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ArtBridges Fifth Annual Recognition Awards / Prix honorifiques annuels d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts!

We are pleased to announce the award winners for
ArtBridges Fifth Annual Recognition Awards!

The awards showcase remarkable work in community-engaged arts in Canada in three categories: Innovation!, Resiliency! and Creativity!

The award process: In mid-2019 we did a call for community-engaged arts initiatives, community partners and ArtBridges Member initiatives to participate in award nominations. All of the entrees were compelling and demonstrated amazing work. The awards jury was comprised of three active leaders in community arts in Canada from St. John’s, Guelph, and Vancouver. The recipients will each receive a certificate and an award of $250. We will be calling for nominations for our Sixth Annual Recognition Awards this Winter!


Nous avons le plaisir de vous présenter les lauréats des cinquièmes
Prix honorifiques annuels d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts!

Ces prix soulignent un travail remarquable dans le domaine de l’art communautaire au Canada. Il y a trois catégories : Innovation, Résilience et Créativité.

Processus d’attribution des prix : Au milieu de 2019, nous avons invité les organismes et les membres de ToileDesArts qui réalisent des projets d’art en milieu communautaire à soumettre des candidatures pour nos Prix honorifiques annuels. Tous les projets soumis étaient convaincants et démontraient un travail extraordinaire. Le jury était composé de trois personnes qui se sont illustrées par leur leadership dans le milieu de l’art communautaire; elles venaient de Saint-Jean de Terre-Neuve, de Guelph et de Vancouver. Chaque récipiendaire recevra un certificat et un prix de 250 $. Nous lancerons cet hiver un appel de candidatures pour la sixième édition des Prix honorifiques annuels de ToileDesArts.


Congratulations to / Félicitations aux lauréats! :

The Remarkable Innovation! Award to / Le prix soulignant une innovation remarquable est remis à : Otahpiaaki (Calgary, Alberta)

« Otahpiaaki est un projet porté par l’Indigenous Mount Royal University dans le cadre d’un programme de baccalauréat d’exception visant à répondre aux besoins en éducation de tous les peuples autochtones. L’université s’est engagée à reconnaître, valoriser et appliquer le savoir autochtone en utilisant des méthodes pédagogiques et des pratiques qui tiennent compte de leurs réalités culturelles. Axé sur les arts et la créativité, Otahpiaaki existe depuis trois ans. Ce projet est le fruit d’une collaboration entre des aînés et des Gardiens du Savoir Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot), des équipes d’étudiants et d’étudiantes autochtones et non autochtones ainsi que des professeurs et des membres du personnel de l’université.»

« Otahpiaaki is a project of Indigenous Mount Royal University. As a part of delivering an exceptional undergraduate experience, meeting the educational needs of all Indigenous Peoples, and in delivering on the university’s commitment to recognizing, valuing and applying Indigenous knowledge through culturally responsive pedagogies and practices, Otahpiaaki has worked in partnership with Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot) Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Indigenous and non-Indigenous student teams, and alliances of faculty and staff to build an arts- and creatives-focused project these past three years.

Otahpiaaki’s mandate is embodied in Mount Royal University’s Indigenous Strategic Plan 2016-2021, including the cultivation of respectful and welcoming environments; working with our communities to enhance the academic, personal and cultural experience of Indigenous learners; and fostering respect for Indigenous ways of knowing, knowledge-production and creative practice, and increasing capacity for Indigenous scholarship.

Otahpiaaki supports creative practice in three ways. First, we host an annual showcase. In its fourth year, Otahpiaaki: Indigenous Beauty and Fashion and Design Week is a 5-day community-focused visual and performing arts gathering, showcase, and critical discourse hosted in Mohkinstis/ Calgary. Designers, artists, musicians, performers, and writers from 40 unique neighbour Nations, Inuit, Northern, and Métis communities have showcased and celebrated indigenous beauty in all of its forms – intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual since 2016. Sahpahtsimah — collaborating in a good way, is core to our project. 

Next, Otahpiaaki partners with other organizations on ‘practice and issues’ workshops during and beyond Showcase Week, typically held in November. This educational programming ensures that contemporary and historical knowledge is shared through intergenerational exchange. We also host critical discourse events, for example, on creative issues and impacts facing LGBTQ+ and racialized creatives; concerned with dismantling colonial research/educational structures impacting creative research, practice, and the pursuit of prosperity; and an artistic collaboration and curation of Robert Joseph’s 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act. 

Finally, our project is uniquely designed with a scholarship of engagement strategy. Since 2016, we’ve gathered new knowledge by asking three key questions, “How can Indigenous creative renewal and maintenance of practices be articulated and protected? What are the obstacles to creative, artistic, and economic prosperity for Indigenous artists? How are creative works being utilized for healing intergenerational harms and traumas and helping discoveries of giftedness? 

Using Indigenous scholarship and practice, we have achieved new understanding about these questions. We have participated in academic conferences and events as far away as France and Germany, and as close as Tsuut’ina. We also support Otahpiaaki and other creatives with practical knowledge and tools, and we utilize popular press. We have even grown natural dye crops to resource design and artistic practice, and have transferred this knowledge to Kainai K-12 arts educators, Elders and artists to introduce Poo’miikapi – experiencing unity, balance, and harmony through regalia and other creative action.

We listen carefully to our creatives and contribute our knowledge and skills to serve their expressed needs. »

-submitted by Patricia M Derbyshire

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The Mandel Surprise-Me Award for Innovation is sponsored by the Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES Fund.
Le prix Mandel Étonnez-moi ! soulignant une innovation remarquable est commandité par le Fonds Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES.


The Remarkable Creativity! Award to / Le prix soulignant une créativité remarquable est remis à : Cirque Hors Piste – Cirkaskina – National Social Circus Gathering / Rencontre nationale en cirque (Montréal, QC)

« L’événement de clôture de la Rencontre nationale en cirque social durera trois jours. Le premier jour (le 17 janvier 2020), 150 jeunes participeront à une création collective présentée à la Tohu et diffusée en direct dans tous les milieux participants. Cette présentation publique vise à montrer la diversité des jeunes participants et à sensibiliser le grand public à la portée de changement social qu’ont les arts et plus particulièrement le cirque. Les deux autres journées seront remplies d’activités offertes aux jeunes par les jeunes: ateliers de partage, scène ouverte, discussions, rituels d’ouverture et de clôture, moments d’échanges informels. »

« Social circus, an innovative approach use in 17 communities in Canada. The circus has rightly been characterized as an art of solidarity because it relies heavily on mutual help and collective work. This is why social circus intervention, by the nature of the activities used, relies heavily on collective participation. To act in a group by carrying out common activities is a formidable tool to develop trust towards others which makes it possible to develop fundamental social values such as solidarity, empathy, mutual help, sense of belonging, listening, respect and friendship. The notions of leadership and respect for common rules are also promoted, which leads participants to consider themselves not only as individuals, but also as full members of a community. In fact, participants become aware not only of what others can bring them, but also of what they themselves can bring to others, essential elements in the construction of esteem. The circus tool thus becomes a pretext for promoting social inclusion, developing life skills and fostering an active place in one’s community.

