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Symposium | Path of Possibilities: Exploring the Arts Sector in Toronto (Art Starts)

“Path of Possibilities: Exploring the Arts Sector in Toronto is a one-day symposium taking place at the North York Central Library on Saturday, October 13th, 2018. We will be offering workshops and networking opportunities to newcomer artists living in Toronto and emerging artists from the ethno-cultural communities Art Starts serves. This event will consist of 8 program hours, including 6 roundtables and a panel discussion. Workshops will explore topics such as starting an art-based business, accessing arts employment, grant opportunities, and mental health & social resources for arts professionals. Community arts professionals will lead workshops an panel discussions and be available to answer questions from participants. The symposium will conclude with success of stories and Q&A featuring professional artists who are newcomers and/or from ethnocultural groups in Toronto.

  • Round Tables
  • Creative Workshops
  • Panel Discussion
  • Networking

Breakfast & lunch will be provided as well as tokens.

Saturday, October 13th 2018 | North York Central Library | 9 AM to 5 PM
THIS IS A FREE OF CHARGE EVENT!
60 spots available ONLY!

Please fill out the form to pre-register to the symposium here
For more information about the symposium, visit Art Starts website

-from Art Starts
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Call for Participants: The Placemaking Project (Art Starts, Scarborough)

Art Starts is looking for youth ages 15 to 22 interested in visual arts living in North Scarborough!
PAID OPPORTUNITY!

The Invitation

The Placemaking Project will bring together youth from North Scarborough to work with experienced artists to animate two public footways in north Scarborough. Growing out of a community consultation process, each artistic project will inject a burst of colour, intrigue and warmth into areas identified by the community as dull concrete places – leaving behind prominent, long-lasting public art installations that will insert a sense of fun and beauty into the neighbourhood.

A fun, festive ribbon cutting celebration, with land acknowledgement by Indigenous Storyteller Maria Montejo, will take place after the culmination of the project. See website for more details.

Youth Participants

The Placemaking Project will see youth and professional artists consult, design and craft 2 permanent public art installations within the (Scarborough) Cultural Hotspot boundaries. To ensure local excitement, resonance and a high-quality outcome, the installation locations, type and lead artist/s will be determined following community and stakeholder consultations.

Creative initiatives may include long, colourful sidewalk murals, funky signage, stair décor, etc. Professional artists will work with 6 youth (YOU). The artists will mentor YOU in the conceptualization, design, crafting and implementation processes.

Together they will consult with local representatives (e.g city councillor, residents) and spend over 40 hours conceptualizing, designing and crafting murals that animate and beautify.

NOTE

*This is a paid training opportunity for local youth to learn employment-ready skills, illustration, practice collaboration and creative thinking with a professional Visual Artist and senior Special Projects Manager.

6 Youth Artists will be paid $15 an hour for x 48 hours for a total of $720 per participant
8 days of work from June to July 2018 (exact TBD)

About Art Starts

Art Starts is an award-winning charitable, non-for-profit organization that uses arts as a vehicle to encourage social change in Toronto’s underserved neighbourhoods. The organization brings professional artists and communities together to work in and across all artistic disciplines. Art Starts understands the arts are a medium for engaging residents, creating a shared sense of identity, identifying challenges and collectively working to overcome them. Founded in 1992, the organization has pioneered community-engaged arts practices in Ontario.”

-from Art Starts & Cultural Hotspot
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Call for Artists: The Placemaking Project (Art Starts, Scarborough)

The Placemaking Project will see youth and professional artists consult, design and craft 2 permanent public art installations within the (Scarborough) Cultural Hotspot boundaries. To ensure local excitement, resonance and a high-quality outcome, the installation locations, type and lead artist/s will be determined following community and stakeholder consultations.

Creative initiatives may include long, colourful sidewalk murals, funky signage, stair décor, etc. Professional artists (YOU) will work with 6 paid youth. The artists (YOU) will mentor them in the conceptualization, design, crafting and implementation processes. The youth will be mentored for 360 hours (collectively) by professional artists and a Senior Project Manager.

