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The ART of Changing the World (ACW)

The ART of Changing the World (ACW)
When: November 3-5, 2017
Where: Carleton University, Ottawa

Early bird registration rates end September 15th!

“We invite you to join us in Ottawa November 3-5, 2017 for a lively gathering of #artists, #researchers, #students and #activists from many sectors in Canada and abroad who are working for progressive change.

Around the world, specialized #community-based arts initiatives (in theatre, dance, music, visual, literary arts, social circus, urban arts, and more) are emerging as effective forms of collective social inquiry and action.

This work is growing in many contexts, including: social and environmental justice; education; inter-generational and intercultural initiatives; diverse health sectors; community development initiatives; conflict transformation and justice systems; initiatives for youth, seniors, new Canadians; Aboriginal communities; and social enterprise.

This will NOT be the usual conference; #dialogue will be central to our activities. Video showings, displays of your materials and space for informal conversations round out the program.

Whether you’re deeply involved or newly interested in arts-infused change work, we hope that ACW 2017 will provide you with useful knowledge, skills and perspectives in a wide range of topics – from emerging practices, including facilitation and new forms of partnerships, to current arts-infused research and funding opportunities/policies.

More information regarding program schedule, venue, hotels, and registration:

For those who can’t attend the gathering in Ottawa, we’ve posted info about Kitchen Table Chataquas.

-from The International Centre of Art for Social Change Facebook Page
Read International Centre of Art for Social Change’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Volunteers: Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival

Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival is looking for volunteers!
Now in our 6th year, we have a diverse spectrum of Indigenous film, media arts, music, workshops and special presentations!

We’re looking for volunteers to help with guests on Asinabka (Victoria Island) for our gala screening of Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, various film screenings at the Canadian Museum of Nature, AsinFest Music Series/Body Language music/art show at Gallery 101, and special presentations. All volunteers will receive a free pass to all events and afterparties. Please contact us at to sign up or for more information.”

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

-from Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival

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

ARTicipate Project Grant (AOE Arts Council, Ottawa)


“The ARTicipate Project Grants Program enhances artistic activity at the Shenkman Arts Centre by supporting high quality programming in all disciplines through grants awarded to local artists and arts organizations that will be presenting or exhibiting their work at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
Specifically, the ARTicipate Project Grant Program supports:

  • Presentation and exhibition of high quality artistic work in the Shenkman Arts Centre
  • Local artists and arts organizations of all levels and disciplines
  • Access to Shenkman Arts Centre spaces to non-resident artists and arts organizations
  • English, French and bilingual artistic activities in the Shenkman Arts Centre
  • Collaborative projects involving more than one artist and/or arts organization.

Eligible Applicants
Applicants must be based in the Ottawa Region and have a mandate to present artistic programming or have an artistic practice.

Eligible Projects/Activities
Funding is awarded for the presentation and exhibition of high quality artistic work in the Shenkman Arts Centre by local artists and arts organizations based in the Ottawa Region.

There are two Project Grant categories:

  1. Project Grants for local Ottawa artists and arts groups who are presenting or exhibiting at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
  2. Visual artists can also apply to exhibit their work in the LaLande + Doyle Exhibition Space at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

2017 Deadline:  May 26, 2017

Project Grants Guidelines  (PDF
Project Grants: Application form (PDF) (Word)
Project Grants:Application form Lalande+Doyle Exhibition Space (PDF) (Word)

“With an Articipate grant, I will have my very first solo exhibition – a milestone that has been decades in the making. I will use the funds to prepare and frame paintings and photographs for formal exhibition, and print special postcards to advertise the show,” says Chinh Nguyen, visual and media arts artist.

About the ARTicipate Endowment Fund 
The ARTicipate Endowment Fund provides grants to Ottawa artists and arts organizations to create and showcase quality work at the beautiful Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa’s east end.  The Fund also supports programming by the Centre’s Resident Arts Partners:  AOE Arts Council, Gloucester Pottery School, MIFO, Ottawa School of Art and OYP Theatre School.

The Fund was created in 2007 with the generous support of donors and the Province of Ontario and is stewarded by AOE Arts Council, a registered charity.  Funds are securely invested jointly with the City of Ottawa Treasury.  Since inception, $431,194 has been disbursed through 110 grants to local artists and arts organizations. The ARTicipate Fund is proud to take a leadership role in providing funding to support the creation of local and original work.

Want to donate to the Fund and assist local artists?  Donate Now!

