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CBC Arts Article: Spend a day carving stone in Cape Dorset with 13-year-old artist David Pudlat

CBC Arts shares with us a recent article on David Pudlat, a 13-year artist from Cape Dorset. Here’s an excerpt from the article, as well as a video below to learn more about David and his artwork:

“David Pudlat remembers that when he was six or seven years old, he drew a man trying to catch a seal. Somebody told him the drawing was good, and that was what gave him the confidence to pursue art.”

Read the full CBC Arts article here.

-submitted by CBC Arts

Call for Applications: Mikw Chiyâm Teaching Artist Residency 2018

Mikw Chiyâm is accepting applications from artists of any discipline to work with secondary school (high school) students in Eeyou Istchee, the Cree Nation in Northern Québec for 6 weeks at a time. This is a paid position (fee of $7,500 + travel, per diem, and housing provided) and artists get to work on their own projects at the same time. Experience teaching is an asset but not a requirement. The program mostly takes place in English.”

For more information on the application process and about Mikw Chiyâm, please visit

-from Mikw Chiyâm website
Read Mikw Chiyâm’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

“Sanguine et terres brûlées”: exposition et discussion sur l’appropriation du territoire et des symboles culturels sur l’Ile de la Tortue (Le Labo, Toronto)

Sanguine et terres brulées
Exposition de Maryse Arseneault
Samedi 28 avril – Samedi 12 mai 2018

Le Labo a le grand plaisir de présenter l’exposition « Sanguine et terres brulées / Blood Ties, Scorched Earth » par Maryse Arseneault qui fait partie du festival de photographie Scotiabank CONTACT 2018.
CERCLE DE DISCUSSION : Samedi 28 avril, de 14h00 – 15h30

Avant l’ouverture de l’exposition, joignez-vous à l’artiste Maryse Arsenault et Whabagoon, une intervenante autochtone, pour un cercle de discussion qui abordera des questions de l’appropriation, à la fois du territoire et des symboles culturels, résultant du colonialisme extensif sur l’Île de la Tortue.
VERNISSAGE : Samedi 28 avril, de 16h00 – 18h00

10h00-17h00 (mardi-vendredi)
12h00-17h00 (samedi)

LIEU : LE LABO, Studio 277 – 401 rue Richmond ouest, Toronto, ON, M5V 1Y9
PRIX : GRATUIT et ouvert à tous ”
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-diffusé par Le Labo,  crédits photos et logos : le Labo

Call for Submissions: Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival

“The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival screens the best in Indigenous film from Canada and around the world. This years festival takes place over 5 days, and includes our traditional opening night outdoor film screenings on the beautiful Victoria Island, 3 evenings of film in the Theatre at the Canadian Museum of Nature – Musée canadien de la nature, an art exhibition openings at Gallery 101 and the Knot Project Space, as well as matinee film screenings, an Indigenous fashion show, and live Indigenous music. This years festival will also include a presentation of our Indigenous Sound/Tracks commissioning project, pairing up 4 video-makers with 4 musicians to collaborate on entirely new audiovisual spectacles.

How to Submit:

The Asinabka Festival is currently seeking works from independent filmmakers, any film or video that tells First Nations, Métis, or Inuit stories, or that focuses on international Indigenous issues, is eligible. Submissions can be in any genre (documentary, drama, animation, experimental etc.) or any length, and must be finished works.

Email submissions are welcome. There is no submission fee.

DEADLINE: Monday, May 14, 2018

To find out more visit:

Or Submit via Film Freeway:

-from Asinabka Festival

‘Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way’ Tour (Vancouver Moving Theatre)

“It’s finally happening!! After many years of listening, writing, visiting partnering communities and fundraising Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way is now ready to tour across Turtle Island/Canada.

And it’s starting on Coast Salish territory at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre May 17-27, 2018.

Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way is a new play and cultural encounter that brings to life the story of Old One and his journey to reconcile with himself, his family and his community.

Woven around indigenous storytelling and cultural teachings, Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way is co-written by award-winning artists Renae Morriseau (Saulteaux Cree) with Rosemary Georgeson (Coast Salish/Sahtu Dene) and Savannah Walling (American Canadian). It is also enriched by contributions from the cast, knowledge-keepers and partnering communities.

Click on the video link above to watch Renae, Savannah and cast members talk about what this project means to them!

Although we are well on our way to production, we are still raising funds for a few select, yet vital aspects to the project like food for cultural gatherings, mentorship fees for youth, and ceremonial gifts for each community we visit along the tour: donation page.”

-from Vancouver Moving Theatre newsletter

Grand Finale: travelling community arts project (Jumblies Theatre, April 12)

Four Lands is a travelling community arts project with Jumblies Theatre, creating and animating miniature worlds exploring and expressing people’s differing and converging perspectives on a shared place.

From Feb 22 to Apr 15, this project is in residence at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Over 200 people of all ages and backgrounds have already contributed to the evolving exhibition.

Come and join us on the evening of April 12th to celebrate what has been created over the past 7 weeks!

Miniature worlds, music, performance, art making, food, friends!

There will be a bus leaving from Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (1499 Queen St. West) at 5:00 PM, and returning from Mississauga at 8:00 PM.
To reserve a free place on this bus, please contact info[at], or 416 203 8428.

Everyone welcome!

You can also come for a final drop-in session on Saturday April 14th from 1:00 to 4:00pm, or drop by during the Art Gallery of Mississauga open hours any time until Sunday April 15th.”

For more information on the finale and the Four Lands tour, please visit Jumblies Theatre’s website.

