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Première de Lapierre/Pascal – le hood en 5 jours (Montréal)

Vous avez pu découvrir il y a quelques jours sur notre blog le profil de Coup d’éclats, un organisme montréalais à but non lucratif qui 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.

En visite à Montréal la semaine dernière, j’ai eu la chance d’assister à la grande première d’une série de courts métrages intitulée Lapierre/Pascal – Le hood en 5 jours , s’inscrivant dans le cadre du projet «Voix partagées».

photo: Laurence Messier Moreau

«Voix partagées», le projet présenté par Emily Laliberté, directrice artistique:

«Voix Partagées, s’est déployé comme un projet de co.création cinématographique par et pour un groupe de jeunes citoyen.ne.s du quartier.

À travers une série d’ateliers de libre expression proposés aux jeunes du quartier, nous avons travailler sur les perceptions négatives dont ils sont victimes et leurs conséquences sur la communauté.

Un groupe de 10 jeunes impliqués auprès de l’organisme Parole d’ExcluEs, dont un noyau fort du Staff Lapierre, s’est engagé dans la démarche. Au terme d’un long processus scénaristique, nous avons choisi de réaliser une série de 5 courts métrages thématiques afin de faire connaître le quartier sous un angle nouveau.

En documentant l’expérience d’invité.e.s convié.e.s à découvrir le quartier à la manière de la «Petite Séduction», les jeunes ont accompagné le rappeur algonquien et photographe Samian, l’historien et rappeur Webster, les jeunes entrepreneurs de Nation Kreyol, une mère de région éloignée et ses enfants ainsi qu’un jeune montréalais issu d’un milieu aisé à la découverte de l’art, de la communauté, de l’entreprenariat, des jeunes et de l’histoire du quartier.»

La première à la Maison Culturelle Et Communautaire De Montreal-Nord

Buddha Rank, photo: Catherine Lamaison

La projection s’est déroulée le 24 mai dernier, dans le cadre du lancement du Festival des arts de Montréal-Nord. La série documentaire était précédée d’une performance de Buddha Rank et suivie d’une discussion avec les co.créateur.trice.s du projet.

La belle salle Oliver-Jones s’est remplie d’un public très enthousiaste, venu nombreux pour assister à l’aboutissement de ce projet de longue haleine qui a duré 13 mois au lieu des 4 mois initialement prévus! Le résultat est inspirant, plein d’émotion, de sensibilité et d’humour. Les préjugés associés au quartier de Montréal-Nord sont un à un déconstruits et cette co-création met en avant la solidarité, la diversité et la richesse culturelle et créative d’un quartier trop souvent stigmatisé.

Nous espérons que cette série trouvera un diffuseur afin d’être vue par le plus grand nombre.

La Presse en parle…

Cliquez ici pour accéder au bel article de Rima Elkhouri.

Pour en savoir plus sur Coup d’éclats, c’est par .

-Catherine Lamaison, coordonnatrice en art communautaire francophone

Recette et rencontres_Cuisine ta ville : lancement du livre lors d’un 5 @ 7oupe !(ATSA, Montréal)

C’est le mercredi 16 mai prochain qu’ATSA vous invite au Lancement du livre Recettes et Rencontres_Cuisine ta ville

– 5 @ 7oupe sous le tempo
«- Au Parc Hydro-Québec, adjacent à la MDD, 50 Ste-Catherine O. _ Métro Saint Laurent

AU MENU:
-Lancement du livre Recettes et Rencontre, Cuisine ta ville (À se procurer sur place)
-Dégustation gratuite des soupes de la famille Phan, de Gracia Beyloune et des chefs jumeaux, de Fatma Abu Areaf, de Moyad, de Las Mechas, et de Rachel.
-Mot de bienvenu et annonce surprise à 18h !

C’est bien plus qu’un livre de recette !

En mai 2017, Cuisine ta ville nous a élevé et ému par la connaissance et la reconnaissance de ces personnes courageuses, arrivées à Montréal en tant que réfugiées et leurs descendants, tous construisant la trame culturelle du Montréal d’aujourd’hui. Le livre Recettes et Rencontres, Cuisine ta ville comprend les recettes des 34 soupes réalisées, la frise chronologique et le lexique, les témoignages des artistes et conférenciers participants, et le menu de conversation Le Temps d’une Soupe pour animer la discussion lorsque vous serez aux fourneaux ! En savoir plus.

