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‘Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way’ Tour (Vancouver Moving Theatre)

“It’s finally happening!! After many years of listening, writing, visiting partnering communities and fundraising Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way is now ready to tour across Turtle Island/Canada.

And it’s starting on Coast Salish territory at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre May 17-27, 2018.

Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way is a new play and cultural encounter that brings to life the story of Old One and his journey to reconcile with himself, his family and his community.

Woven around indigenous storytelling and cultural teachings, Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way is co-written by award-winning artists Renae Morriseau (Saulteaux Cree) with Rosemary Georgeson (Coast Salish/Sahtu Dene) and Savannah Walling (American Canadian). It is also enriched by contributions from the cast, knowledge-keepers and partnering communities.

Click on the video link above to watch Renae, Savannah and cast members talk about what this project means to them!

Although we are well on our way to production, we are still raising funds for a few select, yet vital aspects to the project like food for cultural gatherings, mentorship fees for youth, and ceremonial gifts for each community we visit along the tour: donation page.”

-from Vancouver Moving Theatre newsletter

Workshop: Introduction to Storytelling and Acting (GeriActors, Edmonton)

“NEW GeriActors Workshop: Introduction to Storytelling and Acting (Spring Session)

If you’ve EVER acted or NEVER acted, this is the program for you!

Join the fun!

Turn your stories into plays
Learn about acting
Improvise
Create dynamic characters
Perform (if you want to)
If you participated in GeriActors SUMMER SCHOOL this workshop is a continuation of what you learned. We would love to see you there!

When:
Fridays from 3:00 – 5:00pm
March 2 – May 11
No session on March 30 for Good Friday

Location:
The SAGE Seniors Association
15 Sir Winston Churchill Square
SAGE is wheelchair accessible and all abilities are welcome

Cost:
$40 per person or pay-what-you-can
Register in person at SAGE or call 780-423-5510

GeriActors has been turning stories into plays for the last 17 years. For more information on GeriActors Theatre visit our website: www.geriactors.ualberta.ca

-submitted by GeriActors Theatre
Read GeriActors’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Workshop – At the Heart of the Matter: Personal Storytelling in a Digital World (Winnipeg)

“At the Heart of the Matter: Personal Storytelling in a Digital World is guided by a storytelling process introduced by Story Center www.storycenter.org over 20 years ago. Since then it has found its way into many fields in North America and internationally. It has been used as a transformative resource by social service and health providers; educators, oral history researchers and librarians; and by groups committed to building community and to social, environmental, and political change.

In this workshop Community Works facilitators provide:

  • A safe and respectful storytelling space where participants can listen deeply to their own stories and to others’; 
  • Tutorials on video editing tools used to create short (2-5 minute) multi-media, first-person stories.

The process ends with a screening of the completed videos.

Community Works offers At the Heart of the Matter public workshops on a regular basis. The next public workshop is scheduled for Nov. 3-5, 2017.

Community Works also develops storytelling projects through partnerships with host organizations.

We provide start to finish project planning and development services, including assistance with community engagement strategies and fundraising through proposal development.

For more information, please visit: www.community-works.ca

-submitted by Community Works

Profile Highlight: HerStories (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.

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HerStories is a “speaker series that showcases personal stories to foster female empowerment, connection and community. It’s about sharing the stories that make us feel more connected and less alone– the stories that we’re afraid to tell; the stories that we feel might reject us if we share but, really, only bring us closer together.”

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

Youth Engagement Project: Mine (Vancouver)

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“Time: Fridays 4pm-5:30pm
Dates: January 20 – March 10
Place: Trout Lake Community Centre
Cost: FREE with snacks provided

The program will be co-facilitated by Kelly McInnes and Rianne Svelnis with live music by Alex Mah. It is intended for youth ages 14-18 who are interested in dance, performance, music, theatre, story-telling, textiles and visual art! The workshop will be a collaborative creation process focusing on Kelly’s project ‘mine’, which is an interactive, multi-disciplinary work that uses a large collection of second-hand clothing to create imagery and stories surrounding our experience of consumption, materialism, and identity. It explores fast fashion, body image, history and memory, using clothing as the common thread between us.

