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Community Engagement in Covid-19: A Practitioner-led Panel (April 29)

Join community-engaged practitioners in conversation about adapting participatory work to online and remote contexts.

“Learn how community-engaged practitioners working across the fields of participatory research, participatory visual methods, community arts, and community facilitation have adapted their participatory work and facilitation to online and remote contexts, and the unique ethical and pedagogical opportunities and tensions that arise. There will also be opportunities to network with others.

This event is open to students, community-engaged practitioners, community artists, participatory researchers, and anyone interested in the field.

Speakers will include Ananya Banerjee, Adam Barrett, Jessica Bleuer, Lori Chambers and Khari McClelland, and the event will be moderated by Sarah Switzer. Speaker details can be found below.

The event Zoom link will be sent closer to the date. For registration questions, please contact naima.raza[at]mail.utoronto.ca. For questions about the project, please contact sarah.switzer[at]utoronto.ca.

Flyer created by Andrea Vela Alarcon (@its.allegra)

This event is co-sponsored by the Youth Research Lab at OISE, Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention at New College, Neighbourhood Arts Network, the Centre for Community Partnerships, and a group of community-engaged practitioners working across community and academic fields. The event is funded by the New College Initiatives Fund (NCIF) at New College, University of Toronto.

This event is part of a 2-part event series. On May 20, 2021 from 3:00-5:00pm we will launch some audio-visual resources to help practitioners think through remote/online facilitation with communities. We will also present findings from an affiliated study about how community-engaged practitioners are adapting their participatory practice as a result of covid-19. Join us in our community of practice to learn more!”

For more information, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/community-engagement-in-covid-19-a-practitioner-led-panel-tickets-147628676345

Call for Black Artists: Black Brilliance 2.0 (Reel Youth, online)

“BLACK LIVES MATTER

We stand in solidarity with the call for Black liberation. In light of recent movements to address police brutality and anti-Black racism across the world, we’ve been looking at how to do our part.

Building on the success of our first Black Brilliance program, BLACK BRILLIANCE 2.0 is a 6-day online filmmaking workshop for young Black artists! Participants will create an original film, with the mentorship and support of professional Black artists and youth workers.

This program is a Black space for youth of African descent and no previous experience is necessary!

PROGRAM DETAILS

In this FREE program, you will:                                                                                  

          • Learn how to plan, shoot, and edit a short film, all from home
          • Create art in an all-Black space
          • Receive a FREE 6-month software license for Adobe Premiere Rush
          • Receive a $100 honourarium
          • Work creatively with a group of peers
          • Have a ridiculous amount of fun!

You are:

          • Of African descent
          • Excited about filmmaking and interested in using film for social change
          • Curious to try a new model of collaborative, pandemic-era filmmaking
          • Between the ages of 15 and 30
          • Available for ALL 6 program sessions listed below
          • Able to access a computer or laptop that can run Zoom (details) and Adobe Premiere Rush (details).

This will be an all-Black space. We welcome any level of experience, and youth who are female-identified, LGBTQ2S+ or who have disabilities or face systemic and structural barriers are highly encouraged to apply and will be prioritized.

Up to 20 young people will be chosen to participate in this project. Your films will be featured at a virtual gala after the program, submitted to the Reel Youth Film Festival, and distributed on Telus Video-on-Demand,  YouTube, social media and the Reel Youth website.”

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://reelyouth.ca/blackbrilliance.html

-from Reel Youth

Edge of Sunset – Iftar Nights 2021 (MABELLEarts, online)

An intercultural community arts festival unfolding online during Ramadan

Over the past eight years, MABELLEarts has collaborated with professional artists and hundreds of local residents of all ages and backgrounds to host annual community events that bring together hundreds of Muslim and non-Muslim neighbours from across the GTA to mark Ramadan and specifically ‘Iftar’ – the Arabic word describing the spiritual moment at sundown when the  daily fast is broken.

This year, MABELLEarts is producing The Edge of Sunset, a mixed live & virtual production in Mabelle Park series featuring local stories and new Youth driven compositional works that expand upon Hussein Janomohamed’s eight chapter folk and choral work developed in 2020 based on community Memories of Iftar celebrations past. The Edge of Sunset will be brought to life through the spectacle arts, puppetry and music. In tandem, the MABELLE Pantry will be building and distributing Iftar Treats and Meal Kits throughout the period to hundreds of residents, with Youth sharing cooking skills and leading the development and distribution of the Meal Kits.”