Le livre Recettes et Rencontres, Cuisine ta ville est aujourd’hui le témoin des rencontres qui ont eu lieu autour d’un comptoir, d’une activité partagée, du faire ensemble, sur la place publique au cœur de la ville. Nous vous invitons à poursuivre la démarche, et que la confection de ces soupes aux milles saveurs soit prétexte à apprendre, réfléchir et s’émouvoir sur toute la richesse humaine qui fait de notre Île la métropole francophone d’Amérique que nous sommes aujourd’hui.

LE TEMPS D’UNE SOUPE

Depuis février dernier, ATSA, Quand l’Art passe à l’Action est en tournée extraordinaire grâce au programme Nouveau Chapitre du Conseil des Arts du Canada.

Ceci nous a mené à réaliser l’intervention Le Temps d’une Soupe en partenariat avec des acteurs locaux au Burkina Faso avec Rendez-vous chez nous au Liban avec la Zico House et Achrafieh 2020 et au Maroc avec Awaln’Art. L’été qui s’en vient nous amènera davantage au Canada vers Iqaluit, Val d’Or, Moncton, WhiteHorse et Yellowknife.

Un bilan plus exhaustif est en construction vu l’étendue des territoires visités, des personnes et organismes impliqués, des différences culturelles et organisationelles de l’espace public…à suivre!

Nous vous invitons à apprécier les portraits poétiques de chaque destination et merci à toutes les équipes et participants d’être les activateurs.trices de ces dialogues impromptus et nécessaires!»
«L’ATSA est un organisme à but non lucratif fondé en 1998 par les artistes Pierre Allard et Annie Roy. Sur un ton ludique et percutant, ils créent, produisent et diffusent des œuvres et événements transdisciplinaires sous forme d’interventions, d’installations, de performances ou de mises en scène réalistes motivées par le désir d’interpeller la population envers des causes sociales, environnementales et patrimoniales cruciales et préoccupantes.

Leurs Actions visent à ce que le propos esthétique et symbolique de l’art soit aussi un outil d’interaction et d’éducation populaire, nous confrontant à nos responsabilités individuelles et collectives en redonnant à la place publique sa dimension d’espace ouvert à la rencontre, à la réflexion. La dimension participative et le fait d’interpeller le public dans sa citoyenneté est au coeur de la démarche.»

-diffusé par ATSA, crédits photo ATSA
Lire le profil d’ATSA dans notre répertoire et carte de l’art communautaire au Canada

Appels à projets: résidences artistiques Métissages Urbains (Montréal)

«APPEL À PROJETS AVRIL 2018

Cette année encore nous lançons les appels à projets pour les résidences artistiques estivales de Métissages Urbains ! Nous espérons rencontrer trois artistes qui acceptent de mener un projet de cocréation et de réflexion artistique, avec les gens rencontrés au fil du projet. Encore une fois ces résidences se feront en partie dans l’espace publique avec les passants et les passantes. Cette année une attention particulière est portée sur le fait d’inviter pour ces résidences un.e artiste autochtone et deux artistes souhaitant travailler avec les populations nouvellement arrivées, dans Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve et dans Montréal-Nord. On attend avec impatience les candidatures et les projets proposés!

Date limite pour les résidences artistiques nouveaux.elles arrivant.e.s : 30 avril 2018
Date limite pour la résidence artistique autochtone: 15 mai 2018

Pour toute autre question ou demande de renseignements, n’hésitez pas à envoyer un courriel à ​metissages@exeko.org ou à venir dans les bureaux d’Exeko: 5445 rue de Gaspé, suite 405, Montréal (QC) H2T 3B2»

«C’est quoi ?
Métissages Urbains accueille des artistes en résidence dans notre espace commun : la rue. Accompagné.e.s d’un médiateur ou d’une médiatrice de notre équipe, les artistes co-créent des œuvres (peinture, son, projection, architecture…) avec les passant.e.s afin de créer un lieu d’échanges et de rencontres improbables entre tous les citoyens et citoyennes. Chaque projet culmine sur la production d’une œuvre dont la diffusion stimule notre créativité, nous invite à̀ apprendre et à échanger nos idées!

  • Provoquer de nouveaux espaces de création
  • Ouvrir des dialogues mixtes sur l’art
  • Provoquer l’échange et la participation citoyenne»

-diffusé par Exeko
crédit photos: Exeko

Tout Koulè: art thérapie et tourisme responsable, exposition dans le quartier de St Michel (Montréal)

“Tout Koulè, qui signifie « tout en couleurs » en créole, est le résultat d’un travail avec les enfants du quartier Saint-Michel et de Jalousie en Haïti. À travers des ateliers d’art-thérapie, les jeunes montréalais ont été amenés à réfléchir à leur identité en conciliant leur culture haïtienne et la culture québécoise qui les entoure. À Jalousie, les jeunes ont réfléchi à l’impact de la couleur sur leur identité et leur environnement.

