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Outside Looking In: 10th Anniversary Annual Student Matinee (Toronto)


“FREE Student Matinee Performance!
Over 70 Indigenous youth will take to the stage!

In celebration of our 10th Anniversary Extravaganza
on Thursday May 18th, 2016
we are proud to be offering FREE tickets again on a first-come first-serve basis.

Please see brochure above for details, and submit your registration form to us to reserve your tickets before it is too late!”

For more information, please visit Outside Looking In

-from Outside Looking In website
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Program Highlight: Community Heartbeat (BluePrintForLife & BluePrint Pathways)


“BluePrintForLife has now delivered over 120 projects in over 50 communities receiving national and international awards and recognition as a healing program. We have some exciting news ! Blueprint has developed a new mental health program to re-engage communities we have visited in the past, and engage youth who were to young to attend our program previously.

We will still deliver our flagship week intensive where we become the replacement school for a week, but we will not only employ traditional cultural elements but we will be designing a full community show incorporating, dance, stomping and drumming.

blueprint-troysextonWe are excited to highlight Troy Sexton who has toured the world in the musical Stomp and is currently the official bucket drummer for the Toronto Raptors basketball team. We will be creating a customized community show that represents elements reflective of each unique community we visit. We will be asking communities to lend things like oil drums, snowmobiles, canoes, kayaks, Kamitiks etc which will all help create the unique stage design the youth will be interacting with.

When we need a break from stomping, drumming and cultural activities we will be engaging the youth on topics that you want Blueprint to address such as bullying, drugs and alcohol, abuse, suicide, managing anger and healing paths. We will also be introducing meditation, journaling, and spoken word during the week.

Teachers, social workers, police, elders, recreation coordinators, and school counselors are strongly encouraged to attend as this is guaranteed to be amazing professional development and training for them, creating deeper relationships within the community.


All of this will be filmed and a short video produced of the week and final show so the community can relive the pride, passion and hope. This program typically takes place from 9 am to 5 pm each day from Monday to Friday with the final night show being Friday evening.

Blueprint is looking at numerous funding opportunities to help subsidize our new program so that communities will not need to bear all of the cost. We are asking communities to send us a simple one page letter stating you are excited to look at Blueprint returning and engaging your youth on a range of mental health issues with this unique healing program. We will use these letters to assist in our search for funding.

Email if you are interested in having “Community Heartbeat“ come to your community. Mental Health letters of recommendation are available upon request.
We look forward to returning to your community, seeing old friends, and creating new ones.”

-submitted by BluePrintForLife

Request for Proposals: Youth Empowerment & Support Services Artist in Residence (Edmonton)

Artist in Residence 2017 – Request for Proposals
Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS)

“The Edmonton Arts Council is inviting artists residing in Edmonton to submit a proposal to become the artist-in-residence hosted by the Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS).

The successful artist will commence duties in the spring of 2017, for an anticipated eight-month period (terms negotiable/flexible).

YESS is an Edmonton-based not-for-profit agency dedicated to empowering youth from difficult realities. Since 1981 they have helped to fill the gap in government services for youth ages 15-24. The youth who utilize the services at YESS come from varied cultures, economic backgrounds, races, religions, communities, sexual orientations, and gender identities. The YESS main office is located at 9310- 82 Avenue, and they provide services at other locations in the City, including the Conaught Armoury in Old Strathcona.

The artist-in-residence will develop a body of work while interacting with the staff and the youth at YESS. The artist will ideally reflect their residency experience through their work, and mentor the artistic interaction and expression of interested youth and staff members. The artist is expected to be visible in their artistic work, and will produce and present several public showings of work over the course of the project.

The available studio space is similar to an office, and other transient workspaces for the residency are potentially available. This opportunity is likely best suited for candidates who practice in a combination of visual art and other forms, such as storytelling, media art, photography or similar. Small scale sculptural work is possible.

This is a near-full-time opportunity, with the artist expected to commit to regular working hours over the course of approximately eight months. Final schedules are subject to negotiation.

A panel that includes representatives of Edmonton’s arts community, the Edmonton Arts Council and from YESS will review the proposals and select the artist-in-residence following an interview process. Emphasis will be placed on finding an individual with strong artistic work, the potential to succeed in producing a strong body of artwork in the available space/time, and solid interpersonal skills.

Additional factors may influence the choice of artist, such as experience working with youth, with marginalized communities, or with non-artists generally. The Edmonton Arts Council is committed to equity in all aspects of its work, and invites proposals from all interested artists.”

For more information about this call and how to apply, please visit:
Deadline is February 1st, so please apply ASAP!

-submitted by Edmonton Arts Council

Art Starts Annual Showcase (Dec 7, Toronto)

Art Starts Annual Showcase 2016
Art Starts celebrates its 2016 season with an art exhibit and performance extravaganza

“Award winning community arts organization Art Starts is proud to present its 2016 Showcase on Wednesday, December 7th, from 6pm-8pm at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. This free event features an open house, visual art, music and dance performances.

