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Hors Piste : Cirque et mixité sociale au coeur du village (Montréal)

“L’événement Hors Piste vous invite à sortir des sentiers battus et à venir vivre l’ambiance des rues du 19e siècle. Le samedi 15 juillet, dès midi et jusqu’à 20h, rejoignez nous pour un happening participatif gratuit pour tous : cirque de rue, animations interactives et musique de rue seront au rendez-vous.”

source : Cirque Hors Piste
Lire le profil de Cirque Hors Piste dans notre répertoire et carte de l’art communautaire au Canada

Profile Highlight: NDG Art Hive (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce)

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 NDG Art Hive was born from the volunteer-run Cheap Art Collective of St. Raymond’s (founders of the annual Hallowe’en Melrose Tunnel decorating). We believe that community-building and art-making go hand-in-hand.The Collective is inspired by the international Art Hive model that links art studios across the globe to “create multiple opportunities for dialogue, skill sharing, and art making between people of differing socio-economic backgrounds, ages, cultures and abilities.”

En partenariat avec l’arrondissement Côte-des-Neiges / Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Ville de Montréal

To donate, visit our canadahelps.org page for the NDG Community Council, and make sure to select “The NDG Art Hive” as the fund you chose to donate to.

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/conseil-communautaire-notre-dame-de-grace-inc/

Pour faire un don, visit notre page de canadahelps.org dans la category de la Conseil Communautaire de NDG, et assurez-vous de sélectionner “The NDG Art Hive” comme le fond pour faire un don à.

To read more about NDG Art Hive, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: Spectrum Productions (Montréal)

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.


Spectrum Productions provides a unique platform for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to realize their potential through social, creative, exploratory and vocational opportunities in media production.”

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

Call for Projects / Appel à projets : Les Paradis Fiscaux / Tax Havens (ATSA)

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Appel à projets

“ATSA lance cet appel aux artistes afin de construire la programmation du prochain festival sur la thématique des Paradis Fiscaux, une thématique économique qui ramène celle de La banque à bas. Écart devenu abyssal, les inégalités sont devenues la norme dans le partage des ressources et du patrimoine.

L’événement aura lieu du 16 au 19 Novembre 2017 sur la Place Émilie-Gamelin à Montréal
Thématique : Les Paradis Fiscaux – titre à venir
Toute discipline, sous chapiteau et/ou en extérieur
Date limite : Dimanche 09 avril 2017

La facture évènementielle unique inclue le grand public et les personnes itinérantes ou vivant de la précarité sociale autour d’une expérience extraordinaire commune. L’implication bénévole y est importante ainsi que celle d’entreprises multiples pour la réussite du projet. Artistiquement, il se construit autour d’une thématique et œuvre centrale des artistes Pierre Allard et Annie Roy. Autour de ce point de départ, se déploient une programmation artistique pluridisciplinaire, des activités de médiation culturelle, des conférences et rencontres, afin de faire de ce moment, un temps d’engagement, de réflexion et de rencontres qui s’appuie sur des valeurs sociales inclusives.

L’édition 2017 marquera 20 ans de persévérance à déployer cet évènement engagé.

L’ATSA lance cet appel aux artistes afin de construire la programmation du prochain festival sur la thématique des Paradis Fiscaux, une thématique économique qui ramène celle de La banque à bas. Écart devenu abyssal, les inégalités sont devenues la norme dans le partage des ressources et du patrimoine. Sous un jargon mâché et rabâché, l’économie et ses pratiques actuelles creusent le fossé des disparités. 8 hommes détiennent autant que la moitié de la planète[1].  Un concept symbolise le paroxysme de cette situation : Les paradis fiscaux. Ils permettent aux multinationales et aux grandes fortunes de se soustraire à des centaines de milliards de dollars d’impôts. Ces impôts sont essentiels pour garantir l’accès de toutes et tous à des services publics indispensables, tels la santé et l’éducation. Ils sont primordiaux dans la lutte contre les inégalités extrêmes et pourraient permettre à des millions de personnes de sortir de la pauvreté. L’intitulé doux amer rappelle combien ceux qui détiennent tout ont aussi les savoirs pour en détenir encore plus, en déplaçant les richesses du monde dans des lieux fantômes où celles-ci peuvent prospérer à l’abri du reste du monde.

L’appel est ouvert à toutes disciplines : théâtre, danse, arts visuels, arts médiatiques, performance, poésie, littérature, contes,, interdiciplinarité, nouvelles pratiques artistiques, jeux…et toutes pratiques n’ayant pas de catégories…”

Cliquez ici pour plus de détails.

