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Appel à communications : Forum Le Pouvoir des arts 2018 (Fondation Michaëlle Jean)

“La Fondation Michaëlle Jean (FMJF) et le Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal (MBAM) vous invitent à présenter une communication au FORUM LE POUVOIR DES ARTS : LES ARTS, DES ARMES POUR LA PAIX qui se tiendra du 16 au 18 février 2018 au MBAM.

  • Vous faites des recherches sur le pouvoir des arts, plus particulièrement sur la relation entre les arts et la paix, les arts et la santé, les arts et la ville, les arts et les nouvelles économies, les arts et l’inclusion, les arts et la participation démocratique?
  • Vous utilisez les arts comme outils de changement pour affronter les enjeux sociaux majeurs de notre époque : la lutte contre l’itinérance, le pouvoir d’agir des jeunes Noirs, la réconciliation et la justice pour les populations autochtones, l’inclusion des communautés musulmanes, le combat contre l’homophobie, l’intégration des refugiées, la lutte contre la violence faite aux femmes, la prévention de la criminalité et des extrémismes?
  • Alors, vous avez des enseignements essentiels et des expériences importantes à partager avec vos pairs venant du Québec, du reste du Canada et d’ailleurs et nous vous invitons à soumettre votre proposition dès maintenant.”

Pour plus de détails, visitez

Call for Proposals: 2018 Power of the Arts Forum (Michaëlle Jean Foundation, Canada-wide)

“The Michaëlle Jean Foundation and the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) invite you to submit a proposal to deliver a presentation at the upcoming POWER OF THE ARTS FORUM: LEVERAGING THE ARTS AS WEAPONS FOR PEACE, which will take place February 16 to 18, 2018, at the Museum.

  • Are you conducting research on the power of the arts, particularly tied to the relation between the arts and peace, the arts and health, the arts and urban planning, the arts and new economies, the arts and inclusion or the arts and democratic participation?
  • Do you use the arts as tools to tackle major social issues: the prevention of homelessness, the empowerment of Black youth, justice and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, inclusion of Muslim communities, the end of homophobia and transphobia, the integration of refugees, the struggle against violence against women, crime prevention and the prevention of extremisms.

If so, you have vital information and experiences to share with your peers coming from Quebec, the rest of Canada and abroad, and we invite you to submit a proposal.”

For more information on how to submit a proposal, please visit

Profile Highlight: Inspirit Foundation (Canada-wide)

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.

“We envision a more inclusive and pluralist Canada where our differences are valued and engaged, and everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive both socially and economically. We work to promote inclusion and pluralism through media and arts, support for young change leaders and impact investing—specifically addressing discrimination based on ethnicity, race and religion. We believe that by supporting the next generation of change leaders, leveraging media and arts for change and impact investing, we will create a virtuous cycle that contributes to greater social inclusion.”

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

7th annual Culture Days invites Canadians to immerse themselves in local arts and culture (Sept 29 – Oct 2)


Canadians Get Up-Close with Culture September 30 to October 2

7th annual Culture Days invites Canadians to immerse themselves in local arts and culture

Canadians are invited to fall in love with arts and culture during Culture Days. From September 30 to October 2, the 7th annual Culture Days weekend will offer participants an eclectic range of free, rare-access, and hands-on arts and culture activities available locally.

Every year during Culture Days over 800 Canadian rural and urban communities alike collaborate to showcase their unique part in Canada’s diverse artistic and cultural mosaic. This year, experience a hybrid of dance and fitness with Pow-Wow boot camp in St. Catharines, Ontario or inspire young artists to bloom in Winnipeg, Manitoba; be transported to ancient Japan for traditional tea in Kelowna, British Columbia, or channel The Group of Seven while painting surrounding landscapes with friends in Millarville, Alberta; take to the performance stage in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan or free the inner artisan while glass blowing in Whitehorse, Yukon. Having initiated Culture Days in 2009, Canada’s largest arts organizations including the Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver Opera, the Stratford Festival, Canada’s National Ballet School, and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet are also leading the way in their cities with unique Culture Days activities. Choices abound as creativity soars.

“It’s incredible how Culture Days has been adopted in so many corners of the country by artists and creators, organizations, communities and cities as a vehicle to celebrate and share their creative talents, programs and cultural traditions with their fellow citizens,” commented David Moss, National Executive Director. “We are thrilled with the ongoing growth and maturation of Culture Days as an integral pillar of the Canadian cultural calendar.”