Together they will consult with local representatives (e.g city councillor, residents) and spend over 40 hours conceptualizing, designing and crafting murals that animate and beautify.

Apply Now!

Project Description
The Placemaking Project brings together youth and lead artists to animate 2 public areas in North Scarborough. Each artistic project will inject a burst of colour, intrigue and warmth into dull, lifeless, concrete places, asserting a sense of fun and prominence into the neighbourhood. A fun, festive ribbon cutting celebration will take place after the culmination of the project.

The Placemaking Project is a Signature Project of the Cultural Hotspot, produced in partnership with the City of Toronto. In 2018 the Cultural Hotspot shines a spotlight on arts, culture and community in the central and north areas of Scarborough.”

For more information and to apply, please visit Art Starts

-from Art Starts & Cultural Hotspot
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Video: True Heart – The Value of Art (Art Starts)

Art Starts asked participants in their True Heart program “What has art started in your life?” watch their responses above.

Art Starts creates vibrant Toronto neighbourhoods through community-building arts initiatives. We bring together professional artists and residents of all ages to create dynamic and accessible arts projects that are responsive to community needs and aspirations. We don’t create social change on our own; we collaborate, facilitate, and inspire.”

-from Art Starts
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Cartography 17: Creative Map-Making (ArtStarts)


Time to Make Your Map Toronto
In honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial (#Canada150) and Art Starts’ 25th anniversary, Art Starts is collaborating with artists and residents city-wide to craft a restorative and creative 10’ x 20’ map.

Art Starts, a pioneer in Toronto’s community arts sector, is celebrating 25 years of artistry while contributing to Canada’s 150th anniversary with their city-wide project: Cartography 17. Launching on June 5th, the project will create a map of Toronto with a vision that is restorative, collaborative and inclusive.

Cartography 17 will use a multifaceted approach to map-making by collaborating with artists, Indigenous storytellers, a cartographer and residents of local communities – with a focus on underserved areas of Toronto.

This hands-on form of expression will use a variety of artistic media to create a map that uniquely celebrates the cultures, communities and neighbourhoods that comprise Toronto’s rich history.

Cartography 17 map animator, Daniel Rotsztain – The Urban Geographer, will create the physical foundation of the map including geography, geology, infrastructure, landmarks across Toronto and First Nations’ histories.

Cartography 17 envisions a new kind of map-making, one that is a diverse, multimedia collection of stories and experiences from people, places and spaces that are often not represented in our city.

The collective of artists, along with the map, will tour communities city-wide alongside an Indigenous storyteller to acknowledge and honour the land we reside upon through traditional Indigenous storytelling practices.

The final map will act as a Toronto legacy – developed in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary – and will be exhibited in spaces such as Toronto City Hall, libraries and galleries across the Greater Toronto Area.

Key Project Phases:

  1. June 5th, 2017– Launch & mural foundation; drawing and indigenous consultation @ Art Starts Studios
  2. July-Oct., 2017– Site visits begin; touring & 90 hours of community engaged art workshops at Toronto Community Housing enclaves and other locations city-wide
  3. Nov. 23rd, 2017 – Public unveiling at Art Starts Fundraiser followed by exhibitions, final installation reveal and exhibitions city-wide.

About Art Starts
Art Starts is an award-winning charitable, not-for-profit organization that uses the arts as a vehicle to encourage social change in Toronto’s underserved neighbourhoods. Bringing professional artists and communities together to work across all artistic disciplines, Art Starts combines the best practices of hands-on community consultation with a collaborative art-making approach and sound organizational and administrative support.

ArtStarts.net – (Temporary website) | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Funding Acknowledgement

This initiative is made possible by the community fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between The Toronto Foundation, the government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.”

-submitted by Art Starts
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Art Starts Annual Showcase (Dec 7, Toronto)

Art Starts Annual Showcase 2016
Art Starts celebrates its 2016 season with an art exhibit and performance extravaganza

“Award winning community arts organization Art Starts is proud to present its 2016 Showcase on Wednesday, December 7th, from 6pm-8pm at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. This free event features an open house, visual art, music and dance performances.