Venez admirer les portraits hauts en couleurs de ces jeunes!” Pour plus de détails, veuillez cliquer ici.

-diffusé par la TOHU

CBC Arts Article: Art City Inc. Winnipeg

CBC Arts shares with us a recent article on Tyler Malissa Ritchot, a participant of Art City Inc.’s programming in Winnipeg. Here’s an excerpt from the article, as well as a video below to learn more about Tyler, the costumes and Art City! It’s great that these special stories about the work going on in community-engaged arts centers are publicized!

“Tyler first got hooked on costume-making when they saw tutorials on YouTube. Then, they attended a mascot-making workshop at Winnipeg’s Art City studios, a community art space that gives young people access to the tools and resources they need to make their creative ideas into real stuff — like the kind of oversized costumes they now specialize in. “[It] just caught my attention instantly and I was like, ‘I want one, so I’m going to make one.'”

Read the full CBC Arts article here.

-from CBC Arts
Read Art City’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Project Highlight: “Sky is the Limit” Documentary & Performance (All Nations Healin’ Thru the Artz)

All Nations Healin’ Thru Artz is a “non-profit community organization that links professional artists with inner-city youth in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada to collaboratively create and showcase performance based work and projects.” ANHTA shares with us a documentary and the entire performance of this year’s “Sky is the Limit” showcase in Regina, which was a roaring success. Watch the videos below and enjoy!

In the Fall, All Nations Healin’ Thru Artz will be celebrating their 10th anniversary, details forthcoming, but keep your eyes and ears open for what they have in store for their anniversary!

-submitted by All Nations Healin’ Thru Artz
Read All Nations Healin’ Thru Artz’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Wapikoni – Cinema on Wheels Tour Continues to Roll Across Canada

Wapikoni, Cinema On Wheels, showcasing stories made during Wapikoni stopovers rolls across Canada

“As part of Wapikoni Mobile’s first-ever coast-to-coast tour, Wapikoni: Cinema on Wheels will be stopping in various cities and communities across the country from April to November 2017 to bring a selection of incredible short films with compelling stories and incredible visuals directed by Indigenous youth from Eastern Canada to urban areas and remote communities. The Wapikoni, Cinema on Wheels tour is part of “Wapikoni From Coast to Coast: Reconciliation Through the Media Arts”, a project under the patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and supported by the Government of Canada.

Cinema on Wheels offers three distinct programmes of shorts films that were selected in prestigious film festivals such as Sundance, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Montreal International Documentary Festival, the Cannes Film Market, etc.: the general public (14 shorts), the teen (10 shorts) and the youth 7-12 (8 shorts) programmes. Witness the flowering of a new generation of talented young Indigenous filmmakers, learn about other cultures and participate in a discussion about Indigenous films and realities with the projectionists-facilitators. The choice of these works, with their unique stories, is aimed at discovering dynamic Indigenous voices and incredible talents coming straight from the communities.

Don’t hesitate to contact Tanis Choueiri at diffusion@wapikoni.ca to book a FREE a screening in your community, school or to have the caravan stop at your festival!

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING DATES:

  • August 14 , 6pm: Toronto (Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, 16 Spadina corner of Bloor)
  • August 17, 11:30 am: Hiawatha First Nation (Youth Centre, 361 Hiawatha Line)
  • August 21, 12:30 pm: Alderville First Nation (Community Centre, 8913 Country Road 45, Roseneath, ON)
  • August 22, 7 pm: Peterborough (Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre, 580 Cameron Street)
  • August 24, 11:30 am: Moose Deer Point Rec Center (1011 Ogemawahj Rd.)
  • September 9: Rideau Hall, Ottawa
  • September 15: Montréal
  • September 16: Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec
  • We are currently booking more dates and taking reservations. Our calendar is updated daily.

“Through the project ‘Wapikoni from Coast to Coast: Building Bridges and Reconciliation through Media Arts’, young Indigenous Canadians will have the opportunity to be heard and to exchange ideas. The audiovisual and musical creative workshops will give young creators the chance to express themselves, and the resulting works will be presented in several communities across the country. Let’s take advantage of the 150th anniversary of Confederation to have a positive dialogue and to strengthen relations between us all,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

From April to November, a caravan equipped with exterior projection equipment and staffed by two facilitators will travel west to east, covering 10 Canadian provinces and stopping in 100 Indigenous
communities and 50 cities. The screenings will be in English, French and Indigenous languages.

