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16th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival (Oct 30-Nov 10, Vancouver)

“ANNOUNCING the 16thannual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival and twelve days of music, stories, theatre, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, dance, readings, forums, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, art talks, history talks and history walks. This year’s theme Holding the Light has emerged from the compelling need of DTES-involved artists and residents to illuminate the vitality and relevance of the Downtown Eastside community and its diverse and rich traditions, knowledge systems, ancestral languages, cultural roots and stories.

The mandate of the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festivalis to promote, present and facilitate the development of artists, art forms, cultural traditions, history, activism, people and great stories about Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The festival involves a wide range of professional, community, emerging and student artists and lovers of the arts. Over 1,000 local artists and Downtown Eastside residents participated in last year’s Festival.

Many events are free or by suggested donation.”

For more information, please visit: http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com/

-photo by David Cooper
-from Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival

Call for Artists: Granville Island Community Market (Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture)

Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture is seeking local visual artists who identify as living with a disability to share a market booth at the Granville Island Community Market this summer. Every Thursday from June – September 2019, Kickstart will be on Granville Island, doing community outreach, and we’d like to have a different artist share the booth with us each week. It is an unbelievable experience and a free opportunity to get your work in front of the public and the opportunity to sell work. This is also a paid opportunity for Artists.

Deadline: ongoing

Kickstart is a Vancouver-based non-profit registered charity, founded in 1998, with a mandate to support and promote artists with disabilities. We do this by presenting professional work by artists with disabilities to public audiences, raising public awareness of their contribution to the arts, and paying the artists for their work.”

For more information, please visit: https://www.kickstartdisability.ca/granville-island-community-market/

-submitted by Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture

Creative Facilitation 1 Workshop: Using Creative Activities as Facilitation Tools (Partners for Youth Empowerment)

“In this one-of-a-kind training, you’ll learn how to lead engaging, high impact programs that inspire and motivate. This training provides a framework for using creative practices in any program, classroom, training, or conference regardless of content or age group: from pre-schoolers to seniors.

  • Discover how taking creative risks builds confidence, leadership, and group trust.
  • Learn how to  create safe spaces that allow even the quietest participants to shine.
  • Gain a tool box of easy-to-lead activities you can use the very next day.
  • Guild confidence in your own creativity and your ability to be an engaging, inspiring leader.

No arts experience required. We are all creative!

September 21-22 | Vancouver, BC
October 25-26 | Montreal, QC”

For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.partnersforyouth.org/training/creative-facilitation/

-from Partners for Youth Empowerment

Call for Artists: Arts Integration Learning Lab (ArtStarts in Schools, Vancouver)

“Are you a professional artist interested in working with young people and educators in schools, but not sure where to start?

Already have experience working in schools, but want to enhance your skills and meet other artists in the field?

The Arts Integration Learning Lab is an immersive, five-day development experience for artists, designed to build your capacity to work alongside educators. Local artists and mentors will prepare you with the skills to plan, fund, and lead arts-integrated experiences in schools and classrooms across the province!

The deadline to apply is April 8th, 2019.

Apply here”

-from ArtStarts in Schools

Artist Call: Reframing Relations Program Facilitator (Vancouver)

Reframing Relations is an inter-disciplinary, arts-based program that aims to engage youth in creative dialogue about the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Led by the Community Arts Council of Vancouver, the pilot phase of this program was developed in partnership with the Vancouver School Board Aboriginal Education Department, the Surrey School District, and the Urban Native Youth Association. The program responds to an articulated need from our partners for creative programming that supports both educators and students during their transition to the new BC curriculum that integrates Indigenous Education at every stage.

This position is founded in a social justice framework that strives for critical thinking about race and colonialism. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage artists who self-identify as Indigenous, Métis, POC, LGBTQI2, and from a spectrum of abilities to consider applying.

Deadline for Submissions: February 1, 2019

Title: Reframing Relations Program Facilitator (2 positions)
Compensation: $50-$75/hour for workshop facilitations and $20/hr for workshop prep and professional development. Number of hours varies according to number of school bookings and artist availability.

Job Description: Reframing Relations Program Facilitators will collaborate with current facilitators at the Community Arts Council of Vancouver in delivering arts-based workshops in Vancouver schools exploring the historical and current relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Facilitators will work with youth to locate themselves, individually and collectively, within this conversation, and to explore and express their evolving understandings of reconciliation broadly defined. Two facilitators, one Indigenous and one non-Indigenous, will lead a series workshops in each classroom, working closely with the classroom teacher and Aboriginal Education Enhancement Teacher to tailor the workshops to suit the classroom’s unique needs. We encourage artist-facilitators of all art practices (visual, performative, musical, literary, cross-disciplinary, other) to apply.

Reframing Relations Program Facilitators will be responsible for open communication with teachers during and between sessions, CACV team program evaluation, and some administration as it pertains to their school sites. The program is current includes elementary (grade 4+) and secondary school classrooms. It also includes a community component that delivers workshops delivered in community centres for a range of ages, service organizations, and businesses. For more information visit our Reframing Relations page.”

For more details, please see the full job description on CACV’s website.

