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World Community Arts Day! (Feb 17, International)

“12th WORLD COMMUNITY ARTS DAY 17/02/19

Be creative on the day, involve someone else, post it online. #WorldCommunityArtsDay

‘We can either react in fear or anger to the state of our world thus becoming part of the problem or respond creatively and become part of the solution.’

You are invited to be part of a global celebration on 17/02/19

All we ask is that during the month of February or on the day of the 17th to be creative.
Sing, dance, act, draw, paint, write, make, create.
Anything or any way you feel you or your group are artistic.
Big, small, full of craft and skill or a complete beginner.

All are welcome.

If you can mark your creativity by adding the following hashtag to your social media website like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

#WorldCommunityArtsDay

Our aim is to create a world festival for a day that promotes “Art as a catalyst for caring and sharing”.

https://worldcommunityartsday.com/

-from World Community Arts Day

Profile Highlight: Sick Muse Art Projects

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.

“Working with community partners, we create spaces for Emerging Artists from equity seeking groups to showcase their work, to access opportunities for professional development and to engage communities meaningfully and actively in hands-on, high quality arts education integrated to issues of Social Justice.

OUR WORLD OF A THOUSAND COLOURS:
A (12) twelve-week art-workshop for children. During this time we guide participants (age 4-11) to explore various art forms: painting, sculpture, print making and photography.

Participants play with different materials while having conversations about DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, and COMMUNITY We work with professional artists, emerging artists, youth completing their community hours and other community members in delivering a curriculum that is respectful of each participant individualities and talents; we encourage the integration of all our talents for the creation of Collective Art pieces.

THE STORIES WE SHARE:
The Stories We Share: is a series of Creative Writing workshops for Refugee and/or Newcomer women (persons who self-identify as women). Women from different backgrounds participate in creative writing, collectively create poetry and share through creative writing, their stories of migration to Canada. In a safe space, women work together to produce individual and collective work. Their work is part of an annual Zine name THE STORIES WE SHARE. The project focuses on Refugee and Newcomer women who have interest in creative writing and who want to be part of a group of women working toward the creation of a Zine to share experiences of migration to Ontario, Canada.

READY MADE:
READY MADE: A Visual Conversation about IDENTITY in a Multicultural Society, is a youth photography project where youth ages 15-19 from the Latin American communities and other equity seeking groups. Youth are engaged through photography. This workshop will encourage participants to use photography as a way of self-expression and allow the opportunity to explore societal power imbalances in relations to identity.

Youth receive an intense 10-hour hands- on photography class using digital cameras; they are invited to explore photography as an Art form and way of self-expression.

Youth participate in a four-hour field trip which is intended for them to integrate the elements of power imbalances and identify in their photographic compositions.

COMMUNITY ARTS IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
Sick Muse Art Projects shares artistic experiences with rural communities; we create spaces for skill development and exchange between local artists (In Latin America and The Caribbean) and artists living in Canada. We bring Community Arts to rural areas and underserved communities with the belief that a creative human being is capable of dealing and coping with adversity. Art is a powerful tool that can transform the world in magical, unexpected and positive ways. ”

To read more about Sick Muse Art Projects, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

World Community Arts Day! (Feb 17, International)

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10th WORLD COMMUNITY ARTS DAY 17/02/17

‘We can either react in fear or anger to the state of our world thus becoming part of the problem or respond creatively and become part of the solution.’

You are invited to be part of a global celebration on 17/02/17
All we ask is that during the month of February or on the day of the 17th to be creative.
Sings, dance, act, draw, paint, write, make, create.
Anything or anyway you feel you or your group are artistic.
Big, small, full of craft and skill or a complete beginner.
All are welcome.
If you can mark your creativity by adding the following hashtag to your social media website like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. #WCAD2017

Our aim is to create a world festival for a day that promotes “Art as a catalyst for caring and sharing”.

https://worldcommunityartsday.com/

#callresponse – to support the work of Indigenous North American women and artists (Oct 28 – Dec 10, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver)

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“grunt gallery presents a new exhibition titled #callresponse featuring a remarkable lineup of artists, performers, and curators.

OPENING RECEPTION: October 28, 7 PM – 10 PM
EXHIBITION: October 29 – December 10, 2016
LOCATION: grunt gallery #116 – 350 East 2 Avenue, Vancouver BC

ARTISTS
Christi Belcourt | Maria Hupfield | Ursula Johnson | Tania Willard | Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory

GUEST RESPONDENTS
Isaac Murdoch | Esther Neff & IV Castellanos | Cheryl L’Hirondelle | Marcia Crosby | Tanya Tagaq

ORGANIZERS
Tarah Hogue | Maria Hupfield | Tania Willard
in partnership with grunt gallery

LIVE PERFORMANCES: OCTOBER 28, 2016

1 – 4 PM: Maria Hupfield, IV Castellanos and Esther Neff
Location: Motion Capture Studio, ECUAD (Room 285e, 1399 Johnston St, Granville Island)

4 – 7 PM: Ursula Johnson with Charlene Aleck, Audrey Siegl and Cease Wyss
Location: community park behind grunt gallery (E 5th Ave @ Brunswick)

8:30 PM: Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory and Tanya Tagaq
Location: Native Education College (285 E 5th Ave @ Scotia)

CALL/
To support the work of Indigenous North American women and artists through local art commissions that incite dialogue and catalyze action between individuals, communities, territories and institutions. To stand together across sovereign territories as accomplices in awakened solidarity with all our relations both human and non.

