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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.

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“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 | Unceded Voices (Montréal)

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.

Unceded Voices : Anticolonial Street Artists Performance is a biennial convergence of Indigenous-identified women/2spirit/Queer/ and women of color street artists in Tiohtià:ke, unceded Haudenosaunee territory (also known as Montreal)since 2014. The goal of this convergence is three-fold: to develop a network of solidarity and support between Indigenous women/2Spirit/Queer and women of color street artists ; to promote anticolonial resistance through diverse street art interventions; and to foster relationships and dialogue between the collective and the broader community.”

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

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

Public Art Call: Indigenous Art Project for the Faculty of Law

Queen’s Faculty of Law at Queen’s University invites Indigenous artists to submit qualifications for consideration to design, fabricate and install a permanent artwork for the Gowling WLG Atrium of the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University. This is a two-stage competition that will be assessed by a committee. Interested Indigenous artists who may not have previous experience creating a public art commission are encouraged to consider mentorship and artistic collaborations with other artists.

The project is part of the Faculty of Law’s response to further the objectives of the Calls to Action outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, as well as the final report of Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Task Force. It is part of a greater initiative to increase the visibility of Indigenous art and culture and the recognition of Indigenous territory in spaces across the Queen’s University campus. The aim of this project is to create a welcoming space for Indigenous peoples in the Faculty of Law, and to help promote awareness around historical/contemporary issues relevant to Indigenous peoples and law.

Please see http://law.queensu.ca/indigenous-art-project for additional information and photos and a video of the atrium.”

-from Queens University website

Call for Visual Art: SPARK Disability Art Festival (Calgary)

“Studio C is proud to announce the SPARK Disability Art Festival 2017, to be held in multiple venues across Calgary November 27 through December 8. The Call for Visual Art is now open. Continue reading for details on eligibility and how to submit.

ELIGIBILITY: SPARK’s visual art exhibitions are open to all artists with a disability. The SPARK Festival is committed to equity and inclusion and welcomes applicants from diverse communities including emerging and established artists with developmental, physical, or sensory disabilities, mental illness, brain injury, and/or chronic illness.

GUIDELINES: To be considered, complete the attached application form and send it to: sparkfestival@icloud.com. Upload jpeg files to: http://www.yogile.com/sparkfestival2017.

Visual art submissions are being accepted until 11:59pm on September 30, 2017. For help with your submission, contact Roxanne Taylor at: sparkfestival@icloud.com.”

Learn more at: www.sparkdisabilityartfestival.com

-submitted by SPARK Disability Art Festival

Workshop for Mural Artists! Applied Colour Theory (Mural Routes)

What: Improve your ability to design, plan, and purchase materials for a stunning mural with this full-day workshop.  Experienced mural artist John Nobrega will lead a theoretical and hands-on exploration of colour application for mural artists, including colour mixing, colour matching, layering, planning materials, and more.
WhenSaturday, July 15, 10am-4pm
Where: Mural Routes Office, 1859 Kingston Rd., Toronto
Who: Open to all. Led by established mural artist John Nobrega, Blinc Studios
Registration: $40 for Mural Routes members, $50 for non-members. Register here by Tuesday, July 11 at 9am

-submitted by Mural Routes
Read Mural Routes profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: Eastmain Art Hive (Eastmain, Québec)

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 Eastmain Art Hive, located in the Cree Nation of Eastmain, on the James Bay is a free community Art Studio offering a mixture of traditional arts and crafts and contemporary art activities. The primary activities of the Eastmain Art Hive are painting and sewing; however, the Art Hive is involved in many creative projects and partnerships around the community involving youth, adults and elders. Some of the past and ongoing initiatives include: paintings for the arena complex, an art fair showcasing local artist’s work, traditional crafts like tamarack geese making and beading, a self defense course and sharing circle, art therapy workshops, photovoice, library and greenhouse projects. The Eastmain Art Hive encourages intergeneration learning, positive social engagement and creative art-making in a non-judgmental environment.”

To read more about Eastmain Art Hive, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Unity Festival (July 13-15, Toronto)

Unity Festival is a FREE, youth-focused Hip Hop festival happening July 13-15, 2017 featuring some of the city’s top current and upcoming talent in beatboxing, spoken word, MCing, graffiti art, break dancing, all styles dance and more!

Day 1: The Unity MC/Spoken Word & Graffiti Exhibition

Tangerine presents Unity MC / Spoken Word & Graffiti Exhibition 2017 in partnership with R.I.S.E.
Thursday July 13th – 3-11pm • Free entry

The Unity MC /Spoken Word & Graffiti Exhibition is back for 2017 and we are celebrating 10 years of Hip-Hop, Dance, Spoken Word, MC’ing and Beatbox with special guests.

