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The 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Oct 18-22, Toronto)

“The 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival today announced the full programming for the Festival, running October 18-22, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. imagineNATIVE will present over 100 feature films, documentaries, shorts, and music videos created by Indigenous filmmakers with almost three quarters of the films (72%) made by Indigenous female directors.

imagineNATIVE’s opening night gala on Wednesday, October 18 will be Waru a film directed by eight Māori women, telling the story of Waru, a young boy who dies at the hands of his caregiver. Each director tackles a ten-minute segment of Waru to create one complete, remarkable story through the lens of multiple family and community members as they deal with the horrific loss. On Sunday, October 22, the closing night gala will be The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Métis/Dene award-winning filmmaker, Marie Clements.

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Highlights from imagineNATIVE‘s feature film programs include Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier, the true-crime story revolving around a captivating reclusive woman from a small northern Manitoba reserve whose catfishing of an NBA superstar made international headlines; Sweet Country, from director Warwick Thornton and starring Hamilton Morris and Sam Neill in a period western set on the Northern Territory frontier; Juliana & the Medicine Fish, starring Adam Beach and Emma Tremblay; Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film; and Kayak to Klemtu, the first feature film by Zoe Hopkins.

imagineNATIVE will also include a diverse selection of short film programs including the return of The Witching Hour, the annual midnight horror/comedy series; Receptors, a series of experimental, dramatic, and documentary shorts; Ambient Light, shedding a light on the polar region with five shorts from Sweden, Greenland and North America; and Channel 51 Igloolik, celebrating 30 years of Inuit video art with a world premiere screening of Bowhead Whale Hunting with My Ancestors by Carol Kunnuk and Zacharias Kunuk – the first episode from the seven-part television series, Hunting with my Ancestors.

imagineNATIVE is also proud to announce that Cree actor, humanitarian and activist Tina Keeper will receive the 2017 August Schellenberg Award of Excellence. Tina Keeper will receive her award at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival’s Awards Presentation on Sunday, October 22 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

imagineNATIVE will present A Wall is a Screen, a nighttime event that is part-walking-tour and part-film-screening that transforms the way people look at and interact with their city by projecting short films onto various surfaces. This will be the first time ever A Wall is a Screen will feature all Indigenous-made short films.

imagineNATIVE‘s music showcase The Beat, co-presented by Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), returns with live performances from Mob BounceKayla BriëtZiibiwan, and DJ Kookum, and a screening of eight music videos by Indigenous filmmakers and musicians.

The Digital Media Art+Cade, sponsored by Rezolution Pictures/Schoolü, returns to imagineNATIVE with projects including: The Cache, a digital photo essay from the Ammaaq family, who live north of the Arctic Circle; Standing Rock: People and Pride, an audio documentary by Kim Wheeler; Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show, a video game testing the mental might of the player; Impossible to Contain, a 360 video doc about the aftermath of a diesel spill in the waters of Bella Bella, BC; Purity & Decay, a video game utilizing the popular Telltale adventure game style; Thunderbird Strike, a 2D sidescroller game with the player flying from the Tar Sands to the Great Lakes as a thunderbird protecting Turtle Island; He Ao Kotahi, a web series featuring Māori artists in Palestine; and XINONA, a digital animation essay set in an alternative universe where planets are made of kale, kombucha and beer.

imagineNATIVE’s Art Crawl will include three different locations, showcasing eight exhibitions at seven different galleries. This year’s Art Crawl will begin at OCADU with two exhibitions: For This Land: Inside Elemental and raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000–2015). The Art Crawl will then move to the 401 Richmond building with five Exhibition Premieres including: Mourning and Mayhem: The work of Adrian Stimson at A Space Gallery; Channel 51: Igloolik – The Filmmaking Process, at Trinity Square Video; Skawennati: for the ages, at The Commons; Territ-Aur(i)al Imprints at Prefix Gallery; and Raven Chacon: Report at YYZ Artists’ Outlet. The evening will end with Installation Preview: Transmissions Part II at Wallace Studios, a behind-the-scenes preview of filmmaker Lisa Jackson’s first art exhibition Transmissions, as well as watching the filming of Unearthed, a live performance that will be a centrepiece of the installation.

