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Outside Looking In: 120 Indigenous Students From Across The Country Gather in Toronto for the Ultimate Dance Performance

Presented by Outside Looking In, the 12th Annual “Indigenous Youth Dance Show” takes place at Toronto’s Sony Centre, Thursday, May 23rd

– Tickets on sale now –


“In Indigenous communities across Canada, students have been preparing for the performance of their lives since the beginning of the school year. All of their hard work, dedication and creativity culminates with the 12th Annual Indigenous Youth Dance Show—presented by Outside Looking In—at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, May 23rdOutside Looking In is a national-based organization that offers a high school accredited dance program for Indigenous youth in grades 7-12.
Using dance as a catalyst, the charitable organization pairs some of Canada’s hippest choreographers with participating schools in which the students are inspired to pursue education, engage in self-expression, and celebrate empowerment.

“At first glance, Outside Looking In is about dancing, but it also offers these students the opportunity to change their lives,” says CEO Melanie Hurley. “From one community and five dancers, we’ve grown to 13 communities and 120 dancers!” Hurley adds that 96% of those participants eligible to graduate have successfully completed high school – compared to the national Indigenous high school graduation average of 36%.
After being assessed on academic progress, attendance, dance performance and behaviour, successful students will travel to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation camp in St. George, Ontario two weeks in advance of the Indigenous Youth Dance Show, where they engage in daily rehearsals, camp activities and team building exercises to prepare for their performances.

Two shows are scheduled for May 23rd at 11am and 7pm. Tickets are $5 to $25 each (plus fees), and are available online through olishow.com/eventsTicketmaster, and boxoffice[at]tolive.com, by phone at 1-855-985-2787 or 416-368-6161 x1, and in person at the Sony Centre Box Office located at 27 Front Street East.

2018/2019 Participating Communities
Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School, ONGarden Hill First Nation, MBGrassy Narrows First Nation, ONIqaluit District Education Authority, NULac La Croix First Nation, ONMembertou First Nation, NSPenticton Indian Band, BCPikangikum First Nation, ONPinaymootang First Nation, MBSt. Theresa Point First Nation, MBSoutheast Collegiate, MBWasagamack First Nation, MBWebequie First Nation, ON

2018/2019 Choreographers
Eugene “GeNie” Baffoe/Winnipeg, MBMark Dela Cruz/Winnipeg, MBJordan Fassina/Vancouver, BCJessica LaRusic/Sydney, NSAshley Pengelley, Toronto, ONNeil Robles/Cambridge, ONSharlyne Santos/Winnipeg, MBQueenie Seguban/Toronto, ONNathan Tiangson/Toronto, ONTaylor Trudeau/Winnipeg, MBNino Vicente/Toronto, ON

About Outside Looking In
Founded in 2007, Outside Looking In is a nationally registered charitable organization that aims to empower Indigenous youth through the transformative art of dance, while they pursue education, increase their mental and physical health and engage in self-expression.”

For more information and ticketing details, please visit olishow.com/events

-from Outside Looking In
Read Outside Looking In’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Workshops – Creating Artists’ Health: Poetic Heartwork (Artists’ Health Alliance)


“Award winning artist and poet Timaj Garad will lead a 5-week series of workshops at the Aga Khan Museum on Saturdays, 2-4 pm from March 9 -April 6, 2019. The Poetic HeARTwork series cultivates well-being by deepening creative writing and wellness practices anchored in self-love; including body, mind, emotional, and spiritual domains, and strengthening our capacity towards radical self and community care. Participants in this program are invited to a deeper exploration of how poetry can inform and enhance their own well-being. The final session will focus on strengthening participants’ capacity towards radical self and community care and engage participants in a collaborative process of extending self-love to create thriving, resilient communities. This series is open to 15 artists of all disciplines and will focus on the following themes:

Week 1 – March 9 : Poetic Body Wisdom

Week 2 – March 16 : Teaching the Mind what the Heart knows

Week 3 – March 23 : The Balance of Letting go and Letting in

Week 4 – March 30 : Finding Purpose in the Poetic

Week 5 – April 6 : Heart to Heartwork: Re-imagining Community

CREATING ARTISTS’ HEALTH: POETIC HEARTWORK
with TIMAJ GARAD
March 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6, 2019
Aga Khan Museum, 2-4 pm
Series of 5 workshops: $35″

For more information, please visit Artists’ Health Alliance

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

The Age is More Film Program: a documentary filmmaking workshop that brings young people and seniors together (Regina)

The Age is More Film Program is a documentary filmmaking workshop that brings young people and seniors together in a creative collaboration to produce short documentary films on the theme of home.

      In this FREE program, you will:    

          • Learn how to plan, shoot, and edit a short film
• Work creatively with a small group of peers
• Help tell the stories of elders in your community
• Have a ridiculous amount of fun!

Ten young people (13-29 yrs old) will be chosen to participate in this project. We are looking for young people who are excited about filmmaking and interested in using film for social change.  We welcome any level of experience!