THIS YEAR’S ACTIVITIES: This year, organizers expect a record number of more than 8,000 Culture Days activities to be presented, all free of charge. Culture Days activities are curated and hosted by individual artists, organizations of all sizes and disciplines, community arts initiatives, municipalities and businesses. Click HERE for a personal invite. The weekend offers a startling array of rare-access and hands-on arts and culture activities in hundreds of local communities across Canada. Activities span indigenous cultural traditions to new media, crafts and music of all forms to culinary and agriculture, literature and spoken word to theatre, film, design and everything in between! Whether discovering something new, or revisiting an old favourite, there’s something for everyone, everywhere. Click HERE to search the full range of activities by location and type happening September 30 to October 2.

PLAN YOUR WEEKEND WITH THE BRIGHT SPOTS SCHEDULE: Creating a personalized Culture Days weekend itinerary of activities is made easy with the Culture Days Bright Spots Schedule. This innovative tool is generously made possible by Sun Life Financial through its award-winning Making the Arts More Accessible TM program. Click HERE to get started.

“At Sun Life, we believe that all Canadians should be able to enjoy arts and culture regardless of their means. It’s through our award-winning Making the Arts More AccessibleTM program that we’re able to support many arts organizations across Canada, enabling individuals and families to enjoy the best of arts and culture our country has to offer,” said Paul Joliat, Assistant Vice- President, Philanthropy and Sponsorships, Sun Life Financial. “As the National Partner of this grassroots, community-based movement, we’re pleased to play a role in the success of this national celebration of culture.”


Culture Days exists to create a Canada where culture connects us all to see and do more.

Founded in 2009, Culture Days is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a national network of cultural connections devoted to providing Canadians with opportunities to participate in, and appreciate, all forms of arts and culture. Through an annual three-day national celebration each September, hundreds of thousands of artists and cultural organizations in hundreds of cities and towns come together and invite Canadians to participate in free interactive and behind-the-scenes activities to discover their cultural spirit and passion.

As a leading national voice for the active and engaged cultural life of all Canadians, Culture Days provides support, tools and resources to a wide variety of artists and cultural organizations to help them unite the country through engagement in culture.

For more information please visit


Culture Days was initiated by Founding Partners The Canadian Arts Summit, Culture pour tous (producer of Journé es de la culture in Québec), the Canada Council for the Arts and The Banff Centre. National Partner is Sun Life Financial. National Broadcast Partner is Bell Media (CTV) and National Communications Partner is St. Joseph Communications. National Creative Partner is BT/A and National Digital Partner is Plank. Cineplex Media is an official partner of the Share Your Love of Culture contest. Federal Government support is provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Provincial Partners are: Government of British Columbia, Government of Alberta, SaskCulture, Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, The Asper Foundation, Government of Ontario, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Government of Québec, Government of New Brunswick, Government of Nova Scotia, Government of Prince Edward Island, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, and the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Register Your Culture Days Activity now!


The Summer Registration Promo Blitz is On!
Register before July 31 and you could win a free online ad

Register and publish your Culture Days activity by July 31 at midnight EDT, and your community could win* a geo-targeted online ad campaign to promote all the Culture Days activities in your area!

These digital ads will lead back to a web page with all the amazing activities happening nearby on the Culture Days weekend – including yours! Three prizes are available to be won*, each with a retail value of up to $500 CDN!

If you got a jump start and already published your activity before the start of this promotion, you could also enter for a chance to win by clicking here.

*Please read contest promotion rules here.”

-from Culture Days newsletter

National Indigenous Writing Contest Supports Families of Sisters in Spirit, Deadline Feb.29


Contest Details: Thunderbird Stories is proud to announce our second year hosting a National Indigenous writing contest. The contest will run to February 29th, 2016.

Our stories & legends are an important part of our culture and history. This contest supports & encourages Indigenous writers to showcase their talent and provides them with the profile to further their aspirations. Thunderbird Stories will be judged by 5 Indigenous people.

Portion of the proceeds will go towards Families of Sisters in Spirit, a volunteer, non-profit organization led by families of missing & murdered Aboriginal women. Through the efforts of this contest, we can assist Families of Sisters in Spirit to help continue their efforts in their search for missing and murdered Aboriginal Woman.”

Visit for more details or email:

Posted with permission from Dylan Whiteduck

Webinar: New Funding Model / Nouveau modèle de financement (Canada Council for the Arts)


“Want to learn more about our new funding model? Register to attend one of our public info sessions in January. A great opportunity to take a guided tour with staff, and ask your questions.

Join us for an online information session, and Q&A on the new programs.
Friday, January 8, 2016
1 to 3 pm EST

Subscribe here to receive registration details.”

“Vous voulez en savoir plus sur notre nouveau modèle de financement? Inscrivez-vous à une de nos séances d’infos en janvier. Brève présentation sur les programmes avec des membres de notre personnel, suivi d’une période de questions.

