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Profile Highlight: CANVAS Arts Action Programs (Toronto)

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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CANVAS Arts Action Programs in Toronto is a “youth-led grassroots organization that offers arts-based programming on gender, sexuality, consent and body image. Through engaging in different art-forms, including theatre, spoken word poetry and photography, youth develop creative tools to combat gender-based and sexual violence, homophobia, transphobia and negative body image.”

To learn more about CANVAS Arts Action Programs, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

Call for Expressions of Interest: Youth Arts Ambassador Program (Culture Days)

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Ontario Culture Days is now accepting expressions of interest from young and emerging, community-engaged artists working in any artistic discipline in all regions of Ontario to participate in Ontario Culture Days’ inaugural Youth Arts Ambassador Program (Pilot Project, 2016-2018).

Would you like to:

  • Present your own community arts creation as a featured 2016 Culture Days event?
  • Develop your professional practice and receive mentoring on a range of topics related to community arts?
  • Attend the 2016 Culture Days National Congress?
  • Connect with a broad network of arts leaders from your region, province and across Canada?

If so, we’d like to hear from you! Tell us how you will explore the potential of community arts to strengthen your own artistic practice and to grow audiences for your work. Get more details and the application form here.”

-from Culture Days newsletter

Documentary: BluePrintForLife’s Theatre Healing Program in Kangiqsujuaq, Northern Québec

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[Watch on Vimeo]

Check out this documentary about BluePrintForLife and their unique theatre healing program in the arctic community of  Kangiqsujuaq (or Wakeham Bay) in northern Québec. Visit www.blueprintforlife.ca for more about their work.

- Cora-Rae Silk, Indigenous Community Arts Coordinator

Posted with permission from Stephen ‘Buddha’ Leafloor
Read BluePrintForLife’s profile on our Directory and Map of Community-Engaged Arts

Art Show uses the creative process to break down barriers and allow youth to express themselves (Youth Agencies Alliance, Winnipeg)

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“When I Grow Up…”

The Art Show uses the creative process to break down barriers and allow youth to express themselves.

“The question youth hear from adults all the time is, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Why don’t we ever ask, “WHO do you want to be?.” For this year’s Youth Agencies Alliance Annual Art Show we have!  Through an innovative series of art workshops, we have discovered the types of people Winnipeg youth want to become; the types of characteristics they will have and how they will demonstrate those characteristics.

 140 youth came together during the workshop sessions to illustrate WHO they will be. There were several components to the workshops including drawing, costume design, photography and film, so there was something for everyone! Local artists from Art City, Graffiti Art Programming and the North End Arts Centre facilitated the workshops and ensured that every youth’s vision was achieved.

To share the artwork that the youth have created, YAA will be hosting an exhibition opening on Tuesday August 11. The youth will be returning to the gallery to see the finished product for the first time, and their reactions are sure to be full of excitement. Funders and special guests have been invited to attend, and the exhibition is also open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibition opening will be held at Graffiti Gallery, 109 Higgins Ave. beginning at 1:00PM.

The exhibit will be up at the gallery until Friday August 21st and can be viewed during operating hours. 

This program is possible thanks to the support of The Winnipeg Foundation, United Way of Winnipeg, Manitoba Children and Youth Opportunities – MB4Youth, and Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection.

 Youth Agencies Alliance (YAA) is a group of 18 different after-school and community service agencies. YAA values the development and implementation of a wide range of safe, constructive, inclusive and meaningful programs. Through participating in programming, youth will have the opportunity to develop important life skills and develop a sense of belonging to their community.

-from YAA press release

Today! Unveiling of the Piliriqatigiingniq Mural Project: Cape Dorset, NU x Toronto (Toronto)

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WHERE: 76 Church St, parking lot, HI-Toronto Hostel
WHEN: Thursday, July 16, 4-6 pm

Along with our partners Mural Routes and Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association, we are thrilled to share with you the finished Piliriqatigiingniq Mural Project!