/RESPONSE
To ground art in responsible action, value lived experience, and demonstrate ongoing commitment to accountability and community building. To respond to re/conciliation as a present day negotiation and the reconstruction of communities in the aftermath of colonial trauma.

ABOUT #callresponse

Strategically centering Indigenous women as vital presences across multiple platforms, #callresponse is a multifaceted project that includes a website, social media platform, touring exhibition and catalogue (forthcoming in 2017).

Five site-specific art commissions have been taking place across Canada and into the United States throughout 2016 in dialogue with various publics. The exhibition will include selected representations of each project. Each artist has invited a guest to respond to their work and these contributions will also be included in the exhibition.

Moving between specific sites, online space and grunt gallery, #callresponse focuses on forms of performance, process and translation. An online platform utilizing the hashtag #callresponse on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) connects the geographically diverse sites and provides opportunities for networked exchanges.

A dedicated project website includes artist statements, documentation, contributions from guest respondents, and integrated social media, including a series of interviews with the lead artists and their respondents on the Broken Boxes Podcast.

Use the hashtag #callresponse to get involved in the conversation!

FUNDING AND PARTNERSHIP ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

#callresponse is produced in partnership with grunt gallery and generously supported by the {Re}conciliation initiative of the Canada Council for the Arts, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Additional funding support from the British Columbia Arts Council. Presentation partners include BUSH Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, FADO Performance Art Centre, Kamloops Art Gallery, OFFTA live art festival, the National Arts Centre, and the Native Education College.

LINKS
-For more information and Artist bios, please visit http://grunt.ca
-RSVP to the Facebook event here.
-Watch a video teaser here.”

-from grunt gallery press release
Read grunt gallery’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Opening night screening: Desert Dancer (Toronto)

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“Desert Dancer tells an amazing story of how powerful not just dance, but expression through art is and the power it can give to those who have their basic freedoms silenced.” – Michael Brown, Publicity and Promotions, eOne Films.

Desert Dancer (in theatres April 17) follows the true, inspiring story of a brave Iranian dancer, Afshin Ghaffarian. Set in Tehran during the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election and the start of the “Green Movement,” Afshin and a group of dancers (including “Elaheh” played by Freida Pinto) risk their lives and form an underground dance company.

With what little access to the Internet they had, the group discovers music and dance videos that were banned from viewing in their country. The group learns various forms, techniques and styles of dance from timeless legends like Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev. Inspired by these newfound heroes, they stage their own performances and uncover a passion for dance and one another.

The Opening Night Screening of Desert Dancer includes a special Q&A with Toronto Arts & Human Rights Leaders. There will be a charity silent auction that will benefit our Presenting Partners: Amnesty International, Aga Khan Museum, Jayu and UNITY Charity.

Watch the Trailer

-submitted by Michael Brown, Publicity and Promotions, eOnefilms

Profile Highlight: Art Hives (Canada)

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.

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“The Art Hives Network exists since 2014 to connect and support spaces and projects, across Canada and the world, that:

  • welcome everyone as an artist without judgment on artistic ability / believe that art making is a behaviour shared by all human beings.
  • are based on celebrating the strengths of individuals and communities, rather than placing the focus on their difficulties or diagnoses.
  • are “public homeplaces” (Belenky, 1997) that create opportunities for dialogue between and empowerment for people of different ages, cultures, abilities and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • encourages self-directed experiences of creativity, learning, and community-driven horizontal skillsharing and leadership.
  • include an element of free access / non-monetary economy.”

To read more about Art Hives, please see their profile in our Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

maladjusted: join the live, interactive webcast! March 28th (Theatre for Living)

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Join the maladjusted live, interactive webcast! You’re invited to join us for the 2015 remount of our main stage production maladjusted.

maladjusted asks how we can humanize the mental health system and is created and performed by patients and caregivers. Everyone around the world is invited to view and participate! Everyone who can’t come to the live show in Vancouver, Canada can watch maladjusted as a live and interactive webcast on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8PM (PST).

How can we support human-centered care? What needs to be done to ensure safety for patients and caregivers? How do we sustain a healthy mental health system? These are just a few questions that maladjusted explores.

“maladjusted, is a thought-provoking, gut-wrenching, funny, sad and mind broadening journey inside the hierarchical and mechanical mental health system-a system that leaves little time or money to invest in the people it is trying to serve.”
-Patty Osborn, geist.com

What is a webcast?
For maladjusted, a chat space will be available for viewers who wish to make interventions in the play. In this chat space, you can talk with “web actors” who are standing by on computers backstage and your suggestions will be enacted by these web actors who will intervene in this live Forum Theatre event on your behalf.

