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DREAM BIG 2019: The Northern Conference and Festival for Indigenous Arts – Fundraising Campaign

“The Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance (NIAA) is an emerging, Indigenous-led provincial arts service organization with the mandate to support, promote, and advocate on behalf of Indigenous artists in Northern Ontario. NIAA was created in response to the lack of Indigenous arts leadership in the North, and with the belief that Indigenous artists are the experts on Indigenous art and on the communities and contexts in which they work. https://niaa.ca/

This Fall 2019, the Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance (NIAA) will host Dream Big 2019 in Baawating / Sault Ste. Marie. This gathering will bring together Indigenous artists, curators, critics and cultural organizations from across Northern Ontario for two days of collaboration and exchange as we seek to answer the question – what do Indigenous artists need to thrive in the North?

NIAA has received funding from the Ontario Arts Council to host Dream Big 2019 and is currently raising funds to help offset the high travel costs in the North so more Indigenous artists can attend the gathering. Featuring presentations, panel discussions, art creation, and performances, Dream Big attendees will be able to network, develop hands-on skills for promoting their work, widen their audiences, and add their voice to an ongoing dialogue about contemporary Indigenous arts in Northern Ontario. Your donation will help cover travel and accommodations so artists from all across Northern Ontario can take part.

For more information about the campaign and to donate, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/get-indigenous-artists-to-dream-big-northern-on

-from NIAA

Indigenous Artists to “Dream Big” in Sault Ste. Marie this Fall

“Funding was recently confirmed to support an Indigenous arts gathering and festival. This September, Indigenous artists, curators, and cultural organizations from across Northern Ontario will gather in Baawating/Sault Ste. Marie for Dream Big 2019. Featuring two days of performances, art creation, panels, and discussion, Dream Big 2019 seeks to answer the question – what do Indigenous artists need to thrive in the North? 

The gathering is being organized by the Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance (NIAA), an emerging, Indigenous-led arts service organization with the mandate to support, promote, and advocate on behalf of Indigenous artists in Northern Ontario. Co-founded by Rihkee Strapp and Cora-Rae Silk, NIAA was created in response to the lack of Indigenous-run arts organizations in the North working in Indigenous communities. NIAA holds the belief that Indigenous artists are the experts on Indigenous art and on the communities and contexts in which they work.

NIAA co-founder and board member, Rihkee Strapp, says, “Cora and I met at the first Dream Big conference in North Bay in 2015, coordinated by Metis artist and arts administrator Clayton Windatt, formerly of the White Water Gallery. The first Dream Big was mind blowing; to see artists like Kent Monkman speak and show his artwork in City Hall, or Lee Maracle talk about influencing the birth of hip hop at the Capital Centre. For Dream Big 2019 our art administration team will be looking into coordinating multiple venues to show off all the region has to offer.”

NIAA recently earned support from the province and was awarded two grants from the Ontario Arts Council to host the gathering and accompanying arts festival. “We’re extremely grateful to the OAC for their support of this project,” says Strapp. “However, Northern Ontario is huge and air travel is a major expense so we’re hoping to raise additional funds to help subsidize travel costs so more artists from across Northern Ontario can take part.”

Donations are currently being accepted through the group’s GoFundMe page and will go towards travel subsidies to visiting artists. https://www.gofundme.com/get-indigenous-artists-to-dream-big-northern-on

-submitted by NIAA

Let’s Talk Art Workshop – The Art of Cape Dorset: Tour and Talk at the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative in Toronto

The Art of Cape Dorset: Tour and Talk at the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative in Toronto

Neighbourhood Arts Network and RBC Foundation present a free workshop series: Let’s Talk Art showcasing inspiring artists, vibrant spaces, and valuable information to help artists make new connections, increase their capacity and learn more about the arts in Toronto.