The event will celebrate city wide collaborations between artists and community members working in a variety of artistic disciplines. The Showcase unites people of all ages who have participated in Art Starts programs in the Eglinton-Oakwood, Villaways, Lawrence Heights and Glendower neighbourhoods in North York and Scarborough.

“I am very excited and invite you all to attend this unique exhibition,” says Special Projects Manager Julian Carvajal, “you will have the opportunity to connect, interact and experience the vibrant streets of our neighbourhoods”.

The evening will feature:

● Original music performances and testimonials by youth from the “Next Up” music program
● Youth from Lawrence Heights “Free the Streets” program present spoken word statements relating to themes of displacement, revitalization and gentrification
● Young artists from “ASAP” (After School Arts Program) showcase 3 skits and an original song
● “Learn the Bassics” children and youth will perform a bass rendition of their (surprise!) song of choice
● “Program Without Walls” mothers will perform a Flamenco Bellydance fusion under the guidance of award-winning dancer Anjelica Scannura
● A slide show featuring photography by our “True HeaART” youth participants
● A dance piece will be performed by Villaways participants who are experiencing the realities of displacement as their community is torn down and rebuilt
● Fashion displays by youth from “Kut x Sew” fashion program
● Live testimonials by artists and participants from a wide range of programs

“The Showcase will feature an abundance of talent, grass-roots collaboration and inspiring creativity”, says Art Starts Interim Executive Director Tamara Haberman.

Art Starts is a charitable organization that has been bringing professional artists and underserved communities together in community-building arts programs for over 23 years. They are the winners of Toronto Arts Foundation’s 2013 Arts for Youth Award.

WHO: Art Starts
WHAT: 2016 Program Showcase
WHEN: Wednesday December 7th, 2015. 6-8pm.
WHERE: Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, North York

For more information, please visit or contact Program Director:”

Video: Youth Explore Potential Solutions to Barriers in Their Lives (Youth Agencies Alliance)

Youth Explore Potential Solutions to Barriers in Their Lives

Youth Agencies Alliance (YAA) has come together once again to host an art show with the intention of helping youth explore belonging, urban & world issues, and human rights from a positive perspective.

Artists from Art City, Graffiti Art Programming and North End Art Centre (Ndinawe) facilitated a series of workshops with over 130 participants from the 18 youth-serving organizations across the city that make up the Youth Agencies Alliance. In these workshops we asked youth to discuss barriers in their lives, and they have created artwork and a unique hashtag reflecting their ideas for solutions to breaking down these barriers. We hope that by being part of this project, youth will feel empowered and become actively engaged in discussions within their own communities.

[An exhibition Aug.23-26 launched] the videos and artwork youth made to go along with their hashtags. These videos and art pieces will continue to circulate online throughout the campaign and serve as a topic and inspiration for other youth and the general public. We hope that the campaign will take off and serve to connect youth from many regions of the world and for them to come together to discuss the notion of ‘breaking barriers’ and affecting social change.”

-from Youth Agencies Alliance

Canada Council for the Arts: Elder & Youth Legacy Program Funding, Deadline Nov.15


Program Description
Through this program, Aboriginal arts organizations can help Elders pass on the many art forms being practiced to the next generation.

The program will also increase the Canada Council’s capacity to serve Aboriginal Elders of this country, giving them opportunities to work with youth and pass on their legacy of artistic practice.

Generally, projects should be designed as follows; the organization will choose the Elder who will work with their youth. That Elder will then help to decide the number of young people he or she will work with, and will help to select them.

Strong applications will demonstrate a clear link between the Elders, participants, the artistic practice being shared, and the expenses to be covered by the grant.

15 November, 2016

Grant Amount
You may request up to $20,000.

Eligible Applicants
Note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.

It is strongly recommended that potential applicants speak to the program officer to confirm their eligibility before submitting their application.

Organizations applying to this program must be Aboriginal or have Aboriginal artists as a majority of their members. These artists must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. They do not need to be living in Canada when the organization applies.

The organization’s artistic direction must also be provided by Aboriginal artists of Canada. At least 51 %of the directors on their board must be Aboriginal people, and one of these directors must sign the application.

The Canada Council defines Aboriginal peoples as First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.

Organizations must show an ongoing commitment to Aboriginal arts. The organization must show that the Elder and Aboriginal youth participants have helped to develop the project outline, goals and objectives, and that they have set a timeline that works for them.

Ineligible Applicants
First Nations Band Councils
Educational Institutions (schools, universities)

Further Information
Noël Habel
Program Officer
Aboriginal Arts Office
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4178
TTY: 1-866-585-5559″

More info at:

Posted with permission from Noël Habel

Resilient Hearts Project: Explore the 7 Grandfather Teachings through zine & mobile creation (Thunder Bay, ON)


“Join artist Betty Carpick at the Evergreen A United Neighbourhood house (139 Heron Street) from 4-6pm this Thursday for a free workshop for youth! Betty will be exploring the seven grandfather teachings through zine and mobile creation! Part of CAHEP’s Resilient Hearts Project, funded through Ontario Arts Council’s Creative Engagement Fund to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment.”

About Resilient Hearts:
“Resilient Hearts is a community-driven art project fueled by the strengths and stories of people in Thunder Bay.

