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SHINE! Bursaries (Deadline Nov. 30, Toronto)


SHINE bursary accepting applications until Nov 30th!
Bursaries range from $500 – $2,000

“Bursaries are awarded annually to selected youth (aged 16 to 24) living in the GTA, who face financial barriers”, and who want to further their study or practice of roots (folk, blues, Irish, traditional) music. Award amounts vary, up to a maximum of $2,000 per recipient. Recipients may use their award to further their study or practice of music.

Info and application guidelines available here:,

Deadline is Nov 30, 2015 ”

-submitted by Marie MacCormack

Coming Home: The 40th Labrador Creative Arts Festival, Nov.18-24 (Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL)


“From Nov. 18th to Nov. 24th 2015 inclusive, the 40th annual Labrador Creative Arts Festival takes place in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The LCAF is known as ‘Canada’s longest-running children’s arts festival’. For a full week, artists from various disciplines will be gathering in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and spreading out to schools all throughout Labrador, offering workshops in theatre, creative writing, music, video production, set and lighting design, graphic arts and textiles.

At the same time that the artists are traveling to schools across Labrador, participating children from 19 different schools will be meeting to take workshops and be inspired by contact with people in the arts industry. Twelve of these schools will be performing original scripts on a professional stage at the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre.

Unique for the 40th anniversary, LCAF’s visiting artists are all home grown. These professional artists were all exposed to creative arts through participation in the LCAF in the past and are now working practitioners in the arts industry.

The Festival theme for 2015, Coming Home, was chosen to reflect how young Labrador artists have been inspired by their ties to the values and cultures of this remote area of the world. Through the LCAF, Innu, Inuit, Settler, Métis, and immigrant children come together to share their cultures, their languages, their stories and the experiences that have shaped their hopes for the future.

For the grand finale on Tuesday Nov 24th, the artists and students will perform “We Are Coming Home”. This collaboration features vignettes from the Festival’s scripts collected over the last 40 years.

For more information, contact…
Fiona Andersen
Festival Coordinator 709.896.0642
or visit our Facebook page

Posted with permission from Fiona Andersen
Read Labrador Creative Arts Festival’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

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

“The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from people with disabilities.

Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines [PDF, 316.7 KB].

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 May
15 November

If either date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.

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″

Posted with permission from Noël Habel, Aboriginal Arts Office

Shared Artwork Served up with Meals on Wheels Program (VIBE Arts, Toronto)

Meals on Wheels (AFCY)

Here’s an interesting program we came across involving youth and seniors who collaborate on artworks that are placed with the meals seniors receive through Meals on Wheels programs. Erin from VIBE Arts describes the program: -Sonya, ArtBridges’ Outreach Coordinator.

“We’ve run many different incarnations of this program – but all have ended with the sharing of individual artworks to Meals on Wheels recipients. These mini works of art are created in VIBE Arts programs across the city. Some directly on Meals on Wheels lids, others on small paper canvases. The work is sometimes thematic and positioned to arrive around special holidays to bring some cheer to otherwise isolated seniors. In some special cases we were able to include drawing materials such as crayons and markers. Seniors were invited to add their own artist mark (drawing, poetry, sometimes just a few lines, shapes or a bit of colour) to art pieces that had been started by local children and youth. These lovely collaborative works were then exhibited during a special seniors’ luncheon at a neighbourhood community centre. At this particular event, the seniors who were bused in had the chance to chat with teens from one of our visual arts programs. I think both groups left feeling inspired and connected. The Meals on Wheels artworks are delivered by VIBE Arts to our community partners such as St. Christopher’s House (now West Neighbourhood House) and Scarborough Support Services. In one instance, at the launch of this project, we were actually able to send 2 children along the Meals on Wheels route to hand deliver some of the artworks! They have been so well received that we try to offer several art-making opportunities each year, often timed to take place at special events and child/youth art festivals where we can share this concept with a wider audience.”

The following is a press release about one of the incarnations of the program [Please note: St. Christopher House is now West Neighbourhood House; Arts For Children and Youth (AFCY) is now VIBE Arts]:

TORONTO, ON (Feb. 15, 2011) – Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY) is thrilled to share art made by children and youth, and a smile with the lunch recipients of the Meals on Wheels program that operates from St. Christopher House, Dundas and Ossington location in Toronto. Isolated seniors all over the city received hand painted covers on their hot food packages just in time for Valentine’s Day and Community Arts Day.