imagineNATIVE’s FREE Industry Series, presented by CBC and CBC Docs, returns with leading professionals from around the world teaching and discussing topics relevant to Indigenous media creators. The Industry Series running October 19 to 21 will open with a launch and details of the new imagineNATIVE Institute, panels including topics surrounding Indigenous protocols in film and media, the first ever Web Series pitch competition, networking events, and a Sound Design Masterclass with Māori artist Dave Whitehead, with credits on major motion pictures and shows including District 9, The Hobbit, Arrival and Netflix’s Okja.

The full schedule for the 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is now available online at imaginenative.org/calendar.”

-from ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival news release
Read imagineNATIVE’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Artists’ Health Talk Series starts today! (Artists’ Health Alliance)

“Starting October 17, world-class researchers take the stage for our free Research for Practice (R4P) Talk Series.

Bringing decades of clinical work and research, our speakers will share their hard-earned insights into the forces which shape artists’ health. The focus lies on practical applications of their research, bridging the gap between what researchers discover and how artists work.

All talks are free of charge.
Registration is open! To learn more and register, go to
artistshealth.com/workshops/R4P-registration

-from Artists’ Health Alliance website
Read Artists’ Health Alliance’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Kwe Performance Series: community workshop & performances (Native Women in the Arts)

Native Women in the Arts is pleased to announce the Kwe Performance Series: Pura Fé and Jennifer Kreisberg, in partnership with Big Medicine Studio.

On Thursday, November 3, at Nipissing First Nation, Pura Fé and Jennifer Kreisberg of Ulali Project will present a free community workshop at Big Medicine Studio, followed by a community performance. Pura Fe and Jennifer Kreisberg will perform and discuss hand drum songs, invite participants to join in, and answer questions.

Nipissing Community Workshop: Friday, November 3, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: Big Medicine Studio, 161 Couchie Memorial Drive, North Bay, ON
Admission: Free

Nipissing Community Performance: Friday, November 3, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Big Medicine Studio, 161 Couchie Memorial Drive, North Bay, ON
Admission: PWYC


Native Women in the Arts is pleased to announce the Kwe Performance Series: Ulali Project, in partnership with St. Anne’s Anglican Church and Big Medicine Studio. 

The evening will include a performance by world renowned a cappella group Ulali Project, with guest artist. This concert is the first event of our Kwe Performance Series for the second season.

Toronto Performance: Saturday, November 4, 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Venue: St. Anne’s Anglican Church, 270 Gladstone Avenue, Toronto, ON
Tickets: Adults $20.00/Elders, Students, Underemployed & Art Workers $10.00

For more information, please visit Native Women in the Arts website or  the facebook event pages: Nipissing First Nation (Nov 3) and Toronto (Nov 4)

-posted with permission from Native Women in the Arts
Read Native Women in the Arts’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

17th Annual Reelworld Film Festival (Oct 11-15, Toronto)

“Join us for five days of films that raise awareness, spark conversation, and create greater understanding of the world around us. Now in its 17th year, Reelworld Film Festival takes audiences on journeys that deeply explore the world’s most pressing social issues from the perspectives of diverse filmmakers. Through socially relevant films, Virtual Reality (VR) experiences, video games, and conversation, Reelworld uses storytelling as a tool for social change.

October 11th to 15th – Save the dates and discover the best in socially engaged film and media.”