The event will celebrate city wide collaborations between artists and community members working in a variety of artistic disciplines. The Showcase unites people of all ages who have participated in Art Starts programs in the Eglinton-Oakwood, Villaways, Lawrence Heights and Glendower neighbourhoods in North York and Scarborough.

“I am very excited and invite you all to attend this unique exhibition,” says Special Projects Manager Julian Carvajal, “you will have the opportunity to connect, interact and experience the vibrant streets of our neighbourhoods”.

The evening will feature:

● Original music performances and testimonials by youth from the “Next Up” music program
● Youth from Lawrence Heights “Free the Streets” program present spoken word statements relating to themes of displacement, revitalization and gentrification
● Young artists from “ASAP” (After School Arts Program) showcase 3 skits and an original song
● “Learn the Bassics” children and youth will perform a bass rendition of their (surprise!) song of choice
● “Program Without Walls” mothers will perform a Flamenco Bellydance fusion under the guidance of award-winning dancer Anjelica Scannura
● A slide show featuring photography by our “True HeaART” youth participants
● A dance piece will be performed by Villaways participants who are experiencing the realities of displacement as their community is torn down and rebuilt
● Fashion displays by youth from “Kut x Sew” fashion program
● Live testimonials by artists and participants from a wide range of programs

“The Showcase will feature an abundance of talent, grass-roots collaboration and inspiring creativity”, says Art Starts Interim Executive Director Tamara Haberman.

Art Starts is a charitable organization that has been bringing professional artists and underserved communities together in community-building arts programs for over 23 years. They are the winners of Toronto Arts Foundation’s 2013 Arts for Youth Award.

WHO: Art Starts
WHAT: 2016 Program Showcase
WHEN: Wednesday December 7th, 2015. 6-8pm.
WHERE: Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, North York

For more information, please visit www.artstarts.net or contact Program Director: amiga@artstarts.net.”

Showing the work of 50+ Toronto Arts Council micro-grantees from this year’s Platform A (Toronto)

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“In 2016, Art Starts, Jumblies Theatre, VIBE Arts, SKETCH and CUE collaborated to provide over $65,000 in grants to support the production of community-engaged and individual projects by artists who are often underrepresented in mainstream arts and culture. This collaboration, called Platform A, is a strategic initiative of the Toronto Arts Council dedicated to fostering a new generation in community-engaged arts.

The Ground Floor – Showing the work of 50+ Toronto Arts Council micro-grantees from this year’s Platform A. For a full list of artists supported, please visit: https://platformatoronto.com/2016/04/26/micro-grant-recipients-2016/

Reception: June 23, 7 – 11pm
Gallery hours: June 24 – 27, 12pm – 4pm
Venue is fully accessible
Washrooms are gender-neutral
Admission is free, everyone is welcome!”

-submitted by Art Starts
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Platform A announces the recipients of 2016 Toronto Arts Council micro-grants

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Platform A partner organizations Art Starts, Jumblies Theatre, SKETCH and CUE, and VIBE Arts, are pleased to announce the recipients of new arts grants made possible through City Council’s increase in investment to the Toronto Arts Council. This initiative has for the last three years, put grants of up to $1,000 into the hands of underrepresented, marginalized, and newcomer artists and collectives to develop new projects.

This cycle saw 149 funding submissions to Platform A partner organizations. The successful 77 grant recipients will be working on a diverse range of projects such as creating murals with women’s shelter residents, installing piñatas in public spaces across Scarborough, creating an arts-based writing workshop series to engage black youth who live with various forms of disability/chronic illness, and dozens of individual fine arts projects spanning every artistic discipline. These grants are significant as they represent support for artists who have been historically excluded from conventional arts opportunities, and artists who have not previously been able to access funding for their work. Platform A provides high-access systems for these artists to apply for funding, and the opportunity comes with intensive mentorship throughout the process of developing proposals, producing projects, and connecting with future opportunities after grant period.

