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


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 UNITY is looking forward to having you on the Festival volunteer team!”


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+)

July 23nd – UNITY DANCE
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

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

Yonge-Dundas Square
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!

To purchase online tickets or for more information, please visit:

-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)

Thinking Rock Community Arts Logo

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!

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

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.


  • 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


  • 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, 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)


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)



“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

Profile Highlight: Children’s Peace Theatre (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.

childrenspeacetheatre-Passages Installation 3

childrenspeacetheatre-logoChildren’s Peace Theatre is an award-winning community arts organization using collaborative creation and the philosophy of  Conflict Transformation to guide young people to address the many forms of conflict in their lives and in our communities. ”

To read more about Children’s Peace Theatre, please see their profile in our Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

ArtReach Grants (Deadline June 19, Toronto)



ArtReach is distributing $270,000 in the form of grants to youth arts projects in Toronto. If this sounds like something that could support your work, or the work of someone you know, we want to hear from you! Request an application by June 15th!

Please help us get these funds to the young people who can make the biggest impact by sharing this opportunity with those in your community, or contact us now to get started on an application.

We want to hear from young people running projects in Toronto that:

  • Increase access to quality arts opportunities that encourage creative expression and involve meaningful engagement of youth (ages 13 – 29) in Toronto
  • Promote social inclusion and provide opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills, capacity and opportunities within their communities and the initiatives they lead
  • Provide opportunities for youth to benefit from both the intrinsic (e.g. enjoyment, creative expression) and instrumental value (e.g. community engagement, skills development, social change) of the arts
  • Involve youth in project development, implementation and evaluation
  • Involve artist(s) with relevant experience and reach into participating communities

Available funding includes:

  • $5,000: Pilot Projects (funds to try out a new idea, or a smaller-scale or first-time project)
  • $10,000: One Phase Projects
  • $15,000: Two Phase Projects (Available to previous ArtReach grant recipients)


Once you’ve read them over, contact Paulina O’Kieffe, Director/Grants Manager at to get an application.
This funding is available thanks to ArtReach Toronto’s partnership with the Toronto Arts Council. For more info, click here.

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

Uncovering Colonial Legacies: Artwork by Indigenous Youth in Child Welfare (dis)Placements (Calgary)

uncoveringcoloniallegacies3Youth artist Tyler Blackface / Photo courtesy of Deloria Many Grey Horses

Uncovering Colonial Legacies: Voices of Indigenous Youth in Child Welfare (dis)Placements opened at Calgary’s artBOX on April 17th as part of the This Is My City arts festival. Facilitated in partnership with the Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY), with support from several Calgary service agencies, the exhibit showcased the stories and artwork of 20 aboriginal youth with past experience in the Child Welfare system.

With three times the number of Indigenous youth in care than the number apprehended at the height of residential schools, this exhibition explores how ongoing colonialism shapes the lives of these youth. Daniela Navia, a master of socio-cultural anthropology student at the University of Calgary and coordinator for the project, says: “There’s this idea that if youth are removed from their community things will be better. And it’s a mistake that we keep making over and over again.”

uncoveringcoloniallegacies1Sarah Scout / Photo courtesy of Deloria Many Grey Horses

Sarah Scout, a writer and ‘artivist,’ was one of the youth who participated in the exhibition. She contributed framed pages from her self-published life writing zine and spoke at the exhibition’s opening reception. In a poignant speech, she describes growing up in the Child Welfare system and it’s effect on her as she developed into a young woman. She offers insight into what needs to change and emphasizes the importance of stories like hers being heard.

She says: “… When it was explained to me that the intent of this exhibit was not inspired to promote child welfare but to ‘Uncover [its] Colonial Legacies,’ in my heart I knew there might be room not only for me, but a safe space for my art and voice to join with others who have survived and are surviving child welfare (dis)Placement.” You can read Sarah’s speech in it’s entirety on her blog, Assimilated Ego.

uncoveringcoloniallegacies5Artwork by Sarah Scout / Photo courtesy of Arnell Tailfeathers

Uncovering Colonial Legacies is the result of more than nine months of community building and critical conversation about Child Welfare that began in Treaty 7 Territory in July 2014. The artwork the youth created has been shown at conferences, lectures, exhibits and community events to a collective audience of more than 1500 people. Most recently, their artwork was showcased at the Critical Ethnic Studies Association conference at York University in Toronto, and there is a documentary in the works with FNCARES (First Nations Children’s Action Research and Education Service), to be released in the fall.

