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Call for Participants: Black Brilliance: 6-day, online filmmaking workshop for young Black artists

« We stand in solidarity with the call for Black liberation. In light of recent movements to address police brutality and anti-Black racism across the world, we’ve been looking at how to do our part.

BLACK BRILLIANCE will be a 6-day online filmmaking workshop for young Black artists to create an original film, with the mentorship and support of professional Black artists and youth workers – Mariam Barry, Vanessa Richards, and Khari McClelland.

This program is a Black space for youth of African descent, and is free for youth participants, and no previous experience is necessary!

We may be distancing, but community will not be cancelled!


In this FREE program, you will:                                                                               

  • Learn how to plan, shoot, and edit a short film, all from home
  • Create art in an all-Black space
  • Receive a FREE 6-month software license for Adobe Premiere Rush
  • Work creatively with a group of peers
  • Have a ridiculous amount of fun!

You are:

  • Of African descent
  • Excited about filmmaking and interested in using film for social change
  • Curious to try a new model of collaborative, pandemic-era filmmaking
  • Between the ages of 15 and 30
  • Available for ALL 6 program sessions listed below
  • Able to access a computer or laptop that can run Zoom (details) and         Adobe Premiere Rush (details).

This will be an all-Black space. We welcome any level of experience, and youth who are female-identified, LGBTQ2S+ or who have disabilities or face systemic and structural barriers are highly encouraged to apply and will be prioritized.

Up to 20 young people will be chosen to participate in this project. Your films will be featured at a virtual gala after the program, submitted to the Reel Youth Film Festival, and distributed on YouTube, social media and the Reel Youth website.

Sessions are:

          Tuesday, August 25           2 – 3:30 pm
          Friday, August 28               2 – 3:30 pm
          Tuesday, September 1      10 – 11:30 am
          Friday, September 4          2 – 3:30 pm
          Tuesday, September 8      2 – 3:30 pm
          Friday, September 11        2 – 3:30 pm

Participants must commit to attending all days and completing homework assigned between sessions (we will keep it light!). »

For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from Reel Youth

20th Yukon Riverside Arts Festival (August 13-16 & online)

« The Klondike Institute of Art & Culture celebrates the 20th Annual Yukon Riverside Arts Festival on the weekend of August 15 – 16, 2020. Due to the current public health situation, this year’s festival will not be a conventional gathering and will not feature the usual artist demonstrations or main festival site on the banks of the Yukon River at Riverside Park.

Instead, artists from Dawson City and beyond will present installations, exhibitions, performances, film, and audio work in a variety of innovative spaces throughout the community. We ask that everyone adheres to the Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer’s physical distancing guidelines at all times when viewing the work.

Those who do not live in Dawson City or do not feel comfortable viewing the work in person are encouraged to view the artwork and documentation remotely in the form of an online exhibition starting August 17 at« 

For more festival details in Dawson and online, please visit:

-from KIAC

Online Roundtable – Artists’ Response in Uncertain Times (Mural Routes)

« 2020 has shown us that mural artists can be looked to as the cultural “First Responders” in Uncertain Times. Join us online as this panel of speakers share examples of how individual artists, collectives, and organizations can creatively pivot and negotiate the margins, and lead with creative solutions during these uncertain times.

Date: Wednesday, July 29 2020, 6:30 – 8pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Location: Online (details will be emailed)

Cost:  Free of cost. Registration is required.


Jieun Kim, Painter and Muralist

Tara Dorey, Arts Educator and Project Manager

Javid Jah, Street Artist and Designer

Andrea Curtis, Director of Operations at the Vancouver Mural Festival

For more information and to register, please visit:« 

-from Mural Routes

TO WORK OR NOT TO WORK: Interactive Theatre for Dialogue

« As restrictions lift, will we still be allowed to keep working from home? Does the system ask us to choose between our careers and our family’s health? How can we support each other when we’re asked to return to the office?

TO WORK OR NOT TO WORK is an interactive theatre presentation that seeks answers to these questions. You will experience an adapted format of Forum Theatre that is rooted in anti-oppression work as is interactive. This style of theatre compels audience members to develop real-time strategies for dealing with social and personal issues. Let’s come together to explore solutions and possibilities to what lies ahead for us all.

WHEN: July 23, 2020, 7:30 PM ET

WHERE: Online via Zoom. Receive the Zoom Meeting Link by registering for the event.

REGISTRATION: This is a Pay What You Can Event. Please register here:

For the play synopsis and more about our style of theatre visit:« 

-from Mixed Company Theatre

Call to Indigenous artists, authors, and media makers: Create to Learn@Home (imagineNATIVE & TakingITGlobal)

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Develop a Create to Learn Series!

« TakingITGlobal’s Create to Learn program has launched an at-home training initiative in partnership with imagineNATIVE to support students who are interested in learning digital skills through our online video database or through our Create to Learn App.

We are looking for Indigenous artists, authors, and media makers who have skills related to creativity and/or digital content production to share in tutorial videos! We are offering a stipend of $250 per video for an individual video or a series of 2 or 4 videos sharing your skills with students and youth who will be inspired by your talents!