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Call for Projects

ATSA addresses this call for projects to artists in order to put together the programming for the next festival, whose theme will be Tax Havens—an economic theme that recalls that of La Banque à bas. The abysmal chasm of economic inequality has become the new norm in the distribution of wealth and resources. Spun in the media using a sugarcoated and belaboured jargon, today’s economic practices deepen this divide of disparity and disenfranchisement.

“The event will take place November 16 through 19, 2017 at Place Émilie-Gamelin in Montreal
Theme: Tax Havens – title to come
All disciplines, under a tent and/or outdoors
Deadline for proposals: Sunday, April 9, 2017

The one-of-a-kind event brings the general public and persons who are homeless or suffering social precarity together for an extraordinary shared experience. Volunteers play an important role in the project’s success, as do numerous businesses. Artistically, it revolves around a theme and a central work provided by artists Pierre Allard and Annie Roy. With that as a starting point, pluridisciplinary programming, cultural mediation activities, conferences and meetings are deployed to make the event an opportunity for engagement, reflection and encounters based on inclusive social values.

The 2017 edition will mark ATSA’s 20 years of perseverance in producing and staging this socially engaged event.

ATSA addresses this call for projects to artists in order to put together the programming for the next festival, whose theme will be Tax Havens—an economic theme that recalls that of La Banque à bas. The abysmal chasm of economic inequality has become the new norm in the distribution of wealth and resources. Spun in the media using a sugarcoated and belaboured jargon, today’s economic practices deepen this divide of disparity and disenfranchisement. (Consider, for instance, that just eight men own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world.[1]) One concept symbolizes this phenomenon at its worst: tax havens. Tax havens enable multinationals and the wealthy to avoid paying hundreds of billions of tax dollars. These lost revenues are essential to guaranteeing all citizens access to indispensable public services, such as health care and education; these funds are crucial if we are to eliminate extreme inequalities, and could enable millions of people to overcome poverty. Furthermore, those who already own everything also possess the knowledge they need to own even more, by moving their wealth to phantom locations where it can grow, far from the scrutiny of the rest of the world.

The call for projects is open to all disciplines: theatre, dance, visual arts, media arts, performance, poetry, literature, storytelling, interdisciplinary approaches, new artistic practices, games—as well as any practices that refuse to be pigeonholed.”

For more information about this call, please visit ATSA.qc.ca

-source : ATSA ; photo : JF Lamoureaux
Lire le profil d’ATSA dans notre répertoire et carte de l’art communautaire au Canada

Video: Art as a Tool for Social Change / L’art comme outil de changement social (ArtBridges/ToileDesArts)

C’est avec fierté qu’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts vous présente L’art comme outil de changement social, une vidéo réalisée par Emily Laliberté (Funambules Médias) qui porte sur l’impact de l’art communautaire et de l’art pour le changement social ainsi que sur le rôle de la ToileDesArts.

Pour réaliser cette deuxième vidéo d’une série de trois, nous avons braqué les projecteurs sur ce qui se passe au Québec, et plus particulièrement dans la ville de Montréal, afin de célébrer et de mettre en lumière certains des projets d’art communautaires et pour le changement social parmi les plus puissants, les plus transformateurs et les plus inspirants de ceux qui ont cours en ce moment d’un océan à l’autre.

Nous avons invité Emily Laliberté de Funambules Médias à collaborer avec nous pour créer un court métrage qui souligne trois projets d’art communautaires montréalais en captant leurs actions et leur impact sur le terrain. Chaque organisme partage ensuite au sujet de son expérience avec ArtBridges/ToileDesArts et de l’importance de faire partie d’un réseau pancanadien.

Nous remercions du fond du coeur Emily Laliberté et les équipes de Funambules Médias, d’Exeko, de la Société Elizabeth Fry du Québec et d’Art Entr’Elles pour leur extraordinaire travail et pour leur collaboration qui a rendu possible cette vidéo.

Bon visionnement ! N’hésitez pas à partager la vidéo pour répandre la magie de l’art pour le changement social !

– Catherine Lamaison, Coordonnatrice francophone en art communautaire, ArtBridges.

ArtBridges/ToileDesArts a reçu une subvention de la Fondation de la famille J.W. McConnell accordant des fonds sur une période de trois ans pour créer trois vidéos visant à sensibiliser le public sur la nature, la valeur et l’impact de l’art communautaire et de l’art pour le changement social au Canada, et sur le rôle et la participation d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts. Notre première vidéo, L’art communautaire et l’art pour le changement social, c’est quoi ? a été réalisée et produite par Andrea Dorfman en 2014.
Cliquez ici pour la revoir !

