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Resource Highlight | Dimensions of Music Care Part 3: Community Music

Dimensions of Music Care Part 3: Community Music
Room 217 – Music Care | Canada wide | 2017 | Sarah Pearson

“In this, our third instalment of this blog series on the ten dimensions of music care, we are focusing on Community Music. There is exciting academic research being done in the field of Community Music, and that largely refers to the broader sense of how a) music can create and change community, and b) how music can become more accessible in communities outside of traditional Western parameters. In the Music Care framework, we use it specifically to describe access between institutions or facilities such as hospitals, LTC homes, or prisons, and music that takes place in the community such as symphonies, touring shows, or community musical theatre.”

To read the full article, please visit: https://www.room217.ca/music-care-blog/638-dimensions-music-care-part-3-community-music

Click on the ArtBridges Resource Portal listing for more details.

Call for Expressions of Interest: Inkling Incubator (Red Dress Productions)


“The Inkling Incubator is a Red Dress Productions (RDP) interdisciplinary research project that will convene a diverse working group of Deaf, disabled, hearing, and enabled artists for two five-day intensive, arts-based research workshops.

What arises when Deaf, disabled, hearing, and enabled artists collaborate at the ‘inkling’ phase of a creative project and experiment with creative problem-solving? What strategies can be woven into artistic processes from the start of art-making to increase inclusion, access, and equity for both artists and audiences?

Led by specialized knowledge facilitators, together we’ll explore, experiment with, and develop best practices and processes in integrated and inclusive creative collaboration.

Who is this for?
Artists of all artistic disciplines who have an interest in creating artwork that reflects the multiplicities and richness of the communities it emerges from, while creating new creative communities and modes of working in integrated processes.

The Inkling Incubator will provide artist-researcher participants the opportunity to learn (and unlearn) from each other.

Application deadline: November 23, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

For more information and to apply, please visit Red Dress Productions

-from Red Dress Productions
Read Red Dress Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Spectrum Productions 9th Annual Gala and Screening / 9e Gala-Bénéfice Annuel (Montréal)


“Walk the red carpet with Spectrum’s exceptional young filmmakers!

Join us at this family-friendly screening showcasing the cinematic achievements of over 60 youth on the autism spectrum who attended Spectrum’s 2018 summer camps. From animation to action and everything in between, we’ll present a diverse set of shorts that will inspire and entertain!

Last year, over 650 guests helped us raise $55,000 with all proceeds going towards supporting Spectrum’s unique programming. With your help we can surpass that and set a new fundraising record!

You can find more information about Spectrum at www.productionsspectrum.com and join the conversation on social media using #wizarddonkeymagic, #opportunitiesforautism #changingtheconversation #spectrumproductions

Défilez sur le tapis rouge avec les jeunes réalisateurs exceptionnels de Spectrum !

Les réalisations cinématographiques de plus de 60 jeunes autistes qui ont participé aux camps d’été 2018 de Spectrum seront projetées lors de ce gala destiné à toute la famille. Venez voir ces courts métrages inspirants et divertissants, très variés en tout genre, de l’animation à l’action!

L’an dernier, plus de 650 invités nous ont permis de recueillir 55  000 $. Tous les profits ont été versés au programme d’activités uniques offertes par Spectrum. Avec votre aide, cette année, nous pourrons dépasser ce montant et établir un nouveau record pour notre collecte de fonds  !

Vous trouverez plus d’informations sur Spectrum à www.productionsspectrum.com. Participez à la conversation sur les médias sociaux #wizarddonkeymagic, #opportunitiesforautism #changingtheconversation #spectrumproductions”

-from Spectrum Productions
Read Spectrum Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

A participatory project bringing together mothers and daughters who were born outside of Canada (Koffler Centre for the Arts, Nov. 15-24, Toronto)

KOFFLER CENTRE FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS: LIKE MOTHER LIKE DAUGHTER

“A participatory project bringing together mothers and daughters who were born outside of Canada – newcomer women, as well as those who may have immigrated years ago. Like Mother, Like Daughter weaves together their stories into an unscripted conversation, performed by the mothers and daughters themselves. At the end of each performance, the audience is invited to join the mothers and daughters for a light meal created by Newcomer Kitchen to continue the conversations.
“delicate, generous, inspiring, warm, funny, and in moments, heart-rending.” – Sprockets & Greasepaint

November 15 – 24, 2018
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education, Toronto

