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Profile Highlight: Inspirit Foundation (Canada-wide)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

“We envision a more inclusive and pluralist Canada where our differences are valued and engaged, and everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive both socially and economically. We work to promote inclusion and pluralism through media and arts, support for young change leaders and impact investing—specifically addressing discrimination based on ethnicity, race and religion. We believe that by supporting the next generation of change leaders, leveraging media and arts for change and impact investing, we will create a virtuous cycle that contributes to greater social inclusion.”

To read more about Inspirit Foundation, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Resource/Toolkit: A Young Women’s Guide to Media Arts and Social Change (Girls Action Foundation, Canada-wide)


Cocktail Créatif: Change le monde avec les arts médiatiques
Fondation Filles d’Action | Canada wide

L’utilisation des arts médiatiques pour des changements sociaux positifs.

“Cocktail créatif c’est une boîte à outils, pleine à craquer d’exemples inspirants, d’informations et de ressources” pour aider à lancer des projets à travers la vidéo, la photographie, la radio et les techniques d’entrevue, le cyber-activisme (Internet), le “spoken word” et la poésie.”


Make Some Noise
Girls Action Foundation | Canada wide
Girls Action Foundation

A toolkit designed to provide tools, stories, skills and resources to young women interested in using media arts for social change.

“This toolkit is packed with inspiration, skills and resources to help you create your own media projects that will make a difference. Use the power of media arts to speak out about issues that matter to you. You will find a “how to” section, profiles about young women taking action, and resources to help you get started.”

Click through the Resource Portal for the document.

Profile Highlight: Sharing Dance Day (Canada-wide)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.


Sharing Dance Day is a Canada-Wide Dance Engagement Program which “brings the pure joy of dance to all Canadians through Canada’s National Ballet School’s flagship community outreach initiative, Sharing Dance. The program offers FREE opportunities for Canadians—of all ages and abilities—to get healthy, active and artistically engaged. Featuring multifaceted programming and supported through a collection of free online resources, Sharing Dance includes:
• High-quality dance activities for children and youth—both in and out of the classroom
• Health and wellness dance programs for seniors, focused specifically on improving quality of life and creating community
• Sharing Dance Canada 2017, a nation-wide, multi-generational engagement program culminating in community performances on Sharing Dance Day to celebrate Canada’s 150th.”

To read more about Sharing Dance Day, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

Submit art & photographs for ‘Together: An exhibition on global development’ (Aga Khan Fdn., Canada-wide)


“As part of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Aga Khan Foundation Canada is looking for talented Canadians to create a piece of artwork or submit a photograph for our travelling exhibition. An exhibition on global development is an interactive, bilingual experience for all ages, sparking discussions on how Canadians are driving positive change around the world.

We want you to create a piece of artwork or snap a photo that will tell us why you care about global development. We will then ask Canadians coast to coast to vote on their favourite entries. The winning artist will get to attend the launch of Together’s 2017 tour, have their art displayed in the exhibition as it travels across Canada, and receive a $500 gift certificate for art supplies.

This is a chance to showcase your artistic talents and share your vision of global development, positive change, and working together as global citizens.

Click here to learn more about the contest and the great prizes you can win!”

-from Aga Khan Foundation newsletter

#callresponse – to support the work of Indigenous North American women and artists (Oct 28 – Dec 10, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver)


“grunt gallery presents a new exhibition titled #callresponse featuring a remarkable lineup of artists, performers, and curators.

OPENING RECEPTION: October 28, 7 PM – 10 PM
EXHIBITION: October 29 – December 10, 2016
LOCATION: grunt gallery #116 – 350 East 2 Avenue, Vancouver BC

Christi Belcourt | Maria Hupfield | Ursula Johnson | Tania Willard | Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory

Isaac Murdoch | Esther Neff & IV Castellanos | Cheryl L’Hirondelle | Marcia Crosby | Tanya Tagaq

Tarah Hogue | Maria Hupfield | Tania Willard
in partnership with grunt gallery


1 – 4 PM: Maria Hupfield, IV Castellanos and Esther Neff
Location: Motion Capture Studio, ECUAD (Room 285e, 1399 Johnston St, Granville Island)

4 – 7 PM: Ursula Johnson with Charlene Aleck, Audrey Siegl and Cease Wyss
Location: community park behind grunt gallery (E 5th Ave @ Brunswick)

8:30 PM: Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory and Tanya Tagaq
Location: Native Education College (285 E 5th Ave @ Scotia)

To support the work of Indigenous North American women and artists through local art commissions that incite dialogue and catalyze action between individuals, communities, territories and institutions. To stand together across sovereign territories as accomplices in awakened solidarity with all our relations both human and non.