When is the webcast?
Please join early so you don’t miss the start! The live, interactive, global web cast will be held on
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8PM (PST) pre-show: 7:45pm PST curtain: 8:00pm PST

Please visit the maladjusted webcast page and bookmark it now!
The webcast will go live minutes before the beginning of the show. A link to the streaming video will become active and lead you to a window and allow you to enter the chat space.

For time zones and to find out what time the webcast will be on in your area click here.

Why participate in maladjusted?
Don’t just take our word for it! Check out what our talented cast has to say!

How do I stream the webcast?
You will need an Internet connection fast enough to stream video, i.e. if you can play YouTube clips, you can stream the webcast. The Adobe Flash video player that can play YouTube video can be found here.

Please share this with your contacts around the world in whichever way you can, especially for those you know are interested in speaking out about mental health and have something to share with the rest of us. Organize a webcast party! Bring together a group of friends with several computers (or laptops), get a projector and a big screen and watch together the webcast. People get into the chat space, where there are usually really interesting conversations going on “backstage” about the issues explored.

AND, please spread the word about this unique and exciting project through social media.

We want to hear from you! You can connect with us via Facebook: facebook.com/theatreforliving and Twitter @theatre4living you can tweet us your ideas of how to humanize mental health and use the hashtag #maladjusted to stay connected with others participating in the conversations.”

-from Theatre for Living’s newsletter
Read Theatre For Living’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

We Are ART Initiative’s Call for Collaborators/Partners in Toronto!

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We Are ART is a collaborative learning opportunity for children around the world to connect and make art together. Children love to make art. Children love to learn about the world. Children love to learn about other kids living in far-away places. We are each born with a healthy curiosity about the world, about the future, about other cultures and languages. Imagine using art to explore universal concepts such as: dreams, hopes, fears, and the future – these themes are important to children. This opportunity well help the children learn that they have much in common regardless of where they live.

When geographic and cultural barriers are removed, children can become more engaged world citizens, and more aware of issues they might hear about. These children will truly become “artists without borders.”

This is the path to peace, to awareness: by expressing and sharing ideas that are important to them, children will learn problem solving skills they will find important in a world requiring collaborative thinking and teamwork. Our “global village” continues to shrink and be more interconnected, ever more crowded, a place where climate change and access to shared resources will be a growing source of conflict.

Peace through art is not a new idea, although it is an abstract concept to many. This collaborative art initiative will provide specific and useful learning experiences and new friendships to last a lifetime.

How does it work?
1. Two children’s art programs (“teams”) will be linked together in a collaborative art project.

2. The children participating should be approximately the same age.

3. One team of children will be sponsored by Artists Without Borders and located in a developing region, in a community that lacks robust learning infrastructure.

4. The second team will be located in a developed country. The linking of these children will provide unique and exciting opportunities for them to interact and learn from one another.

5. The type of art project should be chosen based on what is agreeable to both teams. The least complicated project would be a mural: each team will complete half a mural and then send the work to the other team for completion. Each team will choose a theme for their mural; the teams will not be expected to choose the same theme.

A few examples for themes:
“this is my home”
“we love nature”
“our hope for the future”

When a team receives the half completed mural from the other team, they will complete the mural by referring to the theme chosen for that mural.

6. The completed art can be kept by each team. The art should be signed by the artists. Photographs and video can be used to document the artis progress of the art. This information can be shared among the children using various webbased
applications.

7. Other collaborative (but more complex) We Are ART projects could be:

  1. A story book where one team composes the first chapter then sends (emails) the chapter to the other team – the other team will write the next chapter – this cycle will continue until the “story” is complete. (translation will be required) The story can eventually be illustrated by the kids.
  2. A collection of photos with attached stories
  3. A collaborative song (or poem) that could be put to music

For enquires on how to participate please contact:
Brian Hardie, Brian.hardie@gmail.com, www.theartistswithoutborders.org

-submitted by Brian Hardie, We Are ART

Giving Tuesday (Dec 2)

 

“#GivingTuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season…#GivingTuesday communities joined a global movement of individuals and organizations that believe that everyone whether a large or small donor has a role in helping solve challenges at a local and global level.” (source)

For this year’s Giving Tuesday, we’d like to encourage our readers to check out our Community Arts Directory–Learn about a few community-engaged arts initiatives that you may not have heard of before and give your support to an initiative of your choice! Pick up the phone to start a conversation, email/tweet an initiative to tell them that they’re doing a great job or send a charitable donation! Whether your support be financial or verbal, all of it is important, all of it matters!

On a personal note, feel free to email, call (1-877-278-3002) or donate to ArtBridges/ToileDesArts as well!

-Lisa, Content Coordinator, ArtBridges

PYE Newsletter: The Social Arts Movement is Catching Fire Around the World (Canada & Int’l.)

Partners for Youth Empowerment recently sent out their summer newsletter that showcases the amazing work that they’ve done around the world, click this link to their latest newsletter to learn more about PYE and to subscribe to their newsletter to follow PYE’s activities in Canada and beyond. Their Creative Facilitation workshops in Toronto take place in November, so register soon if you’d like to attend!

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-posted with permission from Katie Jackson, Partners of Youth Empowerment