Unity Fetsival 2017 kicks off on Thursday, July 13th at Geary Lane with our annual MC / SPOKEN WORD & GRAFFITI EXHIBITION in partnership with R.I.S.E., SKETCH & VIBE ARTS. The night showcases som eof Toronto’s most prolific music and visual artists alongside the most promising youth performers selected form UNITY, VIBE ARTS, and SKETCH’S city-wide after school and drop-in programs.

This year we are very proud to host two of Canada’s leading artist educators who will lead the exhibition with presentations on how they empower and effect change in individuals and communities. STEPHEN “BUDDHA” LEAFLOOR is an internationally recognized and awarded social worker, celebrated dancer, and founder of BLUPRINTFORLIFE, which has brought empowerment, hope and real social change in Canada’s north and urban centers.

DR. AUDREY HUDSON, is an assistant professor at OCAD University where she has developed two courses on teh influence of Hip-Hop art and design practices who views teh arts as a tool to begin decolonizing education because of teh creative platform it provides for historically marginalized communities.

Day 2: Dance Exhibition & Beatbox Competition

Tangerine presents Unity Dance Exhibition & Beatbox Competition 2017.
Friday July 14th – 5-11pm • Free Entry

On Friday July 14th we are very excited to host our UNITY DANCE EXHIBITION & BEATBOX BATTLE at UNDERPASS PARK, under the Eastern Avenue, Richmond and Adelaide Overpasses. The DANCE EXHIBITION features Toronto’s top youth nand professional street dancers in a number of different battles highlighting hip-hop, breaking, popping, and house, Our first round will focus on the community youth and alumni who have developed their skills alongside the guidance of Unity’s program faciliatators.

For the second round, selected mentors from various established dance crews will battle alongside their top students against other mentor/student crews. And for our last round, a number of the most well-respected crews including CASINO BOYS, TENSE IMAGE, ALIBINO ZEBRAZ, WAREHOUSE JACKS, and many more will face off against each other for the first time on Unity’s dancefloor.

Once again, BEATBOX CANADA, the most respected champion of the beatbox community will showcase the underrated art of vocal percussion with an epic battle between Toronto’s top beatboxers in a 1 vs 1 musical battle for 20 years and under. Battle judges are Unity Alumni PARALLEL (Sparx & Psyriene) and WORDOFMOUF (Killabeatz & Subconcious) will represent this art as a part of the human narrative and beatboxers as true musicians while inspiring young talent to pursue new ways of artistic expression through their performances.

RULES/HOW TO ENTER FOR BEATBOX BATTLE
– Must be a Canadian Citizen 20 years of age or under
– Email beatboxcanada@gmail.com with your name, age and city to register by June 1st, 2017
– Capped at 16 entries, first come first serve so email and contact ASAP!
– Open elimination at event, all participants will have 90 seconds to showcase their skills
– TOP 4 beatboxers will be chosen to battle for prizes
– Battles are 2 x 90 seconds rounds, 3rd place battle will happen as well

LOCATION:
UNDERPASS PARK
29 Lower River St.
Toronto, Ontario
FREE ENTRY

Day 3: Unity Concert
Tangerine presents Unity Concert 2017
Saturday July 15th – 3-11pm • Free Entry

TORONTO!!!!! The Unity Festival is back for 2017 and we are celebrating 10 years of Hip-Hop, Dance, Spoken Word, MC’ing and Beatbox with a line up that includes the return of …

MAIN SOURCE celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their classic album “Breaking Atoms” with an all star line up that includes LARGE PROFESSOR, K-CUT, MIKEY D, NEEK THE EXOTIC & JOE FATAL.

Joining this legendary rap group are TOBi, LOS POETAS, THE SORORITY, RED SLAM fest. MAHLIKAH AWE:RI, JAYD INK, LOLA BUNZ, EBHONI, SAMBA SQUAD YOUTH TROUPE, ZAKISHA BROWN, MOBI MAWLA, YANNICK GREEN, DJ MENSA & ICED MISTO

Hosted by none other than:
R.CHUNG, DIAMOND OSOTEO, & BRITTA B.
_______________________

LOCATION:
DAVID PECAUT SQUARE
215 King St. West @ John ST.
Toronto, Ontario
FREE ENTRY

unitycharity.com | #unitycharityTO”

-posted with permission from UNITY Charity
Read UNITY Charity’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

The Touching Ground Festival (Jumblies Theatre, Toronto)

“This spring Jumblies is producing the Touching Ground Festival – a suite of new works on a common theme – the culmination of many activities with many people over the past three years of inhabiting this brand new and ancient location – now called CityPlace, in this place now called Toronto. During our time here, we have delved into the Indigenous and layered histories and current sounds, sights and voices of the area, while also making connections across the city and the country. Threads from all of these explorations appear in our activities over the coming weeks.