ArtBridges/ToileDesArts veut aussi souligner que ses projets et programmes reçoivent le soutien de la Fondation Trillium de l’Ontario, du fonds Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES, de Patrimoine Canada et enfin de tous ses membres. ArtBridges/ToileDesArts est un projet de Tides Canada.

ArtBridges/ToileDesArts is proud to present Art as a Tool for Social Change, a video directed by Emily Laliberté (Funambules Médias) focusing on the impact of community arts and arts for social change and on ArtBridges’ role.

In the making of this second of three ArtBridges’ videos, we looked to Québec and particularly the city of Montréal to celebrate and shed light on some of the most powerful, transformative and inspiring community-engaged arts and arts for social change projects going on in Canada now.

We asked Emily Laliberté from Funambule Médias, if she would be willing to work on this project with us and create a short film that would highlight three community arts initiatives in Montréal and showcase their actions and impact on the ground. Each organization would then share about their experience with ArtBridges and on the importance of being part of a Canada-wide network.

We would like to thank very deeply Emily Laliberté, and all the wonderful teams at Funambules Médias, Exeko, La Société Elizabeth Fry du Québec and Art Entr’Elles for the amazing work that they do and for making this video possible.

Enjoy the video and don’t hesitate to share it! Let’s spread the word about the magic of art for social change!

– Catherine Lamaison, Francophone Community Arts Coordinator, ArtBridges.

As part of a three-year grant, ArtBridges received funds from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation to create three videos that raise awareness on the nature, value and impact of community-engaged arts and arts for social change in Canada, and about ArtBridges’ involvement and mandate. Our first video, entitled What Are Community-Engaged Arts and Arts for Social Change All About? was created and produced by Andrea Dorfman in 2014.
Click here to watch it again!

ArtBridges projects and programs are also supported with great appreciation by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES Fund, Canadian Heritage and Memberships. ArtBridges/ToileDesArts is a Project of Tides Canada.

Resource Highlight – Mother’s experience in prison: Finding meaning through weaving and words

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Mother’s experience in prison: Finding meaning through weaving and words
Spectrum Research Repository, Concordia University | QC | 2016
Magali Henry

“Women’s imprisonment, and more specifically the situation of mothers, is a widely under represented research topic. The research presented through this report gives voice to nine mothers incarcerated in a Quebec provincial detention center in Canada. By adopting a subjective and feminist standpoint epistemology, using art-based and narrative strategies of inquiry and a thematic analysis, the researcher seeks to explore the meanings that these mothers make of their experience.

The craft of weaving was suggested to these mothers as a primary mode of artistic expression and therapeutic medium in the context of an art therapy group. The process of witness writing, a method of looking at and entering into a relationship with one’s artwork framed this artistic exploration. This creative writing method lead the mothers to produce texts which stand as rich analyses of their handcrafted work.

These narratives stand alone in expressing how these mothers experienced weaving, and in parallel, their situation of imprisonment. The texts were then analysed by the researcher to extract the most relevant themes in concordance with the research interrogations: How does weaving as therapeutic medium and creative mode of expression inform the participating mothers about themselves and their imprisonment experience in the context of an art therapy group? The findings show that most themes stand at the intersection of the experience of weaving and that of imprisonment.

As a primary focus, these mothers expressed the concerns they have and the emotions they feel about their children. Creating beauty is the overarching theme identified by the researcher and refers to these mothers’ use of the process and product of weaving as a way to search for, bring about, and give life to the qualities that provide pleasure and delight to the mind and the senses in a context where they are deprived from sources of beauty, particularly their children.”

Click through the ArtBridges Resource Portal to read the full research paper.

Appel à projet : Métissages Urbains (Exeko)

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Dates de réalisation : Nous sommes à la recherche de plusieurs artistes.
Certaines résidences devront être achevées avant la fin juin 2017 et d’autres avant la fin de septembre 2017. Merci de préciser vos impératifs ou votre flexibilité à ce sujet dans votre candidature. Les résidences pourront commencer à la fin avril 2017.

Date limite d’envois de la candidature : 26 mars 2017

Le programme Métissages Urbains accueille des artistes en résidence dans des espaces ouverts à tous – notamment dans l’espace public. Accompagné.es d’un médiateur ou d’une médiatrice de notre équipe, les artistes co-créent des œuvres (peinture, son, projection, architecture…) avec les passants afin de créer un lieu d’échanges et de rencontres improbables entre tous les citoyens et citoyennes. Chaque projet stimule notre créativité, nous invite à apprendre et à échanger nos idées!