We have 3 programmes:
– general public (14 shorts)
– teen (10 shorts)
– youth 7-12 (8 shorts)

“One of Wapikoni’s most cherished dreams has come true: Making the voices of Indigenous youth who we have worked with for over 13 years echo throughout Canada, establishing a dialogue between communities of all origins through their films. These works are a unique part of Indigenous cultural heritage,” says Manon Barbeau, Executive Director of Wapikoni.

“We believe in the power of film to affect change. That’s why a program like Wapikoni, Cinema on Wheels is so important. It helps amplify the voices of these emerging Indigenous creators,” says Jacqueline Dupuis, Executive Director of VIFF. “We believe in supporting the talent that exists here in Canada and are always on the lookout for good stories and innovative ways of creating them. We are honoured to partner with Wapikoni in sharing the often unheard stories created by Indigenous youth across Canada.”

About Wapikoni
Wapikoni Mobile is a travelling audiovisual and musical creation studio dedicated to Indigenous youth. Since 2004, Wapikoni has visited over 20 communities and accompanied thousands of participants who worked to direct close to 1,000 short films translated into several languages. These films have received 146 awards and honours at national and international festivals. Wapikoni is under the patronage of UNESCO.”

-from Wapikoni Mobile website
Read Wapikoni’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

DAREarts Attawapiskat 2017 Song: We are the People & Reflection: artist-educator

The following post originally appears in DAREarts blog and has been reposted with DAREarts’ permission. Special thanks to DAREarts for sharing this piece with us and for inviting ArtBridges to participate. For more information on DAREarts, please visit DAREarts.com 

Written by DAREarts artist-educator Glenn Marais.

“DAREarts came to the community of Attawapiskat to hear a story about the original Bear Clan from a knowledge keeper, John Matthews, and to take that story and create a film, visual art, a song and a slideshow of pictures to accompany the music. We worked for three days, two seventy five minute periods, with the high school students on a very condensed schedule, including two evenings and one day after school.  What happened was incredible as the students and teachers came together and worked in the spirit of true partnership to create a stunning and moving cinematic interpretation of the story, with original music created by them and a powerful and moving song that expressed the story of their lives and their love of the land.

The sun sets late in Attawapiskat. At 10:00 O’clock it starts to go down and the night sky comes out, crystal clear constellations arcing across the stratosphere, a sailor’s map, starry legends over a world that sleeps but does not rest.  It rises early, breaking the horizon with a brilliant northern radiance illuminating the dusty streets and weathered roofs of the reserve.  The homes are falling apart after the tyranny of the long, cold winter and the morning sounds of rumbling trucks and nails being driven, blend into the chaotic orchestra of a community waking and beginning to move through the day. Its sounds are just like any other town or community coming to life with the promise of the morning. Only here, it is less about promise than survival. There is a magnificent white Catholic church, tall and majestic by the water with stained glass windows that tell the history of the people and whispers of apologies for past wrongs.  Truths have yet to come and apologies given for Residential schools and that is part of the healing that must happen. It is part of a history long buried, that has been disturbed, opened and left like a forgotten graveyard.

Today’s youth live within the reality of the schools ignoble past.  In the shadow of their parents haunted memories, they struggle to burst free and find the glorious sun that shines so long in the summer and hibernates in the winter. Yesterday, one of the high school students walked and talked with us and her words were true, direct and honest, filled with a piercing, unabated intelligence that captivated and charmed us and as she ascended the wooden stairs that are ubiquitous in this community, slowly opening the door to her home that rested in a state of decay, my heart broke for her and I felt ashamed because my feelings seem powerless to help her.

The name reserve fails to describe the pulsing heart of this community.  What a shallow name for a community of people.  We name things in this world for convenience of categorization and to displace the fact that we have committed wrongs. A dressed up wound still bleeds despite our arrogant nature and human nature is arrogant, particularly when it vaunts it’s self as civilized and tromps over anything that doesn’t fit inside it’s neat, tight lineage. The reserve isn’t a dumping ground for an inconvenient culture.  It is a living breathing community that celebrates and mourns, dances and shuffles, sings and cries like any other.  When you fly into a northern community, the sheer beauty of it is staggering.  Hundreds of pristine lakes and rivers dot the landscape of silty islands, whose fish laden waters and abundant wildlife enrich the land. The land is the mother and the connection runs deep, through memories, and stories of creation, and growth with 44 clans coming from the original clan bear clan.  An ancient system of identification and relationship to the animal world that kept the bloodlines as pure as the waters that surround this island community.  The name Attawapiskat means, “People of the parting of the rocks” and it is an island of many created by the surge of the mighty Attawapiskat river, where the people live in harmony with great respect for nature and the balance of life.