AFCY taps into existing social systems to promote the ideas of sharing, using art as a social connector.  AFCY celebrates “love and community arts” in February this year. Hand-painted, these hot food covers were created by hundreds of children who participate in our YMCA Youth Kickstart Programs, AFCY’s Big Bam Boom 2010 and at Harbourfront’s HarbourKIDS SK8.

Since meaning is made, children share stories, talk, and connect with each other as these hot food cover artworks are being created, these ‘lids’ become works of art. They are also proof of how art becomes a vehicle for giving back to the community.

“Children and youth in Toronto need to be aware about the importance of “sharing and caring” by giving back to the community.  This community sharing initiative encourages program participants to make meaningful intergenerational connections,” says Julie Frost, AFCY’s artistic and executive director. This initiative aligns with both AFCY’s values and Community Arts Day’s mandate “Art as a catalyst for caring and sharing.”

AFCY has been involved with St. Christopher House for the past 3 years. “AFCY connects with isolated seniors to give them the gift of unique artworks made by children and youth. And this has been made possible because we are partnering with Meals on Wheels, through St. Christopher House, engaging volunteer drivers to distribute art with a hot meal,” said Frost.

For recipients of a meal and a painting, this may be just what they need: a happy, spontaneous drawing that is a keepsake.

“The overall experience of creating artwork for the purpose of social change promotes the personal and creative growth of the children making the art, and engages them in meaningful artistic experiences that invest in community,” explains Frost.

-Posted by permission from Erin Glover, Program Director, VIBE Arts
Read VIBE Arts profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

inVISIBLE Ink: Free art and writing workshop series for LGBTQQ2S youth and their allies (Thunder Bay, ON)

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“Welcome to inVISIBLE Ink!

We are thrilled to let you know about exciting new youth arts project. Please spread the word!

inVISIBLE Ink is a free art and writing workshop series aimed at LGBTQQ2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, queer, questioning and 2-spirited) youth and their allies in Thunder Bay.

*Who?* Although the project has a definite focus on queer youth, all interested and respectful young people are welcome to attend. inVisible Ink is facilitated by Thunder Bay writer Susan Goldberg and visual artist Lora Northway, both of whom have a strong track record of teaching and working with youth, in the LGBTQQ2S and wider communities.

*What?* During monthly, three-hour workshops, participants will practice and hone their creative writing, visual arts and zine-making skills. Visiting artists and writers will guide each workshop. Over the course of the series, young artists and writers will work to create their final product: a polished, printed group zine. A reading will be performed at Thunder Pride Lit Night, and an exhibition of the stories will be written on gallery walls for Definitely Superior Art Gallery’s “Urban Infill” art crawl in March 2016.

 *Why?* To recognize, celebrate and give voice to Thunder Bay’s younger LGBTQQ2S arts community. To give queer youth and allies skills and experiences in writing and visual arts. To learn and create in a supportive, participant-led environment. To build networks between established and emerging artists. To have fun! To Queer the North!

*Where?* Definitely Superior Art Gallery, 250 Park Ave, Suite 101 (down stairs). Transit tickets available.

*When?* Monthly workshops, generally on the third Tuesday of each month, 6-9pm ***2nd Workshop October 20th!***

*HOW DO I JOIN?* Join the Facebook group! Come to the next workshop on Tuesday, October 20th, 6pm at Defsup. Drop in and check it out! Email us if you have any questions or would like to recommend someone”

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

Stepping Sideways – Resiliency and the Learning Heart: by DAREarts artist-educator Cathy Elliott

ArtBridges SelfieFrom Left: Seanna Connell (Project Director, ArtBridges), Cathy Elliott (Artist-Educator, DAREarts), Marilyn Field (Founder & President, DAREarts). Photo courtesy of Cathy Elliott.

Cathy Elliott is an artist-educator with DAREarts’ First Roots Aboriginal program. DAREarts received an award in ArtBridges’ First Annual Recognition Awards for remarkable work in community-engaged arts in the category of Resiliency. Here, Cathy shares her thoughts on the award and how it relates to the FNMI youth she works with in Canada’s remote, fly-in only communities… Thanks for sharing, Cathy!
- Cora, Indigenous Community Arts Coordinator

“ArtBridges is a hub of communications, support, and inspiration for community based arts groups and individuals. DAREarts just received a cherished award from ArtsBridges for DAREarts First Roots Aboriginal program, which delivers arts education in collaboration with schools, artists and First Nations all over Canada.

