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Conversation Report: Community-Engaged Art in times of Physical Distancing (Arts Network Ottawa)

« On Thursday April 16, 2020 Arts Network Ottawa hosted an open forum conversation concerning the work of community-engaged artists in Ottawa amidst and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This conversation was an intended first step in coordinating a network of support and collaboration among community-engaged artists and the organizations who support their work through this time of crisis. 

Five main topics of concern emerged from the conversation:

  • Health and Wellness
  • Access and Equity
  • Working with Children
  • Performing Arts
  • Tech Innovation

Salient questions, concerns, ideas and resources from this initial conversation are included here.

Arts Network Ottawa is now collaborating with a number of artists and organizations involved in order to respond to the issues, concerns and questions raised in our discussions together via a series of webinars and virtual workshops which will delve deeper into each of these main topics. For information on programming as it is announced, sign up here.

If you to are concerned with like questions and want to join this on-going conversation and/or collaborate in the delivery of programming, please reach out to Madeleine Boyes-Manseau, Program Coordinator at programs[at]artsnetottawa.ca. We are keen to connect the conversation we are having in Ottawa with like conversations and initiatives taking place across the country. 

This conversation was hosted as part of the Neighbourhood Arts Ottawa community-engaged arts residency program, a program of Arts Network Ottawa, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Community Foundation of Ottawa. »

-from Arts Network Ottawa

Call for Black Artists – NExT: Black Futures Program (VIBE Arts, Toronto)

« Apply to join the second cohort of Black youth artists to take part VIBE Arts’ NExT program. 

Successful applicants will be mentored by some of the BEST Black Professionals and Creatives in Toronto.

Together, the group will embark on a 10-month artistic journey, where they will receive one-on-one mentorship, attend professional development workshops and gain access to valuable programming and networking opportunities. Throughout the program, NExT Artists will accomplish high-quality artwork to be showcased and celebrated in a public exhibition.

Successful applicants will also be given an opportunity to join VIBE Arts’ roster of artists.

This program is available for visual, performative, and multi-disciplinary artists.

Application deadline: Sunday, July 12th, 11:59pm »

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://vibearts.ca/next/

-from VIBE Arts

Community Arts Award (Neighbourhood Arts Network)

« Nominations Open: June 29, 2020

Deadline: July 29, 2020 at 11:59 PM

About: The Community Arts Award is a $10,000 cash prize presented by Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network. This award celebrates an arts organization that has made a significant contribution in Toronto by working with, in and for communities, while creating access and inclusion to arts and culture. The Community Arts Award is presented every fall.

Eligibility Criteria:
To be eligible for the award, all nominees must demonstrate a commitment and/or focus on community-engaged arts and access to arts and culture in Toronto. The nominee may not be awarded more than one Toronto Arts Foundation award within any given year. »

For more information, and to apply, please visit: https://neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/community-arts-award

-from Neighbourhood Arts Network

Call for Commission Proposals from Black and Indigenous Artists Working in Music, Dance, and Theatre (Nightswimming Theatre)

« We are living in a world where white supremacy is the “norm” – where Black and Indigenous lives are stolen from their families due to violence, racial injustice and systemic racism. We won’t and can’t continue to let this happen.

As a company that is devoted to commissioning and developing new Canadian plays, musical works and dance, we believe that stories, and the artists who tell them, can change the world. We recognize and are committed to changing the systems of oppression that obstruct access for and impede the advancement of Black, Indigenous and people of colour.

This is why we’ve chosen to commission a Black and/or Indigenous artist to create a full-length work.

We invite proposals for the creation of a new performance work. Nightswimming will work with the commissioned artist to design a process to develop it in full collaboration and with a focus on ensuring that the commissioned artist is empowered to work how they wish, with whom they want, and in the ways that are essential to its creation. Because Nightswimming does not self-produce the works we commission, we devote all of our time and resources to supporting the unique creation process of each new work. We commit to establishing, in consultation with each artist, partnerships with producers to ensure each work reaches the audiences you want to impact.

