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Registration Open: Masks of Manipulation Workshop at Mixed Company Theatre in November


« Mixed Company Theatre is excited to announce that, due to popular demand, we are hosting our two-day Masks of Manipulation workshop again in November 2019!

Masks of Manipulation (November 2nd and 9th 2019, 9:30AM-5:30PM)

What happens when you take apart a single moment of conflict to explore every possible desired action?

The “Masks of Manipulation”, an invaluable character development and conflict-resolution process designed by Simon Malbogat, gives face to each of the seven different emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual manipulative forces we encounter both onstage and in daily life.

This workshop draws on Commedia dell’Arte-inspired masks to help participants acquire a deeper awareness of manipulation and oppression: how and why it happens, what it looks and feels like, and how to de-escalate it.

In this two-day workshop, participants will embody and activate their understandings of manipulation, a process which culminates in the creation of each person’s own Mask of Manipulation. Each mask then becomes a physical touchstone in processes ranging from character development to community mediation. This workshop, co-facilitated by Simon Malbogat and Peter Jarvis, is suitable for artists, educators, social workers, and community activators alike.

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

20% Discount for CAEA Members, and 50% Discount for Students and Arts Workers who identify as under-waged. Bursaries also available upon request! Email communications[at]mixedcompanytheatre.com to register. »

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

Digital Stories Workshops (grunt gallery & EastVan Digital Stories)

Become part of the new Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen!

« This Fall, grunt gallery and EastVan Digital Stories join forces once again with Mount Pleasant and Vancouver residents who wish to create short videos around the theme of PLACE. Artists Lorna Boschman and Sebnem Ozpeta will host a series of five, free, weekly workshops at grunt gallery that walk participants through the process of digital story making!

Through the digital stories group process, you will be able to create and share your own authentic story by combining digital photos and/or video. Selected videos from the workshops will be shown on grunt gallery’s Mount Pleasant Community Art Screen and on digitalstories.ca.

Upcoming Fall Workshops, 2019
Sunday, October 27, 1-5PM
Sunday, November 17, 1-5PM
Sunday, November 24, 1-5PM

Location: grunt gallery, #116 – 350 East 2 Avenue, Vancouver, BC

To sign up, please choose one day (from the dates listed above), include one alternative date in case your first choice of the workshop is filled.

Send an email to Lorna Boschman: lorna (at) digitalstories (dot) ca

In the email include your name, email address, phone/text number, and whether you live in Mount Pleasant or Vancouver. Please include one, or two, sentences about why you would like to create a short digital story. Lorna will send you a list of things you must bring to the workshop including several photos (from your phone or camera) and/or video that directly relates to your story’s theme.

Workshops fill up quickly, and a maximum of four people can register per weekly workshop!

Special thanks to the Vancouver Foundation who made this project possible. »

-from grunt gallery
Read grunt gallery’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Disrupting the Norm: The Thomas Poulsen Symposium on Disability and Mixed Ability Performing Arts (Calgary)

« Disrupting the Norm: the Thomas Poulsen Symposium on Disability and Mixed Ability Performing Arts is a two-day gathering featuring co-creative workshops, critical thinking discussions, video showings and community building.

We invite you to join professional artists on Nov. 1–2, 2019 in the Reeve Theatre, as we open up conversations exploring disability art, aesthetics, creative process, education, and belonging, while celebrating individual perspectives and ensemble practices. This will be a valuable opportunity to connect with artists whose practices are inclusive and diverse, and to be creative with people who are interested in broadening their artistic spectrum. 

The symposium is for Professional and aspiring artists who experience disability, community members who experience disability and those who do not, and all artists and performers interested in investing in new perspectives on art-making. Fine arts education, pedagogy, and performance students and faculty members in both elementary and secondary education.

We are committed to making this event as accessible as possible for everyone who would like to attend. Please let us know how we create a more accessible and affirming event by emailing your access needs.

The symposium is free, but we do ask you to register to confirm your participation by Monday, Oct. 21, 2019.

For more information or to register, visit tickets.vendini.com. For more information and questions, email poulsensymposium[at]ucalgary.ca. »

-submitted by the Thomas Poulsen Symposium

Call for Proposals – for range of artistic, activist, academic submissions: Abolition Convergence 2020

« Imagining Decolonizing and Abolitionist Futures!
Abolition Convergence 2020
May 4-6, 2020 – Tkaronto (aka Toronto, Canada)

Territories of the Wendat, Anishinaabe, and Haudenousaunee// Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation Treaty Territory // Dish With One Spoon Treaty Territory

The organizing committee for the 2020 Abolition Convergence invites you to come dream with us! In putting this event together we are inspired by the relationship between trees and mushrooms (mycorrhizae) where we see nature selecting the healthy relationships needed to bring about a mutually beneficial future across difference. Inspired by Anna Tsing’s research on these encounters blossoming into happenings – we invite each of you to join us in hopes that our relationships will advance movements and shifts that bring about the futures we dream of!

So come create, connect, explore and dream with us!

Proposals

We will be open for proposals from September 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 and welcome a wide range of artistic, activist, academic submissions!

We also encourage folks to submit proposals that will help to build our children and youth tracks!!

