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SKETCHTalks: Diversity & Inclusion Panel-Discussions (Toronto)

Diversity & Inclusion
SKETCHTalks bring together leaders from Toronto’s technology, advertising, creative and not-for-profit sectors to create strategies and dialogue around impact and change-making in the community.

With The Globe and Mail recently heralding “Diversity and Inclusion give firms a competitive edge,” there’s no doubt creating an organizational culture that champions diversity and inclusion in the workplace benefits our organizations, our societies, and ultimately our world. Many corporations and nonprofits in Toronto are leading the way to workplace diversity and inclusion–and benefitting from it.

SKETCHTalks is proud to bring together panelists from some of these very organizations who’ll share with you their own personal, inspiring stories and shared journeys, and insightful strategies that can lead to organizational transformation.

Event Details:
Join us at the SKETCH Creative Hub on Friday, May 4 for breakfast and change-making conversations about inclusion & diversity in the workplace.

When?
7:30am – 8:00am – Networking Breakfast*
8:00am – 9:00am – SKETCHTalks Panel Discussion
9:00am – 9:30am – Networking, Tours of SKETCH Creative Hub

*Coffee and breakfast provided by our own Culinary Arts team.

Where?
180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
Artscape Youngplace building – SKETCH Lower Level – Creative Hub (see map below)

About SKETCHTalks:
Hosted by Toronto-based non-profit SKETCH, SKETCHTalks is a series of panel-discussion events that bring together leaders from Toronto’s technology, advertising, creative, and not-for-profit sectors to create strategies and dialogue around impact and change-making in the community.

For more details and to register, please visit SKETCHTalks event page.

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

Join the Mentor Database for Toronto Arts Council’s Newcomer & Refugee Artist Mentorship Program

“Toronto Arts Council’s Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship Program is seeking Toronto-based professional artists to join its mentor database. This program provides funding for newcomer and refugee professional artists to work with a Toronto-based arts mentor.

Why should you join? The program supports the integration and inclusion of newcomer and refugee artists to Toronto’s arts community. Successful applicant pairs will share a $10,000 grant to design and implement their mentorship.

Interested? Contact Rupal Shah, Strategic Programs Officer at rupal[at]torontoartscouncil.org

To learn more click here.”

-from Toronto Arts Council newsletter

Groundstory: roundtables addressing the affects of gentrification on the arts in Ontario

“Are you concerned about loss of affordable spaces for the arts in rapidly gentrifying neighbourhoods across Canada?

Groundstory is a cross-sectoral effort to identify and address the effects of gentrification on the arts in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and across Canada through a deep commitment to shared learning online.

Facilitated by ArtsPond with generous funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation, upcoming activities include Round the Block public roundtables in Toronto (May 3) and Hamilton (May 7). At these free events, vulnerable arts and culture workers impacted by the lack or loss of affordable and accessible spaces and housing are invited to share their perspectives in an open community dialogue. The stories and evidence gathered will be used to help determine specific interventions to take place in subsequent stages. Additional roundtables are also in the works for other communities across the GTHA throughout 2018.

Visit Groundstory.ca for more details and to RSVP.”

-submitted by Groundstory

Profile Highlight: The Acorn Arts 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 Acorn Arts Project is a site-based community outreach art organization which runs free, weekly, drop-in arts programs for residents of 220 Oak St. as well as members of the Regent Park neighbourhood.”

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

Identify: A Celebration of Indigenous Arts & Culture – The Landless Band Project (Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s)

 

“The Landless Band Project, funded primarily through Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter Program and facilitated by Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s, has recently undergone a rebrand. The project will be now be referred as Identify: A Celebration of Indigenous Arts & Culture. This decision was the result of extensive consultation with the project’s steering committee, stakeholders, partners and Indigenous community members who felt that the original title was not indicative of their strong historical ties to the land.

Identify: A Celebration of Indigenous Arts & Culture is reflective of the increasing exploration and reclamation of suppressed Indigeneity in Newfoundland and Labrador. It supports and encourages conversations exploring how we identify ourselves to one another and how we meet that self-identification. The project aims to create a progressive dialogue concerning self-determination, acceptance and cooperation while celebrating Newfoundland and Labrador’s proud and steadfast Indigenous heritage. Eastern Edge Gallery entered into a dialogue with the Indigenous community concerning their needs and desires and have rebranded the project and programmed the forthcoming festival to best meet those needs and desires.

