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Mise Ă  jour d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts

À tous nos amiEs, aux organismes avec qui nous collaborons et à tout le monde qui fait de l’art communautaire,

Quelle pĂ©riode intĂ©ressante vivons-nous. L’art communautaire, c’est directement liĂ© Ă  l’engagement dans un milieu avec des groupes de personnes, et voilĂ  qu’avec le COVID-19, nous devons tous adopter la distanciation sociale et parfois l’isolement ou la quarantaine. ArtBridges/ToileDesArts reçoit de nombreux courriels d’organismes qui suspendent ou annulent leurs activitĂ©s pour quelques semaines ou pour une pĂ©riode indĂ©terminĂ©e.

DiffĂ©rentes populations ont besoin des services offerts par les projets d’art communautaires. Le personnel, les bĂ©nĂ©voles, les stagiaires Ă©tudiantEs et les personnes contractuelles qui travaillent dans ces organismes voient leurs postes en suspens ou compromis par la situation.

Pour les prochaines semaines, pouvons-nous trouver des maniĂšres innovantes de participer Ă  des activitĂ©s d’art communautaires en ligne ou Ă  la maison?

ArtBridges/ToileDesArts veut savoir comment ça se passe pour vous! Nous voulons connaĂźtre et diffuser vos idĂ©es pour crĂ©er de l’art communautaire et maintenir vos rĂ©seaux vivants pendant la pandĂ©mie.

Pensons aux personnes plus vulnĂ©rables de nos milieux et trouvons des moyens de favoriser l’inclusion en offrant une programmation ou des projets de rechange. Nous sommes face Ă  un gros problĂšme qui demande de la crĂ©ativitĂ© et c’est en plein dans nos cordes, Ă  nous les artistes! Merci de nous envoyer vos idĂ©es originales et nous les diffuserons. Ça pourrait inspirer d’autres personnes!

Pour des mises Ă  jour importantes sur l’Ă©volution de la situation, consultez l’Agence de la santĂ© publique du Canada et l’Organisation mondiale de la santĂ©.

Prenez soin de vous!

L’Ă©quipe d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts

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ArtBridges Update

Dear friends, community partners, and all of us active in community-engaged arts initiatives,

We are living in interesting times. “Community-engaged arts” is all about community engagement, and yet we are all needing to practice social distancing and sometimes self-isolation, or quarantine, because of COVID-19. ArtBridges is getting numerous emails and newsletters from community-engaged arts initiatives across Canada announcing their suspension or closures of programs and events for a few weeks or until further notice.

Communities of people depend on community-engaged arts initiatives and services. Staff, volunteers, student placements and contract workers also have positions which are now on hold, or compromised.

During the next few weeks, can we come up with innovative ways to participate in community-engaged arts online or at home?

ArtBridges would like to hear from you! We’d like to share your unique, innovative and resourceful ideas about creating and maintaining community-engaged arts in Canada during this pandemic.

Lets remember the vulnerable in our communities, and find ways to be inclusive and provide alternative programs/projects. We’re artists and this is one very big creative problem to work on together! Please send in your out-of-the-box ideas and we’ll share them. Maybe they’ll inspire others.

Please also consult the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization for important updates on the ongoing situation.

Stay well!

The ArtBridges team

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Devenez membre de la ToileDesArts !

Comme vous le savez, ToileDesArts est une plateforme et un forum de rĂ©seautage pour toutes les personnes qui s’intĂ©ressent Ă  l’art communautaire et Ă  l’art pour le changement social, partout au Canada.

La cotisation des membres soutient le travail d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts tout au long de l’annĂ©e !

Elle nous aide Ă  faire connaĂźtre la cause de l’art communautaire, Ă  diriger les gens vers les activitĂ©s prĂšs de chez eux, Ă  rassembler et partager les ressources ainsi qu’à diffuser les actualitĂ©s et les nouveautĂ©s du milieu.Devenez membre d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts !

Voici les avantages offerts aux membres d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts :

  1. Une consultation professionnelle d’une heure pour vĂ©rifier l’accessibilitĂ©, la compatibilitĂ© mobile et la clartĂ© de votre site Internet.
  2. La possibilitĂ© de soumettre la candidature de votre organisme ou celle d’un autre membre Ă  nos Prix honorifiques annuels soulignant l’innovation, la rĂ©silience et la crĂ©ativitĂ©. Chacun des trois organismes ou individus rĂ©cipiendaires recevra un prix de 250 $.
  3. Une place de choix dans la section « Pleins feux sur les membres Â» de notre blogue;
  4. La possibilité de demander une lettre de soutien pour votre projet;
  5. Vos annonces seront en haut de page dans les sections ÉvĂ©nements et Petites annonces de notre site (limite de 3 fois par annĂ©e) ;
  6. Votre nom ou celui de votre organisme ou projet sera publié sur notre page de reconnaissance des membres;
  7. Une carte de membre, symbole de l’appartenance officielle Ă  ArtBridges/ToileDesArts !

Devenez membre dĂšs aujourd’hui ! Le formulaire d’adhĂ©sion se trouve en ligne sur artbridges.ca. Votre adhĂ©sion sera valide immĂ©diatement et jusqu’à la fin de 2020.