Your films will be featured at a red carpet gala after the program, submitted to the Reel Youth Film Festival, and distributed on AgeIsMore.comYouTube and the Reel Youth website.

This is an inclusive program and is open to all identities. We welcome people of all abilities, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, religions, sexual orientations, and socio-economic conditions.”

For more information, please visit: reelyouth.ca/revera_regina2019

-from Reel Youth website

Job Opportunity: Indigenous Project Coordinator (Sarasvàti Productions, Winnipeg)

“We are hiring an Indigenous Project Coordinator for a new initiative.

Sarasvàti Productions is an independent theatre company with a vision to transform society through theatre. We are about to embark on a new project using the arts to share the stories of Indigenous youth with a goal to explore the effects of colonization and the meaning of reconciliation. We are excited to be able to welcome to the team an Indigenous Project Coordinator for this initiative. The Project Coordinator will work on a contract basis from late January 2019 to early May 2020. This role is primarily administrative in nature, managing logistics rather than undertaking creative work. The Project Coordinator’s main responsibilities will include:

  • overseeing all logistical aspects of the project
  • regularly reporting to the full staff team, Indigenous Advisory Committee and the Board
  • managing communication with multiple partner organizations
  • implementing recommendations from consultation circles
  • recruiting and contracting artists, Elders, Knowledge Keepers and other participants
  • planning workshop sessions for story gathering
  • working with the team to coordinate logistical elements for public presentations
  • overseeing follow-up with community groups, potential partners and other arts organizations
  • assisting with outreach and networking
  • helping realize the goals of the initiative including archiving the process and putting plans in place for long-term implementation of new processes.

Sarasvàti Productions is committed to employment equity and actively encourages applications from all Indigenous candidates. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit.

We are in the early stages of developing this 18-month project. The rate of pay and weekly hours will be negotiated to match the ideal candidate’s experience and availability. The position will be based out of the Sarasvàti Productions’ office at 242 Cathedral Avenue, but with the flexibility to work off-site.

For more information on the listing, please visit: http://sarasvati.ca/hiring-project-coordinator. For more information on the company please visit: www.sarasvati.ca. To apply please forward your resume and cover letter by e-mail only to info[at]sarasvati.ca.

Deadline for application is January 30th or when the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those shortlisted will be contacted. Please note the position is dependent on funding.”

-from Sarasvàti Productions

Workshop: Reframing Relations (False Creek Community Centre, Vancouver)

Reframing Relations brings artists and the public together for arts-based dialogue about reconciliation in Canada. In this three part workshop, one Indigenous and one non-Indigenous artist-facilitator collaborate to design an artistic process for participants that will engage with themes such as identity, culture, history, and relationship with land and with each other. People of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds are invited to join this open exploration, which may include elements of visual arts, dance and movement, poetry and storytelling, and more. No artistic experience required, simply a willingness to be open-minded and hearted!

January 25, February 1 & February 08 – 11:00 AM-2:00 PM PST”

For more information, please visit False Creek Community Centre’s website

-from Community Arts Council of Vancouver

Profil à découvrir : Coup d’éclats (Montréal)

À mesure que notre répertoire de l’art communautaire prend de l’ampleur, nous réalisons qu’il devient un peu lourd de parcourir tous les profils… Nous avons donc pensé qu’en soulignant certains profils dans notre blogue, de temps à autre, nous vous permettrions de découvrir des projets que vous n’auriez pas encore vus. Merci de nous informer si vous connaissez des projets ou des organismes d’art communautaires canadiens qui ne se trouvent pas encore dans notre répertoire. Cette ressource se construit grâce à vos contributions! -l’équipe d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts.

Coup d’éclats réalise des projets de médiation, de collaboration et de co.création mettant en relation des artistes professionnel.le.s et des populations vivant différentes formes de marginalisation sociale. À travers des activités d’expression et de réflexion critique, offertes dans un cadre de travail non-hiérarchique axé sur la prise de décision consensuelle, nous réalisons des œuvres pluridisciplinaires à caractère social et politique. ”

Nous vous invitons à lire le profil complet de Coup d’éclats dans notre répertoire de l’art communautaire.

2nd annual Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (August 10-12)

“The Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (VOAF) offers visual and performing artists facing social exclusion and other barriers opportunities for exhibition and sales, performance and participation, connection and learning. The 3-day free festival takes place at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre from August 10-12, 2018, and includes individual artists as well as organizational partners, workshops for artists and the public, and hundreds of artworks on display and for sale, alongside live art and other performance forms.  Our primary values are inclusion and active participation towards strengthening a sense of community and creative citizenship among participants and the public.

Early opportunities to get involved include:

VOAF Organization Partners work with us to include an existing community of outsider artists in the festival in a group show format. We want to connect with those serving socially excluded artists as part of our ongoing work at CACV. Contact details below.

