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Call for Applicants: 2017 ArtReach Pitch Contest! (Toronto)

ABOUT: The arts are a powerful and motivating way that youth are involved in their communities. Whether it’s in someone’s basement, or through a community program – young people are creating art all over the city. ArtReach and City of Toronto Arts & Culture want to support youth aspirations in the arts. Every year, ArtReach hosts the Pitch Contest- a chance for youth to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win $5000 to support their community youth arts project, start an arts-based business, or take their career to the next level!

PRIZES: ArtReach invites eight artists or groups to participate under two categories: Community Arts Projects & Productions, and Creative Business and Career Development. Each category has one $5000 grand prize winner, a $2000 runner- up prize, and two gift certificates that groups can use towards professional or artistic development.

ELIGIBILITY: Artists working in a broad range of art forms are encouraged to apply, including dance, drama, music, carnival and circus, film and video, TV and radio, new media, fashion, creative writing, visual arts, crafts, hip hop, design, multi-media, urban arts and more. In addition:

  • You must be an artist, a collective of artists or a youth-led arts organization
  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 29
  • You must be developing an artistic project or are serious about your arts initiative

Please Note: The Pitch Contest prioritizes the needs of youth and communities that are excluded from mainstream arts opportunities. We ask applicants to self identify their eligibility understanding that this event is intended for communities, artists and arts practices facing systemic barriers, and with few alternative venues for support.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS, AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO APPLY!
Don’t hesitate to contact pitch@artreach.org for more info, with questions, or for any accessibility needs.”

-from ArtReach’s newsletter
Read ArtReach’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-engaged Arts Directory & Map

Scarborough’s arts scene takes spotlight at Alive with Art, a festival of Scarborough’s creativity (August 19 & 26)

Scarborough’s arts scene takes spotlight at Alive with Art on August 19 and 26

This August, Scarborough comes alive with live performances, an arts market, outdoor film screenings, kids’ activities, food trucks, and more! All of it is part of Alive with Art, a festival of Scarborough’s creativity, presented by Scarborough Arts.

The family-friendly, multi-weekend festival will animate two Scarborough spaces: Scarborough Museum at Thomson Memorial Park, from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Saturday, August 19; and Harrison Properties, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM on Saturday, August 26 through a showcase of Scarborough’s most talented community of artists. Everyone is invited to enjoy, experience, and participate in an array of FREE arts and entertainment in your backyard!

Event highlights include:

  • Over 40 local artist vendors, makers, and community booths selling and showcasing visual arts and crafts (August 26)
  • Outdoor stage featuring live performances from over 20 local musicians and performers including T.Dot Brass Bangerz, St. Royals, and MVDHOUSE
  • Writing workshop and readings by 6 professional and emerging writers as part of What’s Your Story Scarborough? presented in partnership with the Ontario Book Publishers Organization (August 26)
  • Durational performance art piece by Pulari Collective in the Bluffs Gallery (August 26)
  • CANVAS CLASH, a live interactive painting competition featuring audience members and emerging and professional artists (August 26)
  • Free outdoor film screenings of Night at the Museum at Scarborough Museum on August 19, and Wizard of Oz at Harrison Properties on August 26.

“Community events and festivals are vital to our communities as they celebrate, showcase, and explore the diversity and creative pulse of neighbourhoods. There is a lot of love and care that go into planning and executing these festivals mainly because the feat requires authentic collaboration between the artists, the presenting and partner organizations, and the broader community,” states Jen D. Fabico, Program Director at Scarborough Arts. “Alive with Art is no different! We’ve put together a whole slate of activities—from visual art, performing arts, literature, to crafts—in collaboration with the Scarborough community. There’s something for everyone regardless of your interest, age, or background.”

In addition, we are also announcing our fall season programming at Harrison Properties on August 26. Be the first to learn more about and sign up for our SA Suite of Programs for Fall 2017; find out more about Healthy Arts for Seniors, our new photography and storytelling program; and get to meet the new groups and collectives that are part of the 2nd year of SA Together, our free arts residency program.

We are also announcing and presenting the award to the winner of the inaugural Scarborough Design Competition and launching new merchandise featuring the winning Scarborough-inspired design.

The full schedule of activities is available on the Scarborough Arts website and on the Alive with Art Facebook event page.

Follow the conversation online using the hashtag #ScarboroughAlive on Facebook (Scarborough Arts), Twitter (@scararts), and on Instagram (@scarborougharts).