Merci beaucoup de croire en notre mission !

Cordialement,

Tiffany Nyklickova
Responsable de la campagne d’adhĂ©sion

& Seanna Connell
Directrice

ArtBridges Fifth Annual Recognition Awards / Prix honorifiques annuels d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts!

We are pleased to announce the award winners for
ArtBridges Fifth Annual Recognition Awards!

The awards showcase remarkable work in community-engaged arts in Canada in three categories: Innovation!, Resiliency! and Creativity!

The award process: In mid-2019 we did a call for community-engaged arts initiatives, community partners and ArtBridges Member initiatives to participate in award nominations. All of the entrees were compelling and demonstrated amazing work. The awards jury was comprised of three active leaders in community arts in Canada from St. John’s, Guelph, and Vancouver. The recipients will each receive a certificate and an award of $250. We will be calling for nominations for our Sixth Annual Recognition Awards this Winter!


Nous avons le plaisir de vous présenter les lauréats des cinquiÚmes
Prix honorifiques annuels d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts!

Ces prix soulignent un travail remarquable dans le domaine de l’art communautaire au Canada. Il y a trois catĂ©gories : Innovation, RĂ©silience et CrĂ©ativitĂ©.

Processus d’attribution des prix : Au milieu de 2019, nous avons invitĂ© les organismes et les membres de ToileDesArts qui rĂ©alisent des projets d’art en milieu communautaire Ă  soumettre des candidatures pour nos Prix honorifiques annuels. Tous les projets soumis Ă©taient convaincants et dĂ©montraient un travail extraordinaire. Le jury Ă©tait composĂ© de trois personnes qui se sont illustrĂ©es par leur leadership dans le milieu de l’art communautaire; elles venaient de Saint-Jean de Terre-Neuve, de Guelph et de Vancouver. Chaque rĂ©cipiendaire recevra un certificat et un prix de 250 $. Nous lancerons cet hiver un appel de candidatures pour la sixiĂšme Ă©dition des Prix honorifiques annuels de ToileDesArts.


Congratulations to / Félicitations aux lauréats! :

The Remarkable Innovation! Award to / Le prix soulignant une innovation remarquable est remis Ă  : Otahpiaaki (Calgary, Alberta)

« Otahpiaaki est un projet portĂ© par l’Indigenous Mount Royal University dans le cadre d’un programme de baccalaurĂ©at d’exception visant Ă  rĂ©pondre aux besoins en Ă©ducation de tous les peuples autochtones. L’universitĂ© s’est engagĂ©e Ă  reconnaĂźtre, valoriser et appliquer le savoir autochtone en utilisant des mĂ©thodes pĂ©dagogiques et des pratiques qui tiennent compte de leurs rĂ©alitĂ©s culturelles. AxĂ© sur les arts et la crĂ©ativitĂ©, Otahpiaaki existe depuis trois ans. Ce projet est le fruit d’une collaboration entre des aĂźnĂ©s et des Gardiens du Savoir Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot), des Ă©quipes d’étudiants et d’étudiantes autochtones et non autochtones ainsi que des professeurs et des membres du personnel de l’universitĂ©.»

Otahpiaaki is a project of Indigenous Mount Royal University. As a part of delivering an exceptional undergraduate experience, meeting the educational needs of all Indigenous Peoples, and in delivering on the university’s commitment to recognizing, valuing and applying Indigenous knowledge through culturally responsive pedagogies and practices, Otahpiaaki has worked in partnership with Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot) Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Indigenous and non-Indigenous student teams, and alliances of faculty and staff to build an arts- and creatives-focused project these past three years.

Otahpiaaki’s mandate is embodied in Mount Royal University’s Indigenous Strategic Plan 2016-2021, including the cultivation of respectful and welcoming environments; working with our communities to enhance the academic, personal and cultural experience of Indigenous learners; and fostering respect for Indigenous ways of knowing, knowledge-production and creative practice, and increasing capacity for Indigenous scholarship.

Otahpiaaki supports creative practice in three ways. First, we host an annual showcase. In its fourth year, Otahpiaaki: Indigenous Beauty and Fashion and Design Week is a 5-day community-focused visual and performing arts gathering, showcase, and critical discourse hosted in Mohkinstis/ Calgary. Designers, artists, musicians, performers, and writers from 40 unique neighbour Nations, Inuit, Northern, and MĂ©tis communities have showcased and celebrated indigenous beauty in all of its forms – intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual since 2016. Sahpahtsimah — collaborating in a good way, is core to our project. 

Next, Otahpiaaki partners with other organizations on ‘practice and issues’ workshops during and beyond Showcase Week, typically held in November. This educational programming ensures that contemporary and historical knowledge is shared through intergenerational exchange. We also host critical discourse events, for example, on creative issues and impacts facing LGBTQ+ and racialized creatives; concerned with dismantling colonial research/educational structures impacting creative research, practice, and the pursuit of prosperity; and an artistic collaboration and curation of Robert Joseph’s 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act. 

Finally, our project is uniquely designed with a scholarship of engagement strategy. Since 2016, we’ve gathered new knowledge by asking three key questions, “How can Indigenous creative renewal and maintenance of practices be articulated and protected? What are the obstacles to creative, artistic, and economic prosperity for Indigenous artists? How are creative works being utilized for healing intergenerational harms and traumas and helping discoveries of giftedness? 

