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Culture Days 2020: “Nearly halfway done and still so much to do!”

Nearly halfway done and still so much to do!

The 2020 version of Culture Days presents an opportunity to virtually criss-cross the country and explore arts and culture beyond your own backyard. There’s still hundreds of upcoming livestreams to tune in to, and plenty of recorded programs to participate in at your own speed.

Try your hand at Métis Dot Art, learn about Hawaiian culture and luau, tune in to a seasonally spooky Radio Play Serieshang out with Hamlet (that’s right, the man himself!), contribute to a screenplay and stage script, and more!”

View all livestream and digital programs here!

Culture Days runs until October 25. For more information, please visit: https://culturedays.ca/

-from Culture Days

Register Your Culture Days Activity Now!

New registration deadline: Sept 24th at 11:59pm EDT

“Good news for those still planning Culture Days activities—we’ve extended the deadline right up until the kick-off of the Culture Days celebrations! You now have until Thursday, September 24th at 11:59pm to register your programs. 

Log in to your Dashboard to access the registration system and more details. You can register In Person (with COVID protocol details) and Livestream events, plus Digital Recordings or Self Guided activities.

Join us for an even bigger national celebration where arts, culture, and creativity intersect. Indoors, outdoors, and online—discover the world of arts and culture across Canada.

Culture Days is extending beyond the traditional Culture Days Weekend to a more inclusive and interactive 4-week schedule of activities. Kicking off September 25th and running until October 25th, Culture Days invites everyone to participate in and show appreciation for arts and culture in their own communities and nationwide!

The Culture Days website will act as a promotional platform for creators of every kind to showcase thousands of virtual and in-person activities. Visitors can find small-gathering or self-guided events near them, while going digital allows participants to virtually criss-cross the country and discover live-streamed performances and other online presentations.”

For more information, please visit culturedays.ca

-from Culture Days

Call for Applications: FUTURES/forward – A National Community-Engaged Arts Mentorship Program

→ Are you an early to mid-career community-engaged artist who would benefit from the support of a senior community-engaged, art for social change (ASC) artist? Are you passionate about climate justice?

→ Are you a seasoned community-engaged artist interested in sharing your gifts of experience and wisdom with those newer to the field?

→ Are you part of an environmental organization looking to add depth and reach to your programs by integrating arts into your communications, education, outreach, engagement or research strategies?

We strongly encourage BIPOC community-engaged artists to apply!

FUTURES/forward is hosted by the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), the programming arm of Judith Marcuse Projects (JMP). JMP, a pioneer in the field of art for social change (ASC), is celebrating a 40-year history this year as an arts organization working in Canada and abroad. Our recently completed, six-year national study of ASC provides strong evidence of the high impact that community-engaged artists bring to diverse change agendas. The FUTURES/forward program embeds community-engaged artists within organizations addressing the pressing environmental issues of our times. These artists (mentored by a senior ASC practitioner) might work to enrich existing programs; develop new approaches to include arts-infused initiatives; offer innovative communications strategies, provide inclusive and interactive educational programs; or enrich public engagement and advocacy.

Some quick facts:

  • In this third intake of the program, the duration of each arrangement will be up to six months long, commencing in September 2020.
  • Work in performance (dance, theatre, music), visual, literary and digital art forms are all welcome.
  • In each partnership, the “hosting” environmental organization, mentor, and mentee create their own work plan to be approved by ICASC.
  • Partnering environmental organizations may provide logistical assistance (e.g. space for workshops, outreach information, community networking assistance).
  • Both the mentor and mentee receive compensation that will vary according to the length and content of their work plan.
  • Maximum compensation, dependant on the length and content of each partnership, is $5000 per mentee and $2000 per mentor.
  • The ICASC team provides contracts and supports the processes of each arrangement.
  • A final report is required from all participants.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to meet regularly online. As the first year of the program wraps up in late 2020, all participants will be expected to attend a national gathering to share our experiences and learning. As the COVID-19 situation persists, this gathering is very likely to take place online.”

For more information and how to apply, please visit: https://icasc.ca/futures-forward-call-for-applications/

-from ICASC

Call for Submissions: The TD Foward March Program (Canada-wide)

Outside the March is thrilled to launch the second incarnation of our Forward March new work commissioning stream, THE TD FORWARD MARCH PROGRAM. With the support of TD Bank Group we’re seeking submissions from playwrights and creators across the country who want to develop original immersive theatrical experiences. 

Artistic Director Mitchell Cushman describes the TD FORWARD MARCH PROGRAM as “the incubator of OtM’s future creative identity.” “As the world grapples with the uncertainty and precarity of the global pandemic, the need for human connection and communal experiences has never been greater,” he says. “During this time of crisis, and with the support of our partners at TD, OtM is committed to developing the next generation of immersive theatre artists and projects – so that when audiences are ready to congregate again, we will be there to entertain, challenge and immerse them.”   

Building on the success of our 2016 Forward March program, we’ll fund the development of a slate of new projects over our ‘20/’21 season and beyond. We’re enthusiastically seeking to support artists who identify within marginalized communities (ethnicity, cultural background, orientation, gender, class, and/or abilities) to immerse our audiences in a richer diversity of immersive experiences. 

We’re seeking submissions from playwrights and creators who are passionately curious about immersive experiences. We strive to create memorable and communal work for all kinds of audiences, including those who may not normally find themselves at the theatre. In the projects we support, we’re working to prioritize and emphasize marginalized voices across the full spectrum of diversity (ethnicity, cultural background, orientation, gender, class, and/or abilities). With that in mind, we are strongly considering submissions from artists who self-identify within marginalized communities and new generation artists (under 30) and are eager to work with you to realize your imagination and project in full colour. 