The big event closing National Social Circus Gathering will last 3 days, The first day (January 17, 2020) will invite the 150 young people to join forces for a collective creation that will be presented publicly at Tohu and broadcast live in all participating communities. The objective of this public day is both to promote the diversity of young participants, to give them a voice, while raising awareness among the general public about the use of the arts and more specifically the circus as a vector of social change. The next two days will be devoted to activities by and for young people: exchange workshops, open-stage, discussions, opening and closing rituals, informal moments of exchange. »

-submitted by Samuel Jabour

The Award for Creativity is sponsored by the Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES Fund.
Le prix soulignant une créativité remarquable est commandité par le Fonds Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES.


The Remarkable Resiliency! Award to / Le prix soulignant une résilience remarquable est remis à : Thinking Rock Community Arts (Thessalon, ON)

« Depuis sa fondation en 2013, Thinking Rock Community Arts (TRCA) a imposé le respect comme organisme artistique communautaire, le seul en son genre dans le district Central Algoma du Nord de l’Ontario. Grâce à son équipe de trois employées, son conseil d’administration de sept personnes (y compris une adolescente sans droit de vote), des bénévoles attentionnés et des mentors organisationnels extraordinaires (notamment Jumblies Theatre et SKETCH Working Arts,) cet organisme à but non lucratif (incorporé en vertu de la loi provinciale) est maintenant reconnu comme un acteur du milieu vital et résilient qui produit des projets pluriannuels à la qualité artistique, la portée et l’impact élevés. Le premier projet de Thinking Rock a reçu un excellent accueil: la pièce communautaire Rivers Speak, fruit d’un processus de conception, de production et d’évaluation étalé sur cinq ans, a mobilisé 4000 personnes de 2013 à 2018. L’organisme a démontré une résilience remarquable sur le plan de son fonctionnement et de sa programmation, tout en faisant preuve d’une créativité et d’une innovation remarquables dans la construction de cette résilience. »

« Since its foundation in 2013, Thinking Rock Community Arts (TRCA) has established itself as a well-respected community-engaged arts organization, the only one of its kind based in the Central Algoma District of Northern Ontario. With the support of three staff members, a seven-member Board of Directors (including a non-voting youth member), a caring group of volunteers and formidable organizational mentors (Jumblies Theatre and SKETCH Working Arts, to name a few) this provincially-incorporated nonprofit has become known as a vital, resilient organization that produces large-scale, multi-year projects of high artistic quality and impact. The five-year process of design, production and evaluation of the Rivers Speak Community Play – Thinking Rock’s well-received inaugural project – engaged 4,000 people between 2013 to 2018. Thinking Rock has demonstrated remarkable resiliency in its operations and programming, while also showing remarkable creativity and innovation in building its resilience.

Despite its recent establishment, small staff size and location in the under-resourced, rural Northern Ontario context, Thinking Rock’s team has worked creatively and diligently to secure the resources (funding, staffing, organizational systems, community support and otherwise) necessary for its survival and sustainability. A fee-for-service consultancy revenue stream supplements funder contributions and connects the organization to community groups and initiatives. Relationships with local partners, donors and sponsors (individual, organizational and corporate) are carefully cultivated. At times, endurance has necessitated the adoption of austerity measures, leading to shifts in plans, but the organization has survived and thrived. The organizational culture embraces opportunities for learning that emerge in challenging times, recognizing that such knowledge informs forward motion while it builds resiliency. Within the last year, Thinking Rock has applied for and secured operating funding from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts – achieving a goal, and a big step towards sustainability, 6 years in the making. This will enable Thinking Rock to continue its various projects and initiatives, including Social Fabric, its current multi-year, community-engaged project.

Thinking Rock has learned much about the resiliency of the people of the Central Algoma region – knowledge it aims to respect, reflect and model. These communities, from Spanish to Sault Ste. Marie and all points between, continue to weather the storms of economic uncertainty, isolation (social & geographic), entrenched racism, the ongoing impacts of colonialism and more. An intensive, careful process of relationship building at the beginning of each project connects Thinking Rock with community members and organizations, to better know each community’s past, present, and hopes for the future. Sitting with Elders and Knowledge Keepers increases Thinking Rock’s awareness of local protocols, as well as their respectful observance and incorporation into this work. Access supports – such as childcare, food, transportation support, free admission, self-care resources and more – help to address needs in the community and ensure diverse participation. Making personal, trusting connections truly counts; the moving stories of life and resilience shared with Thinking Rock by community members inspire, inform, and increase the resiliency of its work in turn, in myriad ways. 

Thinking Rock will further examine, amplify and model resiliency in the two-year Stories of our Stories community-engaged research project, by recognizing and nurturing it. Supported by research partners and funders including NORDIK Institute, Mass Culture, the Northern Lights Collaborative, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts, this project will connect community-engaged artists and arts organizations in the rural and First Nation contexts of Northern Ontario to collectively explore the impacts and learnings of this field of practice, in this context; surface the challenges and barriers of this work; investigate current supports and those that are needed to continue it; build a collegial network of practitioners; and underscore the many positive impacts of community-engaged arts in this context which include, among others, building community resilience.

For more information about Thinking Rock’s work, please visit www.thinkingrock.ca, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or contact Acting Artistic Director, Miranda Bouchard (miranda[at]thinkingrock.ca). »

-submitted by Miranda Bouchard

The Award for Resiliency is sponsored by the Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES Fund.
Le prix soulignant une résilience remarquable est commandité par le Fonds Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES.


Honourable Mentions / Mentions honorables :

We would like to give honourable mentions to Home 2.0 (Sarasvàti Productions) in the Remarkable Creativity! Award category and to Music From Hope in the Remarkable Resiliency! Award category.