The “Resiliency Award” is very special to us, because it recognizes the challenges that not only we, but FNMI kids and their communities experience in remote areas, specifically First Nations fly-in only communities in the North.

We have a saying: “If you can’t go forward, step sideways,” which is something that our kids and their parents know intimately. This is an ingenious way to solve problems. Sometimes, things just don’t go the way they were planned. We improvise. As artists working in their communities, we have learned from the best: the artists we work with, the young people and the Elders.

The challenges can be deceptively simple or devastatingly complicated. I’ve seen a snowfall or drop in temperature kybosh three days of artistic development – or a plane that won’t land, or, sadly, a funeral of a loved one turn a week into days of re-planning, re-scheduling, re-thinking. My own mother’s death on Valentine’s Day put a huge amount of pressure on the two other artists who were working in Marten Falls FN. They had to press on and make the final presentation day happen without my help (I was flown home for Mom’s funeral) Funerals in the communities often make us step sideways. Out of respect, all activities stop until we can start up again. The young people are prime examples of resiliency. They work with us to make their final work of art happen. That’s the Discipline part of our values.

The artists we thank are Linda Carson, Lee Pham, John Cowling, Peter Elliott, Glenn Marais, Jeremy Proulx, Waawaate Fobister, Laura MacKinnon, Tanya Senk, D’Arcy Moses, Genevieve Anthony, Francois and Jennifer Aubrey, Zoee Maxwell, Julian Sale… They all stepped sideways when needed.

The community teachers who contributed their talents and advice and let us disrupt their schedules are heroes to us. They carried on the arts and values after we left.

Last but not least: local community artists, musicians, painters, beaders, drummers, – you are our foundation. This award is for you, too.

Stepping sideways is a way to step forward. It’s a way of going around obstacles and building resilience. It teaches us that there are many ways to teach… and learn. One step at a time. Never stopping.

Miigwetch, Wela’lin, Mahsi Cho, Quyanaini…there are not enough words for thank you.”

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

Read Cathy’s previous posts:
03/30/15 – Paving a Future – The Ice Road to Tuk: Stories from a DAREarts Artist-Educator
12/15/14 – You’re Gonna Save the World: Stories from a DAREarts Artist-Educator
10/30/14 – Thunder Bay & Rexdale – Too Much in Common: Stories from a DAREarts Artist-Educator
07/04/14 – Excellence is Earned: Stories from a DAREarts Artist-Educator
05/23/14 – Introducing – DAREarts Atlantic: Stories from a DAREarts Artist-Educator
04/29/14 – DAREarts Out on the Land in Attawpiskat: Stories from a DAREarts Artist-Educator
03/24/14 – My Drum’s Journey: Stories from a DAREarts Artist-Educator
02/16/14 – It Starts With a Circle: Stories from a DAREarts Artist-Educator

ArtHeart is Expanding! Help spread the word! (Toronto)


ArtHeart is expanding with two new programs! Help spread the word!

As a result of the recent Regent Park revitalization and to accommodate new senior residents that have moved into the community, ArtHeart has launched a Seniors’ Arts Program for individuals ages 55 and older. The weekly program consists of one three-hour workshop from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm with 20 – 25 participants attending each workshop. Art classes will focus on diverse creative techniques including sewing, crocheting, painting, drawing, lino-printing, bead work, and more. Seniors’ Arts will provide seniors with opportunities to feel welcome and included in their community while being creative and active.

The second program PROJECT KIDS & CAMERAS! is a unique photography workshop designed for Regent Park kids in Grades 3-8. Capture the HEART of Regent Park with digital cameras, journal entries, and photographs you print in class! Project will culminate in a community-wide photo exhibit/celebration at the Daniels Spectrum showcasing the participants’ photographs and writings.”

