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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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Tout Koulè: art thérapie et tourisme responsable, exposition dans le quartier de St Michel (Montréal)

“Tout Koulè, qui signifie « tout en couleurs » en créole, est le résultat d’un travail avec les enfants du quartier Saint-Michel et de Jalousie en Haïti. À travers des ateliers d’art-thérapie, les jeunes montréalais ont été amenés à réfléchir à leur identité en conciliant leur culture haïtienne et la culture québécoise qui les entoure. À Jalousie, les jeunes ont réfléchi à l’impact de la couleur sur leur identité et leur environnement.

Venez admirer les portraits hauts en couleurs de ces jeunes!” Pour plus de détails, veuillez cliquer ici.

-diffusé par la TOHU

Call for Submissions: Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival

“The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival screens the best in Indigenous film from Canada and around the world. This years festival takes place over 5 days, and includes our traditional opening night outdoor film screenings on the beautiful Victoria Island, 3 evenings of film in the Theatre at the Canadian Museum of Nature – Musée canadien de la nature, an art exhibition openings at Gallery 101 and the Knot Project Space, as well as matinee film screenings, an Indigenous fashion show, and live Indigenous music. This years festival will also include a presentation of our Indigenous Sound/Tracks commissioning project, pairing up 4 video-makers with 4 musicians to collaborate on entirely new audiovisual spectacles.

How to Submit:

The Asinabka Festival is currently seeking works from independent filmmakers, any film or video that tells First Nations, Métis, or Inuit stories, or that focuses on international Indigenous issues, is eligible. Submissions can be in any genre (documentary, drama, animation, experimental etc.) or any length, and must be finished works.

Email submissions are welcome. There is no submission fee.

DEADLINE: Monday, May 14, 2018

To find out more visit: http://asinabkafestival.org/Submit.html

Or Submit via Film Freeway: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/Asinabka

-from Asinabka Festival

Wall Art Learning Series Workshop – From Idea to Reality: Creating a Proposal/Planning a Mural (Toronto)


Mural Routes is excited to partner with CARFAC Ontario for our latest Wall Art Learning Series workshop. This workshop will provide tips and guidelines for preparing a successful proposal and plan for Calls to Artists and Expressions of Interest.

WALS From Idea to Reality: Creating a Proposal, Planning a Mural

What: This workshop will provide tips and guidelines for preparing a strong application and realistic plan for Calls for Artists and Expressions of Interest.

When: Tuesday April 24th 2018, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: The Commons at 401 Richmond St. W, 4th floor
Who: Open to all. Led by Karin Eaton, Executive & Artistic Director of Mural Routes, and Allan Bender, Blinc Studios
Cost: $25 for Mural Routes and CARFAC members; $30 for non-members

Register here

For more information: 416-698-7995 or programs[at]muralroutes.ca

About the Instructors: A pioneer of mural art in Toronto, Karin Eaton has over 35 years of experience producing and consulting for a wide range of mural projects in Toronto and across the province. Karin is the founder and Executive & Artistic Director of Mural Routes. Allan Bender is a professional visual artist and mural painter and the owner and art director of Blinc Studios. In the past 19 years Allan has art directed, project managed, designed, painted, site managed and/or installed over 400 large format and mural projects throughout Canada and the United States.”

-submitted by Mural Routes
Read Mural Routes profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Vidéo : Connaissez-vous ToileDesArts?

Réalisée par Andrea Dorfman, la dernière vidéo de notre série présente ToileDesArts et sa mission. Elle a été produite grâce au soutien de la fondation J.W. McConnell, de la fondation Trillium de l’Ontario et du fonds Ruth Mandel—WHO GIVES. Vous pouvez visionner la vidéo sur cette page ou sur Youtube. Merci de la partager!


La première vidéo de la série, ToileDesArts : L’art communautaire (Qu’est-ce que l’art communautaire?), a été réalisée et produite par Andrea Dorfman en 2014.

Réalisée par Emily Laliberté (Funambules Médias) en 2016, la deuxième vidéo, intitulée L’art comme outil de changement social, se penche sur l’impact de l’art communautaire et de l’art pour le changement social, et sur le rôle de ToileDesArts.

Nous remercions Andrea Dorfman, l’équipe de ToileDesArts, Emily Laliberté et toutes les merveilleuses personnes qui travaillent à Funambules Médias, à Exeko, à La Société Élizabeth Fry du Québec et à Art Entr’Elles pour leur super contribution à cette série de vidéos. Soulignons avec gratitude que les projets et les programmes d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts sont également financés par la fondation Trillium de l’Ontario, le fonds Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES, Patrimoine Canada ainsi que par les cotisations de ses membres. ArtBridges/ToileDesArts est un projet de Tides Canada.

‘Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way’ Tour (Vancouver Moving Theatre)

“It’s finally happening!! After many years of listening, writing, visiting partnering communities and fundraising Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way is now ready to tour across Turtle Island/Canada.

And it’s starting on Coast Salish territory at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre May 17-27, 2018.

Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way is a new play and cultural encounter that brings to life the story of Old One and his journey to reconcile with himself, his family and his community.

Woven around indigenous storytelling and cultural teachings, Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way is co-written by award-winning artists Renae Morriseau (Saulteaux Cree) with Rosemary Georgeson (Coast Salish/Sahtu Dene) and Savannah Walling (American Canadian). It is also enriched by contributions from the cast, knowledge-keepers and partnering communities.