-from AOE Arts Council website

Art Place: Community Engaged Arts Symposium (Ottawa)


“To mark the end of Art Place, a three year pilot project in community engaged arts, AOE Arts Council is hosting a two day symposium on community arts engagement. The symposium will provide artists, arts groups and community leaders with the tips and hands-on learning they need to develop co-creative projects with community members. Each event day will feature a panel discussion and an afternoon of hands on learning, with Naomi Tessler on March 31 and Alisdair Macrae on April 1. See below for schedule details.

Price includes: morning and afternoon sessions, coffee and snacks, lunch and a copy of the symposium workbook with case studies and worksheets!

Keep an eye on this page as we update it with panelists, outlines and workshop details!

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 – Sat, 1 Apr 2017
Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON
Register now!

Friday March 31

Developing a community engaged arts project
9AM-12PM: Panel and roundtable discussion by artists and community leaders

Gerald Dragon of Sandy Hill CHC
Gerald Dragon has been a staff member at Sandy Hill Community Health Centre (SHCHC) since 2011. In that time, he has been fortunate enough to help organise several community-engaged arts projects. This arts-based community development approach has allowed him to witness transformational change in individuals and communities. He looks forward to sharing some of his insights in to how arts-based community development can be used create inclusive spaces, raise awareness and express diverse opinions.

Micheline Shoebridge of MASC
Working With Communities To Build Successful Community Engaged Arts Programs: Micheline Shoebridge developed Awesome Arts en folie as a community engaged arts program that allows participants of all ages to explore issues important to their community through the arts. To date it has offered 16 separate programs and provided 790 individual workshops to 1450 children, youth and seniors. Recently, Awesome Arts en folie merged with MASC to expand its program offerings.

Christine Mockett, textile artist

1PM-4:45PM: A presentation and hands-on workshop with theatre artist Naomi Tessler, Branch Out Theatre
Where to begin?: Naomi Tessler will present how she began her community engaged arts projects and how she creates one. In an applied theatre workshop, participants will have hands on activities to reflect on the stepping stones of building a community arts project. Participants will critically reflect on the challenges in project building, management and leadership and support the group in working collaboratively to rehearse transforming potential blockages to a thriving community arts project.

Saturday April 1

Building a career in community engaged arts
9AM-12PM: Panel and roundtable discussion by artists and community leaders

Kathy Armstrong of Boabab Drum Dance Community
Engaging Communities with Your Music: An Entrepreneur’s Perspective: Kathy will highlight aspects of a career in the arts that engages with participants in a variety of settings using an entrepreneurial model. Using first-hand examples in educational, community, social service and health contexts, Kathy will share the rewards and challenges of creating a career path that reflects your passion and skill set.

Kelsey Walsh of Dandelion Dance
Mentorship, risk-taking, and collaboration have brought Kelsey Walsh to the role of director of the Dandelion Dance Performance Company. Kelsey will share the steps she took as student, artist, and now artist-educator, in shaping her career in community-engaged arts and she will also shed light on how the Dandelion approach opens a myriad of career opportunities – within sectors such as arts, education, social work, community development, childcare, not-for-profit, etc.

Adam Brown, performative and sculptural artist
Subverting Expectations: Taking your arts practice from the studio to the community can be as exciting as it is challenging. Adam Brown will discuss three recent collaborative building projects with groups of youth that highlight the ways social arts practice has shaped his understanding and approach to art and art making.

Claudia Salguero, visual artist and art-based faciliator
Making the Move to Arts Facilitation: Being an Arts-based Facilitator is a passion that comes with challenges, learning experiences and rewards. Beyond creating beautiful community artwork, it is about the process, the human interaction and the impact it has on each participant and on the community. Claudia Salguero will give participants an inside look into making the shift from a private art practice to a public one.

1PM-4:45PM: A presentation and hands-on workshop with Alisdair MacRae
Coming into a community and working with them to create an arts project doesn’t always go the way you expect it will. Each community has specific needs and perspectives which will influence the creative process. In his presentation, Alisdair will talk about his experience creating art in a local skateboard park and then lead a workshop where participants will create a mock community engaged arts project. Participants will learn how to develop a project around a socially relevant issue, consider resources, plan a budget, and develop project management skills.”

