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

What’s Your Beef? (Antyx Community Arts & Calgary Public Library)


Come Express the things that make you tick through an 8 week summer camp exploring video, photography & sound. Once you have had a chance to blow off some steam you will get the opportunity to showcase your digital creation for others to see.

Join Antyx Community Arts & Calgary Public Library for an upcoming summer project that allows youth to disprove the age, gender and location biases.

Date: Every Monday from July 4 – August 29, 2016
Time: 1:00PM – 2:30PM
Location: Calgary Public Library Saddletowne 150 – 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE, Calgary, AB T3J 0C9
Age: 12 – 18
Cost: Free

*Technical equipment will be provided

What experience do I need?
Prior experience with digital equipment is not required. Due to the small class size and open learning environment, each student receives ample personal attention and comes away with working knowledge of videography, photography, and digital story telling.

To register: e-mail

-submitted by Antyx Community Arts
Read Antyx’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

StArt Youth Presenting Art Festival (Aug 9-13, Scarborough)


The 6th Annual StArt YPA Festival: August 9 – 13, 2016
StArt Youth Presenting Art looks at the connection between the Arts and community.
We are creating an environment where residents from Scarborough’s diverse communities can come together,
be engaged and celebrate the talents of Scarborough’s young emerging artists. The festival will provide youth with a platform from which they will be able to express themselves and truly speak to their community.

For more information, please visit StArt YPA’ Festival’s website.

-from StArt YPA Festival’s website

Youth Artists Call-Out! Transform a transport into street art, Aug.15-19 (NORDIK Institute, Sault Ste. Marie, ON)


“NORDIK Institute is providing a free youth artists workshop that will provide young adults (14+) an opportunity to create an outdoor mural for the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center. The week-long workshop (Aug. 15-19) will provide skills exchange and entrepreneurial development through peer mentoring with the final result being a youth-driven waterfront cultural attraction in Sault Ste. Marie.”

Contact or (705) 949-2301 ext. 4377 for more info.

Posted with permission from Jessica Mooney, Communication Officer, NORDIK Institute

VIDEO: Breaking the Ties that Bind Us | Lora Northway | TEDxThunderBay

“Lora speaks of helping youth discover pride and self worth, and points out art can break the ties that bind us, not only with our own growth, but in acceptance of others.

She makes the case, art is the teacher, and we are the students, if we can stop and listen to what is being said.

As an outstanding artist in her own right, Lora would willingly give up her own work, just to help others discover the healing properties of creative art.

Lora was named one of this year’s Emerging Cultural Leaders by the Artist-Run Centres & Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO). The first-time award celebrates people who are ‘exceptional, emerging, creative champions.’

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Posted with permission from Lora Northway
Read Die Active Art Collective (Definitely Superior Art Gallery)’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

DAREarts Attawapiskat: Walking for Peace

“On National Aboriginal Day, a group of youths from Vezina High School in Attawapiskat First Nation reclaimed their voice by releasing an original music video. Called Walking for Peace, the work addresses, in clear yet powerful language, the youths’ frustration with the ongoing suicide crisis in their community. While the media coverage has been extensive and many experts have visited, the youth feel as though their concerns haven’t been heard. Through this music, they are speaking directly to their community, as well as all of Canada, about their experiences, feelings and hopes.

DAREarts, a national charity that empowers at-risk youth using the arts, facilitated the production during a two week workshop upon request from the community and officials at Vezina High School, including teacher Mandy Alves. The organization, which has previously worked in Attawapiskat providing song writing and videography workshops, assembled a team of leaders in music, videography and education, and arranged for their transportation and accommodation. During the first week, Juno-nominated musician and artist-educator Glenn Marais led a song-writing and recording workshop. Indigenous artist-educator Cathy Elliott and DAREarts Lead Teacher Shelley MacDonald taught the youths how to direct and edit the video during the following week. MacDonald is also a teacher with The Royal Conservatory’s Learning Through the Arts program, an affiliate organization whose support as Education Partner was critical for the project. Financial supporters include: Palgrave Rotary Club, Thunder Air, the Paul Semple Scholarship Fund, Sarah Haney, and Aeroplan donors (notably Hans Koehle, Maria Da Cunha, Cheryl Vhal and Victor Ford).”