Joignez-vous à notre séance d’information en ligne et période de questions et réponses sur les nouveaux programmes.
Jeudi 7 janvier 2016
De 13 h à 15 h HNE

Abonnez–vous ici pour recevoir les modalités de l’inscription”

-from Canada Council’s website

Culture Days 2015 Top Ten Cities and Towns Revealed

Culture Days 2015 Top Tens Revealed

Building on their past successes and lessons learned, this year’s Top Tens highlight the increasing level of engagement in Culture Days by cities and towns of all sizes across the country. From passionate individual community organizers and lead organizations to municipalities and local development agencies, you’ll find some familiar communities that have been leading the way for years and some new ones in the 2015 Top Tens too! Check out the 2015 Top Tens here.”

-from Culture Days Newsletter

Nightswimming’s 5×25 National Call for Proposals: Seeking artists born in 1995, Deadline Nov.30


“Are you a playwright, choreographer, composer or performance creator?
Were you born in 1995? Then we want you.

This fall, Nightswimming is launching a 5-year project to commission 5 new works by performance creators born in 1995. Nightswimming was also born in 1995, when we premiered our first play, Don Druick’s Through the Eyes, at The Theatre Centre in Toronto.

Nightswimming is requesting applications from theatre creators across Canada.

For the next 5 years, we’ll accept proposals from artists born in 1995. Tell us what you want to create. We’ll read the proposals, short list the applicants, and then commission one proposal each year.

In 2020 we’ll celebrate our 25th anniversary by showcasing the 5 projects and artists we commissioned over the 5 years.

Nightswimming’s 5×25 is open to writers, choreographers, composers, designers and activists who love performance and have an idea and a project they want to create. We’re open to anything that happens in a space with an audience.

If we accept your proposal, you’ll join our roster of commissioned artists, which include Carmen Aguirre and Anita Majumdar. We’ll provide a $5,000 commission, develop a process with you to create the piece, bring you to Toronto to work on it, and seek out producers or festivals to get it in front of an audience.

DEADLINE – Please email applications to no later than 5 pm (EST) on November 30th, 2015 to

APPLICATION – A single PDF document (maximum 4 pages) or a single YouTube video (maximum 5 minutes) answering the following questions, in this order:

1) Describe Your Project
What ideas, issues or questions are you exploring and what excites you about them?
(If there is one) what is the story you want to tell?
Why do you want to make this artistic work and how do you imagine creating it?
What do you want to achieve by putting your ideas in front of an audience?

2) About You
Give us a quick bio, including your other artistic interests
A description of any past relevant experience, paid or un-paid.

3) A copy or scan of government-issued photo identification, showing your year of birth.

We welcome applicants and projects from across Canada, in all performance disciplines and all languages. We welcome and encourage applications from LGBTQ* artists, artists of colour, women and Indigenous/First Nations artists. Need a different way to send your ideas in? Let us know.

For more information, or if you have questions about applying, contact us at 416.504.3898.
We look forward to reading your application.

Brian Quirt – Artistic Director | Rupal Shah – Producer”

Posted with permission from Brian Quirt and Rupal Shah, Nightswimming

17th National Mural Symposium (October 23-25, Toronto)


“Join mural artists, administrators, educators and mural enthusiasts for three days of inspiring and informative sessions about public mural art.

From 32-storey high-rises to underpass skate parks, Toronto is enjoying a great new splash of mural art. Keeping pace with an expanding public wall art scene, local arts service organization Mural Routes will be hosting influential figures from the mural art world during the 17th National Mural Symposium in Toronto from October 23 – 25.

The National Mural Symposium runs at Harbourfront Community Centre and The Strathcona Hotel from October 23-25, and promises three inspiring and informative days of creative, technical and administrative conference sessions about public wall art. It also offers second-to-none networking opportunities with the most knowledgeable muralists and project administrators in the field.

Highlights include:

  • Municipalities – Mural funding, programs and policies
  • with a panel from Canada and the U.S.
  • Graffiti art/graffiti vandalism – Changing the dynamic
  • An interactive discussion about solutions to graffiti vandalism.
  • Bill Wrigley: Toronto in perspective – Veteran mural artist Wrigley on painting the walls of Toronto and beyond for over 30 years.
  • Site management and materials with Toronto mural artist Allan Bender
  • Preserving your legacy / Protecting your assets – Panel presentingcurrent information on copyrights, insurance and documentation
  • Global Mural Conference – Looking ahead to Global Mural Conference 2016
  • Symposium Art Mural Sherbrooke – with Serge Malenfant, MURIRS
  • Mural Tour – Artist-led tour to Underpass Park, Corktown to view the underpass pillar murals in this reclaimed urban space.

For more information, please visit

-submitted by Mural Routes
Read Mural Routes profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map