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Resource Highlight | Transformative Community Art: Re-visioning the Field of Practice

Transformative Community Art: Re-visioning the Field of Practice
University of Toronto, T-Space | ON | 2011
Catherine Anne McLeod

“Community art is a multidisciplinary practice that was engendered by two main perspectives on art; a functionalist approach and an ‘art as essential to humanity’ approach. These differing ideological positions led to the construction of polarizing dichotomies that divided the field of practice and stagnated the community art discourse. This thesis re-visions community art as transformative community art (T.C.A.) to integrate a diverse range of practice into a distinct, recognizable field, transcend the binaries inherited from its founding fields, and identify the field as an innovative artistic movement and radical practice for social change. In this thesis T.C.A. is employed as a framework for theorizing practice. Threats to T.C.A. from funding structures, cooptation, and institutionalisation are explored and strategies of resistance identified. The concept of T.C.A. is mobilized to identify areas for future work; raising questions and ideas that can contribute to advancing a more complex, nuanced, and productive discourse.”

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Profile Highlight: Mikw Chiyâm Arts Concentration Program (Montréal)

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.

Mikw Chiyâm is an interdisciplinary arts program that was commissioned by the Cree School Board in 2015. The program aims to increase student retention and attachment to school by providing an alternative space for creative learning. Mikw Chiyâm aims to inspire youth by creating contexts for students to collaborate with professional Canadian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and express their personal and collective voices through artistic expression.”

To read more about Mikw Chiyâm Arts Concentration Program, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: Ribbon Rouge Foundation (Edmonton)

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.

 

“Ribbon Rouge Foundation exists to frame and surface social justice issues which contribute to the spread of HIV for public engagement on these issues. We exist to sustain/ help sustain/ contribute to a public conversation by providing pathways for solutions for addressing underlying social justice problems which currently contribute to the spread of HIV such as: gender & sexuality-based violence, health inequity, racism, and poverty. We hope to support cultural shift through media, communication, arts and storytelling to contribute to larger policy change which is ultimately needed to achieve zero new HIV infections.

Student Arts Illustration Mentorship: In correlation with the annual Ribbon Rouge Arts 4 Action benefit, Graphic Designers of Canada Alberta North and Ribbon Rouge Foundation works with 15 student illustrators in a mentorship opportunity.

Working with student members of the GDC (max of 15) a series of illustrations are created related to an annual theme. Each student is mentored by people living with HIV to tease out relevant social justice issues to be conveyed through the arts. Each week students will be introduced to a new local professional illustrator and will have the chance to discuss their work. This is a great opportunity for students to find out more about the business of illustration and make connections that may serve them well if the future.

The art pieces created are used in cause marketing for the artist, for fundraising and to spread relevant social justice messages. This opportunity is open to student members as well as recent graduates (within 2 years).”

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

Call for Tenants at BC Artscape Sun Wah Community Cultural Hub (Vancouver)

“BC Artscape is excited to launch the *Second* Call for Tenants for BC Artscape Sun Wah at 268 Keefer Street.

We invite professional artists and collectives, not-for profit arts, cultural and community organizations, and community groups to apply to be a tenant in the BC Artscape Sun Wah project at 268 Keefer Street in Vancouver’s Chinatown. BC Artscape Sun Wah will bring together a diverse mix of artists, cultural producers, community groups and the public to create a community asset that enriches the area’s unique sense of place.

Units for rent are available on the lower level, 3rd floor and 4th floor for uses including but not limited to: production, exhibition, education, social service provision, programming and administration.

Occupancy is expected in February 2018.

The deadline for applications is Friday, November 3rd at 3PM.”

For more information, how to apply and to see the list from the first Call for Tenants, please visit: bcartscape.ca

-from BC ArtScape

Art Place: Community Engaged Arts Symposium (Ottawa)

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“To mark the end of Art Place, a three year pilot project in community engaged arts, AOE Arts Council is hosting a two day symposium on community arts engagement. The symposium will provide artists, arts groups and community leaders with the tips and hands-on learning they need to develop co-creative projects with community members. Each event day will feature a panel discussion and an afternoon of hands on learning, with Naomi Tessler on March 31 and Alisdair Macrae on April 1. See below for schedule details.

