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Five monument unveilings will honour sexual assault survivors across Ontario (Red Dress Productions)

“The Countdown Public Art Legacy Project is a series of pebble mosaic workshops to create monuments that honour survivors of sexual violence.

Pebble mosaic monuments

From February to March 2019, Red Dress Productions, Amelia Rising Sexual Assault CentreLanark County Interval House, the Sexual Assault Centre of BrantKawartha Sexual Assault Centre, and Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre collaborated with 300 residents in North BayCarleton PlaceBrantford, and Peterborough, Ontario.

Each community created a unique, six-foot diameter, pebble mosaic monument in tribute to sexual assault survivors. These four new monuments will be permanently installed and unveiled from May to July.

Benches for Eganville monument

In May, two benches for the Eganville Countdown monument will be unveiled. Nestled next to the mosaic in Centennial Park, they are the result of a collaboration with Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio.

Unveiling dates and locations

Brantford mosaic
Saturday, May 11, 2019 1:00 p.m.
Brantford & District Labour Centre 1100 Clarence Street South, Brantford

Lanark County mosaic
Friday, May 17, 2019 1:00 p.m.
Town Hall Square Park 15 Mill Street, Carleton Place

Eganville benches
Monday, May 27, 2019 6:00 p.m.
Centennial Park 1T0, Eganville

Peterborough mosaic
Thursday, June 20, 2019 7:00 p.m.
Millennium Park 130 King Street, Peterborough

North Bay mosaic
Friday, July 5, 2019 1:00 p.m.
Fisher Street Parkette Fisher Street, North Bay

About the Countdown Project

The Countdown Public Art Legacy Project was launched in 2016 after the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County invited Red Dress Productions to bring its vision into being.

Workshops were held with residents, municipal bodies, local partners, and artists in Pembroke, Eganville, Killaloe, and Pikwàkanagàn First Nation to create the first four monuments.

The Countdown Project will continue into 2022. Visit our interactive map of Countdown mosaics across Ontario.

For more info, contact: info[at]”

-from Red Dress Productions
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Call for Artists: Farquhar’s Lane Art Installation Project (Mural Routes)

Farquhar’s Lane Art Installation Project
Deadline: 12 NOON EST on April 1st, 2019.
The request for expressions of interest

Artists and artist teams with established public art experience are invited to submit their credentials, examples of prior experience and a preliminary vision for the development and execution of a site-specific, permanent, outdoor art installation for a public art project to enhance Farquhar’s Lane, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The vision is to capture the life and ambience of Toronto’s early waterfront with bold design that is engaging and informative.

The project will be conducted in two Phases over two years with a total budget of $320,000. This is a two-stage, open competition for professional artists who can demonstrate past experience in outdoor public mural creation and installation.

Based on the responses to this call for expressions of interest, a Selection Committee will select three (3) artists to develop their design proposals. Each of these artists will be paid a fee of $2,000 (Canadian dollars) to prepare the design proposal. Based on the design proposals the Selection Committee will choose one artist to execute the project. An additional fee of $3,000 will be paid to the winning artist for their final design.

The selection criteria are artistic excellence and demonstrated ability to create and execute a major innovative, engaging public artwork. The competition is open to all qualified artists; eligibility is not limited by geographic or other restrictions.”

For more information about the project and application, please see document or visit Mural Routes’ website.

-from Mural Routes
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Artists are asked to submit artwork that reflects on the experience of mental health for TTC (Toronto)

Twentytwenty Arts is producing a mental health awareness campaign in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto (CMHA Toronto) that will be displayed on the TTC Subway for November and December 2018. Artists are asked to submit artwork that reflects on the experience of mental health, in which selected works will be available for sale on the TTC shop website.”

For more information, please visit Twentytwenty Arts website

-submitted by Twentytwenty Arts

Call to Artists: Utility Box Mentorship Program (City of Calgary)

“A collaboration between the City of Calgary, and Indefinite Arts Centre

The intention of this Call to Artists is to select artists based on qualifications, experience and references. Design concepts and prices are not required.

