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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 info@muralroutes.ca
  • 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 http://bit.ly/2BFHaVH

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

-submitted by Mural Routes
Read Mural Routes profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

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
Read Red Dress Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

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
Read Red Dress Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

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 www.touchinggroundfestival.ca

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

Volunteer Opportunity: Arts in the Parks (Toronto)

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

ABOUT ARTS IN THE PARKS
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!

WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOU TO BE PART OF OUR VOLUNTEER TEAM!
Opportunities are open for ages 14+

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

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
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 MyVolunteerPage.com. Training sessions will be announced in early April. Volunteer shifts will be announced early May.

NEW THIS YEAR!
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

Call to Artists: Public Art Opportunities for Winnipeg Southwest Rapid Transit (Canada-wide)

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“National Call to Artists for Expressions of Interest and Qualifications

*Please note that the deadline for this call has been extended to April 20, 2017. See page 24 of the Call-to-Artists document for the revised timeline.

Deadline: April 20, 2017

Seven Opportunities

Budgets: Variable (see individual opportunities in Call)

Sites: Seven locations along the new Southwest Rapid Transitway in Winnipeg, Manitoba, located on Treaty 1 territory.

The Southwest Rapid Transitway being built in the Fort Garry region of Winnipeg will integrate public artwork as part of the expansion. This includes applied work on overpasses, freestanding sculptural work at community gateways, and station details. The Winnipeg Arts Council invites professional artists residing in Canada to apply to these seven public art calls for the Parker, McGillivray, Clarence, Chevrier, Plaza, Chancellor, and Markham sections of the development.

Interested artists must submit a complete application package to be considered. Artists are welcome to apply for as many of the opportunities as they like, but separate Expressions of Interest must be submitted for each project. ”

For more information, please visit Winnipeg Arts Council

-fron Winnipeg Arts Council website

Call to Canadian Indigenous Artists: Art Glass Transit Shelters (Edmonton Arts Council)

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Call to Canadian Indigenous Artists – Valley Line, Mill Woods Stop – Art Glass Transit Shelters

The Art Glass Transit Shelters Mill Woods Stop public srt competition is open to Canadian Indigenous artists or artist teams residing in Canada, and is held in accordance with the City of Edmonton policy “Percent for Art to Provide and Encourage Art in Public Areas”(C458C).

The Edmonton Arts Council Public Art Program, on behalf of the City of Edmonton, seeks a Canadian Indigenous artist / artist team to integrate site-specific public art in the glass for the Mill Woods Stop shelters. The location is a significant and highly visible public art installation opportunity for artists who can translate their art forms into permanent treatments on the glass that is specified for the shelters.

The Mill Woods area has a complex cultural history. This area was part of the Papaschase (translated as ‘Big Woodpecker’ in Cree) Indian Reserve #136. On August 21, 1877, Cree Chief Papaschase signed adhesion to Treaty No. 6 at Fort Edmonton. The reserve covered 65 square kilometers comprising of 42 sections of land, now defined by the major thoroughfares bounding Mill Woods. Following the Riel Rebellion of 1885, many of the inhabitants accepted scrip and were forced off the land; by 1888, the reserve was surrendered and surveyed for agricultural use.

Over the next century, the area evolved from farmland to urban community. The latter part of the 20th century, saw rapid growth and change as immigrants fleeing conflicts worldwide made the community their new home.

Described as an “arrival city,” Mill Woods is unique for its diversity of cultures and Indigenous roots.

In a manner that is culturally appropriate to the peoples of this region, artwork concepts should consider the significant cultural heritage and legacy of this area, the rich histories, stories and customs that tell of this place, and Indigenous perspectives of Papaschase.

Budget:
$97,000.00 CAD (maximum, all inclusive)

Deadline for Submissions:
4:30 pm on Thursday, January 12, 2017

Installation:
Spring 2018

A mandatory workshop will be held for shortlisted artists.

For more information, email Chelsea Boida, Public Art Officer, or call (780) 424–2787 ext. 229 and visit publicart.edmontonarts.ca/calls for the full Call details”

-from Edmonton Arts Council newsletter

Apply to Join Wall Art Learning Series Faculty Roster and Upcoming Workshops (Mural Routes, Toronto)

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Apply to join our Faculty Roster!

“Mural Routes is seeking to build our faculty roster for the Wall Art Learning Series (WALS). WALS consists of stand-alone professional development workshops for emerging and mid-career mural artists. Topics are determined based on needs in the community, and include both hands-on artistic techniques and management skills.

Past and upcoming topics include but are not limited to:

  • Budgeting
  • Community Consultation
  • Health and Safety
  • Business Skills for Artists
  • Mosaics
  • Site Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Graffiti Art

We are always looking to hear from mural artists and managers with new topic ideas!

If you have the skills and knowledge to lead an educational workshop for mural artists, we want to hear from you. Send us your resume and a cover letter outlining your area of expertise and instructional experience. Successful applicants will be added to our faculty roster; faculty will be invited to discuss workshop ideas with us, and will be the first notified of instruction opportunities.

