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DREAM BIG 2019: The Northern Conference and Festival for Indigenous Arts – Fundraising Campaign

“The Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance (NIAA) is an emerging, Indigenous-led provincial arts service organization with the mandate to support, promote, and advocate on behalf of Indigenous artists in Northern Ontario. NIAA was created in response to the lack of Indigenous arts leadership in the North, and with the belief that Indigenous artists are the experts on Indigenous art and on the communities and contexts in which they work. https://niaa.ca/

This Fall 2019, the Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance (NIAA) will host Dream Big 2019 in Baawating / Sault Ste. Marie. This gathering will bring together Indigenous artists, curators, critics and cultural organizations from across Northern Ontario for two days of collaboration and exchange as we seek to answer the question – what do Indigenous artists need to thrive in the North?

NIAA has received funding from the Ontario Arts Council to host Dream Big 2019 and is currently raising funds to help offset the high travel costs in the North so more Indigenous artists can attend the gathering. Featuring presentations, panel discussions, art creation, and performances, Dream Big attendees will be able to network, develop hands-on skills for promoting their work, widen their audiences, and add their voice to an ongoing dialogue about contemporary Indigenous arts in Northern Ontario. Your donation will help cover travel and accommodations so artists from all across Northern Ontario can take part.

For more information about the campaign and to donate, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/get-indigenous-artists-to-dream-big-northern-on

-from NIAA

Indigenous Artists to “Dream Big” in Sault Ste. Marie this Fall

“Funding was recently confirmed to support an Indigenous arts gathering and festival. This September, Indigenous artists, curators, and cultural organizations from across Northern Ontario will gather in Baawating/Sault Ste. Marie for Dream Big 2019. Featuring two days of performances, art creation, panels, and discussion, Dream Big 2019 seeks to answer the question – what do Indigenous artists need to thrive in the North? 

The gathering is being organized by the Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance (NIAA), an emerging, Indigenous-led arts service organization with the mandate to support, promote, and advocate on behalf of Indigenous artists in Northern Ontario. Co-founded by Rihkee Strapp and Cora-Rae Silk, NIAA was created in response to the lack of Indigenous-run arts organizations in the North working in Indigenous communities. NIAA holds the belief that Indigenous artists are the experts on Indigenous art and on the communities and contexts in which they work.

NIAA co-founder and board member, Rihkee Strapp, says, “Cora and I met at the first Dream Big conference in North Bay in 2015, coordinated by Metis artist and arts administrator Clayton Windatt, formerly of the White Water Gallery. The first Dream Big was mind blowing; to see artists like Kent Monkman speak and show his artwork in City Hall, or Lee Maracle talk about influencing the birth of hip hop at the Capital Centre. For Dream Big 2019 our art administration team will be looking into coordinating multiple venues to show off all the region has to offer.”

NIAA recently earned support from the province and was awarded two grants from the Ontario Arts Council to host the gathering and accompanying arts festival. “We’re extremely grateful to the OAC for their support of this project,” says Strapp. “However, Northern Ontario is huge and air travel is a major expense so we’re hoping to raise additional funds to help subsidize travel costs so more artists from across Northern Ontario can take part.”

Donations are currently being accepted through the group’s GoFundMe page and will go towards travel subsidies to visiting artists. https://www.gofundme.com/get-indigenous-artists-to-dream-big-northern-on

-submitted by NIAA

Northern Arts Projects (Ontario Arts Council)

“Until this program opens in Nova, the Ontario Arts Council’s online granting system, program information may change. This includes deadline dates and specific information on eligibility. Be sure to visit this page after the program opens in Nova, but before starting your application.
The OAC recognizes and values the distinctive nature of the arts produced in Ontario’s Northern regions. We believe that the arts are essential to the quality of life, cultural identity, social well-being and economic prosperity of Ontario. We recognize the specific challenges and costs to creating, presenting and accessing the arts in the North. Applicants who live and work in the North are encouraged to apply to any program in which their activities are eligible. In addition, OAC has a program that specifically meets the needs of northern artists.

You are eligible to apply to Northern Arts Projects if you live in northern Ontario, or your ad hoc group/collective or organization is based in the North.

