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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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Job Opportunity: Reel Youth Program Coordinator (British Columbia)

Reel Youth is hiring a full-time Program Coordinator to oversee a series of film programs and screenings, as well as to provide general administrative and filmmaking support to projects across Canada. You will be working from your home or our office on Cortes Island, with flexibility to determine your own schedule and location. Depending on your facilitation and film making skills, the job may also involve travel.

Start Date: Feb 18, 2019, or when the position is filled
Location: Cortes Island or home office in Vancouver or Lower Mainland (flexible)
Term: Feb 18, 2019 to Feb 14, 2020, or one year from the start date (with strong potential for extension based on performance and funding)
Salary: $36,000 – $45,000 per year (includes 2 weeks paid vacation), based on qualifications and experience
Schedule: Full-time (37.5 hrs/wk), flexible schedule

Reel Youth is a media empowerment project that delivers community development programming to youth and adults across Canada and internationally. Film production and distribution programs are designed to create positive change in young people’s lives through technical skill building, leadership training, creative collaboration with peers and mentors, and increased connection to community resources.”

For more information on the listing, please visit reelyouth.ca/jobposting.html

-from Reel Youth

Arts Ahead Symposium – Cultural Kaleidoscope: Migration in the Arts (Toronto)

Cultural Kaleidoscope: Migration in the Arts
At Artscape Sandbox on Thursday February 21, 2019

Arts Ahead is an annual one-day symposium for arts professionals and cultural leaders from organizations across Ontario. It is an event organized by the Arts Management post-graduate cohort at Centennial College.

This marks our fourth year engaging art professionals, including artists and arts managers, in important conversations on a wide range of topics across our sector – this includes 2018’s Beyond Barriers: Creative Strategies for Accessible, Inclusive, and Connected Arts Experience.

The fourth-annual Arts Ahead symposium aims to bring together artists and cultural leaders to share their experiences with the migration of cultures and how to adapt to a changing cultural landscape.

Our cultural identity shapes who we become and it is expressed through our art and traditions. We are seeking to discover how arts organizations encourage cultural diversity and the representation of cultural identity with the sharing of innovative methods from our diverse program of speakers.”

For more information on the symposium and for ticketing details, please visit: https://artsahead.org/

-from Arts Ahead website

Job Opportunity: Indigenous Project Coordinator (Sarasvàti Productions, Winnipeg)

“We are hiring an Indigenous Project Coordinator for a new initiative.

Sarasvàti Productions is an independent theatre company with a vision to transform society through theatre. We are about to embark on a new project using the arts to share the stories of Indigenous youth with a goal to explore the effects of colonization and the meaning of reconciliation. We are excited to be able to welcome to the team an Indigenous Project Coordinator for this initiative. The Project Coordinator will work on a contract basis from late January 2019 to early May 2020. This role is primarily administrative in nature, managing logistics rather than undertaking creative work. The Project Coordinator’s main responsibilities will include:

  • overseeing all logistical aspects of the project
  • regularly reporting to the full staff team, Indigenous Advisory Committee and the Board
  • managing communication with multiple partner organizations
  • implementing recommendations from consultation circles
  • recruiting and contracting artists, Elders, Knowledge Keepers and other participants
  • planning workshop sessions for story gathering
  • working with the team to coordinate logistical elements for public presentations
  • overseeing follow-up with community groups, potential partners and other arts organizations
  • assisting with outreach and networking
  • helping realize the goals of the initiative including archiving the process and putting plans in place for long-term implementation of new processes.

Sarasvàti Productions is committed to employment equity and actively encourages applications from all Indigenous candidates. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit.

We are in the early stages of developing this 18-month project. The rate of pay and weekly hours will be negotiated to match the ideal candidate’s experience and availability. The position will be based out of the Sarasvàti Productions’ office at 242 Cathedral Avenue, but with the flexibility to work off-site.

For more information on the listing, please visit: http://sarasvati.ca/hiring-project-coordinator. For more information on the company please visit: www.sarasvati.ca. To apply please forward your resume and cover letter by e-mail only to info[at]sarasvati.ca.

Deadline for application is January 30th or when the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those shortlisted will be contacted. Please note the position is dependent on funding.”

-from Sarasvàti Productions

Workshop: Reframing Relations (False Creek Community Centre, Vancouver)

Reframing Relations brings artists and the public together for arts-based dialogue about reconciliation in Canada. In this three part workshop, one Indigenous and one non-Indigenous artist-facilitator collaborate to design an artistic process for participants that will engage with themes such as identity, culture, history, and relationship with land and with each other. People of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds are invited to join this open exploration, which may include elements of visual arts, dance and movement, poetry and storytelling, and more. No artistic experience required, simply a willingness to be open-minded and hearted!

January 25, February 1 & February 08 – 11:00 AM-2:00 PM PST”

For more information, please visit False Creek Community Centre’s website

-from Community Arts Council of Vancouver

Cripping the Arts 2019 (Toronto)

“British Council, Creative Users Projects, Tangled Art + Disability, Ryerson University and Harbourfront Centre present Cripping the Arts 2019.

