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Sick Muse Art Projects

Working with community partners, we create spaces for Emerging Artists from equity seeking groups to showcase their work, to access opportunities for professional development and to engage communities meaningfully and actively in hands-on, high quality arts education integrated to issues of Social Justice.

  • Status:
    Artist Collective, Non-profit 
  • Main Communities Served:
    Adults, All Ages, Children, Seniors, Youth 
  • Main Catchment Area:
    Ontario, We bring Community Arts Projects to Latin America and The Caribbean 
  • Languages:
    English, Spanish, Arabic 
  • Arts Focus:
    Literary Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts, Music, Textile Arts, Visual Arts 
  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    OUR WORLD OF A THOUSAND COLOURS: A (12) twelve-week art-workshop for children. During this time we guide participants (age 4-11) to explore various art forms: painting, sculpture, print making and photography.

    Participants play with different materials while having conversations about DIVERSITY , INCLUSION, and COMMUNITY We work with professional artists, emerging artists, youth completing their community hours and other community members in delivering a curriculum that is respectful of each participant individualities and talents; we encourage the integration of all our talents for the creation of Collective Art pieces.

    THE STORIES WE SHARE: The Stories We Share: is a series of Creative Writing workshops for Refugee and/or Newcomer women (persons who self-identify as women). Women from different backgrounds participate in creative writing, collectively create poetry and share through creative writing, their stories of migration to Canada. In a safe space, women work together to produce individual and collective work. Their work is part of an annual Zine name THE STORIES WE SHARE. The project focuses on Refugee and Newcomer women who have interest in creative writing and who want to be part of a group of women working toward the creation of a Zine to share experiences of migration to Ontario, Canada.

    READY MADE: READY MADE: A Visual Conversation about IDENTITY in a Multicultural Society, is a youth photography project where youth ages 15-19 from the Latin American communities and other equity seeking groups. Youth are engaged through photography. This workshop will encourage participants to use photography as a way of self-expression and allow the opportunity to explore societal power imbalances in relations to identity.

    Youth receive an intense 10-hour hands- on photography class using digital cameras; they are invited to explore photography as an Art form and way of self-expression.

    Youth participate in a four-hour field trip which is intended for them to integrate the elements of power imbalances and identify in their photographic compositions.

    Sick Muse Art Projects shares artistic experiences with rural communities; we create spaces for skill development and exchange between local artists (In Latin America and The Caribbean) and artists living in Canada. We bring Community Arts to rural areas and underserved communities with the belief that a creative human being is capable of dealing and coping with adversity. Art is a powerful tool that can transform the world in magical, unexpected and positive ways. 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    Our aim is to establish a space to support artistic production and education in the Arts in order to:
    • Increase support, access and visibility to emerging artists from equity seeking groups living in Canada as well as international artists.
    • Foster and build a connection among artists and other community partners to promote art work and art education that engages communities in issues of Social Justice and Community Development.
    • Collaborate with national and international institutions and artists-run centres and organizations in order to improve access and visibility for emerging artist and to promote the integration of Arts and Social Justice.
    • Engage communities and artists in inclusive and anti-oppressive practice that allow everyone to reach their full potential. 
  • ArtBridging Section:
    Community Artist Training: Cultural Competence and Anti- Oppression Sick Muse Art Projects partners with arts and non-arts organizations to deliver workshops for artists and arts facilitators wanting to engage in practices that acknowledge and respect peoples individualities and identities. We engage artists in conversations that explore individual and systematic power . We believe that as artists supporting and working in communities we hold a social and civic responsibility to create safe spaces where all people have access to opportunities and to reach their potentials.
  • Additional Info:
    Sick Muse in Cuba:
    Colours of Hope:
    Mask workshops: 
  • Main Contact Name:
    Paola Gomez, Program Director 
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  • Address:
    111 McRoberts
    Toronto, ON  M6E4P3 

Last updated on 2017-12-14 14:31:00. Photos credit of: Alex Usquiano, Artistic Director, Sick Muse Art Projects - Submitted by: Sick Muse Art Projects