Using Indigenous scholarship and practice, we have achieved new understanding about these questions. We have participated in academic conferences and events as far away as France and Germany, and as close as Tsuut’ina. We also support Otahpiaaki and other creatives with practical knowledge and tools, and we utilize popular press. We have even grown natural dye crops to resource design and artistic practice, and have transferred this knowledge to Kainai K-12 arts educators, Elders and artists to introduce Poo’miikapi – experiencing unity, balance, and harmony through regalia and other creative action.

We listen carefully to our creatives and contribute our knowledge and skills to serve their expressed needs.”

-submitted by Patricia M Derbyshire

Here’s a recent Vogue Article: Meet 4 Indigenous-Owned Streetwear Brands Empowering Their Communities

The Mandel Surprise-Me Award for Innovation is sponsored by the Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES Fund.
Le prix Mandel Étonnez-moi ! soulignant une innovation remarquable est commanditĂ© par le Fonds Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES.


The Remarkable Creativity! Award to / Le prix soulignant une crĂ©ativitĂ© remarquable est remis Ă  : Cirque Hors Piste – Cirkaskina – National Social Circus Gathering / Rencontre nationale en cirque (MontrĂ©al, QC)

« L’évĂ©nement de clĂŽture de la Rencontre nationale en cirque social durera trois jours. Le premier jour (le 17 janvier 2020), 150 jeunes participeront Ă  une crĂ©ation collective prĂ©sentĂ©e Ă  la Tohu et diffusĂ©e en direct dans tous les milieux participants. Cette prĂ©sentation publique vise Ă  montrer la diversitĂ© des jeunes participants et Ă  sensibiliser le grand public Ă  la portĂ©e de changement social qu’ont les arts et plus particuliĂšrement le cirque. Les deux autres journĂ©es seront remplies d’activitĂ©s offertes aux jeunes par les jeunes: ateliers de partage, scĂšne ouverte, discussions, rituels d’ouverture et de clĂŽture, moments d’échanges informels. »

“Social circus, an innovative approach use in 17 communities in Canada. The circus has rightly been characterized as an art of solidarity because it relies heavily on mutual help and collective work. This is why social circus intervention, by the nature of the activities used, relies heavily on collective participation. To act in a group by carrying out common activities is a formidable tool to develop trust towards others which makes it possible to develop fundamental social values such as solidarity, empathy, mutual help, sense of belonging, listening, respect and friendship. The notions of leadership and respect for common rules are also promoted, which leads participants to consider themselves not only as individuals, but also as full members of a community. In fact, participants become aware not only of what others can bring them, but also of what they themselves can bring to others, essential elements in the construction of esteem. The circus tool thus becomes a pretext for promoting social inclusion, developing life skills and fostering an active place in one’s community.

The big event closing National Social Circus Gathering will last 3 days, The first day (January 17, 2020) will invite the 150 young people to join forces for a collective creation that will be presented publicly at Tohu and broadcast live in all participating communities. The objective of this public day is both to promote the diversity of young participants, to give them a voice, while raising awareness among the general public about the use of the arts and more specifically the circus as a vector of social change. The next two days will be devoted to activities by and for young people: exchange workshops, open-stage, discussions, opening and closing rituals, informal moments of exchange.”

-submitted by Samuel Jabour

The Award for Creativity is sponsored by the Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES Fund.
Le prix soulignant une crĂ©ativitĂ© remarquable est commanditĂ© par le Fonds Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES.


The Remarkable Resiliency! Award to / Le prix soulignant une résilience remarquable est remis à : Thinking Rock Community Arts (Thessalon, ON)

« Depuis sa fondation en 2013, Thinking Rock Community Arts (TRCA) a imposĂ© le respect comme organisme artistique communautaire, le seul en son genre dans le district Central Algoma du Nord de l’Ontario. GrĂące Ă  son Ă©quipe de trois employĂ©es, son conseil d’administration de sept personnes (y compris une adolescente sans droit de vote), des bĂ©nĂ©voles attentionnĂ©s et des mentors organisationnels extraordinaires (notamment Jumblies Theatre et SKETCH Working Arts,) cet organisme Ă  but non lucratif (incorporĂ© en vertu de la loi provinciale) est maintenant reconnu comme un acteur du milieu vital et rĂ©silient qui produit des projets pluriannuels Ă  la qualitĂ© artistique, la portĂ©e et l’impact Ă©levĂ©s. Le premier projet de Thinking Rock a reçu un excellent accueil: la piĂšce communautaire Rivers Speak, fruit d’un processus de conception, de production et d’évaluation Ă©talĂ© sur cinq ans, a mobilisĂ© 4000 personnes de 2013 Ă  2018. L’organisme a dĂ©montrĂ© une rĂ©silience remarquable sur le plan de son fonctionnement et de sa programmation, tout en faisant preuve d’une crĂ©ativitĂ© et d’une innovation remarquables dans la construction de cette rĂ©silience. »

“Since its foundation in 2013, Thinking Rock Community Arts (TRCA) has established itself as a well-respected community-engaged arts organization, the only one of its kind based in the Central Algoma District of Northern Ontario. With the support of three staff members, a seven-member Board of Directors (including a non-voting youth member), a caring group of volunteers and formidable organizational mentors (Jumblies Theatre and SKETCH Working Arts, to name a few) this provincially-incorporated nonprofit has become known as a vital, resilient organization that produces large-scale, multi-year projects of high artistic quality and impact. The five-year process of design, production and evaluation of the Rivers Speak Community Play – Thinking Rock’s well-received inaugural project – engaged 4,000 people between 2013 to 2018. Thinking Rock has demonstrated remarkable resiliency in its operations and programming, while also showing remarkable creativity and innovation in building its resilience.