For more information, please visit the event page and

Urgent Request for Art Supplies (The Art For Aid Project)

“If folks are in the Toronto area and are looking to support this work, we would be able to pick up supplies at the local bus terminal in Smiths Falls if they could be boxed and shipped. We have a very modest budget for shipping, but if collectively, folks could pool money to help get it here, that would be terrific! We’ll make sure it reaches a remote school. Thanks so much!” -from The Art for Aid Project

The Art For Aid Project’s Mission Statement:
“The Art For Aid Project works to support Canadian First Nations, Inuit and Metis art education programs through art supplies, awareness and fundraising efforts in order to connect Indigenous youth to the endangered teachings, traditional techniques and knowledge of their culture through teachers, Elders and community. We seek to accomplish this by ensuring art supplies are in remote schools and communities.”

Read The Art for Aid Project’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

PAROLE AUX DRAMATURGES ! 9 lectures ouvertes à tous du 16 au 18 septembre 2016 à Ottawa! (Théâtre Action)

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“Les Feuilles vives est un événement de mises en lecture rassembleur et ouvert au grand public qui se tient aux deux ans (années paires) et qui fait découvrir de nouveaux textes de création et auteurs dramatiques franco-ontariens des milieux professionnel, communautaire et de l’éducation. Chaque lecture est encadrée par une compagnie de théâtre professionnelle franco-ontarienne et est suivie par une discussion avec le ou les auteurs du texte.

Les neuf textes au programme de la prochaine édition seront mis en lecture par des compagnies professionnelles franco-ontariennes et lus par des comédiens aguerris.
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Biographies des auteurs, synopsis, horaires et achat de billets cliquez ici



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Michel Ouellette, auteur de L’inoubliable, « un texte musical, rythmé comme une partition, une histoire portée par les mots des personnages ».
Marie-Thé Morin, auteure de Les couleurs de Floyd, « par le regard d’une femme, une mythologie personnelle et pink floydienne ».
Mishka Lavigne, auteure de Havre, « un huis-clos sur l’absence, le deuil, l’intime et l’amitié ».
Lisa L’Heureux, auteure de Et si un soir, « un texte qui tourbillonne comme un vinyle. Des petits morceaux d’histoires sur la solitude, l’isolement, le manque ».
Marie-Pierre Proulx, auteure de Jack, « besoin de partir pour se définir. Un personnage en quête… comme son auteure ! ».
Marc Boucher, auteur de Les labyrinthes barbelés, « l’histoire d’une rencontre entre une étudiante chilienne et un inconnu, sosie de son grand-père ».

Au-delà des lectures

Feuilles vives c’est aussi des rencontres avec les auteurs pendant les discussions qui suivront chaque lecture. Une équipe de professionnels guidera les échanges : Paul Lefebvre, conseiller dramaturgique au Centre des auteurs dramatiques(CEAD) pour le volet professionnel; Catherine Voyer-Léger, écrivaine et chroniqueuse pour le volet communautaire et universitaire et Sylvain Schryburt, directeur du Département de théâtre de l’Université d’Ottawa pour le volet scolaire.

Et en clôture de l’événement, le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, le Théâtre français de Toronto et le Théâtre la Catapulte remettront un appui financier à la création à un des auteurs professionnels grâce à leur nouvelle initiative Dramaturgies en chantier! Quelle merveilleuse façon de terminer les Feuilles vives que d’encourager la poursuite de projets en dramaturgie !”

Renseignements et demandes d’entrevue :
Capucine Péchenart – Directrice des communications et des partenariats
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Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival (Aug 10-14, Ottawa)


“The Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival is excited to return for our 5th annual festival and to announce our 2016 programming, screening the best in Indigenous film from Canada and around the world. This years festival takes place over 5 days, and includes our traditional outdoor film screenings on beautiful Victoria Island on our opening night, two evenings of film at the Canadian Museum of Nature Theatre, a Gallery Crawl opening at Gallery 101 and SAW Gallery, as well as a live music night, and 2 days of film at Club SAW, including an outdoor family friendly screening at Ottawa Arts Court.

For details about our entire festival schedule visit:

-submitted by Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival

Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival: Call for Submissions, Deadline May 16


Algonquin Territory • Ottawa • Canada

The 5th annual Asinabka Festival will be taking place in Ottawa, from August 10-14, 2016.  The Festival is currently seeking works from independent filmmakers, any film or video that tells First Nations, Métis, or Inuit stories, or that focuses on international Indigenous issues, is eligible.

Submissions can be in any genre (documentary, drama, animation, experimental etc.) or any length, and must be finished works.

Email submissions are welcome. There is no submission fee.

