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Job Opportunity: Art Bikers Program 2018 (4Cs Foundation, Halifax)

“The Art Bikers Program is a mobile community arts program of the 4Cs Foundation that builds community by making art with children, families and residents in neighbourhoods throughout Halifax, NS. Open to all community members and delivered in participant’s neighbourhoods, Art Bikers fosters creativity between and connections with one another.

Our team of community artists ride bicycles pulling colourful trailers full of art materials to neighbourhoods throughout Halifax. Upon arriving, they set-up and facilitate collaborative art activities that open up a world of creativity, fun and community connection.

Started in 2007, the Art Bikers have worked with over 5000 individuals in a wide range of social communities across ages, abilities, languages, race, and ethnicities. We have also trained and employed more than 20 community artists over the years.

The Art Bikers program has three goals:

1. To provide fun and engaging opportunities for community members of all ages to enjoy and connect through art-making.
2. To make Art an event that happens at a street, neighbourhood and community level.
3. To stimulate interest and participation in Community Arts and Arts-based Community Development  in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Job call:
Riding bicycles and pulling trailers packed with art materials and supplies to locations, the Art Bikers work as a team facilitating free community art activities with children, youth and others at a neighbourhood level throughout HRM.
Now in its 12th year, the Art Bikers is a mobile community arts program of the 4Cs Foundation. This (2018) is the second season where the program is being offered through an agreement with Wonder’neath Art Society. Information about Wonder’neath Art Society can be found here:

Full-time term position starting May 15 – ending August 25, 2018. 35 hours/week @ $16.00/h + $100 bike fee at completion of full term. DEADLINE for applications is March 31, 2018.

The Art Bikers program has become a well known part of the community arts / arts for social change community, the bicycling community, and is part of the creative cultural fabric of Halifax. The program continues to inspire the broader community with the simple yet powerful idea that making art together connects people of all ages in ways that builds and strengthens communities.”

For more information, please read the Full Job Description or visit

-from 4Cs Foundation website

Round The Table & Performing Stories (March 21-24, Jumblies Theatre)

ROUND THE TABLE is a winter warming project taking place at The Ground Floor. It brings together songs, soup, sewing and storytelling.

March  21, 22, 23, 2017  (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
March  24, 2017 (5:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Tickets (including soup dinner): Suggested $20
Charitable receipts for additional donations
PWYC tickets for local residents and friends of choir members
Seats are very limited and so please reserve in advance

We’ve commissioned composers and song-writers to create new rounds for the Ground Floor Choir to rehearse on Wednesday evenings. With text generated by artists and community members, each round represents one stage of a meal: preparing the home, making the soup, greeting the guests, expressing thanks, toasting, telling tales, clearing up, bidding farewell.

Meanwhile, on Tuesdays, we are inviting people to join us in cooking and eating soup, illustrating recipe cards and decorating felt envelopes to hold them. Tuesday meals will also feature guest storytellers, followed by storytelling workshops for youth and adults.

All of this will come together in a Round the Table musical meal and performance, running from March 21st to 24th. For more details and to make an advance reservation, contact

Date: Tuesdays, February 6th- March 20th
Times: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: The Ground Floor, 132 Fort York Blvd, Toronto.
No experience needed! Drop in for one workshop or come to all six of them.
Feel free to come early for homemade soup and sewing activities with Fabric and Culinary artist Marianne Alas (happening between 4:30 – 6:30).
* FREE, accessible space, transportation and other support can be provided

What is it?
Performing Stories is a new 6 week workshop series, with a focus on sharing and exploring cultural, personal and imagined stories with some exciting guest artists!

The workshop will be lead by Julia Hune-Brown with the support of Binaeshee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon, with guest storytellers Sharada Eswar ( Feb 13th), Rubena Sinha ( Feb 20th), and Bernice Hune ( Feb 27th).

The guest artists will perform and share their own stories and processes with the group and inspire the group to tell their own stories, with a performance outcome at our Round The Table event at the end of March.
For more information contact: or 416 209 8428″

-from Jumblies Theatre
Read Jumblies’ Profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

‘The Stories We Share’ Zine Launch (Sick Muse Art Projects)

The Stories We Share Zine Launch

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Members’ Lounge (Toronto City Hall)
100 Queen Street West, Toronto Ontario

Please contact Sick Muse Art Projects to confirm attendance.

About this Community Arts Project:

THE STORIES WE SHARE, a series of creative writing workshops for refugee and/or newcomer women (persons who self-identify as women) living in Toronto. Over 25 women from different backgrounds participated in creative writing, collectively creating poetry and sharing their stories of migration to Canada through the process. The workshops were led by 6 women writers, poets and spoken word artists who, through the creation of a safe space, allowed women to connect with each other and share their journeys.

THE STORIES WE SHARE ZINE: Stories of Goodbyes, Journeys, Arrivals and New Homes were complied in a printed publication, supported by women visual artists (newcomers and first- and second-generation immigrants) who contributed their talent by illustrating the work of project participants.

More than 60 women are involved in this initiative.

This project is funded by Toronto Arts Council through the Newcomer & Refugee Engagement Program

About Sick Muse Art Projects:
Sick Muse Art Projects is a Community Arts collective dedicated to working with
refugees and newcomers, specifically those who have experienced violence in their
lives. Sick Muse Art Projects has been actively engaged with various refugee
communities for over six years.

The Canada Council for the Arts recently invited our Program Director to present Sick Muse Art Projects work at the Global Dialogues: Migrants and Refugees Conference, organized by the Ministry of Culture of Argentina, and the European Union National Institutes for Culture.”

To learn more about Sick Muse Art Projects and their programs and projects, please visit:

-from Sick Muse Art Projects
Read Sick Muse Art Projects’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

ArtFare Essentials 2018 (Jumblies Theatre)

January 26th – February 1st, 2018
Apply Online

What is it?

  • “An intensive workshop on the principles and practices of art that engages with and creates community;
  • A 6-day exhilarating experiential journey of learning and artmaking;
  • Everything (or many things!) you need to know to launch your own project;
  • Open to artists from all forms and traditions and others with an interest in community-engaged arts;
  • A blend of presentations, discussions, hands-on activities, creative explorations and take-home resources;
  • Lead by Ruth Howard, Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre, with other co-facilitators and guest artists;
  • Adaptable to diverse partnerships, contexts, interests and regions across Canada.

Topics include:

  • Definitions, values & core principles
  • Guiding and safeguarding your vision
  • Project start-up & basics
  • Partnerships (cross-sector)
  • Budgets, resources and grants
  • Arts-based and oral history research
  • Facilitation
  • Aesthetics and ethics
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Creative processes
  • Cross-cultural collaboration
  • Conflict and challenges
  • History of community plays/arts
  • Evaluation and documentation
  • Legacy and sustainability
  • Others according to partners’ interests

Cost: $300
(limited sliding scale and work exchanges places available)
Snacks and some meals provided.

Accommodation: For out of town registrants, we can help you find free or affordable billets.

Certification: Attendees will receive a certificate of completion from the Jumblies Studio.

This workshop can also be adapted for other Ontario and Canadian locations.

If you are interested in attending or in bringing a workshop to your community, please get in touch with Jumblies Theatre.”

-submitted by Jumblies Theatre
Read Jumblies’ Profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

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.”

Click on the ArtBridges Resource Portal listing for more details.

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:

-from BC ArtScape

Art Place: Community Engaged Arts Symposium (Ottawa)


“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
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

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


“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
Can’t make it? Drop off or email your submission to the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre.”

Visit the Facebook Event Page or for more information.

Posted with permission from Jayal Chung