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Volunteer Opportunity: Join the Empathy Squad! (FiXT POiNT)

Gather Oral Histories To Foster Empathy And Build Your Podcasting Skills.

Check out www.empathysquad.ca to see our work so far!

Volunteer Opportunity (Future Leaders Age 18-30)

Volunteer for the Empathy Squad to make a difference in your community through the power of storytelling. In the midst of global upheaval, isolation, and the search for social, class, and racial justice, we are looking for volunteers to generate empathy-building dialogue through the collection of stories and interviews.

Oral-storytelling forges connections between people and ideas, makes information more accessible, and helps us understand the ties that bind us. Oral-history nuances the stories of the past and present, helps us understand how communities experience the forces of history, and allows us to learn together on the path towards a shared future. 

Amplify voices, centre overlooked stories, and celebrate the unsung heroes in your community. You’ll have the chance to collect stories, learn podcasting skills, meet new people from different walks of life, and collaborate with future leaders across the country. Come spark change, one story at a time.

Participants Will:

  • Discover artful ways to volunteer in their community
  • Learn interview and recording techniques, narrative shaping and audio editing skills
  • Gain skills in community engagement through oral-history collection
  • Enhance readiness for leadership roles and community participation
  • Grow empathy from coast-to-coast through community-building dialogue

Program Details:

Approximately 12 hours a week of commitment for 12 weeks total. The 4th cohort starts September 7th, 2020 and will be delivered virtually. Cohorts 5&6 are yet to be determined”

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.fixtpoint.com/empathysquad-apply

-from FiXT POiNT

Open Immersion II: Call for VR Storytelling Ideas by Indigenous Creators

“We’re looking for Indigenous creators across Turtle Island to bring your nonfiction VR ideas to the Open Immersion Creative Development Lab.In 2016, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) and the JustFilms | Ford Foundation co-presented OPEN IMMERSION: A Virtual Reality Creative Documentary Lab. This groundbreaking project supported knowledge exchange between six Indigenous Canadian artists and six artists from the American South.

In July 2020, OPEN IMMERSION II will launch as a remote Lab featuring mentorship, training and creative ideation with an opportunity to present final pitch packages to key industry with imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

We’re looking for exciting, boundary-pushing, original works that are in the earliest stages of ideation.As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to redefine our relationship with digital technologies, we are excited to bring this opportunity into the homes and workspaces of creators. The framework for the Lab consists of:

  • Three phases of virtual labs
    • Lab Phase 1: Ideation (July 20-21)
    • Lab Phase 2: Creative Development (August 17-18)
    • Lab Phase 3: Proof of Concept Presentation/ Pitch (September 21-22)
  • Project check-ins to guide creators as they work remotely to meet creative targets
  • Presentation of projects to key industry (October 2020)

You’ll develop these creative presentations with CFC Media Lab, JustFilms | Ford Foundation, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Toronto studio of the world-renowned National Film Board of Canada

We want to know what VR storytelling looks like in a pandemic and we want to push the boundaries of who it’s made for.”

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScxIBWw0i_IcRNyOkVbRZ5BRSGIlA4SKZBPMk9M61Ud-s74sg/viewform

-from The Indigenous Screen Office

Made in Exile: Theatre & Storytelling Program (youth-led community arts initiative, Toronto)

About the Program

Made in Exile’s Theatre and Storytelling is a free community theatre program for Tibetan youth (29 years old and under) to explore stories of Tibetans in the diaspora. Participants will get the opportunity to:

  • gain knowledge and exposure to theatre through workshops led by local guest artists
  • work towards creating their own performance piece
  • get the opportunity to perform and share their work with their family and friends
  • attend a field trip to see a local play with fellow participants

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The program is dedicated to honouring the unique experiences accumulated by Tibetans navigating life in exile. As a creative outlet for Tibetan youth, community theatre helps young Tibetans express their feelings, thoughts and aspirations, while also affirming Tibetan spirit and community. Oral storytelling and performance has always been a strong aspect of Tibetan culture; Made in Exile is a space for Tibetan youth to renew our cultural treasures as they work through the complexities of being the exile generation.

