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Dans les ateliers des Impatients – Les créations de l’été (QC)

Les Impatients viennent en aide aux personnes atteintes de problèmes de santé mentale par le biais de l’expression artistique. Leurs ateliers gratuits, encadrés par des par des artistes ou thérapeutes professionnels, sont axés sur le dessin, la peinture et la musique et sont offerts dans 10 villes au Québec.

Pour en savoir plus  consultez le site des Impatients.

Information diffusée par Les Impatients. Crédits photos: Laura Regev, Jean-Michael Seminaro et Les Impatients.

Video: The Paper House Movie – giving a form to voices impacted by housing issues (Margaret’s, Toronto)

Paper House was a ten week workshop, run by TAIS and facilitated by Margaret’s, in which street under-housed and homeless adults collectively produced a short stop motion animation on the theme of housing. The goal was to amplify and give form to voices impacted by housing issues. The result is a compelling movie portraying the problems, feelings and wishes of a whole community.”

For more information about Paper House, please visit: margarets.ca

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

CBC Arts Article: Spend a day carving stone in Cape Dorset with 13-year-old artist David Pudlat

CBC Arts shares with us a recent article on David Pudlat, a 13-year artist from Cape Dorset. Here’s an excerpt from the article, as well as a video below to learn more about David and his artwork:

“David Pudlat remembers that when he was six or seven years old, he drew a man trying to catch a seal. Somebody told him the drawing was good, and that was what gave him the confidence to pursue art.”

Read the full CBC Arts article here.

-submitted by CBC Arts

Vidéo : Connaissez-vous ToileDesArts?

Réalisée par Andrea Dorfman, la dernière vidéo de notre série présente ToileDesArts et sa mission. Elle a été produite grâce au soutien de la fondation J.W. McConnell, de la fondation Trillium de l’Ontario et du fonds Ruth Mandel—WHO GIVES. Vous pouvez visionner la vidéo sur cette page ou sur Youtube. Merci de la partager!


La première vidéo de la série, ToileDesArts : L’art communautaire (Qu’est-ce que l’art communautaire?), a été réalisée et produite par Andrea Dorfman en 2014.

Réalisée par Emily Laliberté (Funambules Médias) en 2016, la deuxième vidéo, intitulée L’art comme outil de changement social, se penche sur l’impact de l’art communautaire et de l’art pour le changement social, et sur le rôle de ToileDesArts.

Nous remercions Andrea Dorfman, l’équipe de ToileDesArts, Emily Laliberté et toutes les merveilleuses personnes qui travaillent à Funambules Médias, à Exeko, à La Société Élizabeth Fry du Québec et à Art Entr’Elles pour leur super contribution à cette série de vidéos. Soulignons avec gratitude que les projets et les programmes d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts sont également financés par la fondation Trillium de l’Ontario, le fonds Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES, Patrimoine Canada ainsi que par les cotisations de ses membres. ArtBridges/ToileDesArts est un projet de Tides Canada.

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

DAREarts Webequie Youth release their ‘Anishinaabe Dreams’ music video!

“My dreams are brighter than the moon and stars.”

DAREarts is honoured to release ‘Anishinaabe Dreams’ by DAREarts Webequie First Nation youth. Please like and share to help their voices be heard!

As part of DAREarts’ year-long ‘Spirit Bear’ project, DAREarts is proud to release ‘Anishinaabe Dreams’. It is a powerful music video that shares the dreams of Indigenous youth everywhere! Through their own voices, the song and video is a testament to the connections that Webequie First Nation youth feel to their history and culture, and the pride they have in their ancestry.

As DAREarts’ ‘Spirit Bear’ journeyed through four remote communities, the youth in each community transformed it into a metaphor for the circle between culture, history and youth. As they moved from creating their own stories of change, through the need to take care of each other, to taking pride and finding strength, they also recognized that they are Spirit Bear. By honouring the past, they are the future: stronger together.
“We are strong, we are fearless, we are one, we are proud, we are ‘nishinaabe”

A project of the DAREarts Indigenous Program, the Spirit Bear project was undertaken through a collaborative partnership with Stratford Festival, the First Nations of Webequie, Marten Falls, Attawapiskat and Neskantaga, and with lead support from Northbridge Insurance, ONT150, Noront Resources, and Allan Drive Middle School.”

-posted with permission from DAREarts
Read DAREarts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

What Is A DARE? What Do You Think?

Special thanks to DAREarts for sharing this piece with ArtBridges. For more information on DAREarts, please visit DAREarts.com 

Written by DAREarts artist-educator Glenn Marais.

What Is A DARE? What Do You Think?

What is a Dare? It’s a challenge, a risk, a step into the unknown that requires courage and determination. To take a DARE on is to embrace discipline, action, respect, and excellence. These four tenants are the cornerstones of DAREarts, an arts and leadership program that takes children and youth from marginalized communities and gives them an opportunity to become leaders by developing belief in themselves.

How do they do this? DARE challenges you to uphold these principles of character with one hundred percent consistency in all activities and interactions throughout their programming. Whether it is the 10 week, All the Arts Program or their ground breaking First Roots program that works with First Nations youth in the north, DAREarts’ artist educators, teachers and teaching assistants embrace founder Marilyn Fields credo of responsible leadership through action. We live the DARE principles in how we treat each other, how we treat our students and our communities.

DAREarts changes lives and saves lives for youth who come with stories that read like the most incredible fiction only they are all too real. They are often painful, sometimes tragic and always inspiring. When students stand tall at the annual DAREarts leadership awards and tell their stories to a captivated audience, they are stirring, riveting and emotional accounts of their journey from lost, confused, angry youth to motivated, inspired and determined leaders, ready to take the DARE principles out into the world and change it for the better.

DAREarts is possibly the most important youth program running in the country right now. This is no understatement. Too often we throw our troubled youth into a convenient container of hyperbole and bias and assign the blame to society and yet offer no way out. In a world that favors the few, DARE serves the many and brings forth youth leaders that will revolutionize the way we look at youth education through the arts. Visit DAREarts at www.darearts.com and join our team. Make a donation, share our website and help us tell the kids’ story.

Help them change the world.

Glenn Marais

DAREarts Artist-Educator
Music in Mind”

-posted with permission from DAREarts
Read DAREarts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

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

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