Despite its recent establishment, small staff size and location in the under-resourced, rural Northern Ontario context, Thinking Rock’s team has worked creatively and diligently to secure the resources (funding, staffing, organizational systems, community support and otherwise) necessary for its survival and sustainability. A fee-for-service consultancy revenue stream supplements funder contributions and connects the organization to community groups and initiatives. Relationships with local partners, donors and sponsors (individual, organizational and corporate) are carefully cultivated. At times, endurance has necessitated the adoption of austerity measures, leading to shifts in plans, but the organization has survived and thrived. The organizational culture embraces opportunities for learning that emerge in challenging times, recognizing that such knowledge informs forward motion while it builds resiliency. Within the last year, Thinking Rock has applied for and secured operating funding from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts – achieving a goal, and a big step towards sustainability, 6 years in the making. This will enable Thinking Rock to continue its various projects and initiatives, including Social Fabric, its current multi-year, community-engaged project.

Thinking Rock has learned much about the resiliency of the people of the Central Algoma region – knowledge it aims to respect, reflect and model. These communities, from Spanish to Sault Ste. Marie and all points between, continue to weather the storms of economic uncertainty, isolation (social & geographic), entrenched racism, the ongoing impacts of colonialism and more. An intensive, careful process of relationship building at the beginning of each project connects Thinking Rock with community members and organizations, to better know each community’s past, present, and hopes for the future. Sitting with Elders and Knowledge Keepers increases Thinking Rock’s awareness of local protocols, as well as their respectful observance and incorporation into this work. Access supports – such as childcare, food, transportation support, free admission, self-care resources and more – help to address needs in the community and ensure diverse participation. Making personal, trusting connections truly counts; the moving stories of life and resilience shared with Thinking Rock by community members inspire, inform, and increase the resiliency of its work in turn, in myriad ways. 

Thinking Rock will further examine, amplify and model resiliency in the two-year Stories of our Stories community-engaged research project, by recognizing and nurturing it. Supported by research partners and funders including NORDIK Institute, Mass Culture, the Northern Lights Collaborative, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts, this project will connect community-engaged artists and arts organizations in the rural and First Nation contexts of Northern Ontario to collectively explore the impacts and learnings of this field of practice, in this context; surface the challenges and barriers of this work; investigate current supports and those that are needed to continue it; build a collegial network of practitioners; and underscore the many positive impacts of community-engaged arts in this context which include, among others, building community resilience.

For more information about Thinking Rock’s work, please visit www.thinkingrock.ca, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or contact Acting Artistic Director, Miranda Bouchard (miranda[at]thinkingrock.ca).”

-submitted by Miranda Bouchard

The Award for Resiliency is sponsored by the Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES Fund.
Le prix soulignant une rĂ©silience remarquable est commanditĂ© par le Fonds Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES.


Honourable Mentions / Mentions honorables :

We would like to give honourable mentions to Home 2.0 (SarasvĂ ti Productions) in the Remarkable Creativity! Award category and to Music From Hope in the Remarkable Resiliency! Award category.

Honourable Mention Honourable Mention for Remarkable Creativity! Award / Mention honorable pour la Prix Créativité remarquable!Home 2.0, Hope McIntyre (Winnipeg, MB)

« D’octobre Ă  dĂ©cembre 2018, SarasvĂ ti Productions a produit “Home 2.0”, une nouvelle piĂšce de thĂ©Ăątre portant sur l’expĂ©rience des jeunes nouvellement arrivĂ©s au pays; lors d’une tournĂ©e des Ă©coles manitobaines, elle a Ă©tĂ© prĂ©sentĂ©e Ă  plus de 4700 jeunes. La formule du thĂ©Ăątre forum a permis de crĂ©er une expĂ©rience interactive unique, donnant la chance aux Ă©tudiants d’explorer, en les jouant sur scĂšne, des solutions aux problĂ©matiques Ă©voquĂ©es. SarasvĂ ti a ainsi prĂ©sentĂ© la piĂšce Ă  de nombreux jeunes immigrants et immigrantes, qui se ruaient sur les comĂ©diens, aprĂšs la reprĂ©sentation pour les remercier d’avoir racontĂ© leur vĂ©cu d’une façon aussi vivante. Â»

From October to December 2018, SarasvĂ ti Productions produced “”Home 2.0″”, a new play about the experiences of newcomer youth. It toured to schools throughout Manitoba, being seen by over 4,700 youth. Using a Forum Theatre style created a unique interactive experience and allowed students to creatively explore solutions, by acting them out on stage. SarasvĂ ti was able to share the show with many newcomer students, who would then rush the stage after the show to thank the actors for telling their stories in such a vibrant way. Music, song, and dance were all used. There was a free performance for the after-school program at Peaceful Village. They also targeted youth organizations that so often do not have access to the arts, by offering free previews at Graffiti Gallery and the Millennium Library. Just as important were the many performances at schools where a majority of students were not new Canadians. Here the students had little interaction with or understanding of the challenges faced by immigrant and refugees. Through seeing it played out before their eyes, they were able to experience what it is like to be forced to leave your home and start all over halfway across the world. In the debrief after each performance, students shared how it helped them to have more empathy and to be more accepting. The students also had extremely insightful suggestions about what needs to change in order to help make the transition easier for new Canadians.

