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A participatory project bringing together mothers and daughters who were born outside of Canada (Koffler Centre for the Arts, Nov. 15-24, Toronto)


“A participatory project bringing together mothers and daughters who were born outside of Canada – newcomer women, as well as those who may have immigrated years ago. Like Mother, Like Daughter weaves together their stories into an unscripted conversation, performed by the mothers and daughters themselves. At the end of each performance, the audience is invited to join the mothers and daughters for a light meal created by Newcomer Kitchen to continue the conversations.
“delicate, generous, inspiring, warm, funny, and in moments, heart-rending.” – Sprockets & Greasepaint

November 15 – 24, 2018
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education, Toronto

PAY WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD: $50 | $35 | $20

Thursday, November 15, 8 PM – OPENING NIGHT
Friday, November 16, 8 PM
Saturday, November 17, 11 AM – BRUNCH PERFORMANCE
Sunday, November 18, 6 PM
Thursday November 22, 8 PM
Friday November 23, 8 PM
Saturday, November 24, 11 AM – BRUNCH PERFORMANCE
Saturday, November 24, 8 PM

Directed by Rose Plotek
Associate Directed by Lisa Karen Cox
Original Concept by Ravi Jain, Rose Plotek, and Poppy Keeling
Co-Created by Why Not Theatre & Complicite Creative Learning
Presented & Produced by Koffler Centre of the Arts

More info: |

-from Koffler Centre for the Arts
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Workshop: Stories for the Next Generation (Scarborough)

Stories for the Next Generation is a free intergenerational storytelling workshop series for seniors ages 55 and older to share with their families and communities.

Over the course of the series, senior participants will work with a professional storyteller to create enticing creative writing pieces. Participants will record their stories with their children and grandchildren to create a collection of audio-stories and will also work with an artist to create a visual companion to their stories. All items will be published into a compilation of stories.

This free series is hosted every Wednesday (1-3PM) from June 13 to October 31 at ACSA – Dorset Park Hub (1911 Kennedy Road, Unit #105, Scarborough).

For more information or to register, visit:

-submitted by Next Generation Arts

Profile Highlight: North York Arts

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.

North York Arts (NYA) is a multidisciplinary arts service organization designed to address the needs and interests of artists, arts organizations and residents in the 11 wards of the North York region of the City of Toronto. North York Arts works in collaboration with the City of Toronto Councillors, Culture Division and various community partners to foster arts programming, provide art services to the region and bridge connections in the art and culture community between North York and the rest of Toronto. NYA provides inclusive arts events and programs to children, youth, family and seniors including programs to serve the Newcomer and Neighbourhood Improvement Area communities within North York. In addition, we provide services and programs to support local, emerging, and established artists.”

To read more about North York Arts, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Spring Moon / 春明 connecting seniors and youth in culturally diverse communities across Toronto (Mixed Company Theatre)

Spring Moon - Poster “Mixed Company Theatre Presents

春明 Spring Moon
Written by Diana Tso
Directed by Karthy Chin

Mixed Company Theatre is pleased to present the second installment of their InterGEN Project, Spring Moon. Based on the real-life experiences of the Toronto Chinese community, Spring Moon tells the story of a resilient immigrant peoples through the eyes of three Chinese grandmothers who survived hardships and crossed oceans to give their granddaughters a better life. Although separated by differences of language, culture, and distance, the unconditional love that exists between grandmothers and their granddaughters is a connection that cannot be broken.

Spring Moon reveals that to find out who we are, we will have to understand where we come from.

Spring Moon plays from April 20th to 23rd at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance (304 Parliament Street). The show will be performed in Cantonese, Mandarin, English, and French with Chinese and English surtitles. Written by acclaimed playwright Diana Tso (Comfort, Red Snow Collective) and directed by emerging artist Karthy Chin (The Enchanted Loom, Cahoots/ Factory Theatre), Spring Moon is an exploration of Chinese intergenerational relationships in Toronto and features Asian community performers and emerging artists from the GTA.

Spring Moon was created with the input of Chinese youth and seniors from Eastview Community Centre, Scadding Court Community Centre, Broadview Manor, The Phoenix Arts Academy, and Toronto Community Housing. Speaking about the process of creating Spring Moon, playwright Diana Tso raves “The seniors are full of surprises! I loved watching them practice Chinese folk dancing and being a part of their circle as they sang. The youth in the play…their input and sharing of their personal lives were very valuable.”

Spring Moon is the second production produced under The InterGEN Project, a three-year initiative generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to connect seniors and youth in culturally diverse communities across Toronto. Community participants were invited to share their stories, family and cultural traditions in a series of workshops held throughout the last three years. These tales of family, migration, and cultural displacement were then collected and developed into two full-scale theatrical productions by renowned Toronto artists. The first production, Shelf Life, was brought to life on stage by Luciano Iogna with the direction of Artistic Director Simon Malbogat in December 2016.