To ground art in responsible action, value lived experience, and demonstrate ongoing commitment to accountability and community building. To respond to re/conciliation as a present day negotiation and the reconstruction of communities in the aftermath of colonial trauma.

ABOUT #callresponse

Strategically centering Indigenous women as vital presences across multiple platforms, #callresponse is a multifaceted project that includes a website, social media platform, touring exhibition and catalogue (forthcoming in 2017).

Five site-specific art commissions have been taking place across Canada and into the United States throughout 2016 in dialogue with various publics. The exhibition will include selected representations of each project. Each artist has invited a guest to respond to their work and these contributions will also be included in the exhibition.

Moving between specific sites, online space and grunt gallery, #callresponse focuses on forms of performance, process and translation. An online platform utilizing the hashtag #callresponse on social media (FacebookInstagramTwitter) connects the geographically diverse sites and provides opportunities for networked exchanges.

A dedicated project website includes artist statements, documentation, contributions from guest respondents, and integrated social media, including a series of interviews with the lead artists and their respondents on the Broken Boxes Podcast.

Use the hashtag #callresponse to get involved in the conversation!


#callresponse is produced in partnership with grunt gallery and generously supported by the {Re}conciliation initiative of the Canada Council for the Arts, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Additional funding support from the British Columbia Arts Council. Presentation partners include BUSH Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, FADO Performance Art Centre, Kamloops Art Gallery, OFFTA live art festival, the National Arts Centre, and the Native Education College.

-For more information and Artist bios, please visit
-RSVP to the Facebook event here.
-Watch a video teaser here.”

-from grunt gallery press release
Read grunt gallery’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

7th annual Culture Days invites Canadians to immerse themselves in local arts and culture (Sept 29 – Oct 2)


Canadians Get Up-Close with Culture September 30 to October 2

7th annual Culture Days invites Canadians to immerse themselves in local arts and culture

Canadians are invited to fall in love with arts and culture during Culture Days. From September 30 to October 2, the 7th annual Culture Days weekend will offer participants an eclectic range of free, rare-access, and hands-on arts and culture activities available locally.

Every year during Culture Days over 800 Canadian rural and urban communities alike collaborate to showcase their unique part in Canada’s diverse artistic and cultural mosaic. This year, experience a hybrid of dance and fitness with Pow-Wow boot camp in St. Catharines, Ontario or inspire young artists to bloom in Winnipeg, Manitoba; be transported to ancient Japan for traditional tea in Kelowna, British Columbia, or channel The Group of Seven while painting surrounding landscapes with friends in Millarville, Alberta; take to the performance stage in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan or free the inner artisan while glass blowing in Whitehorse, Yukon. Having initiated Culture Days in 2009, Canada’s largest arts organizations including the Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver Opera, the Stratford Festival, Canada’s National Ballet School, and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet are also leading the way in their cities with unique Culture Days activities. Choices abound as creativity soars.

“It’s incredible how Culture Days has been adopted in so many corners of the country by artists and creators, organizations, communities and cities as a vehicle to celebrate and share their creative talents, programs and cultural traditions with their fellow citizens,” commented David Moss, National Executive Director. “We are thrilled with the ongoing growth and maturation of Culture Days as an integral pillar of the Canadian cultural calendar.”

THIS YEAR’S ACTIVITIES: This year, organizers expect a record number of more than 8,000 Culture Days activities to be presented, all free of charge. Culture Days activities are curated and hosted by individual artists, organizations of all sizes and disciplines, community arts initiatives, municipalities and businesses. Click HERE for a personal invite. The weekend offers a startling array of rare-access and hands-on arts and culture activities in hundreds of local communities across Canada. Activities span indigenous cultural traditions to new media, crafts and music of all forms to culinary and agriculture, literature and spoken word to theatre, film, design and everything in between! Whether discovering something new, or revisiting an old favourite, there’s something for everyone, everywhere. Click HERE to search the full range of activities by location and type happening September 30 to October 2.

