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Conseils et outils de la ToileDesArts no 7 : Des espaces en ville pour l’art autochtone

(Artistes) Aura et Chief Lady Bird offrent leurs réflexions et leurs trucs à propos de la création de murales communautaires visant à susciter le dialogue, l’expression personnelle et la guérison. Elles collaborent souvent avec des écoles et des organismes tant dans des communautés autochtones que des milieux non autochtones, au centre-ville et dans la grande région de Toronto. Megan Feheley, la coordonnatrice Art communautaire autochtone de ToileDesArts, les a rencontrées par Skype.

Artiste Anishinaabe (Potawatomi et Chippewa) de la Première nation de Rama, Chief Lady Bird est aussi liée, de par son père, à la Première nation de Moose Deer Point. Elle a grandi dans une réserve et vit maintenant à Tkaronto (Toronto). Son travail prend racine dans son expérience de femme autochtone, à la croisée d’une critique du nationalisme et d’une revalorisation de l’identité autochtone ; l’imagerie qui en découle bouscule le regard qu’on porte souvent sur les Premières Nations et leur redonne du pouvoir. Chief Lady Bird réalise des murales collaboratives qui plongent pour un instant les spectateurs dans la vision du monde autochtone afin d’entamer un dialogue essentiel à la restitution des identités culturelles des Premières Nations dans un pays qui n’a jamais reconnu leur valeur.

L’artiste Haudenosaunee (Oneida) Aura (Monique Bedard) a passé son enfance dans une petite ville du sud de l’Ontario. Se consacrant avec passion aux arts visuels depuis 13 ans, elle les a étudiés officiellement à partir de 2006 : pendant trois ans au Fanshawe College de London, en Ontario, puis à l’université de Lethbridge, en Alberta. Ayant obtenu son baccalauréat en Beaux-Arts (Studio Art) en 2010, elle est retournée en Ontario pour enseigner les arts plastiques à des groupes d’enfants, d’adolescents et d’adultes. Artiste, animatrice d’ateliers et muraliste, Monique vit maintenant à Tkaronto (Toronto).

Voici un extrait de l’article:

CONVERSATION AVEC LES ARTISTES CHIEF LADY BIRD ET AURA

“Megan : Quand vous faites des murales avec les jeunes autochtones en contexte urbain, comment composez-vous avec leurs difficultés particulières ? Quel genre de soutien leur offrez-vous ?

Chief Lady Bird : Je pense qu’un des gros problèmes, c’est la déconnexion. Beaucoup des jeunes avec lesquels on travaille, ici à Toronto, n’ont pas nécessairement grandi dans leur communauté. Certains ne font que commencer à découvrir leurs origines. La colonisation, avec ses multiples facettes, a engendré toute une série de déconnexions qui ont fait beaucoup de mal à notre peuple.

Quand on voit des jeunes qui sont confrontés à ça, on leur en parle, on leur indique les ressources. On leur dit que c’est correct de ne pas savoir d’où ils viennent, que c’est un cheminement, qu’il y a des gens qui peuvent les aider à voir plus clair dans tout ça. Ici, en ville, les jeunes vivent des problématiques encore plus complexes comme l’itinérance, la toxicomanie et l’alcoolisme, et le suicide, qui prend beaucoup de place en ce moment. La déconnexion empire tout ça. C’est pourquoi il est nécessaire qu’il y ait des espaces de confiance pour que les jeunes puissent exprimer leur vérité, leur vécu, pour les aider à démêler tout ça.

Aura : Une des choses qui me passionnent, c’est de participer à des projets dans lesquels ce sont les jeunes qui ont le pouvoir de décider. Ça m’inspire tellement de travailler avec les adolescents : ils sont tellement honnêtes, intenses et vulnérables – ça m’incite à montrer davantage ma propre vulnérabilité. C’est grâce aux jeunes que je n’ai plus peur de le faire, et je vois à quel point c’est important d’être vraie et de bâtir ces liens avec eux. En quelque sorte, on travaille à réparer la déconnexion, à refaire la connexion, ensemble. Mon objectif est d’offrir un espace permanent pour explorer cette avenue.”

Conseils et outils de la ToileDesArts no 7 : Des espaces en ville pour l’art autochtone

La série 2017 d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts a été réalisée grâce au soutien financier de la Fondation Trillium de l’Ontario et traduite en français grâce au programme d’appui à l’interprétation et à la traduction du ministère du Patrimoine canadien.