“This project has been ongoing since 2017 through events, exhibitions and panel discussions. Programming has evolved into, Identify: A Celebration of Indigenous Arts & Culture festival, April 8- 22nd 2018. Eastern Edge is excited to facilitate this necessary platform for celebration of Art and Indigenous identities.”

Philippa Jones, Executive Director of Eastern Edge Gallery

Identify aims to create space for Indigenous voices and expression, bringing together Indigenous arts and culture professionals from the theatre, film, literature, visual, culinary and textile art communities of Newfoundland and Labrador while giving time and space to reinforce their history and current experience. Identify will share and showcase the traditional and contemporary artistic and cultural practices of the Mi’kmaq people of Newfoundland and Labrador as well as the Inuit, the Innu, the Southern Inuit of Nunatukavut and the Beothuk. The project provides a platform for Indigenous-led conversations on self-identity, self-rediscovery and celebration of Indigenous culture.”

For more information, please visit Eastern Edge Gallery.

-from Eastern Edge Gallery’s newsletter
Read Eastern Edge’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Volunteers: Luminato Festival

“Luminato wants YOU to volunteer with us for our amazing 2018 festival!”

“Are you?

  • Passionate about the arts
  • Interested in building community
  • Love interacting with the city
  • Want to develop or share your skills

Year after year, Luminato depends on our enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help transform Toronto each June. Our diverse groups of volunteers are the face of Luminato. Not only do they enhance the visitor experience by providing world class customer service, they also lend onsite support to bring art to life working alongside Luminato staff.

Since Luminato’s inception in 2007, volunteers have played an integral role in the successful execution of each and every event. It is with deep gratitude that we would like to thank our devoted, enthusiastic, talented and diverse volunteer teams for their ongoing commitment and support. We are forever indebted to each of you for sharing our passion for bringing adventurous art to adventurous places and highlighting Toronto’s artistic vibrancy.

Luminato is celebrating its 12th anniversary this year, and we’re so excited. The festival runs from June 6th – 24th. Join us to bring 3 weeks of art, inspiration, and fun to Toronto!

As a volunteer you will get behind-the scenes access to one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary arts festivals. You will meet and build relationships with people interested in the arts and build transferable skills for the future. Not to mention, a plethora of high-fives and a warm, welcome into an inclusive community. More information here!

Volunteer Positions

  • Ambassadors
  • Front of House
  • Festival Administrative Volunteers
  • CultureLink Mentors

Apply now!
Questions? Email volunteer[at]luminato.com
Volunteers must be 19+ or Join our Youth Team (14–18 years)
Orientation sessions are in held in April & May”

-submitted by Luminato

Celebrate the Las Nubes Project and the Cultural and Artistic Practices for Social and Environmental Justice Certificate (CAP) (York University)

“Join us on International Women’s Day March 8th for performances featuring Costa Rican Artist Guadalupe Urbina and/or Toronto’s own Long Branch and talented York University faculty and students, and celebrate the Las Nubes Project and the Cultural and Artistic Practices for Social and Environmental Justice Certificate (CAP).

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St W. Toronto
6:30pm – Concert | Tickets $10; Student tickets FREE or PWYC with student ID (Buy tickets)
In support of the Las Nubes Project, hear a concert featuring Guadalupe Urbina, whose music explores social issues including gender roles, the environment and the cultural identity of Costa Rica.

10pm – Eco-Arts and Media Festival Cabaret | FREE, after 9pm – RSVP Required
With four formidable frontwomen supported by nuanced, driving rhythms, Long Branch’s songs tell stories of overcoming hardship with grit and determination. The evening will also feature a cabaret of performances by students and faculty from York University with special guest DJ Syrus Marcus Ware!”

-from York University

Round The Table & Performing Stories (March 21-24, Jumblies Theatre)

ROUND THE TABLE is a winter warming project taking place at The Ground Floor. It brings together songs, soup, sewing and storytelling.

March  21, 22, 23, 2017  (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
March  24, 2017 (5:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Tickets (including soup dinner): Suggested $20
Charitable receipts for additional donations
PWYC tickets for local residents and friends of choir members
Seats are very limited and so please reserve in advance

We’ve commissioned composers and song-writers to create new rounds for the Ground Floor Choir to rehearse on Wednesday evenings. With text generated by artists and community members, each round represents one stage of a meal: preparing the home, making the soup, greeting the guests, expressing thanks, toasting, telling tales, clearing up, bidding farewell.

Meanwhile, on Tuesdays, we are inviting people to join us in cooking and eating soup, illustrating recipe cards and decorating felt envelopes to hold them. Tuesday meals will also feature guest storytellers, followed by storytelling workshops for youth and adults.