The City of Calgary Public Art Program in collaboration with Indefinite Arts Centre are seeking a professional artist with established community engagement experience to lead a six-week workshop series resulting in the development and execution of temporary utility box artworks in a select community.

The 2018 Mentorship program will work with artists participating in the Indefinite Arts Centre. A lead artist will be hired upon his/her ability to bring new ideas, skills and expertise to the selected mentees. This mentorship program will support the mission of Indefinite Arts Centre to provide artistic training, creation and exhibition opportunities for people, of all ages – with developmental disabilities, and shares the power of their creativity by advocating for their inclusion in the contemporary arts.

The Public Art Program has a vision to build a diverse collection and encourages artists working in suitable media to apply. Safety, durability, low maintenance, vandalism resistance and exposure to sunlight and variations in temperature and weather conditions must be considered due to the public nature and usage of the boxes. Artists should have experience working in public spaces, be able to work within the existing parameters of the site, be able to work collaboratively and have a history of working within set budgets. Previous experience with successful community engagement is required.

The all-inclusive lead artist budget for this project is $20,000.

The submission deadline is Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 4 p.m. MST. No extensions will be granted and late submissions will not be considered. Please read the full call to artists to ensure compliancy with submission requirements. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Disbursements will be made throughout the project as per a negotiated schedule of deliverables. The project will be awarded through a two-stage selection panel process. Stage one to short list based on qualifications and stage two for interviews.”

For more information, please see the City of Calgary’s document

-from the City of Calgary website

Call for Expressions of Interest for Canadian Artists: Art Benches of Liberty Village (Toronto)

“The Liberty Village Business Improvement Area (LVBIA) is inviting Canadian artists to submit a proposal for the creation of public art to be installed on 25 unique steel benches. The LVBIA’s first bench program, named BenchMark, transformed old wooden benches into public pieces of art.

This new Art Benches Program of the LVBIA and the City of Toronto goes beyond transformation to creation. The goal of the Art Benches Program is to beautify the Liberty Village area while supporting national and local artists and celebrating the community spirit that defines Liberty Village.

Liberty Village is Toronto’s innovation hub, forged in creativity. As you walk around Liberty Village there is a sense of community, modern yet timeless, youthful village atmosphere. This energy and vibrancy comes from the concentration of more than 600 businesses which include some of Toronto’s leading creative thinkers and companies in high tech, arts, design, entertainment and media; as well as the more than 10,000 residents who call this village home.

Art Benches of Liberty Village: CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
Application Deadline: Monday February 19, 2018 by 5:00pm

We are looking for Expressions of Interest to submit an original design for a custom -made steel bench to be installed in the Liberty Village area. Designs for the bench back should be original, timeless and modern.

  • Submit a current résumé/CV, and an artist’s statement expressing the artist’s interest in designing an original bench back for the Art Benches of Liberty Village Project.
  • Include colour photos of recent art or design work.
  • Entries must include complete contact information, including name, address, phone, email and website if available.
  • Entries may be submitted by mail to Mural Routes, 1859 Kingston Road, Toronto ON M1N 1T3 or by email to
  • Please put “Art Benches of Liberty Village” in the subject line of your email.

Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on February 19, 2017.

The competition will be a two-stage process.

STAGE 1: The Selection Committee (jury) will select up to 25 artists from the submitted REOI’s to prepare designs.

STAGE 2: I. Selected artists may be requested to submit up to 3 designs for consideration. II. 25 designs will be selected by a committee from the submissions

$1000 will be paid for each approved design.

Full application details

This call is being administered by Mural Routes on behalf of the Liberty Village BIA and The City of Toronto.”

-submitted by Mural Routes
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Profile Highlight | Open Field Collective (Toronto)

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.

Viewer at Street Projects

“The Open Field Collective brings contemporary art right to the streets by exhibiting artists’ works in residential front-yard gardens. The exhibitions are curated or selected from our ongoing open submission calls, and change every six weeks. These galleries are free to the public and are accessible by anyone walking down the street, 365 days a year.”