Purpose

  • The program supports the creation, production and presentation of art work; professional development; and community arts engagement initiatives that benefit communities in northern Ontario. There are four categories:
  • New works: to help cover the costs of creation and production of new works in all artistic disciplines
  • Presentation: to help cover the costs of presenting artistic work
  • Skills/Career development: for artists to undertake skills and career development projects and for groups presenting projects that will benefit northern Ontario artists
  • Working with community: to help cover the costs of community-engaged arts projects”

For more information, please visit Ontario Art’s Council’s website.

-from Ontario Arts Council

Pitch Opportunity for Young Audience Work (Ontario Presents)

“Tour the Young Audience Circuit in the North
Apply for the opportunity to pitch your tour-ready work!

A delegation of multidisciplinary performing arts presenters from northern and central Ontario communities will be visiting Toronto in May 2019 to see performances at Junior (Harbourfront Centre), WeeFestival (Theatre Direct) and Uptown Toronto International Children’s Festival (Civic Theatres Toronto).

Eight professional Ontario-based performing arts artists/companies will be selected to pitch their work on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Toronto for their chance to be presented in eleven communities across the province.

If selected, you will receive:

  • professional coaching to develop your pitch delivery and presentation skills
  • travel and accommodation for up to two representatives (only for artists/companies coming from outside Toronto/GTA)
  • 10 minutes to pitch your work (with technical support) to a delegation of presenters, followed by a Q&A

The ideal artist/company for this opportunity would be:

  • Bringing work geared towards a family or young audience (SK to grade 5)
  • Able to animate their work with compelling and unique audience/community outreach and engagement activities
  • Prepared to be on the road for two consecutive weeks during the 2020/21 season and expect to receive a presentation fee of $8,000-$14,000/week
  • Adaptable to being presented in theatre spaces as well as community spaces (e.g. school auditoriums, town halls) with straightforward load-in/load-out and reasonable technical requirements

IMPORTANT: Applicants must be professional artists, ad hoc groups/collectives, or organizations based in Ontario”

For more information, please visit Ontario Presents’ website.

-from Ontario Presents

Pitch Opportunity for Young Audience Performers (Northern Ontario)

“The Ontario Arts Council, the Department of Canadian Heritage and Ontario Presents/Ontario Contact are a hosting pitch session for Ontario-based young audience performers, taking place in St. Catharines, Ontario on September 16th, the day following Ontario Contact 2018.

6 to 8 applicants will be selected to pitch new and upcoming projects to an audience of presenters and industry professionals, from Northern Ontario and beyond. Projects from all performing arts disciplines are welcome. Successful applicants will receive professional coaching to develop their pitching skills, as well as travel support and a complimentary 1-day registration for Ontario Contact.

This project has been developed as part of the Ontario Arts Council’s commitment to increase the quality and diversity of performances available for young audiences in Northern Ontario.

All applications must be received by July 19th, 2018 to ceilidh[at]ontariopresents.ca. All applicants will be notified if their application has been successful by August 3rd, 2018.

For more information, please read the full call for applications here.
If you have questions or wish to discuss applying, you may contact Ceilidh Wood at ceilidh[at]ontariopresents.ca.”

-submitted by Ontario Presents

Resilient Hearts Project: Explore the 7 Grandfather Teachings through zine & mobile creation (Thunder Bay, ON)

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“Join artist Betty Carpick at the Evergreen A United Neighbourhood house (139 Heron Street) from 4-6pm this Thursday for a free workshop for youth! Betty will be exploring the seven grandfather teachings through zine and mobile creation! Part of CAHEP’s Resilient Hearts Project, funded through Ontario Arts Council’s Creative Engagement Fund to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment.”



About Resilient Hearts:
“Resilient Hearts is a community-driven art project fueled by the strengths and stories of people in Thunder Bay.

Through inclusive arts programming, participants in under-represented neighbourhoods of Thunder Bay will explore and self-define topics related to sexual violence including: Resilience/Strength, Healthy Relationships, Boundaries, and Self-care.

These definitions will become the roots of artist-run community workshops with each neighbourhood. Art workshops will include (but are not limited to): visual art, spoken/written word, illustration, poetry, photography, DIY culture (zine-making), and storytelling.

Creations will be compiled into the Resilient Hearts Book, to be published in March 2017.

Community Partners: Evergreen a United Neighbourhood, Faye Peterson House, Community Action Group, Thunder Bay & Area Victim Services.