Pour plus de ressources et outils GRATUITS comme celui-ci, consultez  www.artbridges.ca/learning/learning_resources

crédit : Chief Lady Bird et Aura

Call for Artists: 2018 Adäka Cultural Festival (Whitehorse)

“The Adäka Cultural Festival was launched in July 2011, with a mission to develop and deliver a world-class, iconic festival that showcases, celebrates, and fosters the development of Yukon’s diverse and distinctive First Nations arts and culture.

Adäka means “coming into the light” in the Southern Tutchone language. The Festival is committed to shining a light on the creative spirit of Yukon First Nations people, helping to preserve and revitalize our arts and culture, while inspiring artists and youth to take pride in their heritage and communities. With unique opportunities like Adäka our artists will undoubtedly continue to set new standards of quality and excellence in the arts and cultural sector!

The 2018 Artist Application deadlines have changed to help both the artists and the Adaka team get prepared earlier for another special year. For forms and more information, please visit adakafestival.ca

Deadlines:
January 31, 2018 for those requiring sponsorship
February 28, 2018 for those arranging their own travel”

-from Adäka Cultural Festival

Call for Applications: 2018 Mural Project (7th Generation Image Makers, VIBE Arts)

“New 2018 Mural Project with 7th Generation Image Makers and VIBE Arts ! Indigenous youth ages 16-24 if you are interested in applying for this project please attend one of the information sessions indicated on the flyer or contact rkennedy@nativechild.org 416-969-8510 ext.4110 for more information!”

-submitted by 7th Generation Image Makers
Read 7th Generation Image Makers’ profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Applications: Alianait Arts Festival (Iqaluit)

“Artists can apply online to perform at the 2018 Alianait Arts Festival (June 29 to July 2), the world’s circumpolar stage!!

– Deadline for Southern performers: December 29, 2017
– Deadline for Northern performers: January 29, 2018

Alianait Arts Festival 

Known as the world’s circumpolar stage, the Alianait Arts Festival takes place in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada in late June each year. These arctic days have 24-hour sunlight, a time of great celebration! Alianait sets the spotlight on Inuit and other circumpolar artists while bringing together exciting world-class musicians, circus acrobats, dancers, storytellers, actors, filmmakers and visual artists from across the globe.”

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

Call for Applicants: 5th Annual CSIF + imagineNATIVE Mentorship Program (Alberta)

Are you an emerging Indigenous media artist living in Alberta? Do you have a great idea for a 5-minute short film that would benefit from professional and creative mentorship?

 CSIF and imagineNATIVE are proud to present their 5th annual Mentorship Program.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to explore filmmaking and shoot, edit and produce your short film through the use of the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers’ workshops, equipment and facilities.

Your film will have its world premiere on the big screen at the 19th annual imagineNATIVE film + media arts festival from October 17–21, 2018 in Toronto!

The successful applicant will be provided with a full CSIF Membership and be eligible to enroll in any training workshop offered during their Winter and Spring 2017 calendar of workshops. You will be paired with CSIF’s knowledgeable staff to help you through the various stages of development, production and post-production of your project.

The successful applicant will receive the opportunity to use the CSIF’s extensive equipment and facilities for their film. As every film is unique, equipment and facilities access will be established in the development phase at the CSIF’s discretion. A CSIF member will mentor the successful applicant with advice and creative support for the duration of the project.

The successful applicant will receive a $1,000 CAD bursary as a commission fee and to put towards production costs. All other additional equipment, facilities, and production costs will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.

The artist will be provided with an Artist Delegate Pass to attend all of the 19th annual imagineNATIVE film +media arts festival programming and social and professional development activities, should they be able to attend the festival. Travel and accommodation will not be provided.

Please note: Projects must be realistic in scope and subject matter for the resources provided, as they must be completed and delivered as a digital file by September 9, 2018. Film information and stills for publications will be required by the end of July 2018. The successful applicant will sign an agreement contract for the duration of their participation in the mentorship.

For more information, please visit csif.org

-from CSIF
Read imagineNATIVE’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: Spring Pulse Poetry Festival (Cobalt & Temiskaming Shores, ON)

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.

“We are Northern Ontario largest and only poetry/arts festival. Since 2008, we strive to bring together the poetry community with invitations to participate from our tri-cultural Anglophone, Francophone, and First Nations communities.”

Spring Pulse Poetry Festival – May 31 to June 2, 2018
“Celebrate the legacy of physician/poet William Henry Drummond. Northeastern Ontario’s largest poetry/arts event. Experience poetry, music, and fun in creative community. Various venues throughout Cobalt and the City of Temiskaming Shores.