Price includes: morning and afternoon sessions, coffee and snacks, lunch and a copy of the symposium workbook with case studies and worksheets!

Keep an eye on this page as we update it with panelists, outlines and workshop details!

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 – Sat, 1 Apr 2017
Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON
$35-80
Register now!

Friday March 31

Developing a community engaged arts project
9AM-12PM: Panel and roundtable discussion by artists and community leaders

Gerald Dragon of Sandy Hill CHC
Gerald Dragon has been a staff member at Sandy Hill Community Health Centre (SHCHC) since 2011. In that time, he has been fortunate enough to help organise several community-engaged arts projects. This arts-based community development approach has allowed him to witness transformational change in individuals and communities. He looks forward to sharing some of his insights in to how arts-based community development can be used create inclusive spaces, raise awareness and express diverse opinions.

Micheline Shoebridge of MASC
Working With Communities To Build Successful Community Engaged Arts Programs: Micheline Shoebridge developed Awesome Arts en folie as a community engaged arts program that allows participants of all ages to explore issues important to their community through the arts. To date it has offered 16 separate programs and provided 790 individual workshops to 1450 children, youth and seniors. Recently, Awesome Arts en folie merged with MASC to expand its program offerings.

Christine Mockett, textile artist

1PM-4:45PM: A presentation and hands-on workshop with theatre artist Naomi Tessler, Branch Out Theatre
Where to begin?: Naomi Tessler will present how she began her community engaged arts projects and how she creates one. In an applied theatre workshop, participants will have hands on activities to reflect on the stepping stones of building a community arts project. Participants will critically reflect on the challenges in project building, management and leadership and support the group in working collaboratively to rehearse transforming potential blockages to a thriving community arts project.

Saturday April 1

Building a career in community engaged arts
9AM-12PM: Panel and roundtable discussion by artists and community leaders

Kathy Armstrong of Boabab Drum Dance Community
Engaging Communities with Your Music: An Entrepreneur’s Perspective: Kathy will highlight aspects of a career in the arts that engages with participants in a variety of settings using an entrepreneurial model. Using first-hand examples in educational, community, social service and health contexts, Kathy will share the rewards and challenges of creating a career path that reflects your passion and skill set.

Kelsey Walsh of Dandelion Dance
Mentorship, risk-taking, and collaboration have brought Kelsey Walsh to the role of director of the Dandelion Dance Performance Company. Kelsey will share the steps she took as student, artist, and now artist-educator, in shaping her career in community-engaged arts and she will also shed light on how the Dandelion approach opens a myriad of career opportunities – within sectors such as arts, education, social work, community development, childcare, not-for-profit, etc.

Adam Brown, performative and sculptural artist
Subverting Expectations: Taking your arts practice from the studio to the community can be as exciting as it is challenging. Adam Brown will discuss three recent collaborative building projects with groups of youth that highlight the ways social arts practice has shaped his understanding and approach to art and art making.

Claudia Salguero, visual artist and art-based faciliator
Making the Move to Arts Facilitation: Being an Arts-based Facilitator is a passion that comes with challenges, learning experiences and rewards. Beyond creating beautiful community artwork, it is about the process, the human interaction and the impact it has on each participant and on the community. Claudia Salguero will give participants an inside look into making the shift from a private art practice to a public one.

1PM-4:45PM: A presentation and hands-on workshop with Alisdair MacRae
Coming into a community and working with them to create an arts project doesn’t always go the way you expect it will. Each community has specific needs and perspectives which will influence the creative process. In his presentation, Alisdair will talk about his experience creating art in a local skateboard park and then lead a workshop where participants will create a mock community engaged arts project. Participants will learn how to develop a project around a socially relevant issue, consider resources, plan a budget, and develop project management skills.”