-from CACV website

Job Opportunity: Reel Youth Program Coordinator (British Columbia)

Reel Youth is hiring a full-time Program Coordinator to oversee a series of film programs and screenings, as well as to provide general administrative and filmmaking support to projects across Canada. You will be working from your home or our office on Cortes Island, with flexibility to determine your own schedule and location. Depending on your facilitation and film making skills, the job may also involve travel.

Start Date: Feb 18, 2019, or when the position is filled
Location: Cortes Island or home office in Vancouver or Lower Mainland (flexible)
Term: Feb 18, 2019 to Feb 14, 2020, or one year from the start date (with strong potential for extension based on performance and funding)
Salary: $36,000 – $45,000 per year (includes 2 weeks paid vacation), based on qualifications and experience
Schedule: Full-time (37.5 hrs/wk), flexible schedule

Reel Youth is a media empowerment project that delivers community development programming to youth and adults across Canada and internationally. Film production and distribution programs are designed to create positive change in young people’s lives through technical skill building, leadership training, creative collaboration with peers and mentors, and increased connection to community resources.”

For more information on the listing, please visit reelyouth.ca/jobposting.html

-from Reel Youth

DTES Artist Resource Fair (Carnegie Community Centre, Vancouver)

“Carnegie Community Centre and Vancouver Foundation are thrilled to host an informal, friendly, social event for artists to connect with community resource providers. You do not need to prepare or provide anything special to be a part of the event.

Everyone Welcome! We are proud to welcome back Heart of the City Festival, Gallery Gachet, EWMA a program of Atira Women’s Resource Society, CADA/West, Vancouver Public Library – Inspiration Lab and PTC, as well as representatives from organizations like WePress and 8EAST! More announcements about participating organizations to follow in the days leading up to the event.

Artists can find out more about:

  • Project funding
  • Creation support
  • Rehearsal space
  • Exhibition space
  • Classes
  • Workshops
  • Networks
    and more!”

For more information, please visit the DTES Artist Resource Fair event page

-from Carnegie Community Centre

Workshop: Epoch Youth Project (Vancouver)

“Youth ages 14-23 are invited to join the Epoch Youth Project, a multi-disciplinary, collaborative performance creation process and workshop. The project combines contemporary dance, theatre, film, writing, visual art, music and crafts to explore themes related to the environment. With the mentorship of professional artists Kelly McInnes, Sophie Wolfe and Laura Avery, youth participants are invited to experience the artistic process involved in the creation of performance.

Goals of the workshop are for participants to gain skills in communication and collaboration in an artist setting, to take creative risks using imagination and embodiment, to build a sense of community and to explore important issue within our society. The project creates a space where youth feel empowered to share their stories and perspectives. In addition to the in studio creation process, there will be performance opportunities throughout the season, which allows the participants to build upon their developing collaborative and creation skills and to share their work is necessary!
The project is free of charge and snacks are provided. No experience is necessary!

Epoch Youth Project’s next session taking place January 9th-March 13, 2019. The project runs Wednesdays 530-730pm at Kensington Community Centre. It is free of cost and snacks are provided each session. There will be performance opportunities in the spring to conclude the season.”

For more information and to register, please check out their new website.

-submitted by Epoch Youth Project
-photo by Riz Herbosa

Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival (Oct 24-Nov 4, Vancouver)

Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
Wednesday October 24 to Sunday November 4, 2018

Over 100 events at over 40 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside!

With a focus on the rich and diverse communities of the Downtown Eastside, the 15thAnnual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival celebrates the creative and committed artists and activists who thrive in the heart of Vancouver. The 2018 Festival features twelve days of music, stories, songs, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, spoken word, forums, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, art talks, history talks and history walks.

To acknowledge, honour and support our home community’s longstanding commitment to social justice, the theme of the 2018 Festival is “Seeds of Justice, Seeds of Hope.” The Downtown Eastside community has an inspiring history of advocacy for human rights and social justice. DTES-involved artists, residents and citizens of Greater Vancouver have much to learn from our community’s history and accomplishments as we move forward to create artistic activity that speaks to today’s vital concerns and burning issues.

The mandate of the Festival is to promote, present and facilitate the development of artists, art forms, cultural traditions, history, activism, people and great stories about Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. A flagship event, the festival involves a wide range of professional, community, emerging and student artists and lovers of the arts: over 1,000 artists participated in last year’s Festival.”

For more information, please visit: www.heartofthecityfestival.com

-from Heart of the City Festival website

Call for Artists: Fall 2018 Programming (Arts & Health: Healthy Aging Through the Arts, BC)

Arts & Health: Healthy Aging Through the Arts seeks artists (any discipline) interested in facilitating community-engaged arts practices with older adults.

2018/19 is Arts & Health’s 13th year of community-engaged arts programming for seniors and Elders in the Lower Mainland, on the traditional, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh Nations. At each project site, an artist works with a group of older adults to co-create art together. The creativity, knowledge and life experience of each participant is acknowledged and their contributions to the project develop through collaboration. The facilitating artist brings their arts expertise and facilitation training to this multitude of voices to challenge group members and to ‘lead from beside’ in a collaborative arts practice. To learn more and see examples of current and past projects visit www.artsandhealth.ca

For more information, please visit: Arts & Health’s website.

-from Arts & Health website