Check out our website for further details.”

To read more about Spring Pulse Poetry Festival, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

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

New Constellations: Nation(s)wide Tour of Music & Arts

13-City Nation(s)wide Tour NEW CONSTELLATIONS Brings Together Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Artists for Multi-Disciplinary Celebration of Music and Arts, November – December, 2017

“Kicking off on November 23, 2017 in Saskatoon and culminating in Toronto on December 20, 2017, NEW CONSTELLATIONS is a nation(s)wide tour of music and arts, featuring special guest appearances by an interstellar lineup of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists coming together for the first time. The tour builds on an increasing national interest in Indigenous music: from three of the last four Polaris Music Prize winners being Indigenous women (Lido Pimienta, Tanya Tagaq, and Buffy Sainte-Marie), to the success of Gord Downie’s Secret Path project, to A Tribe Called Red’s MMVA win for Video of the Year, Indigenous artists and stories are taking the spotlight as they never have before. NEW CONSTELLATIONS offers an unprecedented celebration of the Indigenous Next Wave.

This half-music, half-literary, national tour is the first of its kind: a unique tour travelling to cities, towns, and Indigenous communities featuring a core roster of Indigenous artists alongside a rotating cast of some of the country’s most celebrated musicians, writers, and poets. NEW CONSTELLATIONS offers an intimate evening of song and storytelling featuring alternating sets by musicians and writers. The tour includes a two-part mentorship program where established artists connect with Indigenous youth online and in a series of community-based arts and music workshops. NEW CONSTELLATIONS offers new possibilities for creative collaboration across communities.

Featuring an extraordinary lineup of established and emerging Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists from across the country, musicians and poets set to take the stage in various cities and communities, include: award-winning and international superstar Feist, Polaris-nominated Indigenous DJ/producer crew A Tribe Called Red, pop rockers July Talk , 2017 Polaris Prize-winning Afro-Indigenous musician Lido Pimienta, acclaimed Anishinaabe writer and musician Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, renowned author and journalist Naomi Klein, Montreal rocker Sam Roberts, singer-songwriter and member of Broken Social Scene Jason Collett, melodic indie pop band Stars, east coast songwriter Joel Plaskett, Anishinaabe singer-songwriter Leonard Sumner, Wolastoq vocal artist and composer Jeremy Dutcher, Indigenous hip-hop duo Mob Bounce, Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, Griffin Prize-winning Nisga’a poet Jordan Abel, electronic indie-pop artist Rich Aucoin, celebrated Montreal novelist Heather O’Neill, Broken Social Scene alum and Quebec-based vocalist La Force, and many more. For a full list of performing artists, please see newconstellations.ca.

With a commitment to giving back to the Indigenous community, NEW CONSTELLATIONS features a two-part mentorship program — The online Music Mentorship program allows Indigenous youth from across the country to submit music to be mentored by established artists like Anishinaabe electronic musician DJ NDN, Iraqi-Canadian hip-hop artist, educator, and MMVA award-winning video director Narcy, Afro-Indigenous musician Lido Pimienta, Cree/Dene musician IsKwé, and singer Jasmyn Burke (Weaves). Community-Based Workshops are also hosted at six stops, including two Indigenous communities, for Indigenous youth to learn creative writing, songwriting, music creation, and DJ/production skills with artists from the tour and local mentors. Indigenous artists and youth can apply to participate in both parts of the mentorship program at newconstellations.ca/mentorship.

NEW CONSTELLATIONS, is the brainchild of The Basement Revue and Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), two successful music organizations that have partnered to co-curate this national celebration of creative collaboration. The Basement Revue’s 2014 Benefit Show for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women inspired the original idea for the tour, which now features many of the artists who were on the original bill. The project will also include a tour documentary produced by Antica Productions, the producers of Gord Downie’s Secret Path project, and directed by Mohawk filmmaker and documentarian Tracey Deer (co-creator of “Mohawk Girls”). The tour is presented with support from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba and the Government of Canada.

“Besides being a rotating roster of festival-style performances, NEW CONSTELLATIONS is an intimate opportunity to listen to voices of resurgence — of what is clearly an Indigenous Next Wave,” said Jason Collett, musician from Broken Social Scene, and founder of The Basement Revue. “The momentum is palpable, and it’s inspiring to be a part of such a special celebration.”

