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Profile Highlight: North York Arts

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realizae 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.

North York Arts (NYA) is a multidisciplinary arts service organization designed to address the needs and interests of artists, arts organizations and residents in the 11 wards of the North York region of the City of Toronto. North York Arts works in collaboration with the City of Toronto Councillors, Culture Division and various community partners to foster arts programming, provide art services to the region and bridge connections in the art and culture community between North York and the rest of Toronto. NYA provides inclusive arts events and programs to children, youth, family and seniors including programs to serve the Newcomer and Neighbourhood Improvement Area communities within North York. In addition, we provide services and programs to support local, emerging, and established artists.”

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

Profile Highlight: Libractivité (Armandie, QC)

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. 

Libractivité was created by Édith Cambrini, a multi-disciplinary artist from the Eastern Townships.

The name “Libractivité” refers to the combination of the following words: *libre(free)* *Liberty* *creativity* and *activity*. The main purpose of these workshops is to set the participant’s creativity free.

The workshops are meant to be an inviting space of creativity for all, where each individual may participate and also teach.

No experience required!

All are welcome! :)”

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

Profile Highlight: Miinikaan Project (Sault Ste. Marie)

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.

“The Miinikaan Project, meaning see in Anishinaabemowin, is a grassroots project geared towards the learning of traditional and modern Indigenous art practices.The project will involve a series of monthly group exhibits designed and led by young indigenous and non-indigenous artists. Monthly workshops will also be offered at various venues around Sault Ste. Marie, ON. This project has been made possible by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.”

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

Profile Highlight: The AMY Project (Toronto)

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.

The AMY Project is a free performing arts mentorship and theatre creation program serving young women and non-binary youth. AMY breaks down barriers to participation by providing meals and transportation; accessible, queer and trans inclusive and anti-racist environments; and more. With the mentorship of professional artists, AMY participants learn to tell their stories with honesty, integrity, and artistic rigour. AMY was the 2017 recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Arts For Youth Award.”

To read more about The AMY Project, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: And Also Too

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.

And Also Too is a collaborative design studio. We work with people who are imagining alternatives to unjust systems, who see a need to use new and unconventional strategies to tackle complex social problems, and who are ready to participate deeply in the design process.

We facilitate groups of people connected by choice or circumstance to co-design the future. We believe that people are experts in their own experiences, that everyone has the ability to participate in creative processes, and so we design with and not for communities experiencing injustice.

Our task is to help shine light on the issues and uplift the answers that the community holds. We draw inspiration from the community’s culture and history to co-create resources and tools that are unique, accessible, and delightful.”

To read more about And Also Too, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: Eastmain Art Hive (Eastmain, Québec)

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.

“The Eastmain Art Hive, located in the Cree Nation of Eastmain, on the James Bay is a free community Art Studio offering a mixture of traditional arts and crafts and contemporary art activities. The primary activities of the Eastmain Art Hive are painting and sewing; however, the Art Hive is involved in many creative projects and partnerships around the community involving youth, adults and elders. Some of the past and ongoing initiatives include: paintings for the arena complex, an art fair showcasing local artist’s work, traditional crafts like tamarack geese making and beading, a self defense course and sharing circle, art therapy workshops, photovoice, library and greenhouse projects. The Eastmain Art Hive encourages intergeneration learning, positive social engagement and creative art-making in a non-judgmental environment.”

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

Profile Highlight: Koffler Centre of the Arts – community arts projects (Toronto)

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.

The Koffler Centre of the Arts is a “cultural platform that engages audiences of all ages and backgrounds in a vibrant dialogue exploring critical ideas and concerns of our time.

As a Jewish organization, we value – and aim to foster – social justice, equality and inclusiveness while nurturing a passion for learning and understanding. We position Jewish identity in conversation with diverse perspectives and global voices to examine complex issues in a respectful, constructive way. We accomplish this through exhibitions, performances, discussions, publications and digital initiatives.

These principles support the Koffler’s engagement with the best contemporary creative minds in producing and presenting art that provides common ground for experiences shaping our shared cultural life and defining our social values.”

To read more about Koffler Centre of the Arts, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: Hamilton Youth Poets

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.

Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP) was “created in 2012 to give the Hamilton community’s youth the opportunity to develop their creative skills and have their voices heard. HYP has grown into a community hub centered around literacy and evolved into an arts organization that engages Hamilton youth in the act of telling and celebrating their own, authentic stories through year-round programming in spoken word, verse, multimedia, and new age journalism. The work is celebrated every spring in an awe inspiring culmination through the annual youth hip-hop poetry festival, Louder Than A Bomb Canada (LTABC), which brings together communities in a communal, barrier-breaking celebration of our differences.”

To read more about Hamilton Youth Poets, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: Dancing with Parkinson’s (Toronto)

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.

Dancing with Parkinson’s delivers “dance classes to those living with Parkinson’s disease throughout the GTA.

Our mission is to provide a safe fun and artistic environment where those living with PD can celebrate the artistry and potential of their own movement.”

To read more about Dancing with Parkinson’s, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: NEXTDOOR art + group + you (Belleville, ON)

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.

NEXTDOOR is an “inclusive arts-based group that promotes mental health to those feeling isolated and alone by creating a sacred space where individuals can come together on a weekly basis to reflect on poetry, create art and be introduced to visiting artists. The aim of the program is to be accessible with no cost to the participants. Values: Non-judgement, Safe, Inclusive, Open, Kind, Fun, Compassion, Supportive, Creative, Empowering.”

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