

Women in View is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to gender parity diversity and inclusion in Canadian media both on screen and behind the scenes. Women in View leads in a range of initiatives that seek to generate awareness, promote talent and spark dialogue across the full spectrum of production, policy and artistic arenas. The WIV Board of Directors includes women from across Canada working in a broad spectrum of industry roles.”

For more information and to apply, please visit: http://womeninview.ca/

-from Women in View

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

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ArtBridges/ToileDesArts is now collecting nominations for the 6th Annual Recognition Awards for community-engaged arts initiatives, community partners and ArtBridges’ Member initiatives.

We would like to take this opportunity to help lift up community-engaged arts initiatives during the pandemic. We’d like to highlight your stories of innovation, resiliency, and creativity during these unbelievably challenging and unprecedented times. Perhaps your story will be an inspiration to someone else. Perhaps new connections will be made, ideas spawned and amplified, and support generated. Let’s hear about the amazing work that continues to happen in this field, despite everything, because of everything!

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 $300 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. The Awards are sponsored by the Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES FUND.

You are eligible to nominate a community-engaged arts initiative that you are involved with or one you would like to support. To be considered, please fill out the attached one-page nomination form http://goo.gl/forms/Unv1GClZHm and submit it back to ArtBridges by November 30th, 2020.

Past recipients include SExT: Sex Education by TheatreRed Dress ProductionsSister WritesBlueprint PathwaysSarasvĂ ti ProductionsOpen Field CollectiveDAREartsMUArtHeart Community Art Centre4Cs Foundation’s Art Bikers ProgramVIBE ArtsThe Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space Initiative (STEPS), OtahpiaakiCirque Hors Piste – Cirkaskina – National Social Circus Gathering / Rencontre nationale en cirqueThinking Rock Community Arts (TRCA

Please contact us at tiffany@artbridges.ca if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Tiffany Nyklickova
ArtBridges Membership Developer

& Seanna Connell
Director

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ArtBridges/ToileDesArts lance un appel de candidatures pour la sixiĂšme Ă©dition de ses Prix honorifiques annuels soulignant le travail remarquable de ses membres, des projets ou organismes d’art communautaires Ɠuvrant au Canada.

Nous souhaitons en profiter pour remonter le moral des troupes en ces temps de pandĂ©mie. Nous voulons mettre en lumiĂšre l’innovation, la rĂ©silience et la crĂ©ativitĂ© dont vous faites preuve pour faire face Ă  cette situation pĂ©nible et complĂštement nouvelle. Votre histoire peut inspirer d’autres personnes et faire naĂźtre de nouveaux liens, de nouvelles idĂ©es, de nouvelles façons de se soutenir. Nous voulons nous nourrir de l’extraordinaire travail effectuĂ© dans le milieu de l’art communautaire, malgrĂ© toutes les difficultĂ©s, pour pallier toutes les difficultĂ©s!

Il y a trois catĂ©gories, pour chacune desquelles un prix sera remis :
1) Innovation
2) RĂ©silience
3) CrĂ©ativitĂ©

Chaque organisme ou projet gagnant recevra un certificat ainsi qu’un prix de 300 $ et sera publiquement reconnu sur le site d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts. Vous pouvez soumettre votre candidature pour une, deux ou trois catĂ©gories. Le jury sera composĂ© de trois personnes jouant un rĂŽle de leader dans le milieu de l’art communautaire au Canada. Les prix sont commanditĂ©s par la fondation Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES FUND.

Vous pouvez soumettre la candidature de l’organisme pour lequel vous travaillez ou avec lequel vous collaborez, ou celle d’un autre organisme dont vous voulez soutenir le travail. Pour participer, veuillez remplir le bref formulaire ci-joint http://goo.gl/forms/smLYWhmDht et nous le retourner d’ici le 30 novembre 2020.

Voici les rĂ©cipiendaires des annĂ©es passĂ©es : SExT: Sex Education by TheatreRed Dress ProductionsSister WritesBlueprint PathwaysSarasvĂ ti ProductionsOpen Field CollectiveDAREartsMUArtHeart Community Art Centre4Cs Foundation’s Art Bikers ProgramVIBE Arts et The Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space Initiative (STEPS), OtahpiaakiCirque Hors Piste – Cirkaskina – National Social Circus Gathering / Rencontre nationale en cirqueThinking Rock Community Arts (TRCA).

Communiquez avec nous Ă  l’adresse courriel tiffany@artbridges.ca si vous avez des questions!

Chaleureusement,

Tiffany Nyklickova
Responsable de la campagne d’adhĂ©sion 

& Seanna Connell
Directrice

Yukon Emerging Artist Program

“The Yukon Emerging Artist Program is an initiative of the Yukon Arts Centre supported by the RBC Foundation to support the professional development of Yukon artists by creating meaningful mentorship opportunities between emerging and established artists.  

We are pleased to present round two of this initiative. Emerging artists who participated in round one of the program are welcome to participate again. 

During this time of Covid-19, Yukon Arts Centre is proud to continue to support Yukon emerging artists in all genres (visual, performing, literary, and multi-media artistic practices) through our virtual Mentorship Program.

This program will provide honorarium of $500 for mentee and $500 for mentor/collaborator. Yukon emerging artists can apply through this program to propose a virtual mentorship or collaboration with an established CANADIAN artist.  There are no deadlines for completion though projects must be completed within a reasonable time frame.

The application deadline is rolling (ongoing).”

For more information, please visit: https://yukonartscentre.com/artist_opportunities/emerging-artist-program

-from Yukon Arts Centre

Call for Applications: 2021 ThisGen Fellowship

Why Not Theatre is excited to announce the 2021 iteration of ThisGen Fellowship. ThisGen Fellowship is a national initiative that supports BIPOC Female, Trans, and/or Non-Binary theatre practitioners get to the next stage in their careers through training, mentorship, guided self-study, and peer-to-peer connection.

We are passionate about creating a future where BIPOC Female, Trans, and Non-Binary people are supported, celebrated, and have the resources and networks they need to thrive in the arts sector. By making connections to institutional leadership, enhancing valuable skill sets, and building a network of peers, ThisGen is a launchpad for Canadian cultural leaders.

12 Fellows will be selected as part of the 2021 cohort, and applicants may apply to participate in either the Director Stream or the Cultural Leadership Stream. The program will run February-June 2021 (exact dates of activity TBD).”

For more information, please visit: https://whynot.theatre/thisgen-2021-call-for-applications/

from Why Not Theatre