PLAN YOUR WEEKEND WITH THE BRIGHT SPOTS SCHEDULE: Creating a personalized Culture Days weekend itinerary of activities is made easy with the Culture Days Bright Spots Schedule. This innovative tool is generously made possible by Sun Life Financial through its award-winning Making the Arts More Accessible TM program. Click HERE to get started.

“At Sun Life, we believe that all Canadians should be able to enjoy arts and culture regardless of their means. It’s through our award-winning Making the Arts More AccessibleTM program that we’re able to support many arts organizations across Canada, enabling individuals and families to enjoy the best of arts and culture our country has to offer,” said Paul Joliat, Assistant Vice- President, Philanthropy and Sponsorships, Sun Life Financial. “As the National Partner of this grassroots, community-based movement, we’re pleased to play a role in the success of this national celebration of culture.”


Culture Days exists to create a Canada where culture connects us all to see and do more.

Founded in 2009, Culture Days is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a national network of cultural connections devoted to providing Canadians with opportunities to participate in, and appreciate, all forms of arts and culture. Through an annual three-day national celebration each September, hundreds of thousands of artists and cultural organizations in hundreds of cities and towns come together and invite Canadians to participate in free interactive and behind-the-scenes activities to discover their cultural spirit and passion.

As a leading national voice for the active and engaged cultural life of all Canadians, Culture Days provides support, tools and resources to a wide variety of artists and cultural organizations to help them unite the country through engagement in culture.

For more information please visit


Culture Days was initiated by Founding Partners The Canadian Arts Summit, Culture pour tous (producer of Journé es de la culture in Québec), the Canada Council for the Arts and The Banff Centre. National Partner is Sun Life Financial. National Broadcast Partner is Bell Media (CTV) and National Communications Partner is St. Joseph Communications. National Creative Partner is BT/A and National Digital Partner is Plank. Cineplex Media is an official partner of the Share Your Love of Culture contest. Federal Government support is provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Provincial Partners are: Government of British Columbia, Government of Alberta, SaskCulture, Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, The Asper Foundation, Government of Ontario, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Government of Québec, Government of New Brunswick, Government of Nova Scotia, Government of Prince Edward Island, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, and the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Register Your Culture Days Activity now!


The Summer Registration Promo Blitz is On!
Register before July 31 and you could win a free online ad

Register and publish your Culture Days activity by July 31 at midnight EDT, and your community could win* a geo-targeted online ad campaign to promote all the Culture Days activities in your area!

These digital ads will lead back to a web page with all the amazing activities happening nearby on the Culture Days weekend – including yours! Three prizes are available to be won*, each with a retail value of up to $500 CDN!

If you got a jump start and already published your activity before the start of this promotion, you could also enter for a chance to win by clicking here.

*Please read contest promotion rules here.”

-from Culture Days newsletter

Call for Proposals: Culture Days’ Public Engagement Innovation Labs


Culture Days is seeking proposals from municipalities, organizations, groups or individuals involved or interested in Culture Days from all Canadian provinces and territories to lead Public Engagement Innovation Labs in their communities from June 2016 to October 2017.

The Labs will focus their efforts at testing models of collaborative partnerships and creative solutions to the challenges of engaging existing audiences more deeply, or reaching new populations such as youth, families, business, minority language or ethnocultural communities.

Visit the for more information.

-from Culture Days website

Call for Submissions: If You Ask Me – National youth video project explores mental health, Deadline May 31


If You Ask Me (IYAM) is a Rendezvous with Madness film created in collaboration with CAMH’s National Youth Advisory Committee (NYAC) part of the Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health.

When our society thinks of mental illness or mental health issues, the majority of what comes to mind is ‘dark’, ‘negative’, or ‘abnormal’. We want to show the world that mental illnesses aren’t the life sentence or the flaws in character that many think they are. IYAM is a film that will show young people with mental illnesses who embrace their mental health.

Rendezvous with Madness is accepting 3 minute video entries for IYAM, intended to be featured at the 2016 Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival.

