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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

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


“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 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

Posted with permission from Lora Northway
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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

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
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Myths and Mirrors Celebrates Fierté Sudbury Pride Week, July 18-24 (Sudbury, ON)


“Sudbury, ON: Once again, Myths and Mirrors has partnered with Fierté Sudbury Pride Week to offer a series of collaborative arts-based activities to engage, support, and celebrate Sudbury’s diverse LGBT2SQ communities.

Fierté Sudbury Pride Week (July 18-24) marks the public launch of Artists Trans Artistry (ATA), a collaborative project between Myths and Mirrors and TG Innerselves, Northern Ontario’s transgender support service. ATA was formed in 2015 in response to a growing demand for art-making activities from TG Innerselves participants. An art show at Sudbury Theatre Centre will showcase work by ATA participants, with other activities throughout the week to support Fierté Sudbury Pride, highlight Sudbury’s unique LGBT2SQ history, and get the community geared up for Saturday’s Pride March.

Myths and Mirrors invites the public to join them for the following community events:

Tuesday, July 19 — Artists Trans Artistry Show
Visit the Sudbury Theatre Centre (170 Shaughnessy St.) from 5-8pm for the Artists Trans Artistry Show. See artwork created by ATA participants, learn more about the ATA project, and take part in an interactive art activity!

Wednesday, July 20 — C.A.S. Fundraiser BBQ
Myths and Mirrors will join the Children’s Aid Society of the Districts of Sudbury Manitoulin, the Child and Family Centre, Greater Sudbury Police Service, Greater Sudbury Police Service Chief’s Youth Advisory Council, and local youth to create a banner promoting safety and wellness for LGBT2SQ youth. Stop by Fir Lane (behind the Child and Family Centre, 62 Frood Rd.) at 11am to enjoy a burger and watch the banner take shape! Minimum donation of $5 per person with all proceeds benefitting Fierté Sudbury Pride. Free for participating youth.

Friday, July 22 — Fierté Sudbury Pride Poster-Building Workshop
Myths and Mirrors will be hosting a free poster-building workshop at their downtown location (139 Durham St.) from 2-4pm. All are welcome to come create a poster in preparation for the Pride March the following day! All materials provided.

Saturday, July 23 — Pride Day in the Park
Visit Myths and Mirrors at Memorial Park (188 Brady St.) after the Pride March to learn more about Sudbury’s LGBT2SQ history. Witness the unveiling of the newest addition to the Donovan Memories Project featuring the story of one of the pioneers of Sudbury’s LGBT2SQ community. The Donovan Memories Project started in 2015 to highlight the diverse history of the Donovan neighbourhood.

For more information about Myths and Mirrors’ Pride Week activities, contact Aédan or Alex at (705) 222-1305. Visit for a full listing of Fierté Sudbury Pride events.

Celebrating 20 years, Myths and Mirrors helps to build community and gives people a voice through collaborative art making, story sharing and infusing art into our everyday lives. Everyone is welcome.”

Submitted by Myths and Mirrors
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CAHEP’s Inside Out Community Art Studio brings free arts programming to downtown Fort William (Thunder Bay, ON)

“The Inside Out Community Art Studio brings free arts programming in a welcoming and inspiring space in the heart of Downtown Fort William.

The space brings people together through art-making, exploring the power of the ideas of participants.

Inside Out is truly community driven, supporting the Thunder Bay Counts goal of fostering an Inclusive, Connected Community. When participants ask for an arts project to take place, our staff and volunteers find a way to bring it to life. We emphasize the importance of listening to, responding to, and being inspired by those who join us in the space, especially those who are not always heard.

Working in a vacant storefront in Victoriaville Mall, we engage 20-40 people each week. People of all experience levels, from those who have never tried artmaking before, to seasoned artists, join us. From young families, to youth, to seniors, we work inclusively, aiming to create an environment where everyone is welcome.

Projects that have taken place include shadow puppetry, painting projects, miniature-sculpture, graffiti arts, and storytelling.

The arts provide an approachable opportunity for people and communities to build stronger roots. Creating in a safe space can foster leadership, encourage healthy risk-taking, nurture collaboration, and share stories that have not yet been told.

Goals are to:
– Foster collaboration and sharing of stories.
– Work with local artists who are positive role models.
– Increase positive activities in the area.
– Listen and respond to the needs of community members.
– Encourage people to work together and build stronger peer support systems.

Take Action:
We always welcome donations that will help support the continuation of this space. Volunteers with clear police record checks with vulnerable sector screening are always welcome. Volunteers can assist artists with projects, help with set-up/clean-up, and work together with participants in the space. Email to get involved!”