To find out how to submit visit our website:

Or submit via Film Freeway:

Submission Deadline: Monday, May 16, 2016″

Posted with permission from Howard Adler, Co-Director/Programmer

National Arts Centre: Spotlight on Indigenous Storytelling & Reconciliation (Ottawa)


“As the New Year begins, the National Arts Centre is getting ready to showcase Indigenous storytelling and reconciliation on its stages. Here are some highlights:

I Lost My Talk World Premiere
One of the highlights of the NAC’s Indigenous showcase will be the January 14-15 world premiere of I Lost My Talk, composed by John Estacio and performed in Southam Hall by the NAC Orchestra under the direction of NAC Music Director Alexander Shelley. This immersive, multidisciplinary work – based on the poem by Mi’kmaw elder and poet Rita Joe – was commissioned for the NAC Orchestra to commemorate the 75th birthday of The Right Honourable Joe Clark by his family.

Rita Joe penned her poem to express not only the pain and suffering of her experience at Schubenacadie Residential School in Nova Scotia, but also her hope and conviction that her voice could guide and inspire indigenous and non-indigenous peoples across Canada to journey to a place of strength and healing. Moved by Rita Joe’s message of peaceful reconciliation, Alexander Shelley and Creative Producer and Director Donna Feore conceived of the idea to share Joe’s powerful message in a unique symphonic experience that combines music, motion and film.

The performance will include a film by world-renowned director Barbara Willis Sweete, featuring 10 First Nations dancers moving to choreography created by Santee Smith of the Kahnyen’kehàka Nation, Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario.

Shot on the majestic shores of Georgian Bay, Ontario, this beautifully rendered film will be projected on to screens surrounding the orchestra, designed and operated by the exceptionally talented visual design team of Turbine Studios from Montreal. The poem will be narrated by Guna and Rappahannock actor Monique Mojica as the NAC Orchestra performs Estacio’s lush and moving score.

Indigenous Events To Kick Off 2016

A Tribe Called Red – January 9
Kicking off the New Year on January 9 in the NAC foyer, NAC Presents will showcase the incredible A Tribe Called Red as part of its fifth anniversary bash. The band – whose music is the soundtrack to a contemporary evolution of the pow wow – has become the face of an urban Indigenous youth renaissance, championing their heritage and speaking out on Indigenous issues, while being on top of popular music, fashion and art.

Rita Joe Song Project – January 13
On January 13 in the NAC Fourth Stage, the NAC is launching the Rita Joe Song Project, a dynamic music initiative featuring young Indigenous youth from across Canada recording and performing unique songs inspired by Rita Joe poems.

Jack Charles V The Crown – January 14 to 16
Opening on January 14 and running until January 16 in the NAC Studio is English Theatre’s presentation of Jack Charles V The Crown, a highly entertaining autobiographical presentation from Australian living legend Jack Charles, whose experience as a stolen child echoes the plight of Canada’s own Indigenous people.

100 Years of Loss – January 14 to 30
From January 14 to 30 in the NAC foyer is the eye- opening exhibition 100 Years of Loss which raises awareness about the legacy of residential schools. Also on January 14, the NAC is hosting a timely panel discussion in the Panorama Room on art in the context of reconciliation moderated by Dr. Marie Wilson, Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and featuring panelists Rachael Maza, acclaimed Australian theatre director of Jack Charles V The Crown, Joseph Boyden, author of the award-winning novels Three Day Road and The Orenda, and composer John Estacio. The panel discussion, which is live streamed at, is being introduced by Joe Clark.

Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation – January 28 to 30
From January 28 to 30 in Southam Hall, NAC Dance presents Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation, a new commission by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet choreographed by Mark Godden in a story written by author Joseph Boyden. This powerfully emotional ballet tells the love story of Annie and Gordon, a pair of contemporary Aboriginal young people coming to terms with a soul-destroying past.

Florent Vollant – January 30
On January 30, NAC Presents brings to the Fourth Stage Innu author, composer and singer Florent Vollant, formely of Kashtin, the beloved musical duo which performed all over the world.

Moonlodge – February 12 and 13
Finally, on February 12 and 13, NAC English Theatre brings to the Fourth Stage Moonlodge, a classic of Indigenous Canadian theatre by playwright Margo Kane, in preparation for a major revival. This presentation is directed by 2014/15 NAC Artist in residence Corey Payette and features 2015/16 NAC Ensemble member Paula-Jean Prudat.

Follow the NAC on Twitter @CanadasNAC and find us on Facebook.
Join the conversation #ARNAC.”

Posted with permission from Carl Martin, Senior Advisor, Communication / Conseiller principal, Communications
Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre