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Registration Open: Masks of Manipulation Workshop at Mixed Company Theatre in November


Mixed Company Theatre is excited to announce that, due to popular demand, we are hosting our two-day Masks of Manipulation workshop again in November 2019!

Masks of Manipulation (November 2nd and 9th 2019, 9:30AM-5:30PM)

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

The “Masks of Manipulation”, an invaluable character development and conflict-resolution process designed by Simon Malbogat, gives face to each of the seven different emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual 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.

In this two-day workshop, participants will embody and activate their understandings of manipulation, a process which culminates in the creation of each person’s own Mask of Manipulation. Each mask then becomes a physical touchstone in processes ranging from character development to community mediation. This workshop, co-facilitated by Simon Malbogat and Peter Jarvis, is suitable for artists, educators, social workers, and community activators alike.

For more information and 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! Email communications[at]mixedcompanytheatre.com to register.”

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

Digital Stories Workshops (grunt gallery & EastVan Digital Stories)

Become part of the new Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen!

“This Fall, grunt gallery and EastVan Digital Stories join forces once again with Mount Pleasant and Vancouver residents who wish to create short videos around the theme of PLACE. Artists Lorna Boschman and Sebnem Ozpeta will host a series of five, free, weekly workshops at grunt gallery that walk participants through the process of digital story making!

Through the digital stories group process, you will be able to create and share your own authentic story by combining digital photos and/or video. Selected videos from the workshops will be shown on grunt gallery’s Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen and on digitalstories.ca.

Upcoming Fall Workshops, 2019
Sunday, October 27, 1-5PM
Sunday, November 17, 1-5PM
Sunday, November 24, 1-5PM

Location: grunt gallery, #116 – 350 East 2 Avenue, Vancouver, BC

To sign up, please choose one day (from the dates listed above), include one alternative date in case your first choice of the workshop is filled.

Send an email to Lorna Boschman: lorna (at) digitalstories (dot) ca

In the email include your name, email address, phone/text number, and whether you live in Mount Pleasant or Vancouver. Please include one, or two, sentences about why you would like to create a short digital story. Lorna will send you a list of things you must bring to the workshop including several photos (from your phone or camera) and/or video that directly relates to your story’s theme.

Workshops fill up quickly, and a maximum of four people can register per weekly workshop!

Special thanks to the Vancouver Foundation who made this project possible.”

-from grunt gallery
Read grunt gallery’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Disrupting the Norm: The Thomas Poulsen Symposium on Disability and Mixed Ability Performing Arts (Calgary)

Disrupting the Norm: the Thomas Poulsen Symposium on Disability and Mixed Ability Performing Arts is a two-day gathering featuring co-creative workshops, critical thinking discussions, video showings and community building.

We invite you to join professional artists on Nov. 1–2, 2019 in the Reeve Theatre, as we open up conversations exploring disability art, aesthetics, creative process, education, and belonging, while celebrating individual perspectives and ensemble practices. This will be a valuable opportunity to connect with artists whose practices are inclusive and diverse, and to be creative with people who are interested in broadening their artistic spectrum. 

The symposium is for Professional and aspiring artists who experience disability, community members who experience disability and those who do not, and all artists and performers interested in investing in new perspectives on art-making. Fine arts education, pedagogy, and performance students and faculty members in both elementary and secondary education.

We are committed to making this event as accessible as possible for everyone who would like to attend. Please let us know how we create a more accessible and affirming event by emailing your access needs.

The symposium is free, but we do ask you to register to confirm your participation by Monday, Oct. 21, 2019.

For more information or to register, visit tickets.vendini.com. For more information and questions, email poulsensymposium[at]ucalgary.ca.”

-submitted by the Thomas Poulsen Symposium

Creative Facilitation Camp (Toronto)

Creative Facilitation Camp
Saturday, October 26 – Sunday, October 27, 2019

Daily from 9:30am – 6pm |  Coffee and sign in 9:30am, workshop will start at 10am sharp
St. Matthew’s Clubhouse, 450 Broadview Avenue, Toronto
Cost: $100 | Register via Eventbrite

Presented by East End Arts, in collaboration with Scarborough Arts, Creative Facilitation Camp is a two-day professional development series which supports artists, arts facilitators, and arts & culture workers in their creative facilitation skills. Over the course of two days, participants will learn how to:

  • Create safe and welcoming spaces for your participants;
  • Allow the creativity of your participants to flourish;
  • Build trust between you and your participants;
  • Build confidence and feel empowered as a creative facilitator;
  • And develop creative ways to transform your art and cultural practice into an engaging workshop and/or learning opportunity for community members!