More about the facilitators:

Kelly McInnes is a Vancouver based dance artist whose intention with her work is to magnify, comment on and create dialogue around, important socio-political issues within our society. Kelly’s work is often multi-disciplinary and includes long duration, installation, community engagement and guerrilla performance.

Rianne Svelnis is a Vancouver-based dance and recent graduate of the Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program. She celebrates dance as a primal language of expression; sacred, playful, political and transformative.”

-submitted by Deborah Gordon

Call for Workshop Hosts: GeriActors Training Program (Edmonton)

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GeriActors is running a new Training Program in our intergenerational theatre techniques for actors, educators, healthcare providers, and recreation professionals. At the end of this Training Program, trainees will apply what they learned by leading workshops for seniors in Performance Storytelling.

We are inviting seniors’ venues and organizations to host Performance Storytelling workshops over a period of three weeks, November to December. Minimal cost to hosts!

Hosts will be responsible for providing workshop space, administrative support and assistance with publicity. Workshops will be open to all seniors without restriction, with no experience required, and with all levels of mobility welcomed.

Performance Storytelling – Using theatre exercises, improv, laughter and fun GeriActors inspires reminiscences, and helps participants turn their stories into moments of theatre to share with others. Whether you have a history in theatre, have always dreamt of performing, or just want to try something new a GeriActors workshop is the perfect place to begin.

Interested organizations should contact Becca Barrington at geriactors.friends@gmail.com for an application. Completed applications are due September 25.

For more information visit our website.”

-submited by GeriActors Theatre
Read GeriActors’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Honouring Our Stories: A digital storytelling & arts-based project for survivors of sexual violence (Thunder Bay, ON)

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“The Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre invites cis women, trans women, trans feminine, non-binary and two spirit people who have experienced sexual violence (e.g. sexual assault, rape, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, exploitation etc.) and allies to learn about the project through supportive creative workshop sessions.

Be part of a collaborative experience to create a group poem and short video to show support and make a statement against sexual violence.

Creative Workshops
For survivors: August 10, 24
For allies: August 11, 25

5:30pm – 8:00pm
285 Red River Road
Waverley Library

For more information, call 807-345-7802 or email nowcproject@tbaytel.net.
Can’t make it? Drop off or email your submission to the Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre.”

Visit the Facebook Event Page or www.nwowomenscentre.org for more information.

Posted with permission from Jayal Chung

GeriActors Summer School (Edmonton)

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Introduction to storytelling, acting, and improv

GeriActors is thrilled to announce their first summer session – GeriActors Summer School – from June 16 – July 14. This program is perfect for anyone wanting to learn more about our performance/acting company, the GeriActors & Friends.

The GeriActors have been turning stories into plays for the last fifteen years. Join us this June and learn how to turn your own stories into moments of theatre to share with others.

THIS SUMMER — GET CREATIVE, BE THEATRICAL, AND HAVE A LOT OF FUN!
No experience necessary and all abilities welcome.
The program will finish with a final performance for family & friends.

Date & Time: June 16 – July 14: Thursdays from 1 – 3pm
Final Performance on July 14

Location: SAGE Auditorium, 15 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Cost: $20
Register in person at SAGE or call 780-423-5510″

-submited by GeriActors Theatre
Read GeriActors’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Stitching Our Stories & Making Marks (A Community Art Project with the Espanola Fibre Arts Festival, ON)

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“Story telling has been an essential component of community life for thousands of years. In days past, people would gather communally to share stories. Stories of encouragement, hardship, pride, fear and sadness were shared as essential parts of life. Today, we listen to stories on the radio, watch movies that tell us stories and read books , news papers and magazines – all telling us various stories. Some stories move us to action or emotion.

