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Webinar: Art Education in the Digital Sphere (Culture Days)

“Get on your computer, turn on the TV, and tune into see how digital platforms are changing the game in arts education.

The webinar includes guest presentations from John Dalrymple with Canada’s National Ballet School, Jay Kimball at LiveArts Saskatchewan, and Douglas Friesen, teacher and arts educator. Watch as they identify barriers to participation and discuss the ways they work to bring accessible arts programming into classrooms.

This webinar looks at current trends in online education programming, and investigates the way arts organizations create digital lessons for younger audiences. Discussion revolves around the differences between live and digital education programming, and how organizations have utilized web platforms to expand their audience.”

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-from Culture Days

Webinar – Arts Participation in Canada: Setting the Stage for Well-being (Culture Days & Hill Strategies)

“In Culture Days’ first webinar of 2019, Hill Strategies President Kelly Hill presented key findings from Hill Strategies’ recent report on arts participation in Canada, including overall attendance, active participation, and engagement by different groups of Canadians. The research was also linked to concepts of well-being through arts participation. Webinar participants had the opportunity to discuss the relevance of the findings for their own work during a brief Q&A session at the end of the presentation.”

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-from Culture Days

Webinar – Culture Days and Get Creative Festival: Recent findings from across the pond on personal well-being and arts participation

“On May 29, 2019 Culture Days was joined by BBC Arts Editor Stephen James-Yeoman and University College London (UCL) Senior Research Fellow Dr. Daisy Fancourt to discuss new research on the benefits of arts participation. A recent study conducted by Dr. Fancourt and UCL identified the different ways that people use creativity as a coping mechanism to control negative emotions, such as stress and anxiety, and how spending just a brief amount of time on artistic pursuits can have a direct impact on personal well-being.

The study has been released in connection with the Get Creative Festival – the UK-wide celebration of creativity that took place from May 11-19, 2019. Stephen James-Yeoman will speak about the festival, its audience, and ongoing research efforts, in addition to the many links between Get Creative and Culture Days.”

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-from Culture Days

Webinar: Deepening Sense of Belonging Through Arts and Culture (Culture Days & CAPACOA)

“What is belonging? How does it relate to arts and culture? And how can we strengthen belonging to each other and our communities? In 2017, Community Foundations of Canada and the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) sought to answer these questions in Vital Signs: Arts & Belonging.

Building on this report and on subsequent research findings, this webinar will explore how arts and culture programs and venues make our communities better places to live by helping people connect through shared arts experiences.

The webinar is presented by Frédéric Julien, Director of Research and Development at CAPACOA. Frédéric has been active in the performing arts for several years as an artist, an arts administrator, a consultant, an advocate, and a change maker. He has been leading research and development activities at CAPACOA for the last nine years. He is a regular speaker and session facilitator at conferences throughout Canada. He also frequently facilitates online dialogues on the state of the performing arts sector as part of the Arts in Perspective series.”

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-from Culture Days

Vidéo : « Hors Piste », un cirque qui change une vie (Cirque Hors Piste)

“Ce reportage sur le Cirque Hors Piste, présenté en primeur hier soir au Téléjournal de Radio-Canada, est une belle façon d’en connaître plus sur leurs actions auprès des jeunes.

Cirque Hors Piste

Cirque Hors Piste est un organisme dédié au cirque social, qui offre un espace alternatif et inclusif de création aux jeunes ayant un parcours de vie marginalisé. L’organisme favorise l’apprentissage individuel et collectif par le biais des arts du cirque.”

source : Radio-Canada & Cirque Hors Piste
Lire le profil de Cirque Hors Piste dans notre répertoire et carte de l’art communautaire au Canada

Arts in the Parks Toolkit: a Vital New Guide to Animating Local Parks

Toronto Arts Foundation presents insights and expertise from its successful Arts in the Parks program in new online guide to facilitating arts programming in neighbourhood parks.

Toronto Arts Foundation, in partnership with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is sharing its expertise animating local parks with the launch of the new Arts in the Parks Toolkit. This in-depth online resource is aimed at helping community organizations and municipalities plan their own arts events in parks.

AITP is a strategic initiative of Toronto Arts Foundation in partnership with Toronto Arts Council, City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, and Park People.

Launched in 2016 by the Toronto Arts Foundation (TAF), Arts in the Parks (AITP) is a free, annual, summer-long initiative that brings arts events to more than 30 parks in every corner of the city, from Etobicoke to Scarborough to North York to the downtown core. Family-friendly events include outdoor theatre performances, music concerts, film nights, and workshops for kids and their families.

