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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

Profile Highlight: Paint A Smile (Markham, ON)

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.

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Paint A Smile brings art workshops into schools, hospitals and other facilities for kids and youth who are struggling in life. The workshops are taught by professional artists and the programs are custom-made to fit the art curriculum of different grades. Art helps kids and youth develop their confidence, personal-awareness, and self expression. Our workshops allow kids and youth to believe in themselves and see life in a different way that they might not have experienced before. We provide them with a medium and an outlet to embrace their inner artist and explore their dreams.”

To read more about Paint A Smile, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

Indigenous Youth Spring Break Video & Voice Camp (Antyx Community Arts, Calgary)



The Indigenous Youth Spring Break Video & Voice Camp is for Indigenous youth interested in producing a video that reflects on the stories of Canadian Indigenous history and current issues in society from the perspective of youth. The workshop will be mentored by award winning hip-hop artist, Drezus and facilitated by Antyx Community Arts staff.

Videos produced in this project will be featured at various Aboriginal Awareness week events in June 2016.

This camp is co-hosted by Boys & Girls Club of Calgary and Antyx Community Arts


Email Antyx Community Arts facilitator (KEVIN) for a digital copy or phone the Boys & Girls Club (FRANCO) 403-235-5722

WHO: Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis or Inuit) Youth aged 13 to 21 years old.
WHEN: March 21-24 10am-5pm
WHERE: The Lodge #258, 3359 27th Street NE

SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST: Award winning Hip-Hop Artist Drezus”

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

Call for Applications: Inclusive Urban Dance Teacher – Toronto Area (Projet RAD)


We are looking for: 6 to 10 people available from May 8th to May 14th 2016.

In collaboration with Tangled Art + Disability and Unity Charity, RAD will host the “Tangled Kids Fest”. During this
event, we will get more than 500 people of all abilities to participate in dynamic dance workshops, interactive performances and many more captivating activities.

In addition to having the opportunity to live a unique experience and receive high quality training, you will be paid $50/day for each training session, $40/hour for the workshops and $125/day for the interactive performances.

• Is dynamic and positive at all times
• Is a good team player
• Has a solid capacity to adapt to all situations
• Has leadership qualities
• Has good listening and interpersonal skills
• Is observant
• Is creative and innovative

Send us:
• Your CV
• A letter of intent
• Your availability for an interview on Tuesday March 29TH and Wednesday 30TH
• Your availabilities for the week of May 8TH to 14TH and your projected schedule for the Summer and Fall of 2016


Specialization in a field related to the Health/Education Profession or to Urban Dance are assets, but are not required to submit an application. FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES With this contract you will be part of a network of employees that are certified RAD. You will have gained the experience allowing you to participate in potential opportunities in the Fall 2016 (workshops, school programs, animation, etc.).”

-posted with permission from Projet RAD
Read Projet RAD’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

First Nations Youth and DAREarts Connect Hockey and the Arts (Webequie, ON)


“First Nations Youth and DAREarts Connect Hockey and the Arts
Arts-based Program to Re-Frame the Culture of Sportsmanship
WEBEQUIE, ONTARIO (Marketwired – Feb. 16, 2016)

TODAY, youth and elders in the remote fly-in-only Aboriginal community of Webequie FN are putting their creativity to work as they embark on week-long artistic exploration of hockey, sportsmanship and culture. The NHLPA have donated hockey sweaters and Scotiabank Hockey have provided toques and TD MusiCounts and Long and McQuade have provided musical instruments for this special, hockey-arts team.

These youth are part of DAREarts First Roots, an arts-based Indigenous education program, facilitated by DAREarts artist-teachers, in partnership with the community. Over the last 8 years, they have worked together to address challenges such as school absenteeism, hopelessness and teen suicide.

Chief Cornelius Wabasse of Webequie FN explains, “We have our fair share of social problems here but the DAREarts program really seems to work with our students.” He continues, “The fact that it is arts-based means it is easy for our kids to adapt to and be good at, and so they want to come to school as a result.”

This week, DAREarts will blend the community’s love of hockey with the arts to address good sportsmanship, anti-bullying, culture and intergenerational collaboration. Guided by the DAREarts team of Indigenous artist Cathy Elliott, Juno-nominated musician Glen Marais, and Lead Teacher, Laura MacKinnon, along with community elders, the youth will explore the Indigenous history of hockey (they invented the game!), paint hockey masks and compose an original song to be performed with hockey moves and traditional dance at the community-wide PowPow on February 20th. The project will be posted on social media and showcased at DAREarts First Root Feast in Newmarket, ON February 25th.

Marilyn Field, DAREarts Founder says, “The personal growth in the youths as a result of their creating is nothing short of exceptional. We are so proud of them.” She continues, “With hockey and the arts, these youths will use art, words, music and dance to share an important message of good sportsmanship to all the community and beyond.”

DAREarts First Roots program is part of DAREarts’ national initiative to give underserved youth the confidence, courage and leadership skills to resist negative peer pressure so they can ignite positive change in their lives and in their communities. Due to the remoteness of Aboriginal communities, the DAREarts team flies into communities for one to three week-long periods to work alongside local Aboriginal artists and elders. In addition to Webequie, ON, DAREarts has been invited to numerous other First Nations communities and is currently seeking funding to meet these invitations.

