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Workshop: EQUITY! Critical Self-Care (Artists’ Health Alliance, Toronto)

Workshop: EQUITY! Critical Self-Care
APRIL 03, 2019
DANCE STUDIO, THE AL & MALKA GREEN ARTISTS’ HEALTH CENTRE, TORONTO WESTERN HOSPITAL | 4:00 – 6:00PM

WHAT’S THIS GOT TO DO WITH STRESS?
Using a health equity lens, we’ll explore shared sources of stress and how self-care practices can meaningfully support artists’ wellbeing in the context of precarious work and intersecting inequities. We’ll take a critical eye to self-care messaging that is geared towards self-sufficiency and productivity and come to understand self-care as health practices which foster greater control over our art and lives.

In this workshop, you can expect to:

  • Relate your own experiences as an artist to an equity-informed view of self-care
  • Create a personalized self-care template you can use to develop self-care practices, now and in the future
  • Exchange insight, experiences and stories with other participants (optional)

WHO IS FACILITATING?
Netta Kornberg is a published researcher and organizer who has worked internationally in adult education, health promotion and the arts. She is the Program & Education Coordinator at Artists’ Health Alliance. Always learning, Netta completed safeTALK Suicide Alertness and trains as an amateur boxer. She holds an MPhil. at the University of Cambridge.

STRESSED! SESSIONS
This workshop is part of the series “STRESSED! How to handle an artists’ life in 9 sessions”. All sessions take place on the 1st Wednesday of the month, 4-6pm, at The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre from September 2018 – May 2019. For more information, visit artistshealth.com/workshops/stressed

-from Artists’ Health Alliance website
Read Artists’ Health Alliance’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: FiXT POiNT

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.

“Founded in 2006 and incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2011, FiXT POiNT is a Toronto-based arts & media company with national reach. To date we’ve interviewed over 3000 Canadians from every province and territory in almost 200 communities in our storymobiles (recording studios on wheels). We have aired dozens of audio stories on CBC (Fresh Air, Podcast Playlist, Holiday Programming etc.), edited and posted hundreds of oral histories on our storymap and recently produced two seasons of a TV/Web Series for TVO. Most recently we were awarded Touring Artist of the Year from CAPACOA (Canadian Arts Presenting Association).”

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

The Art of Community: An Evening Presentation Series (Thinking Rock Community Arts & Jumblies Theatre, Blind River)

The Art of Community
An Evening Presentation Series
For local artists, craftspeople, and others interested in this work

Presented by Thinking Rock Community Arts with very special partners Jumblies Theatre and the Timber Village Museum

Have you ever wondered what ‘Community Arts’ is, and how to get involved? Join us for one or both of our evening sessions! Learn more about community-based arts in our region and farther afield:

Community Arts 101
Wednesday, March 13th – 6 to 8 pm
Introduction to the practice of Community Arts with Ruth Howard, Founding Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre (Toronto)

Community Arts in Algoma
Thursday, March 14th – 6 to 8 pm
With Miranda Bouchard, Acting Artistic Director of Thinking Rock Community Arts (Thessalon)

FREE Admission (donations appreciated!)
Registration encouraged! Please call (705) 542-1100 to register and with questions.

Light snacks provided.
Accessible space.”

For more information, please check Thinking Rock’s event page.

-from Thinking Rock Community Arts

Tilescapes Opening Exhibition (Jumblies Theatre, Toronto)

“In Fall 2018 ceramics artist, Parker Dirks, came weekly to The Ground Floor and worked with our artists and community participants to create ceramic tiles expressing landscapes mingling fantasy, memory and local surroundings.

These turned out so intricately and magnificently, that we have invited Parker back to finish the project through a residency this February at The Ground Floor.

Inspired by the tiles, Alex Eddington is creating collaborative vocal music and ambient soundscape created by ceramic fragments with our all-ages, all-abilities community choir, the Gather Round Singers, directed by Shifra Cooper, with accompanist Daev Clysdale.

Other Jumblies artists and associates – including Tijana Spasic, Jamie Oshkabewisens and Michelle Silagy – have been playing with ways to respond to and animate the tiles through sound, movement, storytelling, visual arts and live feed projections.

The opening of the Tilescapes will be an exhibition and performance event, and is FREE to the public.”

For more information, please visit Jumblies Theatre event page.

-from Jumblies Theatre
Read Jumblies’ Profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Webinar – Evaluative thinking: Building Cultures of Learning (Ontario Trillium Foundation)

“Join the Ontario Trillium Foundation for an online workshop with Julie Witmer, evaluation coach.

