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ArtTransforms Series Final Episode: Art’s Impact

SKETCH and their partners at TraffikGroup are proud to launch their web series #ArtTransforms: 90-second video vignettes in which young people reveal their own personal Art Transforms story. The series covers themes like mental health, inclusion, entrepreneurship, and more. Young people share how engaging in the arts at SKETCH has sparked their own personal and artistic transformation.”

“If art has transformed your life, share our Final Episode: Art’s Impact. Join these five Toronto Cultural Influencers to support SKETCH, where young people create a new world for themselves and a better future for us all.

To view the other Art Transforms videos and/or to make a donation, visit sketch.ca/arttransforms.

We’re inspired by the stories of young people using art to transform their lives and communities. On any given night in Toronto, about 2,000 young people are homeless. For over 20 years, SKETCH has been advocating that access to the arts is a potent response to this crisis. Make an impact on young people’s creative capacity today. Your response means more youth living homeless or in poverty will find health, inspiration, and voice through the arts.

SKETCH would like to give a final thank you to our video co-producers: Agency: TraffikGroup | Photographer: Sandy Nicholson | Photography Production: FUZE Reps | Editing: Panic and Bob | Visual Effects: The Vanity | Music: Boombox Sound | Makeup: Plutino Group”

Click SKETCH’s playlist to view past #ArtTransforms videos in the series.

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

Resource Highlight | Transformative Community Art: Re-visioning the Field of Practice

Transformative Community Art: Re-visioning the Field of Practice
University of Toronto, T-Space | ON | 2011
Catherine Anne McLeod

“Community art is a multidisciplinary practice that was engendered by two main perspectives on art; a functionalist approach and an ‘art as essential to humanity’ approach. These differing ideological positions led to the construction of polarizing dichotomies that divided the field of practice and stagnated the community art discourse. This thesis re-visions community art as transformative community art (T.C.A.) to integrate a diverse range of practice into a distinct, recognizable field, transcend the binaries inherited from its founding fields, and identify the field as an innovative artistic movement and radical practice for social change. In this thesis T.C.A. is employed as a framework for theorizing practice. Threats to T.C.A. from funding structures, cooptation, and institutionalisation are explored and strategies of resistance identified. The concept of T.C.A. is mobilized to identify areas for future work; raising questions and ideas that can contribute to advancing a more complex, nuanced, and productive discourse.”

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ArtTransforms Series Episode 4: Art Impassions

SKETCH and their partners at TraffikGroup are proud to launch their web series #ArtTransforms: six 90-second video vignettes in which young people reveal their own personal Art Transforms story. The series covers themes like mental health, inclusion, entrepreneurship, and more. Young people share how engaging in the arts at SKETCH has sparked their own personal and artistic transformation.”

“Oddane released his debut album ‘From Yard to Foreign’ in July 2017. In addition to his blossoming music career, He currently works as a youth worker at a local Toronto shelter, and is working on his second album.

On any given night in Toronto, about 2,000 young people are homeless (about 6000 on any night across Canada). For over 20 years, SKETCH has been advocating that access to the arts is a potent response. Through Oddane’s story, we are inspired and compelled to develop more opportunities in the arts for young people to live well and lead in reshaping our communities.

Support the 800 youth that come to SKETCH every year to build their skill base, get access to healthy meals, and become entrepreneurs.

Donate at sketch.ca/donate today. Share Oddane’s story, Art Impassions, and sign up for more stories at bit.ly/NextArtTransformsEpisode.”

Click SKETCH’s playlist to view past #ArtTransforms videos in the series.

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

ArtTransforms Series Episode 3: Art Inspires

SKETCH and their partners at TraffikGroup are proud to launch their web series #ArtTransforms: six 90-second video vignettes in which young people reveal their own personal Art Transforms story. The series covers themes like mental health, inclusion, entrepreneurship, and more. Young people share how engaging in the arts at SKETCH has sparked their own personal and artistic transformation.”

“On any given night in Toronto, about 2,000 young people are homeless (about 6000 on any night across Canada). For over 20 years, SKETCH has been advocating that access to the arts is a potent response. Through Skratch’s story, we are inspired and compelled to develop more opportunities in the arts for young people to live well and lead in reshaping our communities.

Skratch is a grafitti/aerosole artist. His art is inspired by traditional native art, and graffiti style.

Follow Skratch:
Facebook: @skratch.wonder
Instagram: @skratchwonder

Make an impact on young people’s creative capacity today.

Share Skratch’s story, Art Inspires, and sign up for more stories down below.

Your response means more youth living homeless or in poverty will find health, inspiration, and voice through the arts.

Click bit.ly/ArtTransformsSeries to view past #ArtTransforms videos in the series.”

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

Resource Highlight | Expressing Vibrancy

Expressing Vibrancy
CoBALT Connects | ON | 2015
CoBALT Connects, CRUNCH Lab, LIVE Lab, Centre for Community Study, City of Hamilton

“Expressing Vibrancy is a research project that looks at neighbourhoods through the lens of culture…In its simplest form, Expressing Vibrancy’s aim is to answer the question of what makes a community culturally vibrant, and to whom. The study forms a big-picture understanding of neighbourhoods by examining them through a cultural lens.” The study findings are expressed through interactive maps as well as reports that can be found on the project website.”

Click on the ArtBridges Resource Portal listing for more details.