“We are happy to be in a position to increase access to arts funding for newcomer and community-based artists through the Platform A initiative,” says Claire Hopkinson, Director and CEO of the Toronto Arts Council. “We extend our warmest congratulations to each of the recipients.”

The following artists received grants through this cycle of the Platform A funding program:
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The works of Platform A grant recipients will be featured at a group arts exhibition in the summer of 2016.

Platform A is collaboration between Art Starts, Jumblies Theatre, SKETCH and CUE, and VIBE Arts. These organizations have all emerged from grassroots initiatives to become key community builders in Toronto’s arts sector, engaging thousands of children, young people and adults annually through diverse and accessible programming.

About Partner Organizations:
VIBE Arts
VIBE Arts is an award-winning organization whose mandate is to engage young people living in priority neighbourhoods in high-quality, accessible arts educational programs that are meaningful, relevant and collaboratively developed with community and education partners. VIBE Arts positions arts programs in schools and neighbourhood venues as a means of building community, and empowering marginalized children and youth to reach their full potential as artists and social contributors.

Art Starts
Art Starts is an award-winning charitable, not-for-profit organization that uses the arts as a vehicle to encourage social change in Toronto’s underserved neighbourhoods. Bringing professional artists and communities together to work across all artistic disciplines, Art Starts combines the best practices of hands-on community consultation with a collaborative art- making approach and sound organizational and administrative support.

Jumblies Theatre
In operation for over ten years, Jumblies is an inclusive and community-focused theatre company offering multi-year residencies, studio training, mentorships, and innovative collaborative projects. Jumblies is an award-winning organization increasingly cited as a pioneering and inspirational example of art that embraces and intertwines aesthetics with social engagement.

SKETCH and CUE
SKETCH is a nationally recognized, award-winning community arts enterprise based in Toronto engaging young people living homeless and on the margins, ages 16-29, coming from across Canada. SKETCH creates equitable opportunities for diverse young people to experience the transformative power of the arts, build leadership in the arts and cultivate environmental and social change through the arts.

A collaborative partner of SKETCH, CUE is a radical arts initiative dedicated to supporting new generation artists who live and work on the margins. Since 2008, CUE has disseminated over $250,000 to support the creation of more than 260 art projects.

TORONTO ARTS COUNCIL
Toronto Arts Council, an arm’s length body of the City of Toronto, funds artists and arts organizations across the city through its grants programs. In 2015 Toronto Arts Council reviewed over 2300 grant applications and awarded grants totalling $16 million to 950 individual artists and organizations.
Toronto Arts Council contact: susan@torontoartscouncil.org, 416 392 6802 x 211″

-submitted by Art Starts
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Help shape the next Cultural Hotspot in North York (GTA, ON)

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“Help us shape the next Cultural Hotspot in North York and join us for the next Community Connect meeting:
Wednesday January 20, 2016
from 6 – 8 p.m. at Fairview Library, Room3, 35 Fairview Mall Dr.

This Cultural Hotspot Community Connect is presented by Toronto Arts & Culture, Councillor Shelley Carroll, Art Starts and North York Arts.

Coffee and treats provided. See the PDF flyer for details.

RSVP to Hyesoo at culturalhotspot@toronto.ca or 416-392-1210.

Find out about partnerships, marketing and funding opportunities for visual arts, performance, youth mentorship and employment projects, and more.”

-from Cultural Hotspot website

Platform A: funding opportunities for artists (Toronto)

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PLATFORM A is a strategic initiative of the Toronto Arts Council in collaboration with Arts for Children and Youth, Art Starts, Jumblies Theatre, and SKETCH and CUE. Each organization will be offering grants of up to $1000 to support art projects in any discipline.

PLATFORM A GRANTS FROM TORONTO ARTS COUNCIL ARE FOR ARTISTS WHO:

  • Reside in Toronto
  • Have experience in any art form or tradition
  • Have experience in their arts practice
  • Have not received funding from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, or other substantial arts funding
  • Can work on their project between January and April 2016
  • Can present or share their project at a public showcase in June 2016″

For more information, please visit platformatoronto.com

-submitted by Jumblies Theatre
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