Honourable Mention Honourable Mention for Remarkable Creativity! Award / Mention honorable pour la Prix Créativité remarquable!Home 2.0, Hope McIntyre (Winnipeg, MB)

« D’octobre à décembre 2018, Sarasvàti Productions a produit « Home 2.0 », une nouvelle pièce de théâtre portant sur l’expérience des jeunes nouvellement arrivés au pays; lors d’une tournée des écoles manitobaines, elle a été présentée à plus de 4700 jeunes. La formule du théâtre forum a permis de créer une expérience interactive unique, donnant la chance aux étudiants d’explorer, en les jouant sur scène, des solutions aux problématiques évoquées. Sarasvàti a ainsi présenté la pièce à de nombreux jeunes immigrants et immigrantes, qui se ruaient sur les comédiens, après la représentation pour les remercier d’avoir raconté leur vécu d’une façon aussi vivante. »

From October to December 2018, Sarasvàti Productions produced «  »Home 2.0″ », a new play about the experiences of newcomer youth. It toured to schools throughout Manitoba, being seen by over 4,700 youth. Using a Forum Theatre style created a unique interactive experience and allowed students to creatively explore solutions, by acting them out on stage. Sarasvàti was able to share the show with many newcomer students, who would then rush the stage after the show to thank the actors for telling their stories in such a vibrant way. Music, song, and dance were all used. There was a free performance for the after-school program at Peaceful Village. They also targeted youth organizations that so often do not have access to the arts, by offering free previews at Graffiti Gallery and the Millennium Library. Just as important were the many performances at schools where a majority of students were not new Canadians. Here the students had little interaction with or understanding of the challenges faced by immigrant and refugees. Through seeing it played out before their eyes, they were able to experience what it is like to be forced to leave your home and start all over halfway across the world. In the debrief after each performance, students shared how it helped them to have more empathy and to be more accepting. The students also had extremely insightful suggestions about what needs to change in order to help make the transition easier for new Canadians.

There were so many rewarding moments. In order to include first person perspectives, Sarasvàti utilized video in the play. A Yazidi refugee who participated in the creation of the play and who shared his story on video, attended at his high school with his peers. He spoke afterwards and was so proud to be able to help others to understand. The cast also often heard students translate for each other from the audience, with those who have been in the country longer supporting the newer arrivals. Doing post-show workshops with students we also heard their passion for promoting human rights, greater acceptance and tolerance. Allowing students to use storytelling and tap in to their own creativity, kept the project engaging for all youth.

For this project, Sarasvàti Productions traveled to new communities and particularly rural communities who have less access to both theatre and human rights advocacy. This allowed the company to expand their reach and build relationships beyond the city limits for future projects, thereby reducing isolation and demonstrating that arts are for everyone no matter where they live or what their life experience has been. There were also requests from multiple middle schools so the tour expanded the age range of the audience with great success. In fact, the cast often felt the middle school students jumped in to participate more actively as it was such a unique experience for them. Sharing the stories with younger students was extremely effective in having the conversation begin at an earlier age.

The tour also included talkbacks, a resource toolkit for teachers and opportunities for facilitators to continue the conversation post-show. Now that the tour is complete Sarasvàti Productions is finalizing the script for publishing and dissemination for use by other theatre companies as well as school drama programs across the country. They have also received requests to facilitate workshops at additional schools in order to share their process and allow students to create their own work sharing stories to increase human understanding.

-submitted by Hope McIntyre

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Honourable Mention for Remarkable Resiliency! Award / Mention honorable pour le Prix Résilience remarquable! – Music From Hope (Toronto, ON)

« L’équipe d’animation du projet Music From Hope, constituée de personnes réfugiées, travaille avec les enfants dans des camps de réfugiés en Syrie et au Liban depuis 2012. Depuis 2016, elle utilise la musique comme activité thérapeutique avec ces enfants. Pour les animateurs et animatrices, comme pour les enfants qui participent au projet, la musique a été un refuge et un moyen de guérison. »

« Facilitators of the Music From Hope project been working with children in refugee camps since 2012 (Syria and Lebanon). They have been using music as therapeutic activity with children in camps since 2016. As refugees themselves, they found refuge and healing for themselves and the kids at the same time in music.

During trainings, we integrate the knowledge, experience and questions of the participants, to help customize towards the needs of the participants and the children we work with. In combination with our exercises, theory and stories, we facilitate a process in which people will learn from each other and learn by doing: action-based learning. We believe music can change people — and by changing people, you can change communities.

Recently, we were hosted at CBC Arts in short video that explains more about who we are and what we do: http://cbc.ca/arts/exhibitionists/what-we-read-in-the-news-about-syrians-focuses-on-violence-these-musicians-focus-on-healing-1.5172955

-submitted by Nour Kaadan

ArtBridges Fourth Annual Recognition Awards / Prix honorifiques annuels d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts!

We are pleased to announce the award winners for
ArtBridges Fourth Annual Recognition Awards!

 

The awards showcase remarkable work in community-engaged arts in Canada in three categories: Innovation!, Resiliency! and Creativity!

The award process: In mid-2018 we did a call for community-engaged arts initiatives, community partners and ArtBridges Member initiatives to participate in award nominations. All of the entrees were compelling and demonstrated amazing work. The awards jury was comprised of three active leaders in community arts in Canada from Vancouver, Loring ON, and Toronto. The recipients will each receive a certificate and an award of $250. We will be calling for nominations for our Fifth Annual Recognition Awards this Winter!


Nous avons le plaisir de vous présenter les lauréats des quatrièmes
Prix honorifiques annuels d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts!

 

Ces prix soulignent un travail remarquable dans le domaine de l’art communautaire au Canada. Il y a trois catégories : Innovation, Résilience et Créativité.

Processus d’attribution des prix : à la fin de 2018, nous avons invité les organismes et les membres de ToileDesArts qui réalisent des projets d’art en milieu communautaire à soumettre des candidatures pour nos Prix honorifiques annuels. Tous les projets soumis étaient convaincants et démontraient un travail extraordinaire. Le jury était composé de trois personnes qui se sont illustrées par leur leadership dans le milieu de l’art communautaire; elles venaient de Vancouver, de Loring en Ontario et de Toronto. Chaque récipiendaire recevra un certificat et un prix de 250$. Nous lancerons cet hiver un appel à candidature pour la quatrième édition des Prix honorifiques annuels de ToileDesArts !


Congratulations to / Félicitations aux lauréats! :

The Remarkable Innovation! Award to / Le prix soulignant une innovation remarquable est remis à : SExT: Sex Education by Theatre (Toronto)

SExT: Sex Education by Theatre

Au Canada, c’est toujours dans le contexte malaisé d’une salle de classe que l’éducation sexuelle a été faite, généralement par un enseignant ou une enseignante qui aurait préféré être ailleurs et avec des vidéos terriblement dépassées. Pour les profs, il est difficile de trouver comment présenter cette matière sans outrepasser les limites entre les élèves et eux, tout en s’assurant que les jeunes sont mieux instruits sur leurs droits en matière de sexualité. SExT résoud le problème : il faut laisser les jeunes enseigner aux jeunes ! Ce programme alliant jeu théâtral et atelier éducatif sur la santé sexuelle mobilise les jeunes dans une formule d’éducation par les pairs.