Cripping the Arts 2019 is three days of programming – panel discussions, co-creative workshops, exhibitions and performances – animating how Deaf, Mad, and Disability Arts and activism changes how we experience art and culture as well as the ways our sector contributes, and leads to, the achievements of disability rights and justice movements.

We invite you to join us as we explore, debate, and share emerging ideas and practices that relate to representation and new models of leadership, disability culture in an increasingly digital world, and working in solidarity between disability rights, racial justice, decoloniality, and Indigenous sovereignty.”

For more information, please visit Harbourfront Centre’s website.

-from Harbourfront Centre

A Talks: A Conversation with the Good Guise (Jan 17, Toronto)

A Talks: A Conversation with the Good Guise is presented with SKETCH

The Good Guise is a collective of male-identified artists that exist to explore and promote healthy expressions of racialized masculinity.

In this talk, they will describe their process of creating space to explore healthy masculinity, interspersed by small performances from featured artists in the collective.

A Talks is a series of roaming salons that gather artists, arts educators, writers, and creatives of all type who are innovating how we make, see, and engage in the arts. Curated by Platform A, these talks capture and elaborate on those invigorating chats started in basement studios, the bar at poetry readings, the fire pit, and from across the cypher that have inspired us to want to hear more. Centering artistic practices that are socially engaged or explore unconventional ways of making art, we want to keep the conversation going.”

For more information, please visit Platform A’s website

-from Platform A

Youth Arts Movement Workshops: Feel Something Series (Lakeshore Arts)

“Love FREE arts workshops? Looking for amazing volunteer opportunities? Programmed for youth, by youth – Tuesdays are the new Fridays!

YAM is a weekly drop-in program designed for youth and led by professional artists. Take part in the Leadership Committee from 3:30-4:00 pm to improve your leadership skills, gain volunteer hours, and be involved in the planning of fundraising initiatives and future workshops! Workshops run from 4:00-6:00 PM, and focus on a variety of different artistic disciplines.

Past projects included: Street Art, Perspective and Line Drawing, Printmaking, Music Production, Theatre & Improvisation, Digital Painting, Filmmaking & DJing.

Winter 2019 – Feel Something Series, spoken word with Patrick Walters – January 15- March 26, 20-19 (excluding March Break – 12th)

Feel Something Series with Patrick Walters

Project Description: Feel Something Series is an Extended workshop series where participants work on excavation of personal issues through spoken word and conversations with the artist facilitator, Patrick Walters, who acts as a sounding board for the issues they face on a daily basis. At the end of the program, participants will not only feel more comfortable with expressing themselves and unpacking issues they face, but establish a positive relationship with spoken word and see it as an outlet of expression for the rest of their lives.

Patrick Walters is a spoken word artist/public speaker and arts educator who has spent over three years professionally using poetry to place emphasis on mental wellness and overall well being – a simple message, but one of paramount importance in today’s society. Through the execution of workshops and showcases, this message is passed on to the hearts and minds of his growing audience.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Advance registration is strongly encouraged to secure your spot. Workshops limited to 20 participants.”

For more information, please visit Lakeshore Arts website.

-from Lakeshore Arts

Webinar: What is Community Engagement? (Ontario Trillium Foundation)

“Take a crash course in community engagement & learn how it can help you achieve long-lasting change in your community!

Presented in partnership with the Tamarack Institute, this webinar is the first in a two-part series.

Hosts will:

  • Help you understand the community elements of collaboration
  • Share common community engagement challenges and offer strategies to navigate them
  • Identify the impact of different levels of engagement
  • Determine the key elements to building an engagement strategyRegistration closes January 13 at 5:00 p.m. An automated email containing login details will be sent at 5:10 p.m. Please contact the OTF Support Centre at 1 800 263-2887 or ccarss@otf.ca if you have any questions.”

For more information and to register for this webinar, visit the OTF’s eventbrite page.

-from the Ontario Trillium Foundation

Bonne année ! Joyeux janvier !

À vous qui suivez et soutenez ToileDesArts/ArtBridges, nous vous souhaitons une bonne année !

Nous espérons que le temps des Fêtes vous a permis de passer du temps avec les gens que vous aimez, de vous reposer, de vous ressourcer et de vous préparer pour cette nouvelle année !

L’équipe de ToileDesArts commence 2019 pleine d’enthousiasme à l’idée de continuer à réseauter, à apprendre et à mettre en commun les ressources du milieu de l’art communautaire, partout au Canada.

