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Resource Highlight | Transformative Community Art: Re-visioning the Field of Practice

Transformative Community Art: Re-visioning the Field of Practice
University of Toronto, T-Space | ON | 2011
Catherine Anne McLeod

“Community art is a multidisciplinary practice that was engendered by two main perspectives on art; a functionalist approach and an ‘art as essential to humanity’ approach. These differing ideological positions led to the construction of polarizing dichotomies that divided the field of practice and stagnated the community art discourse. This thesis re-visions community art as transformative community art (T.C.A.) to integrate a diverse range of practice into a distinct, recognizable field, transcend the binaries inherited from its founding fields, and identify the field as an innovative artistic movement and radical practice for social change. In this thesis T.C.A. is employed as a framework for theorizing practice. Threats to T.C.A. from funding structures, cooptation, and institutionalisation are explored and strategies of resistance identified. The concept of T.C.A. is mobilized to identify areas for future work; raising questions and ideas that can contribute to advancing a more complex, nuanced, and productive discourse.”

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ArtTransforms Series Episode 4: Art Impassions

SKETCH and their partners at TraffikGroup are proud to launch their web series #ArtTransforms: six 90-second video vignettes in which young people reveal their own personal Art Transforms story. The series covers themes like mental health, inclusion, entrepreneurship, and more. Young people share how engaging in the arts at SKETCH has sparked their own personal and artistic transformation.”

“Oddane released his debut album ‘From Yard to Foreign’ in July 2017. In addition to his blossoming music career, He currently works as a youth worker at a local Toronto shelter, and is working on his second album.

On any given night in Toronto, about 2,000 young people are homeless (about 6000 on any night across Canada). For over 20 years, SKETCH has been advocating that access to the arts is a potent response. Through Oddane’s story, we are inspired and compelled to develop more opportunities in the arts for young people to live well and lead in reshaping our communities.

Support the 800 youth that come to SKETCH every year to build their skill base, get access to healthy meals, and become entrepreneurs.

Donate at sketch.ca/donate today. Share Oddane’s story, Art Impassions, and sign up for more stories at bit.ly/NextArtTransformsEpisode.”

Click SKETCH’s playlist to view past #ArtTransforms videos in the series.

-from SKETCH
Read SKETCH’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

ArtTransforms Series Episode 3: Art Inspires

SKETCH and their partners at TraffikGroup are proud to launch their web series #ArtTransforms: six 90-second video vignettes in which young people reveal their own personal Art Transforms story. The series covers themes like mental health, inclusion, entrepreneurship, and more. Young people share how engaging in the arts at SKETCH has sparked their own personal and artistic transformation.”

“On any given night in Toronto, about 2,000 young people are homeless (about 6000 on any night across Canada). For over 20 years, SKETCH has been advocating that access to the arts is a potent response. Through Skratch’s story, we are inspired and compelled to develop more opportunities in the arts for young people to live well and lead in reshaping our communities.

Skratch is a grafitti/aerosole artist. His art is inspired by traditional native art, and graffiti style.

Follow Skratch:
Facebook: @skratch.wonder
Instagram: @skratchwonder

Make an impact on young people’s creative capacity today.

Share Skratch’s story, Art Inspires, and sign up for more stories down below.

Your response means more youth living homeless or in poverty will find health, inspiration, and voice through the arts.

Click bit.ly/ArtTransformsSeries to view past #ArtTransforms videos in the series.”

-from SKETCH
Read SKETCH’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Resource Highlight | Expressing Vibrancy

Expressing Vibrancy
CoBALT Connects | ON | 2015
CoBALT Connects, CRUNCH Lab, LIVE Lab, Centre for Community Study, City of Hamilton

“Expressing Vibrancy is a research project that looks at neighbourhoods through the lens of culture…In its simplest form, Expressing Vibrancy’s aim is to answer the question of what makes a community culturally vibrant, and to whom. The study forms a big-picture understanding of neighbourhoods by examining them through a cultural lens.” The study findings are expressed through interactive maps as well as reports that can be found on the project website.”

Click on the ArtBridges Resource Portal listing for more details.