Four summers later, the success of the program has been remarkable – to date, AITP has animated 55 parks with nearly 600 artist-produced events, reaching 331,000 people in neighbourhoods across the city.

“We are pleased to share our Arts in the Parks journey with others who are interested in animating parks with arts,” said Claire Hopkinson, Director and CEO, Toronto Arts Council. “We offer this toolkit as a way to share our findings and hope it will serve as a guide for community visionaries to tap into the transformative power of the arts in public spaces. Special thanks to Mayor John Tory for being a great champion of the program and to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting the development of this resource.”

Toronto Arts Foundation’s research reveals that the arts have much to offer communities. Programs like Arts in the Parks encourage people to explore their own creativity, enjoy parks in a new way, and enliven their neighbourhoods and their lives.

The toolkit, which can be accessed on the TAF website and also downloaded as a PDF, is a guide to help navigate the logistical, financial, and artistic considerations involved in producing arts events in parks and other public spaces, including sections on planning, partnerships, fundraising, outreach and engagement, communications, and evaluation – all in an accessible, easy-to-read format that includes key statistics, case studies, and useful tips.

The toolkit can be used by large and small communities alike and will be shared widely through Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Knowledge Centre.

“Cities and towns across Ontario are simultaneously thinking about how to create greater access to the arts and how to animate their local parks. Now there is a resource communities can turn to for guidance and inspiration,” said Liz Forberg, Strategy Lead, Ontario Trillium Foundation. “We are so glad to have partnered with the Toronto Arts Foundation to harness all they have learned through the incredible success of their Arts in the Parks program, and we look forward to what it will inspire in communities across Ontario.”

-from Art in the Parks

Ressource | Entrevues avec des artistes représentés dans Encadrer la communauté (Conseils des arts de l’Ontario)

“Entrevues avec des artistes représentés dans Encadrer la communauté
Dans ces courtes séquences audio, les artistes pluridisciplinaires Djennie Laguerre, Nicole Bélanger et Stef Paquette décrivent leur expérience de la création de projets artistiques communautaires. Ils mentionnent entre autres la façon d’aborder la collaboration avec les membres de la communauté, l’évolution des projets au fil du temps et les résultats – tant pour les participants que pour eux-mêmes en tant que praticiens des arts.

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Djennie Laguerre, artiste en milieu communautaire, comédienne, écrivaine et conteuse

« Dans cette courte présentation audio, je vais présenter quelques-uns des principes fondamentaux de l’art axé sur la communauté, offrir quelques conseils utiles sur ce à quoi il faut penser lors de la planification d’un projet en milieu communautaire, et proposer des ressources supplémentaires pour les artistes et les institutions travaillant dans ce domaine. » (Transcription intégrale)

Nicole Bélanger, artiste visuelle et muraliste

« Moi, ça m’a transformée. Ça a changé à jamais premièrement ma relation avec les gens qui ont des difficultés, les gens qui n’ont pas d’abri. Parce qu’il faut le vivre pour le savoir, la difficulté que ces gens-là ont. Et j’ai vécu des expériences tellement chaleureuses, tellement enrichissantes que c’est resté. » (Transcription intégrale)

Stef Paquette, musicien

« Un projet communautaire, c’est plus grand que toi. Le but, c’est de laisser ces gens-là ou ces jeunes-là, peu importe, de participer le plus possible. … Et puis ils vont te surprendre. Ils vont te surprendre à chaque fois. » (Transcription intégrale)

Encadrer la communauté : manuel sur l’art axé sur la communauté

Ce manuel explique comment élaborer des projets artistiques communautaires et indique les ressources, références et sources de financement nécessaires pour lancer de tels projets. Il contient également des exemples de projets dirigés par des artistes dans différentes régions de la province.

Cette publication est une version plus détaillée d’un manuel antérieur publié par le CAO en 1998 et intitulé Une connexion de plus. Pour Encadrer la communauté, c’est Maggie Hutcheson – éducatrice, consultante et artiste communautaire – qui a été chargée d’examiner l’évolution de la pratique, des principes et des démarches des arts axés sur la communauté en Ontario au cours des 20 dernières années.”