All of this will come together in a Round the Table musical meal and performance, running from March 21st to 24th. For more details and to make an advance reservation, contact info@jumbliestheatre.org.

Date: Tuesdays, February 6th- March 20th
Times: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: The Ground Floor, 132 Fort York Blvd, Toronto.
No experience needed! Drop in for one workshop or come to all six of them.
Feel free to come early for homemade soup and sewing activities with Fabric and Culinary artist Marianne Alas (happening between 4:30 – 6:30).
* FREE, accessible space, transportation and other support can be provided

What is it?
Performing Stories is a new 6 week workshop series, with a focus on sharing and exploring cultural, personal and imagined stories with some exciting guest artists!

The workshop will be lead by Julia Hune-Brown with the support of Binaeshee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon, with guest storytellers Sharada Eswar ( Feb 13th), Rubena Sinha ( Feb 20th), and Bernice Hune ( Feb 27th).

The guest artists will perform and share their own stories and processes with the group and inspire the group to tell their own stories, with a performance outcome at our Round The Table event at the end of March.

http://www.jumbliestheatre.org/jumblies/current-projects/round-the-table
For more information contact: info@jumbliestheatre.org or 416 209 8428″

-from Jumblies Theatre
Read Jumblies’ Profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

# BigFeels: Creating Space for Mental Health in the Arts symposium (Workman Arts)

“Public Consultations – Be a Part of the Current Conversation about Mental Health!

Workman Arts invites you to contribute to the discussion on the intersectionality of arts and mental health. These consultations will support Workman Arts in developing the #BigFeels: Creating Space for Mental Health in the Arts symposium that will be held in Toronto at the end of May 2018. What kind of supports and resources do artists, arts organizations and mental health advocacy/service-based organizations need to support more inclusive spaces? How do we better support artists with mental health lived experiences? How do we grow as a community to better support and grow with each other? Who are the artists, leaders and organizations you admire that are doing work in the sector? Let’s create meaningful conversations in our communities about mental health!

Public Consultation Dates & Locations:

Public Consultation with Artists with Lived Mental Health Experiences
March 5, 2018 7:30pm-8:30pm
Program Room at Wychwood, Toronto Public Library
1431 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Public Consultation with Arts Organizations
March 6, 2018, 7:30pm-8:30pm
Program Room at Wychwood, Toronto Public Library
1431 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Public Consultation with Mental Health Advocacy/Service-Based Organizations
March 7, 2018 7:30pm-8:30pm
Program Room at Wychwood, Toronto Public Library
1431 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Please RSVP with what night you are attending by March 2, 2018 : parul_pandya[at]workmanarts.com”

-from Workman Arts website
Read Workman Arts’ profile on our Directory and Map of Community-Engaged Arts

‘The Stories We Share’ Zine Launch (Sick Muse Art Projects)

The Stories We Share Zine Launch

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Members’ Lounge (Toronto City Hall)
100 Queen Street West, Toronto Ontario

Please contact Sick Muse Art Projects to confirm attendance.

About this Community Arts Project:

THE STORIES WE SHARE, a series of creative writing workshops for refugee and/or newcomer women (persons who self-identify as women) living in Toronto. Over 25 women from different backgrounds participated in creative writing, collectively creating poetry and sharing their stories of migration to Canada through the process. The workshops were led by 6 women writers, poets and spoken word artists who, through the creation of a safe space, allowed women to connect with each other and share their journeys.

THE STORIES WE SHARE ZINE: Stories of Goodbyes, Journeys, Arrivals and New Homes were complied in a printed publication, supported by women visual artists (newcomers and first- and second-generation immigrants) who contributed their talent by illustrating the work of project participants.

More than 60 women are involved in this initiative.

This project is funded by Toronto Arts Council through the Newcomer & Refugee Engagement Program

About Sick Muse Art Projects:
Sick Muse Art Projects is a Community Arts collective dedicated to working with
refugees and newcomers, specifically those who have experienced violence in their
lives. Sick Muse Art Projects has been actively engaged with various refugee
communities for over six years.

The Canada Council for the Arts recently invited our Program Director to present Sick Muse Art Projects work at the Global Dialogues: Migrants and Refugees Conference, organized by the Ministry of Culture of Argentina, and the European Union National Institutes for Culture.”

To learn more about Sick Muse Art Projects and their programs and projects, please visit: http://www.sickmuseartprojects.org

-from Sick Muse Art Projects
Read Sick Muse Art Projects’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.