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Sheatre Presents: The Spring Workshop Series: explore different techniques and exercises from Augusto Boal’s ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ (Owen Sound, ON)

“Spring is a time of growth and renewal, have you made your own personal growth and renewal plans?

Sheatre is here with fun and creative help. This spring, Sheatre’s Artistic Director Joan Chandler will lead the Spring Workshop Series, a series of experiential workshops in Owen Sound open to interested participants of all experience levels. This series will actively explore different techniques and exercises from Augusto Boal’s ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ where interactive theatre and improvisation are used as a tool to promote positive social change and personal development. This isn’t therapy; they’re informative training workshops. Taken individually or as a whole the Spring Workshop Series is ideal for community workers, counselors, educators, performers, directors, activists, social change advocates and anyone interested in Sheatre’s mission to use theatre and the arts to empower individuals and contribute to a healthy, compassionate society.”

Upcoming Workshop:

FORUM THEATRE WEEKEND

Forum Theatre is a UNESCO-recognized educational tool for implementing social change and is a form of interactive theatre that enables a community to explore multiple strategies in response to a problem or conflict presented in a short play. This two-day workshop, lead by Sheatre Artistic Director Joan Chandler and Artistic Associate Warren Bain, will introduce participants to the different aspects of Forum Theatre and explore creation, improvisation, intervention and facilitation. Learn how theatre can be a vessel for putting our words into action and give voice to advocacy.

When: March 2 & 3, 2019. 10 am – 5 pm each day
Where: OPSEU Owen Sound Regional Office, 100 – 1717 2nd Ave East, Owen Sound, ON, N4K 6V4
Attire: This is an interactive, participatory workshop. Dress for physical activity.
Minimum Age: 16+
Cost: $200, which includes the workshop and healthy lunch and snacks on both days.
Register: At this Google Form https://goo.gl/forms/58aTTOqhI8NA0P893

For more information on this workshop series, please visit: sheatre.com

-from Sheatre

SA Moves Workshop: Spirit of Africa (Scarborough Arts)

Spirit of Africa is a fun, exciting, interactive workshop that uses dance movement, music, and song to tell the story of the African people. Participants will learn about how the everyday lives of African people transfers through the arts, where examples of their daily activities, values and customs are portrayed. This workshop consists of a series of movements and song and drum rhythms from different parts of West Africa, followed by a formal instruction of a traditional dance piece, and ending with a “cookup”, where participants are able to freely express themselves. Participants should dress comfortably, be prepared to dance barefoot, and ready to have fun!

*Please note that this is a WORKSHOP SERIES and that participants who would like to attend are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER AND ATTEND ALL sessions of the workshop* 

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR

Born on the island of Trinidad and Tobago, Lesley Waldron started her journey in dance at the tender age of 5. She has trained in Modern, Caribbean Folk, and African Dance. In 1993, she joined the Ghanaian group Sankofa Drum and Dance Ensemble. In the Twi language, “Sankofa” means “go back and retrieve”; which is exactly what Lesley did, travelling to Ghana in 2007 to obtain a degree in West African dance and community development. Today, Lesley’s goal is to use the arts as a tool to educate young minds and inspire youth to elevate themselves.

This workshop is part of Scarborough Arts’ SA Suite of Programs — 2019.
For more workshops like this, visit http://bit.ly/SASuite2019″

-from Scarborough Arts

2019 Workshops with Mixed Company Theatre: Rainbow of Desire and Masks of Manipulation! (Toronto)

Mixed Company Theatre is excited to announce our lineup of annual workshops for artists, educators, and community leaders!

Rainbow of Desire (March 9th 2019, 10AM-5PM)

What happens when you take apart a single moment of conflict to explore every possible desired action?

In this experiential workshop led by Simon Malbogat, participants will employ Augusto Boal’s Rainbow of Desire techniques to broaden perspectives and reframe situations by focusing on the inner thoughts and impulses of the individual. Through storytelling and performance, participants will gain a deeper understanding of their conflicting and co-existing desires, which will enrich their work onstage and in community settings.

Masks of Manipulation (March 16th and 23rd 2019, 9:30AM-5:30PM)

The “Masks of Manipulation”, an invaluable character development and conflict-resolution process designed by Simon Malbogat and co-facilitated by Peter Jarvis, gives face to each of the manipulative forces we encounter both onstage and in daily life.