– source : Conseils des arts de l’Ontario

Resource | Shared experiences in creating community-engaged arts projects (Ontario Arts Council)

“In these short audio segments, artists Maggie Hutcheson, Emmy Pantin, Angola Murdoch and Cheryl L’Hirondelle describe their experiences in creating community-engaged arts projects. Topics discussed include how to approach collaborations with community members, the evolution of projects over time, and outcomes – both for participants and for themselves as arts practitioners.

Visit OAC’s website to listen to the full-length podcast episode, available through iTunes, Libsyn and other podcast services.

Maggie Hutcheson, community-engaged artist, educator and consultant

“In this short presentation, I’ll introduce some of the core principles of community-engaged art. I’ll also offer some useful tips on what to think about when planning a community-engaged project and suggest further resources for artists and institutions working in this field.” (Full transcript)

Emmy Pantin, Co-Director, Community Story Strategies

“For the Four Villages Community Health Centre, they saw the value of our arts practice as a tool to help break isolation, which is one of the social determinants of health.” (Full transcript)

Angola Murdoch, Founder and Artistic Director, Lookup Theatre, and circus artist

“A huge outcome for the participants is that they have gained this community where they know that they can come and be themselves. What the participants gain individually from [this program] is communication, teamwork, how to be positive, how to express themselves.” (Full transcript)

Cheryl l’Hirondelle, interdisciplinary artist, leader of “Why the Caged Bird Sings”

“What else I noticed is the power of having one’s own song. It’s kind of like having your own theme music for your life … it’s your own and no one can ever take that away from you.” (Full transcript)

Framing Community: A Community-Engaged Art Workbook
This workbook provides guidance on how to develop community-engaged arts projects, along with resources, references and funding sources to help get such projects off the ground. It also offers a variety of examples of artist-led projects that have taken place across the province.

This publication expands on an earlier workbook, Another Vital Link, originally published by OAC in 1998. For Framing Community, community-engaged artist, educator and consultant Maggie Hutcheson was commissioned to look at how the practice, principles and processes of community-engaged art have evolved in Ontario over the past 20 years.”

-from Ontario Arts Council

Video: Art as a Tool for Social Change (ArtBridges/ToileDesArts, previously posted)


(Previously posted) ArtBridges/ToileDesArts is proud to present Art as a Tool for Social Change, a video directed by Emily Laliberté (Funambules Médias) focusing on the impact of community arts and arts for social change and on ArtBridges’ role.

In the making of this second of three ArtBridges’ videos, we looked to Québec and particularly the city of Montréal to celebrate and shed light on some of the most powerful, transformative and inspiring community-engaged arts and arts for social change projects going on in Canada now.

We asked Emily Laliberté from Funambule Médias, if she would be willing to work on this project with us and create a short film that would highlight three community arts initiatives in Montréal and showcase their actions and impact on the ground. Each organization would then share about their experience with ArtBridges and on the importance of being part of a Canada-wide network.

We would like to thank very deeply Emily Laliberté, and all the wonderful teams at Funambules Médias, Exeko, La Société Elizabeth Fry du Québec and Art Entr’Elles for the amazing work that they do and for making this video possible.

Enjoy the video and don’t hesitate to share it! Let’s spread the word about the magic of art for social change!

– Catherine Lamaison, Francophone Community Arts Coordinator, ArtBridges.

As part of a three-year grant, ArtBridges received funds from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation to create three videos that raise awareness on the nature, value and impact of community-engaged arts and arts for social change in Canada, and about ArtBridges’ involvement and mandate. Our first video, entitled What Are Community-Engaged Arts and Arts for Social Change All About? was created and produced by Andrea Dorfman in 2014.
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ArtBridges projects and programs are also supported with great appreciation by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES Fund, Canadian Heritage and Memberships. ArtBridges/ToileDesArts is a Project of Tides Canada.

Resource Highlight | Dimensions of Music Care Part 3: Community Music

Dimensions of Music Care Part 3: Community Music
Room 217 – Music Care | Canada wide | 2017 | Sarah Pearson

“In this, our third instalment of this blog series on the ten dimensions of music care, we are focusing on Community Music. There is exciting academic research being done in the field of Community Music, and that largely refers to the broader sense of how a) music can create and change community, and b) how music can become more accessible in communities outside of traditional Western parameters. In the Music Care framework, we use it specifically to describe access between institutions or facilities such as hospitals, LTC homes, or prisons, and music that takes place in the community such as symphonies, touring shows, or community musical theatre.”

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