As many of you already know, starting on Saturday May 13th, until the end of June, Touching Ground events will be taking place in three main areas: The Ground Floor (132 Fort York Blvd), Evergreen Brick Works (555 Bayview Ave.), and Historic Fort York (250 Fort York Blvd). In addition, Jumblies will be collaborating with our partners elsewhere in Toronto.

Click on each event for more information about some of our Festival highlights:

Plus: three short films, a giant turtle quilt, comics, a new musical in-progress, workshops, exhibitions, celebrations, and more!

For more information, including a full list of festival events, schedule, workshops, and how to get involved visit www.touchinggroundfestival.ca

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

Call for submissions of visual art from newcomers for art exhibit (MNLCT, Toronto)

MNLCT Opening Doors Art Gallery _ Call Out

“OPENING DOORS / MNLCT ART EXHIBITION
Exhibition dates: May 23 – May 26, 2017
Location: MNLCT Victoria park site (3570 Victoria Park Ave, Suite 204. North York, On. M2H 3S2.)
* There is no submission fee for this event.

CALL FOR ARTISTS:
This is an open call to DIVERSE IMMIGRANT VISUAL ARTISTS to submit works of visual art to the Mennonite New Life Centre Toronto (MNLCT) OPENING DOORS Art Exhibition. This is a unique and temporal art exhibition that MNLCT will host to celebrate the opening of our Victoria Park location at 3570 Victoria Park Ave, Suite 204. North York, On. M2H 3S2.

CRITERIA:
Artwork should be on the theme of “OPENING DOORS” and be inspired by artists’ immigration experiences, and consistent with our organizational vision, mission, and anti-oppression statements. Using these criteria, a committee will assess all the submissions, make the final selections, and contact chosen artists to drop off their work. Each artist can summit/display up two pieces at the exhibition.

ELIGIBILITY:
This art exhibition is open to immigrant visual artists ages 18 and older. Entries must address the theme of “OPENING DOORS” in some way. The Mennonite New Life Centre is committed to community equity initiatives. We encourage internationally trained artists and members of ethno-racial, Aboriginal, immigrant, refugee, LGBT and disabled community groups to participate and self-identify. Staff, volunteers, interns, Board of Directors members, and members of MNLCT, and community partners are also welcome to submit their work.

COMMUNITY CHOICE AWARD:
Attendees of the art exhibition will have the chance to vote for their favourite work. The winner will be announced on May 25, 2017.

COPYRIGHT / INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS:
Artists retain all copyrights to their artwork without exception and may use “OPENING DOORS – MNLCT Art Exhibition”, for the purposes of promoting their participation at the event. The artists grant to the MNLCT a non-exclusive right to use their names and pictures of submitted artwork for promotional use in connection with the opening.

KEY DATES:

  • Entry Deadline: May 8, 2017 at 11:59pm
  • Artists accepted will be contacted by May 12
  • Artwork
  • Drop off: May 16 & May 17 (10:00 am to 2:00 pm)
  • Exhibition Dates: May 23 to May 26
  • Opening Door Art Exhibition Community Choice Award: May 25, 6:00 pm
  • Artwork Pick up: May 26 (3:00 pm to 5:00 pm)

ART WORK REQUIREMENTS:

  • The maximum artwork size is 70cm x 100cm inclusive of the frame, and the maximum weight is 15kg. Artwork sizes and weights are maintained to ensure we can manage the installation, display and safety of the artworks on the exhibition.
  • Artists can submit work ONLY in any of the following two dimensional medium: paintings, photography, drawing, and mixed media.
  • Artists must provide the easel to display each piece of artwork selected.
  • All artwork must have the artist’s name and contact information on the back.
  • Wet paint (oil paintings) will not be accepted.
  • Please avoid glass and very heavy art for safe keeping.

STEPS TO APPLY:

  • Read all information on this page carefully.
  • Send an e-mail to asalazar@mnlct.org with a low-resolution picture of your artwork(s). Subject Line: “[ARTIST NAME] MNLCT Opening doors Art Exhibit” and with the following information:
    • Artist Name
    • Art Title(s)
    • Medium(s)
    • Dimensions (by cms)
    • Email
    • Phone Number
    • Postal Code
    • There is no submission fee for this event.”

-submitted by MNLCT