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Workshop: Introduction to Storytelling and Acting (GeriActors, Edmonton)

“NEW GeriActors Workshop: Introduction to Storytelling and Acting (Spring Session)

If you’ve EVER acted or NEVER acted, this is the program for you!

Join the fun!

Turn your stories into plays
Learn about acting
Create dynamic characters
Perform (if you want to)
If you participated in GeriActors SUMMER SCHOOL this workshop is a continuation of what you learned. We would love to see you there!

Fridays from 3:00 – 5:00pm
March 2 – May 11
No session on March 30 for Good Friday

The SAGE Seniors Association
15 Sir Winston Churchill Square
SAGE is wheelchair accessible and all abilities are welcome

$40 per person or pay-what-you-can
Register in person at SAGE or call 780-423-5510

GeriActors has been turning stories into plays for the last 17 years. For more information on GeriActors Theatre visit our website:

-submitted by GeriActors Theatre
Read GeriActors’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Forum national Le Pouvoir des arts 2018 : Les arts, des armes pour la paix (16-18 fév, Montréal)

“Après trois éditions à l’Université Carleton à Ottawa, la Fondation Michaëlle Jean a le plaisir d’annoncer que le Forum Le pouvoir des arts 2018 aura lieu à Montréal, à l’invitation du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, et dans la continuité des partenariats que les deux organismes ont développés au cours des trois dernières années. Du 16 au 18 février 2018, ceux et celles qui à travers le Québec et le Canada utilisent les arts comme outils de changement individuel et social sont invités à échanger sur le thème : les arts, des armes pour la paix.

Des conférenciers d’ici et d’ailleurs, des artistes, des chercheurs, des représentants d’organismes qui utilisent les arts dans leur mission animeront des ateliers, des débats ou offriront des prestations artistiques. Ce sera également une excellente occasion pour les individus comme pour les institutions et les organismes culturels d’activer les réseaux, d’entretenir les liens. C’est aussi une belle façon de clore le 375e anniversaire de Montréal et le 150e anniversaire de la Confédération  canadienne.

Une mobilisation pour la paix
Le but du Forum est de mobiliser les acteurs culturels, politiques, économiques, ceux de la santé, de la justice et de la société civile en faveur d’une culture de la paix, de la cohésion sociale, du dialogue, de la compréhension mutuelle et de l’équité, dans un monde déboussolé qui en a grandement besoin.

Les trois éditions précédentes ont rassemblé des centaines de participantes et participants de tous les horizons. Le Forum a été pour eux l’occasion d’exposer et de partager leurs expériences, leurs meilleures pratiques, leurs réalisations, leurs façons de mettre à profit le pouvoir des arts pour créer, inventer, innover, revitaliser leur environnement, leurs collectivités et engager le changement social. Nul doute, les éditions montréalaises du Forum nous permettront de poursuivre cette mobilisation pancanadienne pour un monde meilleur, avec les arts et la culture comme armes de construction massive.

Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant
Le Forum Le pouvoir des arts est un événement bilingue, ouvert au grand public. Il accueillera plusieurs conférenciers de renom et offrira des ateliers, des débats thématiques et des sessions plénières.

Vous trouverez ici le programme préliminaire de l’édition 2018 du Forum national Le Pouvoir des arts.

Le formulaire d’inscription se trouve ici.

Pour en savoir plus sur les précédents Forums Le Pouvoir des arts, visitez cette page.”

-soumis par Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation

Power of the Arts National Forum: The Arts as Tools for Peace (Feb 16-18, Montréal)

“After three editions at Carleton University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in Ottawa, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2018 Power of the Arts National Forum will be held in Montreal, at the invitation of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, an extension of the blossoming partnership the two organizations have built over the last three years. From February 16 to 18, 2018, everyone from across Canada and the province of Quebec who uses the arts as tools for individual and social change is invited to share on the theme, “The Arts as Tools for Peace”.

Speakers from Canada and abroad, artists of all stripes, researchers and scientists, as well as activists and representatives from groups that use the arts as part of their mission will be presenting, facilitating workshops, moderating debates, and performing. The Forum will also provide an excellent opportunity for individuals, cultural institutions and establishments to extend or maintain their networks. It will also be a great way to round off the 375th anniversary of Montreal and Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Mobilizing for Peace
The goal of the Forum is to bring together key players from Canada’s cultural, political, and business sectors, along with those from the health, justice, and civil society sectors to mobilize action towards a culture of peace based on social cohesion, dialogue, mutual understanding, and justice, in a world that is increasingly disoriented.

The previous three editions of the Forum gathered hundreds of participants from all walks of life who presented and shared their experiences, best practices, accomplishments, how they used the power of the arts to create, invent, innovate, rejuvenate their environment, their communities, and spark social change. Certainly, the Montreal editions of the Power of the Arts Forum will expand and build on this national mobilization for a better world, where arts and culture play their full role as weapons of mass construction.