Thursday, July 7th 2:30-5:00
Thursday, July 14th 2:30-5:00
Thursday, July 21st CLOSED
Thursday, July 28th CLOSED
Thursday, August 4th 2:30-5:00
Thursday, August 11th 2:30-5:00
Thursday, August 18th 2:30-5:00
Thursday, August 25th 2:30-5:00

Visit CAHEP’s Facebook page for more information.

Posted with permission from Alana Forslund, CAHEP
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Love Line: Youth Art Exhibition w/LOVE BC & grunt gallery (July 5-9, Vancouver)


Leave Out Violence (LOVE BC) is an organization working with all youth, with a strong emphasis on supporting youth who experience multiple social and systemic barriers. LOVE brings together youth from different backgrounds and experiences and offers them creative tools to tell their stories, promote non-violence and practice healthy self-expression.

LOVE LINE showcases a collection of LOVE youth’s work and stories through photography, poetry, short films and mixed media. Through this work, LOVE youth are able to share their experiences with each other and form a strong, healthy peer community. The youth team named this exhibit LOVE LINES in recognition of the long-term connections that they built at LOVE.”

– from the grunt gallery newsletter (June 2016)
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Job Opportunities: Myths and Mirrors seeks Community Artists and Communications Intern (Sudbury, ON)

JOB POSTING: Summer Community Artists (2 student positions)
Under the supervision of the Artistic Director, the student community artists will assist in the development of community art projects at our Victory Park and Durham Street sites.

Duties include:
– Assist in the development of collective art works, including visual arts, sculpture, performance and media arts;
– Assist in organizing and facilitating community meetings and workshops;
– Assist in the promotion of projects and recruitment of participants;
– Facilitate groups in the creation of collaborative art;
– Assist in organizing unveilings and celebrations;
– Assist in the development of media strategy;
– Participate in project evaluation;
– Attend staff meetings as required;
– Other related tasks and duties.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. Must have been registered as a full time student during the preceding academic year;
2. Intend to return to school on a full time basis during the next academic year;
3. A student in secondary, post secondary, CEGEP or vocational or technical program;
4. Is between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive) at time of employment;
5. Is legally entitled to work according to relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

Applicants must be highly motivated, have a background in the arts and be able to work as a team member and with minimal supervision. Applicants can apply for this position by submitting a cover letter, resume and one page description of a community arts project idea that you would like to develop in the community. Please submit your application to by Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

Tell us why you would be a great addition to our team at Myths and Mirrors!
For additional information, please contact us at (705) 222-1305.

JOB POSTING: Communications Internship Position
Rate of Pay: $18.85 hour for 30 hours per week One Year Contract

Myths and Mirrors Mandate
Myths and Mirrors Community Arts (M&M) promotes public participation in the arts by developing and providing tools, resources and support for communities to express themselves.

The purpose of this internship is to assist in the development and implementation of Myths and Mirrors Community arts external communications initiatives to its stakeholders and target audience. The internship’s objective will be to research, establish, set up and use various communication tools and resources in order to increase local engagement and awareness of the services and projects of Myths and Mirrors. They will also be working on communications for information sharing and outreach to the community.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Artistic Director and Administrative Coordinator the intern will undertake the following:
– Create, implement and evaluate communication strategies and plans to align with the organization’s strategic plan
– Create goals and set measurable objectives
– Monitor effectiveness and trends
– Manage and improve website and blog and their contents
– Develop and implement promotional strategies for our artists’ services
– Design and update promotional materials and events materials
– Research and develop content for social media and drive traffic to website/blog
– Develop and lead workshops on media
– Attend staff meetings as required
– Other related tasks and duties

Key Qualifications:
– Post secondary graduate of education, media relations, community development, business, marketing, social work and arts fields
– Experience in communications and marketing and project management
– Excellent facilitation skills
– Experience in leading workshops and facilitation
– Experience planning, coordinating and evaluating work
– Ability to document work using written and media tools
– Ability to use social media tools and updating/managing websites
– Experience in budget management
– Excellent public relations, communications and partnership development skills
– Ability to work as a part of a team
– Ability to work some weekends and evenings

This opportunity is available to recent graduates from an accredited college or university holding a diploma or degree seeking experience in their field of study. Interested candidates should send their cover letter and resume no later than Wednesday, June 8, 2016 to the attention of The Board of Directors at While we thank all candidates who apply, only those invited for an interview will be contacted. Myths and Mirrors adheres to full equity principles for staff and participants.

Submitted by Alexandra Dean, Myths and Mirrors Community Arts
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