VOAF Organizing Committee meets every 2-4 weeks over the next 6 months and contributes to the planning, outreach, selection of artists, plus performance and exhibition design for the festival. Time commitment is flexible depending on availability. Committee volunteers are also encouraged to participate in the running of the event itself. Great opportunity to help develop a still-new festival in its second year after a successful 2017 launch. Encouraging POC, LGBTQ, Indigenous, youth, community artists and the disability arts community to help us build a festival that is even more vibrant and represents our city! Contact us by January 30. Details below.

Performing Artists in any form who self-identify as outsiders are invited to submit a short description of your performance (30-60 minutes) for early consideration. Performances can range from indoor, theatre-style seating with basic lighting/video/sound to outdoor, roving, interactive or participatory works. Fees will be paid. This is an open call and will be followed by a programming/curation process based on the proposals received. Apply by January 26 for early consideration: there will be a second artist call and application process. Application must include a 250 word bio of the artist or group and a link to a video or website of your proposed or a representative past work.”

-from CACV website
Read Community Arts Council of Vancouver’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Profile Highlight: Sick Muse Art Projects

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

“Working with community partners, we create spaces for Emerging Artists from equity seeking groups to showcase their work, to access opportunities for professional development and to engage communities meaningfully and actively in hands-on, high quality arts education integrated to issues of Social Justice.

OUR WORLD OF A THOUSAND COLOURS:
A (12) twelve-week art-workshop for children. During this time we guide participants (age 4-11) to explore various art forms: painting, sculpture, print making and photography.

Participants play with different materials while having conversations about DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, and COMMUNITY We work with professional artists, emerging artists, youth completing their community hours and other community members in delivering a curriculum that is respectful of each participant individualities and talents; we encourage the integration of all our talents for the creation of Collective Art pieces.

THE STORIES WE SHARE:
The Stories We Share: is a series of Creative Writing workshops for Refugee and/or Newcomer women (persons who self-identify as women). Women from different backgrounds participate in creative writing, collectively create poetry and share through creative writing, their stories of migration to Canada. In a safe space, women work together to produce individual and collective work. Their work is part of an annual Zine name THE STORIES WE SHARE. The project focuses on Refugee and Newcomer women who have interest in creative writing and who want to be part of a group of women working toward the creation of a Zine to share experiences of migration to Ontario, Canada.

READY MADE:
READY MADE: A Visual Conversation about IDENTITY in a Multicultural Society, is a youth photography project where youth ages 15-19 from the Latin American communities and other equity seeking groups. Youth are engaged through photography. This workshop will encourage participants to use photography as a way of self-expression and allow the opportunity to explore societal power imbalances in relations to identity.

Youth receive an intense 10-hour hands- on photography class using digital cameras; they are invited to explore photography as an Art form and way of self-expression.

Youth participate in a four-hour field trip which is intended for them to integrate the elements of power imbalances and identify in their photographic compositions.

COMMUNITY ARTS IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
Sick Muse Art Projects shares artistic experiences with rural communities; we create spaces for skill development and exchange between local artists (In Latin America and The Caribbean) and artists living in Canada. We bring Community Arts to rural areas and underserved communities with the belief that a creative human being is capable of dealing and coping with adversity. Art is a powerful tool that can transform the world in magical, unexpected and positive ways. ”

To read more about Sick Muse Art Projects, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: Made in BC – Dance on Tour

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

 

“Since 2006, Made in BC has organized over 250 community dance activities in underserved regions, reaching over 50,000 people. Originally conceived as a way to build audience appreciation for touring shows, Made in BC’s dance outreach activities have had such a huge impact on people in the communities that we partner with we’ve focused on expanding this aspect of our programming.

Every Body Dance BC:
Organized by Made in BC in partnership with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Every Body Dance BC is a gathering of current community-engaged dance projects open for new participants by Vancouver independent artists or companies. http://www.everybodydancebc.org/

“Community Dance on Tour”
is a selection of Community Engaged Dance Propositions from BC based artists, collectives or companies for presenters or other organizations interested in brining these type of projects in their communities.

The “Community Engagement Facilitator Program”
Also called our Dance Champions program is a group of artists and community organizers that have their ears to the ground in each of the MiBC communities, ensuring the development of locally relevant community dance projects programming across the province.”

To read more about Made in BC, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Toolbox Initiative: program designed to encourage and build healthy relationships between girls, gender nonconforming youth, and boys and to challenge gender stereotypes (Toronto)

About the Toolbox Initiative

“Toolbox is a program designed to encourage and build healthy relationships between girls, gender nonconforming youth, and boys and to challenge gender stereotypes. Our aim is to support the development of self sufficiency and confidence: experiences that we, as members of Toolbox, had when we first learned to work with our hands. The program will be led by the women identifying members of Toolbox who have backgrounds in woodworking and experience in training youths in these skills. Currently Toolbox aims to service the youth of the Kingston Galloway/ Orton Park neighbourhood. The members have, in some capacity, a connection to the KGO; having worked, gone to school or participated in community programming in the area.”

-from SKETCH
Read SKETCH’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map