Register Now
Punctuated by dynamic cultural performances, workshops, thematic debates and plenary sessions, the Power of the Arts National Forum is a bilingual event, open to the general public. It will bring together a roster of Canadian and international presenters and performers.

You can download here the preliminary program of the 2018 Power of the Arts National Forum.

To register, please fill out the registration form.

For more information on previous editions of the Power of the Arts National Forum, see this page.”

-from Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation website

Culture Days 2018 Webinar Series: Creating Cultural Hubs (Jan 24)

Creating Cultural Hubs with
Lawrie Crawford & Karilynn Thompson

“This webinar focuses on sites that use programming opportunities such as Culture Days to establish themselves as a cultural hub within their community. These locations have created multi-tiered events, often through partnership and collaboration, to provide a one-stop location where the public can gather and explore varying types of art forms and experiences. In this webinar, Culture Days speaks to program organisers who have successfully used this hub model, providing opportunities to learn more about their experiences, successes, challenges and advice.”

To register for the webinar and for more information, please visit:

-from Culture Days newsletter

Free program allows community members in the East End to engage with Mural Art (Toronto)

“Community members living in the East End will soon have the opportunity to engage with public art and develop artistic skills through a free, six-week program offered by Mural Routes in partnership with Community Centre 55. Introduction to Mural Art will be offered at this community centre (97 Main Street) on Thursday evenings from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, February 1st to March 8th, 2018.

In line with Community Centre 55’s past programming around mural production and graffiti transformation for youth, this program will allow community members to build the necessary confidence to participate in public art projects in their communities. The program will be led by Mural Routes Lead Instructor Rob Matejka, an established community artist who has led mural projects and arts education programs across the city for over 15 years.

Participants will learn foundational art, design, and mural-making skills. Classes will include topics such as drawing and painting techniques, colour theory, design challenges, stencil design and printing, enlarging techniques, and large-scale collaborative design. While the program focuses on mural techniques, participants will not be working on a wall mural but on large-scale panels.

Introduction to Mural Art is open to people of all skill levels; past iterations of the program held across Toronto have brought together a range of participants, from new mural enthusiasts to emerging muralists. Instructors adjust the program to the interests and abilities of the students, and participants work together to develop skills, share ideas, and foster enthusiasm for public art.

Introduction to Mural Art is offered entirely free of charge, including all materials and instruction. The program is offered three times per year as part of the Mural Art Learning Institute (MURALI), a Mural Routes initiative funded by a three-year, $565,100 Grow grant made in 2015 by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Full details and registration are available now at Spaces are limited.”

-from Mural Routes press release

ArtFare Essentials 2018 (Jumblies Theatre)

January 26th – February 1st, 2018
Apply Online

What is it?

  • “An intensive workshop on the principles and practices of art that engages with and creates community;
  • A 6-day exhilarating experiential journey of learning and artmaking;
  • Everything (or many things!) you need to know to launch your own project;
  • Open to artists from all forms and traditions and others with an interest in community-engaged arts;
  • A blend of presentations, discussions, hands-on activities, creative explorations and take-home resources;
  • Lead by Ruth Howard, Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre, with other co-facilitators and guest artists;
  • Adaptable to diverse partnerships, contexts, interests and regions across Canada.

Topics include:

  • Definitions, values & core principles
  • Guiding and safeguarding your vision
  • Project start-up & basics
  • Partnerships (cross-sector)
  • Budgets, resources and grants
  • Arts-based and oral history research
  • Facilitation
  • Aesthetics and ethics
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Creative processes
  • Cross-cultural collaboration
  • Conflict and challenges
  • History of community plays/arts
  • Evaluation and documentation
  • Legacy and sustainability
  • Others according to partners’ interests

Cost: $300
(limited sliding scale and work exchanges places available)
Snacks and some meals provided.

Accommodation: For out of town registrants, we can help you find free or affordable billets.

Certification: Attendees will receive a certificate of completion from the Jumblies Studio.

This workshop can also be adapted for other Ontario and Canadian locations.

If you are interested in attending or in bringing a workshop to your community, please get in touch with Jumblies Theatre.”

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

Community Arts Practice Foundations-Part 2 (Creative Manitoba)

“Are you interested in art for social change? Community Arts signifies a particular art making practice, emphasizing community involvement and collaboration, often with people who may not otherwise actively engage in the arts. Community Arts is distinct from other arts practices as it is the creative processes and relationships developed with community to make the art that defines it, not the art form or genre itself. Guiding principles are that the activity is by, with and for the communities; the artists are highly skilled; and the activities reflect the energy and qualities of the community.

From Friday to Sunday, January 12–14, we’re offering a course on how to manage a community arts project with Kerri Twigg, who is also a whiz at career development. (Look her up on LinkedIn–she has more than 3,000 followers!) Around that time we’ll be partnering with Jumblies Theatre from Toronto and The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre in Winnipeg to host a community arts project called Four Lands. We invite you to participate in the project to gain hands-on experience and valuable national connections. You can be an artist in any artistic discipline to participate in the course and in the Four Lands project.