There were so many rewarding moments. In order to include first person perspectives, SarasvĂ ti utilized video in the play. A Yazidi refugee who participated in the creation of the play and who shared his story on video, attended at his high school with his peers. He spoke afterwards and was so proud to be able to help others to understand. The cast also often heard students translate for each other from the audience, with those who have been in the country longer supporting the newer arrivals. Doing post-show workshops with students we also heard their passion for promoting human rights, greater acceptance and tolerance. Allowing students to use storytelling and tap in to their own creativity, kept the project engaging for all youth.

For this project, SarasvĂ ti Productions traveled to new communities and particularly rural communities who have less access to both theatre and human rights advocacy. This allowed the company to expand their reach and build relationships beyond the city limits for future projects, thereby reducing isolation and demonstrating that arts are for everyone no matter where they live or what their life experience has been. There were also requests from multiple middle schools so the tour expanded the age range of the audience with great success. In fact, the cast often felt the middle school students jumped in to participate more actively as it was such a unique experience for them. Sharing the stories with younger students was extremely effective in having the conversation begin at an earlier age.

The tour also included talkbacks, a resource toolkit for teachers and opportunities for facilitators to continue the conversation post-show. Now that the tour is complete SarasvĂ ti Productions is finalizing the script for publishing and dissemination for use by other theatre companies as well as school drama programs across the country. They have also received requests to facilitate workshops at additional schools in order to share their process and allow students to create their own work sharing stories to increase human understanding.

-submitted by Hope McIntyreï»ż

Videos from play:


Honourable Mention for Remarkable Resiliency! Award / Mention honorable pour le Prix RĂ©silience remarquable! – Music From Hope (Toronto, ON)

« L’équipe d’animation du projet Music From Hope, constituĂ©e de personnes rĂ©fugiĂ©es, travaille avec les enfants dans des camps de rĂ©fugiĂ©s en Syrie et au Liban depuis 2012. Depuis 2016, elle utilise la musique comme activitĂ© thĂ©rapeutique avec ces enfants. Pour les animateurs et animatrices, comme pour les enfants qui participent au projet, la musique a Ă©tĂ© un refuge et un moyen de guĂ©rison. Â»

“Facilitators of the Music From Hope project been working with children in refugee camps since 2012 (Syria and Lebanon). They have been using music as therapeutic activity with children in camps since 2016. As refugees themselves, they found refuge and healing for themselves and the kids at the same time in music.

During trainings, we integrate the knowledge, experience and questions of the participants, to help customize towards the needs of the participants and the children we work with. In combination with our exercises, theory and stories, we facilitate a process in which people will learn from each other and learn by doing: action-based learning. We believe music can change people — and by changing people, you can change communities.

Recently, we were hosted at CBC Arts in short video that explains more about who we are and what we do: http://cbc.ca/arts/exhibitionists/what-we-read-in-the-news-about-syrians-focuses-on-violence-these-musicians-focus-on-healing-1.5172955

-submitted by Nour Kaadan

Happy Birthday ArtBridges! / Bonne fĂȘte ToileDesArts !

ToileDesArts fĂȘte ses onze ans aujourd’hui ! Hourra !
ArtBridges turns eleven today! Hooray!

Merci beaucoup à tous nos lecteurs et lectrices, contributeurs et contributrices, supporteurs et supportrices, et bien sûr, nos amis et amies!

Thank you so much — readers, contributors, community partners, members, supporters and friends!

-photo by Nagatoshi Shimamura

Become a Member of ArtBridges!

As you know, ArtBridges is a hub and forum for connection for anyone interested in or active in community-engaged arts and arts for social change in Canada.

Membership fees help to support the work of ArtBridges all year!

As a Member, you will be a vital partner in ArtBridges’ important work by helping us to raise awareness, connect people to community-engaged art initiatives, gather and share resources, and highlight what’s going on in the practice and field.

Become a Member!