-submitted by ArtHeart
Read ArtHeart’s profile on ArtBridges’  Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Songwriting Camp for Aboriginal Youth (aged 16-25), Sept. 25-27 (Riverport, NS)


Project Description:
The Aboriginal Song Writers Camp will be held this Fall at The Ovens Natural Park, Riverport, Nova Scotia. Starting a long weekend the evening of 25th September through to the 27th September, 2015. This stunning setting puts everyone in direct contact with nature and will take everyone out of and away from their everyday lives. Steve Chapin, himself a musician, singer and owner of The Ovens is extremely happy to welcome the Mi’kmaw. The Ovens Natural Park has had a long-standing relationship with the Mi’kmaw and makes a point to honour the historical ties that exist between them. This camp is open to 12 aboriginal songwriters ages 16 to 25 years from both on and off reserve. Participants must either be in school or want to continue their education in their given field. The Aboriginal Songwriters Camp is for those whose passion is music, who play an instrument, who sing, have already written, or, have an interest in writing songs and performing. Participants must demonstrate a willingness to open themselves up to learning and be prepared to take his or her skills to another level. They must also be prepared to learn how to distill their creative energy into performance pieces. Expand their technical and artistic horizons so they can become a more knowledgeable songwriter. Be willing to express themselves using story telling and poetry. Broaden their harmonic range – using inherent musical methods. This camp will also explore the use of traditional Aboriginal sounds and beats and participants will learn how this fits into popular music.

This camp will honour traditional storytelling and music. We will start by exploring storytelling with two well respected and traditional Mi’kmaq Elders, Jane Meader, Elder, teacher and Mi’kmaq language specialist from Membertou First Nation and Gerald Gould, Elder, artist and educator, from Millbrook First Nation. The Sons of Membertou, traditional drummers from Membertou First Nation and Juno nominees, will take us through their knowledge of traditional beats in Aboriginal music. This will lay the groundwork for an exploration into showing how important the use of ‘story’ is and how the lyrics combine with the beat of the music.

David Findlay will put perspective on traditional rhythms and popular music and how these may be combined. Other singer/songwriters will offer their expertise over the weekend during a combination of one on one; small group and everyone included experiences. From composing through to performing, this weekend will include days spent writing and evenings spent performing on site. The weekend will culminate on Sunday with a sunrise ceremony and naming of the point at The Ovens dedicated to the memory of Steve Michael the first Mi’kmaq RCMP officer in Nova Scotia. This dedication and naming will include a performance by Steve Chapin of a song especially written by him in honour of Steve Michael, a long time friend. Then, using The Ovens Restaurant as a performance space, brunch followed by participant performances will be open to the public. This weekend will be intense in terms of teaching, learning and experiencing. It will be a fusion of cultures with Aboriginal culture being dominant. All the mentors are dedicated and all are excellent teachers and willing and happy to share their knowledge.”

Interested youth should email as soon as possible with a letter outlining their interest in music and songwriting, as well as their current involvement in music.

Visit to read an article about the project.

Posted with permission from Yvonne Mosley

Call for Nominations: 2015 National Fresh Voices Artivism Award / Appel de candidature : Les prix nationaux Fresh Voices Artivisme

2015 National Fresh Voices Artivism Award / Les prix nationaux Fresh Voices Artivisme

Only a Few Days Left to Make Nominations for the New Award!

As the world is being shaken by images of thousands of refugees seeking sanctuary, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and Vancouver Foundation have teamed up to launch the first awards to recognize excellence in using the arts to facilitate the integration of refugee, migrant and immigrant youth in Canada. Two $1,000 bursaries will be made available to two young people who have used the arts to significantly improve the quality of life for newcomers in Canada.

Deadline for nominations is 4:30 pm PST (1:30 pm EST) on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015. For more information: 2015 National Fresh Voices Artivism Award.”

“Alors que le monde est ému par les images de milliers de réfugiés en quête d’asile, la Fondation Michaëlle Jean et la Vancouver Foundation ont joint leurs efforts pour mettre sur pied le premier prix viPrixsant à récompenser l’excellence dans l’utilisation des arts pour faciliter l’intégration des jeunes réfugiés, migrants et immigrants au Canada. Deux bourses de 1 000 $ seront offertes à deux jeunes individus qui ont utilisé les arts pour améliorer de manière considérable la qualité de vie de nouveaux arrivants au Canada.

La date limite pour soumettre une candidature est le mardi 22 septembre 2015 à 16 h 30 PDT (13 h 30 HNE). Pour plus amples renseignements : Les prix nationaux Fresh Voices Artivisme

-posted with permission from Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation