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VIBE Arts Fest (June 8-11, Toronto)


“What’s Your Vibe? A Celebration for Creatives

The festival is free and open to all!

Showcasing VIBE Arts programs & celebrating Toronto’s next generation of artists! ! !

VIBE Arts Fest brings VIBE Arts’ program participants and artists from all over Toronto together to share creative energy, artistic skill, and community. Experience visual arts exhibitions, art activities, and performances from VIBE Arts’ children and youth participants, emerging artists, and Platform A micro-grant recipients.

June 8-11, 2016
Presented at the Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas St E #120″

-submited by VIBE Arts
Read VIBE Arts profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Youth Applicants to the SKETCH Community Arts Program (Toronto)


Who Should Apply?

Youth living on the margins and impacted by poverty with a demonstrated passion for community arts and working in any of the following mediums: visual arts, textiles, movement, music, media arts, enviro arts, performance

What you get from this program and employment position?

  • Trainings relevant to building your practive as an artist, educator, facilitator, organizer and artrepreneur.
  • Mentorship, space and resources to develop a strong arts portfolio, CV and press kit.
  • Hands-on experience in designing, planning, coordinating, facilitating and evaluating all kinds of dynamic community-engaged arts projects & programs through supporting SKETCH programs
  • Opportunities to share your work today!”

Apply by June 1! Click here to fill out an application online.

-from SKETCH newsletter
Read SKETCH’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Creative Connect Conference (May 27, Nia Centre for the Arts, Toronto)

Nia Centre for the Arts is hosting a conference on Friday, May 27th from 10AM – 5PM at Ryerson University.

Creative Connect Conference (CCC) is an opportunity for young artists and creatives 16-29 who are dissatisfied with current options for finding meaningful employment to connect with local entrepreneurs, industry professionals and organizations in a full day training and networking conference.

In partnership with the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University, CCC offers a diverse range of interactive sessions each facilitated by business professionals and leaders. Participants will learn insider information on what it takes to get into the creative sector, how to land your dream job, what are the biggest mistakes and how to avoid them.

For more information visit or contact 416-535 2727.

Registration deadline is May 25th. Spaces are limited! Register here!

-submitted by Nia Centre for the Arts
Read Nia Centre for the Arts’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: The Rap Camp (Stratford)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at Artbridges.


The Rap Camp  “is a music production and songwriting workshop program for children and youth that seeks to create loving, encouraging spaces where young people are shown that by being vulnerable they can create excellence.” Its mission is to “create positive change through rap.”

To read more about The Rap Camp, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

Call for Submissions: If You Ask Me – National youth video project explores mental health, Deadline May 31


If You Ask Me (IYAM) is a Rendezvous with Madness film created in collaboration with CAMH’s National Youth Advisory Committee (NYAC) part of the Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health.

When our society thinks of mental illness or mental health issues, the majority of what comes to mind is ‘dark’, ‘negative’, or ‘abnormal’. We want to show the world that mental illnesses aren’t the life sentence or the flaws in character that many think they are. IYAM is a film that will show young people with mental illnesses who embrace their mental health.

Rendezvous with Madness is accepting 3 minute video entries for IYAM, intended to be featured at the 2016 Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival.

Create and submit a 3 minute video in response to the following questions:

1. Describe/depict a decisive moment in your personal history.
2. Describe/depict some of your eccentricities or quirks.
3. What, if anything, would you miss about your mental illness if it was taken away tomorrow?
4. What’s the upside to mental illness? What was your best experience with it?

Maximum Length: Up to 3 minutes
Deadline: Extended – May 31, 2016

Forget all the negative stuff. Is there an upside to mental illness? Are there positive things in your head you’d like to share with the world? And why hasn’t anyone asked you this before? Now is the chance to tell your story.

If You Ask Me is an exciting new omnibus (a compilation of individual stories tied together) documentary movie that will feature people aged 13 to 30 creatively expressing their own vital experiences with mental health. The film will weave together personal perspectives with the goal of getting Canadians to think differently about mental illness. Consisting of a compilation of personal narratives expressed in any video format you wish – drama, diary, animation, music video, etc., – IYAM will push the conventional boundaries of the mental health and recovery conversations by igniting a  whole new dialogue. And you get to start it!

Please fill out our online submission form to enter. You can email with any questions.”

Click here for more info!

Submitted by Jennifer Li, Workman Arts
Read Workman Arts’ profile on our Directory and Map of Community-Engaged Arts

Call for Submissions! InDigi60: Indigenous Youth Film Contest, Deadline June 15


InDigi60: Indigenous Youth Film Contest
Filmmaker? Youth? Indigenous? Between the ages 15-30? Do you want to screen your film at the 2016 Asinabka Festival?

The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival & the Digi60 Ottawa Filmmakers Festival are partnering to offer the InDigi60: Indigenous Youth Film Contest. This is a contest for Indigenous youth (First Nation, Métis, Inuit), to create a film under 5 minutes in length, on the “Catch” or “Theme” of: A Sense of Place.

This can be interpreted in different ways (for example: in a town, on a lake, in a house, on a soccer field, in a graveyard, on a boat, etc.). Why is this place important? In what ways does your film show or demonstrate a sense of place?