“The power of NEW CONSTELLATIONS is in the new relationships and creative connections that are being made”, said Jarrett Martineau, Cree/Dene media maker and co-founder of RPM. “Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists rarely perform or create together, so this is an amazing opportunity to see what happens when they do. With where we are in this country’s history, that collaboration is more important than ever.”

“NEW CONSTELLATIONS is an incredible platform to support collaboration between artists across a range of literary and musical genres,” said Damian Rogers, poet and co-curator of The Basement Revue. “We’ve always had great writers perform alongside musicians with The Basement Revue, but bringing this lineup of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists together is something really special.”

TICKETS
Tickets for NEW CONSTELLATIONS go on sale on Thursday, October 26 at 10 a.m. local time . Tickets start at $25 (plus service charges) and are available in person and online. For more information and for specific lineups at each stop, visit newconstellations.ca.

TOUR DATES
11/23 – Saskatoon @ The Broadway Theatre
11/24 – Calgary @ The Gateway
11/25 – Edmonton @ The Starlite Room
11/26 – Prince Albert @ The E.A. Rawlinson Centre 11/27 – Winnipeg @ West End Cultural Centre
11/28 – Thunder Bay @ Port Arthur Polish Hall
11/29 – Wiikwemkoong @ Debajehmujig Creation Centre 12/6 – Halifax @ Spatz Theatre
12/7 – Fredericton @ Playhouse Theatre
12/8 – Montreal @ L’Astral
12/9 – Ottawa @ Bronson Centre
12/10 – Kitigan Zibi @ Kitigan Zibi Community Hall
12/20 – Toronto @ Opera House

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Twitter: @newconstell
Facebook: @newconstellationstour Instagram: @newconstellationstour Website: newconstellations.ca

About NEW CONSTELLATIONS
NEW CONSTELLATIONS is a nation(s)wide tour of music and arts, featuring special guest appearances by an interstellar lineup of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists. The tour is curated and produced by The Basement Revue, a live series with a proven track record of bringing together some of the country’s best music and literary talents on the same stage, and Revolutions Per Minute, a global Indigenous music platform and record label that promotes and celebrates the Indigenous Next Wave. NEW CONSTELLATIONS is the first of its kind: a half-music, half-literary, national tour travelling to cities, towns, and Indigenous communities featuring a core roster of Indigenous artists alongside a rotating cast of some of the country’s most celebrated musicians, writers, and poets coming together for an intimate evening of song and storytelling. The project includes a 13-stop tour, a mentorship program and community- based arts and music workshop series for Indigenous youth, digital curriculum, and a tour documentary film.

For more information on NEW CONSTELLATIONS, please visit newconstellations.ca

Profile Highlight: Adäka Cultural Festival (Whitehorse)

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.

“Adäka means “coming into the light” in the Southern Tutchone language. The Festival is committed to shining a light on the creative spirit of Yukon First Nations people, helping to preserve and revitalize our arts and culture, while inspiring artists and youth to take pride in their heritage and communities. With unique opportunities like Adäka our artists will undoubtedly continue to set new standards of quality and excellence in the arts and cultural sector!”

To read more about Adäka Cultural Festival, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Festival: 30th annual Weesageechak Begins to Dance (Native Earth Performing Arts)

“Recognized as a leader in creation of Indigenous performing arts, Native Earth Performing Arts celebrates its 35th anniversary as the professional Indigenous theatre company on Turtle Island. This November, Native Earth will welcome back familiar faces and introduces emerging creators from across Turtle Island and beyond for its 30th annual Weesageechak Begins to Dance. Showcasing new works and works-in-development in theatre, dance, music and multi-disciplinary performance work, Weesageechak 30 will run from November 15th to 25th, 2017 at Aki Studio.

This year’s festival opens with a workshop preview of Vancouver Moving Theatre’s Weaving Reconciliation, presented in partnership with Jumblies Theatre, which will return to Aki Studio for its premiere in June 2018. Weaving theatre with Indigenous cultural practices and lived experience, this multi-disciplinary production is created by an award-winning team of director Renae Morriseau (Cree Saulteaux), Rosemary Georgeson (Coast Salish/Dene Sahtu) and Savannah Walling.

The first week is filled with works by familiar creators, including Bury by Alanis King (Odawa) which is an ode to the reclamation of the Anishinaabe language and celebration of the resilience of those who have lived through the residential school system. Whale Killer by the award-winning Saskatchewan playwright and director Kenneth Williams (Cree) which explores unanswered questions about a murder of an RCMP officer in Cape Dorset. Starlight Journey by Josh Languedoc (Saugeen First Nation) depicts an incredible journey of a family seeking answers to their young son’s mysterious death.