What: Alive with Art: A Festival of Scarborough’s Creativity — Day 1
When: Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Scarborough Museum, Thomson Memorial Park
1007 Brimley Road, Scarborough, ON M1P 3E8
Cost: Free

What: Alive with Art: A Festival of Scarborough’s Creativity — Day 2
When: Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Where: Scarborough Arts’ Harrison Properties
1859 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1N 1T3
Cost: Free

ABOUT SCARBOROUGH ARTS
Scarborough Arts, a non-profit charitable organization, is the only arts organization of its kind specifically serving the Scarborough community through innovative arts and culture programs for citizens of all ages. We bring artists to the community and community to artists.”

-from Scarborough Arts press release
Read Scarborough Arts’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Applicants: Reelworld Emerging 20 Program (Deadline: Aug 18)

It’s not too late to apply for the Emerging 20 Program! Applications close 5:00pm EST on August 18, 2017.

“Click here to read more about the program and how to apply!

Are you a content creator/filmmaker interested in telling stories that help audiences care about pressing issues and inspire social change? Would you like to be eligible to receive $125,000 from Telefilm’s Micro Budget Fund to make your first web series or feature film?

We are looking for 20 emerging content creators and filmmakers with projects in the pre-development or development phase, that have potential to both inspire and entertain. Whether your project is a documentary, dramatic feature, web series, or comedy, we are looking for stories that explore important themes and issues in ways that entertain, spark conversation, and expand minds.

The E20 Program is Reelworld’s initiative to connect some of Canada’s most talented emerging diverse talent with industry executives and professionals within the Canadian entertainment industry. E20s are given the opportunity to network, learn, and pitch their projects to industry decision makers.

Note: Applicants must be able to participate in all events which will take place in Toronto. Experience or training in film and television production is preferred. We are also on the lookout for applicants from a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives which are underrepresented.”

-from Reelworld website
Read Reelworld’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Resource Highlight | Arts Equity Video Series: Principle #5, Sustainability

Arts Equity Video Series: Principle #5, Sustainability
Neighbourhood Arts Network | ON | 2017

“In this 5th video in a series of 5, learn how inclusive and mutual support can sustain individuals and collectives in community arts practices.

Visit this page to access the accompanying worksheet for this video and the rest of videos from the rest of the Arts Equity series.

Video by: Meredith Stapon

Meredith Stapon is a creative force and recent graduate from York University. Following her Connecticut upbringing, Meredith returned home to Toronto, where she has found inspiration in the arts community. With experience throughout multiple disciplines, she currently finds peace combining traditional approaches with contemporary technologies.”

Click through the ArtBridges Resource Portal to learn more.

Resource Highlight | Arts Equity Video Series: Principle #4, Embeddedness

Arts Equity Video Series: Principle #4, Embeddedness
Neighbourhood Arts Network | ON | 2017

“In this 4th video in a series of 5, learn how to be rooted within existing community contexts and initiatives. Consideration of community priorities and a clear benefit for participation is key!

Visit this page to access the accompanying worksheet for this video and the rest of videos from the rest of the Arts Equity series.

Video by: Meredith Stapon

Meredith Stapon is a creative force and recent graduate from York University. Following her Connecticut upbringing, Meredith returned home to Toronto, where she has found inspiration in the arts community. With experience throughout multiple disciplines, she currently finds peace combining traditional approaches with contemporary technologies.”

Click through the ArtBridges Resource Portal to learn more.

Video: True Heart – The Value of Art (Art Starts)

Art Starts asked participants in their True Heart program “What has art started in your life?” watch their responses above.

Art Starts creates vibrant Toronto neighbourhoods through community-building arts initiatives. We bring together professional artists and residents of all ages to create dynamic and accessible arts projects that are responsive to community needs and aspirations. We don’t create social change on our own; we collaborate, facilitate, and inspire.”

-from Art Starts
Read Art Starts profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Rapport : Impressions de l’impact des arts sur la qualité de vie et le bien-être en Ontario (Conseil des arts de l’Ontario, Nanos Research)

“Une nouvelle étude du Conseil des arts de l’Ontario (CAO) réalisée par Nanos Research révèle que les habitants de la province reconnaissent la contribution importante des arts au dynamisme et à la viabilité des collectivités.