What Nightswimming can offer

  • A custom designed creation and development process from inception to premiere, free from the pressure of production deadlines
  • An interdisciplinary environment in which we welcome projects in theatre, dance, music and forms that cross over and integrate those disciplines
  • On-going dramaturgical support designed for and in collaboration with the creator
  • A commitment to long-term creative relationships
  • Access to a community of artists whose work we support dramaturgically on every level
  • Opportunities for readings, workshops and/or studio sessions to develop your work with other artistic collaborators including but not limited to performers, designers, or musicians
  • $20,000 commission fee

Who can apply?

  • Creators who self-identity as Black or Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, or Métis)
  • Artists creating in any performance discipline including but not limited to: music, dance, and theatre
  • Emerging, mid-career, and established creators
  • Artists who are currently a Canadian resident

What we’re looking for in your proposal

  • Ideas that embrace exploration and aim to achieve something you’ve never attempted before
  • Projects that could not happen in any other scenario; it might be a dream project that you never thought someone would support; or a large scale piece that is generally considered beyond the means of most organizations; or content that other organizations would not stand behind; or a piece that you don’t know how to make but are driven to create
  • Exploration of dramatic forms and interdisciplinary approaches that stretch dramaturgical boundaries; we are particularly interested in ideas that integrate performance and music, including vocal music, and acknowledge the audience as an active participant in the event
  • A commitment to long-term creation processes and collaboration
  • We are asking for the idea you’ve always wanted to explore but never had the opportunity to pursue. Rather than seeking works-in-progress and drafts of existing projects, we are seeking ideas for a new work that you can develop from the very beginning of the process.

We strongly encourage applications from Black and Indigenous folx who also identify as LGBTQ2S+ or persons with a disability. »

For more information, please read the full Call for Proposals here: https://linktr.ee/nightswimmingth

-from Nightswimming Theatre

Left of Centre: A 2-year Incubator to Help Advance the Careers of Emerging Black artists (Nia Centre for the Arts)

« Left of Centre is a two-year artist incubation project which combines professional development, creative consulting, critical feedback, and seed funding to support the careers of emerging Black artists within Toronto.

With multiple streams, Left of Centre allows artists to locate themselves within the incubator, making use of elements that are best suited towards their needs – whether that be funding, consulting, critique, or inspiration.

Developed in collaboration with Black artists and advisors, across a wide range of disciplines, Left of Centre seeks to support emerging Black artists in navigating traditional and non-traditional art spaces and institutions, securing funding for their work, developing their artistic practices, and continuing to inspire our creative community.

How can Left of Centre help me?

For more information, please visit: https://niacentre.org/offerings/left-of-centre/

-from Nia Centre for the Arts

UrbanArts’ Action on Anti-Black Racism

« UrbanArts stands in solidarity with our Black residents, clients and colleagues of all ages. As a local arts service organization that has served the York South-Weston and broader former City of York for the past 32 years, we are also impacted by all that has been taking place around the world, in the U.S., and yes, right here in Canada too. It has been a very difficult time for all of us but in particular for our Black staff, Black program participants, Black board members, Black colleagues and Black friends who continue to face ongoing forms of Anti-Black racism.

To our Black artists and residents to whom we have been providing innovative arts programs over the years, we are here for you, we are listening, and we care. UrbanArts is a place to share and learn from our varied cultural experiences and we are proud to stand in support of Black communities across the globe, particularly those who have lost loved ones at the hands of the police and violence. We recognize that institutions and policies in Canada are built largely on anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, oppression, and injustice and we must do the work to dismantle these systems of oppression.

The collective and individual traumas being experienced are extremely challenging. Anti-Black Racism is a public health crisis and we need more community-based resources to support the critical work we do with our Black residents and other racialized groups in York South-Weston. The work required to combat societal injustices cannot be done by the Black community alone. We need the dedicated support of all our community members, businesses and all governmental levels to work alongside Black communities.