Piliriqatigiingniq is an unprecedented public artwork project: a collaborative, outdoor wall painting by Cape Dorset, Nunavut youth artists and Toronto emerging artists, graduates of Oasis Skateboard Factory.

Piliriqatigiingniq is a pillar of Inuit traditional knowledge, meaning to work together towards a common goal.

Artists: Latch Akesuk, Audi Qinnuayuaq, Cie Taqiasuq, Parr Etidloie, Julieta Arias, Moises Frank

Facilitators: Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson (Embassy of Imagination, PA System)

We look forward to seeing you there!

ᓇᑯᕐᒦᒃ Nakurmiik / Thank you!”

Posted with permission from Alexa Hatanaka

Read more about Embassy of Imagination‘s work in Cape Dorset, NU.

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Profile Highlight: School Breaks (Montréal)

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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schoolbreaks-logoSchool Breaks is a “program empowering youth by cultivating lasting performance, self discipline, knowledge, confidence, teamwork and creativity skills while connecting them to professional artists through Street dance, DJing, Graffiti and Rap.”

To read more about School Breaks, please see their profile in our Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

UNITY Festival & Call for Volunteers! (July 22-25, Toronto)

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UNITY FESTIVAL presented by Tangerine is back again with another showcase of youth brilliance from across Toronto. Happening in July every year, UNITY Festival is a four days event celebrating Hip-Hop in its diversity: UNITY Beatbox, UNITY Dance, UNITY MC & Spoken Word and the final event UNITY Concert.”

“Join in on the hype and volunteer with UNITY! Free food and free entry to all events with outstanding headliners – plus the amazing opportunity to be a part of an incredible, positive community!

Applications are due the first week of July, so get ‘em in quick! Download the UNITY Festival Volunteer Application Form to complete and submit yours at volunteer@unitycharity.com. UNITY is looking forward to having you on the Festival volunteer team!”

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July 22nd – UNITY BEATBOX
6 – 11pm
The Mod Club, 722 College Street, Toronto
Tickets are 5$ or 10$ for a festival pass!
In partnership with Beatbox Canada, is a 2vs2 beatbox competition showcasing Canada’s best beatboxers. Beatbox Canada is known for running the biggest beat-boxing battles in Canada. There will be a youth (under 18) and professional battle (19+)
https://www.facebook.com/events/842229622533232/

July 23nd – UNITY DANCE
2-8pm
The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto
Tickets are 5$ or 10$ for a festival pass!
UNITY’s Annual Dance event that will showcase some of North America’s top BBoys/BGirls, as well as All Styles dancers, both youth and professional! Top 8 2vs2 youth, “7 to smoke format” pro battle, as well as showcases from Canadian and International talents you don’t want to miss
https://www.facebook.com/events/748971025228744/

July 24rd – MC & SPOKEN WORD
6 – 11pm
918 Bathurst, 918 Bathurst Street, Toronto
Tickets are 5$ or 10$ for a festival pass!
In partnership with RISE, UNITY MC & Spoken word showcases Toronto youth artists in two categories: Emcee’ing, and Spoken Word. The purpose of the event is to bring MCs and spoken word artists under the same roof to unify the Toronto youth spoken word and MC movements and to show that they are both essential elements of Hip Hop
https://www.facebook.com/events/1634396373442029/

July 25th – UNITY CONCERT
1-10pm
Yonge-Dundas Square
Free!
UNITY invites you to an outdoor hip-hop concert to watch Canada’s top break dancers, rappers/spoken word artists, beatboxers and bands. Experience a day filled with inspiring and talented performances of local and international artists, win prizes, be part of drumming workshops, cyphers and much more!
https://www.facebook.com/events/115211268814953/

To purchase online tickets or for more information, please visit: http://unitycharity.com/unity-festival/

-posted with permission from UNITY Charity
Read UNITY Charity’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Hiring: Rivers Speak Community Liaison Student (Thinking Rock Community Arts, Algoma District)

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Thinking Rock is hiring two Rivers Speak Community Liaison Student positions for the summer through the Canada Summer Jobs program. Please share widely with your networks!

