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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
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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

Call for Applications: Making Our Mark III (Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg)

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“Making Our Mark III 2017/18, an exciting opportunity for artists with disabilities.

Martha Street Studio is now accepting applications, deadline for submissions is Saturday, May 6th at 5pm.

Making Our Mark III is a printmaking and professional development mentorship program offered by Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba and Martha Street Studio, funded by the Winnipeg Foundation. Making Our Mark III will provide 4 mid-career, professionally identified, local artists with disabilities the opportunity to explore the art of printmaking and professional art career practices.

Since 2013, Making Our Mark has supported the full inclusion of artists with disabilities within the contemporary arts stream through mentorship, discussions and skills development, identified by the artists themselves. 4 selected participants will receive group technical training in several printmaking methods and be provided with individual professional development mentorships.

Martha Street Studio is a fully accessible and inviting creative space. An accessible entryway, wash- rooms and centrally located wheelchair lift make it an accessible and welcoming space for this city’s talented community of artists with disabilities.

Making Our Mark is open to members of Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba. Membership is free to self-identified artists with disabilities. Please contact them for membership information or at aanm.ca/

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Application Process:

We will accept written applications (email or mail), ASL video responses, and video responses. Alternately, we can provide assistance in filling out written applications.

If you are interested in being considered for the program, please submit the following:

1. Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
2. Artist Bio (a little bit about you)
3. A Statement describing your art practice and interest in the program and what you hope to achieve through the program.
4. Up to 10 images of recent artwork in digital format (jpegs, 1800 pixels maximum longest side).

Please include an image list. Alternatively, you may send a link to a website, blog, Tumblr or Flickr account, but please clarify which images you want considered with your application.

Please email applications to: education[at]printmakers.mb.ca

Mail can be sent to:
Community Programming Coordinator
Making Our Mark III
c/o Martha Street Studio
11 Martha Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 1A2

Participation is free to selected artists.

Participating artists will be selected by representatives of Martha Street Studio and Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba.

Only applicants that are short-listed will be contacted for interviews/studio visits. Final selection will be made following the interview process.

If you have any questions about eligibility and disability, please contact Arts AccessAbility at: info@aanm.ca

Martha Street Studio is now accepting applications, deadline for submissions is Saturday, May 6th at 5pm.

-submitted by Martha Street Studio newsletter
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Resource Highlight | The Transformative Power of Artists Working with Community: Exploring and integrating the practice (ACI Manitoba)

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The Transformative Power of Artists Working with Community: Exploring and integrating the practice
ACI Manitoba | MB
Sue Hemphill, Cameron Forbes

“A slide presentation primer on artists working with community. Developed as part of ACI Manitoba’s Artists + Community Project. Slides are presented in PDF format.”

Click through the ArtBridges Resource Portal for the full document.

Call to Artists: Public Art Opportunities for Winnipeg Southwest Rapid Transit (Canada-wide)

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“National Call to Artists for Expressions of Interest and Qualifications

*Please note that the deadline for this call has been extended to April 20, 2017. See page 24 of the Call-to-Artists document for the revised timeline.

Deadline: April 20, 2017

Seven Opportunities

Budgets: Variable (see individual opportunities in Call)

Sites: Seven locations along the new Southwest Rapid Transitway in Winnipeg, Manitoba, located on Treaty 1 territory.

The Southwest Rapid Transitway being built in the Fort Garry region of Winnipeg will integrate public artwork as part of the expansion. This includes applied work on overpasses, freestanding sculptural work at community gateways, and station details. The Winnipeg Arts Council invites professional artists residing in Canada to apply to these seven public art calls for the Parker, McGillivray, Clarence, Chevrier, Plaza, Chancellor, and Markham sections of the development.

Interested artists must submit a complete application package to be considered. Artists are welcome to apply for as many of the opportunities as they like, but separate Expressions of Interest must be submitted for each project. ”

For more information, please visit Winnipeg Arts Council

-fron Winnipeg Arts Council website

Call for Proposals: 2017/18 Professional Guest Artist Series (Art City, Winnipeg)

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Art City invites local, national, and international professional artists to submit proposals to lead collaborative art workshops at our studio in 2017/18.