Join us! Enjoy a guided talk and tour of the Dorset Fine Arts space, which is the Toronto office of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, with William Huffman, Marketing Manager. An informed and engaging speaker, William will share his knowledge and experience working with Inuit artists, travelling to the North, and about the many programs and initiatives the organization undertakes.

Newcomer and refugee artists are strongly encouraged to participate, as we have reserved a block of tickets specially for this community!

We define a newcomer as: an immigrant or refugee who has lived in Canada for less than 7 years; a refugee is a person who was forced to leave their home country and is now located in Canada.

Thursday, July 25, 2019 @ 6-9 p.m.
Dorset Fine Arts- 100 Broadview Ave Suite 201″

For more information and to register, please visit: Let’s Talk Art’s event page.

-from Neighbourhood Arts Network
Read Neighbourhood Arts Network’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival (Aug 7-11)

August 7-11, 2019
Celebrating Indigenous Arts in Algonquin Territory
Ottawa • Canada

The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival is excited to announce the 8th annual festival, screening the best in Indigenous film from Canada and around the world.

Highlights:

This year’s festival takes place over 5 days, and includes our traditional opening night outdoor film screening in the Courtyard at Club SAW, 3 days of film screenings in the Alma Duncan Salon at the Ottawa Art Gallery, our Matriarchs Art Exhibition Opening at Enriched Bread Artists, plus our Sound/Tracks presentation of micro-commissioned audio-visual performances in partnership with SAW Video, an Inuit contemporary Music Showcase, and the world’s first ever 2-Spirit Ball.

The 2019 program and festival schedule is published on the website:
www.asinabkafestival.org

-from the Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival
photo: 2019 Asinabka Festival graphic art by Asinnijaq

Art to Power: Resiliency Project (PASAN & Council Fire, Toronto)

“Art to Power is an arts workshop series for people who have experienced incarceration.

Bust out your creativity, your joy, your survival

Choose a different media every month from May to October:
May: BEADING with Myingaan kwe and Louis Esmé
June: MASK MAKING with Naty Tremblay and RAWHIDE SCULPTURE with Maanii Oakes
July: PAINTING with syrus marcus ware
August: DRAWING with Sybil Lamb
September: PHOTOGRAPHY with Kwasi Kyei
October: to be announced

WHEN: Friday afternoons from 2 – 4pm, starting May 10
$10 plus tokens and snacks provided
REGISTRATION OPENS: THIS FRIDAY, May 3rd
WHERE: Council Fire, 439 Dundas St. East

Art to Power honours and celebrates our incredible journeys of survival, while fostering wisdom, pride and stability through creativity. Elder Jacqui Lavalley will join us on the first workshop of each month for ceremony and teachings on resilience. If you’re interested, please email or call Project Coordinator, Orev Katz at: orev[at]pasan.org”

For more information, please visit: pasan.org

-from PASAN

Call for Applications: 8th Annual Charles Street Video/imagineNATIVE residency

imagineNATIVE is accepting applications for the annual Charles Street Video/imagineNATIVE Residency professional development commission program for Greater Toronto and Hamilton-Area based Indigenous filmmakers.

The eighth iteration of the annual Residency provides a mid-career artist support and skills development with new video-making technology which for THIS YEAR ONLY enhances the completion of a current production with a commitment to be completed for the 20th anniversary imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, October 22-26, 2019.”

For more information, please visit: imaginenative.org/csv-residency

-from imagineNATIVE’s website
Read imagineNATIVE’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Coordonnateur(trice) de tournées – Vélo Paradiso & Cinéma qui roule (le Wapikoni mobile)

“COORDONNATEUR(TRICE) DE TOURNÉES

Vélo Paradiso & Cinéma qui roule

Type d’emploi : Temporaire (mai à octobre 2019)
Horaire : temps plein (37.5 heures/semaine)
Domaine principal : Coordination
Années d’expérience : 2
Lieu de travail : Montréal