Stitching Our Stories & Making Marks – art from word, words illustrated, word as art, translations will serve to:

  • Provide an opportunity for individuals to give voice to a story by creating a ‘story flag’
  • Coordinate opportunities for people to gather and create together through a tactile & visual means
  • Transfer of knowledge and skills of artists to the community
  • Foster a sense of community and belonging through learning and stitching together
  • Enhance opportunities for interesting and authentic cultural experiences

Participants will be led through a series of exercises over the course of 6 months. Beginning in April we will start with the story telling & writing aspect of the project. Writings may appear in the form of poetry, song, and essay etc – each writing will depend on the author and what story is being conveyed.

Each of the following month’s participants will encounter various artists who will offer support and wisdom in their area of expertise. Each ‘story flag’ will be unique and stories may be obvious or hidden.
Techniques used in the creation of the ‘story flags’ can include; fabric printing and painting, hand or machine stitching, embroidery and embellished with found objects and hand dyed and reclaimed textiles. The use of a variety of colours, shapes and arrangements, textile collage and the use of reclaimed fabrics and found objects, dying, fabric resist techniques, embroidery techniques and applique? may be employed in the creation of each ‘flag’

‘Story flags’ will be created with various fibres. Specific instructions and details about the project will be provided to participants at the initial meeting April 27th or can be requested via e-mail to Jody Pilon. All workshops are scheduled for 7:00 PM at the Espanola Public Library board room a donation of $3.00 is suggested to attend each workshop. It is not essential to attend each gathering in order to participate in this community art project.

‘Story flags’ will be exhibited at the 5th Annual Espanola Fibre Arts Festival. This community art project is supported by the Espanola Public Library & the Ontario Arts Council.

For more information about the project or to donate supplies please contact Jody Pilon at coordinator@espanolafibreartsfestival.ca.”

-posted with permission from the Espanola Fibre Arts Festival

Jumblies & CAHEP Present Four Lands: An Interactive Art-Making Project, April 11-17 (Thunder Bay, ON)

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“Join Jumblies Theatre (of Toronto), and Community Arts & Heritage Education Project (CAHEP) as we explore our community stories through miniature making, written word, visual art, dance, music, and more!

Four Lands is an interactive art-making project creating and bringing to life miniature worlds to express differing perspectives on the place where we live. We will create, the Goodland, the Badland, the Lostland, and the Dreamland through responses to questions such as:
How do we learn more deeply about a place?
How do different people sharing the same land can experience it differently?
What are the loves, dreams, challenges, and hidden stories in Thunder Bay?

Bring yourselves, your stories, and your inspiration and be a part of this important opportunity. Free and accessible, everyone is welcome!

Monday April 11th:
Project Launch – Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing, 5-8pm

Tuesday April 12th:
Artmaking Drop-in – Baggage Building Arts Centre – 5-8pm

Wednesday April 13th:
Artist Workshop, Part 1 – Baggage Building Arts Centre- 5-8pm*

Thursday April 14th:
Artmaking Drop-in – Baggage Building Arts Centre – 1:00-3:30pm
Artist Workshop, Part 2 – Baggage Building Arts Centre – 5-8pm*

Friday April 15th:
Artmaking Drop-in – Victoriaville Mall (East Entrance near the Bargain Shop) – 2:30-5pm
Artmaking Drop-in – Minnesota Park (820 Minnesota Street) – 5:30-8:00 pm

Saturday April 16th:
Artmaking Drop-in – Victoriaville Mall (East Entrance near the Bargain Shop)- 11am-1pm
Artmaking Drop-in & performance explorations – Baggage Building, 3-5pm

Sunday April 17th:
Final interactive installation, performance and celebration – Baggage Building Arts Centre (indoors & out), Noon-4pm

*Advance registration requested”

Visit the Facebook Event page for more information!

Posted with permission from Alana Forslund
Read CAHEP’s profile on ArtBridges’ Directory and Map of Community-Engaged Arts