To read more about Open Field Collective, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

The Milestone Mosaic Project (Red Dress Productions, Toronto)

“Red Dress Productions is pleased to announce Milestone: The Winchester Park Pebble Mosaic

From July to October, Red Dress Productions will invite community members to contribute to creating a new 12’ in diameter pebble mosaic artwork for Winchester Park that asks: What does it mean to live in Canada, on Turtle Island, in 2017, as an Indigenous person, a settler, or a newcomer? A milestone marks a place from which one can look both forward and backward. It can signal an intention, a redress — a place to learn from and grow toward.

Through a series of arts-based workshops, we’ll develop ideas with community members, and Red Dress Productions will present a pebble mosaic design and invite your feedback. In August and September, we’ll build the pebble mosaic together, and on October 14, we’ll unveil it. All workshops are free, and no experience is required.

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We aim to offer barrier-free arts programming. Please contact us if you have any access needs such as ASL interpretation or live/audio description.

Since 2005, Red Dress Productions has created 15+ visual public artworks in Toronto, and across Ontario, working with 4000+ community members. Recent projects include Promise in the Park, a 4-year project in Toronto’s Wellesley/Sherbourne neighbourhood that has seen 5 new permanent art installations, including a permanent pebble mosaic in Winchester Square Park, and Drift Seeds, a multidisciplinary performance, and the Countdown Public Art Project in Renfrew County, Ontario that produced four connected public artworks in Eganville, Killlaloe, Pembroke, and Pikwakanagan First Nation.

Similar to the process that developed the Cornerstone Mosaic in lower Winchester, we’ll develop ideas with community members and through a series of arts-based workshops Red Dress Productions will present a pebble mosaic design.  In August and September, in local workshops and in the park we’ll build the pebble mosaic together, and on October 14, we’ll unveil it.   All workshops are free, and no experience is required.  In July we are holding 4 local community consultation meetings:

Wed July 5th, 6-8pm @ St. James Town Community Corner, 200 Wellesley Street East

Thu July 6th, 6-8pm @ Diane Frankling Co-op, 85 Bleecker Street

Mon July 10th, 6-8pm @ Wellesley Community Centre, 495 Sherbourne Street

Tuesday July 11th, 6-8pm @ Hugh Garner Co-op, 110 Ontario Street”

-submitted by Red Dress Productions
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Red Dress Productions presents DRIFT SEEDS (June 9-11, Toronto)

“Red Dress Productions is pleased to announce DRIFT SEEDS
a poetic parody for people living in absurd times

On June 9th, 10th & 11th, a multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory, 3-day, outdoor theatre production will descend on Winchester Park. Over 100 musicians, dancers, actors, singers, puppeteers, visual artists and production volunteers from diverse communities including hearing artists, Deaf artists, blind and sighted artists, wheelchair users, and LGBTQ & 2 spirited artists, have infused this creative process to shape the aesthetic of this extra-live, ambitious, community creation.

In Drift Seeds, young birds are born and as they begin to stretch their wings a menacing “Bird Watcher” descends upon their home and cages them. At the same time, the self-appointed leader of the land “Rock Robin” has been brought down and someone must take responsibility. “Sparrow” confesses, and is apprehended but the suggestion of a cover up is raised. A group of activists parody the official state mourning in a mock funeral procession while trying to find answers to what has really happened. Their protest grows, the “truth” is revealed, and all the birds are released. Just as the seasons cycle, so turns the wheel of life, and once the birds fly away to freedom, the story begins again with the rebirth of baby birds. The performance starts anew and loops until the end of the evening.

This community performance developed out of three-years of artistic exploration with communities in Toronto’s Winchester Park and St James Town. Drift Seeds is the sum of many parts: a fictional collage created out of fragments harvested through artistic exploration that revealed themes of loss and discovery, migrations and transformation, safety and danger, inclusion and isolation, hope and resistance.