Click on the video link above to watch Renae, Savannah and cast members talk about what this project means to them!

Although we are well on our way to production, we are still raising funds for a few select, yet vital aspects to the project like food for cultural gatherings, mentorship fees for youth, and ceremonial gifts for each community we visit along the tour: donation page.”

-from Vancouver Moving Theatre newsletter

Grand Finale: travelling community arts project (Jumblies Theatre, April 12)

Four Lands is a travelling community arts project with Jumblies Theatre, creating and animating miniature worlds exploring and expressing people’s differing and converging perspectives on a shared place.

From Feb 22 to Apr 15, this project is in residence at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Over 200 people of all ages and backgrounds have already contributed to the evolving exhibition.

Come and join us on the evening of April 12th to celebrate what has been created over the past 7 weeks!

Miniature worlds, music, performance, art making, food, friends!

There will be a bus leaving from Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (1499 Queen St. West) at 5:00 PM, and returning from Mississauga at 8:00 PM.
To reserve a free place on this bus, please contact info[at]jumbliestheatre.org, or 416 203 8428.

Everyone welcome!

You can also come for a final drop-in session on Saturday April 14th from 1:00 to 4:00pm, or drop by during the Art Gallery of Mississauga open hours any time until Sunday April 15th.”

For more information on the finale and the Four Lands tour, please visit Jumblies Theatre’s website.

-from Jumblies Theatre
Read Jumblies’ Profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Second Annual Ally Toolkit Conference (Fairy Tales Presentation Society, Calgary, May 5)

Fairy Tales, with the support of RBC, is proud to announce our second annual Ally Toolkit Conference

The Ally Toolkit Conference is a one-day conference offering a holistic toolkit for better ally-ship in schools, at work and in our communities.

In 2009, Fairy Tales launched our OUTReels diversity Education Program, sponsored by our project partner RBC. Through this program, we have delivered over 350 diversity education workshops for thousands of Albertans, using film as a vehicle for learning, discussion and empathy. As the Alberta Government implements new legislation protecting diversity in our schools, now more than ever, allies of the LGBT2QA+ are asking how can I help?

Many don’t know where to start. Many have questions they don’t know how to ask. Many need an invitation to join a community they might not otherwise know how to engage with.

The Ally Toolkit Conference will help begin this conversation.

Our project partners: RBC, The Calgary Board of Education Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Team, Pam Rocker (Hilhurst United Church) and The Anti-Racist Organization Change Project.

Saturday, May 5th, 2018
Memorial Park Library, 1221 2nd St SW, Calgary
10:00am – 4:00pm
Please register in advance, space is limited!”

For more information and registration details, please visit Fairy Tales’ website.

-from Fairy Tales Presentation Society website
To read more about Fairy Tales Presentation Society, please see their profile in our Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

Groundstory: roundtables addressing the affects of gentrification on the arts in Ontario

“Are you concerned about loss of affordable spaces for the arts in rapidly gentrifying neighbourhoods across Canada?

Groundstory is a cross-sectoral effort to identify and address the effects of gentrification on the arts in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and across Canada through a deep commitment to shared learning online.

Facilitated by ArtsPond with generous funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation, upcoming activities include Round the Block public roundtables in Toronto (May 3) and Hamilton (May 7). At these free events, vulnerable arts and culture workers impacted by the lack or loss of affordable and accessible spaces and housing are invited to share their perspectives in an open community dialogue. The stories and evidence gathered will be used to help determine specific interventions to take place in subsequent stages. Additional roundtables are also in the works for other communities across the GTHA throughout 2018.

Visit Groundstory.ca for more details and to RSVP.”

-submitted by Groundstory

Profile Highlight: The Acorn Arts Project (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.

The Acorn Arts Project is a site-based community outreach art organization which runs free, weekly, drop-in arts programs for residents of 220 Oak St. as well as members of the Regent Park neighbourhood.”

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

Call for Submissions: Emergence Symposium – Arts & Equity: Leading Social Change (Neighbourhood Arts Network)

Emergence is a partnership by Neighbourhood Arts Network, a strategic initiative of Toronto Arts Foundation. This opportunity offers artists and community leaders valuable resources, facilitation skills, peer-to-peer learning opportunities and insights that will empower the community engaged arts sector and further promote more inclusiveness and equitable conditions within the neighbourhoods that our community engaged artists work.

The Emergence Symposium is a full day conference with four days of community arts activations leading up to the main event (Nov 19-23) . Emergence will convene over 200 community engaged arts practitioners, policy makers and community leaders for reciprocal knowledge exchange and critical discussions surrounding the theme of Arts and Equity. This large-scale symposium will build on the equity dialogue and issues that Neighbourhood Arts Network and its members have explored since the network was founded in 2010.

We invite artists, arts organizations, curators, arts practitioners at any stage in their career/practice to submit proposals for art activations, artist talks, and workshops. We welcome perspectives that are intersectional and encourage proposals from Deaf and disability cultures, artists with lived experiences including LGBTQQIIA, Indigenous, Black and Persons of Colour

All art disciplines are welcome. Deadline for submission: June 10, 2018″

All those interested in the open call are encouraged to contact angie[at]torontoarts[dot]org.
For more information on the symposium, please visit Neighbourhood Arts Network’s website.

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