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Livestream Series: On Mental Health & Creativity

“An interview series investigating the intersections of mental health and creativity through the lens of artists. Hosted by Twentytwenty Arts’ founder, Megan Kee.

Combining the creative process and psychotherapy, art therapy facilitates self-exploration and understanding. Whether artists utilize their artistic practice as a form of therapy or use it to convey complex ideas about mental health, the mutually beneficial relationship between mental health and creativity is undeniable. In this series, we will explore how art can be beneficial as a medium of mental health expression, the impact it can have on yourself and others, and where to begin.

JUL 10, 5:00 PM EDT

On Art, Activism, and Mental Health, with Megan Kee

JUL 17, 5:00 PM EDT

On Self Care and Creativity, with Megan Kee

JUL 24, 5:00 PM EDT

On Art as Therapy, with Megan Kee

JUL 31, 5:00 PM EDT

On Reducing Stigma Through Art, with Megan Kee

-from Made of Millions Foundation

Pandemic Roommates – Online Interactive Theatre for Critical Dialogue, July 9th (Mixed Company Theatre)

“We are living through this pandemic together or are we? Physical distancing is for outside the home, but inside? With roommates? Sharing living spaces?…

Pandemic Roommates is an interactive online theatre presentation that takes a glimpse into the lives of roommates in a Toronto house.

With Remi being immuno-compromised, Carmen might be putting her friend’s health at risk. Deb is now working from home which puts a strain on the internet bandwidth and Marge? – well, she owns the house. Each is doing their best to get through this challenging time, how do they support one another when they all have different needs?

We hope to find some answers and engage in critical dialogue through this interactive work co-created by Malia Rogers, Max Cameron Fearon, Heather VON Atzigen and Madeleine Brown, with inputs and support from Mixed Company Theatre’s associate artists.

When: Thursday July 9 from 6 to 7:30 pm

Where: Zoom – Make sure you RSVP to communications[at] to receive the Zoom Meeting Link!

Fees: This is a PWYC event. All payments will be treated as donations. To support our work with a donation, click here: . All donations above $25 will receive a tax exemption receipt!

Content warning: Language

About our style of Interactive Theatre:

You will experience an adapted format of Forum Theatre that is interactive and compels audience members to develop real-time strategies for dealing with social and personal issues.

In a Mixed Company presentation, a story representing an issue is created, rehearsed and performed (the first act). The story is then presented again—only this second time, audience members can intervene in the story, as “spect-actors,” to create a positive alternative ending. A trained Forum Theatre facilitator (the Joker) prepares and encourages participants to replace the actors on stage and to change the story in a constructive way. This social justice-based theatre style sparks community dialogue and enables grassroots advocacy.”

-from Mixed Company Theatre

BIPOC Writers Connect: Facilitating Mentorship, Creating Community

“Last year, The Writers’ Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets invited selected Black, Indigenous, and racialized emerging writers from the Greater Toronto Area to connect with industry professionals, funding officers, and established authors. Each attendee left feeling energized and inspired about their own writing practice. We are pleased to be able to continue and expand this program this year with Toronto and Vancouver events.

We are committed to cultivating space where BIPOC writers can share tools, strategies, feedback, and knowledge. We are also cognizant of the continuing uncertainties and risks surrounding COVID-19. The Union and the League have monitored announcements from public health authorities and each level of government in Toronto and Vancouver since we launched the conference in April. After much consideration toward the health and safety of each participant, volunteer and staff members, TWUC and LCP have ultimately decided to move forward with adapting both conferences for online delivery.

We are confident that BIPOC Writers Connect will be a fulfilling, exciting, and inspiring event for Black, Indigenous, and racialized emerging and established writers. Amid the uncertainties we are all facing in these unprecedented times, we believe that this opportunity for mentorship and community is more valuable than ever before.”

For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from The Writers’ Union of Canada

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] 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

Call for BIPOC Artists – Making Love With The Land Online Cabaret, an online creation and development process (Springboard Performance)


Produced by Springboard Performance with Joshua Whitehead 


The MAKING LOVE WITH THE LAND ONLINE CABARET is a series of online performances inspired by Joshua Whitehead’s forthcoming book “Making with Love With the Land” in which artists will explore selected excerpts of the book and creation in a post-pandemic world. 