For more information, please visit: www.reelworld.ca/festival2017

-from Reelworld website
Read Reelworld’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Toolbox Initiative: program designed to encourage and build healthy relationships between girls, gender nonconforming youth, and boys and to challenge gender stereotypes (Toronto)

About the Toolbox Initiative

“Toolbox is a program designed to encourage and build healthy relationships between girls, gender nonconforming youth, and boys and to challenge gender stereotypes. Our aim is to support the development of self sufficiency and confidence: experiences that we, as members of Toolbox, had when we first learned to work with our hands. The program will be led by the women identifying members of Toolbox who have backgrounds in woodworking and experience in training youths in these skills. Currently Toolbox aims to service the youth of the Kingston Galloway/ Orton Park neighbourhood. The members have, in some capacity, a connection to the KGO; having worked, gone to school or participated in community programming in the area.”

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

Profile Highlight | Open Field Collective (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.

Viewer at Street Projects

“The Open Field Collective brings contemporary art right to the streets by exhibiting artists’ works in residential front-yard gardens. The exhibitions are curated or selected from our ongoing open submission calls, and change every six weeks. These galleries are free to the public and are accessible by anyone walking down the street, 365 days a year.”

To read more about Open Field Collective, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight | Sister Writes (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.

“Since 2010, Sister Writes has built community around stories. Through creative writing workshops, public arts events, and literary magazines, we strive to empower women, provide mentorship, and inspire the community with vital stories about women’s lives.”

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

Making a Living Making Art Workshops (Neighbourhood Arts Network, Toronto)

“DESIGNING & MARKETING A CREATIVE ENTERPRISE
Workshop 1:
October 19, 2017 6:00 – 9:00pm

Rogers Communications Centre, Room: RCC 359 A
80 Gould Street
Toronto, ON
M5B 2M7
Map available here

This workshop will cover one aspect of implementation, website & social media management. Attendees will be taught how to save time & effort by managing their website using WordPress and their social media using Hootsuite.
Workshop 2:
November 2, 2017 6:00 – 9:00pm 
Rogers Communications Centre, Room: RCC 359 A
80 Gould Street
Toronto, ON
M5B 2M7

This workshop will cover marketing planning & strategy, focusing on the needs of creative entrepreneurs. The starting point to a successful strategy is a solid advertising & marketing plan: a plan that guides marketing momentum with focus & progressive actions.

About the Facilitator:
Fatou Seck has several years of experience in professional adult education. She is passionate about teaching and sharing her marketing expertise with people who need guidance in this field. Her teaching experiences combined with her knowledge of marketing planning and online & offline marketing have equipped her well to deliver highly valuable training. She provides one-on-one training to solopreneurs & small organizations and group training to learning centres such as SKETCH Arts and the Markham Small Business Centre. Fatou is also the founder of Seck eMarketing Solutions, a bilingual digital marketing agency whose mission is to empower small organizations to meet their marketing needs through training and one-on-one coaching.

Artists can sign-up by visiting here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/making-a-living-making-art-tickets-38347506424

Profile Highlight | Suitcase Theatre (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.

Suitcase Theatre is a registered charitable organization that was founded by the original producer and creator of Mr. Dressup, one of Canada’s most loved and longest running children’s television shows. The theatre group performs at daycares, schools, hospitals, community centres, festivals and special events across Ontario. We also offer dynamic after school programs, camps and class workshops that focus on drama, improv, comedy, singing, dancing and the visual arts.

Our goal is simple: we encourage everyone to discover their creativity and love of live theatre regardless of income or circumstance.”

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

Seven Generations: Youth Reconciliation Project (Toronto)

“Please join 7th Generation Image Makers along with artists Animikii, Hannah S.Beaulieu, Lucia Laford, Jennifer Messon, Trevaun Robinson and Taylor Webster as we celebrate the opening of the photography exhibition Seven Generations: Youth Reconciliation Project.

Exhibition Opening will take place on Wednesday September 27th from 5-7PM with Artist Talks at 5:30PM in the Ada Slaight Gallery of OCAD Universtiy (100 McCaul Street, 2nd Floor).

This project has been supported through Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST), the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council (TASSC), and the Indigenous Visual Culture Student Centre of OCAD University.”

from Native Youth Resource Centre facebook