Participating artists:
Barbara Benwell –  Visual Arts
Ma-Nee Chacaby – Elder, Storytelling
Jayal Chung –  Visual Arts, Written & Spoken Word
Carol Kajorinne – Visual Arts
Michelle Richmond-Saravia – Indigenous Knowledge, Writing, Storytelling”

Upcoming workshops:
Thursday, October 20th 4-6pm
Thursday, October 27th 4-6pm
Thursday, November 3rd 4-6pm”

Visit CAHEP’s Facebook page for updates.

Posted with permission from Alana Forslund, CAHEP
Read Community Arts & Heritage Education Project (CAHEP)’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Honouring Our Stories: A digital storytelling & arts-based project for survivors of sexual violence (Thunder Bay, ON)

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“The Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre invites cis women, trans women, trans feminine, non-binary and two spirit people who have experienced sexual violence (e.g. sexual assault, rape, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, exploitation etc.) and allies to learn about the project through supportive creative workshop sessions.

Be part of a collaborative experience to create a group poem and short video to show support and make a statement against sexual violence.

Creative Workshops
For survivors: August 10, 24
For allies: August 11, 25

5:30pm – 8:00pm
285 Red River Road
Waverley Library

For more information, call 807-345-7802 or email nowcproject@tbaytel.net.
Can’t make it? Drop off or email your submission to the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre.”

Visit the Facebook Event Page or www.nwowomenscentre.org for more information.

Posted with permission from Jayal Chung

Youth Artists Call-Out! Transform a transport into street art, Aug.15-19 (NORDIK Institute, Sault Ste. Marie, ON)

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“NORDIK Institute is providing a free youth artists workshop that will provide young adults (14+) an opportunity to create an outdoor mural for the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center. The week-long workshop (Aug. 15-19) will provide skills exchange and entrepreneurial development through peer mentoring with the final result being a youth-driven waterfront cultural attraction in Sault Ste. Marie.”

Contact selina.haltom@algomau.ca or (705) 949-2301 ext. 4377 for more info.

Posted with permission from Jessica Mooney, Communication Officer, NORDIK Institute

VIDEO: Breaking the Ties that Bind Us | Lora Northway | TEDxThunderBay

“Lora speaks of helping youth discover pride and self worth, and points out art can break the ties that bind us, not only with our own growth, but in acceptance of others.

She makes the case, art is the teacher, and we are the students, if we can stop and listen to what is being said.

As an outstanding artist in her own right, Lora would willingly give up her own work, just to help others discover the healing properties of creative art.

Lora was named one of this year’s Emerging Cultural Leaders by the Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO). The first-time award celebrates people who are ‘exceptional, emerging, creative champions.’

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Posted with permission from Lora Northway
Read Die Active Art Collective (Definitely Superior Art Gallery)’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

DAREarts Attawapiskat: Walking for Peace

“On National Aboriginal Day, a group of youths from Vezina High School in Attawapiskat First Nation reclaimed their voice by releasing an original music video. Called Walking for Peace, the work addresses, in clear yet powerful language, the youths’ frustration with the ongoing suicide crisis in their community. While the media coverage has been extensive and many experts have visited, the youth feel as though their concerns haven’t been heard. Through this music, they are speaking directly to their community, as well as all of Canada, about their experiences, feelings and hopes.

DAREarts, a national charity that empowers at-risk youth using the arts, facilitated the production during a two week workshop upon request from the community and officials at Vezina High School, including teacher Mandy Alves. The organization, which has previously worked in Attawapiskat providing song writing and videography workshops, assembled a team of leaders in music, videography and education, and arranged for their transportation and accommodation. During the first week, Juno-nominated musician and artist-educator Glenn Marais led a song-writing and recording workshop. Indigenous artist-educator Cathy Elliott and DAREarts Lead Teacher Shelley MacDonald taught the youths how to direct and edit the video during the following week. MacDonald is also a teacher with The Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through the Arts program, an affiliate organization whose support as Education Partner was critical for the project. Financial supporters include: Palgrave Rotary Club, Thunder Air, the Paul Semple Scholarship Fund, Sarah Haney, and Aeroplan donors (notably Hans Koehle, Maria Da Cunha, Cheryl Vhal and Victor Ford).”

Visit DAREarts’ blog for daily entries documenting their time in Attawapiskat First Nation and the DAREarts YouTube channel to see more videos of DAREarts work empowering at-risk kids using the arts. Chi miigwetch to DAREarts founder, Marilyn Field, and everyone on the DAREarts team!

Posted with permission from Marilyn Field
Read DAREarts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map