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Profile Highlight: The AMY Project (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.

The AMY Project is a free performing arts mentorship and theatre creation program serving young women and non-binary youth. AMY breaks down barriers to participation by providing meals and transportation; accessible, queer and trans inclusive and anti-racist environments; and more. With the mentorship of professional artists, AMY participants learn to tell their stories with honesty, integrity, and artistic rigour. AMY was the 2017 recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Arts For Youth Award.”

To read more about The AMY Project, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Theatre for Action Workshops for July! (Mixed Company Theatre, Toronto)

Mixed Company Theatre is bringing back their popular Forum Theatre workshops this July! Theatre for Action is our week-long series of intensive workshops conducted by renowned Forum Theatre creator and Mixed Company Theatre Artistic Director Simon Malbogat.

Forum Theatre give communities the agency to develop their own grassroots solutions and the ability to envision the positive outcomes of inspiring social change. The techniques of Forum Theatre facilitation are transferable to a wide range of community engagement arts initiatives. Theatre for Action participants will receive the skills to become better facilitators, artists, community leaders, and more socially-aware educators.

For more information, including workshop descriptions, please visit: http://www.mixedcompanytheatre.com/artists/training/

-from Mixed Company Theatre
Read Mixed Company Theatre’s 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

GeriActors 2nd Annual Summer School (Edmonton)

“​GeriActors 2nd Annual Summer School starts June 29

Introduction to storytelling, acting and improv

Perfect for anyone wanting to learn more about our acting company, the GeriActors & Friends, or wanting to try something brand new.

GeriActors has been turning stories into plays for the last sixteen years. Join us this summer and learn how to turn your own stories into moments of theatre to share with others.

STRESS FREE ACTING – NO LINES TO BE LEARNT – LOTS OF LAUGHS TO BE HAD!

No experience necessary and all abilities welcome.

Date & Time:
June 29 – July 27
Thursdays from 1 – 3pm

Location:  
The SAGE Seniors Association
15 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Auditorium

Cost: $20

Register in person at SAGE or call 780-423-5510.”

Breaking Through (Sarasvàti Productions, Winnipeg)

 

 

“I think we all live in mortal fear of losing our minds”

“This bold new play puts the spotlight on mental health like never before.

After two years of research and input from almost 400 community members with different perspectives on mental health, Sarasvàti Productions is excited to present the world premiere of Breaking Through.  The play follows the stories of five Winnipegger’s living with different mental health issues. Writers Hope McIntyre and Cairn Moore honour these stories with nuance, humour and unabashed honesty. Join the conversation with panel discussions following select performances.

Date: May 23-28, 2017.

Location: Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at U of W, 400 Colony Street)

Time: Performance times vary”

-submitted by Sarasvàti Productions
Read Sarasvàti Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

Spring Moon / 春明 connecting seniors and youth in culturally diverse communities across Toronto (Mixed Company Theatre)

Spring Moon - Poster “Mixed Company Theatre Presents

春明 Spring Moon
Written by Diana Tso
Directed by Karthy Chin

Mixed Company Theatre is pleased to present the second installment of their InterGEN Project, Spring Moon. Based on the real-life experiences of the Toronto Chinese community, Spring Moon tells the story of a resilient immigrant peoples through the eyes of three Chinese grandmothers who survived hardships and crossed oceans to give their granddaughters a better life. Although separated by differences of language, culture, and distance, the unconditional love that exists between grandmothers and their granddaughters is a connection that cannot be broken.

Spring Moon reveals that to find out who we are, we will have to understand where we come from.

Spring Moon plays from April 20th to 23rd at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance (304 Parliament Street). The show will be performed in Cantonese, Mandarin, English, and French with Chinese and English surtitles. Written by acclaimed playwright Diana Tso (Comfort, Red Snow Collective) and directed by emerging artist Karthy Chin (The Enchanted Loom, Cahoots/ Factory Theatre), Spring Moon is an exploration of Chinese intergenerational relationships in Toronto and features Asian community performers and emerging artists from the GTA.

Spring Moon was created with the input of Chinese youth and seniors from Eastview Community Centre, Scadding Court Community Centre, Broadview Manor, The Phoenix Arts Academy, and Toronto Community Housing. Speaking about the process of creating Spring Moon, playwright Diana Tso raves “The seniors are full of surprises! I loved watching them practice Chinese folk dancing and being a part of their circle as they sang. The youth in the play…their input and sharing of their personal lives were very valuable.”

Spring Moon is the second production produced under The InterGEN Project, a three-year initiative generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to connect seniors and youth in culturally diverse communities across Toronto. Community participants were invited to share their stories, family and cultural traditions in a series of workshops held throughout the last three years. These tales of family, migration, and cultural displacement were then collected and developed into two full-scale theatrical productions by renowned Toronto artists. The first production, Shelf Life, was brought to life on stage by Luciano Iogna with the direction of Artistic Director Simon Malbogat in December 2016.

