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Workshop: Epoch Youth Project (Vancouver)

“Youth ages 14-23 are invited to join the Epoch Youth Project, a multi-disciplinary, collaborative performance creation process and workshop. The project combines contemporary dance, theatre, film, writing, visual art, music and crafts to explore themes related to the environment. With the mentorship of professional artists Kelly McInnes, Sophie Wolfe and Laura Avery, youth participants are invited to experience the artistic process involved in the creation of performance.

Goals of the workshop are for participants to gain skills in communication and collaboration in an artist setting, to take creative risks using imagination and embodiment, to build a sense of community and to explore important issue within our society. The project creates a space where youth feel empowered to share their stories and perspectives. In addition to the in studio creation process, there will be performance opportunities throughout the season, which allows the participants to build upon their developing collaborative and creation skills and to share their work is necessary!
The project is free of charge and snacks are provided. No experience is necessary!

Epoch Youth Project’s next session taking place January 9th-March 13, 2019. The project runs Wednesdays 530-730pm at Kensington Community Centre. It is free of cost and snacks are provided each session. There will be performance opportunities in the spring to conclude the season.”

For more information and to register, please check out their new website.

-submitted by Epoch Youth Project
-photo by Riz Herbosa

Digital Arts Services Symposium (March 15-20, Toronto)

“ARTSPOND / ÉTANG D’ARTS presents in association with AGILO ARTS + BEMUSED NETWORK

Digital Arts Services Symposium 2019
Symposium des services d’arts numériques 2019
All digits on deck | Tous les caractères sur la table

Jessa Agilo & Margaret Lam (Co-curators)
March 15-20, 2019
Toronto Reference Library and other Toronto-area venues
Tickets: Early-bird rates (until Nov 30, 2018) 3-Day Special $85-170, 3-Day Regular $275-425, Single-Day $130-155
Regular rates (after Nov 30, 2018) 3-Day Special $100-180, 3-Day Regular $315-475, Single-Day $145-170

As advances in technology disrupt major industries from health and finance, to major film production and local artists, the question of the arts and cultural sectors’ digital transformation is not a matter of when, but how. And yet, what does it mean for arts services to “go digital”? From March 15-20, 2019, the 2019 Digital Arts Services Symposium / Symposium des services d’arts numériques (DASSAN19) will spark provocative dialogue about digital futures that the arts desire and how to get there.

Taking place at the Toronto Reference Library’s Bram & Bluma Appel Salon and other locations in downtown Toronto, DASSAN19 offers constructive, cross-sectoral dialogues and alliance-building opportunities inspired by pioneering keynote speakers, community salon sessions, professional industry exchanges, hackathon competition with a $5,000 grand prize, and a bootcamp for fledgling devotees to the digital world.

Proudly presented by ArtsPond in association with Agilo Arts and BeMused Network, DASSAN19 is designed to nurture valuable insights for both emerging and experienced producers and technologists alike, with the goal of building a critical digital practice within the arts and culture sector across Canada.

Key themes for the Symposium include Inspirational Stories – learning from our digital pioneers; Critical Reflection – cultivating a digital commons for arts and culture; and, Practical Transformation – an unconference where community members take centre stage to synthesize and respond to digital issues in the industry.

Stay tuned as more detailed programming announcements and open calls for session contributors and other participants are released on a regular basis in the coming weeks.

ArtsPond / Étang d’Arts is a non-profit bolstering big ideas and untapped potential in the arts into exceptional, everyday realities for collective impact on-the-ground and in-the-cloud. Major initiatives include DigitalASO – empowering transformation of digital literacy research, training, platform and alliance-building, and Groundstory – a cross-sectoral effort to uproot the adverse effects of gentrification on the arts and other vulnerable groups in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

BeMused Network is a social-technical enterprise devoted to fostering meaningful connections in the arts and culture sector in Canada and beyond. We do this by applying user-centered design practices in the development of our own digital arts and cultural services and programs and sharing the best practices we have cultivated with the community. The philosophy behind our growing suite of online services, programs, and partnerships is very simple: connect, grow, and thrive.

DASSAN19 is generously funded by the Digital Strategy Fund at Canada Council for the Arts.”

For more information, please visit:

-from DigitalASO press release

Workshop: ArtReach Grant Writing 101 (Toronto)

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

In this session we will dive into the basics of preparing a clear, concise, and effective grant application. We will break down and explore the main components of an application including the proposal, work plan and budget; sharing tips on how to create a strong application that will also be useful to you in implementing your project. Our facilitator will share strategies for identifying appropriate grants, building relationships with funders, and streamlining the writing process. All participants will also receive a digital resource of youth and arts funders.

Time: Networking and food at 5:30pm, workshop runs 6:00pm-9:00pm, December 13th.
Facilitator: Paulina O’Kieffe, ArtReach Director, Artist, and Grant Writer
Details: This workshop is for youth aged 13-29. Space for this workshop is limited so register today! Food and refreshments will be provided

For more information, please visit:

-from ArtReach
Read ArtReach’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-engaged Arts Directory & Map

Moccasin Vamp Workshops: NEECHEE STUDIO is a free art & culture program for youth, led by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists (Thunder Bay)

“December 14, 2018 – 1st workshop
Youth will be taught the different styles and methods that pertain to our communities while learning how to make their own pattern and vamp from the tracing of their foot. They will then be given the opportunity to be creative through design and color application of their liking. Their vamps could be beaded, quilled, spray-painted, drawn on with marker, etc.

