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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
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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)
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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)

Call for Emerging Indigenous Youth Artist: Artist Assistant role for Intergenerational Community Mural Project (VIBE Arts, Toronto)

Get Involved! Be Creative! Learn New Skills! Calling all First Nations, Metis and Inuit youth!

VIBE Arts is looking for an Emerging Indigenous Artist to work on a summer mural project under the guidance of a professional artist.

Arts Assistant — Bendale Acres Intergenerational Community Mural Project: 1 position available
Location: Bendale Acres Long Term Care, 2920 Lawrence Ave East, Scarborough / VIBE Arts, 401 Richmond St West, Suite 230, Toronto
Day/Time: Monday–Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (occasional evenings may be required
Dates: July 4 – August 12, 2016
Rate of Pay: $13 / hour

Interested applicants are invited to send a resume and cover letter by June 17, 2016 to the attention of Erin Glover
Questions? 416–929–9314 x 111

VIBE Arts works collaboratively with children and youth in under–resourced communities to innovate, build skills and resiliency, and lead social change through arts education programming.

Job Description
Under supervision of VIBE Staff and the Lead Artist, the Arts Assistant will perform entry–level work in the painting, finishing, and site maintenance of the Bendale acres intergenerational mural project. The Arts Assistant will work alongside lead muralists to support the painting and installation of this large–scale piece. In the spirit of collaboration, skill development, and knowledge exchange, the Arts Assistant will have the opportunity to advance their skills under the direction of experienced artists, and contribute to the creation of a public art piece.

Job Tasks
• Participate in the mural’s design review process, offering assistance and advice on materials, designs, and colour. Manage art materials, tools including the carrying of materials. Assist with preparation and painting. Participate in an evaluation process of mural project. Make connections with stakeholders, residents, to promote the mural project and create good–will.

• Adhere to VIBE Arts’ code of conduct and social justice and equity guidelines.

Requirements for Position
Applicants must be registered students returning to school in the fall. Knowledge of different art forms. Interest in learning about the arts, mural design, and mural creation and/or interest in community development. Experience in arts programming is an asset.

Training Provided by VIBE Arts

The Arts Assistant will be mentored and supervised by Lead Artists and VIBE Staff. They will learn the process of creating a large–scale, public art mural with community collaboration and input. Health and Safety training, as it relates to large–scale art projects, will be provided.

VIBE Arts is thankful for support from the Canada Summer Jobs program. Supported by the Canada Employment Student Jobs Program”

-submited by VIBE Arts
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ArtReach Evaluation and Report Writing 101 Workshop (Toronto)


“Are you running a project or program in your community? Wondering about the best ways to evaluate your activities to get statistics and feedback about the effectiveness and success of your work? And how to use all the information you collected to write a report that people will read?

Evaluation is an important, but sometimes overlooked, part of our work in communities. Surveys, stories, art-based activities, and statistics are just some of the powerful evaluation tools we can use to measure the impacts of what we do, and to improve programs. Creating a report of your evaluation results will help you to communicate the benefits of our work to your communities, funders, and donors.

In this interactive workshop we will examine the process of evaluation, connecting it directly to the visions and goals of our own programs, and explore creative strategies and tools for collecting the right data and sharing it with others. Workshop participants will look into different ways of measuring the impacts and successes of their own programs, try out some evaluation techniques, see examples of creative reports, and will be provided with resources to help them get started right away.

Fiona Scott Evaluation Consultant

Date: Thursday June 23rd, 2016
Time: Registration/food at 5:30pm; workshop start time 6:00pm
Note: This workshop is open to youth (13 to 29 yrs). Space for this workshop is limited so register today! Food and refreshments will be provided
When: Thursday, 23 June 2016 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Where: Scarborough Civic Centre – 150 Borough Drive, Toronto, ON M1P 4N7″

Register here!

-from ArtReach’s newsletter
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VIBE Arts Fest (June 8-11, Toronto)


“What’s Your Vibe? A Celebration for Creatives

The festival is free and open to all!

Showcasing VIBE Arts programs & celebrating Toronto’s next generation of artists! ! !

VIBE Arts Fest brings VIBE Arts’ program participants and artists from all over Toronto together to share creative energy, artistic skill, and community. Experience visual arts exhibitions, art activities, and performances from VIBE Arts’ children and youth participants, emerging artists, and Platform A micro-grant recipients.

June 8-11, 2016
Presented at the Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas St E #120″

-submited by VIBE Arts
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Call for Youth Applicants to the SKETCH Community Arts Program (Toronto)


Who Should Apply?

Youth living on the margins and impacted by poverty with a demonstrated passion for community arts and working in any of the following mediums: visual arts, textiles, movement, music, media arts, enviro arts, performance

What you get from this program and employment position?

  • Trainings relevant to building your practive as an artist, educator, facilitator, organizer and artrepreneur.
  • Mentorship, space and resources to develop a strong arts portfolio, CV and press kit.
  • Hands-on experience in designing, planning, coordinating, facilitating and evaluating all kinds of dynamic community-engaged arts projects & programs through supporting SKETCH programs
  • Opportunities to share your work today!”

Apply by June 1! Click here to fill out an application online.

-from SKETCH newsletter
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Creative Connect Conference (May 27, Nia Centre for the Arts, Toronto)

Nia Centre for the Arts is hosting a conference on Friday, May 27th from 10AM – 5PM at Ryerson University.

Creative Connect Conference (CCC) is an opportunity for young artists and creatives 16-29 who are dissatisfied with current options for finding meaningful employment to connect with local entrepreneurs, industry professionals and organizations in a full day training and networking conference.

In partnership with the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University, CCC offers a diverse range of interactive sessions each facilitated by business professionals and leaders. Participants will learn insider information on what it takes to get into the creative sector, how to land your dream job, what are the biggest mistakes and how to avoid them.

For more information visit or contact 416-535 2727.

Registration deadline is May 25th. Spaces are limited! Register here!

-submitted by Nia Centre for the Arts
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