Ideas for proposals may include but are not limited to:

  • Workshops;
  • Wellness spaces;
  • Art, Multimedia, theatre and game-making spaces;
  • Relationship building and sustaining;
  • Panels
  • Academic paper presentations
  • Caucus meetings;
  • Performances;
  • Community Kitchens;
  • Multi-session themes;
  • Trainings/Skillshares;
  • Roundtables;
  • Spaces for creation and collaboration;
  • Social Spaces
  • And more! »

For more information, please visit: https://abolitionjournal.org/convergence-2/2020-convergence-toronto/

-from the Abolition Journal

CUE: Grants for New-Generation Artists Living and Working in the Margins (Toronto)

« CUE is a radical arts initiative dedicated to supporting new generation artists who live and work on the margins.

Throughout history, some of the most innovative artwork has been created by artists who experience marginalization and face systemic barriers, and who have been excluded by conventional arts and cultural institutions. We recognize that arts funding agencies have struggled to keep up with growing social, cultural, and economic inequality.

In response, CUE has designed an accessible funding program offering not only financial support for art projects, but also consultation in preparing project proposals, support throughout the production process, and opportunities for public exhibition.

Founded in 2008, to date CUE has provided over $350,000 to support the creation of more than 350 art projects in multiple disciplines.

Artists must meet with CUE before submitting an application.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 31
Apply for up to $1000 to produce a project in any discipline

For more information please visit www.cueartprojects.ca. »

-from CUE Art Projects

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Oct 22-27)

« The 20th imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is proud to announce the full programming of works by Indigenous screen-content creators for the Festival, running October 22-27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario.

imagineNATIVE‘s previously announced opening night gala on Tuesday, October 22 will be One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk by Zacharias Kunuk at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. On Sunday, October 27, the closing night gala will be The Sun Above Me Never Sets by first time feature film director Lyubov Borisova at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. 

The 20th imagineNATIVE will screen a dynamic selection offeature films including The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn;Red Snow, an Indigenous military drama directed by Marie Clements;the world premiere of FUKRY, directed by Blackhorse Lowe; the Toronto premiere of Top End Wedding by Wayne Blair; The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw, directed by Shelley Niro; the world premiere of Ruthless Souls directed by Madison Thomas; and the Toronto premiere of Rustic Oracle, by Sonia Boileau. »

The full schedule and tickets for the 20th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival are available here: imaginenative.org/. »

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

Free Reading: In Your Head (Mixed Company Theatre, Toronto)

« FREE READING : IN YOUR HEAD, a Forum Theatre Play on Mental Health in Schools

After the glowing response to IN YOUR HEAD from schools across the GTA, we are happy to announce that we will be bringing it back for the 2019/20 school year!

We are hosting a FREE reading of the play for educators, students, and school-involved mental health professionals

This year, audience members at the reading will have the opportunity to conduct Forum Theatre “interventions” by taking the place of actors and attempting to change the outcome of the play.

Where: The Ladies Parlour (main floor of St Luke’s United Church), 157 Carlton St, Toronto ON M5A2K3

When: October 23, 2019 at 5:30pm 

RSVP by clicking HERE!

IN YOUR HEAD takes us into the lives of Rayna and her brother Sam as they deal with the increasingly complicated world of high school and “growing up.” Why is Sam suddenly having a hard time at home and in school? How can they be there for one another? Is there anyone else that can help out?

Written by renowned playwright Luciano Iogna and directed by MCT Artistic Director Simon Malbogat, this interactive Forum Theatre show will specifically focus on the stigma against mental disorders and engage students in a dialogue on how we can all be better mental health allies to each other. Like all our Forum Theatre productions, this show is inspired by real stories from teens to ensure that our play reflect the issues that matter the most to your students.

Check out our Youtube trailer for IN YOUR HEAD:

Questions? Email communications[at]mixedcompanytheatre.com or call us at 416-515-8080.

We look forward to seeing you at our reading of IN YOUR HEAD, and hope to visit your school in 2020! »

-from Mixed Company Theatre

Creative Facilitation Camp (Toronto)

« Creative Facilitation Camp
Saturday, October 26 – Sunday, October 27, 2019

Daily from 9:30am – 6pm |  Coffee and sign in 9:30am, workshop will start at 10am sharp
St. Matthew’s Clubhouse, 450 Broadview Avenue, Toronto
Cost: $100 | Register via Eventbrite

Presented by East End Arts, in collaboration with Scarborough Arts, Creative Facilitation Camp is a two-day professional development series which supports artists, arts facilitators, and arts & culture workers in their creative facilitation skills. Over the course of two days, participants will learn how to:

  • Create safe and welcoming spaces for your participants;
  • Allow the creativity of your participants to flourish;
  • Build trust between you and your participants;
  • Build confidence and feel empowered as a creative facilitator;
  • And develop creative ways to transform your art and cultural practice into an engaging workshop and/or learning opportunity for community members!

WHO IS CFC FOR?

Creative Facilitation Camp is ideal for artists who are looking to develop into arts facilitators and educators, or practicing arts facilitators who are looking to improve their current skills, and take their creative facilitation to the next level! This program is also great for arts & cultural workers who are looking to improve their professional facilitation skills for working with groups of people (community consultations, stakeholder groups, youth, etc.). »

For more information, please visit: https://eastendarts.ca/creative-facilitation-camp-2019/

-from East End Arts