Twelve winning films will be selected to screen during the Asinabka Festival (Ottawa, August 10-14, 2016), and 1 film will be selected by the Audience to screen at the Digi60 Festival in December 2016. Indigenous Youth in rural or urban areas, first time filmmakers, or those with only access to using Smartphone’s or non-professional equipment are all encouraged to apply.

- 1 video submission per applicant.
- Maximum video length: 5 minutes (Including credits).
- All genres of film will be accepted (dramas, comedies, animation, documentaries).


To find out how to submit, visit:

Posted with permission from Howard Adler, Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival

Bursting the Bubble: Comic Arts & Zine Workshop, May 7 (North Bay, ON)

“Bursting the Bubble: Comic Arts Workshop is a youth-led anti-stigma art workshop supported by Hands and the White Water Gallery, designed to illustrate community members’ interpretations of and experiences with mental health and mental illness.

This workshop is being held in celebration of Child and Youth’s Mental Health Week, that runs from May 1st to May 7th, 2016. This is an annual provincial initiative during the first week of May that promotes awareness of mental health issues and available community supports.

This workshop is to allow community members to create thier own art pieces focusing on the theme of mental health/mental illness in the presence of a comic art facilitator, who we are now happy to announce is Jaymie Lathem!

Bursting the Bubble is also hosting a Zine Workshop beginning at 3 pm. We would love to see you attend this as well and contribute your mental health-themed art into the zine to be publicly distributed. Each artist will get their own copy of the finished Zine!

Link to Zine Workshop Event Page:

FREE!!! All are welcome, no registration required. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided!”

Saturday, May 7th, 2016 | 11am-6pm
122 Main St. E., North Bay ON
Visit the Facebook event page for more info:

Posted with permission from Serena Kataoka, White Water Gallery
Read White Water Gallery’s profile on ArtBridges’ Directory and Map of Community-Engaged Arts

Outside Looking In’s 9th Annual Performance (Toronto)



Outside Looking In offers a high school accredited dance program providing the opportunity to Indigenous youth and their communities to engage in long-term intensive education through dance. Should youth fulfill the academic and attendance requirements of the program, youth get the opportunity to join other Indigenous youth from across Canada for two weeks in Toronto, preparing for an ultimate performance on stage to show off their talents and abilities before hundreds at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.”

They have kindly extended their offer of complimentary tickets to their May 18th performance (at the Sony Centre in Toronto) to ArtBridges’ community partners. If interested, please get in touch with us by Friday April 30th, 10:00pm EST: For more information about the show, please visit

Posted with permission from Outside Looking In
Read Outside Looking In’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

The Art of Inclusion: Muslim Youth Take the Lead / L’art de l’inclusion : parole aux jeunes Musulmans (Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation)


The Art of Inclusion: Muslim Youth Take the Lead

Muslim youth from Quebec, aged 15 to 30, are invited to submit proposals of artwork (paintings, multimedia, videography, sculpture, etc.) for the Art of Inclusion: Muslim Youth Take the Lead project. Ten submissions will be selected by a jury to be part of a groundbreaking exhibition on Muslim youth to be unveiled at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in November 2016. Each winning submission will receive: a $1,000 award, and up to $250 to cover material costs. Proposals must articulate a vision of Quebec’s diversity and suggest ways to foster the full inclusion of Muslim youth in the province. Download the application form here.

L’art de l’inclusion : parole aux jeunes Musulmans

Les jeunes Musulmanes et Musulmans du Québec âgés de 15 à 30 ans, sont invité-e-s à soumettre des propositions de réalisation d’œuvres d’art (peinture, multimédia, vidéographie et sculpture) dans le cadre du projet L’art de l’inclusion : parole aux jeunes Musulmans. Dix soumissions seront choisies par un jury pour faire partie d’une exposition sur la jeunesse musulmane au Musée des beaux-arts en novembre 2016. Les lauréats et les groupes de lauréats recevront :

  • 1 000 $ chacun
  • Jusqu’à 250 $ chacun pour acheter des matériaux pour leurs œuvres.
  • Une visibilité inédite au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal

Les œuvres d’art proposées devront articuler une vision de l’identité plurielle québécoise et offrir des pistes pour assurer la pleine intégration des jeunes Musulmans et Musulmanes au sein de la société québécoise. Télécharger le formulaire d’application.

-submitted by/soumis par Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation

All Nations Healin’ Thru Artz: Rise Up 8th Annual Youth Talent Show & Fundraiser, April 19 (Regina)


“8th Annual ANHTA Talent show – A Family friendly event

World drumming, belly dancing, hip hop dance, guitar and keyboard musical segment, and a 20-minute documentary featuring ANHTA’s 8-month journey to showtime.

After the show there will be a reception catered by Regina’s very own The Souix Chef .
There is absolutely no alcohol or drugs allowed.
There are no tickets for this show, cash at the door.”

Visit for more information or connect on Facebook.

Posted with permission from Monica Fogel
Read All Nations Healin’ Thru Artz profile on ArtBridges’ Directory and Map of Community-Engaged Arts