December 21, 2018 – 2nd workshop: We will be ready to assemble the moccasins. This requires tracing your foot, cutting leather, preparing to put moccasins together with the vamp.

NEECHEE STUDIO is a free art & culture program for youth, led by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists. All workshops are free, including the materials (you take home what you make), food and bus tickets.”

For more information, please visit the workshop’s event page.

-from Neechee Studio

The Gathering: Intersections between Community Arts & Socially Engaged Arts Practices (CPAMO, Toronto)

(left to right): Coco Murray, Mugabi Byenkya, Wayne Dunkley, Lisa Frost, Aria Evans and Akshata Naik.

The Gathering has been a very powerful, positive and supportive process geared towards sharing strategies in the engagement of Indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled, mad, queer, women and other historically-marginalized artists and communities since it was initiated by CPAMO (Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario) in Spring 2016. Given its success, The Gathering 1.0 | Intersections between Community Arts and Socially Engaged Arts Practices will explore frameworks for understanding the potential of community arts and socially engaged arts in supporting the expressions of these artists and their art making.

This convening will feature showcase performances, community-based visual arts and plenary sessions aimed at building organizational and artistic capacity, with the hope of enlivening the many ways in which the Arts intersects with and provides public impact, civic engagement and deeper skills development. This edition of The Gathering 1.0 is dedicated to the work of Shula Strassfeld, CPAMO Program Facilitator, Dancer, Intergenerational Community Arts Champion.

The Gathering offers an interactive space where arts organizations, artists and attendees dedicated to advancing pluralism in the arts can share dialogue on common purposes and strategies. We believe systemic change is more effectively achieved through collective, creative action, and seek to learn from everyone to understand how contemporary intersections in artistic practice shape diverse Canadian cultural expressions.

Thursday, November 29, 2018
Panel Conversation: 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Performing Arts Showcase: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Small World Music / Intergalactic Studios
Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5″

For more information on the event and ticketing, please visit The Gathering’s event page.

-from CPAMO

Smoke Signals: Indigenous Communications Conference (Creative Manitoba Indigenous Programs)

“The smoke signal is one of the oldest forms of long-distance communication used to gather people together for celebration, to transmit news, and to signal danger.

Hosted by Creative Manitoba Indigenous Programs, Smoke Signals is a gathering of community-engaged artists and arts leaders examining the importance of Indigenous voices in art and media. By reclaiming our roles as oral historians, we find our power through speaking out.

Our goal is to gather around the foundation of our traditional cultural teachings, transmit our Indigenous world view through the power of art and signal the dangers of cultural appropriation. We will spend the day exploring the power of words and intentions in the art world as storytellers and as Indigenous peoples.

With special guests: Elder Albert McLeod, David Garneau, Rosanna Deerchild, Lita Fontaine, Daina Warren, Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie and more to be announced! Hosted by Adeline Bird.

Location: 4th Floor, 245 McDermot Avenue, Creative Manitoba
Price: $10 (registration required) / Artist and under-employed subsidies available. Please contact Arlea at
Lunch is provided

Registration Deadline: Thursday Dec 13th, 2018 at NOON

All welcome: The Smoke Signals gathering is for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, students and creatives working in the non-profit service provider sector and in commercial art galleries:
– Artists – visual, literary, craft, performance, etc.
– Art Galleries
– Art and Media Students
– Educational Institutions
– Commercial Galleries
– Artist collectives
– Activist Groups
– Non-profit artist service organizations

During the day we will:
– Understand the historical role of artists within the Indigenous community
– Learn the protocols for engaging Indigenous artists
– Recognize how the arts have the unique ability to transform and galvanize community
– Discover the strength of speaking out and telling your own story
– Acknowledge the unique Indigenous perspectives in our art and media worlds
– Understanding the importance of reclaiming our narrative in the media
– Shed light on the controversies of cultural appropriation in the art world

For more information like registration and full schedules, please visit:

-from Creative Manitoba

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

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]

Please RSVP here and for more information, please visit:

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

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

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

Emergence Symposium – Arts & Equity: Leading Social Change (November 19-23, Toronto)

“With four days of community arts activations (November 19-23, 2018) and a full-day conference (November 21, 2018), Emergence Symposium will convene over 150 community engaged arts practitioners, policy makers and community leaders for knowledge exchange, leadership development, creative self-reflection, mentorship and cross sectoral collaborations and critical discussions surrounding the theme of Arts and Equity. This large-scale symposium will build on the equity dialogue which Neighbourhood Arts Network has explored since its foundation in 2010.

Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network invites you to join us for an inspirational full day gathering in conjunction with four days of community activations. Celebrate, nurture and participate in unique leadership development opportunities using community engaged arts as a spring board to explore important work and issues together.

Emergence is made possible thanks to the support of TD Bank Group and Humber’s Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Register Now!

For more information, please visit Neighbourhood Arts Network.

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