Voici les points saillants de 2018, une année franchement bien remplie :

  • Nous avons changé de modèle organisationnel ! Après 10 belles années de développement sous l’aile de Tides Canada, qui nous a donné beaucoup de soutien et de mentorat, ArtBridges/ToileDesArts a été désigné par Patrimoine canadien, en octobre dernier, comme organisme de services nationaux dans le domaine des arts, et est désormais enregistré comme organisme de bienfaisance auprès de l’Agence du revenu du Canada. Merci, Tides, d’avoir offert un incubateur et des soins à notre projet, maintenant un nouvel organisme !
  • Pour voir le milieu en pleine action, le personnel d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts a visité 55 organismes ou projets d’art communautaires ontariens (ce qui nous fait dépasser les 250 visites au cours des 3 dernières années !). Cela a énormément éclairé notre compréhension de l’impact qu’ont la localisation d’une collectivité, la disponibilité des ressources, les besoins et problématiques du milieu et enfin le leadership des individus sur la naissance et la durabilité d’un projet. Des projets et des organismes inspirants, il y en a tout plein ! Appelez-nous pour les découvrir ou pour vous faire connaître !
  • Notre équipe est entrée en contact avec plus de 395 projets d’art communautaires d’un océan à l’autre et en a ajouté 40 au Répertoire et à la carte des profils. Consultez-les dans la section « À vous l’art communautaire » de notre site (artbridge.ca), où vous pouvez mettre à jour votre profil en tout temps.
  • Nous avons téléversé plus de 250 ressources dans la section « Formation et ressources » du site artbridges.ca et demandé à des personnes du milieu d’écrire de nouveaux articles pour la série « Conseils et outils » : « L’essence de la mobilisation communautaire » d’Annalee Adair, « Une formation pour les artistes qui travaillent avec les personnes âgées en situation de surdité ou de handicap » de Peter Wolf du H’art Centre et « Des espaces en ville pour l’art autochtone » des artistes Aura et Chief Lady Bird.
  • Nous avons travaillé fort toute l’année pour transmettre l’information du milieu de l’art communautaire, sur le site artbridges.ca et grâce à des interventions quotidiennes sur notre blogue, sur Facebook et Twitter, et pour répondre aux demandes de mentorat, de contacts, de matériel et autres ressources !
  • ArtBridges/ToileDesArts a aussi collaboré à la recherche menée par l’ASC ! Project ! (Arts for Social Change) sur le milieu de l’art communautaire partout au Canada, qui vise à soutenir un plaidoyer pour une meilleure visibilité et un meilleur financement des organismes du secteur.
  • Enfin, ArtBridges/ToileDesArts a décerné les quatrièmes Prix honorifiques annuels à des projets ou organismes remarquables. Le jury a reçu plus de 75 candidatures !

Nous vous encourageons à communiquer avec nous pour nourrir le lien et nous transmettre vos histoires, vos idées et les informations sur les événements que vous organisez.

Bonne et heureuse année !

L’équipe de ToileDesArts/ArtbBridges

photo : suppenkasper

Happy New Year! Happy January!

Dear ArtBridges community partners, friends, readers,

Happy New Year!

Hoping that you have had a chance to rest, replenish, reconnect, and reset!

We look forward to connecting this year! and learning and sharing more about community-engaged arts and arts for social change going on across Canada.

Last year was an exciting one for ArtBridges! Some highlights were:

  • ArtBridges changed its organizational model! After 10 great years of growing and developing with the strong support and mentorship of Tides Canada, ArtBridges was designated as a Registered National Arts Service Organization and became a registered charity by Canadian Heritage and the CRA. Thank you to Tides Canada for incubating and building ArtBridges from charitable project, a seedling, into a new organization!
  • ArtBridges staff went on 55 site visits in Ontario (marking over 250 site visits across Canada in past 3 years!) to meet community partners and see community-engaged arts initiatives in action. This provided us with enormous insight into how regional location, availability of resources, community needs & issues, culture, and leadership affects why an initiative comes to be and how it is sustained. There are so many inspiring projects and organizations out there! Call us to learn more or connect you!
  • We connected with over 395 (and growing!) community-engaged arts initiatives across Canada and added over 40 initiatives to the Map and Profile Directory. Learn more about these amazing initiatives from coast to coast to coast on the Map and Profile Directory (artbridges.ca) and update your initiative’s organization profile any time.
  • We uploaded over 250 resources on artbridges.ca – Learning and Resources, and commissioned community partners to write about their unique experiences to share in our Tips and Tools series: “The Stuff of Community Engagement” by Annalee Adair; “Training for Artists Working with Seniors in the Deaf or Disability Communities” by Peter Wolf, H’Art Centre; Creating Indigenous Art Spaces in the City” by artists Aura and Chief Lady Bird.
  • We worked hard to keep the information flowing on a daily basis about what’s going on in the field via artbridges.ca, with daily blog posts, Facebook & Twitter, and helped people with special requests—assisting with finding mentorship, connections, supplies, and resources, and writing letters of support, all year!
  • As a community partner, ArtBridges assisted the ASC! Project! (Arts for Social Change) with research about community-engaged arts across Canada, so that they could conduct advocacy to increase visibility and resources for initiatives working in the field.
  • ArBridges held its 4th Annual Recognition Awards for Remarkable Community-Engaged Arts! There were over 75 submissions for this juried award.

Happy new year!
Please call or write to connect, share stories, ideas, or events.
-ArtBridges team

photo by suppenkasper