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Resource Highlight | ICASC: Art for Social Change Policy Recommendations

Art for Social Change Policy Recommendations
ICASC | The International Centre of Art for Social Change | British Columbia | 2018

“ABSTRACT

Over the last six years, the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC) has led a comprehensive research project, called ASC!, on community-engaged art for social change in Canada. Funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, this initiative has involved six universities, a wide range of community-based partner organizations, funders, NGOs, and 35 researchers across the country. The study has included national gatherings and conferences, the creation and analysis of a wide range of field studies, arts-infused dialogues, the creation of an online evaluation tool and new video resources, as well as surveys and interviews.

Our research strongly identifies that, outside of those communities directly impacted by and involved in ASC work, there is a general lack of recognition and understanding of the sector in Canada, especially at the federal level, despite our global reputation as pioneers in the field. Municipal, provincial and foundation funders are recognizing its impact and increasing their support for the sector. Unfortunately, this innovative and creative change work through the arts is overlooked and thus underutilized in the creation and implementation of federal policies and programs.

The policy recommendations in this brief are a direct result of this wide-ranging investigation of the sector in Canada, its activities and outcomes, partnerships, scholarship, aspirations and challenges.”

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Conseils et outils de la ToileDesArts #8 : Une formation pour les artistes qui travaillent avec les personnes âgées en situation de surdité ou de handicap

ArtBridges/ToileDesarts a demandé à Peter Wolf, bénévole et membre du conseil d’administration du H’art Centre, de nous livrer ses réflexions sur MixAbilities, le nouveau programme de formation offert par l’organisme à l’intention des artistes et autres personnes qui animent des activités artistiques auprès de personnes âgées en situation de surdité ou de handicap. Unique en son genre, cette formation a été conçue pour répondre aux besoins particuliers du H’art Centre, mais son contenu se veut transférable à toute animation avec des personnes sourdes ou handicapées, et même dans d’autres contextes. Elle vise à favoriser l’inclusion et l’accessibilité des activités artistiques.

Voici un extrait de l’article :

“ToileDesArts : De quel genre de formation les artistes ont-ils besoin pour animer des activités avec des personnes âgées dans le milieu communautaire ? En quoi une formation permet-elle une meilleure préparation à ce type de travail ?

Le H’art Centre est un organisme de charité sans but lucratif qui offre aux personnes en situation de handicap ou qui sont confrontées à différents obstacles la possibilité de fréquenter, d’étudier et de créer des œuvres d’art tout au long de leur vie, même lorsqu’elles avancent en âge. Les artistes qui possèdent une certaine expérience d’enseignement, tout comme les animateurs et animatrices qui possèdent une certaine expérience artistique, présentent déjà plusieurs des caractéristiques, compétences, intérêts et motivations nécessaires pour travailler avec les personnes (âgées ou non) qui rencontrent certains obstacles à faire des activités artistiques. Avec le programme MixAbilities, qui s’adresse à la fois aux artistes professionnels et aux animateurs et animatrices ayant un intérêt pour les arts, nous voulons favoriser le développement et la reconnaissance officielle de ces atouts. Nous souhaitons que les artistes et autres personnes en position d’animation aient encore plus de compétences, soient à même de s’investir davantage dans leur travail au H’art Centre et, de manière générale, soient encore plus sensibles à l’importance d’inclure toutes les personnes en situation de handicap, les adultes comme les personnes âgées […]”

Conseils et outils de la ToileDesArts #8 : Une formation pour les artistes qui travaillent avec les personnes âgées en situation de surdité ou de handicap

La série Conseils et outils 2018 d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts a été réalisée grâce au soutien financier de la Fondation Trillium de l’Ontario et traduite en français grâce au programme d’appui à l’interprétation et à la traduction du ministère du Patrimoine canadien.

Pour plus de ressources et outils GRATUITS comme celui-ci, consultez artbridges.ca/learning/learning_resources

ArtBridges Tips & Tools Series #8: Training for Artists Working with Seniors in the Deaf or Disability Communities

ArtBridges asked the H’art Centre to share tips & tools, inspirations and reflections about their new and unique training program for artists working with seniors in the Deaf or disability communities. Peter Wolf, Volunteer/Board Member with the H’art Centre in Kingston, Ontario, tells us about the H’art Centre’s MixAbilities Artist/Educator Training Program: Enabling Access to the Arts for those Deaf and with Disabilities. Tailored somewhat to the specific needs of H’art Centre participants, the outcomes of the course are intended to be transferable to those in Deaf or disability communities and beyond, helping to ensure access to affordable and inclusive arts programs.

Here’s an excerpt:

“ArtBridges: What kind of special training does an artist need to work in community-engaged arts with seniors? How does training better prepare artists working with seniors in community-engaged arts?