« Sex education in Canada has always been taught in awkward classroom settings, usually involving a teacher that does not want to be there and terrible out-dated videos. It is a struggle for teachers to know how to implement the sex ed curriculum without crossing boundaries with their students, yet still have an impact on their students’ lives so that they are better educated about what their rights are. SExT solves this problem: let youth teach youth! Based on a peer-educator model, SExT is a workshop and performance program that engages youth on topics related to sexual health and education.

Four years ago, SExT creator and PhD candidate, Shira Taylor, partnered with a school in the Flemingdon and Thorncliffe Park area (also the centre of all the protests about the new sex ed curriculum) and educated a group of youth on topics related to their sexual health. The youth were asked to create skits, poems, raps, songs, and dances about what they learned. The result was a show that the youth performed for their community, which then went on to receive rave reviews at the 2016 Fringe and Summerworks Festivals, including a -NNNN review from Now Magazine. SExT has now embarked on a national tour in partnership with The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) to educate youth in areas of Canada most affected by HIV.

This group of youth now have the tools to educate others on sex education, empowering them with knowledge and teaching them leadership. This work has never been done before and every teacher that sees the show is in awe, particularly by how engaged their students are with this work and how it has opened up their students to engage with these kinds of discussions and share their opinions. In the past 4 years, this project has grown exponentially but there is still so much more to do and so much more youth to educate. Please see www.sexeducationbytheatre.com » – submitted by Elena Juatco

The Mandel Surprise-Me Award for Innovation is sponsored by the Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES Fund.
Le prix Mandel Étonnez-moi ! soulignant une innovation remarquable est commandité par le Fonds Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES.


The Remarkable Creativity! Award to / Le prix soulignant une créativité remarquable est remis à : Red Dress Productions (Toronto, Renfrew County)

Depuis plus de 10 ans, les Productions Red Dress collaborent avec différents milieux à des projets socialement engagés, inclusifs, collaboratifs et hautement créatifs. Principalement grâce à des mosaïques communautaires de grande taille, son équipe créative laisse une trace durable de la créativité des collectivités et de la collaboration vécue lors du processus. Multidisciplinaire et talentueuse, elle intègre également le théâtre, la musique, le conte et les arts visuels à ses projets.

1) Red Dress Productions (RDP) has for over 10 years worked with communities to carry out socially engaged projects that are inclusive, collaborative, incredibly creative and build community. Their mainly large scale mosaic works are a long lasting legacy of the creativity and collaboration of community. However, their multi-disciplinary and highly talented creative team brings interdisciplinary to their projects, often integrating theatre, music, storytelling and visual arts. In my mind, this makes for remarkably creative projects, offering many points of entry for any community member. In addition, their creativity is not limited to their artistic products. RDP is highly creative when it comes to facilitating community arts-based research in order to arrive at a final product. Integrating art making into their methods is standard practice for them, and always keeps art making front and centre. While their creative accomplishments are too many to list, I do want to mention one last very important aspect of what RDP does, and that is their emerging artist apprenticeship model. RDP is also in the business of working with emerging artists interested in community engaged social practice, and will integrate emerging artists to work on their large scale projects, and pay them! I think this is a highly creative way to train new artists and pass on the skills of doing this type of work. For more information on RDP and documentation of their projects, please visit: https://reddressproductions.org

2) This company produces remarkable quality and quantity of work, including audio walks, creative writing, performance, mosaics, choir, singing, storytelling with such diverse communities including women firefighters, blind people, new Canadians, mental health survivors, LGBTQ, youth and Deaf people. Their work is profound, their process entirely inclusive and they lead projects with respect and sensitivity at the core of their creativity. Red Dress Productions are equally creative in process and approach to the inclusion of art created with a non sighted starting point. Rather than creating access for people with disabilities at a later stage,(which is the norm) this company puts access and inclusion at the heart and at the lead of their process. A recent project,called May I Take Your Arm, features blind actor and writer Alex Bulmer who takes the arm of someone from the St. Jamestown area, one of Canada’s most diverse and densely populated communities. During the walk Alex and her guest sighted guide talk about the locations and people they pass, and discover what is significant about the land, landscapes and memories held in these spaces. The walks are recorded, and will be edited and produced for an autumn site specific sound installation. This highly innovative approach to storytelling and story sharing, community engagement and audio art is hallmark Red Dress creativity and innovation brilliantly integrated in one compelling project.

3) We knew we as women firefighters wanted to tell our stories. But we had no idea how to do so. Lucky for us, the team at Red Dress Productions knew exactly what to do. Their ability to “make art” from the disjointed words and ideas of over 30 diverse professional and volunteer firefighters, from young new recruits to women contemplating retirement after 25 years in the profession, at a dozen workshops, in multiple cities, is nothing short of inspirational. Through flexible outside-the-box intuitive workshop facilitation, to brilliant audio splicing and editing, to exceptional creation of visual components of the program including physical firefighting props, still photography and video creation, the RDP team created a multimedia evocative art experience that stirred real emotion and incited passion in all those who were privileged to attend the opening installation and reception. The remarkable creativity of the RDP team shone through in both how they drew out the stories and artistic expression from their often reluctant artist/participants and how they took so many disparate contributions and wove them together in a powerful presentation that we are confident will have a ripple effect on the inclusivity and diversity of our profession. It’s hard to explain just how extraordinary the Red Dress Productions Artistic team is. Anna, Tristan, Kou and Aidan are so many things. They’re artistic midwives, A-plus active listeners, deeply collaborative, visionary in their ability to imagine possibilities. They are able to gently and thoughtfully draw stories out of reluctant artists, including those who would never think to label themselves as such. While chatting about this project with Anna after one of our Toronto workshops, she said something that resonated deeply. She said that listening to these stories and helping to shape them was like using someone’s name – when you call someone by their name, you give them dignity. For us, the magic of the artistic experience with RDP is in no small part that through their empathy and remarkable creativity, they became, for us, givers of dignity. » – submitted by Florencia Berinstein, Alex Bulmer, Adina Kaufman, Joanne Brooks, Sandi Bratina

The Award for Creativity is sponsored by the Sharna Foundation.
Le prix soulignant une créativité remarquable est commandité par la Fondation Sharna.


The Remarkable Resiliency! Award to / Le prix soulignant une résilience remarquable est remis à : Sister Writes (Toronto, ON)

Le programme de création littéraire et d’alphabétisation Sister Writes, fondé par l’auteure Lauren Kirshner, vise à mettre en lumière la sagesse et l’expérience des femmes vivant dans le centre-ville de Toronto. Depuis huit ans, grâce à des ateliers d’écriture, à du mentorat offert par des auteures professionnelles, à la publication de magazines littéraires et à des événements artistiques publics, Sister Writes a contribué à ce que des femmes ordinaires qui ont vécu des situations extraordinaires arrivent à reprendre leur pouvoir.

