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CBC Arts Article: Art City Inc. Winnipeg

CBC Arts shares with us a recent article on Tyler Malissa Ritchot, a participant of Art City Inc.’s programming in Winnipeg. Here’s an excerpt from the article, as well as a video below to learn more about Tyler, the costumes and Art City! It’s great that these special stories about the work going on in community-engaged arts centers are publicized!

“Tyler first got hooked on costume-making when they saw tutorials on YouTube. Then, they attended a mascot-making workshop at Winnipeg’s Art City studios, a community art space that gives young people access to the tools and resources they need to make their creative ideas into real stuff — like the kind of oversized costumes they now specialize in. “[It] just caught my attention instantly and I was like, ‘I want one, so I’m going to make one.'”

Read the full CBC Arts article here.

-from CBC Arts
Read Art City’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: ArtBeat Studio Inc. (Winnipeg)

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.

Artbeat Studio Inc. is a unique community based, peer directed program that provides social supports, working art studio and gallery space, and mentorship for individuals living with mental illness for the purpose of recovery and empowerment. Artbeat Studio is a non-profit registered charity committed to decreasing stigma and discrimination that coincides with mental illness and poverty through positive action, mental health education and advocacy.”

To read more about Artbeat Studio Inc., please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Request for Proposals: 2018/19 Professional Guest Artist Series (Art City, Winnipeg)

Art City invites local, national, and international professional artists to submit proposals to lead collaborative art workshops at our studio in 2018/19.

Founded by artist Wanda Koop, Art City is a not-for-profit community art studio located in West Broadway, a culturally diverse and densely populated neighborhood in the heart of Winnipeg’s inner city. Art City is dedicated to providing people of all ages with innovative and professional art programming, free of charge, frequently featuring workshops based on the practices of guest artists. Art City’s primary goal is to provide space and tools for anyone who wishes to express themselves creatively.

Workshop Information
• While Art City is open to all ages, most participants are elementary to middle school age children (6 – 14) who live in the West Broadway community. Older youth, adults, and seniors also regularly participate in Art City programs.
• An average of 25 participants drop in each workshop, some attending most days, others attending only once, arriving and leaving at different times throughout the evening. Workshop activities should ideally be planned to accommodate both short-term and long- term participation.
• Workshops are scheduled for a one-week period, Monday to Friday from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Artists, staff, and volunteers are required to be at Art City between 3:00 pm (set up) and 8:00 pm (closing time). A healthy snack (dinner) is served mid-way through each workshop and enjoyed by all present.
• The Art City studio is a versatile space that can be used as a wide-open work area, filled with tables and chairs, or transformed into an immersive installation. The main studio area measures approximately 27’L x 19’ W x 11’H.
• Art City maintains an inventory of art supplies and owns specialized equipment related to ceramics, film photography, digital photography, and digital arts including audio and video equipment and software.
• Selected guest artists will be supported in developing, managing, and facilitating their workshops by the Artistic Director, Studio Manager, staff, and volunteers.
Art City workshops are most successful when…
• The proposed workshop reflects the artist’s own art practice.
• The activities make sense, make use of examples, and can be explained in a clear and concise manner as participants arrive throughout the workshop.
• Participants learn something new.
• Participants create something they can take home to share with friends and family.
• Working on collaborative projects, participants are able to create individual components that combine to make a larger finished piece.
• The activities are culturally relevant to participants own lives.

Submission Deadline: Monday, March 26, 2018
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Email proposals to: submissions[at]artcityinc.com

More details on this Request for Proposals can be viewed here.

For further information about Art City and the Professional Guest Artist Series, contact Artistic Director, Eddie Ayoub at: ad[at]artcityinc.com ”

-from Art City Inc. newsletter

FOUR LANDS of WINNIPEG (Jan 12-20)

FOUR LANDS of WINNIPEG, Jan. 12 to 20, 2018
Created & Produced by Jumblies Theatre
In partnership with Creative Manitoba & the Edge Gallery and Urban Arts Centre

“How can we learn more about the places we live? What is available to the senses and what has to be reached through memory, history and imagination? How do different people sharing the same land experience it differently? Four Lands is a travelling project from Toronto-based Jumblies Theatre that explores these questions with local artists and residents. Mixing of visual arts, words, music and movement, we bring to life imaginary miniature worlds: Goodland, Badland, Lostland, and Dreamland.

For one week, Four Lands will reside at Winnipeg’s Edge Gallery and Urban Arts Centre. Here we will build an evolving and interactive gallery, as well as take activities out to community groups. The week will culminate with a Saturday exhibition, short performances, light refreshments and hands-on art activities.

