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HA!Man Canadian Tour: interactive concerts, workshops in spontaneous creativity and multi-artistic collaborations

« HA!Man, South Africa’s spontaneous cellist is in Canada for a four week tour. Billed as one of his country’s “greatest exports” he goes around the world with his unique brand of spontaneous performing on cello, keyboard and smaller instruments, voice, whistling along with original electronic accompaniments. Each performances is different, but covers a full spectrum of musical textures and styles and above all – emotions. In his workshops, he gets kids and adults alike to bring forth hidden talents, stored up feelings and often surprising in-the-moment creations that renders many speechless. Speechless? Well, the term HA! is itself a sign of the limitations of words and mental understanding when it comes to the mysteries of creativity. And that is what he’s dealing with.

Catch his performances (and share the information) in the following places:

Please visit for more information, media and contact info. »

Happy Canada Day! / Bonne fête du Canada!


All the best for a happy, safe, healthy and creative summer to all of our readers, community arts partners and friends across Canada!

– The ArtBridges/ToileDesArts team

Nous souhaitons à toutes les personnes qui nous lisent et à tous nos partenaires du milieu de l’art communautaire un été tout ce qu’il a de plus heureux et créatif, tout en étant nourrissant pour la sécurité et la santé! Profitez bien de l’été!

 -L’équipe d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts
photo credit: Sonya Young

Plan stratégique : Répondez au sondage du Conseil des Arts du Canada / Canada Council’s Strategic Plan Survey: Your input is needed!


« Le Conseil des Arts du Canada veut vous entendre! Donnez votre avis sur les priorités à adopter au cours des cinq prochaines années en répondant au sondage avant le 11 février.
Pour plus d’informations et pour accéder au sondage, cliquez ici. »

Source: Conseil des Arts du Canada


« The Canada Council needs your input! Their current strategic plan will come to an end in March 2016, and work is now underway to prepare a plan for the next five years (2016-21). The next plan will outline the Council’s vision and directions for what it will achieve in this period. We are conducting a survey of our stakeholders in order to help us make decisions about what our priorities should be for the next five years. The survey is open until February 11. For more information and to complete the survey click here. »

Source: Canada Council for the Arts

Webinar: New Funding Model / Nouveau modèle de financement (Canada Council for the Arts)


« Want to learn more about our new funding model? Register to attend one of our public info sessions in January. A great opportunity to take a guided tour with staff, and ask your questions.

Join us for an online information session, and Q&A on the new programs.
Friday, January 8, 2016
1 to 3 pm EST

Subscribe here to receive registration details. »

« Vous voulez en savoir plus sur notre nouveau modèle de financement? Inscrivez-vous à une de nos séances d’infos en janvier. Brève présentation sur les programmes avec des membres de notre personnel, suivi d’une période de questions.

Joignez-vous à notre séance d’information en ligne et période de questions et réponses sur les nouveaux programmes.
Jeudi 7 janvier 2016
De 13 h à 15 h HNE

Abonnez–vous ici pour recevoir les modalités de l’inscription »

-from Canada Council’s website

Culture Days 2015 Top Ten Cities and Towns Revealed

« Culture Days 2015 Top Tens Revealed

Building on their past successes and lessons learned, this year’s Top Tens highlight the increasing level of engagement in Culture Days by cities and towns of all sizes across the country. From passionate individual community organizers and lead organizations to municipalities and local development agencies, you’ll find some familiar communities that have been leading the way for years and some new ones in the 2015 Top Tens too! Check out the 2015 Top Tens here. »

-from Culture Days Newsletter

Canada Council for the Arts: Six new arts projects by Aboriginal artists will explore conciliation & reconciliation

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« Ottawa, November 3, 2015 The Canada Council for the Arts, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada (The Circle) today announced the six arts projects that will be funded through the organizations’ first {Re}conciliation initiative. The partners also announced their plans to renew joint funding to this initiative for a minimum of two years. A new call for proposals will be issued in 2016.

The inaugural {Re}conciliation projects – selected by a Canada Council jury of peers – will be presented in communities across the country beginning in the fall of 2016. Ranging from animated and documentary films, to site-specific performance work, to bead and dialogue workshops, to community-based and interactive storytelling projects, they address in unique and provocative ways the ongoing need for conciliation and reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples of Canada.