DAREarts is a 20 year old national charity (#88691 7764 RR0002) that empowers underserved Canadian youth with the confidence and courage to ignite change as leaders, using innovative arts education. Recognized for its role in the development of leadership in at-risk kids across Canada, DAREarts continues to reach out to more communities across the country. DAREarts stands for Discipline, Action, Responsibility and Excellence. DAREarts’ 5-year program works with 9-19 year olds from schools in underserved communities, empowering them to be leaders. For more information, visit or visit

DAREarts lead supporters are: Northbridge Insurance, Guy Carpenter, Scotiabank, TD and The Ontario Arts Council. Additionally, DAREarts First Roots program supporters include Noront Resources, Sarah Haney, Anne Livingston, Dave and Teresa Thomas, RBC Foundation, TD MusicCounts, Long and McQuade and the NHLPA.”

Posted with permission from Marilyn Field. All photos courtesy of DAREarts.
Read DAREarts’ profile on Artbridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map


Call for Art Supplies! Seeking art supplies for schools in remote First Nations communities


“The Art For Aid Project is working to establish a transportation network to get art supplies into remote schools.

If you know of someone who is in (or driving through) the Ottawa area and might consider bringing a box or two of supplies to a remote Canadian Aboriginal school. All boxes are open to inspection and determination of contents before being accepted for transport.

Currently, we will be looking for the means to send art supplies to schools in Nunavut in the following areas: Cambridge Bay, Coal Harbour, and Hall Beach.”

PLEASE SHARE WIDELY! Contact to get involved

Read the Art for Aid Project’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

ArtReach Grantwriting Workshops (Toronto)


“ArtReach is now offering two streams of our GOAL workshop series: the first stream is tailored to individual artists, and the second for artists working in a group or with an organization. All are welcome to attend workshops in either stream.

Grant Writing 101

Tuesday, January 26th (for Individual Artists)
6:00-9:00 PM @ City Hall (Committee Room #3)

Thursday, January 28th (for Groups/ Orgs)
6:00-9:00 PM @ City Hall (Committee Room #2)

Are you a young artist or youth organizer? Have you been thinking about applying for funding for your projects but unsure of where to start?

In these sessions we will dive into the basics of preparing a clear, concise, and effective grant application. We will break down and explore the main components of an application including the proposal, work plan and budget; sharing tips on how to create a strong application that will also be useful to you in implementing your project. Our facilitators will share strategies for identifying appropriate grants, building relationships with funders, and streamlining the writing process.

Paulina O’Kieffe, ArtReach, Lost Lyrics
Kate Fraser, ArtReach
Marisol Fornoni, Lost Lyrics

These workshops are part of the larger GOAL (Grassroots Organizing and Leadership) Youth Workshop Series being organized by a collaborative group made up of youth organizations and funders. A certificate will be provided to participants who attend 5 or more workshops in the series. For more information, contact Paulina at”

-from ArtReach’s newsletter
Read ArtReach’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-engaged Arts Directory & Map

Classroom art exchange program creates exciting friendships between Aboriginal & non-Aboriginal youth


Pass The Feather To Me! A Classroom Art Exchange Program is creating exciting friendships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth, teachers and artists using visual culture to transcend logistic and financial barriers. We are creating co-operative and respectful interrelations for future generations.

While initiating creativity and re-visiting traditional Aboriginal teachings, the program aims to:
- Create friendships that exceed logistic and financial barriers
- Encourage healing and mitigate inter-generational trauma
- Create equality amongst Canada’s youth
- Develop informed opinions on matters relating to the culture of Aboriginal peoples and cultures
- Employ Aboriginal artists
- Include Aboriginal Elders
- Develop artistic skills
- Develop letter writing skills
- Show respect and reciprocation to our Elders and their teachings.

Art is our most powerful tool of expression in Aboriginal culture. Through visual culture Indigenous students, teachers and artists are more willing to reach out and re-conciliate with their non-Aboriginal peers and colleagues. It is empowering and important to the co-operative future of our nation.

Program Description:
- On reserve students in grades 5-8 are matched with their peers in a predominantly non-Aboriginal, multi-cultural, public school classroom
- They write autobiographical letters of introduction and mail them to their peers
- Students are presented a lesson plan based on Aboriginal culture
- Students create an art collaboration based on the subject matter and mail it to their peers
- Their peers receive the same lesson plan. Unpack the art collaboration and discuss
- Their peers create their own art project based on what they’ve learned about Aboriginal culture and mail it to their new friends on reserve
- Depending on educators, they may choose to continue with a Pen Pal program for keen students

Within the first three months of existence, our Classroom Art & Knowledge Exchange has accomplished:
- Inter-cultural Friendship: over 130 students have exchanged introductory / biographical letters
- Registration: Over 20 educators have registered, 6 have been accepted (due to finances)
- Global Recognition: Inquiries have been received from Maori and Mayan communities
- Art & Cultural Education: Art activity has been presented (rattle making) to students with cultural teaching
- Integration: Non-Aboriginal educators have transparent lesson plans to present to their students
- Employed Aboriginal Artists
- Provided Art Supplies to remote First Nations classroom
- Aboriginal Education: Aboriginal educators and students have been brought closer to traditional teachings through lesson plans, subject matter and artist visit.”

For more information about Pass the Feather to Me!, visit or contact Dawn Setford at to learn how you can help support this project.

Posted with permission from Dawn Setford
Read Aboriginal Arts Collective of Canada | Pass The Feather’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map