Emerging playwright and the 2017 Winnipeg Arts Council RBC On the Rise award winner Frances Koncan (Anishinaabe) returns with a new work, Riot Resist Revolt Repeat which is inspired by recent events concerning pipelines and their environmental impact. Rounding out the first week, multi-disciplinary artists and Dora-nominated Spy Dénommé-Welch (Algonquin) and Catherine Magowan of An Indie(n) Rights Reserve return with HATE MAIL and Irreconcilable Trolls, a piece that explores people who hide behind fake usernames, spoofed emails and anonymous comment boards which is presented as a sonata with contrabassoon and piano.

Native Earth hosts Australia’s Moogahlin Performing Arts for a second year with a reading of The Weekend by Henrietta Baird (Kuku Yalanji/Yidinji). The play follows a young Sydney mother traversing the world of public housing, drug dealing with the threat of losing her children, taking the audience on an emotional ride of laughter and hope, love and loss.

This festival also features works-in-development by emerging artists, including White Noise, a comedy on racial commentary by Taran Kootenhayoo (Denesuline/Nakoda Sioux); Bad Indian, a humorous storytelling on Indigenous/Canadian identity politics by Brefny Caribou (Cree/Irish); and The Last Dance, a piece dedicated to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women by Yvonne Wallace (Interior Salish).

Weesageechak 30 kicks off its second week with a two-evening special featuring the Animikiig Training Program. Works include, link, a warrior dance piece by dancer/choreographer Aria Evans (Mi’kmaq/African/settler heritage), Ruby Comfort, an opera-in-development by opera librettist Ian Cusson (Métis/French Canadian), and Survivance, a powerful story of three generations of women by Sarah Gartshore (Ojibwe). The second evening showcases Ursa Majoris, a love story with music and puppets by Celeste Sansregret (Métis), and Lonecloud, a musical dedicated to the first Mi’kmaq Ethnographer by the late Cathy Elliott (Mi’kmaq/Irish/Acadian).

Continuing the celebration of Indigenous dance, Olivia Shortt (Anishinaabe/Irish) collaborates with dancer/choreographer Kathleen Legassick for Echoes which shares a personal reflection on discovering one’s genealogy. Coming from Flin Flon, Manitoba, Kristy Janvier (Dene/Irish/Ukrainian) will take us on a journey through environmental decay in Forest Floor.

Two Native Earth veterans mark the closing of Weesageechak 30. Native Earth welcomes back former Artistic Director (2011-2013) Tara Beagan (Ntlaka’pamux/Irish), the Dora-nominated playwright, and Dora and Betty-nominated actor to present the sister piece to Native Earth’s 2013 presentation, In Spirit. Beagan’s Deer Woman tells the story of a sister left behind – a warrior woman work of righteous vengeance. Following Native Earth’s 2015 presentation of God and The Indian, the Jessie-nominated actor and multi-hypenate theatre artist Lisa Ravensbergen (Ojibwe/Swampy Cree/English/Irish) returns to Aki Studio with The Seventh Fire. Filmic in nature and mythic in proportion, her piece shares the story of a woman’s return to the Ojibwe community which she believes has rejected her.

Native Earth in partnership with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre proudly presents 2-Spirit Cabaret. Curated and hosted by Michaela Washburn (Cree/English/Irish/French), the cabaret includes a talented line-up of 2-Spirit, Trans and Queer-identified Indigenous artists from across Canada, including Gwen Benaway, Cherish Blood, Ryan Cunningham, Waawaate Fobister,Greyson Gritt, Lacey Hill, Michelle Latimer, Smith Purdy, Brian Solomon and other special guests. In addition, the Professional Development Series returns with a full roster of workshops, panels and training opportunities.

WEESAGEECHAK BEGINS TO DANCE 30
FULL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Evening Tickets: $15
Festival Pass: $60

Aki Studio | Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas Street East
Box Office: 416-531-1402 or boxoffice@nativeearth.ca

Native Earth Performing Arts is Canada’s oldest professional Indigenous theatre company. Currently in our 34th year, we are dedicated to creating, developing and producing professional artistic expressions of the Indigenous experience in Canada. Through stage productions (theatre, dance and multi-disciplinary art), new script development, apprenticeships and internships, Native Earth seeks to fulfill a community of artistic visions. It is a vision that is inclusive and reflective of the artistic directions of members of the Indigenous community who actively participate in the arts.”

-from Native Earth Performing Arts
Read Native Earth Performing Arts’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map