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Workshop – At the Heart of the Matter: Personal Storytelling in a Digital World (Winnipeg)

“At the Heart of the Matter: Personal Storytelling in a Digital World is guided by a storytelling process introduced by Story Center over 20 years ago. Since then it has found its way into many fields in North America and internationally. It has been used as a transformative resource by social service and health providers; educators, oral history researchers and librarians; and by groups committed to building community and to social, environmental, and political change.

In this workshop Community Works facilitators provide:

  • A safe and respectful storytelling space where participants can listen deeply to their own stories and to others’; 
  • Tutorials on video editing tools used to create short (2-5 minute) multi-media, first-person stories.

The process ends with a screening of the completed videos.

Community Works offers At the Heart of the Matter public workshops on a regular basis. The next public workshop is scheduled for Nov. 3-5, 2017.

Community Works also develops storytelling projects through partnerships with host organizations.

We provide start to finish project planning and development services, including assistance with community engagement strategies and fundraising through proposal development.

For more information, please visit:

-submitted by Community Works

The 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Oct 18-22, Toronto)

“The 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival today announced the full programming for the Festival, running October 18-22, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. imagineNATIVE will present over 100 feature films, documentaries, shorts, and music videos created by Indigenous filmmakers with almost three quarters of the films (72%) made by Indigenous female directors.

imagineNATIVE’s opening night gala on Wednesday, October 18 will be Waru a film directed by eight Māori women, telling the story of Waru, a young boy who dies at the hands of his caregiver. Each director tackles a ten-minute segment of Waru to create one complete, remarkable story through the lens of multiple family and community members as they deal with the horrific loss. On Sunday, October 22, the closing night gala will be The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Métis/Dene award-winning filmmaker, Marie Clements.


Highlights from imagineNATIVE‘s feature film programs include Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier, the true-crime story revolving around a captivating reclusive woman from a small northern Manitoba reserve whose catfishing of an NBA superstar made international headlines; Sweet Country, from director Warwick Thornton and starring Hamilton Morris and Sam Neill in a period western set on the Northern Territory frontier; Juliana & the Medicine Fish, starring Adam Beach and Emma Tremblay; Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film; and Kayak to Klemtu, the first feature film by Zoe Hopkins.

imagineNATIVE will also include a diverse selection of short film programs including the return of The Witching Hour, the annual midnight horror/comedy series; Receptors, a series of experimental, dramatic, and documentary shorts; Ambient Light, shedding a light on the polar region with five shorts from Sweden, Greenland and North America; and Channel 51 Igloolik, celebrating 30 years of Inuit video art with a world premiere screening of Bowhead Whale Hunting with My Ancestors by Carol Kunnuk and Zacharias Kunuk – the first episode from the seven-part television series, Hunting with my Ancestors.

imagineNATIVE is also proud to announce that Cree actor, humanitarian and activist Tina Keeper will receive the 2017 August Schellenberg Award of Excellence. Tina Keeper will receive her award at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival’s Awards Presentation on Sunday, October 22 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

imagineNATIVE will present A Wall is a Screen, a nighttime event that is part-walking-tour and part-film-screening that transforms the way people look at and interact with their city by projecting short films onto various surfaces. This will be the first time ever A Wall is a Screen will feature all Indigenous-made short films.

imagineNATIVE‘s music showcase The Beat, co-presented by Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), returns with live performances from Mob BounceKayla BriëtZiibiwan, and DJ Kookum, and a screening of eight music videos by Indigenous filmmakers and musicians.

The Digital Media Art+Cade, sponsored by Rezolution Pictures/Schoolü, returns to imagineNATIVE with projects including: The Cache, a digital photo essay from the Ammaaq family, who live north of the Arctic Circle; Standing Rock: People and Pride, an audio documentary by Kim Wheeler; Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show, a video game testing the mental might of the player; Impossible to Contain, a 360 video doc about the aftermath of a diesel spill in the waters of Bella Bella, BC; Purity & Decay, a video game utilizing the popular Telltale adventure game style; Thunderbird Strike, a 2D sidescroller game with the player flying from the Tar Sands to the Great Lakes as a thunderbird protecting Turtle Island; He Ao Kotahi, a web series featuring Māori artists in Palestine; and XINONA, a digital animation essay set in an alternative universe where planets are made of kale, kombucha and beer.

imagineNATIVE’s Art Crawl will include three different locations, showcasing eight exhibitions at seven different galleries. This year’s Art Crawl will begin at OCADU with two exhibitions: For This Land: Inside Elemental and raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000–2015). The Art Crawl will then move to the 401 Richmond building with five Exhibition Premieres including: Mourning and Mayhem: The work of Adrian Stimson at A Space Gallery; Channel 51: Igloolik – The Filmmaking Process, at Trinity Square Video; Skawennati: for the ages, at The Commons; Territ-Aur(i)al Imprints at Prefix Gallery; and Raven Chacon: Report at YYZ Artists’ Outlet. The evening will end with Installation Preview: Transmissions Part II at Wallace Studios, a behind-the-scenes preview of filmmaker Lisa Jackson’s first art exhibition Transmissions, as well as watching the filming of Unearthed, a live performance that will be a centrepiece of the installation.