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Canada Summer Jobs Student Position – Two Positions
Wage: $11.00 per hour, 30 hours per week
Length: 8 weeks (July 6-August 28, 2015)

Purpose:
To increase awareness and participation in the Rivers Speak Community Play Project by coordinating outreach activities in community organizations and at community events across the Algoma District.

Responsibilities:

  • Host Thinking Rock art-making booth at community events and festivals in rural and First Nation communities across the Algoma District (including but not limited to Blind River, Mississaugi First Nation, Elliot Lake and Serpent River First Nation)
  • Engage with community members to generate interest in participating in the project
  • Facilitate simple and fun hands-on participatory creative art making activities related to the project with community members of all ages, cultural backgrounds and artistic abilities
  • Act as liaison between TRCA and the local communities we are reaching out to
  • Mobilize community members to attend and participate in events
  • Develop relationships with local media outlets for promotional and capacity building purposes
  • Promote activities locally (social media, posters, fliers, etc)
  • With TRCA staff, organize and host community conversations regarding TRCA projects with local community groups

Qualifications:

  • Required: between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year; be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations;
  • Knowledge of or keen interest in learning about community arts and community building;
  • Ability to draw upon pre-existing relationships within the four communities we are working with (Blind River, Mississaugi First Nation, Elliot Lake and Serpent River First Nation);
  • Comfortable working with people of diverse cultures, ages, and abilities;
  • Knowledgeable about and respectful of Indigenous cultures and issues;
  • Some knowledge and awareness of the lands and waterways we live on;
  • Working experience in communications and public relations;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and friendly disposition;
  • Thorough knowledge and experience with computers, and familiarity with Google Drive;
  • Superior organization and time management skills;
  • Self motivated and demonstrated ability to take initiative and work alone;
  • Interest or experience in the arts and/or community development a definite asset;
  • Fluency in French and/or knowledge of Ojibway a definite asset;
  • Valid G license and access to vehicle required (travel expenses related to TRCA activities will be reimbursed);

Evening and weekend work will be required.

To apply please send a cover letter and resume by email to Miranda Bouchard, General Manager, miranda@thinkingrock.ca by Friday, June 26, 2015. Please use the subject line: Community Liaison Summer Student.”

-from Thinking Rock Community Arts & ArtBridges FNMI facebook group
Read Thinking Rock Community Arts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Aanmitaagzi: six week intensive summer course in theatre arts rooted in Aboriginal worldview (North Bay, ON)

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Aanmitaagzi’s Summer Arts Program is a six-week intensive course in theatre arts. Students will learn the basics of contemporary performing arts techniques rooted in Aboriginal worldview. Students will learn acting technique with Sid Bobb, dance and movement for actors with Penny Couchie and Cristina Lella, visual arts and installation making with Megan Paulin and cultural teachings with Carol Guppy. In addition to the regular daily technique classes, students will learn stories from local elders and storytellers and hand drum songs and dance from Tasheena Sarazin and Darren Nakogee. Students participate in the creation of self-scripted works and art installations for a public presentation.

To register, please fill in the Aanmitaagzi Summer Arts Program 2015 Form. After completing the form, drop it off at 161 Couchie Memorial Drive or call Penny or Sid @ 705 477-3150.”

-posted with permission from Sid Bobb, Aanmitaagzi
Read Aanmitaagzi’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

My Heritage; My Story / Mon héritage; mon histoire – Passion 4 Youth Art Silent Auction (Ottawa)

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“An art auction featuring the work of youth from the Passion 4 Youth Fine Arts Program. Drop by anytime between 4pm-8pm to meet the youth and to see some beautiful works of art.
Art can be purchased by silent auction (cash, credit card or cheque).

We are thrilled to be holding this event at the Canadian War Museum. Entry to the museum will be free from 4pm-8pm so feel free to explore the museum exhibits.

This is a free event!

-submitted by Moira Davis, Passion 4 Youth Fine Arts Program
Read Passion 4 Youth’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-engaged Arts Directory & Map