Visit DAREarts’ blog for daily entries documenting their time in Attawapiskat First Nation and the DAREarts YouTube channel to see more videos of DAREarts work empowering at-risk kids using the arts. Chi miigwetch to DAREarts founder, Marilyn Field, and everyone on the DAREarts team!

Posted with permission from Marilyn Field
Read DAREarts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

AlumNia Seed Fund: Arts-Based Business (Nia Centre for the Arts, Toronto)


“Creative Connect is proud to offer our alumni up-to $1000 in seed funding to invest in their professional capacity as working creatives. The AlumNia Seed Fund supports the professional development of artists in their growth.

To provide funds for early-career artists to invest in artists’ capacity to generate income from their creativity

To present early career artist with paid opportunities for professional development

This seed fund is for youth:

  • who are between the age of 18-29
  • who are in any artistic discipline
  • who identify as Black (of African and/or Caribbean descent)
  • have a viable artist development trajectory
  • who have completed one or more Nia Centre programs

Use of Funds

Capital Costs
For example: Training books or manuals
Develop “portfolio” materials that document and promote your work: professional demo recordings, recording of works in performance for dance and theatre artists, demo reels, documentation of visual arts work, websites as a presentation tool

Training and Mentorship
For example: Fees for a course, workshop, creative lab, artist residency, master class, or other professional development activity
Honorarium to a mentor for 1-on-1 mentorship

Application Deadline: Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Midnight
Please email for an application form.”

-from Nia Centre for the Arts newsletter

Indigenous youth find their voices, share their stories & celebrate their talents with the Rita Joe Song Project (NAC)

“In her autobiography, Rita Joe challenges indigenous youth to find their voices, share their stories, and celebrate their talents.

Inspired by this idea, we asked the teachers and students in five communities across Canada to create a song based on what “I Lost My Talk” means to them and their community.

With the help of their teachers and guest artists, each group of young people [sent] a professional audio recording and a music video of their song to the NAC to be showcased in tandem with the January 2016 premiere of composer John Estacio’s new work, “Spirit Prevails,” based on Rita Joe’s poem.

I Lost My Talk
by Rita Joe

I lost my talk
The talk you took away.
When I was a little girl
At Shubenacadie school.

You snatched it away:
I speak like you
I think like you
I create like you
The scrambled ballad, about my word.

Two ways I talk
Both ways I say,
Your way is more powerful.

So gently I offer my hand and ask,
Let me find my talk
So I can teach you about me.”

Visit the NAC website to learn more about the Rita Joe Song Project and the songs created by youth in Eskasoni (NS), Edmonton (AB), Norway House (MB), Iqaluit (NU), and Kitigan Zibi (QC).

Posted with permission from Carl Martin, National Arts Centre
VIDEO: Students from Kitigan Zibi discuss their experience participating in the National Arts Centre’s Rita Joe Song Project.
Courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Love Line: Youth Art Exhibition w/LOVE BC & grunt gallery (July 5-9, Vancouver)


Leave Out Violence (LOVE BC) is an organization working with all youth, with a strong emphasis on supporting youth who experience multiple social and systemic barriers. LOVE brings together youth from different backgrounds and experiences and offers them creative tools to tell their stories, promote non-violence and practice healthy self-expression.

LOVE LINE showcases a collection of LOVE youth’s work and stories through photography, poetry, short films and mixed media. Through this work, LOVE youth are able to share their experiences with each other and form a strong, healthy peer community. The youth team named this exhibit LOVE LINES in recognition of the long-term connections that they built at LOVE.”

- from the grunt gallery newsletter (June 2016)
Read grunt gallery’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map
Read LOVE BC’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

JUNE 22 – Webinar: Indigenous Approaches to Youth Program Evaluation (YouthREX)


The culturally responsive evaluation of Indigenous youth programs in all their diversity is key to the ongoing project of Aboriginal healing and self-determination. Culturally responsive research and evaluation has the potential to gather reliable evidence that both informs and shapes those efforts.

June 22, 2016 | 11:00am – 12:00pm

This webinar will discuss the importance of incorporating culturally appropriate and responsive elements of Indigenous worldview into evaluating Aboriginal youth programs. We will explore the principles of Indigenous program evaluation, how to develop an appropriate framework, and gain insight into how well the program is achieving its intended outcomes.”


- from the YouthREX newsletter (June 2016)