imagineNATIVE’s FREE Industry Series, presented by CBC and CBC Docs, returns with leading professionals from around the world teaching and discussing topics relevant to Indigenous media creators. The Industry Series running October 19 to 21 will open with a launch and details of the new imagineNATIVE Institute, panels including topics surrounding Indigenous protocols in film and media, the first ever Web Series pitch competition, networking events, and a Sound Design Masterclass with Māori artist Dave Whitehead, with credits on major motion pictures and shows including District 9, The Hobbit, Arrival and Netflix’s Okja.

The full schedule for the 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is now available online at”

-from ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival news release
Read imagineNATIVE’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Artists’ Health Talk Series starts today! (Artists’ Health Alliance)

“Starting October 17, world-class researchers take the stage for our free Research for Practice (R4P) Talk Series.

Bringing decades of clinical work and research, our speakers will share their hard-earned insights into the forces which shape artists’ health. The focus lies on practical applications of their research, bridging the gap between what researchers discover and how artists work.

All talks are free of charge.
Registration is open! To learn more and register, go to

-from Artists’ Health Alliance website
Read Artists’ Health Alliance’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Kwe Performance Series: community workshop & performances (Native Women in the Arts)

Native Women in the Arts is pleased to announce the Kwe Performance Series: Pura Fé and Jennifer Kreisberg, in partnership with Big Medicine Studio.

On Thursday, November 3, at Nipissing First Nation, Pura Fé and Jennifer Kreisberg of Ulali Project will present a free community workshop at Big Medicine Studio, followed by a community performance. Pura Fe and Jennifer Kreisberg will perform and discuss hand drum songs, invite participants to join in, and answer questions.

Nipissing Community Workshop: Friday, November 3, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: Big Medicine Studio, 161 Couchie Memorial Drive, North Bay, ON
Admission: Free

Nipissing Community Performance: Friday, November 3, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Big Medicine Studio, 161 Couchie Memorial Drive, North Bay, ON
Admission: PWYC

Native Women in the Arts is pleased to announce the Kwe Performance Series: Ulali Project, in partnership with St. Anne’s Anglican Church and Big Medicine Studio. 

The evening will include a performance by world renowned a cappella group Ulali Project, with guest artist. This concert is the first event of our Kwe Performance Series for the second season.

Toronto Performance: Saturday, November 4, 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Venue: St. Anne’s Anglican Church, 270 Gladstone Avenue, Toronto, ON
Tickets: Adults $20.00/Elders, Students, Underemployed & Art Workers $10.00

For more information, please visit Native Women in the Arts website or  the facebook event pages: Nipissing First Nation (Nov 3) and Toronto (Nov 4)

-posted with permission from Native Women in the Arts
Read Native Women in the Arts’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Making a Living Making Art Workshops (Neighbourhood Arts Network, Toronto)

Workshop 1:
October 19, 2017 6:00 – 9:00pm

Rogers Communications Centre, Room: RCC 359 A
80 Gould Street
Toronto, ON
M5B 2M7
Map available here

This workshop will cover one aspect of implementation, website & social media management. Attendees will be taught how to save time & effort by managing their website using WordPress and their social media using Hootsuite.
Workshop 2:
November 2, 2017 6:00 – 9:00pm 
Rogers Communications Centre, Room: RCC 359 A
80 Gould Street
Toronto, ON
M5B 2M7

This workshop will cover marketing planning & strategy, focusing on the needs of creative entrepreneurs. The starting point to a successful strategy is a solid advertising & marketing plan: a plan that guides marketing momentum with focus & progressive actions.

About the Facilitator:
Fatou Seck has several years of experience in professional adult education. She is passionate about teaching and sharing her marketing expertise with people who need guidance in this field. Her teaching experiences combined with her knowledge of marketing planning and online & offline marketing have equipped her well to deliver highly valuable training. She provides one-on-one training to solopreneurs & small organizations and group training to learning centres such as SKETCH Arts and the Markham Small Business Centre. Fatou is also the founder of Seck eMarketing Solutions, a bilingual digital marketing agency whose mission is to empower small organizations to meet their marketing needs through training and one-on-one coaching.

Artists can sign-up by visiting here:

Narrative Wellbeing For Artists: Exploring Identity Through Writing (Artists’ Health Alliance)

“The role of writing in promoting wellbeing is an emerging field in personal and professional development. In this workshop, we will use writing exercises as an avenue to promote reflection, self-expression and insight into our professional identities as artists.