ArtTransforms Series Episode 2: Art Speaks

SKETCH and their partners at TraffikGroup are proud to launch their web series #ArtTransforms: six 90-second video vignettes in which young people reveal their own personal Art Transforms story. The series covers themes like mental health, inclusion, entrepreneurship, and more. Young people share how engaging in the arts at SKETCH has sparked their own personal and artistic transformation.

In the second episode of the seven-part series #ArtTransforms, musician and entertainer, @Dynesti, shares her story.

Dynesti Williams is currently working on her first album entitled The Dyna. This project will take listeners on a journey through her experiences as a young person from the margins who worked hard to transform her life through art. Dyna is her nickname, and The Dyna is the creative space where she combines the ingredients of the universe into sonic food dishes for the soul. This album will be released for free after Dynesti’s tour across the US with producer Timian which started on October 1.

Make an impact on young people’s creative voice and capacity today.

On any given night in Toronto, about 2,000 young people are homeless. For 20 years, SKETCH has been advocating that access to the arts is a potent response. Through Dynesti’s story, we can inspire to public to see the urgency of providing opportunities in the arts for young people to live well and lead in shaping our communities.”

Click bit.ly/ArtTransformsSeries to view past #ArtTransforms videos in the series.

-from SKETCH
Read SKETCH’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

ArtBridges Tips & Tools #7: Creating Indigenous Art Spaces in the City

Artists Aura and Chief Lady Bird share reflections, tips and tools about their experiences creating murals in collaboration with communities to create spaces for dialogue, healing and self expression. They frequently collaborate with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, schools and organizations in Toronto and the GTA. Aura and Chief Lady Bird sat down for a Skype conversation with ArtBridges’ Indigenous Community Arts Outreach Coordinator, Megan Feheley.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Megan: What are some of the challenges that you have run into during your mural projects?

Aura: One thing that Chief Lady Bird and I really like to emphasize is community. We have our fees that we work within, we’ll always pitch that first, and will always say that if you have a set budget and it is less than our fees, then we will work within that. And whether we need to scale down the project, whether we need to do it a little bit differently- we’re really open to working with people because this work needs to be done for community.

Chief Lady Bird: We acknowledge that sometimes funding comes from different places, and it’s different if we’re operating within larger institutions or government funded projects where they have resources and it’s not directly connected to our community. In that case I think it’s important to outline our fees and the amount of work that we do because it is a lot- but when it comes to people in our community, then that obviously can be more important to support.”

Click here for the full ArtBridges Tips & Tools: Creating Indigenous Art Spaces in the City. For more FREE resources and tools like this, please visit the ArtBridges Resource Portal or reach us at info@artbridges.ca.

The ArtBridges Tips & Tools Series is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and translated with support from the Department of Canadian Heritage Interpretation and Translation grant.

Resource Highlight | Choreographic Play: Investigating Dynamic Choreographic Engagement with all Bodies

Choreographic Play: Investigating Dynamic Choreographic Engagement with all Bodies
York University | ON | 2016
Michelle Ann Silagy

“Choreographic Play: Investigating Dynamic Choreographic Engagement with all Bodies is informed by the burgeoning trend to include multi-ability bodies in the practice of contemporary dance. An important aspect of this research addresses inclusivity whereby improvisational methods and choreographic processes can be infused within communities comprised of all abilities of all populations of people. The goal of my research has been to originate improvisational and choreographic processes and choreography that can be experienced and understood by all who take part in it. This research considered ways to share both processes and performative aspects of choreography by utilizing a practice-based methodology in the creation of three choreographic case studies. These are, first the I Am solo project entitled at the end of a stem, second, a self-produced project (RE)Trace and finally, Snowlight. These case studies represent the containers where activated investigations are magnified and/or realized.”