Founded as an artist-run collective in 1983, Mixed Company Theatre produces innovative, socially relevant plays as a tool for positive change. Today Mixed Company Theatre is committed to inspiring schools and community organizations across Canada to create social change through theatrical practice. In addition to producing Spring Moon, they are also currently touring their hit teen show Half Full, on anxiety and mental well-being, to schools across the GTA.

“Mixed Company has created community-engaged work with various groups and in our discussion with Scadding Court we wanted to give voice to the intergenerational Chinese community which is under-served. I believe the only way for theatre as an art form to remain relevant is to connect with that community so people see themselves reflected on the stage.” – Simon Malbogat (Artistic Director, Mixed Company Theatre)

CBC coverage of The InterGEN Project:

春明 Spring Moon
Written by Diana Tso
Directed by Karthy Chin
April 20 – 23, 2017
The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance (304 Parliament Street)
Thursday April 20th – 7:30 PM
Friday April 21st – 7:30 PM
Saturday April 22nd – 2:00 PM
Saturday April 22nd – 7:30 PM
Sunday April 23rd – 2:00 PM
Tickets: $10 Available online at:
We are committed to making theatre financially accessible for everyone. For discounts and group rates, please contact or call 416-515-8080.

Betty Chou
Juvally Chan
Ashley Chan
Susan Chou
Angela Sun
Shasha Huo
Mikaela Cordero

Creative Team
Playwright – Diana Tso
Director – Karthy Chin
Stage Manager/ Production Manager – Becky Wong
Assistant Production Manager – Calvin Wong
Choreographer/ Movement Coach – Julia Hune-Brown
Set/Props Designer – Echo Zhou
Lighting Designer – Alan Trumble
Music Composer/ Pianist – Alice Ho
Costumer Designer – Laura Delchiaro
Poster Designer – Wenting Li”

For more information, please visit Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @MixedCTheatre and #SpringMoonTO

-from Mixed Company Theatre newsletter
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Resource/Toolkit: A Young Women’s Guide to Media Arts and Social Change (Girls Action Foundation, Canada-wide)


Cocktail Créatif: Change le monde avec les arts médiatiques
Fondation Filles d’Action | Canada wide

L’utilisation des arts médiatiques pour des changements sociaux positifs.

“Cocktail créatif c’est une boîte à outils, pleine à craquer d’exemples inspirants, d’informations et de ressources” pour aider à lancer des projets à travers la vidéo, la photographie, la radio et les techniques d’entrevue, le cyber-activisme (Internet), le “spoken word” et la poésie.”


Make Some Noise
Girls Action Foundation | Canada wide
Girls Action Foundation

A toolkit designed to provide tools, stories, skills and resources to young women interested in using media arts for social change.

“This toolkit is packed with inspiration, skills and resources to help you create your own media projects that will make a difference. Use the power of media arts to speak out about issues that matter to you. You will find a “how to” section, profiles about young women taking action, and resources to help you get started.”

Click through the Resource Portal for the document.

GeriActors Artists Training Program – community-based theatre (Edmonton)


“Join us this October for our NEW Training Program and learn the intergenerational and community-based theatre techniques used by the GeriActors. This program is perfect for actors, educators, healthcare providers, recreation professionals, and more!

Training Program
October 21 – 23, 2016
Friday, October 21 from 6-9PM
Saturday, October 22 from 10AM-5PM
Sunday, October 23 from 1-5PM

Registration Fee – $100*
Student/Senior – $75*
*This fee will be offset by the payment participants will receive for leading a workshop.

Performance Storytelling Residency
At the end of the Training Program those interested will have the opportunity to lead, in pairs, a workshop in Performance Storytelling, for which they will be paid. This 3-week Residency is a great opportunity to put into practice what you learned in the training program.

Program Coordinator, Matthew “Gus” Gusul
Gus obtained his PhD from the University of Victoria. His research focused upon the creation of an Intergenerational Theatre performance in rural Tamil Nadu, India. As a theatre artist, he has mainly focused on helping marginalized communities create theatre based upon the community’s stories. He has worked with seniors, inmates in prisons, various groups of Canada’s Indigenous populations, young people, GLBT communities, and religious groups. In Victoria, he was the Director/Playwright for the Living History – Reminiscence Theatre Company, and from 2005-2010 he was the Assistant Director of the GeriActors.

Contact GeriActors to Register: 780-248-1556 /”

-submitted by GeriActors Theatre
Read GeriActors’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Emerging Indigenous Youth Artist: Artist Assistant role for Intergenerational Community Mural Project (VIBE Arts, Toronto)

Get Involved! Be Creative! Learn New Skills! Calling all First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth!

VIBE Arts is looking for an Emerging Indigenous Artist to work on a summer mural project under the guidance of a professional artist.

Arts Assistant — Bendale Acres Intergenerational Community Mural Project: 1 position available
Location: Bendale Acres Long Term Care, 2920 Lawrence Ave East, Scarborough / VIBE Arts, 401 Richmond St West, Suite 230, Toronto
Day/Time: Monday–Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (occasional evenings may be required
Dates: July 4 – August 12, 2016
Rate of Pay: $13 / hour

Interested applicants are invited to send a resume and cover letter by June 17, 2016 to the attention of Erin Glover
Questions? 416–929–9314 x 111

VIBE Arts works collaboratively with children and youth in under–resourced communities to innovate, build skills and resiliency, and lead social change through arts education programming.