ArtBridges’ Highlights of 2019:

  • For almost one year now, ArtBridges has been operating as a new charitable organization, not-for-profit, and registered National Arts Service Organization (NASO). We’ve successfully laid down the foundation of a new organization: setting up payroll, HR, contracts, bookkeeping, financial reporting, Board meetings, complying with CRA and Corporations Canada, issuing charitable tax receipts, banking, setting up Paypal & CanadaHelps, sent out numerous proposals to foundations, and have started to apply for Arts Service grants with government granting programs. With the building of strong organizational foundation, we can slowly build up programming and projects again!
  • Here’s an article by Kate Rowswell on the Tides Canada blog about ArtBridges’ new beginnings after 10 great years with Tides.
  • We connected with over 390 (and growing!) community-engaged arts initiatives across Canada. Learn more about these amazing initiatives from coast to coast to coast on the Map and Profile Directory and update your initiative’s organization profile any time.
  • In collaboration with Centre RĂ©sidentiel et Communautaire Jacques-Cartier, in QuĂ©bec City, ArtBridges surveyed community-engaged arts initiatives across Canada to find out what services there are for homeless youth. We added a search filter on artbridges.ca Map and Profile Directory that shows which community-engaged arts initiatives actively serve or work with homeless youth across Canada.
  • We worked hard to keep the information flowing about what’s going on in the field via artbridges.ca with blog posts, Facebook & Twitter, Learning and Resources, and helped people with special requests—assisting with finding mentorship, connections, supplies, resources, and writing letters of support, all year!
  • As a community partner over the past six years, ArtBridges assisted the ASC! Project (Arts for Social Change) with research about community-engaged arts across Canada. This year marks the conclusion of the research project. Please read their final report which presents a brief overview: https://icasc.ca/resources/asc-project-final-report
  • ArtBridges held its 5th Annual Recognition Awards for Remarkable Community-Engaged Arts! There were 32 submissions for this juried award. The outcomes were: Remarkable Creativity: 1st place – Cirque Hors Piste National Social Circus Gathering, 2nd place – Home2.0; Remarkable Resiliency: 1st place – Thinking Rock Community Arts, 2nd place – Music From Hope; Remarkable Innovation: 1st place – Otahpiaaki. The awards were sponsored by the Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES Fund.

As an ArtBridges Member, you or your arts initiative can:

  1. Have your website reviewed for accessibility, mobile responsiveness and clarity in a one-hour professional consultation
  2. Recognition Awards: Nominate your own community arts initiative, or another for ArtBridges’ Annual Recognition Awards based on remarkable innovation, resiliency, and creativity. Each of the three winning initiatives receive a donation of $250.
  3. Member Spotlight: Have your community-engaged arts initiative featured on ArtBridges’ Canada-wide Community Blog
  4. Receive consideration for a letter of support for your initiative from us.
  5. Take advantage of the Events and Classifieds sections of our website by having announcements and opportunities featured at the top of the pages for up to 3 times a year.
  6. Be listed under Membership Recognition on the ArtBridges website.
  7. Receive a Membership card: become a card-carrying member!

Join our Membership today! Please fill out the Membership registration form online at artbridges.ca. Your membership fee will cover from now through to the end of 2020.

Thank you for believing in this work!

Sincerely,

Tiffany Nyklickova
Membership Developer

& Seanna Connell
Director

Devenez membre de la ToileDesArts !

Comme vous le savez, ToileDesArts est une plateforme et un forum de rĂ©seautage pour toutes les personnes qui s’intĂ©ressent Ă  l’art communautaire et Ă  l’art pour le changement social, partout au Canada.

La cotisation des membres soutient le travail d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts tout au long de l’annĂ©e !

Elle nous aide Ă  faire connaĂźtre la cause de l’art communautaire, Ă  diriger les gens vers les activitĂ©s prĂšs de chez eux, Ă  rassembler et partager les ressources ainsi qu’à diffuser les actualitĂ©s et les nouveautĂ©s du milieu.Devenez membre d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts !

Voici les points saillants de 2019 :

  • Depuis prĂšs d’un an, ArtBridges/ToileDesArts poursuit ses activitĂ©s en tant que nouvel organisme de bienfaisance sans but lucratif, enregistrĂ© comme organisme de services nationaux dans le domaine des arts. Nous avons mis sur pied les bases d’un organisme : paye, ressources humaines, comptabilitĂ©, rapports financiers, rĂ©unions du conseil d’administration, conformitĂ© aux exigences de l’ARC et de Corporations Canada, reçus de charitĂ©, comptes de banque, Paypal et CanaDon, nombreuses demandes de dons et de subventions Ă  des fondations et aux programmes gouvernementaux. Avec ces fondations organisationnelles solides, nous pouvons recommencer Ă  faire fleurir nos programmes et nos projets !
  • Kate Rowswell a Ă©crit sur le blogue de Tides Canada un article sur ce nouveau dĂ©part d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts aprĂšs 10 ans sous l’aile de Tides : https://tidescanada.org/blog/leadership-and-capacity-building/blog-catching-up-with-artbridges-a-new-chapter-begins-for-former-shared-platform-project/
  • ArtBridges/ToileDesArts relie 390 projets d’art communautaires d’un ocĂ©an Ă  l’autre (et il s’en ajoute rĂ©guliĂšrement). Consultez notre rĂ©pertoire dans la section « Ă€ vous l’art communautaire Â» de notre site (artbridge.ca), oĂč vous pouvez mettre Ă  jour votre profil en tout temps.
  • En collaboration avec le Centre RĂ©sidentiel et Communautaire Jacques-Cartier situĂ© Ă  QuĂ©bec, ArtBridges/ToileDesArts a sondĂ© son rĂ©seau pancanadien pour mettre en lumiĂšre les services offerts aux jeunes de la rue. Nous avons ajoutĂ© un filtre Ă  notre rĂ©pertoire pour qu’ils soient facilement repĂ©rables.
  • Nous avons travaillĂ© fort toute l’annĂ©e pour transmettre l’information du milieu de l’art communautaire, sur le site artbridges.ca et grĂące Ă  des interventions sur notre blogue, sur Facebook et Twitter, et pour rĂ©pondre aux demandes de mentorat, de contacts, de matĂ©riel et autres ressources !
  • Au cours des six derniĂšres annĂ©es, ArtBridges/ToileDesArts a collaborĂ© Ă  la recherche menĂ©e par l’ASC ! Project ! (Arts for Social Change) sur le milieu de l’art communautaire partout au Canada. Ce projet de recherche s’est terminĂ© cette annĂ©e. Son rapport final prĂ©sente un bref aperçu de leurs conclusions (en anglais seulement) : https://icasc.ca/resources/asc-project-final-report
  • Enfin, ArtBridges/ToileDesArts a dĂ©cernĂ© les cinquiĂšmes Prix honorifiques annuels Ă  des projets ou organismes remarquables. Le jury a reçu 32 candidatures. Voici les laurĂ©ats ! Dans la catĂ©gorie « CrĂ©ativitĂ© remarquable Â» : 1er prix, Rencontre nationale du cirque social du Cirque Hors Piste; 2e prix, Home2.0. Dans la catĂ©gorie « RĂ©silience remarquable Â» : 1er prix, Thinking Rock Community Arts; 2e prix, Music From Hope. Dans la catĂ©gorie « Innovation remarquable Â» : 1er prix, Otahpiaaki. Les prix Ă©taient commanditĂ©s par le Fonds Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES.