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Resource Highlight | Why the Caged Bird Sings: Radical Inclusivity, Sonic Survivance and the Collective Ownership of Freedom Songs + Tools

Why the Caged Bird Sings: Radical Inclusivity, Sonic Survivance and the Collective Ownership of Freedom Songs + Tools
OCADU | ON | 2015
Cheryl L’Hirondelle

“This thesis, by way of deep reflection and truthful recounting, pays homage to six different groups of predominately Indigenous incarcerated women and detained male youth, who engaged with me in an active process of collective songwriting and recording between 2008 and 2015. This inclusive creative process was designed to enable participants— who are at risk of having their voices, histories and identities erased—to participate in a life-­?affirming demonstration of their own self-­?expression by co-­?creating a song together. Indigenous Inquiry or Critical Indigenous Pedagogy (CIP) was the methodology utilized, in order to examine my motivations for wanting to discover and share what constitutes a ‘freedom song’. In doing so, this thesis shares specific knowledge I gained as a result of my lifelong dedication to furthering the dissemination of nêhiyawin (Cree Worldview), through my favourite mode of creative expression: song-­? writing. In addition to this written thesis, the original songs are included.”

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Project Highlight: “Sky is the Limit” Documentary & Performance (All Nations Healin’ Thru the Artz)

All Nations Healin’ Thru Artz is a “non-profit community organization that links professional artists with inner-city youth in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada to collaboratively create and showcase performance based work and projects.” ANHTA shares with us a documentary and the entire performance of this year’s “Sky is the Limit” showcase in Regina, which was a roaring success. Watch the videos below and enjoy!

In the Fall, All Nations Healin’ Thru Artz will be celebrating their 10th anniversary, details forthcoming, but keep your eyes and ears open for what they have in store for their anniversary!

-submitted by All Nations Healin’ Thru Artz
Read All Nations Healin’ Thru Artz’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Rapport : Impressions de l’impact des arts sur la qualité de vie et le bien-être en Ontario (Conseil des arts de l’Ontario, Nanos Research)

“Une nouvelle étude du Conseil des arts de l’Ontario (CAO) réalisée par Nanos Research révèle que les habitants de la province reconnaissent la contribution importante des arts au dynamisme et à la viabilité des collectivités.

Selon Impressions de l’impact des arts sur la qualité de vie et le bien-être en Ontario, rapport de Nanos Research fondé sur un sondage aléatoire de 1 004 personnes, une vaste majorité d’Ontariens est d’avis que les arts contribuent aux différents éléments qui déterminent la qualité de vie et le bien-être d’une collectivité. La recherche montre aussi à quel point cette opinion est ancrée chez les Ontariens

Points saillants de l’enquête

Les arts et la qualité de vie

  • 93 % des Ontariens sont d’avis que les activités artistiques contribuent à enrichir la qualité de notre vie.
  • 90 % des Ontariens affirment que les arts sont importants pour améliorer la qualité de vie dans leur collectivité.
  • 85 % déclarent que les arts sont importants pour améliorer la qualité de leur propre vie.

Les arts, l’identité et l’appartenance

  • 91 % des Ontariens sont d’avis que les arts nous aident à mieux comprendre les autres cultures.
  • 88 % sont d’avis que la participation à des activités artistiques construit un sentiment d’appartenance à sa communauté.

Les arts et le bien-être collectif

  • 90 % estiment qu’une scène artistique locale et active aide la communauté à devenir un meilleur endroit où vivre.
  • 97 % estiment qu’engager les enfants dans les arts est important pour leur développement global.
  • 80 % des Ontariens estiment qu’une scène artistique locale et active aide la communauté à attirer des entreprises.

Investissement public dans les arts

  • 82 % des Ontariens estiment qu’aider à rendre les arts disponibles aux gens de l’Ontario est un investissement important du gouvernement.
  • 79 % estiment que le gouvernement devrait dépenser des fonds publics pour investir dans les arts.

Opinion positive à l’endroit des arts dans toutes les régions et dans tous les groupes démographiques

L’enquête montre aussi qu’une majorité d’Ontariens, indépendamment de la région, du sexe et de l’âge, ont une opinion positive à l’endroit des arts et de tous les aspects suivants : qualité de la vie, bien-être collectif, identité et appartenance, investissement du gouvernement.”

Pour lire le rapport complet, visitez le site du Conseil des arts de l’Ontario.

-source : Conseil des arts de l’Ontario