Crée par le Wapikoni, le Vélo Paradiso, véhicule de projection sur trois roues, et le Cinéma qui roule, studio de projection ambulant, recherche un coordonnateur ou une coordonnatrice pour des projections itinérantes. En tant qu’acteur autochtone très présent sur la scène montréalaise, le Wapikoni mobile crée des ponts entre nations et favorise la rencontre entre créateurs de différentes cultures. Le Wapikoni a ainsi développé une flotte de vélos triporteurs chargés de l’équipement nécessaire à l’organisation de projections itinérantes, ainsi qu’un studio de cinéma roulant. D’un endroit à l’autre, ces studios roulants projetteront des courts métrages réalisés par des jeunes cinéastes des Premières Nations et sélectionnés par une équipe de commissaires autochtones.”

Pour plus d’informations, consultez wapikoni.ca

-source et crédit : Wapikoni mobile
Lire le profil de Wapikoni dans notre répertoire et carte de l’art communautaire au Canada

Outside Looking In’s 12th Annual Indigenous Youth Dance Show

“Please join us for Outside Looking In’s 12th annual performance on Thursday, May 23rd at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto!

Come and support Indigenous youth as they showcase dances they have been working hard to master since the fall. For our 2019 performance, we will have 150 youth onstage (our largest number yet!) from 13 communities, representing 4 provinces and 1 territory from across Canada.

In addition to the dance performance, each community will be highlighted through multimedia presentations, revealing the rich culture, beauty, resiliency and strength of Indigenous communities.

We look forward to seeing you at the performance!”

For more information and ticketing details, please visit olishow.com/events

-from Outside Looking In
Read Outside Looking In’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Neighbours Exhibition (Cambridge Art Galleries | Idea Exchange)

“Heather Majaury (Algonquin Anishinabekwe) moved to the Haldimand Tract in 2002. The descendant of historically unregistered Indigenous people and pioneer settlers she grew up in Algonquin traditional territory where most of her close and extended family still remain. She is a performing artist who privileges the community-based storytelling of lived experience as expert knowledge in her ongoing praxis. She believes that story-sharing (dibajmowinan) is a powerful tool that can be used in the service of ongoing reconciliation to help inform social policy and actions. Crucial to the work of developing resilient communities is the cultivation of common social memory while also respecting and learning from individual variance, difference and diversity within larger and more general narratives. She feels the spaces and tensions evoked between patterns and anomalies, chatter and silences as holding dynamic generative and transformative potential toward positive social change.

In Neighbours, Heather enlists the community in responding to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Call To Action 93 through quilt making, story sharing another arts-based methods.

All are welcome to participate.

Events:

Family Quilt Square Making
Monday-Friday, 9:30am-3:30pm, QS Gallery
Drop by the gallery to make a square in our collaborative quilt, part of our Neighbours project happening throughout March.

Family Quilt Square Making – Special Edition
Thursday March 14, 6:00-8:00pm, QS Gallery
Newcomer and Indigenous families are invited to drop by the gallery to make a square in our collaborative quilt, part of our Neighbours project happening throughout March.

Tales of Turtle Island
Monday – Wednesday 3:45-4:45pm
Join Heather Majuary for a special story time with traditional tales of Turtle Island.

Sharing Circles
Join us every Thursday night during the Neighbours project for discussion and sharing led by Heather Majaury with special guests:
Thursday March 21, 6-8pm
Thursday March 28, 6-8pm
Thursday April 4, 6-8pm
Thursday April 11, 6-8pm

QUEEN’S SQUARE GALLERY
1 North Square, Cambridge, ON N1S 2K6

Admission is free and all are welcome.
For more information, visit ideaexchange.org/art, call 519.621.0460, follow on Twitter or on Facebook.”

For more information, please visit Cambridge Art Galleries | Idea Exchange’s website.

-from Cambridge Art Galleries | Idea Exchange
Photo: Hannah Lightfoot, Neighbours Participant. 2019. Photo by Sarah Bennett