Sister Writes, a creative writing and literacy program founded by author Lauren Kirshner, is dedicated to honouring the wisdom and experience of women in downtown Toronto. For the past eight years, through writing workshops, mentorship from professional women authors, the publication of literary magazines, and public arts events, Sister Writes have been empowering ordinary women who find themselves in extraordinary situations.

The women Sister Writes serves are affected by homelessness, underhousing, trauma, mental health and addiction issues, and other upheavals and significant life transitions. Through the support of our sponsors, including Sistering, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, and The Toronto Public Library, and the assistance of professional guest writers including award winning novelists and poets, Sister Writes offers a range of hands-on programming that is 100% free and inclusive.

Our longest running program, The Writing Workshop – weekly two-hour sessions for 12 consecutive weeks three times a year – provides budding women writers with the opportunity to learn valuable literacy and writing skills, hone their voices as writers, share stories and write about the realities of their lives. The culmination of The Writing Workshop, is the publication and public launch of Sister Writes, the program’s literary magazine.

In September 2017, The Writing Workshop became participant-led, a remarkable achievement that attests to the confidence women feel as a result of attending this program. With the guidance and support of Lauren Kirshner, experienced Sister Writes participants now plan and facilitate the workshops and gain a unique opportunity to enhance both their writing and leadership skills. The new attendees, quickly become a part of this dynamic creative community, acquiring writing skills and emotional support from women who have been there.

Sister Writes in the Community, is our programming arm that goes further afield, providing one-off creative writing workshops to women’s agencies across Toronto. This Outreach Program provides experienced Sister Writers with the opportunity to design and lead workshops that can reach women in shelters, employment centres, community centres and sex workers’ organizations. In 2015, we offered |OUTLOUD! A creative writing conference for LGBTQ youth with guest writers Zoe Whittall and Vivek Shraya and others. In 2016, in partnership with Sherbourne Health Centre, we ran a successful program for trans women. As one participant of that program remarked: “I want to thank you profusely for your work in running (the program) and giving the opportunity for people like me to connect and feel empowered through writing.” Sister Writes is dedicated to the principle of breaking down barriers to the arts, one story at a time.

We – Cindy and Donna – have been members of Sister Writes for over five years. Together we coordinate the Community Outreach Program. Donna would like to say a few personal words now:
Donna: I joined The Writing Workshop after experiencing family crisis. My marriage had broken down and I faced the prospect of being homeless. I was reluctant to share my writing at first, but I developed confidence as the weeks went by. I used the creative writing skills I was acquiring, to craft a beautiful vignette about my childhood in England. My story was published in Sister Writes. This gave me a tremendous feeling of pride and accomplishment. At a Sister Writes public event, I read a story I’d written about my experience with poverty and single parenthood. I felt uncomfortable. After the reading, a member of the audience approached me and said, “Your story was very moving; I tried to stop myself from crying.” I realized that by allowing myself to be vulnerable, I had been able to reach out to the audience. By 2015, I felt confident enough to assume the duties of a Community Coordinator, and together with Cindy Maguire we organized and helped to facilitate, OUTLOUD!- a creative writing conference for LGBTQ youth.

Our participation in Sister Writes has allowed us to find our footing as writers and workshop facilitators. We have discovered the value of getting stories out and on paper and then sharing them. And what gives both of us the greatest pleasure, is listening to other women tell their stories in their own words and seeing them grow in strength and confidence. – submitted by Donna Reid and Cindy Maguire


Honourable Mention / Mention d’honneur :

Nous aimerions attribuer une mention d’honneur au projet Into The Current (Dans le courant) de Miriam Colvin, dont la candidature a été soumise par Julie Lebel de Made in BC — dance on tour, car il est arrivé bon deuxième dans plus d’une catégorie.

Miriam Colvin a plus de 20 ans d’expérience à faire danser et à mobiliser les gens. Elle est incroyablement active dans son milieu, à Smithers en Colombie-Britannique, en territoire Witsuwit’. Son travail illustre bien comment les artistes peuvent travailler avec les membres de la communauté, et il met la barre haute, car Miriam rassemble les gens et favorise l’expression de différentes voix artistiques. Elle collabore souvent avec d’autres organismes tels que Made in BC — Dance on Tour, la Bulkley Valley Concert Association, le Conseil des arts de Bulkley Valley et Ewk Hiyah Hozdli.

We would like to give an honourable mention to Into The Current and Miriam Colvin, who came second in multiple categories and was nominated by Julie Lebel with Made in BC – dance on tour.

« Miriam Colvin has over 20 years of experience in dance making and community engagement facilitation. She is incredibly active in her community, Smithers BC on Witsuwit’en Territory. She sets a high bar of excellence for what it can look like when artists work in cooperation with community members. Her community engagement facilitation aims to bring people together, encouraging many voices in the arts. Her work is often in aligned with community partners including Made in BC – Dance on Tour, BV Concert Association, BV Community Arts Council and Ewk Hiyah Hozdli.

Recent work includes:

Into The Current (2014-2016) facilitated over 581 community interactions towards the creation of the Into the Current Spectacle. Youth and children were facilitated by professional artists as makers, musicians, and performers. Over 81 community performers brought the Processional Spectacle to life. On the night of the performance, audience members were transported to the watershed of the Skeena River in downtown Smithers. As the sun set, they became part of the free processional spectacle that celebrated and honoured our watershed. Weaving music, puppetry, dance and visual art the line between performer and observer melded as we explored our shared landscapes walking through our downtown. Built on over two years of research in Kispiox, Hazelton, Witset and Smithers and combining elements from Enderby and the Cowichan Valley, this celebration was larger than her immediate community.

’Alhk’ikh Ts’inideh |Dancing Together |Danser Ensemble (2017) was an part of three series of community building events linked together by the themes of bringing people of Indigenous and non-Indigenous ancestry together, building relationships to carry us forward and celebrating our communities.

As Miriam describes, « In order to come together across communities, we first needed to create spaces for Indigenous artists to heal, reflect and grow.” In June 2017, Miriam facilitated ’Alhk’ikh Ts’inideh : Dancing Together : Danser Ensemble bringing together Yukon-based Dakhká Khwáan Dancers and Witsuwit’en Ewk Hiyah Hozdli. Ewk Hiyah Hozdli, a traditional dance and drum group, has 25 multigenerational performers who practice approximately 13 Witsuwit’en songs. Many of the dances that go along with these songs have been suppressed for generations and are now being revitalized. Lead by Witsuwit’en elders, hereditary chiefs and community leaders, they focus their dances on young people and ensure the appropriate histories and stories are taught with each song and dance we perform. In the context of an intensive retreat, Ewk Hiyah Hozdli realized that they have so much capacity within our group as dancers, singers and drummers. The public performance brought people together from many ethnicities, impacting the artists and community members alike. As a result of this work, dialogue about ‘living culture’ and creating art that expresses the ‘history of now’ is at the forefront of our local communities.

