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Outside Looking In: 120 Indigenous Students From Across The Country Gather in Toronto for the Ultimate Dance Performance

Presented by Outside Looking In, the 12th Annual “Indigenous Youth Dance Show” takes place at Toronto’s Sony Centre, Thursday, May 23rd

– Tickets on sale now –

« In Indigenous communities across Canada, students have been preparing for the performance of their lives since the beginning of the school year. All of their hard work, dedication and creativity culminates with the 12th Annual Indigenous Youth Dance Show—presented by Outside Looking In—at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Thursday, May 23rdOutside Looking In is a national-based organization that offers a high school accredited dance program for Indigenous youth in grades 7-12.
Using dance as a catalyst, the charitable organization pairs some of Canada’s hippest choreographers with participating schools in which the students are inspired to pursue education, engage in self-expression, and celebrate empowerment.

“At first glance, Outside Looking In is about dancing, but it also offers these students the opportunity to change their lives,” says CEO Melanie Hurley. “From one community and five dancers, we’ve grown to 13 communities and 120 dancers!” Hurley adds that 96% of those participants eligible to graduate have successfully completed high school – compared to the national Indigenous high school graduation average of 36%.
After being assessed on academic progress, attendance, dance performance and behaviour, successful students will travel to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation camp in St. George, Ontario two weeks in advance of the Indigenous Youth Dance Show, where they engage in daily rehearsals, camp activities and team building exercises to prepare for their performances.

Two shows are scheduled for May 23rd at 11am and 7pm. Tickets are $5 to $25 each (plus fees), and are available online through, and boxoffice[at], by phone at 1-855-985-2787 or 416-368-6161 x1, and in person at the Sony Centre Box Office located at 27 Front Street East.

2018/2019 Participating Communities
Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School, ONGarden Hill First Nation, MBGrassy Narrows First Nation, ONIqaluit District Education Authority, NULac La Croix First Nation, ONMembertou First Nation, NSPenticton Indian Band, BCPikangikum First Nation, ONPinaymootang First Nation, MBSt. Theresa Point First Nation, MBSoutheast Collegiate, MBWasagamack First Nation, MBWebequie First Nation, ON

2018/2019 Choreographers
Eugene « GeNie » Baffoe/Winnipeg, MBMark Dela Cruz/Winnipeg, MBJordan Fassina/Vancouver, BCJessica LaRusic/Sydney, NSAshley Pengelley, Toronto, ONNeil Robles/Cambridge, ONSharlyne Santos/Winnipeg, MBQueenie Seguban/Toronto, ONNathan Tiangson/Toronto, ONTaylor Trudeau/Winnipeg, MBNino Vicente/Toronto, ON

About Outside Looking In
Founded in 2007, Outside Looking In is a nationally registered charitable organization that aims to empower Indigenous youth through the transformative art of dance, while they pursue education, increase their mental and physical health and engage in self-expression. »

For more information and ticketing details, please visit

-from Outside Looking In
Read Outside Looking In’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

VIBE Arts & Toronto Youth Equity Strategy Presents: ResilienTOgether

« VIBE Arts to Co-Present ResilienTOgether: a Panel Discussion, Concert Series and Photography Exhibitions as part of Youth Week 2019

VIBE Arts is pleased to announce an upcoming collaboration with the City of Toronto’s Youth Equity Strategy (TYES) with support from Solid Waste Management. On Saturday, May 4th, 2019, VIBE will be co-presenting a series of free arts programming and performances as part of Youth Week 2019. »

For more information, please visit

-from VIBE Arts website
Read VIBE Arts profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Arts in the Parks Toolkit: a Vital New Guide to Animating Local Parks

« Toronto Arts Foundation presents insights and expertise from its successful Arts in the Parks program in new online guide to facilitating arts programming in neighbourhood parks.

Toronto Arts Foundation, in partnership with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is sharing its expertise animating local parks with the launch of the new Arts in the Parks Toolkit. This in-depth online resource is aimed at helping community organizations and municipalities plan their own arts events in parks.