Job Description
Under supervision of VIBE Staff and the Lead Artist, the Arts Assistant will perform entry–level work in the painting, finishing, and site maintenance of the Bendale acres intergenerational mural project. The Arts Assistant will work alongside lead muralists to support the painting and installation of this large–scale piece. In the spirit of collaboration, skill development, and knowledge exchange, the Arts Assistant will have the opportunity to advance their skills under the direction of experienced artists, and contribute to the creation of a public art piece.

Job Tasks
• Participate in the mural’s design review process, offering assistance and advice on materials, designs, and colour. Manage art materials, tools including the carrying of materials. Assist with preparation and painting. Participate in an evaluation process of mural project. Make connections with stakeholders, residents, to promote the mural project and create good–will.

• Adhere to VIBE Arts’ code of conduct and social justice and equity guidelines.

Requirements for Position
Applicants must be registered students returning to school in the fall. Knowledge of different art forms. Interest in learning about the arts, mural design, and mural creation and/or interest in community development. Experience in arts programming is an asset.

Training Provided by VIBE Arts

The Arts Assistant will be mentored and supervised by Lead Artists and VIBE Staff. They will learn the process of creating a large–scale, public art mural with community collaboration and input. Health and Safety training, as it relates to large–scale art projects, will be provided.

VIBE Arts is thankful for support from the Canada Summer Jobs program. Supported by the Canada Employment Student Jobs Program”

-submited by VIBE Arts
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Feminist Art Conference: An international & intersectional celebration of multidisciplinary arts, Sept.23-27 (Toronto)


An international and intersectional celebration of multidisciplinary arts

Feminist Art Conference (FAC) is a Toronto-based organization that brings together artists, academics, and activists to consider feminist issues through art and dialogue at OCAD University.

Join us this September 23-27 for an incredible line-up of artists, speakers, and workshops.

Learn more at

To see the full schedule click here.

We will also be hosting the following workshops on September 27th exploring issues around gender, race, and social justice:

  • Your Story Matters – Storytelling & The Art of Personal Narrative
  • Claiming Space: Navigating Gender and Power
  • A Feminist Guide to Fighting on the Internet
  • Honouring our Stories and Creating Sacred Spaces
  • The Use of Technology for Activist Art: Reclaiming Voices through a Digital Space
  • Claiming Space: Navigating Gender and Power
  • Creating a Mother Earth-Inspired Reality for Social Change
  • Girls Art League
  • Media Skills Training
  • Spoken Word for Social Justice
  • Artivism, Disability, and Digital Futures


Posted with permission from Aldeli Alban Reyna

Aanmitaagzi: Dances of Resistance, A 3-year Intergenerational Community Engaged Arts Project (North Bay, ON)


From Aanmitaagzi: “The final production involved eight weeks of development, creation and rehearsal in preparation for the premiere of Dances of Resistance. The premiere of Dances of Resistance, a full-length 1-hour community engaged dance theatre production with multi arts components, was a multi-site journey of resurgence and resistance. The production was a culmination of all the stories, choreography, music, textile art, and giant puppets made with community over the past three years.

The final production involved Integrated Opposition, curated by Clayton Windatt with intallations by Philip Cote, Rebekka Tabobondung, Kenneth “Jake” Chakasim, Jules Koostachin, Ange Loft.

Dances of Resistance, a three-year intergenerational community engaged arts project, has been a watershed project for our company, community, and the broader arts milieu. The project has had many layered and intersecting components: community engaged workshops, youth training & mentorship components, capacity building, professional development and cultural reclamation initiatives as well as presentations at numerous special events & festivals. The three main performative components included a 30 minute performance on the ice of lake Nipissing at Ice Follies 2014, a 45 minute performance at North Bay’s Capitol Centre with the final production on Nipissing First Nation. Over the past three years, the project has engaged over 25 professional artists, 10 youth interns, 8 arts organizational partners, 500 participants, and 2,000 audience members.
The themes were drawn from a number of sources of inspiration and reflect an ongoing dialogue between artists, community and broader national movements.”

Posted with permission from Sid Bobb, Aanmitaagzi
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New intergenerational art program for women living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias (Elgin – St. Thomas, ON)

creatingconnections-logoWe recently learned about a new program created by Krista Schneider called Creating Connections. “It’s an intergenerational program that is designed to create a therapeutic and creative space for women living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias to express, connect, experience support and validation and have the opportunity to share their life experiences and their creative vision. The program will begin in October and run until the end of December.” Krista will be facilitating this program in cooperation with the Alzheimer Society Elgin-St. Thomas and the St. Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre. If anyone would like more info or to register, contact Stacy Wraight at

-posted with permission from Krista Schneider, Creating Connections