For a sample of Miriam’s work: Into the Current, (project description, photo and a video): http://www.myriadprojects.ca/into-the-current-community-exploring-our-water-and-fish/ » – submitted by Julie Lebel & Miriam Colvin

ArtBridges Annual Recognition Awards / Les prix honorifiques annuels de ToileDesArts

We are pleased to announce the award winners for
ArtBridges Third Annual Recognition Awards!

 

The awards showcase remarkable work in community-engaged arts in Canada in three categories: Innovation!, Resiliency! and Creativity!

The award process: In late 2016 we did a call for community-engaged arts initiatives, community partners and ArtBridges Member initiatives to participate in award nominations. All of the entrees were compelling and demonstrated amazing work. The awards jury was comprised of three active leaders in community arts in Canada from Dawson, Winnipeg and Toronto. The recipients will each receive a certificate and an award of $250. We will be calling for nominations for our Fourth Annual Recognition Awards this Winter.


Nous avons le plaisir de vous présenter les lauréats des troisièmes
Prix honorifiques annuels d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts!

 

Ces prix soulignent un travail remarquable dans le domaine de l’art communautaire au Canada. Il y a trois catégories : Innovation, Résilience et Créativité.

Processus d’attribution des prix : à la fin de 2016, nous avons invité les organismes et les membres de ToileDesArts qui réalisent des projets d’art en milieu communautaire à soumettre des candidatures pour nos Prix honorifiques annuels. Tous les projets soumis étaient convaincants et démontraient un travail extraordinaire. Le jury était composé de trois personnes qui se sont illustrées par leur leadership dans le milieu de l’art communautaire; elles venaient de Dawson, de Winnipeg et de Toronto. Chaque récipiendaire recevra un certificat et un prix de 250$. Nous lancerons cet hiver un appel à candidature pour la quatrième édition des Prix honorifiques annuels de ToileDesArts.


Congratulations to / Félicitations aux lauréats! :

The Remarkable Innovation! Award to / Le prix soulignant une innovation remarquable est remis à : Open Field Collective (Toronto)


Open Field Collective, Erika James

« For the past two and a half years the Open Field Collective has been dedicated to bringing artwork into neighbourhood settings in Toronto and Guelph. We do this by installing miniature galleries in residents’ front yards that can be viewed from the sidewalk. Community-members-at-large who have seen our « Street Projects » on the street, simply email us requesting a free art gallery for their yard. From these, The Open Field Collective selects community-based locations and installs a gallery. We program our 16 locations by curating artists’ work or by selecting artwork from our open call submissions. We change the exhibits every 6 weeks, offering the public an extensive range of free exhibitions on an ongoing basis. Community members and visitors have come to love their resident neighbourhood gallery so much that we’ve been invited to bring our projects to Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Peterborough, London, just to name a few. After being propositioned by community members in Guelph, we agreed to expand out to other cities and now have 4 galleries in Guelph that are up and running successfully with the volunteer help of residents in Guelph.

We are always amazed and thrilled when people come up to us to say they walk down a particular street just to see what’s new in the gallery! Last summer, Street Projects caught the eye of Waterfront Toronto’s summer festival, « Animating Our Waterfront ». We were invited to install 5 galleries along the marsh woodlands area of Corktown Common public park, which saw a changing roster of artwork all summer long. This spring, Scouts Canada has sponsored a gallery, where we program youth guest curators and youth artists who aspire to become professional artists. We’re so happy that we’ve been able to bring exciting artwork into places that don’t normally have a presence of street art!

The Open Field Collective consists of two members, Scott McDermid and Erika James who volunteer their time and effort to make our streets a better place to be.  »

The Mandel Surprise-Me Award for Innovation is sponsored by the Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES Fund.


The Remarkable Creativity! Award to / Le prix soulignant une créativité remarquable est remis à : Sarasvàti Productions Community Mental Health Project (Winnipeg)

Sarasvàti Productions, Angie St. Mars

« After two years of research and input from almost 400 community members with different perspectives on mental health, Sarasvàti Productions is proud to bring important stories about mental health to the stage. The brand new play titled Breaking Through follows the stories of five Winnipeggers living with and affected by different mental health issues. Grounded in real experiences, this bold new play puts the spotlight on mental health like never before.

Breaking Through is the final product of the larger Mental Health Project, a project lead by Sarasvàti Productions that included research, outreach, community story-sharing, workshop readings, the creation of a play for youth: Shattered, the high school tour of Shattered and finally the world premiere of a play for general audiences: Breaking Through.

In accordance with our mandate, Sarasvàti Productions strove to make this project accessible at every stage. Sarasvàti artists went out into the community and facilitated story-sharing theatre workshops with a number of community groups whose stories aren’t often explored on Canadian stages. We worked with patients at Selkirk Mental Health Centre and Red Threads Playback Theatre, with newcomer women at Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) and newcomer men at Aurora Family Therapy Centre, with LGBTQ youth at Rainbow Resource Centre, and more. Although many community members were eager to participate, we found that youth we worked with were especially compelled to share experiences. As a response, we developed an interactive piece of forum theatre centred completely around youth. Set in a high school, Shattered follows 5 youth who are experiences or affected by mental health issues in different ways. With Shattered, teens didn’t just see a play, they had a chance to become completely emerged in the story and work together to explore solutions to the mental health challenges the characters face. We toured Shattered to 60 high schools with a diverse all-youth cast. Over 6,000 people saw the 60 performances over 9 weeks. In the talk-backs that followed the performances, we were honoured to have so many youth share their stories with us as a result of seeing the play.

Sarasvàti’s innovative project engaged the community in conversation about mental health. The artists were able to weave these true experiences into stories that have the power to connect with audiences, to combat the stigma around mental health, to encourage individuals to speak up and remind each of us that we are not alone.