Is your organization looking to learn, reflect and adapt on a more frequent and timely basis? If so, join our online workshop with Julie Witmer on evaluative thinking!

Typically, organizations have used evaluation as an occasional management or accountability exercise. However, incorporating evaluative thinking into your day to day work leads to more meaningful learning cultures given the complex environments and pace of change most organizations operate in.

This workshop will introduce the concept of evaluative thinking and will be both theoretical and practical. The theoretical component will provide a background on evaluative thinking and some key concepts. Participants will also engage in practical exercises to assess the readiness and need for organizational evaluative thinking, as well as tools to help put these concepts into practice.”

For more information and to register for this webinar, visit the OTF’s eventbrite page.

-from the Ontario Trillium Foundation

Sheatre Presents: The Spring Workshop Series: explore different techniques and exercises from Augusto Boal’s ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ (Owen Sound, ON)

“Spring is a time of growth and renewal, have you made your own personal growth and renewal plans?

Sheatre is here with fun and creative help. This spring, Sheatre’s Artistic Director Joan Chandler will lead the Spring Workshop Series, a series of experiential workshops in Owen Sound open to interested participants of all experience levels. This series will actively explore different techniques and exercises from Augusto Boal’s ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ where interactive theatre and improvisation are used as a tool to promote positive social change and personal development. This isn’t therapy; they’re informative training workshops. Taken individually or as a whole the Spring Workshop Series is ideal for community workers, counselors, educators, performers, directors, activists, social change advocates and anyone interested in Sheatre’s mission to use theatre and the arts to empower individuals and contribute to a healthy, compassionate society.”

Upcoming Workshop:

FORUM THEATRE WEEKEND

Forum Theatre is a UNESCO-recognized educational tool for implementing social change and is a form of interactive theatre that enables a community to explore multiple strategies in response to a problem or conflict presented in a short play. This two-day workshop, lead by Sheatre Artistic Director Joan Chandler and Artistic Associate Warren Bain, will introduce participants to the different aspects of Forum Theatre and explore creation, improvisation, intervention and facilitation. Learn how theatre can be a vessel for putting our words into action and give voice to advocacy.

When: March 2 & 3, 2019. 10 am – 5 pm each day
Where: OPSEU Owen Sound Regional Office, 100 – 1717 2nd Ave East, Owen Sound, ON, N4K 6V4
Attire: This is an interactive, participatory workshop. Dress for physical activity.
Minimum Age: 16+
Cost: $200, which includes the workshop and healthy lunch and snacks on both days.
Register: At this Google Form https://goo.gl/forms/58aTTOqhI8NA0P893

For more information on this workshop series, please visit: sheatre.com

-from Sheatre

SA Moves Workshop: Spirit of Africa (Scarborough Arts)

Spirit of Africa is a fun, exciting, interactive workshop that uses dance movement, music, and song to tell the story of the African people. Participants will learn about how the everyday lives of African people transfers through the arts, where examples of their daily activities, values and customs are portrayed. This workshop consists of a series of movements and song and drum rhythms from different parts of West Africa, followed by a formal instruction of a traditional dance piece, and ending with a “cookup”, where participants are able to freely express themselves. Participants should dress comfortably, be prepared to dance barefoot, and ready to have fun!

*Please note that this is a WORKSHOP SERIES and that participants who would like to attend are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER AND ATTEND ALL sessions of the workshop* 

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR

Born on the island of Trinidad and Tobago, Lesley Waldron started her journey in dance at the tender age of 5. She has trained in Modern, Caribbean Folk, and African Dance. In 1993, she joined the Ghanaian group Sankofa Drum and Dance Ensemble. In the Twi language, “Sankofa” means “go back and retrieve”; which is exactly what Lesley did, travelling to Ghana in 2007 to obtain a degree in West African dance and community development. Today, Lesley’s goal is to use the arts as a tool to educate young minds and inspire youth to elevate themselves.

This workshop is part of Scarborough Arts’ SA Suite of Programs — 2019.
For more workshops like this, visit http://bit.ly/SASuite2019″

-from Scarborough Arts

2019 Workshops with Mixed Company Theatre: Rainbow of Desire and Masks of Manipulation! (Toronto)

Mixed Company Theatre is excited to announce our lineup of annual workshops for artists, educators, and community leaders!

Rainbow of Desire (March 9th 2019, 10AM-5PM)

What happens when you take apart a single moment of conflict to explore every possible desired action?