Videos will remain your property, but by participating in this initiative you also give TakingITGlobal and imagineNATIVE perpetual, royalty-free rights to reproduce and share your video(s) free of charge with youth across Canada for learning purposes. By participating, you agree to post/share your videos on Instagram and/or Facebook using the #CreateToLearn hashtag and tag @create2learn + @takingitglobal + @imaginenative. You can create and share tutorial videos as soon as you receive an acceptance e-mail, and all videos must be posted/shared by August 17th, 2020 by midnight EST. »

For more information and to apply, please visit the Create To Learn online form.

-from imagineNATIVE

Call for Submissions: Canadian Art in Isolation

« The Canadian Art in Isolation project connects artists with isolated seniors in publicly-funded long-term-care homes to provide artwork for display in common and private rooms. These seniors have felt increased levels of isolation from families and friends and the project was born out of a desire to mitigate these negative experiences through art.

Our first partnership with Toronto’s Fudger House amassed over 300 works from local artists! We’ve also created an online gallery through our website and Instagram that spotlights the emerging artists who donated work.
We are currently accepting donations for the Wychwood Castleview Towers long-term-care home in Toronto. Please visit our website for submission details. We cannot wait to see your work! »

For more information, please visit:

-from Canadian Art in Isolation

The Gathering: Online – Anti-Black Racism in the Arts session (Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario, July 16)

The Gathering: Online

Anti-Black Racism in the Arts
July 16, 2020 | 1-4pm via Zoom 

« As a follow-up the panel on Navigating Precairty and ongoing inequities in arts funding for Indigenous, racialized, the deaf and disabled and other marginalized artists and arts organizations, and in this time of seeing the impacts of COVID-19 and police brutality against black bodies – queer, transgendered and straight, we are now convening a session to put forward the challenges of anti-Black racism in the arts.  The session will feature Black artists from diverse disciplines and focus on the extraordinary challenges such artists and arts organizations face, how they are dealing with them and what needs to be done to ensure anti-Black racism initiatives in the arts are focused, meaningful and aimed at bringing about societal and systemic change in the arts.

(If you registered for the ticket “Registration for all dates” you will receive the Zoom link for the new session on July 16 and do not need to register again for this session).

– Kevin A. Ormsby
– Coco Murry
– Randell Adjei
– Itah Sadu
– Gordon Shadrack
– Syrus Marcus Ware
– Pamela Edmonds
– Mark V. Campbell
– Onika Powell »

For more information, please visit CPAMO’s website

-from CPAMO

Livestream Series: On Mental Health & Creativity

« An interview series investigating the intersections of mental health and creativity through the lens of artists. Hosted by Twentytwenty Arts’ founder, Megan Kee.

Combining the creative process and psychotherapy, art therapy facilitates self-exploration and understanding. Whether artists utilize their artistic practice as a form of therapy or use it to convey complex ideas about mental health, the mutually beneficial relationship between mental health and creativity is undeniable. In this series, we will explore how art can be beneficial as a medium of mental health expression, the impact it can have on yourself and others, and where to begin.

JUL 10, 5:00 PM EDT

On Art, Activism, and Mental Health, with Megan Kee

JUL 17, 5:00 PM EDT

On Self Care and Creativity, with Megan Kee

JUL 24, 5:00 PM EDT

On Art as Therapy, with Megan Kee

JUL 31, 5:00 PM EDT

On Reducing Stigma Through Art, with Megan Kee« 

-from Made of Millions Foundation

Pandemic Roommates – Online Interactive Theatre for Critical Dialogue, July 9th (Mixed Company Theatre)

« We are living through this pandemic together or are we? Physical distancing is for outside the home, but inside? With roommates? Sharing living spaces?…

Pandemic Roommates is an interactive online theatre presentation that takes a glimpse into the lives of roommates in a Toronto house.

With Remi being immuno-compromised, Carmen might be putting her friend’s health at risk. Deb is now working from home which puts a strain on the internet bandwidth and Marge? – well, she owns the house. Each is doing their best to get through this challenging time, how do they support one another when they all have different needs?

We hope to find some answers and engage in critical dialogue through this interactive work co-created by Malia Rogers, Max Cameron Fearon, Heather VON Atzigen and Madeleine Brown, with inputs and support from Mixed Company Theatre’s associate artists.

When: Thursday July 9 from 6 to 7:30 pm

Where: Zoom – Make sure you RSVP to communications[at] to receive the Zoom Meeting Link!

Fees: This is a PWYC event. All payments will be treated as donations. To support our work with a donation, click here: . All donations above $25 will receive a tax exemption receipt!

Content warning: Language

About our style of Interactive Theatre:

You will experience an adapted format of Forum Theatre that is interactive and compels audience members to develop real-time strategies for dealing with social and personal issues.

In a Mixed Company presentation, a story representing an issue is created, rehearsed and performed (the first act). The story is then presented again—only this second time, audience members can intervene in the story, as “spect-actors,” to create a positive alternative ending. A trained Forum Theatre facilitator (the Joker) prepares and encourages participants to replace the actors on stage and to change the story in a constructive way. This social justice-based theatre style sparks community dialogue and enables grassroots advocacy. »

-from Mixed Company Theatre