Pourquoi faire une résidence à Exeko?

  • Découvrir d’autres pratiques de médiation ;
  • Réfléchir sur ma pratique pour la rendre plus inclusive et plus ouverte ;
  • Diversifier mon approche et mes approches dans la production de l’œuvre ;
  • Avoir la chance de déployer un projet avec la communauté.

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Qui sommes-nous?

Exeko est un organisme d’innovation sociale, basé à Montréal depuis 2006. Nous utilisons la créativité – l’art et la philosophie – pour l’inclusion sociale des personnes en situation de ou à risque d’exclusion. Notre approche reconnait avant tout le potentiel de chacun à réfléchir, analyser, agir, créer et être partie prenante de la société, quels que soient sa situation ou son parcours : nous présumons l’égalité des intelligences.
Nous utilisons une approche fondée sur la médiation intellectuelle et culturelle. Cette démarche consiste à créer des espaces égalitaires de réflexion collective à travers l’organisation d’ateliers critiques (analyse, philosophie), créatifs (arts visuels, sonores et numériques) ainsi que des sorties culturelles avec nos participants.”

Pour plus d’informations :
Veuillez consulter exeko-metissages-urbains.pdf ou http://exeko.org

Source : Exeko
Lire le profil d’Exeko dans notre répertoire et carte de l’art communautaire au Canada

Profil à découvrir : Centre Résidentiel et Communautaire Jacques-Cartier (Québec)

À mesure que notre répertoire de l’art communautaire prend de l’ampleur, nous réalisons qu’il devient un peu lourd de parcourir tous les profils… Nous avons donc pensé qu’en soulignant certains profils dans notre blogue, de temps à autre, nous vous permettrions de découvrir des projets que vous n’auriez pas encore vus. Merci de nous informer si vous connaissez des projets ou des organismes d’art communautaires canadiens qui ne se trouvent pas encore dans notre répertoire. Cette ressource se construit grâce à vos contributions! -l’équipe d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts.

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“Lieu de regroupement et de mise en action, le Centre Résidentiel et Communautaire Jacques-Cartier a pour mission, depuis 1992 de soutenir collectivement les jeunes de 16 à 35 ans dans le cheminement d’un projet de vie qui favorise leur inclusion sociale, scolaire et économique. ”

Nous vous invitons à lire le profil complet de Centre Résidentiel et Communautaire Jacques-Cartier dans notre répertoire de l’art communautaire.

7th Annual Spectrum Productions Screening and Gala (Nov 2, Montréal)

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“It is with great pleasure that we invite you to our 7th Annual gala and screening “Films from the Autism Spectrum”.

This year, more than 65 Spectrum participants followed their love of film and dedicated a staggering amount of time and effort into writing, producing, editing and creating film and animated shorts.

On November 2, they will be thrilled to share the results of their efforts at our feature event “Films from the Spectrum,” at the Mile-End landmark Rialto Theatre.

Event Details
Location: Rialto Theatre, 5723 Avenue du Parc
Date: Nov. 2nd
Time: 6:00 – 10:00
Tickets: $25 available @ https://goo.gl/ees5Y7 or in person @ Spectrum Productions

Join us for this unique chance for the filmmakers and their viewing public to come together and see why art is the lifeline for these teens to find their voice and help change the conversation about what is possible when you have autism.

For further information please visit our event page here: https://goo.gl/8ViO9E
Or contact Spectrum @ 514-448-1644.

If you are interested in further supporting Spectrum by volunteering before or at the event or by helping us fundraise for the event please get in touch. We can use all the help we can get!

Thank you all for your ongoing support! We look forward to spending an evening with you to celebrate the incredible work of these talented youth!”

-from Spectrum Productions

Highlights of ArtBridges’ Site Visits in Montreal 3/3

 

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Catherine, ready for a day of site visits!

Last June, ArtBridges/ToiledesArts’s Project Director, Seanna Connell and Francophone Community Arts Coordinator, Catherine Lamaison, spent a week in Montréal to visit and meet 19 community partners and learn about the work that they do on the ground. While most of the ArtBridges/ToiledesArts’ team’s work is done online or over the phone from our Toronto office, getting a chance to travel, see community arts programs in action and finally meet partners in person is always highly inspiring and gives all the meaning to our work.