The H’art Centre is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing people with disabilities and those facing barriers with opportunities to study, enjoy, and produce works in the arts throughout their lives and as they age. Artists with some education background and educators with some arts background come already equipped with many of the characteristics and skills, interest and motivation to work with seniors and others who experience barriers to arts engagement. We aim to support their ongoing development and to formally recognize that development through the H’art Centre MixAbilities Artist/Educator Training Program – enabling access to the arts for those Deaf and with disabilities. Our desired impact is that artists/educators will be more engaged and proficient in their work with H’art Centre participants and more broadly sensitive to ensure inclusion of all adults and seniors with disabilities. […]”

Click here for the full ArtBridges Tips & Tools: Training for Artists Working with Seniors in the Deaf or Disability Communities. 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 | Tips For Running A Community Concert

Tips For Running A Community Concert
Cass Lincoln | 2018

“Holding a community concert can give your neighborhood a sense of spirit. It will encourage everybody to work together for one common goal. In Canada, there are some amazing community concerts and events, from the Streetrich hip hop classes in Sudbury and Vancouver, to the Jumblies Theatre Artfare in Toronto (showing you more on putting together your own community arts event). When you are running a community concert, organization is key. You need to make sure that you keep track of ticket sales, and make sure that check in goes smoothly. Here are some good tips for running a concert successfully.”

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Video: Welcome to ArtBridges

In the last of our series, this video, created by Andrea Dorfman, is an introduction to ArtBridges and our mandate. This video was made with support from the J.W. McConnell Foundation, The Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ruth Mandel—WHO GIVES fund. Watch the video above or on Youtube and please share it!


Our first video of the series, entitled What Are Community-Engaged Arts and Arts for Social Change All About? was created and produced by Andrea Dorfman in 2014:

Our second video, Art as a Tool for Social Change | L’art comme outil de changement social, a video directed by Emily Laliberté (Funambules Médias) focusing on the impact of community arts and arts for social change and on ArtBridges’ role:

We would like to thank Andrea Dorfmann, ArtBridges Staff, 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 on this video series. 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 | Toward Training: The Meanings and Practices of Social Change Work in the Arts

Toward Training: The Meanings and Practices of Social Change Work in the Arts
Judith Marcuse and Yael Harlap | International Centre of Art for Social Change | British Columbia | 2006

“This study is motivated by Canadian choreographer and producer Judith Marcuse’s desire to develop opportunities for artists to learn to put their arts practice toward making meaningful change in society. Increasingly, practitioners working in the domain of arts and social change, usually artists who engage in art making in collaboration with communities, have noted the need for solid training as the field expands.

Partnerships between communities and artists—never forgetting that artists are members of communities—are delicate. Collaborative relationships can fail. Conflicts can arise. Projects can fall apart. Community engagement in the arts can reveal rifts that were hidden from view. Marginalized communities, often the sites for arts and social change work, have a history of being manipulated as pawns in political games that do not benefit them.
The potential for damage is great, and this means that artists need to be, at the least, informed, ethical, critical, and reflective.”

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Resource Highlight | 4Cs Foundation Art Bikers Program History & Learnings

4Cs Foundation Art Bikers Program Design and Review
4Cs Foundation | Nova Scotia | 2018

“4Cs Foundation is sharing this document reflecting the history, design and some of the learnings of our Art Bikers program. The Art Bikers program is unique in Canada. Started in 2007, we are proud to continuously offer this program. We hope that others find the document helpful for understanding the program design that frames the program’s strengths and success. We invited you to adapt the model to your own community.”

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Resource Highlight | Making the Case for Culture: Building Community Identity and Pride (Creative Cities Network of Canada)

Making the Case for Culture: Building Community Identity and Pride
Creative Cities Network of Canada | Canada wide | 2005
Steven Dang, Elise Finnigan, Katie Warfield

Key arguments and background info for demonstrating how culture can foster social cohesion and belonging, tourism, and collective memory.

“The arts have been instrumental in facilitating social cohesion, bringing tourism to unlikely places, fostering a sense of belonging, and preserving collective memory. Culture-based businesses and organizations:
1. The arts help to facilitate social cohesion.
2. Arts and culture can be used to brand a community and set it apart from others.
3. The arts can help foster a sense of ownership, belonging, and pride within a community.
4. The arts help to preserve a collective memory and foster a continuing dialogue about the past.”

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Newsletter: Video Resources / Des ressources vidéos

If you haven’t seen ArtBridges’ latest newsletter yet, have a look! This edition was compiled by Lisa Tran, ArtBridges’ Content Coordinator:

The ArtBridges Learning and Resources section includes toolkits, research, and reflections from community-engaged arts initiatives across Canada. In our Resource & Tools section, we also have video resources from the field. In this newsletter, we share a few video highlights from the section that are toolkits and talks. Visit our Resource section to watch more! Happy New Year!

Read ArtBridges’ full latest newsletter here.

Des ressources vidéos

La section Formation et ressources de ToileDesArts propose des outils, des recherches et des réflexions issus du milieu de l’art communautaire un peu partout au Canada. Dans cette infolettre, nous mettons de l’avant certaines vidéos qui présentent des outils et des entretiens pertinents. Visitez la sous-section « Portail de ressources » pour en voir plus ! Bonne année !

Lire la suite : Infolettre : Des ressources vidéos

Resource Highlight | Art and Wellness: The Importance of Art

Art and Wellness: The Importance of Art for Aboriginal Peoples’ Health and Healing
National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health | Canada wide | 2012
Alice Muirhead, Sarah de Leeuw

“Addressing the vast health inequalities that exist between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada requires solutions that are as complex as the problems themselves. This fact sheet details the ways in which art, and more broadly, creative processes, can, and are being used, to address the root causes of ill-health, the experience of disease, clinical symptoms, and the ways and means through which Aboriginal peoples interact with health care systems.”

Click on the ArtBridges Resource Portal listing for more details and to read the document.