In this experiential workshop led by Simon Malbogat, participants will employ Augusto Boal’s Rainbow of Desire techniques to broaden perspectives and reframe situations by focusing on the inner thoughts and impulses of the individual. Through storytelling and performance, participants will gain a deeper understanding of their conflicting and co-existing desires, which will enrich their work onstage and in community settings.

Masks of Manipulation (March 16th and 23rd 2019, 9:30AM-5:30PM)

The “Masks of Manipulation”, an invaluable character development and conflict-resolution process designed by Simon Malbogat and co-facilitated by Peter Jarvis, gives face to each of the manipulative forces we encounter both onstage and in daily life.

This workshop draws on Commedia dell’Arte-inspired masks to help participants acquire a deeper awareness of manipulation and oppression: how and why it happens, what it looks and feels like, and how to de-escalate it.
Participants will also take away from this two-day workshop a Mask of their own creation, which they will learn to use as a physical touchstone in processes ranging from character development to community mediation.

Forum Theatre Performance + Creation (July 19th and 20th 2019, 10AM-5PM)

In this all-levels workshop, we will explore how Forum Theatre techniques of participation, intervention, and improvisation can help performers, educators and community leaders build tool kits for character development, conflict resolution, and catalyzing change in their own circles.

This workshop, which acquaints participants with Augusto Boal’s pedagogy and applied theatre techniques, is a great opportunity for artists who are looking to hone their performance creation skills as well as for educators, social workers and health professionals, and any and all practitioners of community engagement.

Through learning and practicing Forum Theatre under the guidance of Simon Malbogat, participants in this workshop will receive the skills to become better facilitators, conflict resolution mediators, artists, community leaders, and more socially-aware educators.

For more information and full workshop descriptions, please visit:
http://www.mixedcompanytheatre.com/artists/training/

20% Discount for CAEA Members, and 50% Discount for Students and Arts Workers who identify as under-waged.
Bursaries also available upon request!

-from Mixed Company Theatre
Read Mixed Company Theatre’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Digital Arts Services Symposium 2019

Digital Arts Services Symposium 2019
Symposium des services d’arts numériques 2019

All Digits on Deck
Building digital arts services for collective impact

As technology progressively transforms every facet of society, there is a pressing need for the arts and culture sector to jointly take ownership of its own digital futures.

From March 15-20, 2019, come to Toronto as the 2019 Digital Arts Services Symposium / Symposium des services d’arts numériques (DASSAN19) offers constructive, cross-sectoral dialogues and alliance-building opportunities inspired by pioneering keynote speakers, community salon sessions, professional industry exchanges, hackathon competition with a $5,000 grand prize, and a bootcamp for fledgling devotees to the digital world.

Proudly presented by ArtsPond in association with Agilo Arts and BeMused Network, DASSAN19 is designed to nurture valuable insights for both emerging and experienced producers and technologists alike, with the goal of building a critical digital practice within the arts and culture sector in Canada.

DASSAN19 is generously funded by the Digital Strategy Fund at Canada Council for the Arts.”

For more information and to register, please visit: digitalaso.ca

-from DigitalASO

Call for Submissions: Tangled Art Gallery

“OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline February 15, 2019

Tangled Art + Disability is currently accepting proposals from Deaf, Mad and Disability-identified artists, and groups, collectives, and organizations engaging in disability curation to be hosted at Tangled Art Gallery.

Tangled is committed to cultivating Deaf, Mad and Disability-led work that engages politically in social practice, advances the conversation around Disability Arts, and disrupts through accessible art practices. Our goal is to foster developing conversations in ‘crip’ aesthetics and support the transformative potential of Disability Arts.

Tangled Art + Disability is accepting submissions to our gallery space for exhibitions in our next exhibition season, July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. This call is for curatorial proposals and artists working in all media.

Tangled Art + Disability is boldly redefining how the world experiences art and those who create it. We are a not for profit art + disability organization dedicated to connecting professional and emerging artists, the arts community and a diverse public through creative passion and artistic excellence. Our mandate is to support disability-identified artists, to cultivate Disability Arts in Canada, and to enhance access to the arts for artists and audiences of all abilities.

Tangled Art + Disability will support artists and curators in generating vital work that enhances and expands a ‘crip’ aesthetics, and integrating inclusive practices of access and accessibility. We encourage submissions from diverse communities and cultural backgrounds including Black, Indigenous, POC & LGBTQQIP2SAA. The gallery, located at Suite 122 in the 401 Richmond Building, features 800 square feet of exhibition space. We pay artist fees to artists according to CARFAC standards.”

For more information, please visit tangledarts.org

-from Tangled Art + Disability’s website