If you’d like more information about Uncovering Colonial Legacies or are interested in a future collaboration, please contact Daniela Navia at You can watch Daniela’s video about the project here.

Thanks to: Levi First Charger (USAY), Rita Henderson, Daniela Navia, Sarah Scout, and all the youth who shared their artwork.

– Cora-Rae Silk, Indigenous Community Arts Coordinator

Posted with permission from Daniela Navia & Sarah Scout
Photos courtesy of Deloria Many Grey Horses & Arnell Tailfeathers
Read Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY)’s profile on our Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

uncoveringcoloniallegacies2Youth artist Tia Ledesma / Photo courtesy of Deloria Many Grey Horses

uncoveringcoloniallegacies6Artwork by Sarah Scout / Photo courtesy of Arnell Tailfeathers

uncoveringcoloniallegacies4Photo courtesy of Deloria Many Grey Horses

Embassy of Imagination: Youth Arts Workshops in Cape Dorset, NU


“Embassy of Imagination is a multidisciplinary arts initiative for youth lead by visual artists Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson. Their workshops introduce youth to a global perspective of art practices and a variety of art mediums, specializing in printmaking and mural painting. Embassy of Imagination leads youth to achieve self-empowerment through creating and fun.” []

ArtBridges has been following artists Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson since March 2014 when they were invited to Cape Dorset, NU to join two local artists in the creation of a large outdoor mural. During their time in the community, they hosted a series of youth arts workshops that resulted in the creation of several custom painted wildlife-proof recycling bins.

The pair recently returned from yet another trip to Cape Dorset where they transformed a room at Peter Pitseolak School into the Quviana Printshop, a printmaking and arts workshop for youth aged 12-17. Over the course of 7 weeks, youth participated in a variety of arts activities that included everything from drawing, mask-making and photography, to indigo-dying, metal-casting (with recycled metal from pop cans) and printmaking (using discarded linoleum found at the dump).

At the end of the 7 weeks, the youth displayed their artwork to the community, including internationally recognized Cape Dorset artist, Tim Pitsulak. He said: “I would like to say I was so proud when I saw their work and the effort that they put into it, and creativity. What the kids brought out was amazing talent. The future looks fantastic! One of these days one of those kids will be in my shoes.”

While in Cape Dorset, Alexa and Patrick saw the installation of the mural they worked on last year, which was generously donated by the West Baffin Eskimo Co-op to Sam Pudlat Elementary School. Alexa says: “In partnership with the West Baffin Eskimo Co-op and Kinngait Studios, we painted a mural that honours the creative hands of Cape Dorset. Youth artists Parr and Audi contributed fantastic, giant bird heads to the collaboration. We created hands in the mural by making original linocut prints, and projecting and painting them cut-for-cut: our way of giving a nod to the inspiring printmaking in Kinngait, past and present.”

Alexa and Patrick would like to thank: Canada Council for the Arts, Chalmers Family Fund, Ontario Arts Council, Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association, the Government of Nunavut, First Air, West Baffin Eskimo Co-op, Kinngait Studios, Henry’s Camera, Well and Good, Bill Ritchie, Jason Paul, Joemie Tapaungai, Peter Pitseolak School staff and everyone who contributed to the Indiegogo campaign.

For more information about Alexa and Patrick’s work with Embassy of Imagination, visit

- Cora-Rae Silk, Indigenous Community Arts Coordinator

December 2014 – Cape Dorset Mural Project: Update
March 2014 – Artists Raise Funds for Cape Dorset Nunavut Mural Project

Posted with permission from Alexa Hatanaka. All photos courtesy of Alexa Hatanaka & Patrick Thompson.