The selected projects are:

This is What I Wish You Knew – ​Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Reconciliation Film Project – First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada & Productions Cazabon (Ottawa, Ontario)

Nattilik (Netsilik) art exhibition by the Gjoa Haven, Nunavut community about the impact of the residential school period on the Inuit – Nattilik Heritage Society (Gjoa Haven, Nunavut)

#callresponse – Collective Tarah Hogue, Maria Hupfield and Tania Willard (grunt gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia) with Christi Belcourt, Ursula Johnson and Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory

Project Charlie – Terril Calder, Joseph Boyden, Jason Ryle, Geeta Sondhi (Toronto, Ontario)

Opening the Doors to Dialogue – Samuel Thomas (Niagara Falls, Ontario)

« More and more Canadians understand that Reconciliation is one of the defining issues of our time. Conciliation and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of this land are an essential part of our journey forward, if we are to be a country that truly embraces and upholds the values of dignity, justice and trust. Indigenous artists must be at the centre of that journey, and we must support them. They can help us remember and address our shared and difficult history, as well as imagine the potential of our common future. The Canada Council is proud to support some of this vital work through {Re}conciliation. I’m also delighted to confirm that we will be joining our partners in renewing our support for this initiative for two more years.”
Simon Brault, Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts

“These artists are at the forefront of what we hope will be a new and vital cultural movement in Canada – a growing network of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists who are committed to working together to promote a better understanding of the wrongs of our colonial past, the dimensions of current injustices, as well as a shared exploration of a more enlightened path forward.”
Stephen Huddart, President and CEO of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

“The Circle plays a unique convening role, and Reconciliation in a post TRC Canada is at the heart of our work with philanthropic partners and Indigenous communities. We are honoured to play a role in the collaboration with Canada Council and the J.W. McConnell Foundation. Our best wishes to the artists in their process of creation.”
Wanda Brascoupé Peters, Executive Director, The Circle

About {Re}conciliation:
This initiative aims to promote artistic collaborations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists, investing in the power of art and imagination to inspire dialogue, understanding and change. The Canada Council administers the {Re}conciliation initiative, which was developed by Canada Council, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and The Circle in anticipation of the  Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report and recommendations. A first call for proposals was issued in May 2015. A second will be issued in 2016. Interested artists and arts organizations will be invited to submit proposals for project funding up to $75,000. Applicants who submitted a proposal in 2015 but did not receive funding are eligible to re-submit to future deadlines. »

Posted with permission from Heather McAfee, Public Relations Advisor, Canada Council for the Arts

Video: What are community-engaged arts all about? / L’art communautaire, c’est quoi? (ArtBridges/ToileDesArts)

What are community-engaged arts all about? ArtBridges asked numerous community partners from across Canada to tell us through their voices and pictures.

This short video, created by Andrea Dorfman, had photo and audio contributions from 50 community arts partners from across Canada. This video was made with support from the J.W. McConnell Foundation, The Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ruth Mandel—WHO GIVES fund. Watch the video above or on Youtube and please share it!

L’art communautaire, c’est quoi? ToileDesArts a demandé à plusieurs personnes du milieu, un peu partout au Canada, de répondre à cette question de vive voix et avec des photos.

Cette petite vidéo, réalisée par Andrea Dorfman, présente des photos et des enregistrements audios offerts par une cinquantaine de personnes du milieu de l’art communautaire d’un peu partout au Canada. Elle a été réalisée grâce au soutien financier de la fondation J. W. McConnell, de la fondation Ontario Trillium et du fonds Ruth Mandel—WHO GIVES. Regardez-la en cliquant sur le lien ci-dessus ou sur Youtube, et partagez-la!

Call for Expressions of Interest: Youth Arts Ambassador Program (Culture Days)


« Ontario Culture Days is now accepting expressions of interest from young and emerging, community-engaged artists working in any artistic discipline in all regions of Ontario to participate in Ontario Culture Days’ inaugural Youth Arts Ambassador Program (Pilot Project, 2016-2018).

Would you like to:

  • Present your own community arts creation as a featured 2016 Culture Days event?
  • Develop your professional practice and receive mentoring on a range of topics related to community arts?
  • Attend the 2016 Culture Days National Congress?
  • Connect with a broad network of arts leaders from your region, province and across Canada?

If so, we’d like to hear from you! Tell us how you will explore the potential of community arts to strengthen your own artistic practice and to grow audiences for your work. Get more details and the application form here. »

-from Culture Days newsletter

RFP – Fund & Partner Development Strategy (Arts Health Network Canada)

Arts Health Network Canada

« Arts Health Network Canada (AHNC) is Canada’s primary arts and health knowledge sharing, networking and capacity building hub, helping to promote and facilitate the development and growth of arts and health initiatives across Canada. A federally registered charitable organization, AHNC’s primary purpose is to increase awareness, understanding and application of the contributions of arts-based initiatives to individual and community health, as well as to Canada’s public health care system. AHNC engages arts/health providers, organizations, decision makers, and the broader public to understand and support the connections between health and arts-based activities, as well as the multitude of ways that the arts can contribute to lowering costs, increasing effectiveness, and supporting the sustainability of our public health care system.

Founded in 2011 with seed funding from Lift Philanthropy Partners (formerly 2010 Legacies Now Society), AHNC now seeks to develop corporate, foundation, academic and individual partnerships to support its on-going activities.