We’ve decided to dedicate a series of three blog posts to the amazing community arts and arts for social change initiatives we’ve discovered in Montreal. Check out part 1 and part 2 here.

Thursday June 23rd
After three days of visits, we were so inspired by all this new information and discovery that it became difficult to talk about it right away, we needed time to process it all. In the meantime, we kept going and were on our way to more exciting meetings for our last day in town: Exeko, Cafe Graffiti, NDG Seniors Atelier, Les Impatients, ELAN and Cirque Hors Piste.

Exeko is a very innovative and progressive organization offering a variety of programs, all extremely creative and aiming at achieving social inclusion through art and philosophy. Exeko’s approach consists in creating collective thinking spaces where everyone is equal, through the organization of critical or creative workshops and programs.  They are Spectrum Productions’ neighbours, in a big arts building in Le Plateau.

Raymond Vigier, founder of Café Graffiti, in the arts studio.

Café Graffiti is an organization that has existed for 30 years in the Maisonneuve neighbourhood, relying on an interesting business model. The publication of a magazine (a prevention tool sold all over Québec, mostly in schools, in French and English and edited by the founder of Café Graffiti, Raymond Viger) and the profit of a bar/restaurant across the street (Bistro Ste Catherine) generates money to fund the organization. Café Graffiti aims at offering a space where youth can come, hang out, make art and feel safe, while developing professional skills, fighting exclusion and marginalization.

Seanna dropped in to see the renowned organization – Les Impatients. Aside from large meeting/art rooms and gift shop there is a museum that showcases sculptures made by program participants. Here art therapy, hands-on arts activities and incredible art exhibits are all in progress! montreal newsletter photo 7Seanna dropped in at the NDG Seniors Atelier’s weekly workshop founded and run by Nicole Macoretta, a masters student in art therapy at Concordia. This new Art Hive is situated in the rec room on the ground floor of a senior’s residence. This beautiful weekly program works so well because it is accessible to the residents and neighbourhood (the program came to them! rather than residents travelling out to a program); there are no overhead costs, as there is an arrangement with the facility to not charge rent; the facility has given them a secure storage area for art supplies (so that materials don’t need to be carted back and forth every week and so that artwork in progress can be stored). Mostly it works so well because Nicole has created an environment for creativity that is warm, supportive, non-judgemental, joyful and accommodating. Participants are free to work on a new weekly art activity or their own project.

Seanna met with Christie Huff with ELAN – English-Language Arts Network that “connects, supports, and creates opportunities for Québec’s English-speaking artists and arts communities.” ELAN works on expanding access to affordable English language arts activities and workshops. Christie was interested in learning more about ArtBridges and to exchange ideas.

Finally, Catherine met with Karine Lavoie from Cirque Hors Piste. Cirque Hors Piste is a social circus organization. It is the Montréal cell of Cirque du Monde, the social action branch of Cirque du Soleil. Offering marginalized people with an alternative space and creative inclusion, the organization promotes individual, social and collective learning through the circus arts. It provides social circus workshops where outreach workers and circus instructors join forces. Regular sessions, sessions in public spaces, and creations in intensive mode – all aim to support the personal, physical and social development of young people in precarious situations. The overarching goal is to help participants create new relationships with society. It was exciting to learn more about the whole social circus network in Canada!

From left to right: Seanna Connell, Russell Jr Ratt, Mathieu Melançon, Catherine Lamaison and Craig Commanda.

From left to right: Seanna Connell, Russell Jr Ratt, Mathieu Melançon, Catherine Lamaison and Craig Commanda.

Friday, June 24th
Seanna and Catherine met early on St. Jean Baptiste Day morning, left Montréal and drove almost 4 hours north-west to Kitigan Zibi reserve to meet young video artists at the Wapikoni Mobile outreach program. The mobile – an RV equipped with state of the art video equipment was plugged in for the month to an electrical outlet at a rest stop in the community. Matthieu- our host – introduced us to Craig and Russell – young community residents whom had previously made a few 5-minute videos. We sat, talked and watched their videos and learned all about Wapikoni. Wapikoni provides Indigenous youth with equipment, skills and guidance on how to tell something personally meaningful through video. The stories are poignant and deeply moving. Youth are fully part of all the processes of video conception and development and the outcomes are professional quality. The videos are shown around the world. After a couple of hours we high-tailed it back through Ottawa and down the 401 to Toronto, so stimulated from all the amazing people we met and projects we saw and learned about. What a privilege! Thank you community partners in Montréal!!!

-Seanna Connell and Catherine Lamaison