As an organization with primarily Black clients, we are committed to using the arts as not only a space for expression but community healing. These initiatives also connect diverse people and build an inclusive and equitable community. The need to better serve our diverse community was the catalyst that gave rise to an organizational shift 2002 to address the emerging needs of our local youth, changing our name from Arts York to UrbanArts to better reflect where we were heading; implementing programs and services that use the arts as impetus for social change and ensuring that our staff, board and volunteers continually reflect the community we serve.

UrbanArts plays an extremely vital role in the development of artists of all genres and at all stages of their careers including mentoring fledgling and grassroots Black arts groups and organizations in York South-Weston and the former City of York. UrbanArts also prides itself on working collaboratively with many diverse local and other community organizations to achieve our goals, we will continue to do so. We invite our partners, supporters and friends to ramp up your support for the work we do and for those we serve. There are many ways you can support and take action with, and on behalf of the Black community including:

  • Taking time to educate yourselves on the issues and challenges that Black Canadians face daily Confronting Anti-Black Racism; Anti-Black Racism; Anti-Black Racism & Mental Health (Courtesy, City of Toronto)
  • Holding yourselves and those around you accountable for all acts of racism, prejudice and micro-aggressions
  • Amplifying your voices while checking your privilege
  • Supporting local Black-owned businesses to help make this community and city the vibrant place we all call home. Here, for you, is a link to 100+ Black businesses you can support.
  • Lastly, but by no means least, we ask that you generously invest your time and resources in community organizations that are committed to supporting and engaging Black and other residents of colour.

Along with organizations serving the Black community in York South-Weston, here is a list of Black organizations and/or programs across the City you can support.

In solidarity towards a healthy, equitable co-existence

Marlene McKintosh
Executive Director, UrbanArts

-posted with permission from UrbanArts

Call for BIPOC Artists – Making Love With The Land Online Cabaret, an online creation and development process (Springboard Performance)

« MAKING LOVE WITH THE LAND ONLINE CABARET

Produced by Springboard Performance with Joshua Whitehead 

CALL FOR BIPOC ARTISTS

The MAKING LOVE WITH THE LAND ONLINE CABARET is a series of online performances inspired by Joshua Whitehead’s forthcoming book « Making with Love With the Land » in which artists will explore selected excerpts of the book and creation in a post-pandemic world. 

The MAKING LOVE WITH THE LAND ONLINE CABARET consists of an online creation and development process beginning in June and ending in September, with all works presented online during the 2020 Fluid Festival, October 14-24, 2020. Artists will be able to connect with the writer, mentors, dramaturgs, and other participating artists throughout this process via online means, including correspondence via email and video calls, as scheduling and accessibility to these platforms permits. Springboard Performance staff will help coordinate online platform access and training throughout the developmental and presenting periods. 

We are seeking 8 BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) artists from all arts disciplines to interpret and be inspired by a section of Joshua Whitehead’s “Making Love with the Land.” Works will be presented online in performance slots between 5-10 minutes in length. Joshua Whitehead will select the excerpts of writing, and may read selections live as a part of the online performance. Artistic mentorship and online training and support will be provided. Artists are invited to suggest potential mentors and writers they wish to work with.

While BIPOC artists located anywhere are encouraged to apply, attention will be given to invest in Western Canadian artists. Selected artists will represent a broad range of experience with representation of emerging, mid-career, and established artists. 

Contributing artists will be selected by Joshua Whitehead in consultation with Springboard Performance and developmental and presentation practices will be developed to best support live performance artists and artistic creation in times of physical distancing. All rehearsals and performances will adhere to local, provincial, and national recommendations regarding health and safety.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at info[at]springboardperformance.com with any questions or concerns you may have regarding this opportunity and program eligibility. »

Deadline Extended: July 1, 2020, 11:59pm MST

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://springboardperformance.com/blog/call-for-artists-mlwtl-cabaret

Call for Submissions: Reelworld Film Festival. 2020 selections will reflect the strong and authentic voice of BIPOC Canadians

« Reelworld Film Festival – 20th year and going strong!