For more information, please visit: https://virtualiftarnights.ca/

-from MABELLEarts

KIAC Culture Quest: Arts & Culture Funding Program (Yukon)

Culture Quest supports the expression of culture and art for Yukon performing, visual, and literary artists. Culture Quest also supports First Nations cultural gatherings and festivals around the Yukon in addition to the preparation of work to be showcased nationally or internationally. The program was developed to address the opportunities of art and culture representation at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and subsequent events such as Canada Winter Games, Pan Am/Parapan Games and Northern Scene.

Culture Quest is an arts and cultural funding program supported by the Yukon Government (YG) and administered by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC). The fund is adjudicated by a Selection Committee.

Culture Quest supports:

  • First Nations expression of art in relation to cultural practices. (Such as projects within cultural festivals and gatherings, song revival, story-telling, regalia, traditional dancing, and other activities which involve public appreciation or engagement.)
  • Support the continued growth and development of creation,performance, or presenting capacity in the cultural sector,particularly in under-served communities or sectors. (Such as developing a performance circuit or a curated presentation space.)
  • Support opportunities for artists to create projects that explore and develop ties between contemporary art and their cultural heritage or history. (Such as using a contemporary art form to express, interpret, explore, or study one’s own heritage stories and/or cultural history).
  • Support Yukon artists to prepare their work for the national or international stage(Such as mounting or rehearsing an existing production for a national tour or preparing for a national cultural event such as cultural contingents for major sporting games, Northern Scene, etc. or responding to a significant national or international online opportunity). This objective does not replace the Touring Artist Fund, but enables artists to prepare existing works for world class opportunities outside of Yukon.

Next Intake: April 15th, 2020. Though requests for $1000 or under may be submitted for consideration at any time.”

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://kiac.ca/culture-quest/

-from KIAC

Spectrum Fest 2021 (April)

“Join us for a full month of Spectrum Fest events and releases in April 2021!

Like always we will be hosting a few screenings, live talks, and events.

We especially want to thank ReelAbilities Toronto, Spectrum’s partner who made possible the screening of Salome Chasnoff’s Code of the Freaks (2020), an important documentary featuring a cast of disability rights activists and disabled artists discussing the portrayal of disability in mainstream Hollywood cinema.

In addition we would like to thank Method Studios Montreal, who will give a VFX industry presentation talk to Spectrum’s Creative Media Lab participants, and have committed to a community-wide presentation on VFX careers later this spring in partnership with Spectrum.

And last but most, thank you to all creators for contributing your work and ideas!

Check out the list here, and read below for full descriptions. All events are free, but may require registration.

For more information: https://www.productionsspectrum.com/spectrumfest

-from Spectrum Productions

Call for Proposals: 20th National Mural Symposium (Mural Routes)

Call for Proposals: 20th National Mural Symposium, Presented by Mural Routes

November 2021 (date TBC) – Online

Mural Routes invites proposals for participation in the upcoming 20th National Mural Symposium, to be held virtually in the Fall of 2021 (date TBC). The deadline for all submissions is April 19, 2021.

Mural Routes is the only member-based not-for-profit arts service organization in Canada dedicated to the creation, development and promotion of public wall art.  Our vision is to inspire the creation of extraordinary public wall art that serves as a catalyst for community building.

The National Mural Symposium is a professional development and networking event for mural artists, administrators and mural producers to teach, learn, share and explore current trends and challenges in the field of mural art. Mural Routes hosts The National Mural Symposium every second year.

Practitioners and researchers of the field are welcome to submit proposals for this conference. Individuals do not need to be Mural Routes members to submit.

Symposium theme: REPRESENTATION

From thanking frontline workers to speaking out against racism, mural art has proven to be a primary medium to deliver essential messages during a global pandemic. With art galleries and museums closed, this artistic practice is now more relevant and current than ever.

In 2020 we also saw a surge of mural projects across Canada that brought underrepresented voices to the forefront. These visual representations of diverse bodies, stories, experiences and aesthetics, aimed to counter dominant media images. A reflection of societal changes across the world, mural art is contributing to making public spaces more inclusive and representative of the communities that inhabit them.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The National Mural Symposium features exciting keynotes, presentations, and an ample amount of time for networking.