As part of the performance, the Seed Share Curio, features interactive installations that present works created from the time when Drift Seeds was just a determined seed, a glimmering possibility.

We welcome audiences of all ages and all abilities. Elements of visual description and American Sign Language feature throughout the performance, and the space is accessible to wheelchair and mobility device users. As well as English, spoken languages include pieces in Urdu, Korean, Spanish, Mandarin, and Russian.

Dress Rehearsals
Wednesday June 7th & Thursday June 8th 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Performance Dates
Friday June 9th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm in Winchester Park
Saturday June 10th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm in Winchester Park
Sunday June 11th, 1:00pm to 3:00pm in Winchester Park”

-submitted by Red Dress Productions
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The Touching Ground Festival (Jumblies Theatre, Toronto)

“This spring Jumblies is producing the Touching Ground Festival – a suite of new works on a common theme – the culmination of many activities with many people over the past three years of inhabiting this brand new and ancient location – now called CityPlace, in this place now called Toronto. During our time here, we have delved into the Indigenous and layered histories and current sounds, sights and voices of the area, while also making connections across the city and the country. Threads from all of these explorations appear in our activities over the coming weeks.

As many of you already know, starting on Saturday May 13th, until the end of June, Touching Ground events will be taking place in three main areas: The Ground Floor (132 Fort York Blvd), Evergreen Brick Works (555 Bayview Ave.), and Historic Fort York (250 Fort York Blvd). In addition, Jumblies will be collaborating with our partners elsewhere in Toronto.

Click on each event for more information about some of our Festival highlights:

Plus: three short films, a giant turtle quilt, comics, a new musical in-progress, workshops, exhibitions, celebrations, and more!

For more information, including a full list of festival events, schedule, workshops, and how to get involved visit

-submitted by Jumblies Theatre
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Volunteer Opportunity: Arts in the Parks (Toronto)


“Volunteer Opportunity: Apply Today!
Note: To apply, you will be required to fill out our online application form at It takes about five minutes, and helps us get to
know you better!

Arts in the Parks is a city-wide initiative that brings free, family-friendly arts programming to parks in neighbourhoods across Toronto. Arts in the Parks will encourage community building, enjoyment of local parks, and activities for residents and tourists of all ages. Events will include performances, dance, music, theatre, film, community-engaged work and more!

Opportunities are open for ages 14+

Spend your summer in the great outdoors as we connect this creative city, block by block.

Events are running throughout the months of June, July, August and September. Additional details regarding schedules will be provided at the training sessions and online at Training sessions will be announced in early April. Volunteer shifts will be announced early May.

We’ve made changes to our volunteer program, based on feedback from the community and our amazing 2016 volunteer team. Changes include integration of a youth component, more specified roles for volunteers, one HUGE celebration event at the end of the summer, and more networking opportunities.

We’re also proud to accounce that we are the newest member of VAACT: Volunteer Award for Arts and Culture Toronto. VAACT is a program that strives to recognize volunteers who contribute their time to multiple arts and culture organizations throughout the year in the city of Toronto. The program ends each year with an awards ceremony for VAACT participants, scheduled on International Volunteer Day.

In order to be eligible to attend the VAACT awards ceremony, volunteers must complete the minimum volunteer requirements with at least three of the cultural organizations listed below:

Luminato Festival
Hot Docs International Documentary Festival
Doors Open Toronto (City of Toronto)
Toronto International Film Festival
Pride Toronto
The Toronto Fringe Festival
Canada Day (City of Toronto)
Nuit Blanche Toronto (City of Toronto)
ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Cavalcade of Lights Toronto (City of Toronto)
We’re here to help. Should you have any further questions about volunteering with us, about the online application and volunteer portal, or would simply like to know more about Arts in the Parks, please contact:

Jaclyn Rodrigues
Marketing and Events Associate
Toronto Arts Foundation
200-26 Grand Trunk Crescent
Toronto, Ontario M5J 3A9
t 416.392.6802 x 212
f 416.392.6920″

-submitted by Arts in the Parks