The Reelworld Film Festival showcases a wide variety of genres in narrative and documentary features, narrative and documentary shorts, music videos, animation, episodic content for web and television, and VR/360 works. From dramatic storytelling, to hard-hitting documentaries, to witty comedies, to thoughtful abstractions, Reelworld 2020 selections will reflect the strong and authentic voice of BIPOC Canadians.

Our focus is on Canadian BIPOC talent – not just BIPOC content. We showcase and support Canadian BIPOC producers, directors, screenwriters, actors and all on and off screen talent. We connect with agents, casting directors, broadcasters and distributors, invite them to the festival, and help them find new BIPOC talent. The Reelworld Film Festival features 100% BIPOC talent from Canada, and has become the country’s largest socially impactful film festival, reaching a diverse audience of over 350,000 engaged individuals to-date. »

For more information and submission guidelines, please visit: https://www.reelworld.ca/film-submission

-from Reelworld Film Festival

Voices With Impact 2020: An Online Festival for Films and Ideas Around Underrepresented Topics Related to Mental Health (June 22-26)

« Voices With Impact is a year-long project that celebrates mental health stories told by filmmakers with unique perspectives and lived experience.

Filmmakers across the world submitted proposals to tell unique stories about underrepresented narratives related to mental health, and our distinguished jury members selected the strongest ideas from the group. Ultimately, ten teams were awarded $5,000 each to support the creation of their short films.

The topics for this year’s five-minute short films are:

  • Mental health issues specific to LGBTQIA+ people.
  • Mental health issues related to the culture of masculinity.

The world premiere of these films will take place on June 22, and will be followed by a week-long festival of dialogue and discussion in which our esteemed storytellers will lead interactive, enlightening sessions on topics ranging from colonialism and LGBTQIA+ mental health to representations of men of color in the media.

All sessions are free and open to the public. Limited seats are available, so please register early—we want to see you there! »

For more information and to join the festival, please visit: https://artwithimpact.org/voices-with-impact/2019-20/premiere/

-from Art With Impact

Invitation to Participate: The Conference of the Birds – our journey through the year of the pandemic

What is The Conference of the Birds Project?

« The Conference of the Birds project is an invitation to create 7 events in 7 countries across the world to capture our journey through the year of the pandemic.

The Conference of the Birds is an ancient epic poem by Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar from Persia. It tells the story of the assembly of the birds and their search for the “Simorgh,” a mythical majestic bird which has been likened to the phoenix. They are led by the wisest bird through seven valleys to find the Simorgh. Each Valley has a challenge and an exploration into who we are and what can become.

This project is a collective participatory arts project, led by Simon Sharkey (Scotland) and Erica May Wood (Canada) that will have a global reach in the form of events, installations, publications, exhibitions, performance, and online content. Ultimately it will become an illustrated book that will live online and in print.

Why this and Why Now?

Now, more than ever – we need community. We need to connect, share stories, experiences, and wisdom.

Now, more than ever – we need to learn from each other, across the globe, and to ensure that
what we have learned will not be lost.

Now more than ever we must turn from our screens and reach safely and creatively across the social distancing to connect as one world.

Now more than ever we must transcend our fears and limitations to look inward and outward to find truth beyond what is fed to us through media and dogma.

Now more than ever we must strive, to connect when everything is pushing us away from unity and harmony.

As teaching artists and participatory arts facilitators from around the world, we will gather from a distance to chronicle this experience through artistic expression, through unique lenses and by awakening the creativity of the communities we connect with.

Seven countries will journey through the seven valleys depicted in the poem -the quest, love, knowledge, detachment, unity, eradication, and enlightenment. Using creative expression – whether that be song, art, food, poetry, theatre, film, dance and more, we will explore our respective journeys through this moment in history. The results will be captured so that they can be curated into a digital book for all participants and the world at large. As time allows citizens to assemble once again, the digital book will provide the framework for participatory arts and theatrical presentations.

This project is a reminder that we are not alone. This project is a call to adventure. »

For more information, please read the full invitation available here:

-submitted by The Conference of the Birds Project