Through inclusive arts programming, participants in under-represented neighbourhoods of Thunder Bay will explore and self-define topics related to sexual violence including: Resilience/Strength, Healthy Relationships, Boundaries, and Self-care.

These definitions will become the roots of artist-run community workshops with each neighbourhood. Art workshops will include (but are not limited to): visual art, spoken/written word, illustration, poetry, photography, DIY culture (zine-making), and storytelling.

Creations will be compiled into the Resilient Hearts Book, to be published in March 2017.

Community Partners: Evergreen a United Neighbourhood, Faye Peterson House, Community Action Group, Thunder Bay & Area Victim Services.

Participating artists:
Barbara Benwell –  Visual Arts
Ma-Nee Chacaby – Elder, Storytelling
Jayal Chung –  Visual Arts, Written & Spoken Word
Carol Kajorinne – Visual Arts
Michelle Richmond-Saravia – Indigenous Knowledge, Writing, Storytelling”

Upcoming workshops:
Thursday, October 20th 4-6pm
Thursday, October 27th 4-6pm
Thursday, November 3rd 4-6pm”

Visit CAHEP’s Facebook page for updates.

Posted with permission from Alana Forslund, CAHEP
Read Community Arts & Heritage Education Project (CAHEP)’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Resilient: Indigenous Youth Community Building Project & Workshops, Oct. 12-26 (Toronto)


“Join us for our October workshops:

Wednesday, October 12 5-7PM
Wednesday, October 19 5-7PM
Wednesday, October 26 5-7PM

To learn more about the program or to register, please contact:

Native Youth Resource Centre
655 Bloor St. West, Toronto”

For more info, visit

Posted with permission from Reagan Kennedy
Read 7th Generation Image Maker’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Illustrations: imagineNATIVE and Setsuné Tote Bag Project


Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival are partnering for the second year on the Tote Bag Illustration Project! In 2015, Victoria Ransom (Mohawk of Akwesasne) was the selected artist for this project. Her work, Turtle Island Harmony, used traditional Iroquois motifs that aesthetically represented the uplifting feeling that happens when Indigenous people from all over gather for special occasions. This year we are seeking an illustration that shows and tells your perspective for the revolution and future of the global Indigenous community.

We are seeking one-colour illustrations from around the world by young, self-identified Indigenous artists aged 16-35. Your illustration expresses Indigenous revolution and the future and will be printed on imagineNATIVE’s 2016 Delegate Tote Bag. We will select one totally rad illustration to be printed on imagineNATIVE’s 600 delegate bags. Delegate bags are gifted to local, national and international guests in Toronto who work in film, TV, broadcast, new media and entertainment. A limited run will also be sold at the Festival’s Welcome Gathering event on opening day of the Festival (October 19, 2016).

Deadline: September 16, 2016


  • Standard CARFAC artist fee (from section B.4.3.1. Cards, Etc. Distributed Free of Charge)
  • Artwork and name printed on 600 delegate bags
  • Networking opportunity, with one (1) imagineNATIVE Festival pass
  • Participate in and/or oversee the product development process
  • Two (2) Delegate Bags for your archives
  • Full sponsorship for the Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator’s 2017 Research & Development Workshop Series (Toronto-based, travel/accommodations are not provided at this time)


  • Self-identifying Indigenous woman artist
  • From anywhere in the world
  • Aged 16 – 35


We are accepting digital applications to The email subject line should read: “Application: imagineNATIVE/Setsuné Project”

1. In 1 – 2 pages, please provide the following as a PDF:
◦ Contact Information

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Indigenous Nation
  • Email
  • Phone

◦ Biography
◦ One paragraph Artist Statement as it relates to future, revolution and Indigeneity.

2. As a JPG, please provide the following copy of your artwork, which should be:

  • One-colour
  • Within 13”W X 14”H dimensions
  • An expression of future, revolution and Indigeneity

If your work is selected, we will require a high-quality vector file of your artwork. We can provide some assistance for this, if needed.


imagineNATIVE and Setsuné artistic leads will select the artist and their work. We will select artwork based on creativity, quality, messaging and aesthetic.
Only the artist whose work is selected will be contacted. The selected artist will be announced on September 19, 2016.

** Email is preferred ** / 416 459 8280″

-from imagineNATIVE newsletter
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Fluidity on Film for LGBTQQ2SIA youth – Apply by Aug 28! (SKETCH, ON)

“SKETCH is offering a 10-week intensive video program this fall for LGBTTQQ2SIA youth, 16-29, to explore the fluidity of sexuality, gender and identity through moving images. Learn how to conceptualize, script, direct, film and edit videos in a collaborative and inclusive team dynamic.  This program is facilitated by Naty Tremblay & Nakisha Millien.
Food, tokens, public-screening opportunities and honoraria provided for committed participants!
Schedule: Tuesdays, 5:00pm – 8:00pm, September 20th – November 22nd

Location: 180 Shaw, Lower Level, SKETCH’s Studio B
The project is supported by the Canada Arts Council and Charles Street Video.”

 -from SKETCH newsletter and website
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