WHO IS CFC FOR?

Creative Facilitation Camp is ideal for artists who are looking to develop into arts facilitators and educators, or practicing arts facilitators who are looking to improve their current skills, and take their creative facilitation to the next level! This program is also great for arts & cultural workers who are looking to improve their professional facilitation skills for working with groups of people (community consultations, stakeholder groups, youth, etc.).”

For more information, please visit: https://eastendarts.ca/creative-facilitation-camp-2019/

-from East End Arts

Workshop: Artfare Essentials (Jumblies Theatre)

What is it?

  • An introduction to principles and practices of arts that engage with and create community;
  • Many things you need to know to undertake your own community arts project;
  • An orientation to potential work or apprenticeship with Jumblies and Offshoots;
  • A gathering of diverse people interested in community-engaged arts;
  • A mix of presentation, discussion, art-making, site visits and take-home resources;
  • A time to consider and discuss the joys & challenges inherent in this work;
  • An intensive, fun, thought-provoking, immersive 6-day experience.

Topics include:

  • Definitions, terms, & guiding principles
  • Project visioning and planning
  • Partnerships (with arts and other sectors)
  • Research (arts and oral history-based)
  • Facilitation (making art with people)
  • Bridging diverse cultures and traditions
  • Collaborating across disciplines, forms and traditions
  • Navigating  conflicts and challenges
  • History and legacies of Jumblies
  • Evaluation, documentation, sustainability, legacy

For more information and to apply for the upcoming session, please visit Jumblies Theatre.

-from Jumblies Theatre website
Read Jumblies’ Profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Conference: Creative Convergence Winnipeg

“We invite you to join us at Creative Convergence Winnipeg as together we demonstrate and celebrate the power of the arts to heal, to connect, to construct knowledge, to build bridges across borders, to foster inclusion and to nurture reconciliation. Along with key partners, the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning (CNAL/RCAA) will gather national and international experts and delegates in arts and culture, education, recreation, health, therapy, medicine, humanities and community to engage in meaningful dialogue and seek solutions to the issues facing our increasingly intolerant, uncaring and violent world. 

This creative exchange will include streams of social justice and reconciliation, of health and well-being, of digital innovation and communication.  Interweaving these streams and diverse perspectives, Creative Convergence Winnipeg will generate an inclusive, viable and sustainable vision for the future of the arts and learning sector together with a compelling call to action. Bring your thoughts, ideas and practices to the table.

Please check https://www.eduarts.ca/conference-2019 for the full schedule and registration fees.

– Special early bird rate – 30% discount (book by September 9, 2019)

– Registration for the regular rate begins on September 10, 2019″

-submitted by CNAL/RCAA

Exchange: 19th National Mural Symposium

“Mural Routes invites you to join us for Exchange: 19th National Mural Symposium at the Spoke Club, Toronto.

About the Symposium

For over 20 years, Mural Routes has brought the mural art community together for learning, sharing and networking. This year we highlight and celebrate murals as a tool for Exchange and creative gateway for public dialogue.  Presenters will share local and international projects and ideas to illustrate how the value of a mural lies not only in the art left behind, but in the process of exchanging skills, perspectives, stories and experiences. We invite you to join us, learn from your peers, and walk away with a new perspective on mural art.

Check out the schedule and full list speakers here.”

For more information and to register, please visit https://muralroutes.ca/registration-symposium19/

-from Mural Routes

Community Arts Education: Best Practices – Livestream

“Come hang out with us from the comfort of your own laptop on August 20th at 12:30 p.m. for a live stream video! Sun of ‘Voice of Purpose’ will elaborate on her thoughts shared in the Community Arts Education: Best Practices resource she wrote for our Learning Room. You will have the opportunity to participate in the discussion live with the chat function, so feel free to bring questions!

