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Conversation Report: Community-Engaged Art in times of Physical Distancing (Arts Network Ottawa)

“On Thursday April 16, 2020 Arts Network Ottawa hosted an open forum conversation concerning the work of community-engaged artists in Ottawa amidst and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This conversation was an intended first step in coordinating a network of support and collaboration among community-engaged artists and the organizations who support their work through this time of crisis. 

Five main topics of concern emerged from the conversation:

  • Health and Wellness
  • Access and Equity
  • Working with Children
  • Performing Arts
  • Tech Innovation

Salient questions, concerns, ideas and resources from this initial conversation are included here.

Arts Network Ottawa is now collaborating with a number of artists and organizations involved in order to respond to the issues, concerns and questions raised in our discussions together via a series of webinars and virtual workshops which will delve deeper into each of these main topics. For information on programming as it is announced, sign up here.

If you to are concerned with like questions and want to join this on-going conversation and/or collaborate in the delivery of programming, please reach out to Madeleine Boyes-Manseau, Program Coordinator at programs[at]artsnetottawa.ca. We are keen to connect the conversation we are having in Ottawa with like conversations and initiatives taking place across the country. 

This conversation was hosted as part of the Neighbourhood Arts Ottawa community-engaged arts residency program, a program of Arts Network Ottawa, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Community Foundation of Ottawa.”

-from Arts Network Ottawa

Workshop: Artfare Essentials (Jumblies Theatre)

What is it?

  • An introduction to principles and practices of arts that engage with and create community;
  • Many things you need to know to undertake your own community arts project;
  • An orientation to potential work or apprenticeship with Jumblies and Offshoots;
  • A gathering of diverse people interested in community-engaged arts;
  • A mix of presentation, discussion, art-making, site visits and take-home resources;
  • A time to consider and discuss the joys & challenges inherent in this work;
  • An intensive, fun, thought-provoking, immersive 6-day experience.

Topics include:

  • Definitions, terms, & guiding principles
  • Project visioning and planning
  • Partnerships (with arts and other sectors)
  • Research (arts and oral history-based)
  • Facilitation (making art with people)
  • Bridging diverse cultures and traditions
  • Collaborating across disciplines, forms and traditions
  • Navigating  conflicts and challenges
  • History and legacies of Jumblies
  • Evaluation, documentation, sustainability, legacy

For more information and to apply for the upcoming session, please visit Jumblies Theatre.

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

Workshop: ArtFare Essentials (Jumbiles Theatre, Toronto)

“Next Session: Oct. 28 to Nov. 3, 2018 (day off Oct. 31)

This intensive, fun, thought-provoking, immersive 6-day experience workshop facilitated by Ruth Howard and Ange Loft is an introduction to principles and practices of arts that engage with and create community; things you need to know to start your own community arts project and also as a gathering of artists and others interested in community-engaged arts. Support: Healthy snacks and some lunches are provided. Translation, including ASL, and on-site childcare can be arranged. Our venues are wheelchair accessible. We can support out-of-town attendees with help finding free or affordable accommodation.

Apply Here!

What is it?

  • An introduction to principles and practices of arts that engage with and create community;
  • Many things you need to know to start your own community arts project;
  • An orientation to potential work or internships with Jumblies;
  • A gathering of artists and others interested in community-engaged arts;
  • A mix of presentation, discussion, art-making, site visits and take-home resources;
  • An intensive, fun, thought-provoking, immersive 6-day experience.

Topics include:

  • Definitions, terms, & guiding principles
  • Project planning
  • Partnerships
  • Research
  • Facilitation
  • Creating relationships across difference
  • Aesthetics and ethics
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Navigating conflicts and challenges
  • History of Jumblies and Offshoots
  • Evaluation, documentation & legacy”

For more information and to apply for the upcoming session, please visit Jumblies Theatre.

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

Grant Writing and Community-Engaged Arts (Owen Sound, Sheatre & Ontario Arts Council)

“Join Sheatre, your local community-engaged arts organization, in hosting the Ontario Arts Council’s Arts Education Officer, Nas Khan, in a working session on grant-writing and community-engaged arts.

During this session, we will:
1) Learn about what makes a successful community engaged arts project from an expert
2) Network with others interested in community-engaged arts
3) Learn about Artists in Communities and Schools Project grants

This session is open to anyone hoping to apply to any of OAC’s project programs although, we will be focusing on the Artists in Communities and Schools Project program.”

For more information and to register, click here.

-submitted by Sheatre
Read Sheatre’s profile in ArtBridges Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

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: www.wonderneath.com

Terms:
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 artbikers.ca

-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 info@jumbliestheatre.org.

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.

http://www.jumbliestheatre.org/jumblies/current-projects/round-the-table
For more information contact: info@jumbliestheatre.org 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: http://www.sickmuseartprojects.org

-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