ArtTransforms Series Episode 2: Art Speaks

SKETCH and their partners at TraffikGroup are proud to launch their web series #ArtTransforms: six 90-second video vignettes in which young people reveal their own personal Art Transforms story. The series covers themes like mental health, inclusion, entrepreneurship, and more. Young people share how engaging in the arts at SKETCH has sparked their own personal and artistic transformation.

In the second episode of the seven-part series #ArtTransforms, musician and entertainer, @Dynesti, shares her story.

Dynesti Williams is currently working on her first album entitled The Dyna. This project will take listeners on a journey through her experiences as a young person from the margins who worked hard to transform her life through art. Dyna is her nickname, and The Dyna is the creative space where she combines the ingredients of the universe into sonic food dishes for the soul. This album will be released for free after Dynesti’s tour across the US with producer Timian which started on October 1.

Make an impact on young people’s creative voice and capacity today.

On any given night in Toronto, about 2,000 young people are homeless. For 20 years, SKETCH has been advocating that access to the arts is a potent response. Through Dynesti’s story, we can inspire to public to see the urgency of providing opportunities in the arts for young people to live well and lead in shaping our communities.”

Click bit.ly/ArtTransformsSeries to view past #ArtTransforms videos in the series.

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

Resource Highlight | Using the Creative Arts For Transformational Learning

Using the Creative Arts For Transformational Learning
Jumblies Theatre, The Canadian Popular Theatre Alliance of Nova Scotia, and People Development
NS | 2015
Tessa Mendel

“Grounded in a theoretical and practical exploration of critical approaches to personal and social change, Using the Creative Arts for Transformational Learning offers educators, artists, and community workers an innovative approach to using the creative arts in their work. This comprehensive resource develops an original learning model for using the creative arts to understand and address fundamental issues in our lives and in our society.”

Published in collaboration with Jumblies Theatre,The Canadian Popular Theatre Alliance of Nova Scotia and People Development.

To learn more about this resource and to purchase a copy, please visit usingthecreativeartsfortransformationallearning.wordpress.com

Click on the ArtBridges Resource Portal listing for more details.

Image courtesy of Maureen St. Clair

ArtTransforms Series Episode 1: Art Heals (Sketch)

“SKETCH and their partners at TraffikGroup are proud to launch their web series #ArtTransforms: six 90-second video vignettes in which young people reveal their own personal Art Transforms story. The series covers themes like mental health, inclusion, entrepreneurship, and more. Young people share how engaging in the arts at SKETCH has sparked their own personal and artistic transformation.

‘I needed a space to heal. I needed to find community.’

In the first episode of our seven-part series #ArtTransforms, textile artist and fashion designer Huda of @heldbyhuda shares her artistic journey.

Huda is the entrepreneur behind HELD by Huda (@heldbyhuda) and is in the final phase of Fashion Your Futures Competition for emerging fashion designer and is an active member of Toronto’s Fashion Incubator.”

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

ArtBridges Tips & Tools #7: Creating Indigenous Art Spaces in the City

Artists Aura and Chief Lady Bird share reflections, tips and tools about their experiences creating murals in collaboration with communities to create spaces for dialogue, healing and self expression. They frequently collaborate with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, schools and organizations in Toronto and the GTA. Aura and Chief Lady Bird sat down for a Skype conversation with ArtBridges’ Indigenous Community Arts Outreach Coordinator, Megan Feheley.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Megan: What are some of the challenges that you have run into during your mural projects?

Aura: One thing that Chief Lady Bird and I really like to emphasize is community. We have our fees that we work within, we’ll always pitch that first, and will always say that if you have a set budget and it is less than our fees, then we will work within that. And whether we need to scale down the project, whether we need to do it a little bit differently- we’re really open to working with people because this work needs to be done for community.

Chief Lady Bird: We acknowledge that sometimes funding comes from different places, and it’s different if we’re operating within larger institutions or government funded projects where they have resources and it’s not directly connected to our community. In that case I think it’s important to outline our fees and the amount of work that we do because it is a lot- but when it comes to people in our community, then that obviously can be more important to support.”

Click here for the full ArtBridges Tips & Tools: Creating Indigenous Art Spaces in the City. For more FREE resources and tools like this, please visit the ArtBridges Resource Portal or reach us at info@artbridges.ca.

The ArtBridges Tips & Tools Series is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and translated with support from the Department of Canadian Heritage Interpretation and Translation grant.

Resource Highlight | Choreographic Play: Investigating Dynamic Choreographic Engagement with all Bodies

Choreographic Play: Investigating Dynamic Choreographic Engagement with all Bodies
York University | ON | 2016
Michelle Ann Silagy

“Choreographic Play: Investigating Dynamic Choreographic Engagement with all Bodies is informed by the burgeoning trend to include multi-ability bodies in the practice of contemporary dance. An important aspect of this research addresses inclusivity whereby improvisational methods and choreographic processes can be infused within communities comprised of all abilities of all populations of people. The goal of my research has been to originate improvisational and choreographic processes and choreography that can be experienced and understood by all who take part in it. This research considered ways to share both processes and performative aspects of choreography by utilizing a practice-based methodology in the creation of three choreographic case studies. These are, first the I Am solo project entitled at the end of a stem, second, a self-produced project (RE)Trace and finally, Snowlight. These case studies represent the containers where activated investigations are magnified and/or realized.”

Click through the ArtBridges Resource Portal to learn more.