Four Lands reminds us that how we experience a place depends on many things: culture, age, work, wealth, health, pastimes, relationships, histories and life experiences. This project offers fun and accessible ways to enter into complex questions and spark thought, conversation, curiosity and understanding across differing and converging perspectives.

Four Lands has so far visited Northern Ontario, the Ottawa Valley, Vancouver, Nova Scotia, Toronto, Saskatchewan, and will be travelling to Montreal and Mississauga later this winter.

Project Opening Ceremony:
with Albert McLeod
Creative Manitoba
Sacred Circle
4th floor, 245 McDermot Avenue
Friday Jan. 12 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Artmaking Drop-ins:
Edge Gallery and Urban Arts Centre
611 Main Street
Tuesday Jan. 16 – Friday Jan. 19,
2:00 to 5:00pm
Tuesday Jan. 16 – Friday Jan. 19,
6:30 to 8:30pm

Finale Presentation:
Edge Gallery and Urban Arts Centre
611 Main Street
Saturday Jan. 20, 2:00 to 5:00pm

Free, everyone welcome!

Artists: from Toronto: Ruth Howard, Adrienne Marcus Raja; from Winnipeg: Lindsey Bond, Kelly Campbell, Darla Contois, Braiden Houle, René Joshi Sims, Ted Longbottom &others.

Funders: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council

To find out more about the project and how to take part, please visit jumbliestheatre.org

-submitted by Creative Manitoba
photo by Elizabeth Lott

Community Arts Practice Foundations-Part 2 (Creative Manitoba)

“Are you interested in art for social change? Community Arts signifies a particular art making practice, emphasizing community involvement and collaboration, often with people who may not otherwise actively engage in the arts. Community Arts is distinct from other arts practices as it is the creative processes and relationships developed with community to make the art that defines it, not the art form or genre itself. Guiding principles are that the activity is by, with and for the communities; the artists are highly skilled; and the activities reflect the energy and qualities of the community.

From Friday to Sunday, January 12–14, we’re offering a course on how to manage a community arts project with Kerri Twigg, who is also a whiz at career development. (Look her up on LinkedIn–she has more than 3,000 followers!) Around that time we’ll be partnering with Jumblies Theatre from Toronto and The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre in Winnipeg to host a community arts project called Four Lands. We invite you to participate in the project to gain hands-on experience and valuable national connections. You can be an artist in any artistic discipline to participate in the course and in the Four Lands project.

This course is ideal for:

  • Artists and community members who are curious about the practice of community-engaged arts and want to learn more
  • independent artists working on current or future projects in community settings where the goal is to engage community
  • artists who want to apply to lead With Artor Youth With Art projects through the Winnipeg Arts Council
  • artists who want to gain skills for working in the Manitoba Arts Council’s Artists in Schools Residenciesand ArtsSmarts programs
  • arts or community-based organizations who want to upskill program staff responsible for arts-based community outreach or social change work
  • arts and community-based organizations  and change makers who want to learn how to collaborate to produce community-engaged  projects and programs”

For more information about the course, please visit Creative Manitoba.

-from Creative Manitoba

Workshop – At the Heart of the Matter: Personal Storytelling in a Digital World (Winnipeg)

“At the Heart of the Matter: Personal Storytelling in a Digital World is guided by a storytelling process introduced by Story Center www.storycenter.org over 20 years ago. Since then it has found its way into many fields in North America and internationally. It has been used as a transformative resource by social service and health providers; educators, oral history researchers and librarians; and by groups committed to building community and to social, environmental, and political change.

In this workshop Community Works facilitators provide:

  • A safe and respectful storytelling space where participants can listen deeply to their own stories and to others’; 
  • Tutorials on video editing tools used to create short (2-5 minute) multi-media, first-person stories.

The process ends with a screening of the completed videos.

Community Works offers At the Heart of the Matter public workshops on a regular basis. The next public workshop is scheduled for Nov. 3-5, 2017.

Community Works also develops storytelling projects through partnerships with host organizations.

We provide start to finish project planning and development services, including assistance with community engagement strategies and fundraising through proposal development.

For more information, please visit: www.community-works.ca

-submitted by Community Works

FemFest 2017: Human Library: transformative theatre that presents significant social issues (Sarasvàti Productions, Winnipeg)


FemFest and the Winnipeg Public Library Team Up to Challenge Stereotypes

FemFest 2017: Coming of Age is excited to celebrate its 15th anniversary with unique initiatives that engage the public. For the first time the festival will offer The Human Library™ in partnership with The Winnipeg Public Library! The Human Library, or “Menneskebiblioteket” in Danish, began in Denmark in the spring of 2000 and has gone on to produce events in over 25 countries. The event was designed to challenge readers’ stereotypes by putting them in a one-on-one dialogue with human ‘books’, demonstrating the power of not “judging a book by its cover”.