AITP is a strategic initiative of Toronto Arts Foundation in partnership with Toronto Arts Council, City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, and Park People.

Launched in 2016 by the Toronto Arts Foundation (TAF), Arts in the Parks (AITP) is a free, annual, summer-long initiative that brings arts events to more than 30 parks in every corner of the city, from Etobicoke to Scarborough to North York to the downtown core. Family-friendly events include outdoor theatre performances, music concerts, film nights, and workshops for kids and their families.

Four summers later, the success of the program has been remarkable – to date, AITP has animated 55 parks with nearly 600 artist-produced events, reaching 331,000 people in neighbourhoods across the city.

“We are pleased to share our Arts in the Parks journey with others who are interested in animating parks with arts,” said Claire Hopkinson, Director and CEO, Toronto Arts Council. “We offer this toolkit as a way to share our findings and hope it will serve as a guide for community visionaries to tap into the transformative power of the arts in public spaces. Special thanks to Mayor John Tory for being a great champion of the program and to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting the development of this resource.”

Toronto Arts Foundation’s research reveals that the arts have much to offer communities. Programs like Arts in the Parks encourage people to explore their own creativity, enjoy parks in a new way, and enliven their neighbourhoods and their lives.

The toolkit, which can be accessed on the TAF website and also downloaded as a PDF, is a guide to help navigate the logistical, financial, and artistic considerations involved in producing arts events in parks and other public spaces, including sections on planning, partnerships, fundraising, outreach and engagement, communications, and evaluation – all in an accessible, easy-to-read format that includes key statistics, case studies, and useful tips.

The toolkit can be used by large and small communities alike and will be shared widely through Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Knowledge Centre.

“Cities and towns across Ontario are simultaneously thinking about how to create greater access to the arts and how to animate their local parks. Now there is a resource communities can turn to for guidance and inspiration,” said Liz Forberg, Strategy Lead, Ontario Trillium Foundation. “We are so glad to have partnered with the Toronto Arts Foundation to harness all they have learned through the incredible success of their Arts in the Parks program, and we look forward to what it will inspire in communities across Ontario.”

-from Art in the Parks

Inkling Symposium: A Forum on Intersectionality in the Arts (Red Dress Productions, Toronto)

« Red Dress Productions presents
Inkling Symposium: A Forum on Intersectionality in the Arts

Saturday April 27, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse
79 St. George Street
University of Toronto

Workshops, panels, performances, installations and art actions on disability, equity, and collaborative artmaking

Nur Abdulle, Natasha Bacchus, Tamyka Bullen, Alex Bulmer, Shay Erlich, Hanan Hazime, Dominique Ireland, Steff Juniper, Wy Joung Kou, Sage Lovell, Jen Roy, claude wittmann

Free admission, donations welcome 0 – $50
Wheelchair accessible, ASL interpretation, sighted guide


We gratefully acknowledge our supporters: the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and University of Toronto Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies. »

For more information, please visit

-from Red Dress Productions
Read Red Dress Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Applications: 8th Annual Charles Street Video/imagineNATIVE residency

« imagineNATIVE is accepting applications for the annual Charles Street Video/imagineNATIVE Residency professional development commission program for Greater Toronto and Hamilton-Area based Indigenous filmmakers.

The eighth iteration of the annual Residency provides a mid-career artist support and skills development with new video-making technology which for THIS YEAR ONLY enhances the completion of a current production with a commitment to be completed for the 20th anniversary imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, October 22-26, 2019. »

For more information, please visit:

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

Opportunity: Tangled Art + Disability Outreach Coordinator

« Call for applications from deaf, mad & disability-identified applicants – Outreach Coordinator

Start Date: May 14, 2019 12-month contract
3 days/week (24 hours) $22/hr (ANN = $27,456)
*Some evening and weekend work will be required

Tangled Art + Disability is boldly redefining how the world experiences art and those who create it. We are a not for profit art + disability organization dedicated to connecting professional and emerging artists, the arts community and a diverse public through creative passion and artistic excellence. Our mandate is to support disability-identified artists, to cultivate disability arts in Canada, and to enhance access to the arts for artists and audiences of all abilities.