Requirements:

  • Experience in education and/or workshop facilitation
  • Understanding of the realm of public art (experience with murals preferred but not necessary depending on your topic of interest)
  • Expertise in a topic relevant to the Wall Art Learning Series, whether listed above or a proposed new topic

Resume and cover letter due to kyla@muralroutes.com by November 28th.”

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“Mix, Mingle, Murals

A chance for mural artists, administrators, and supporters to connect, share, and discuss!

When: Tuesday, November 15th, 6:30-9pm

Where: Linsmore Tavern (Upper Level), 1298 Danforth Ave.

RSVP: Register here. Minimum $5 donation at the door

Enjoy light refreshments and a cash bar while mingling with fellow mural enthusiasts. Looking to make connections? Bring your portfolio and/or elevator pitch- share your work, your ideas, and your hopes for future projects and collaborations.

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The Business of Being an Artist

What: A hands-on workshop for anyone interested in making a living from their art, with particular focus on mural art. The class will cover organizational tactics, financial management, personal branding, and more. Led by Melissa Bessey- an artist, writer, and PR/media professional.

When: Tuesday, November 22nd, 6:00-8:30pm

Where: Bluffs Gallery, 1859 Kingston Rd., Toronto

Registration: $25 for Mural Routes or Scarborough Arts members, $30 for non-members. Full details and registration here.

Questions about either event? Contact kyla@muralroutes.com

-submitted by Mural Routes
Read Mural Routes profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call to Artists: Public Art and Social Practice – Workshop Series (Calgary)

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“As part of its commitment to provide a variety of opportunities for artists, The City of Calgary Public Art Program, in collaboration with Illingworth Kerr Gallery (IKG), is pleased to be offering a public art and social practice workshop series. Internationally renowned artists Alfredo Jaar, Jeanne van Heeswijk and a third to be announced, will each present a public lecture and lead a weekend workshop for a selected group of Calgary artists. Spaces are limited, and artists will be selected by a selection panel based on the strength of their applications. This workshop series is intended for local Calgary artists and results in an exhibition at the IKG and an opportunity for a public art commission. Only those who participate in the workshops and exhibition will be eligible for the resulting commission.

Deadline: Tuesday Oct 4, 2016 at 4 p.m. MST

Description:

This workshop series is designed to provide professional development for artists interested in pursuing public art projects with a social practice focus and is intended for professional artists wishing to:

  • Explore and develop a socially engaged practice with a distinct focus on public art.
  • Understand the opportunities and the challenges that this type of practice entails.
  • Discover the breadth of possibilities that public art and social practice offers.

To complete the series, artists will design a project proposal that involves a community partner in the development and/or implementation of the project in some way. The proposals will then be exhibited at IKG for juried competition. Participants will receive $1000 for concept development and a stipend will be provided to cover material costs.

Through the workshops, lectures and group discussions participants will be mentored by world renowned artists practising in the field and provided with the tools, skills and in-depth understanding necessary to develop a project proposal and subsequent practice in socially engaged public art.

“Artists working in social practice co-create their work with a specific audience or propose critical interventions within existing social systems that inspire debate or catalyze social exchange.”
~”Social Practice Workshop”. California College of the Arts. Retrieved Sept 18, 2014.

Lead Artists Background:

Alfredo Jaar
Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker who lives and works in New York City. He was born in Santiago de Chile.

Jaar’s work has been shown extensively around the world. He has participated in the Biennales de Venice (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), Sao Paulo Art, New York; Whitechapel, London; The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; The Museum of Contemporary Art; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. A major retrospective of his work took place in summer 2012 at three institutions in Berlin: Berlinische Galerie, Neue Gesellschaft fur bildende Kunst e.V. and Alte Netionalgalerie. In 2014 the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki hosted the most extensive retrospective of his career.

Jaar has realized more than sixty public interventions around the world. More than fifty monographic publications have been published about his work.

He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000.

His work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum, New York, the MCA in Chicago, MOCA and LACMA in Los Angeles, the Tate in London, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Centro Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlaebeck and dozens of other institutions and private collections worldwide.

Jeanne van Heeswijk

How can an artist be an instrument for the collective reimagining of daily environments, given the complexity of our societies? This is the question that artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, of the Netherlands, considers when deciding how to employ her work to improve communities. Van Heeswijk believes communities need to co-produce their own futures. That’s why she embeds herself, for years at a time, in communities from Rotterdam to Liverpool, working with them to improve their neighbourhoods and empowering them to design their own futures—not wait for local authorities to foist upon them urban planning schemes which rarely take embedded culture into account. Her work often attempts to unravel invisible legislation, governmental codes, and social institutions, gradually preparing areas for their predictive futures. She calls it “radicalising the local” by empowering communities to become their own antidote.

Van Heeswijk’s work has been featured in numerous books and publications worldwide, as well as internationally renowned biennials such as those of Liverpool, Busan, Taipei, Shanghai and Venice. She has received international for her work, including most recently the 2012 Curry Stone Prize for Social Design Pioneers and the 2011 Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change.”

For submission details and more information, please visit The City of Calgary Public Art Program’s website.

-from The City of Calgary Public Art Program’s website