The selected proponent will develop and execute a fund and partner development strategy that will address both short-term/immediate opportunities and the longer-term fund development opportunities and processes suited to AHNC.


  • Review purposes, current operations and programs of AHNC in relationship to possible partnerships in fund development, research and programming.
  • Assess existing resources (contractors, board directors, advisors) for capability to support fund development projects and identify scope and resources to be developed to support immediate and ongoing development activity.
  • Develop and execute a 3-month plan to capitalize on short-term opportunities for fund development based on personal knowledge and ancillary research.
  • Develop a 3-year fund and partner development plan, including strategies and goals, matching AHNC priorities to potential funding sources in government, foundations, academic realms, individual philanthropists and other areas as may be identified.
  • Research, cultivate and solicit funding sources identified in the above plans.
  • Develop and/or oversee the development of solicitation materials, including proposals and grant applications.
  • Develop a donor recognition and stewardship program to support the above plans.

A motivated self-starter with a proven track record of success and innovation in partnership and fund development.
Demonstrated ability to successfully design, develop and manage significant program initiatives.
Excellent communication, writing and presentation skills, with an ability to represent AHNC in a wide variety of settings.
Experience in working directly with a non-profit Board of Directors.
Capacity to operate in a virtual environment.

Knowledge of the arts and health sector across Canada.
Ability to communicate in both official languages.

The selected proponent will work closely with the Fund Development Committee, and report directly to the Chair of AHNC’s Board of Directors. Resources will be available from AHNC’s team of contractors.

The initial contract will be for a one-year period, ideally commencing in September, 2015. Successful completion of the initial contract may result in an extension.

Proposals must be submitted no later than August 14, 2015 at 5:00 PDT. Proposals should be in PDF format and emailed to with the subject line: AHNC RFP. Inquiries can be made through

Proposals should include at a minimum:
-A description of the approach to be used
-Proponent’s timeline, including proposed hours for activities
-Resources or technology to be used
-Fee proposal and payment schedule
-Relevant experience and history
-Three references
-Resume for proponent and any sub-contractors proposed »

-posted with permission from Arts Health Network Canada
Read Arts Health Network Canada’s profile in our Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Witness Blanket: Traveling large scale art installation recognizes the Indian Residential School era


“The blanket is a universal symbol of protection. For many of us, it identifies who we are and where we’re from – we wear them in ceremony and give them as gifts. Blankets protect our young and comfort our elders.

Inspired by a woven blanket, we have created a large scale art installation, made out of hundreds of items reclaimed from Residential Schools, churches, government buildings and traditional and cultural structures including Friendship Centres, band offices, treatment centres and universities, from across Canada. The Witness Blanket stands as a national monument to recognise the atrocities of the Indian Residential School era, honour the children, and symbolise ongoing reconciliation.

Inspiration for the Project:
Strewn in the wake of the Indian Residential Schools are an immeasurable number of broken or damaged pieces. These fragmented cultures, crumbling buildings, segments of language, and grains of diminished pride are often connected only by the common experience that created them. Imagine those pieces, symbolic and tangible, woven together in the form of a blanket. A blanket made from pieces of residential schools, churches, government buildings, and cultural structures.

A blanket where the story of each piece is as important to its construction as the wood and screws that hold it together.

A blanket with the sole purpose of standing in eternal witness to the effects of the Indian Residential School era – the system created and run by churches and the Canadian government to “take the Indian out of the child”. Left alone, these pieces may be forgotten, lost, buried, or worse – be uncomfortable reminders that leave painful impressions on the minds and hearts of those who recognize what they represent. Individually, they are paragraphs of a disappearing narrative. Together they are strong and formidable, collectively able to recount for future generations the true story of loss, strength, reconciliation and pride.
– Artist Carey Newman (Ha-yalth-kingeme)

Click here to read a speech by Carey Newman (Ha-yalth-kingeme)


If you’d like to get involved with the project, there are three ways:
1. SHARE – Spread the word about the project, or share your story with us.
2. CHAMPION – Help us bring the Witness Blanket to your community.
3. GIVE – Click here to financially support the Witness Blanket project.

We are currently in the planning stages for a National Tour of the Witness Blanket. Please click here to download our Call for Expressions of Interest for venues, communities, organizations etc. who would like to exhibit the Blanket. For any questions regarding the National Tour, please contact us by email or phone 1-855-888-6998.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

  • Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton, ON:July 13 – August 29, 2015
  • Nova Scotia: September, October, November 2015
  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, MB: January – June 2016
  • Peace River Museum, Peace River, AB: July and August, 2016
  • Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC: September, October and November, 2016
  • New Westminster Museum and Archives, New Westminster, BC: December 2016 – April 2017

*** With tentative bookings throughout 2020

Visit for more info. 

Posted with permission from Carey Newman (Ha-yalth-kingeme)