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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.”

Click on the ArtBridges Resource Portal listing for more details.

 

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.

Resource Highlight | Returning Home Through Stories: A Decolonizing Approach to Omushkego Cree Theatre through the Methodological Practices of Native Performance Culture (NPC)

Returning Home Through Stories: A Decolonizing Approach to Omushkego Cree Theatre through the Methodological Practices of Native Performance Culture (NPC)
University of Toronto, T-Space | ON | 2010
Candace Brunette

“This research examines Native Performance Culture (NPC), a unique practice in Native theatre that returns Aboriginal people to the sources of Aboriginal knowledge, and interrupts the colonial fragmenting processes. By looking at the experiences of six collaborators involved in a specific art project, the artist-researcher shares her journey of healing through the arts, while interweaving the voices of artistic collaborators Monique Mojica, Floyd Favel, and Erika Iserhoff. This study takes a decolonizing framework, and places NPC as a form of Indigenous research while illuminating the methodological discourses of NPC, which are rooted in an inter-dialogue between self-in-relation to family, community, land, and embodied legacies. Finally, this research looks at the ways that artists work with Aboriginal communities and with Aboriginal knowledge, and makes recommendations to improve collaborative approaches.”

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Conseils et outils de la ToileDesArts no 7 : Des espaces en ville pour l’art autochtone

(Artistes) Aura et Chief Lady Bird offrent leurs réflexions et leurs trucs à propos de la création de murales communautaires visant à susciter le dialogue, l’expression personnelle et la guérison. Elles collaborent souvent avec des écoles et des organismes tant dans des communautés autochtones que des milieux non autochtones, au centre-ville et dans la grande région de Toronto. Megan Feheley, la coordonnatrice Art communautaire autochtone de ToileDesArts, les a rencontrées par Skype.

Artiste Anishinaabe (Potawatomi et Chippewa) de la Première nation de Rama, Chief Lady Bird est aussi liée, de par son père, à la Première nation de Moose Deer Point. Elle a grandi dans une réserve et vit maintenant à Tkaronto (Toronto). Son travail prend racine dans son expérience de femme autochtone, à la croisée d’une critique du nationalisme et d’une revalorisation de l’identité autochtone ; l’imagerie qui en découle bouscule le regard qu’on porte souvent sur les Premières Nations et leur redonne du pouvoir. Chief Lady Bird réalise des murales collaboratives qui plongent pour un instant les spectateurs dans la vision du monde autochtone afin d’entamer un dialogue essentiel à la restitution des identités culturelles des Premières Nations dans un pays qui n’a jamais reconnu leur valeur.

L’artiste Haudenosaunee (Oneida) Aura (Monique Bedard) a passé son enfance dans une petite ville du sud de l’Ontario. Se consacrant avec passion aux arts visuels depuis 13 ans, elle les a étudiés officiellement à partir de 2006 : pendant trois ans au Fanshawe College de London, en Ontario, puis à l’université de Lethbridge, en Alberta. Ayant obtenu son baccalauréat en Beaux-Arts (Studio Art) en 2010, elle est retournée en Ontario pour enseigner les arts plastiques à des groupes d’enfants, d’adolescents et d’adultes. Artiste, animatrice d’ateliers et muraliste, Monique vit maintenant à Tkaronto (Toronto).

Voici un extrait de l’article:

CONVERSATION AVEC LES ARTISTES CHIEF LADY BIRD ET AURA

“Megan : Quand vous faites des murales avec les jeunes autochtones en contexte urbain, comment composez-vous avec leurs difficultés particulières ? Quel genre de soutien leur offrez-vous ?

Chief Lady Bird : Je pense qu’un des gros problèmes, c’est la déconnexion. Beaucoup des jeunes avec lesquels on travaille, ici à Toronto, n’ont pas nécessairement grandi dans leur communauté. Certains ne font que commencer à découvrir leurs origines. La colonisation, avec ses multiples facettes, a engendré toute une série de déconnexions qui ont fait beaucoup de mal à notre peuple.

Quand on voit des jeunes qui sont confrontés à ça, on leur en parle, on leur indique les ressources. On leur dit que c’est correct de ne pas savoir d’où ils viennent, que c’est un cheminement, qu’il y a des gens qui peuvent les aider à voir plus clair dans tout ça. Ici, en ville, les jeunes vivent des problématiques encore plus complexes comme l’itinérance, la toxicomanie et l’alcoolisme, et le suicide, qui prend beaucoup de place en ce moment. La déconnexion empire tout ça. C’est pourquoi il est nécessaire qu’il y ait des espaces de confiance pour que les jeunes puissent exprimer leur vérité, leur vécu, pour les aider à démêler tout ça.

Aura : Une des choses qui me passionnent, c’est de participer à des projets dans lesquels ce sont les jeunes qui ont le pouvoir de décider. Ça m’inspire tellement de travailler avec les adolescents : ils sont tellement honnêtes, intenses et vulnérables – ça m’incite à montrer davantage ma propre vulnérabilité. C’est grâce aux jeunes que je n’ai plus peur de le faire, et je vois à quel point c’est important d’être vraie et de bâtir ces liens avec eux. En quelque sorte, on travaille à réparer la déconnexion, à refaire la connexion, ensemble. Mon objectif est d’offrir un espace permanent pour explorer cette avenue.”

Conseils et outils de la ToileDesArts no 7 : Des espaces en ville pour l’art autochtone

La série 2017 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  www.artbridges.ca/learning/learning_resources

crédit : Chief Lady Bird et Aura

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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