Founded as an artist-run collective in 1983, Mixed Company Theatre produces innovative, socially relevant plays as a tool for positive change. Today Mixed Company Theatre is committed to inspiring schools and community organizations across Canada to create social change through theatrical practice. In addition to producing Spring Moon, they are also currently touring their hit teen show Half Full, on anxiety and mental well-being, to schools across the GTA.

“Mixed Company has created community-engaged work with various groups and in our discussion with Scadding Court we wanted to give voice to the intergenerational Chinese community which is under-served. I believe the only way for theatre as an art form to remain relevant is to connect with that community so people see themselves reflected on the stage.” – Simon Malbogat (Artistic Director, Mixed Company Theatre)

CBC coverage of The InterGEN Project: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/shelf-life-play-1.3880580

春明 Spring Moon
Written by Diana Tso
Directed by Karthy Chin
April 20 – 23, 2017
The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance (304 Parliament Street)
Thursday April 20th – 7:30 PM
Friday April 21st – 7:30 PM
Saturday April 22nd – 2:00 PM
Saturday April 22nd – 7:30 PM
Sunday April 23rd – 2:00 PM
Tickets: $10 Available online at: http://springmoon.brownpapertickets.com/
We are committed to making theatre financially accessible for everyone. For discounts and group rates, please contact info@mixedcompanytheatre.com or call 416-515-8080.

Cast
Betty Chou
Juvally Chan
Ashley Chan
Susan Chou
Angela Sun
Shasha Huo
Mikaela Cordero

Creative Team
Playwright – Diana Tso
Director – Karthy Chin
Stage Manager/ Production Manager – Becky Wong
Assistant Production Manager – Calvin Wong
Choreographer/ Movement Coach – Julia Hune-Brown
Set/Props Designer – Echo Zhou
Lighting Designer – Alan Trumble
Music Composer/ Pianist – Alice Ho
Costumer Designer – Laura Delchiaro
Poster Designer – Wenting Li”

For more information, please visit http://www.mixedcompanytheatre.com/2017/02/springmoon/ Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @MixedCTheatre and #SpringMoonTO

-from Mixed Company Theatre newsletter
Read Mixed Company Theatre’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: Dramatic Changes Artist Society (Halifax)

 

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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Dramatic Changes is a “not-for-profit organisation that aims to:
1) Create and present story-based art such as films, musicals, websites, songs, and games to raise awareness of social justice issues.
2) Amplify the voices of marginalised communities by supporting collaborations between community members and professional artists.
3) Support diversity in the arts industry
4) Provide arts mentorship to the community”

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

Theatre Creators Reserve Grant (Ontario Arts Council)

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“Theatre Creators Reserve Grant
Application deadline: December 1st, 2016

Are you a theatre artist or a playwright who identifies as a disabled, Mad, or D/deaf person?

Tangled is currently accepting applications for the OAC’s Theatre Creators’ Reserve funding. This program provides grants of $1,000 to $5,000 to assist theatre creators, playwrights, and informal collectives with costs related to developing a theatrical work, including developing relationships with other theatre artists.

Please read the Program Guidelines, which includes information about eligible expenses before writing up your application.

Application Guidelines
To apply for this funding, please submit:

  • 3 copies of an application form (to access this form, click here)
  • A resume or CV
  • A proposed budget (see Program Guidelines for a list of eligible expenses)
  • A brief description of your project (up to 500 words)
  • Support materials relevant to this grant application (eg: documentation of the work that will be performed).
  • A stamped, self-addressed envelope if you want your support materials returned.
  • Please email your completed application to info@tangledarts.org with “Theatre Creators’ Reserve Grant Application” as the subject line.

You can also mail your application to:
Tangled Art + Disability
S-30, 401 Richmond St. W
Toronto, ON
M5V 3A8

Or drop your application off at:
Tangled Art Gallery
S-122, 401 Richmond St. W
Toronto, ON
M5V 3A8

We will get back to you within 3 weeks about whether or not we’ve recommended your project be funded by the OAC.

Application Support

Click here to visit our website for application support.”

-from Ontario Arts Council

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

Risk to Change: Advance your Changemaking Skills (Image Theatre, Toronto)

Risk to Change
“To change the world, we need to see ourselves as agents of change and to engage in radical methods of engagement in communicating with one another. To take a risk and step outside of our comfort zone is one of the radical methods this training will use to assist you in your personal transformation. One of such risks may be expressing ourselves using our body and challenging our assumptions while interpreting body language. In a safe workshop environment, you will be able to test the risk-taking process and learn how to integrate it into your practice.”

December 7, 2016
11:00 AM – 4:30 PM EST
Artscape Youngplace
Studio 107, 180 Shaw Street
Toronto

For more information, please visit the workshop’s event page on Facebook and register on Eventbrite.

-submitted by Pavla Uppal