Selon Impressions de l’impact des arts sur la qualité de vie et le bien-être en Ontario, rapport de Nanos Research fondé sur un sondage aléatoire de 1 004 personnes, une vaste majorité d’Ontariens est d’avis que les arts contribuent aux différents éléments qui déterminent la qualité de vie et le bien-être d’une collectivité. La recherche montre aussi à quel point cette opinion est ancrée chez les Ontariens

Points saillants de l’enquête

Les arts et la qualité de vie

  • 93 % des Ontariens sont d’avis que les activités artistiques contribuent à enrichir la qualité de notre vie.
  • 90 % des Ontariens affirment que les arts sont importants pour améliorer la qualité de vie dans leur collectivité.
  • 85 % déclarent que les arts sont importants pour améliorer la qualité de leur propre vie.

Les arts, l’identité et l’appartenance

  • 91 % des Ontariens sont d’avis que les arts nous aident à mieux comprendre les autres cultures.
  • 88 % sont d’avis que la participation à des activités artistiques construit un sentiment d’appartenance à sa communauté.

Les arts et le bien-être collectif

  • 90 % estiment qu’une scène artistique locale et active aide la communauté à devenir un meilleur endroit où vivre.
  • 97 % estiment qu’engager les enfants dans les arts est important pour leur développement global.
  • 80 % des Ontariens estiment qu’une scène artistique locale et active aide la communauté à attirer des entreprises.

Investissement public dans les arts

  • 82 % des Ontariens estiment qu’aider à rendre les arts disponibles aux gens de l’Ontario est un investissement important du gouvernement.
  • 79 % estiment que le gouvernement devrait dépenser des fonds publics pour investir dans les arts.

Opinion positive à l’endroit des arts dans toutes les régions et dans tous les groupes démographiques

L’enquête montre aussi qu’une majorité d’Ontariens, indépendamment de la région, du sexe et de l’âge, ont une opinion positive à l’endroit des arts et de tous les aspects suivants : qualité de la vie, bien-être collectif, identité et appartenance, investissement du gouvernement.”

Pour lire le rapport complet, visitez le site du Conseil des arts de l’Ontario.

-source : Conseil des arts de l’Ontario

Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival (August 9-13)

Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival
“Celebrating Indigenous Arts in Algonquin Territory”
August 9-13, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario Canada

The 6th annual Asinabka Festival is excited to present the best contemporary Indigenous film, art and music from Canada and around the world. The Festival takes place over 5 days at Asinabka (Victoria Island), the Canadian Museum of Nature, Gallery 101 and Platform Gallery, from August 9-13, 2017.

The Festival begins the evening of Wednesday, August 9 at Aboriginal Experiences on Victoria Island with a welcoming celebration of traditional and contemporary Indigenous music and dance. At sunset we will have an outdoor screening of our opening night film “Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World”.

Our schedule includes 3 evenings of film in the Theatre at the Canadian Museum of Nature – Musée canadien de la nature, as well as Matinee Film Screenings, a Midnight Film Screening, a Gallery Crawl with 2 art openings at Gallery 101 & Platform Gallery, and live Indigenous music as a part of the “Asin Fest Music Series”.

For more information about the festival, please visit Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival’s website.

-from Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival

Profile Highlight: Miinikaan Project (Sault Ste. Marie)

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.

“The Miinikaan Project, meaning see in Anishinaabemowin, is a grassroots project geared towards the learning of traditional and modern Indigenous art practices.The project will involve a series of monthly group exhibits designed and led by young indigenous and non-indigenous artists. Monthly workshops will also be offered at various venues around Sault Ste. Marie, ON. This project has been made possible by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.”

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

Resource Highlight | Arts Equity Video Series: Principle #3, Relevance and Representation

Arts Equity Video Series: Principle #3, Relevance and Representation
Neighbourhood Arts Network | ON | 2017

“The 2nd video in a series of 5 speaks to how reflexivity and relationships starts with critical self-reflection; reflecting on how our own position fits with those we aim to work with. This sort of reflection helps when working to build and maintain relationships.

Visit this page to access the accompanying worksheet for this video and the rest of videos from the rest of the Arts Equity series.

Video by: Meredith Stapon

Meredith Stapon is a creative force and recent graduate from York University. Following her Connecticut upbringing, Meredith returned home to Toronto, where she has found inspiration in the arts community. With experience throughout multiple disciplines, she currently finds peace combining traditional approaches with contemporary technologies.”

Click through the ArtBridges Resource Portal to learn more.