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Video: Faces of the North (ArtsCan Circle)

“Music video by youth in Attawapiskat.

ArtsCan Circle is proud to present Faces of the North a song and music video written, composed and performed by Indigenous youth in Attawapiskat, Ontario. Attawapiskat is a community of many different people, with many different experiences. The voices of youth are often the last to be heard, and yet may be the most important voices for the future of Indigenous Communities. Our ArtsCan Team of Filmmaker, Brendan Mariani, B Boy Dance Instructor/Producer, Lee Pham and Indigenous Singer/Songwriter, Mimi O’Bonsawin, worked together to create an incredibly powerful song and video, that captured the hearts and minds of the students of Vezina Secondary School in Attawapiskat.

This is the beauty and power of collaborative art projects that use a multi-disciplinary approach to create works of art that are informative, educational and emotionally powerful. For the youth, it is a way for them to express their feelings and experiences in a way that is lasting and impactful. This video will give you a snapshot of life in the north and hopefully encourage you to learn more about the wonderful, resilient young people who are working hard to find their way in the world.”

-from ArtsCan Circle

Call for Proposals – for range of artistic, activist, academic submissions: Abolition Convergence 2020

Imagining Decolonizing and Abolitionist Futures!
Abolition Convergence 2020
May 4-6, 2020 – Tkaronto (aka Toronto, Canada)

Territories of the Wendat, Anishinaabe, and Haudenousaunee// Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation Treaty Territory // Dish With One Spoon Treaty Territory

The organizing committee for the 2020 Abolition Convergence invites you to come dream with us! In putting this event together we are inspired by the relationship between trees and mushrooms (mycorrhizae) where we see nature selecting the healthy relationships needed to bring about a mutually beneficial future across difference. Inspired by Anna Tsing’s research on these encounters blossoming into happenings – we invite each of you to join us in hopes that our relationships will advance movements and shifts that bring about the futures we dream of!

So come create, connect, explore and dream with us!

Proposals

We will be open for proposals from September 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 and welcome a wide range of artistic, activist, academic submissions!

We also encourage folks to submit proposals that will help to build our children and youth tracks!!

Ideas for proposals may include but are not limited to:

  • Workshops;
  • Wellness spaces;
  • Art, Multimedia, theatre and game-making spaces;
  • Relationship building and sustaining;
  • Panels
  • Academic paper presentations
  • Caucus meetings;
  • Performances;
  • Community Kitchens;
  • Multi-session themes;
  • Trainings/Skillshares;
  • Roundtables;
  • Spaces for creation and collaboration;
  • Social Spaces
  • And more!”

For more information, please visit: https://abolitionjournal.org/convergence-2/2020-convergence-toronto/

-from the Abolition Journal

Dream Big: Baawating Arts Festival comes to Sault Ste. Marie September 27-29

Featuring performances, film, and an Indigenous Arts Market showcasing Northern Ontario’s top Indigenous talent

“This September 27-29, more than 40 Indigenous artists from across Northern Ontario will descend on Sault Ste. Marie to celebrate Northern Ontario’s top Indigenous talent with Dream Big 2019: Baawating Arts Festival.

The festival is presented by the Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance (NIAA) and will include performances, art exhibitions, and film screenings at various venues across the city. NIAA co-founder and board member, Rihkee Strapp, says, “These Dream Big events are open to the public and are all by donation. We are very thankful to have endorsement from Chief Dean Sayers of Batchewana and so many community members that have supported the organizing of this event. The beginnings of NIAA emerged from the first Dream Big in North Bay, so it is surreal to be hosting it in Baawating in 2019!”

Dream Big 2019 kicks off Friday night (September 27) with an art exhibition by Ojibway artist John Laford at Eeh jhii Bog mhe be og (commonly known as Baawating Gallery – 80 March St.); and continues Saturday (September 28) at Shingwauk Auditorium with a film screening of Thunderstone Pictures’ Coming Together to Talk with filmmaker Ardelle Sagutcheway, followed by a night of comedy featuring Sudbury comedian Kevin Shawanda and Batchewana’s Two-Spirit darling Teddy Syrette. On Sunday (September 29), March St. will temporarily close to traffic to make room for an outdoor Indigenous Arts Market showcasing the region’s top Indigenous arts, crafts, and food vendors. The festival closes Sunday afternoon with a musical performance by Anishinaabe musician Melody McKiver.

All events are open to the public and admission is free/Pay What You Can, thanks to support from the Ontario Arts Council. For more information, visit the Dream Big 2019 website at dreambignorth.com or contact northernindigenousart[at]gmail.com.”

-from Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance (NIAA)

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