PAY WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD: $50 | $35 | $20
PURCHASE ONLINE: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/like-mother-like-daughter-tickets-50533568263

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Thursday, November 15, 8 PM – OPENING NIGHT
Friday, November 16, 8 PM
Saturday, November 17, 11 AM – BRUNCH PERFORMANCE
Sunday, November 18, 6 PM
Thursday November 22, 8 PM
Friday November 23, 8 PM
Saturday, November 24, 11 AM – BRUNCH PERFORMANCE
Saturday, November 24, 8 PM

Directed by Rose Plotek
Associate Directed by Lisa Karen Cox
Original Concept by Ravi Jain, Rose Plotek, and Poppy Keeling
Co-Created by Why Not Theatre & Complicite Creative Learning
Presented & Produced by Koffler Centre of the Arts

More info: kofflerarts.org | theatrewhynot.org

-from Koffler Centre for the Arts
Read Koffler Centre for the Arts’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Mix, Mingle, Murals: informal evening of networking (Nov. 13, Mural Routes)

“CONNECT with new and familiar faces at an informal evening of networking.
SHARE your projects from this season, and plans for next season.
REFLECT with your feedback on our current, past and future programming.
Who: MURALi program alumni, Mural Routes members, mural artists, administrators and supporters.
Date: Tuesday November 13, 2018 6pm-8pm
Location: East End Arts, St. Matthew’s Clubhouse – 450 Broadview Avenue
Cost:  Free to Mural Routes members, $5 for non-members (suggested donation)
Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information contact: Tara Dorey, Program Director, at 416-698-7995 or programs[at]muralroutes.ca

Please RSVP here and for more information, please visit: muralroutes.ca/mingle18/

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

Today! Live stream of an award-winning interactive forum theatre play about consent and sexual violence (Sheatre)

“Thanks to FAR FROM THE HEART, students around the world will engage in conversations about consent and sexual assault through interactive theatre.
Change the action. Stop the violence.

In the age of #MeToo, the live stream of an award-winning interactive forum theatre play about consent and sexual violence could not be more timely or important. Sheatre’s Far From the Heart / Loin du Coeur will close out its 31-show tour of Canadian schools with two live streams, the first in English and the other in French, on Friday, November 9th. The production will be performed before a live audience in Owen Sound, Ontario, while inviting for the first time students around the world to participate at sheatre.com.

Audience members have the opportunity to step into action and change the outcome of the scenarios performed on stage. A chat window will allow online viewers to post comments and suggest interventions to be played out by the actors. As a result, students get a rehearsal for reality, learning through theatre how to resolve conflicts, negotiate relationships, and avoid risk. A half-hour discussion with professional counsellors from local community groups will immediately follow each show.

#FarFromTheHeart and #LoinDuCoeur Live Streams
Sponsored by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario
November 9, 2018 | Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library
10am-11:30am EST in English
1pm-2:30pm EST in French
Suitable for ages 13+ (parental guidance recommended for younger audiences)
Tune in worldwide: sheatre.com

Far From the Heart is supported by a comprehensive educational package that includes an educational guide, teacher training, and in-class activities to help deliver the core curriculum in the areas of sexual health and violence prevention. Teachers who view the live streams with their classes can download the teacher’s guide for recommended pre- and post-show activities. For more info, contact sheatre[at]sheatre.com.

This is the twelfth year that Sheatre, a Canadian professional community arts company located near Owen Sound, has produced Far From the Heart. For the first time, an intimacy director has joined the crew to ensure intimate scenes adhere to the highest standards of artistry and safety. Funded for the third year by the Ontario Arts Council (It’s Never Okay), the play engages and educates teens about the different forms of pressure and violence in dating relationships, exploring the issues that lie beneath this behaviour.”

For more information, please visit: sheatre.com

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

SoCirc 5th Anniversary and Fundraising Event (Nov. 19, Toronto)

It’s SoCirC’s 5th birthday and we are having a Carnival to celebrate!

This event is also a fundraiser for our community programs which provide social support, inclusion, community and creative expression through circus arts for young people 16-29 living on the margins. Over the past year our community group has worked together learning to express, have fun, fail, succeed and to build trust & self-esteem. We will share a piece of this experience with you through our youth show “The Carnival of Life”! This is a CARNIVAL, so come in your favourite carney outfit and/or dress as YOU, however that looks.