For the first time FemFest will follow the example of other national theatre festivals by including this exciting experience in the line-up. Sarasvàti Productions and the Library will host a wonderful array of Manitobans for the catalogue of Human Books. The event is free and runs September 21st – 23rd, 2017 on the second floor of the Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street (4-8 PM on Thursday, 1-4 PM Friday and Saturday). Readers (the public) may “borrow” a book for up to thirty minutes of conversation. The event features Human Books on a wide range of topics, from new immigrants to Canada to the modern Indigenous struggle to the challenges of living with mental illness. The books come from all different walks of life, but are united by their struggle against stereotyping or prejudice. By putting faces to important issues, the Human Library is designed to foster positive discussions and answer readers’ questions.

The Human Library is part of Sarasvàti Productions’ mandate to show experimental and transformative theatre that presents significant social issues. Some of the books featured include local comedian Lara Rae; the creator of Artbeat Studio, Nigel Bart; and Black Space Winnipeg founder Alexa Potashnik. In addition to presenting her play Watching Glory Die, master Canadian playwright and FemFest guest artist Judith Thompson will also take part as a book on September 23rd.

In addition to co-hosting The Human Library, FemFest is taking over the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film for eight days of exciting performances. The theme of this year’s festival is “Coming of Age” and 15 years of programming will be celebrated. FemFest 2017 will present Judith Thompson’s Watching Glory Die, produced by Mulgrave Road Theatre. Other productions include Two Indians by emerging playwright Falen Johnson and Ivan Coyote’s Tomboy Survival Guide, a heartfelt memoir backed by a live band. Plus the annual opening cabaret and live readings.

FemFest runs from September 16-23, 2017 based out of the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at the University of Winnipeg, 400 Colony Street). Tickets are $15-$20 for single shows and a full festival pass is available for $50. FemFest welcomes all audience members to join the celebration of female artists and enjoy the local and national art scene. For more information visit our website: www.femfest.ca.

About Sarasvàti Productions: Founded in Winnipeg in 2000, we seek to inspire artists and audiences through the use of theatre and to provide a place where artists can develop, showcase their skills and celebrate their creativity. FemFest has been up and kicking since 2003 and to date has showcased hundreds of artists!

About Sarasvàti Productions: Founded in Winnipeg in 2000, we seek to inspire artists and audiences through the use of theatre and to provide a place where artists can develop, showcase their skills and celebrate their creativity. FemFest has been up and kicking since 2003 and to date has showcased hundreds of artists!”

-from Sarasvàti Productions press release
Read Sarasvàti Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

FemFest 2017: Coming of Age (Sarasvàti Productions, Winnipeg)


FemFest 2017: Coming of Age – Celebrating 15 Years!

“In 2003 Chicago was dominating film awards, George W. Bush was leading the charge in Iraq, America’s Next Top Model premiered on television and FemFest was launched. This year we celebrate FemFest entering a new phase with FemFest 2017: Coming of Age, running from September 16 to 23. The 15th annual festival featuring powerful plays by women for everyone, will take over the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film for eight days of exciting performances. This year will also feature a special performance from an award-winning author at the West End Cultural Centre and a special interactive experience at the Millennium Library.

This year’s theme revolves around coming in to one’s own – growing up, maturing and accepting oneself. FemFest 2017 will take audiences through an empowering journey as they explore how we move forward as individuals and as a community. We are excited to announce the touring shows and guest artists who will be in Winnipeg for FemFest 2017:

Judith Thompson is one of Canada’s most celebrated and prolific playwrights. Her visit to FemFest in 2012 was profound for the writers who worked with her and audiences who heard her speak. To celebrate 15 years FemFest wanted to bring back Canada’s top female playwright.

Watching Glory Die – Produced by Mulgrave Road Theatre (Guysborough, NS): In order to truly explore the craft of our guest artist we are excited to welcome this powerful play by Judith Thompson from an East Coast Company with a long history of producing compelling work. The script was inspired by the true story of New Brunswick teen Ashley Smith. Deliberately fictionalized, a riveting and deeply compassionate portrait of three women – Glory, incarcerated for minor offences at age 14; Rosellen, the girl’s adoptive mother desperately trying to remain connected to her daughter; Gail, a prison guard, walking the line between her ‘orders’ and her conscience.