Tangled invites applications from Deaf, Mad or disability-identified people for the position of Outreach Coordinator. Reporting to the Executive Director and Director of Programming and working collaboratively with Tangled staff and partners, the Outreach Coordinator will:

  • Plan and coordinate community engagement activities
  • Liaise with community partners from arts & other spheres
  • Develop and coordinate new educational programs
  • Conduct external relations for Tangled’s presenting series and special projects

The nature of the position is evolving, adapting to the needs and opportunities of our growing organization. The role of Outreach Coordinator will require occasional evening and weekend commitments. Overtime is compensated with time-off in lieu, during slower periods. »

For more information, please visit:

-from  Tangled Art + Disability website
Read Tangled Art + Disability’s profile in ArtBridges Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Coordonnateur(trice) de tournées – Vélo Paradiso & Cinéma qui roule (le Wapikoni mobile)


Vélo Paradiso & Cinéma qui roule

Type d’emploi : Temporaire (mai à octobre 2019)
Horaire : temps plein (37.5 heures/semaine)
Domaine principal : Coordination
Années d’expérience : 2
Lieu de travail : Montréal

Crée par le Wapikoni, le Vélo Paradiso, véhicule de projection sur trois roues, et le Cinéma qui roule, studio de projection ambulant, recherche un coordonnateur ou une coordonnatrice pour des projections itinérantes. En tant qu’acteur autochtone très présent sur la scène montréalaise, le Wapikoni mobile crée des ponts entre nations et favorise la rencontre entre créateurs de différentes cultures. Le Wapikoni a ainsi développé une flotte de vélos triporteurs chargés de l’équipement nécessaire à l’organisation de projections itinérantes, ainsi qu’un studio de cinéma roulant. D’un endroit à l’autre, ces studios roulants projetteront des courts métrages réalisés par des jeunes cinéastes des Premières Nations et sélectionnés par une équipe de commissaires autochtones. »

Pour plus d’informations, consultez

-source et crédit : Wapikoni mobile
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Post your community arts initiatives’ opportunities for jobs, student placements, internships, or volunteer positions with ArtBridges!

Do you have job opportunities, student placements or volunteer opportunities?
Send them to ArtBridges! We have wide readership with people in the community arts field from all across Canada! If you’d like us to circulate your opportunity through the ArtBridges network & in our growing Classifieds section, email us at with “Classifieds” in the subject line.

Northern Arts Projects (Ontario Arts Council)

« Until this program opens in Nova, the Ontario Arts Council’s online granting system, program information may change. This includes deadline dates and specific information on eligibility. Be sure to visit this page after the program opens in Nova, but before starting your application.
The OAC recognizes and values the distinctive nature of the arts produced in Ontario’s Northern regions. We believe that the arts are essential to the quality of life, cultural identity, social well-being and economic prosperity of Ontario. We recognize the specific challenges and costs to creating, presenting and accessing the arts in the North. Applicants who live and work in the North are encouraged to apply to any program in which their activities are eligible. In addition, OAC has a program that specifically meets the needs of northern artists.

You are eligible to apply to Northern Arts Projects if you live in northern Ontario, or your ad hoc group/collective or organization is based in the North.


  • The program supports the creation, production and presentation of art work; professional development; and community arts engagement initiatives that benefit communities in northern Ontario. There are four categories:
  • New works: to help cover the costs of creation and production of new works in all artistic disciplines
  • Presentation: to help cover the costs of presenting artistic work
  • Skills/Career development: for artists to undertake skills and career development projects and for groups presenting projects that will benefit northern Ontario artists
  • Working with community: to help cover the costs of community-engaged arts projects »

For more information, please visit Ontario Art’s Council’s website.

-from Ontario Arts Council