We are seeking proposals for:

  • 30 min sessions (20 min presentation, 10 min questions) – can be a formal paper, a how-to session, a talk or case study on your own project.
  • 90 min sessions (30 min presentation, 40 min discussion, 20 min questions) – can be leading a professional forum (convene a discussion or debate about timely and critical topics of interest to the mural art community), community of practice (meeting around a question, problem, or platform of common interest in the field), an interactive workshop, or a panel discussion.”

For more information, please visit: https://muralroutes.ca/20thsymposiumcall/

-from Mural Routes

Resource: Video documentary – Cripping the Arts

The Cripping the Arts program book sitting on a white table.

Click to view captioned version of the film: http://ow.ly/PBmH50Edjsk
Click to view audio-described version of the film: http://ow.ly/4RXS50EdjWl

Cripping the Arts was a three-day international symposium held in January 2019 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. It gathered people who share a belief that Deaf, Disability, and Mad arts and activism change how we understand difference, and how we create and experience art and culture. This short documentary highlights some of the memorable moments from the event.

This documentary was made by filmmaker Kavya Yoganathan and produced by Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology and Access to Life at Re•Vision: The Centre for Art & Social Justice in partnership with the Cripping the Arts presenting partners: Creative Users Projects, Tangled Art + Disability, Ryerson University School of Disability Studies, British Council Canada and Harbourfront Centre.

Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology and Access to Life is a project of Re•Vision: The Centre for Art & Social Justice at the University of Guelph. bodiesintranslation.ca

For more information, please visit: https://tangledarts.org/events/cripping-the-arts-2019/

-from Tangled Art + Disability

UNMUTE: The Impact of a Pandemic on Gender-Based Violence (online play)

UNMUTE premiered in recognition of domestic violence awareness month in November 2020. UNMUTE is a forum theatre piece that addresses the rise of domestic violence and gender-based assault during COVID-19.

While a family’s life may seem normal from the other side of the screen, abuse is lurking behind closed doors. Immerse yourself in this important and timely piece that gives audience members the chance to rehearse scenarios for real life. Audiences will learn skills and resources for how they can make a difference. Participate in changing the story through forum theatre.

UNMUTE is a bookable Zoom play and it will be released as a podcast in 2021.

Content Advisory: UNMUTE deals with abuse, and assault. Not recommended for audiences under the age of 13.”

For more information and show dates, please visit: http://theatreofthebeat.ca/unmute

-from Theatre of the Beat

Unscripted: Cultivating Languages of Access & Storytelling

“An online panel series exploring ideas around accessibility, decolonization and various approaches to performance and storytelling.

Co-produced by Red Dress Productions & Theatre Passe Muraille
April 7th, 8th & 9th 2021 -Via Zoom

Unscripted: Cultivating Languages of Access & Storytelling is an online panel series exploring ideas around accessibility, decolonization and various approaches to performance and storytelling. With a roster of artists approaching storytelling from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, the Unscripted series hopes to amplify conversations between artists who are engaging creatively with elements of sensory-based, linguistic and cultural accessibility.
Panel Co-Curators: Becky Gold and Wy Joung Kou
Panel Coordinator: Rinchen Dolma”

For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/unscripted-cultivating-languages-of-access-storytelling-registration-147849877965

-from Red Dress Productions

Isle of the Arts Festival (Gabriola Arts Council, online)

“The Gabriola Arts Council offers 23 interactive workshops: felted slippers, petroglyph land walk with Snuneymuxw Knowledge Keeper Dave Bodaly, mending, vocal expression, professional development for artists, and more.

Instructors have worked diligently to ensure your experience is fruitful and engaging, as we deliver these workshops via Zoom.  We offer technical assistance to those unfamiliar with Zoom and during each workshop there will be a moderator available to navigate any technical issues.

We are continuing with Reading and Reconciliation: One Book, One Community with Bob Joseph and Shelagh Rogers and it promises to be a lively and educational discussion.

Poetry Gabriola presents award winning authors Arleen Paré and Kate Braid on April 3 and the Gabriola Microsynth Orchestra and interpretive dance mixed with poetry on April 10th.

Sarah Osbourne will delight audiences with her amazing smoky vocals at our closing Arty Party pn April 11th where we announce this year’s Arty Award winner.

There is a little something for everyone this year and maybe some surprise offerings. Whatever you choose you can enjoy the workshops and events from the comfort of your home.”

For more information, please visit: https://artsfest.artsgabriola.ca/

-from Gabriola Arts Council