Voici les avantages offerts aux membres d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts :

  1. Une consultation professionnelle d’une heure pour vĂ©rifier l’accessibilitĂ©, la compatibilitĂ© mobile et la clartĂ© de votre site Internet.
  2. La possibilitĂ© de soumettre la candidature de votre organisme ou celle d’un autre membre Ă  nos Prix honorifiques annuels soulignant l’innovation, la rĂ©silience et la crĂ©ativitĂ©. Chacun des trois organismes ou individus rĂ©cipiendaires recevra un prix de 250 $.
  3. Une place de choix dans la section « Pleins feux sur les membres Â» de notre blogue;
  4. La possibilité de demander une lettre de soutien pour votre projet;
  5. Vos annonces seront en haut de page dans les sections ÉvĂ©nements et Petites annonces de notre site (limite de 3 fois par annĂ©e) ;
  6. Votre nom ou celui de votre organisme ou projet sera publié sur notre page de reconnaissance des membres;
  7. Une carte de membre, symbole de l’appartenance officielle Ă  ArtBridges/ToileDesArts !

Devenez membre dĂšs aujourd’hui ! Le formulaire d’adhĂ©sion se trouve en ligne sur artbridges.ca. Votre adhĂ©sion sera valide immĂ©diatement et jusqu’à la fin de 2020.

Merci beaucoup de croire en notre mission !

Cordialement,

Tiffany Nyklickova
Responsable de la campagne d’adhĂ©sion

& Seanna Connell
Directrice

Bonne année !


À tous les organismes et toutes les personnes qui contribuent à rendre la ToileDesArts bien vivante, ArtBridges/ToileDesArts souhaite une

BONNE ET HEUREUSE ANNÉE!

Nous espĂ©rons que vous avez pu vous reposer, vous relier Ă  vos proches, vous ressourcer et vous renouveler! Nous commençons l’annĂ©e avec beaucoup d’enthousiasme Ă  crĂ©er et nourrir des liens avec vous et Ă  continuer d’apprendre et de diffuser ce qui vibre dans le milieu de l’art communautaire et de l’art pour le changement social, partout au Canada.

Les points saillants de 2019 pour ArtBridges/ToileDesArts (une année emballante!):