Writing is a creative and versatile medium to explore who we are and where we’re going as artists. The facilitator will cultivate a supportive and collaborative atmosphere for participants to reflect, write and discuss. Through structured exercises and discussions, we will explore our artistic identities and journeys. The link between writing and well-being will be emphasized.

This workshop is open to all artists. No writing experience needed!

Key Takeaways

  • Learn about the concept of professional identity & explore your own as an artist
  • Strengthen the connection between your artistic identity and your wellbeing
  • Develop the capacity to use writing as a tool for wellbeing

Please Note

  • This is not a creative writing workshop. Participants will discuss – not critique – each other’s writing
  • Please bring something to write with and something to write on, like your favorite notebook


Karen Gold, MSW, PhD facilitates workshops on creative writing, narrative medicine, and communication skills. As a visual artist she is drawn to printmaking, collage and, most recently, contemplative photography. She has over twenty years experience as a workshop leader, educator and social worker and currently works at Women’s College Hospital. She blogs about narrative at

-from Artists’ Health Alliance website
Read Artists’ Health Alliance’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

The ART of Changing the World (ACW)

The ART of Changing the World (ACW)
When: November 3-5, 2017
Where: Carleton University, Ottawa

Early bird registration rates end September 15th!

“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 The International Centre of Art for Social Change Facebook Page
Read International Centre of Art for Social Change’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Project Management 101 Workshop (ArtReach Toronto)

“Are you running a community project or are involved with a larger organization? Want to take your project management skills to the next level? Are you interested in learning more about being certified as a project manager and how your current experience can be transferred?

Many of us have become project managers by default as we are thrust into the field through creation of projects for our communities, often with little formal training ourselves. This Project Management 101 workshop will take participants through the basics of Project Management, as referenced by the Project Management Institute.

Participants will be introduced to project management language and concepts as used in the project management field in order to be able to transfer their experience into the larger field of project management. Tools and templates will be provided to support participants in running community projects more efficiently.

Paulina O’Kieffe– ArtReach Director, Community Artist, Project Manager

Date: Thursday, September 21st, 2017
Location: Youth Action Network, 1489 Dupont Street, Toronto
Time: Registration & food at 5:30pm; workshop start time is 6:00pm
Note: This workshop is open to youth (13 to 29 yrs). Space for this workshop is limited so register today! Food and refreshments will be provided.”

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

18th National Mural Symposium (Mural Routes, Toronto)

“For over 20 years, Mural Routes has hosted a weekend of learning, sharing and networking with the mural art community. This year we explore Perspectives, inspired by the work of our keynote speaker, Trompe L’oeil artist John Pugh.

We are thrilled to welcome John, alongside an exciting lineup of speakers, including The Laneway ProjectPopsilos, an all-female panel of mural artists, and more!

View the full schedule and register now!

What: The National Mural Symposium, is a professional development and networking event for mural artists, administrators and mural producers to explore current trends and challenges in the field of mural art. This year’s keynote speaker is noted trompe l’oeil artist John Pugh.

When: Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 15

Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto

Registration: $200 for members, $225 for non-members. Single day pricing available. Register at Registration deadline: October 2nd

Contact: or 416 698 7995″

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

National Conference Celebrating Canadian Diversity (Canadian Network for Arts & Learning)

“The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning (Le Réseau canadien pour les arts et l’apprentissage) is thrilled to announce our National Conference Celebrating Canadian Diversity, October 18-20, 2017 in the stunning, cultural gathering space of the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health in Ottawa.

Join us to be inspired by artists, teachers, performers, scholars, researchers and celebrities such as Susan Aglukark and Sandra Laronde along with opportunities for engagement with the host city of Ottawa. Participants will have the rare opportunity to discuss key issues and help strengthen and build connections in Canada’s arts and learning sector through our partnership with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, our Eduarts mapping project and much more. See you in Ottawa, from October 18 – 20.”

Le Réseau canadien pour les arts et l’apprentissage (The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning) est fier d’annoncer sa Conférence nationale, Une célébration de la diversité canadienne, qui aura lieu du 18 au 20 octobre 2017 dans ce lieu de rassemblement magnifique qu’est le Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, à Ottawa.

Joignez-vous à nous, laissez-vous inspirer par des artistes, des enseignants, des universitaires et des vedettes tels que Susan Aglukark et Sandra Laronde, et profitez-en pour mieux découvrir la ville-hôte de cette conférence. Les participants auront l’occasion de discuter d’enjeux clés et d’aider à consolider et à bâtir des passerelles dans le secteur canadien des arts et de l’apprentissage, grâce à notre partenariat avec la Commission canadienne pour l’UNESCO, à notre projet de cartographie Éduarts et bien plus encore. Rendez-vous à Ottawa du 18 au 20 octobre! ”

-from CNAL website