For more information, please visit the event page and artsaoe.ca

Honouring Our Stories: A digital storytelling & arts-based project for survivors of sexual violence (Thunder Bay, ON)

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“The Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre invites cis women, trans women, trans feminine, non-binary and two spirit people who have experienced sexual violence (e.g. sexual assault, rape, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, exploitation etc.) and allies to learn about the project through supportive creative workshop sessions.

Be part of a collaborative experience to create a group poem and short video to show support and make a statement against sexual violence.

Creative Workshops
For survivors: August 10, 24
For allies: August 11, 25

5:30pm – 8:00pm
285 Red River Road
Waverley Library

For more information, call 807-345-7802 or email nowcproject@tbaytel.net.
Can’t make it? Drop off or email your submission to the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre.”

Visit the Facebook Event Page or www.nwowomenscentre.org for more information.

Posted with permission from Jayal Chung

Youth Artists Call-Out! Transform a transport into street art, Aug.15-19 (NORDIK Institute, Sault Ste. Marie, ON)

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“NORDIK Institute is providing a free youth artists workshop that will provide young adults (14+) an opportunity to create an outdoor mural for the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center. The week-long workshop (Aug. 15-19) will provide skills exchange and entrepreneurial development through peer mentoring with the final result being a youth-driven waterfront cultural attraction in Sault Ste. Marie.”

Contact selina.haltom@algomau.ca or (705) 949-2301 ext. 4377 for more info.

Posted with permission from Jessica Mooney, Communication Officer, NORDIK Institute

VIDEO: Breaking the Ties that Bind Us | Lora Northway | TEDxThunderBay

“Lora speaks of helping youth discover pride and self worth, and points out art can break the ties that bind us, not only with our own growth, but in acceptance of others.

She makes the case, art is the teacher, and we are the students, if we can stop and listen to what is being said.

As an outstanding artist in her own right, Lora would willingly give up her own work, just to help others discover the healing properties of creative art.

Lora was named one of this year’s Emerging Cultural Leaders by the Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO). The first-time award celebrates people who are ‘exceptional, emerging, creative champions.’

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Posted with permission from Lora Northway
Read Die Active Art Collective (Definitely Superior Art Gallery)’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Register Your Culture Days Activity now!

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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

DAREarts Attawapiskat: Walking for Peace

“On National Aboriginal Day, a group of youths from Vezina High School in Attawapiskat First Nation reclaimed their voice by releasing an original music video. Called Walking for Peace, the work addresses, in clear yet powerful language, the youths’ frustration with the ongoing suicide crisis in their community. While the media coverage has been extensive and many experts have visited, the youth feel as though their concerns haven’t been heard. Through this music, they are speaking directly to their community, as well as all of Canada, about their experiences, feelings and hopes.

DAREarts, a national charity that empowers at-risk youth using the arts, facilitated the production during a two week workshop upon request from the community and officials at Vezina High School, including teacher Mandy Alves. The organization, which has previously worked in Attawapiskat providing song writing and videography workshops, assembled a team of leaders in music, videography and education, and arranged for their transportation and accommodation. During the first week, Juno-nominated musician and artist-educator Glenn Marais led a song-writing and recording workshop. Indigenous artist-educator Cathy Elliott and DAREarts Lead Teacher Shelley MacDonald taught the youths how to direct and edit the video during the following week. MacDonald is also a teacher with The Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through the Arts program, an affiliate organization whose support as Education Partner was critical for the project. Financial supporters include: Palgrave Rotary Club, Thunder Air, the Paul Semple Scholarship Fund, Sarah Haney, and Aeroplan donors (notably Hans Koehle, Maria Da Cunha, Cheryl Vhal and Victor Ford).”

Visit DAREarts’ blog for daily entries documenting their time in Attawapiskat First Nation and the DAREarts YouTube channel to see more videos of DAREarts work empowering at-risk kids using the arts. Chi miigwetch to DAREarts founder, Marilyn Field, and everyone on the DAREarts team!

Posted with permission from Marilyn Field
Read DAREarts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map