Read the written component to wrap your head around the basics in advance here: https://neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/learning-room/learning/best-practices-in-community-arts-education

About the facilitator:
SUN – the Phoenix (formerly known as The Real Sun) has been an Artist Educator and a leader in community arts organizing since 2005. She is a (r)evolutionary and healer with a calling to support artists through the journey of becoming empowered educators and agents of social change. As the creator and director of Voice of Purpose, Sun has been blazing a path through the development of Purpose Rooted Arts Education as a pedagogical framework for facilitating transformative arts education. Sun has played key leadership and co-creational roles in several respected and award-winning community arts organizations in the Jane-Finch community of Toronto. She has also sat on Grant Review Committees for a number of Arts funders in Ontario. Sun is formally trained in Psychotherapy, Bio-Energetic Therapy, and Energy Healing. Sun is a multidisciplinary artist whose current primary practice is Brazilian Zouk dance; however, her professional artistic career has spanned modalities including Spoken Word Poetry, Singing/Songwriting (Acoustic Soul), Rap, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Originally born in Korea, Sun is now based in Toronto, Ontario.”

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

Art of Facilitation Toronto (Partners for Youth Empowerment)

Embark on a 5-month learning journey to develop the art of designing and leading life-changing transformational programs. Whether you work with youth or adults, Art of Facilitation will show you how to add depth and impact to your classrooms, youth programs, trainings, or conferences. Based on the premise that effective facilitators are authentic, creative, responsible, and passionate, the training weaves personal growth with skill building and practice.

You’ll Learn

  • Communication skills that empower
  • Leading edge group facilitation
  • How to lead and speak with ease
  • Strategies for dealing with triggers
  • How to lead equitable, inclusive groups Program design tools
  • Creative ways to add depth

You’ll Gain

  • New joy in your work
  • A diverse, supportive community of colleagues

Art of Facilitation is for teachers, youth workers, teaching artists, counselors, social service professionals, and trainers.

For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.partnersforyouth.org/aof-toronto-2019-2020/

-from Partners For Youth Empowerment

Indigenous Artists to “Dream Big” in Sault Ste. Marie this Fall

“Funding was recently confirmed to support an Indigenous arts gathering and festival. This September, Indigenous artists, curators, and cultural organizations from across Northern Ontario will gather in Baawating/Sault Ste. Marie for Dream Big 2019. Featuring two days of performances, art creation, panels, and discussion, Dream Big 2019 seeks to answer the question – what do Indigenous artists need to thrive in the North? 

The gathering is being organized by the Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance (NIAA), an emerging, Indigenous-led arts service organization with the mandate to support, promote, and advocate on behalf of Indigenous artists in Northern Ontario. Co-founded by Rihkee Strapp and Cora-Rae Silk, NIAA was created in response to the lack of Indigenous-run arts organizations in the North working in Indigenous communities. NIAA holds the belief that Indigenous artists are the experts on Indigenous art and on the communities and contexts in which they work.

NIAA co-founder and board member, Rihkee Strapp, says, “Cora and I met at the first Dream Big conference in North Bay in 2015, coordinated by Metis artist and arts administrator Clayton Windatt, formerly of the White Water Gallery. The first Dream Big was mind blowing; to see artists like Kent Monkman speak and show his artwork in City Hall, or Lee Maracle talk about influencing the birth of hip hop at the Capital Centre. For Dream Big 2019 our art administration team will be looking into coordinating multiple venues to show off all the region has to offer.”

NIAA recently earned support from the province and was awarded two grants from the Ontario Arts Council to host the gathering and accompanying arts festival. “We’re extremely grateful to the OAC for their support of this project,” says Strapp. “However, Northern Ontario is huge and air travel is a major expense so we’re hoping to raise additional funds to help subsidize travel costs so more artists from across Northern Ontario can take part.”

Donations are currently being accepted through the group’s GoFundMe page and will go towards travel subsidies to visiting artists. https://www.gofundme.com/get-indigenous-artists-to-dream-big-northern-on

-submitted by NIAA