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

Identify: A Celebration of Indigenous Arts & Culture – The Landless Band Project (Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s)


“The Landless Band Project, funded primarily through Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter Program and facilitated by Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s, has recently undergone a rebrand. The project will be now be referred as Identify: A Celebration of Indigenous Arts & Culture. This decision was the result of extensive consultation with the project’s steering committee, stakeholders, partners and Indigenous community members who felt that the original title was not indicative of their strong historical ties to the land.

Identify: A Celebration of Indigenous Arts & Culture is reflective of the increasing exploration and reclamation of suppressed Indigeneity in Newfoundland and Labrador. It supports and encourages conversations exploring how we identify ourselves to one another and how we meet that self-identification. The project aims to create a progressive dialogue concerning self-determination, acceptance and cooperation while celebrating Newfoundland and Labrador’s proud and steadfast Indigenous heritage. Eastern Edge Gallery entered into a dialogue with the Indigenous community concerning their needs and desires and have rebranded the project and programmed the forthcoming festival to best meet those needs and desires.

“This project has been ongoing since 2017 through events, exhibitions and panel discussions. Programming has evolved into, Identify: A Celebration of Indigenous Arts & Culture festival, April 8- 22nd 2018. Eastern Edge is excited to facilitate this necessary platform for celebration of Art and Indigenous identities.”

Philippa Jones, Executive Director of Eastern Edge Gallery

Identify aims to create space for Indigenous voices and expression, bringing together Indigenous arts and culture professionals from the theatre, film, literature, visual, culinary and textile art communities of Newfoundland and Labrador while giving time and space to reinforce their history and current experience. Identify will share and showcase the traditional and contemporary artistic and cultural practices of the Mi’kmaq people of Newfoundland and Labrador as well as the Inuit, the Innu, the Southern Inuit of Nunatukavut and the Beothuk. The project provides a platform for Indigenous-led conversations on self-identity, self-rediscovery and celebration of Indigenous culture.”

For more information, please visit Eastern Edge Gallery.

-from Eastern Edge Gallery’s newsletter
Read Eastern Edge’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) & SMASH (Strength, Masculinities, and Sexual Health)

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.

FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) and SMASH (Strength, Masculinities, and Sexual Health) are revolutionary ways of working with Indigenous and Northern youth to promote mental and sexual health and healthy relationships. Facilitators strive to pass on practical tools designed to aid youth in making decisions that are right for them, even in the most difficult situations.

FOXY/SMASH use traditional beading, theatre, digital storytelling, Inuit/Dene games, traditional drumming, photography, and music to help youth express their knowledge, opinions, and questions in a supportive and creative environment. With a strong focus on sexual health and empowered decision-making, participants across the North get to understand their own cues and build knowledge through engaging, arts based activities.

Since January 2012, FOXY has reached over 2500 female-identifying youth in more than 35 NWT, Nunavut, and Yukon communities through over 200 workshops and 8 Peer Leader Retreats that have brought together over 200 Northern and Indigenous young FOXY Peer Leaders. Since it’s inception in May 2016, SMASH has reached an additional 1000 male-identifying youth through our school programming and two Peer Leader Retreats.”

To read more about FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) & SMASH (Strength, Masculinities, and Sexual Health), please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Outside Looking In’s Annual Student Matinee Performance (May 25, Toronto)

“Outside Looking In’s Annual Student Matinee Performance
Indigenous Youth Dancing to the Music of the 70s!
Hosted by YTVs SUKI

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Attention School Groups (grades K-12) and Youth Organizations*!

This is an excellent opportunity for school groups to learn more about Indigenous youth and their journey to the stage in Toronto.

Bring your students to cheer on our Indigenous youth performers from across Canada, as they perform the latest dance moves to the hippest music! Learn about our youth, their communities, and what made them aspire to travel to perform in downtown Toronto on Canada’s biggest stage. Leave inspired, informed and in tune with Indigenous youth and culture in 2018! To learn more information on Outside Looking In, click here.

Hear live from our Indigenous Youth about issues that concern them today!
Before the Matinee Show, there will be an opportunity to come early and listen to the OLI Alumni-led panel, that will be mediated by the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Youth Council Member, Gregory Francis. If you or your group are interested, please indicate on the survey at the end of your ticket purchase.

Date: Friday, May 25th, 2018
Time: 10:30am – 11:00am
Location: O’Keefe Lounge, Sony Centre of the Performing Arts
Panel Mediator: Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Youth Council Member, Gregory Francis

*Youth only – (ages 5 – 25). Groups must be accompanied by a chaperone. Please note, all online orders must be paid by credit card. To order 100+ seats, groups who would like to pay by cheque or cash, or groups who require accessible seating, please contact the Sony Centre Box Office directly at 416-916-7878 or email”

For more information, please visit Outside Looking In

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

Indigenous Culture Fund (Ontario Arts Council)

“The Indigenous Culture Fund (ICF) was created to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, culture and way of life. The new fund is administered by Indigenous staff members at the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), on behalf of the Province of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS).

The fund is part of the Government of Ontario’s response to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). The OAC and MTCS acknowledge and thank all of the survivors, their relations and the TRC.

ICF was created through a process of extensive outreach and collaboration with Indigenous communities across Ontario.  ICF exists to support cultural priorities and activities as defined by Indigenous peoples and communities, including on and off-reserve, urban, rural and remote.

The process of engagement is an ongoing one. If you have feedback on ICF, we would like to hear from you.

The goals of ICF are to:

  • Support the vitality and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis expression and ways of life.
  • Create opportunities for Indigenous people to continue community building.
  • Support community-based activities that foster well-being and resilience for Indigenous peoples of all ages.
  • Support Indigenous peoples to engage in and share cultural practices, knowledge and learning.
  • Support Indigenous language revitalization.”

For more information on the ICF grant programs, please visit Ontario Arts Council’s Indigenous Culture Fund page.

-from Ontario Arts Council website