The Art City studio is located in West Broadway, a culturally diverse and densely populated neighbourhood in the heart of Winnipeg’s inner city. Art City programming is free-of-charge for all ages, engaging an average of 28 participants per evening. Most participants are elementary to middle school age children who live in the West Broadway community. Older youth, adults, and seniors also regularly participate in Art City programs.

  • A Jury of Art City staff, Board, and past Guest Artists selects Guest Artist proposals.
  • Selected Guest Artists will be supported in developing, managing, and facilitating their workshops by the Artistic Director, Studio Manager, staff, and volunteers.
  • Proposals should be designed for a five-day period, Monday to Friday from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
  • Keep in mind that participants attend workshops on a drop in basis, attending on various days, arriving and leaving at different times throughout the evening.
  • Selected Guest Artists will receive $1,500.00 for a five-day workshop. Travel, accommodations, and a per diem will be provided for selected Guest Artists who are based outside of Winnipeg.
  • Selected Guest Artists will be required to obtain a Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check, or the equivalent in the jurisdiction in which the artist is based, eligible for reimbursement by Art City.
  • While proposals from pairs or groups of artists will be considered, please note that no additional artist fees are available (i.e. artists must split fees).
  • For funding purposes, the Guest Artist Series is for practicing artists only.

Organizations and arts educators are welcome to contact Art City for other opportunities for collaboration.

Submission Deadline: Monday, February 6th, 2017

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

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

-from Art City Inc. newsletter
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Community Arts Practice Foundations Course (ACI Manitoba)

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Community Arts Practice Foundations Course

Dates & times:
Part 1: with Sue Hemphill is currently in session and will run again in 2017
Part 2: January 11–February 15, 2017, 6–9 pm
Part 2 may be taken before part 1

Registration deadline: December 16, 2016
Location: 4th Floor Classroom, ACI Manitoba, 245 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg
Cost: $150 ACI member | $200 non-member (fees include manual)
Instructors: Sue Hemphill and Kerri Twigg

This course is for artists and community members wishing to:

  • develop, grow or refine an existing community arts practice
  • work in the field of community-based arts
  • conduct arts-based community development
  • work collaboratively for community cultural development

Gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to initiate and manage collaborative community-based arts projects and programs.”

-submitted by ACI Manitoba

The Art of Collaboration: Harnessing the Power of Partnerships (Arts and Cultural Industries Assoc. of Manitoba)

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The Art of Collaboration: Harnessing the Power of Partnerships is foundational training for leaders in all sectors that develops core competencies for initiating and managing collaborations and partnerships.

Dates & TimesOctober 26th to November 30th, 2016 – 6 Wednesdays, 1-4pm
Location: 4th Floor Classroom, 245 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg
Cost: $195 ACI Member | $260 non-member (includes online course materials, $35 extra charge for hard copy) | $450 government/corporate rate
Registration Deadline: October 14, 2016

In this 18 hour course (6–3hr modules), participants learn and practice advanced interpersonal, relationship-building and negotiation skills, applying theories, frameworks, and tools for assessing partner fit and guiding collaboration through its stages to achieve high impact results.

Course Content

  1. Defining Collaboration: it’s all about the relationship
  2. Initiating a Collaboration: being a partner and choosing a partner
  3. Co-Creating a Vision: joint planning
  4. Sharing the Risks and Responsibility: managing expectations and differences
  5. Sharing the Success: Recognition, rewards and providing closure
  6. Engaging Community: the powerful role of the arts

Who Should Attend

  • Executives/Administrators
  • Board Members
  • Managers
  • Program or Project Coordinators
  • Anyone directly involved in partnerships and collaborations”

Register Online! You can also register by email or by phone 204-927-2787.

-submitted by ACI Manitoba

FemFest 2016: Transformation (Sarasvàti Productions, Winnipeg)

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Sarasvàti Productions presents FemFest 2016: Transformation.

The 14th annual festival featuring captivating plays by women for everyone, will take audiences through an emotional journey as they explore what it means to rise above and come out stronger than before. Everything from the real-life struggles of a transgender poet, a comedy-duo’s growing pains, to the perverse exploitation of young girls; FemFest 2016: Transformation puts the stories of brave women centre stage. Whether you see one production or the entire festival, you are sure to leave with a new understanding of the power of change.

Catch FemFest 2016: Transformation at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at the University of Winnipeg) from September 17 to 24. Please visit our website, www.femfest.ca, to learn more about the FemFest 2016 lineup and purchase tickets.”

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