  • Depuis prĂšs d’un an, ArtBridges/ToileDesArts poursuit ses activitĂ©s en tant que nouvel organisme de bienfaisance sans but lucratif, enregistrĂ© comme organisme de services nationaux dans le domaine des arts. Nous avons mis sur pied les bases d’un organisme : paye, ressources humaines, comptabilitĂ©, rapports financiers, rĂ©unions du conseil d’administration, conformitĂ© aux exigences de l’ARC et de Corporations Canada, reçus de charitĂ©, comptes de banque, Paypal et CanaDon, nombreuses demandes de dons et de subventions Ă  des fondations et aux programmes gouvernementaux. Avec ces fondations organisationnelles solides, nous pouvons recommencer Ă  faire fleurir nos programmes et nos projets !
  • Voici un article de Kate Rowswell sur ce nouveau dĂ©part d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts aprĂšs 10 ans sous l’aile de Tides.
  • ArtBridges/ToileDesArts relie 390 projets d’art communautaires d’un ocĂ©an Ă  l’autre (et il s’en ajoute rĂ©guliĂšrement). Consultez notre rĂ©pertoire, oĂč vous pouvez mettre Ă  jour votre profil en tout temps.
  • En collaboration avec le Centre RĂ©sidentiel et Communautaire Jacques-Cartier situĂ© Ă  QuĂ©bec, ArtBridges/ToileDesArts a sondĂ© son rĂ©seau pancanadien pour mettre en lumiĂšre les services offerts aux jeunes de la rue. Nous avons ajoutĂ© un filtre Ă  notre rĂ©pertoire pour qu’ils soient facilement repĂ©rables.
  • Nous avons travaillĂ© fort toute l’annĂ©e pour transmettre l’information du milieu de l’art communautaire sur le site artbridges.ca et grĂące Ă  des interventions sur notre blogue, sur Facebook et Twitter, et pour rĂ©pondre aux demandes de mentorat, de contacts, de matĂ©riel et autres ressources !
  • Au cours des six derniĂšres annĂ©es, ArtBridges/ToileDesArts a collaborĂ© Ă  la recherche menĂ©e par l’ASC ! Project ! (Arts for Social Change) sur le milieu de l’art communautaire partout au Canada. Ce projet de recherche s’est terminĂ© cette annĂ©e. Son rapport final prĂ©sente un bref aperçu de leurs conclusions (en anglais seulement) : https://icasc.ca/resources/asc-project-final-report
  • Enfin, ArtBridges/ToileDesArts a dĂ©cernĂ© les cinquiĂšmes Prix honorifiques annuels Ă  des projets ou organismes remarquables. Le jury a reçu 32 candidatures. Voici les laurĂ©ats !
    • Dans la catĂ©gorie « CrĂ©ativitĂ© remarquable Â» : 1er prix, Rencontre nationale du cirque social du Cirque Hors Piste; 2e prix, Home2.0.
    • Dans la catĂ©gorie « RĂ©silience remarquable Â» : 1er prix, Thinking Rock Community Arts; 2e prix, Music From Hope.
    • Dans la catĂ©gorie « Innovation remarquable Â» : 1er prix, Otahpiaaki. Les prix Ă©taient commanditĂ©s par le Fonds Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES.

Bonne année!

Au plaisir de vous lire et de recevoir vos appels pour nourrir le lien, partager les expériences, les idées et les renseignements sur les événements pertinents!

L’Équipe d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts

-photo : pixel2013

Happy January!

Dear ArtBridges community partners, friends, readers,

Happy New Year!

Hoping that you have had a chance to rest, replenish, reconnect, and reset!

We look forward to connecting this year! and learning and sharing more about community-engaged arts and arts for social change going on across Canada.

Last year was an exciting one for ArtBridges! Some highlights were:

  • For almost one year now, ArtBridges has been operating as a new charitable organization, not-for-profit, and registered National Arts Service Organization (NASO). We’ve successfully laid down the foundation of a new organization: setting up payroll, HR, contracts, bookkeeping, financial reporting, Board meetings, complying with CRA and Corporations Canada, issuing charitable tax receipts, banking, setting up Paypal & CanadaHelps, sent out numerous proposals to foundations, and have started to apply for Arts Service grants with government granting programs. With the building of strong organizational foundation, we can slowly build up programming and projects again!
  • Here’s an article by Kate Rowswell on the Tides Canada blog about ArtBridges’ new beginnings after 10 great years with Tides.
    We connected with over 390 (and growing!) community-engaged arts initiatives across Canada.
  • Learn more about these amazing initiatives from coast to coast to coast on the Map and Profile Directory and update your initiative’s organization profile any time.
  • In collaboration with Centre RĂ©sidentiel et Communautaire Jacques-Cartier, in QuĂ©bec City, ArtBridges surveyed community-engaged arts initiatives across Canada to find out what services there are for homeless youth. We added a search filter on artbridges.ca Map and Profile Directory that shows which community-engaged arts initiatives actively serve or work with homeless youth across Canada.
  • We worked hard to keep the information flowing about what’s going on in the field via artbridges.ca with blog postsFacebook & TwitterLearning and Resources, and helped people with special requests—assisting with finding mentorship, connections, supplies, resources, and writing letters of support, all year!
  • As a community partner over the past six years, ArtBridges assisted the ASC! Project (Arts for Social Change) with research about community-engaged arts across Canada. This year marks the conclusion of the research project. Please read their final report which presents a brief overview: https://icasc.ca/resources/asc-project-final-report
  • ArtBridges held its 5th Annual Recognition Awards for Remarkable Community-Engaged Arts! There were 32 submissions for this juried award. The outcomes were: Remarkable Creativity: 1st place – Cirque Hors Piste National Social Circus Gathering, 2nd place – Home2.0; Remarkable Resiliency: 1st place – Thinking Rock Community Arts, 2nd place – Music From Hope; Remarkable Innovation: 1st place – Otahpiaaki. The awards were sponsored by the Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES Fund.

Happy new year!
Please call or write to connect, share stories, ideas, or events.
-ArtBridges team

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Season’s Greetings from ArtBridges! / ToileDesArts vous souhaite de joyeuses FĂȘtes !

Season’s Greetings from ArtBridges/ToileDesArts!

To all our friends and community partners, we wish you a creative and joyful time over the holidays! All the best for a happy and healthy new year!

ArtBridges/ToileDesArts vous souhaite de joyeuses FĂȘtes!

À tous nos amis et Ă  tous nos partenaires, nous souhaitons un temps des fĂȘtes crĂ©atif et joyeux! Nos meilleurs voeux! Nous vous souhaitons une heureuse annĂ©e en santĂ©!

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