Highlight video from Shattered:

Video from Breaking Through:

Some feedback from youth and teachers in response to Shattered:

I just wanted to thank you all so much for coming to my school (John Taylor Collegiate) today. For informing people about the current issue with STIGMA against mental illnesses/disorders. I was trying to hold it together so many times during the play, and when we were told to sit down if we had someone to support us through the overwhelming times and I was the only one standing, I lost it. The message was so powerful and I relate so much to these stories. It hurts to know that they’re true, but I’m glad for what you wonderful people are doing by spreading the message. I wanted to come up at the end and thank you all personally, but I have some ‘issues’ as well and I was too afraid, so I guess this is the next best thing. Thank you so much. I know that even after watching « Shattered » a lot of the students will still go back to the way they were, and throwing around the word « crazy », but those moments still made a difference. I wanted to let you know how much *I* appreciated this, I can’t even put into words how this made me felt and how amazing it was. Sorry that this was very Long-winded. Thank you once again, and if you read this, thank you for your time. – Sincerely, a struggling teenage girl, John Taylor Collegiate

Shattered was very powerful. It helped my students understand the different mental health issues, anxiety, depression, bipolar and eating disorders. It talked about the stigma and I felt it helped students and staff understand how important it is to be able to talk about mental health. The interactive part of the play was wonderful, our students had a chance to look at the situation, join in and find a different way to look at or cope with the mental health issue. When I went to debrief with our students class by class they were very positive about the play and really enjoyed the opportunity to participate. Students that have the opportunity to see it and participate in finding different ways to cope will definitely have a better understanding of mental health. Terri Mowchun—Teacher, St. Norbert High School

“Things aren’t what they seem and we should never assume things about people. I learned a lot and I could tell my fellow audience members also learned something new. I realized a lot more people in our school had experience with mental illness than I thought. » -Fauziya, student at Fort Richmond Collegiate

I discussed the play with both my theatre classes and the overall consensus was that it was fantastic. I even had a colleague stop me in the hall to tell me how moved she was by the performance and the interaction with the kids. This was, bar none, the absolute most engaging piece I have witnessed at our school. Our students really became involved with the piece and I think it resonated powerfully with them all, particularly the message that they are not alone. Kim Dudek—Teacher, Murdoch McKay « 


The Remarkable Resiliency! Award to / Le prix soulignant une résilience remarquable est remis à : Blueprint Pathways (Stittsville, ON)

Blueprint Pathways, Bob Vereula

« Blueprint 4 Life has demonstrated a key role in building and nurturing resiliency in many communities. In 2012, Stephen Buddha Leafloor had partnered with Pauktuuit (The National Women’s Inuit Association) and designed the Intergenerational Healing Around Residential Schools Program: A Community Story. The Program was then delivered in the community of Kugaaruk, Nunavut. Parents, Elders and Youth were all brought together for Cultural activities, dance, music, art, and mental & emotional healing exercises. I was selected to join the Blueprint team to deliver the program, and it was my first Blueprint project. To see Buddha and the other senior artists work with the youth left me in awe. The kids were engaging in dance styles and music that appealed to them, and the furthermore the Hip Hop Facilitators helped the young people break of their shell. The themes and discussions of the one-week intensive was a whirlwind of emotions, creating a sense of hope and happiness in the community.

A documentary is being created on this amazing week and the report and evaluation being developed is hope to serve as inspiration and a possible model for other communities both Inuit and First Nation. This is one of the first inter-generational healing program around the effects of residential schools, with the arts and Hip Hop Culture. I truly believe that Blueprint is one of the leading youth organizations providing arts engagement in these communities. To learn more, follow the video link:


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We will be calling for nominations for our Fourth Annual Recognition Awards this Winter.

Please sign up yourself or your community arts initiative as a Member!

Membership fees help to support the work of ArtBridges all year! As a Member or Member Organization, you will be a vital partner in ArtBridges’ important work by helping us to raise awareness, connect people to community-engaged art initiatives, gather and share resources, and highlight what’s going on in the practice and field.

Please contact us toll-free: 1-877-278-3002 or, info@artbridges.ca if you have any questions and to learn more.

Tiffany Nyklickova, Membership Developer, tiffany@artbridges.ca

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Nous lancerons cet hiver un appel de candidatures pour la quatrième édition des Prix honorifiques annuels.

Devenez membre de ToileDesArts à titre personnel ou en tant qu’organisme ou projet d’art communautaire !

La cotisation des membres soutient le travail d’ArtBridges toute l’année! Devenir membre d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts, c’est participer à faire connaître l’art communautaire, au réseautage des organismes et personnes actives dans le milieu, à la mise en commun des ressources et à la diffusion des nouvelles et des activités pertinentes.

Pour en savoir plus ou si vous avez des questions, communiquez avec nous : (sans frais) 1-877-278-3002, info@artbridges.ca

Tiffany Nyklickova, responsable de la campagne d’adhésion, tiffany@artbridges.ca

Congratulations! / Félicitations!: ArtBridges Annual Recognition Awards / Les prix honorifiques annuels de ToileDesArts

We are pleased to announce the award winners for ArtBridges Second Annual Recognition Awards!

The awards showcase remarkable work in community-engaged arts in Canada in three categories: Innovation!, Resiliency! and Creativity!

The award process: In late 2015 we did a call for ArtBridges annual fee-paying Members to participate in award nominations. All of the entrees were compelling and demonstrated amazing work. The awards jury was comprised of three active leaders in community arts in Canada from Montréal, Halifax and Toronto who are not Members of ArtBridges. The recipients will each receive a certificate and an award of $250.

Nous avons le plaisir de vous présenter les lauréats des deuxièmes Prix honorifiques annuels d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts!

Ces prix soulignent un travail remarquable dans le domaine de l’art communautaire au Canada. Il y a trois catégories : Innovation, Résilience et Créativité.

Le processus de sélection : À la fin de 2015, nous avons invité les membres cotisants d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts à soumettre leur candidature pour les prix honorifiques. Tous les dossiers qui ont été soumis étaient intéressants et témoignaient d’un excellent travail. Le jury était composé de trois personnes très dynamiques dans le milieu de l’art communautaire au Canada; elles venaient de Montréal, d’Halifax et de Toronto et n’étaient pas membres d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts. Chacun des récipiendaires recevra un certificat et un prix de 250 $.

Congratulations to / Félicitations aux lauréats! :

The Remarkable Innovation! Award to / Le prix soulignant une innovation remarquable est remis à : 4Cs Foundation’s Art Bikers Program

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« The 4Cs Foundation provides grants, education and other opportunities for community arts projects that inspire, empower, and connect children and their communities in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We believe that creating art together fosters the development of relationships, builds connections and strengthens communities. » (website)

The Mandel Surprise-Me Award for Innovation is sponsored by the Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES Fund.

« La 4Cs Foundation offre des bourses, des cours et d’autres ressources à l’intention des projets d’art communautaires qui insufflent de l’inspiration aux enfants d’Halifax, en Nouvelle-Écosse, favorisent leur autonomisation et nourrissent leurs liens avec leur milieu. Selon nous, faire des activités artistiques en groupe contribue à l’établissement de relations interpersonnelles et de connexions, ce qui renforce les collectivités.» [site web (notre traduction)]

Le prix Mandel « Surprenez-moi! » pour l’innovation est commandité par le Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES Fund.