This course is ideal for:

  • Artists and community members who are curious about the practice of community-engaged arts and want to learn more
  • independent artists working on current or future projects in community settings where the goal is to engage community
  • artists who want to apply to lead With Artor Youth With Art projects through the Winnipeg Arts Council
  • artists who want to gain skills for working in the Manitoba Arts Council’s Artists in Schools Residenciesand ArtsSmarts programs
  • arts or community-based organizations who want to upskill program staff responsible for arts-based community outreach or social change work
  • arts and community-based organizations  and change makers who want to learn how to collaborate to produce community-engaged  projects and programs”

For more information about the course, please visit Creative Manitoba.

-from Creative Manitoba

Pas d’Radis Fiscaux : l’État d’Urgence; Connecting Arts and Homelessness (Montréal, Nov 16-19)

Du 16 au 19 novembre prochains, Place Émilie-Gamelin, aura lieu notre événement d’éradication des inégalités Pas d’Radis Fiscaux : l’État d’Urgence qui proposera un bouillonnement d’œuvres interdisciplinaires inédites sur l’écart des richesses, tout en continuant sa tradition d’inclusion et de services offerts aux plus démunis. Partagez l’événement !

Toute la programmation :

This coming November 16 to 19 at Place Émilie-Gamelin, ATSA, When Art Takes Action will hold an event called Pas d’Radis Fiscaux : l’État d’Urgence to promote the eradication of inequality. Featuring a multitude of original interdisciplinary works on the theme of wealth disparity, it will continue in the tradition of our past fall events by promoting inclusiveness and providing services to the most underprivileged Montrealers.

Full program:

With One Voice and ATSA host a gathering of the Arts and Homelessness sector Friday 17 Nov 2017 at Place Émilie Gamelin, Montréal

Montréal Exchange 

With One Voice is an international arts and homelessness movement that connects the sector worldwide, always with homeless people centrally involved. The exchange and events hosted during ATSA’s Festival will be the first time the arts/homelessness sector from Canada, USA and the UK have come together to share practice and build a stronger future together. Around 20 delegates will come together for six days from 13-19 November 2017 to share practice and methodology through discussions, presentations and practical workshops in participatory singing, Legislative Theatre and socially engaged art. A full schedule for the day is available here.

On Friday 17 November, With One Voice and ATSA invite you to join us for public discussions and workshops at the Festival, including an open invitation to cultural institutions and spaces to talk about how they work with people who have experienced homelessness.”

For more information, please visit With One Voice and ATSA.

-source : ATSA & With One Voice
Lire le profil d’ATSA dans notre répertoire et carte de l’art communautaire au Canada

Mixed Company Theatre Community Workshop Series: Elder Care Workshops

Mixed Company Theatre, with the support of the Government of Ontario Senior Community Grant Program, is bringing our popular community-based workshops to seniors across the GTA this fall and winter.Facilitated by our Artistic Director, Simon Malbogat, our Elder Care Workshops seek to empower senior citizens and address the pressing issue of elder abuse in our communities. In these workshops, participants will be led through a series of exercises and activities developed from Theatre of the Oppressed/ Forum Theatre methodology that will provide seniors with the tools to express and address issues relating to elder care and abuse. The Elder Care program is also designed to address diverse groups of seniors, including newcomer/refugee groups.

To bring our Elder Care workshops to your organization, please contact:

For more information, including workshop descriptions, please visit:

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

The Art of Changing The World (Nov 3-5, Ottawa)

“We invite you to join us in Ottawa November 3-5, 2017 for a lively gathering of #artists, #researchers, #students and #activists from many sectors in Canada and abroad who are working for progressive change.

Around the world, specialized #community-based arts initiatives (in theatre, dance, music, visual, literary arts, social circus, urban arts, and more) are emerging as effective forms of collective social inquiry and action.

This work is growing in many contexts, including: social and environmental justice; education; inter-generational and intercultural initiatives; diverse health sectors; community development initiatives; conflict transformation and justice systems; initiatives for youth, seniors, new Canadians; Aboriginal communities; and social enterprise.

This will NOT be the usual conference; #dialogue will be central to our activities. Video showings, displays of your materials and space for informal conversations round out the program.

Whether you’re deeply involved or newly interested in arts-infused change work, we hope that ACW 2017 will provide you with useful knowledge, skills and perspectives in a wide range of topics – from emerging practices, including facilitation and new forms of partnerships, to current arts-infused research and funding opportunities/policies.

More information regarding program schedule, venue, hotels, and registration:

For those who can’t attend the gathering in Ottawa, we’ve posted info about Kitchen Table Chataquas.

-from ASC facebook
Read International Centre of Art for Social Change’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map