The MAKING LOVE WITH THE LAND ONLINE CABARET consists of an online creation and development process beginning in June and ending in September, with all works presented online during the 2020 Fluid Festival, October 14-24, 2020. Artists will be able to connect with the writer, mentors, dramaturgs, and other participating artists throughout this process via online means, including correspondence via email and video calls, as scheduling and accessibility to these platforms permits. Springboard Performance staff will help coordinate online platform access and training throughout the developmental and presenting periods. 

We are seeking 8 BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) artists from all arts disciplines to interpret and be inspired by a section of Joshua Whitehead’s “Making Love with the Land.” Works will be presented online in performance slots between 5-10 minutes in length. Joshua Whitehead will select the excerpts of writing, and may read selections live as a part of the online performance. Artistic mentorship and online training and support will be provided. Artists are invited to suggest potential mentors and writers they wish to work with.

While BIPOC artists located anywhere are encouraged to apply, attention will be given to invest in Western Canadian artists. Selected artists will represent a broad range of experience with representation of emerging, mid-career, and established artists. 

Contributing artists will be selected by Joshua Whitehead in consultation with Springboard Performance and developmental and presentation practices will be developed to best support live performance artists and artistic creation in times of physical distancing. All rehearsals and performances will adhere to local, provincial, and national recommendations regarding health and safety.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at info[at] with any questions or concerns you may have regarding this opportunity and program eligibility.”

Deadline Extended: July 1, 2020, 11:59pm MST

For more information and to apply, please visit:

Voices With Impact 2020: An Online Festival for Films and Ideas Around Underrepresented Topics Related to Mental Health (June 22-26)

Voices With Impact is a year-long project that celebrates mental health stories told by filmmakers with unique perspectives and lived experience.

Filmmakers across the world submitted proposals to tell unique stories about underrepresented narratives related to mental health, and our distinguished jury members selected the strongest ideas from the group. Ultimately, ten teams were awarded $5,000 each to support the creation of their short films.

The topics for this year’s five-minute short films are:

  • Mental health issues specific to LGBTQIA+ people.
  • Mental health issues related to the culture of masculinity.

The world premiere of these films will take place on June 22, and will be followed by a week-long festival of dialogue and discussion in which our esteemed storytellers will lead interactive, enlightening sessions on topics ranging from colonialism and LGBTQIA+ mental health to representations of men of color in the media.

All sessions are free and open to the public. Limited seats are available, so please register early—we want to see you there!”

For more information and to join the festival, please visit:

-from Art With Impact

Invitation to Participate: The Conference of the Birds – our journey through the year of the pandemic

What is The Conference of the Birds Project?

“The Conference of the Birds project is an invitation to create 7 events in 7 countries across the world to capture our journey through the year of the pandemic.

The Conference of the Birds is an ancient epic poem by Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar from Persia. It tells the story of the assembly of the birds and their search for the “Simorgh,” a mythical majestic bird which has been likened to the phoenix. They are led by the wisest bird through seven valleys to find the Simorgh. Each Valley has a challenge and an exploration into who we are and what can become.

This project is a collective participatory arts project, led by Simon Sharkey (Scotland) and Erica May Wood (Canada) that will have a global reach in the form of events, installations, publications, exhibitions, performance, and online content. Ultimately it will become an illustrated book that will live online and in print.

Why this and Why Now?

Now, more than ever – we need community. We need to connect, share stories, experiences, and wisdom.

Now, more than ever – we need to learn from each other, across the globe, and to ensure that
what we have learned will not be lost.

Now more than ever we must turn from our screens and reach safely and creatively across the social distancing to connect as one world.

Now more than ever we must transcend our fears and limitations to look inward and outward to find truth beyond what is fed to us through media and dogma.

Now more than ever we must strive, to connect when everything is pushing us away from unity and harmony.

As teaching artists and participatory arts facilitators from around the world, we will gather from a distance to chronicle this experience through artistic expression, through unique lenses and by awakening the creativity of the communities we connect with.

Seven countries will journey through the seven valleys depicted in the poem -the quest, love, knowledge, detachment, unity, eradication, and enlightenment. Using creative expression – whether that be song, art, food, poetry, theatre, film, dance and more, we will explore our respective journeys through this moment in history. The results will be captured so that they can be curated into a digital book for all participants and the world at large. As time allows citizens to assemble once again, the digital book will provide the framework for participatory arts and theatrical presentations.

This project is a reminder that we are not alone. This project is a call to adventure.”