The Remarkable Creativity! Award to / Le prix soulignant une créativité remarquable est remis à : MU

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« MU est un organisme de bienfaisance qui transforme l’espace public montréalais en réalisant des murales ancrées dans les communautés. Depuis 2007, MU a réalisé plus de 80 murales d’envergure et pérennes dans 15 quartiers de la ville en plus de mettre en œuvre un important volet éducatif. » (site web)

« MU is a charitable organization transforming Montréal public spaces through the creation of murals anchored in communities. Since 2007, MU created 80 large long-term murals in 15 neighbourhoods in the city, in addition to its important educational component. » [website (our translation)]

The Remarkable Resiliency! Award to / Le prix soulignant une résilience remarquable est remis à : ArtHeart Community Art Centre

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For over two decades ArtHeart has been a stabilizing presence in the community of Regent Park. We provide free visual arts education, programs, materials and a nutritious meal to children, youth, adults and seniors living in Regent Park and the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Our mission is to provide participants with a supportive environment in which they can create and learn, build self-esteem and develop life skills. By putting their hands and imaginations to work, our participants are empowered to improve their quality of life. (website)

« Depuis plus de 20 ans, ArtHeart a joué un rôle de stabilisateur pour la population de Regent Park. Nous offrons gratuitement des cours d’arts visuels, différents programmes, du matériel et un repas nourrissant aux enfants, aux adolescents, aux adultes et aux aînés qui vivent dans Regent Park et les quartiers avoisinants.

Notre mission est de donner aux participants un milieu propice à la création, à l’apprentissage et au développement de l’estime de soi et d’habiletés fondamentales. En mettant leurs mains et leur imagination à la tâche, nos participants acquièrent la capacité d’améliorer leur qualité de vie. » [site web (notre traduction)]

Award winners for ArtBridges First Annual Recognition Awards! / Félicitations! Les premiers prix honorifiques annuels de ToileDesArts

We are pleased to announce the award winners for
ArtBridges First Annual Recognition Awards!

The awards showcase remarkable work in community-engaged arts in Canada in three categories: Innovation!, Resiliency! and Creativity!

The award process: In late 2014 we did a call for ArtBridges annual fee-paying Members to participate in award nominations. All of the entrees were compelling and demonstrated amazing work. The awards jury was comprised of three active leaders in community arts in Canada from Vancouver, Halifax and Toronto who are not Members of ArtBridges. Three wonderful and generous sponsors each donated $250 for the awards.

Nous avons le plaisir de vous présenter les lauréats des premiers
Prix honorifiques annuels d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts!

Ces prix soulignent un travail remarquable dans le domaine de l’art communautaire au Canada. Il y a trois catégories : Innovation, Résilience et Créativité.

Le processus de sélection : À la fin de 2014, nous avons invité les membres cotisants d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts à soumettre leur candidature pour les prix honorifiques. Tous les dossiers qui ont été soumis étaient intéressants et témoignaient d’un excellent travail. Le jury était composé de trois personnes très dynamiques dans le milieu de l’art communautaire au Canada; elles venaient de Vancouver, d’Halifax et de Toronto et n’étaient pas membres d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts.

Les trois prix de 250 $ remis aux lauréats ont été gracieusement offerts par trois généreux commanditaires.

Congratulations to / Félicitations aux lauréats! :

AFCY

The Remarkable Innovation! Award to / Le prix soulignant une innovation remarquable est remis à : Arts for Children and Youth

« Working with community partners, we provide opportunities for children and youth in under-resourced communities and schools to engage meaningfully and actively in hands-on, high quality arts education. » (Mission)

The Mandel Surprise-Me Award for Innovation is sponsored by the Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES Fund.

« En collaboration avec des organismes communautaires, nous offrons l’occasion à des enfants et des jeunes issus de milieux défavorisés de participer pleinement à des ateliers d’arts plastiques de haute qualité. » (Mission [notre traduction])

Le prix Mandel « Surprenez-moi! » pour l’innovation est commandité par le Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES Fund.

DAREarts

The Remarkable Resiliency! Award to / Le prix soulignant une résilience remarquable est remis à : DAREarts

« DAREarts empowers Canadian children who are challenged by life circumstances to unlock their potential using the arts. Armed with confidence, courage and leadership skills, they ignite change in their lives and in their communities. » (Mission)

A sponsorship has been made by Degeneration X Investments Inc.

« Par la voie des arts, DAREarts redonne à des enfants qui vivent des situations difficiles le pouvoir de libérer leur potentiel. Armés de confiance, de courage et d’habiletés de leadership, ces jeunes suscitent des étincelles de changement dans leur vie et dans leur milieu. » (Mission [notre traduction])

Ce prix est commandité par Degeneration X Investments Inc.

STEPS

The Remarkable Creativity! Award to / Le prix soulignant une créativité remarquable est remis à : The Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space (STEPS) Initiative

« We use art to connect people to public spaces by: engaging diverse communities, building youth capacity, enabling grass roots initiatives, revitalizing public spaces, and creating new opportunities for public art » (Mission)

A Sponsorship has been made for this award in recognition of Majengo Canada for The Majengo Children’s Home in Tanzania.

« Nous utilisons l’art pour créer un lien entre les personnes et les lieux publics, notamment en interpellant différentes communautés, en renforçant les capacités des jeunes, en favorisant les projets issus de la base et en créant des occasions qui font de la place à l’art public. » (Mission [notre traduction])

Ce prix a été commandité en l’honneur de Majengo Canada, qui soutient l’orphelinat Majengo Children’s Home, en Tanzanie.

We will be calling for nominations for our Second Annual Recognition Awards this Autumn.

Please sign up yourself or your community arts initiative as a Member, to participate!

Membership fees help to support the work of ArtBridges all year! As a Member or Member Organization, you will be a vital partner in ArtBridges’ important work by helping us to raise awareness, connect people to community-engaged art initiatives, gather and share resources, and highlight what’s going on in the practice and field.

Please contact us toll-free: 1-877-278-3002 or, info@artbridges.ca if you have any questions and to learn more.

Nous lancerons cet automne une invitation à soumettre des candidatures pour les deuxièmes Prix honorifiques annuels.

Devenez membre d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts (en tant qu’individu ou en tant qu’organisme) pour pouvoir participer!

La cotisation des membres soutient le travail d’ArtBridges toute l’année! Devenir membre d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts, c’est participer à faire connaître l’art communautaire, au réseautage des organismes et personnes actives dans le milieu, à la mise en commun des ressources et à la diffusion des nouvelles et des activités pertinentes.

Pour en savoir plus ou si vous avez des questions, communiquez avec nous : (sans frais) 1-877-278-3002, info@artbridges.ca

– Tiffany Nyklickova, Membership Developer / responsable de la campagne d’adhésion, tiffany@artbridges.ca