Commitment

The program will have 12 sessions, each 3 hours long that will happen during the span of 2.5 months. In addition there will be a dress rehearsal and final performance. The first 8 sessions will be the workshop phase with local guest artists, the next 4 sessions after that will be the creation phase and the last two sessions will be dedicated to rehearsal and final showing of pieces created in the program. After the program is done, the whole team will go out to see a local play in Toronto to celebrate the hard work of all the participants.

For more information or questions please contact Rinchen Dolma at madeinexiletheatre[at]gmail.com.

This project is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s – Youth Opportunities Fund.”

APPLY NOW!

-from Made in Exile

Call for Participants: The E.W.o.C. Project – Turbulence II

“The E.W.o.C. Project – Turbulence II is an exciting paid, skill-building workshop series for youth, taking place this winter at UTSC.

Turbulence II is a free a mixed-media storytelling workshop series for emerging artists, who identify as Muslim women of colour. The 11 week (22 hours) series will guide 15 youth artists to create a collection of pieces through the interdisciplinary practice of: illustration, poetry, and painting, and will incorporate re-purposing materials (such as fabric, plates, and pottery). The series will conclude with a gallery exhibition, showcasing the stories of the diaspora experience and disrupting harmful narratives.

The workshop series is facilitated by The E.W.o.C. Project, alongside Oubah Osman, and Yara El Safi, in partnership with Art Reach and Toronto Arts Council. 

About the workshop series: Turbulence II

The E.W.o.C. (Equity for Women of Colour) Project is facilitating Turbulence II, a mixed-media storytelling workshop series for emerging artists, who identify as Muslim women of colour. The 11 week (22 hours) series will guide 15 youth artists to create a collection of pieces through the interdisciplinary practice of: illustration, poetry, and painting, and will incorporate re-purposing materials (such as fabric, plates, and pottery). The series will conclude with a gallery exhibition, showcasing the stories of the diaspora experience and disrupting harmful narratives. The workshop participants will be paid for the duration of the series. This is part 2 of a pilot project, which first took place in the summer of 2019, in partnership with Art Starts and Scarborough Arts.”

Click here for more information and how to apply.

-from Neighbourhood Arts Network

The Wishing Tree (H’art Centre, Kingston)

“In Prince Edward County, there stood a 700-year old sugar maple that some believed had magical powers to grant wishes. For 200 years, people would kneel beneath her canopy holding the branches and the leaves close to their hearts and make wishes that ultimately came true. Until one day, the tree was struck by lightning.

Inspired by stories and legends of Prince Edward County, The Wishing Tree is a storytelling concert performed by H’art School artists and local performers.

Featuring traditional and new songs, The Wishing Tree’s musical style ranges from folk, gospel, polka and more. H’art artists have created new illustrations, paintings, props, and sets to bring the story of resilience, community and healing to life.

About H’art Centre
We are a non-profit, charitable arts hub that provides people with disabilities and those facing barriers with opportunities to create, study and produce works in the arts.”

For more information on The Wishing Tree, please visit H’art Centre’s website

-from H’art Centre website
Read H’art Centre’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Workshop: Stories for the Next Generation (Scarborough)

Stories for the Next Generation is a free intergenerational storytelling workshop series for seniors ages 55 and older to share with their families and communities.

Over the course of the series, senior participants will work with a professional storyteller to create enticing creative writing pieces. Participants will record their stories with their children and grandchildren to create a collection of audio-stories and will also work with an artist to create a visual companion to their stories. All items will be published into a compilation of stories.

This free series is hosted every Wednesday (1-3PM) from June 13 to October 31 at ACSA – Dorset Park Hub (1911 Kennedy Road, Unit #105, Scarborough).

For more information or to register, visit: www.nextgenerationarts.ca/programs

-submitted by Next Generation Arts

‘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.