Create and submit a 3 minute video in response to the following questions:

1. Describe/depict a decisive moment in your personal history.
2. Describe/depict some of your eccentricities or quirks.
3. What, if anything, would you miss about your mental illness if it was taken away tomorrow?
4. What’s the upside to mental illness? What was your best experience with it?

Maximum Length: Up to 3 minutes
Deadline: Extended – May 31, 2016

Forget all the negative stuff. Is there an upside to mental illness? Are there positive things in your head you’d like to share with the world? And why hasn’t anyone asked you this before? Now is the chance to tell your story.

If You Ask Me is an exciting new omnibus (a compilation of individual stories tied together) documentary movie that will feature people aged 13 to 30 creatively expressing their own vital experiences with mental health. The film will weave together personal perspectives with the goal of getting Canadians to think differently about mental illness. Consisting of a compilation of personal narratives expressed in any video format you wish – drama, diary, animation, music video, etc., – IYAM will push the conventional boundaries of the mental health and recovery conversations by igniting a  whole new dialogue. And you get to start it!

Please fill out our online submission form to enter. You can email with any questions.”

Click here for more info!

Submitted by Jennifer Li, Workman Arts
Read Workman Arts’ profile on our Directory and Map of Community-Engaged Arts

Create for Truth & Reconciliation: Make a piece of art for each of the 94 ‘calls to action’ in the TRC report


WHAT: This is similar to the Ice Bucket Challenge, but different –> Overall Goal: To make a sketch, draw a picture, take a photo, or collage together pieces of art for every single one of the 94 “calls to action” in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

Your invitation: Join in to create at least one piece and invite at least 3 friends to do the same.

This is to support and amplify the work happening by the folks of #ReadtheTRCreport <– check it out. Watch the videos here.


  • Read over the calls to action, which are part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, and choose one that stands out to you (maybe you feel moved or inspired by it),
  • Then draw/sketch/paint/collage (or what ever your visual art form) something, perhaps a symbol, scene, self portrait, etc. that embodies the call to action,
  • Add the text of call to action into your art piece, as well as the hashtag #ReadTheTRCReport,
  • Share it and invite at least three (3) friends to do the same!
  • Pass along to Many Rivers Permaculture (Facebook) so it can be added to the “Mother Album”,
  • Post it to your Facebook page/wall, blog, website, etc. so that others can see your art.
  • If you plan on selling your artwork, I recommend gifting at least 50% of revenues to an indigenous-led organization in your community.

Feel free to copy and paste any of this to share.

WHO: The initial invitation will be made out to friends and family with hopes that it expands to all peoples across Turtle Island (North America). I wish to also create space to centre and amplify the existing artwork of indigenous artists who have been working for healing way before this project started. You’re all invited! Do you want in?

WHERE: In your home, in your community gathering places, in your schools, in your government buildings, in your public spaces, in the woods, in the meadows, in the lakes and ocean. Wherever you’re inspired to create!

WHEN: Let’s see what happens in the month of May.
1) Let’s aim for at least 300 unique pieces of artwork that focus on and amplify the “calls of action” in the TRC.
2) Let’s enjoy the artwork of at least 100 indigenous artists on Turtle Island (that will be approximately 3.33333 artists a day!).

WHY: I’ve been inspired over and over again by the resilience of the aboriginal communities, and the individual people, who have shown their power in defence of their way of life and the land (one and the same).

I want to help raise awareness of their efforts and support their actions to protect and heal, as well as to learn about the culture of the peoples on whose traditional territories I live. One of many actions  I’ve seen is #ReadtheTRCreport, which is a project that brought together people to read the whoooooole report in short YouTube videos. My hopes are that this mimics that project as the visual version. I understand that not everyone believes in the processes that lead to the creation of, or the results of, the TRC. However, it has made time and space to hear and share many voices, and it has provided many specific, achievable, and practical “calls to action”, which I agree will help to bring change. This project is to continue learning about reconciliation and how it happens.

I acknowledge that it is because of the systems of harm, such as colonialism and capitalism and white supremacy, annnnd patriarchy, and many others, that I have the free time and resources to be able to dedicate my time towards such a project. I acknowledge that my work for this project is taking place on unceded traditional territory of the Lekwungen peoples. I’m still learning and am open to feedback on this whole process.”

Click here for more info!

Posted with permission from Paul Wartman
Artwork courtesy of Paul Wartman