This land is much more than its surface appearance of dirt, dusty roads and broken homes. It has the pulse of the Earth mother and connects the people in ways we can’t begin to imagine. We look at land as possession, here it is the heartbeat of a world that is interdependent, with everything flowing and weaving in and out of a glorious kaleidoscopic tapestry that bedazzles the eyes and stirs the soul. It is the sound of a motorboat powering a launch into the rising sun, the crack of a rifle across a winter plain, bringing home food to a family during the cold winter season, and it is the cry of the pow wow singer whose voice is the sound of the elders echoing through the universe. What great spirit inhabits this land and what wonders await if we can learn to walk in humble shoes and beside our First Nations people.

I have heard people say we should remove them from the reserve and integrate them into society as if the “them” in this conversation are inanimate beings that we can move on some self-righteous chessboard. What about a question? How can we work with you to make things better for you? Where can we begin and sit down with you as brothers and sisters in a circle and come to an understanding and a reckoning of our true history, so that we can move forward together, like the two rows on the Iroquois Wampum belt, in a peaceful union? I don’t dream of such things, I speak of them and when I play my guitar and sing and drum, I sing to the heavens, the Earth, my family and my promise, to never stop until things change.  For now, I walk these dusty roads with my eyes, ears and heart open and look always forward to the sun, moon and stars, just like the words in the song that we wrote together:

“We are the sun, moon and stars, we are the trees
All around us, is everything we need
Everything we need is all around”

We live in an abundant world, made shallow by greed, and in this great land of broken promise and faded dreams are the glittering embers of a glorious past that knew, everything we needed was around us and not to take more than we needed. I heard a story on this trip from a noble young man of great character from Attawapiskat, who told us of being pursued by a wolf, when his skidoo broke down.  He told us how he shot around the wolf to scare him off and kept doing this even as the wolf closed in on him.  A man of lesser character would have killed the wolf.  He did not. This is the character of a man cast in iron and made of blood and bone who taught me so much with the simple power of his story.  Our life is meant to be lived in the teachings, with humility and wisdom with respect for ourselves and the world, with courage in the face of danger, so that we will lead with love and honesty, and in that way come to know our truth. To know the teachings of the grandfathers is easy, to live them is hard. Thank you my young friend for a life well lived and lessons well taught.


To read an overview of DAREarts’ week in Attawapiskat, click here.

DAREarts is a charity that empowers young at-risk Canadians aged 9 to 19 to ignite change as leaders. Visit darearts.com to learn more. DAREarts ‘First Roots’ program partners with First Nations to work alongside youths, local artists and elders and, together, address challenges such as school absenteeism, hopelessness and suicide.

PROJECT SUPPORTERS: Province of Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport; Ontario150; Northbridge Insurance; Anne Livingston; David & Teresa Thomas; Noront Resources; The Paul Semple Award; Allan Drive Middle School”

-posted with permission from DAREarts, read the original post here
Read DAREarts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

DAREarts in Attawapiskat: “Our Stories are a Part of Us”

The following post originally appears in DAREarts blog and has been reposted with DAREarts’ permission. Special thanks to DAREarts for sharing this piece with us and for inviting ArtBridges to participate. For more information on DAREarts, please visit DAREarts.com 

“In June 2017, DAREarts returned to Attawapiskat FN for a week of empowering workshops that helped many youth discover their voices and inner leadership. DAREarts workshops are facilitated by DAREarts artist-educators in partnership with the community. 

The first of our team to arrive in Attawapiskat FN was DAREarts artist-educator and cinematographer Peter Elliott, who met with the grade 7s of Kattawapiskak Elementary School on Friday to introduce them to DAREarts and the art of filmmaking. The class watched several short films created by other DAREarts First Nations youth. Peter then dared the class to take a big risk without being afraid of failure: they were going to create their own short film in just ONE day! In groups, the class ventured out onto the school grounds armed with cameras and creativity, capturing a variety of different angles and shots. Peter then used this footage, along with stock footage of an alligator, to bring their hilarious creation to life as “Attawapigator”. When they saw their video it was a raging success, and they asked for an encore viewing. Despite many of the students being quiet and shy, they were now ready to take on more DAREarts!