This workshop draws on Commedia dell’Arte-inspired masks to help participants acquire a deeper awareness of manipulation and oppression: how and why it happens, what it looks and feels like, and how to de-escalate it.
Participants will also take away from this two-day workshop a Mask of their own creation, which they will learn to use as a physical touchstone in processes ranging from character development to community mediation.

Forum Theatre Performance + Creation (July 19th and 20th 2019, 10AM-5PM)

In this all-levels workshop, we will explore how Forum Theatre techniques of participation, intervention, and improvisation can help performers, educators and community leaders build tool kits for character development, conflict resolution, and catalyzing change in their own circles.

This workshop, which acquaints participants with Augusto Boal’s pedagogy and applied theatre techniques, is a great opportunity for artists who are looking to hone their performance creation skills as well as for educators, social workers and health professionals, and any and all practitioners of community engagement.

Through learning and practicing Forum Theatre under the guidance of Simon Malbogat, participants in this workshop will receive the skills to become better facilitators, conflict resolution mediators, artists, community leaders, and more socially-aware educators.

For more information and full workshop descriptions, please visit:
http://www.mixedcompanytheatre.com/artists/training/

20% Discount for CAEA Members, and 50% Discount for Students and Arts Workers who identify as under-waged.
Bursaries also available upon request!

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

Digital Arts Services Symposium 2019

Digital Arts Services Symposium 2019
Symposium des services d’arts numériques 2019

All Digits on Deck
Building digital arts services for collective impact

As technology progressively transforms every facet of society, there is a pressing need for the arts and culture sector to jointly take ownership of its own digital futures.

From March 15-20, 2019, come to Toronto as the 2019 Digital Arts Services Symposium / Symposium des services d’arts numériques (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 in Canada.

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

For more information and to register, please visit: digitalaso.ca

-from DigitalASO

Indigenous Artists in Communities and Schools Projects (Ontario Arts Council)

Indigenous Artists in Communities and Schools Projects

The program supports projects that bring together Ontario-based Indigenous artists or Elders to:

  • work with individuals or groups of people from a community on collaborative activities that create a meaningful arts experience and transmit artistic skills and knowledge
  • teach arts workshops in schools during the upcoming school year, engaging children and youth in creative, active, hands-on and in-depth arts experiences

There are five categories:

  • Community arts projects: to help cover the costs of participatory activities that promote learning, collaboration and/or engagement in the arts
  • Indigenous languages through the arts: to help cover the costs of artistic and community-engaged projects in which the primary purpose is the transmission of Indigenous languages through the arts
  • Training for community artists and animators: to help cover the costs of Indigenous artists and animators working in community and non-arts settings to seek training and mentorship opportunities that will strengthen their community arts, arts training or arts education practice
  • Indigenous artists in schools projects: to help cover the costs of activities that promote learning, collaboration and/or engagement in the arts
  • Indigenous artists in northern fly-in communities: supports (a) applicants from fly-in communities working anywhere in Ontario, and (b) applicants from anywhere in Ontario working in fly-in communities

Note: Applicants may apply to only one category.

Deadline Dates: February 21 and August 29, 2019, 1 p.m. ET

  • Applications will be available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
  • Grant notification approximately four months after the deadline.

Important: Individuals have the option to apply orally to this program. For more information or to apply, call 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7401.”

For more information on the grant programs, please visit Ontario Arts Council.

-from Ontario Arts Council website

Webinar: Engaging Community in Municipal Performing Arts Space Projects (ArtsBuild Ontario)

Engaging Community in Municipal Performing Arts Space Projects

Presenters: Steve Solski, Executive Director at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and Kristopher Dell, Director of Production with Civic Theatres Toronto

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 @ 12:00 p.m.

Community needs, both inside and outside the arts sector, are always evolving. How can municipal performing arts venues continually serve local creators, artists, and community with their creative space? Steve Solski, Executive Director at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines and Kristopher Dell, Director of Production with Civic Theatres Toronto (who will be focussing on Toronto Centre for the Arts in this webinar) will be sharing their top five recommendations for understanding and building performing arts spaces around community needs.

This webinar is for arts managers interested in learning more about researching community needs and capital project development from a municipal perspective. There will be time for questions and discussion with presenters following their presentations.”

For more information and to register for this webinar, please visit the ArtsBuild Ontario event page.

-from ArtsBuild Ontario

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

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