Though we’re interested in text-based projects, we’re also deeply curious about applicants from interdisciplinary forms: do you have a knack for puppetry? A background in dance? Did you run away to the circus? We’d love to hear from you!

Importantly, we’re seeking projects at an early stage of development. That means you’ve advanced beyond the purely conceptual phase and have some (can be very basic) tangible work to show (some pages written, storyboard sketches, etc.). We’re interested in supporting new projects and artists who, either because of who you are or the nature of the project, haven’t yet found a home for your piece. If the project—not you, your project—has already received a bunch of workshops and grants, or is being programmed on a major stage next season, it’s probably too far along in its development for this call.”

For more information and how to apply, please visit: http://outsidethemarch.ca/the-community/workwithotm/

-from Outside the March

Call for Artists: INsiders Artist Project (STEPS Initiative)

“Deadline: Friday, April 24, 2020 4pm EST

We may be physically distanced, but our desire to create, share and learn brings us together.
In response to our current public health crisis and with the goal of supporting artists, connecting communities and exploring public space during this uncertain time, STEPS is excited to launch the INsiders Artist Project

  • Do you have a public-facing space in your home, garden, balcony or courtyard that could be the site of a creative intervention, installation or public artwork?
  • Do you have an idea to build community, share creative ideas or connect with one another through art?
  • Are you interested in creating work made from materials you have in your home, exploring DIY, upcycling or found object art?
  • Are you interested in sharing your artistic process virtually? Providing insights into your practice or creative process?”

For more information and to apply, please visit https://stepsinitiative.com/about/opps/

-from STEPS Initiative

Culture Days 2019 (Sept 27-29)

“The 10th annual Culture Days weekend is taking place September 27, 28 & 29th, with thousands of free events taking place across Canada! Join us in celebrating creativity in your community. Visit culturedays.ca to find events near you.”

-from Culture Days

Register Your Culture Days Event Now!

“As one of our 10-year anniversary initiatives, Culture Days is examining the arts and culture sector through the lens of Creativity, the Arts, and Well-being. The topic is the anchor of our year-round communications—across social media, we’ve been sharing research, ideas, and stories involving the many ways arts and culture are connected to the well-being of individuals and the vitality of our communities. Our special blog series by Leah Sandals deep dives into the theme by profiling organizations doing work in related fields.

Nearly every Culture Days event fits within the theme of creativity, the arts, and well-being. The work you do as artists and organizers have deep, meaningful impacts in the communities where you live and work, and Culture Days is the perfect opportunity to share how and why you do it!

Culture Days organizers hail from the full spectrum of cultural creators—from grassroots community volunteers and independent artists to major arts, culture, and heritage institutions. Best of all, there’s always room for more. Join us!

Culture Days offers a wide variety of resources, webinars, and research to inspire and assist organizers in all your planning, marketing, and promotion needs.”

To learn more about how to get involved, please visit: https://culturedays.ca/organize/resources/participation-guide

-from Culture Days

Canada-Wide Call for Performance Proposals: Caminos 2019

CAMINOS returns October 9th – 13th, 2019 to Aki Studio / Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St. East, Toronto, ON)
produced by Aluna Theatre in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts

Deadline for proposals: Friday February 8, 2019

CAMINOS is a week of new performance proposals and works-in-progress from risk-taking artists working in theatre, dance and inter-disciplinary practices. It is our way of inviting audiences to re-imagine the Americas, and to see themselves as part of that re-imagining. In 2017, CAMINOS presented the work of over 80 emerging and established Latin Canadian and Indigenous artists.

We are currently seeking proposals from artists across Canada. The festival’s focus is on work from the Pan-American Diaspora, Indigenous and culturally diverse artists.

Selected projects will be featured during the festival and will receive technical, production, promotional, and artistic support. Submissions are encouraged from both established and emerging creators, in English, Spanish, Spanglish, or any mix thereof. Presentations will run 20-30 minutes in length, and can be presented in any language.

Aluna will select works for CAMINOS that are already in development and will now benefit from a presentation with production elements. The Festival’s goal is to move projects closer to production, and to help artists create strong support material for future funding applications and presentation opportunities.

Shorter works at earlier stages may be selected to present 5-10 minute excerpts during one of the Festival’s cabaret evenings.”

-from Aluna Theatre

Call for Workshop Facilitators: Home Made Visible, Community Archiving Project (Canada-wide)

Home Made Visible is a nationwide archival project by The Regent Park Film Festival made in partnership with Charles Street Video and York University Libraries. For more information visit HomeMadeVisible.ca

Discourses on archives and historical documents are often led by brick and mortar institutions; libraries, museums and archives. Archival materials and historical documents often feel exclusive to researchers and educators. The nationwide archival project, Home Made Visible, asks how can we share the value in telling and preserving our own stories with our families and our larger communities? The Project aims to make archiving as well as storytelling accessible to the broader public.

We are looking for workshop facilitators to design and run workshops in public libraries across Canada that speak to storytelling, documentation and/or preservation.

Facilitators would provide programming services. Facilitators will be compensated (see appendix) for artist and materials fees. Marketing support and access to workshop space are included.

As part of the Regent Park Film Festival (RPFF) commitment to fostering diversity and meaningful inclusion in the Canadian media industry and arts community, this position prioritizes applications by applicants who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, person with disabilities, woman, queer, trans or non-binary person or any combination of these intersections. We encourage you to self identify in your application.

We are also prioritizing applicants local to the region of each workshop.

For more information and how to apply, please visit The Regent Park Film Festival website.

-from The Regent Park Film Festival