DAREarts Lead Teacher Laura MacKinnon, DAREarts artist-educator and musician Glenn Marais, and ArtBridges’ Seanna Connell arrived over the weekend to join Peter. The team met the grade 9 class at Vezina Secondary School on Monday morning, and after a creative introduction the class welcomed knowledge keeper John Matthews. He captivated the students with a story of the first clan, the Bear Clan, offering the youths inspiration for the week ahead. In the afternoon the team met the grade 12 class and repeated their introductions, and John Matthews returned to share the story with them as well. Both classes were invited to work with the team in the evenings throughout the week. The first evening had a small turnout, but was massively productive! Colin arrived first, spending the evening making beats on the keyboard with Glenn, brainstorming lyrics with Laura, and learning to use the video camera with Peter. Tyler then arrived, making a beeline for Glenn who worked with him to compose a whole melody on the keyboard. Chandler and Jamie were the last to arrive, working with Laura and Seanna to capture footage and write the film’s plot.

Tuesday was fast-paced, with the class formed into two groups: the Musicians and the Film Crew. The musicians worked with Glenn and Laura on the verses for their song and created music for their short film, while the film crew started casting and shooting their first scene with Peter and Seanna. A few of the youths were hanging back, but they took action when given the roles of assistant director, set photographer, and editor. In the evening, youths Keenan, Colin, and Jack Jr. (who is also a DAREarts Leadership Award recipient) arrived right away. Keenan worked with Glenn and Jack Jr. to record two rap verses he had written during the day, and Colin was joined by another arriving youth, Chandler, to go out and film using the shot list.

On Wednesday, another group was created: Visual Artists! Throughout the day, the musicians finished writing the chorus of their song and prepared introductory music for the film score. One youth, Ambrose, skillfully layered different notes and sounds to add the finishing touches to the chorus. The film crew worked on several group shot scenes in the teepee frame near the school, with youth Jade working as our set photographer. The visual artists created chalk pastel drawings of bears that were integrated into the film using green screen. In the evening, several youths met to record parts of the song, and Jack Jr. offered to narrate the film. Colin acted as audio engineer, Syvanna sang the chorus, Jack Jr. sang and recorded a traditional hand drum song, and Tyler rapped to add a powerful end to the track.

Thursday was a special Culture Days celebration at the school, so our team spent the day preparing the materials the youths had created. On Friday afternoon, everyone was welcomed to a special feast at the school that celebrated both the traditional Culture Days activities and the youths’ accomplishments with DAREarts. The feast began with a prayer and then everyone ate, enjoying many local delights. Once finished, they squeezed into teacher Mandy Alves’s classroom to screen the youths’ film, “Bear Clan”, and a slideshow music video created using their song and photography. There was laughter and joy all around! The students and audience squished together for a group photo before saying their goodbyes for the night.  It was the perfect end to a very special week, and the youths were so proud to bring smiles to the faces of their elders, teachers, families, and community members.


To read artist-educator Glenn Marais’s reflection, click here.

DAREarts is a charity that empowers young at-risk Canadians aged 9 to 19 to ignite change as leaders.  Visit darearts.com to learn more. DAREarts ‘First Roots’ program partners with First Nations to work alongside youths, local artists and elders and, together, address challenges such as school absenteeism, hopelessness and suicide.

PROJECT SUPPORTERS: Province of Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport; Ontario150; Northbridge Insurance; Anne Livingston; David & Teresa Thomas; Noront Resources; The Paul Semple Award; Allan Drive Middle School”

-posted with permission from DAREarts, read the original post here
Read DAREarts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Video Highlight: DAREarts Toronto to Webequie “Musical Handshake”

“At their special showcase performance on March 2nd, 2017, the DAREarts Toronto Winter Program delegates from the Rexdale area shared the stage with artist-educator Glenn Marais to sing “Spirit of the North”. This song was composed by the DAREarts youth of Webequie First Nation, a fly-in only community in northern Ontario, alongside Glenn in 2011.

Their song shares their hope, their courage, and their determination to make a difference in the world — words that resonate deeply with all of our youth. This “musical handshake” helps connect our urban youth with our remote Indigenous youth, breaking the boundaries of isolation and letting all of our children know that they all must work hard to achieve their hopes, dreams, and their visions for a better tomorrow.”

-from DAREarts youtube channel