Don’t miss this evening of carnival games, carnival food (popcorn, pogos, cotton candy, pizza…) , live music, fortune tellers, drinks (lemonade, beer, wine), a silent auction with exciting prizes, “The Carnival of Life” youth show followed by some of Toronto (and Winnipeg’s) best professional circus artists performing aerial silks, clown, drag, contortion, fire eating, staff and spinning hoops throughout the evening.

Come celebrate with us! Kids are welcome.

PRICES:
$15 in advance ($20 at the door)
$10 in advance ($15 at the door) artists or underemployed folks
$5 in advance ($10 at the door) kids
Packages including carnival tickets are also available.

This event will be ASL interpreted by Toronto Sign Language Interpreter Services.

Parking is available on site. Leave yourself time to find it as it can be a little tricky. It is in the building just north of where the Banksy exhibit was, around the back and says “raw space’ on the front.

We want you to come support our youth, enjoy and celebrate with us, so if fees are a barrier to your attendance please contact us directly and we can do our best to accommodate in advance as we have a few donated tickets to extend!

Please get in touch with any accessibility needs. Contact us directly : info[at]socirc.ca .

We are a charitable organization. Any package purchased for $20 or more, we will offer you a tax deductible receipt. All proceeds for this event will go to SoCirC to provide accessible social circus programming for Toronto young people living on the margins.

DATE AND TIME
Mon, 19 November 2018
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST

LOCATION
Collective Space
221 Sterling Road, Studio 5
Toronto, ON M6P 3L4

Get tickets here:
https://goo.gl/27sBnt | www.socirc.ca

-shared by SoCirc

Exposition des Impatients à l’hôtel de ville de Montréal

“Le fruit du travail inspiré des Impatients qui, séduits par la personne qu’était Marilyn Monroe plus que par l’icône qui la cantonnait dans les canons de beauté, ont joué à redéfinir son portrait. C’est sa sensibilité à fleur de peau et sa vie tourmentée qui ont touché les participants plus que sa beauté mythique. À partir d’une estampe inspirée de l’œuvre d’Andy Warhol, les Impatients ont assemblé, peint et collé des découpures de magazines sur ce visage ancré dans l’imaginaire collectif afin de créer une nouvelle iconographie.

En repensant ce portrait, les Impatients dévoilent les mille et un autres visages que Marilyn aurait pu vouloir porter. Chacun des participants a transformé le sujet à sa manière, dévoilant ainsi chaque fois une part de sa propre histoire et de ses préoccupations. Bien que totalement métamorphosé d’une création à l’autre, il est fascinant d’observer que le modèle de départ n’est jamais loin. La fabrication d’une image est telle qu’il est souvent impossible de s’en défaire.”

Pour en savoir plus sur Les Impatients et leurs ateliers d’art-thérapie, cliquez ici.

Information diffusée par Les Impatients
Lire le profil des Impatients dans notre répertoire et carte de l’art communautaire au Canada

Forum Theatre Performance and Creation Workshop (Nov. 9-10, Mixed Company Theatre, Toronto)

“This all-levels workshop is a great opportunity for artists who are looking to hone their performance or theatre creation skills, and/or interested in creating social justice-minded theatre.

Forum Theatre is also a great tool for educators, mental health professionals, and any or all practitioners of community engagement for facilitating conversations, critical inquiry, and action in their respective communities. Based on the principles of Theatre of the Oppressed, our intensive 2-day workshop will give participants an introduction to the artistic practice of Forum Theatre and how it can be used to inspire and empower community dialogue and grassroots advocacy.

Bursaries and discounts are available.”

For more information, please visit mixedcompanytheatre.com

-from Mixed Company Theatre
Read Mixed Company Theatre’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Les jeunes du projet Porte-Voix se font entendre (Coup d’Éclats, Montréal)

“Depuis 2012, l’équipe de Coup d’éclats réalise des projets de co.création et de réflexion critique avec des jeunes hébergé.e.s en centre jeunesse et en famille d’accueil. À travers [leurs] activités, les jeunes ont fait émerger des recommandations concrètes visant l’amélioration des programmes, des services et des lois qui les concernant.

📢 À lire dans LaPresse, une lettre à l’attention de la nouvelle ministre de la santé et des services sociaux, de la part des jeunes du projet Porte-Voix, sous la plume d’Émily Laliberté.

 

Pour en savoir plus sur Coup d’éclats et le projet Porte-Voix, cliquez ici.

Information diffusée par Coup d’éclats, relayée par la Toile des Arts