For more information, please read the full invitation available here:

-submitted by The Conference of the Birds Project

Open Immersion II: Call for VR Storytelling Ideas by Indigenous Creators

“We’re looking for Indigenous creators across Turtle Island to bring your nonfiction VR ideas to the Open Immersion Creative Development Lab.In 2016, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) and the JustFilms | Ford Foundation co-presented OPEN IMMERSION: A Virtual Reality Creative Documentary Lab. This groundbreaking project supported knowledge exchange between six Indigenous Canadian artists and six artists from the American South.

In July 2020, OPEN IMMERSION II will launch as a remote Lab featuring mentorship, training and creative ideation with an opportunity to present final pitch packages to key industry with imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

We’re looking for exciting, boundary-pushing, original works that are in the earliest stages of ideation.As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to redefine our relationship with digital technologies, we are excited to bring this opportunity into the homes and workspaces of creators. The framework for the Lab consists of:

  • Three phases of virtual labs
    • Lab Phase 1: Ideation (July 20-21)
    • Lab Phase 2: Creative Development (August 17-18)
    • Lab Phase 3: Proof of Concept Presentation/ Pitch (September 21-22)
  • Project check-ins to guide creators as they work remotely to meet creative targets
  • Presentation of projects to key industry (October 2020)

You’ll develop these creative presentations with CFC Media Lab, JustFilms | Ford Foundation, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Toronto studio of the world-renowned National Film Board of Canada

We want to know what VR storytelling looks like in a pandemic and we want to push the boundaries of who it’s made for.”

For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from The Indigenous Screen Office

In celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Week, Red Sky Performance and Temagami Community Foundation’s Virtual Arts Camp for Children (June 19th)

“Friday, June 19th, 2020 at 2pm EST (Eastern Time)

In celebration of NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES WEEK, Red Sky Performance and Temagami Community Foundation‘s Virtual Arts Camp brings a thrilling virtual performance of our award-winning Mistatim to every province and territory in Canada. Ideal for children from 6 – 12 years, parents, teachers, presenters, and all audiences.

Out of the gate on June 19th, 2020, this fast-paced horse will trot, gallop, and fly from one end of the country to the other on this one-day digital tour. Following the performance, join us for a Social Round Up in the chat room.

  • British Columbia & Yukon: 11 am PDT
  • Alberta & NWT: 12 pm MDT
  • Manitoba: 1 pm CDT
  • Saskatchewan: 12 pm CDT
  • Ontario, Quebec: 2 pm EDT
  • New Brunswick & Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island: 3 pm AST
  • Newfoundland & Labrador: 3:30 pm NDT
  • Nunavut would either be 11 am or 12 pm depending on where you are in the territory.

You’ll enjoy an unforgettable story of the truest of friendships told through the “taming” of a wild horse. You can expect to meet the artists, experience a virtual performance, followed by a Social Round Up in the chat room with artists. Come and meet Mistatim in the virtual flesh!

It’s FREE.

Direction & Concept: Sandra Laronde, Play by Erin Shields, Associate Director: Carlos Rivera, Music & Sound Design Rick Sacks, Associate Sound Designer: Marc Merilianen, and Mask Design & Build: Karen Rodd.

Performed by Falciony Patino Cruz, Wahsonti:io Kirby, and Benjamin Thomas.

Watch a brief excerpt of Mistatim in a workshop here:

This is a free event. We hope you will join us in empowering a brighter future for children by making a donation to our programming. All contributions will receive a charitable receipt, please visit our website!

For more information, please visit:

-from Red Sky Performance

Art Happening Bridgewater’s June Online Open Mic (via video conference) music, poetry, dance, juggling, storytelling, etc. (NS)

“In the age of physical distancing, Art Happening Bridgewater will once again help keep us socially connected by offering June’s Open Mic, as a video conference via the Zoom platform. We’d ask both performers and audience to register in advance and we will then send you the zoom invite at 5 pm on June 12. You don’t need a zoom account to participate. Toll call in number avaialble for folks with slow or no internet.

June’s Online Open Mic date is Friday June 12, from 7-9 pm.

We had a great turn out in April and May of both preformers and audience. Remeber: All acts of awesome are welcome: music, poetry, dance, juggling, story telling, etc. Please remember we have an intergenerational audience often with some young children present. Depending on numbers of performers, you may be limited to 10 minutes.”

For more information and to register, please visit:

-from Art Happening Bridgewater