Tomboy Survival Guide – Written and Performed by award-winning author Ivan Coyote (Vancouver, B.C.): Tomboy Survival Guide is the music and story-driven collaboration of award-winning writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote, the hummingbird high-energied drummer and percussionist Sal Zori, the mellifluous baselines of Pebbles Willekes, and the subtle and graceful tinkerings of trumpet player Alison Gorman. FemFest is excited to partner with the West End Cultural Centre for the first time to present this unique concert experience. Ivan Coyote will also be doing a special lecture and reading from his books for queer youth as part of the festival.

FemFest 2017 will also include the Winnipeg premiere of Two Indians by Toronto playwright, Falen Johnson. After years apart two cousins meet in a Toronto alley to recreate a ceremony from their childhood, but can they remember how? When the words missing and murdered, truth and reconciliation, occupation and resistance are everywhere, how do two Mohawk women stand their ground? The piece will mark the stage directorial debut of Sonya Ballantyne, rising Indigenous film-maker. Of course the festival will continue to offer our Bake-Off playwriting competition; readings of new works in development; and an opening cabaret featuring fantastic female artists in music, theatre and film.

FemFest runs from September 16-23, 2017 at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at the University of Winnipeg, 400 Colony Street). Tickets are $15-$20 for single shows and a full festival pass is available for $50. FemFest welcomes all audience members to join the celebration of female artists and enjoy the local and national art scene. For more information visit our website: www.femfest.ca.

About Sarasvàti Productions: Founded in Winnipeg in 2000, we seek to inspire artists and audiences through the use of theatre and to provide a place where artists can develop, showcase their skills and celebrate their creativity. FemFest has been up and kicking since 2003 and to date has showcased hundreds of artists!”

-submitted by Sarasvàti Productions
Read Sarasvàti Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

Resource Highlight | Possibility: Art, Community & Changing the World (MAWA)

Possibility: Art, Community & Changing the World
Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) | MB | 2014

“Part of Who Counts? A Feminist Art Throwdown, a symposium about art, feminism and artist-run culture in early April 2014 in Winnipeg, MB. The symposium was presented by Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) and the Manitoba Artist-Run Centres Coalition (MARCC).”

Click through the ArtBridges Resource Portal to learn more.

Job Posting: Indigenous Art Instructor (Art City, Winnipeg)

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“Art City is currently seeking an Indigenous Art Instructor, to be employed on a part-time basis.

Indigenous Art is a Special Program at Art City, which explores both traditional and contemporary Indigenous art practices. Workshops are held Saturdays, from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., September – June. The Indigenous Art Instructor will develop program activities, in consultation with the Managing Director & Artistic Director, and will facilitate workshops with the assistance of one other staff and at least two volunteers. The Indigenous Art program is open to everyone: all ages and abilities, with a focus children, youth, and families.

In addition to the Indigenous Art program, the Indigenous Art Instructor will be a key member of the Art City staff, providing guidance and expertise to Art City’s team. There will be many opportunities to design and facilitate workshops in Art City’s extensive Community Programs (outreach) on an ad hoc basis, as well as Workshop Facilitation shifts in other Art City programs. In other words, 5 hours per week are guaranteed, with a strong likelihood for more.

Brief Job Description:

  • Develop and facilitate art programming that explores traditional and contemporary Indigenous art forms & practices
  • Engage participants of all ages & abilities
  • Lead other facilitators and volunteers in the Indigenous Art program
  • Schedule and assist guest artists with workshops
  • Resolve conflict as necessary
  • Organize and maintain supplies for workshops
  • Provide guidance and expertise in order to ensure Art City’s cultural proficiency and responsiveness in all programs
  • Assist with the development and delivery of Community Programs (outreach) workshops
  • Facilitate regular and special programs workshops as needed
  • Attend bi-weekly staff meetings

Qualifications:

  • Proficient knowledge of traditional and contemporary Indigenous art forms & practices
  • Uncompromising dedication to the preservation and proliferation of Indigenous culture in society
  • Ability to contribute to the development of art programming
  • Innovative and responsive
  • Experienced working with children and youth
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Capacity to approach conflict in creative ways
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Knowledge of inner-city issues
  • Positive role model for children and youth

Renumeration: $19.13/hour

Art City is an equal opportunity employer, however due to the nature of this position applicants must identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis.

Deadline for applications: 5:00 p.m. Monday, May 1, 2017

Please Send a Cover Letter and Resume/ CVs to:
Josh Ruth, Managing Director – md[at]artcityinc.com
Art City ž 616 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg, MB ž R3C 0W8

*Please include 1-3 references with phone numbers*

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.”

-from Art City Inc. newsletter