We invite you to read about and contribute to what’s going on in community-engaged arts and arts for social change initiatives across Canada. We post what people submit to us as well as "all things community-engaged arts" that we find out about. ArtBridges/ToilesDesArts shares all kinds of information:
“We now welcome applications to the FUTURES/forward mentorship program!
→ Are you a community-engaged artist – aged 21 or older – who would benefit from being mentored by a senior community-engaged, art for social change (ASC) artist? Are you passionate about climate justice?
→ Are you a seasoned community-engaged artist interested in being a mentor to share your experience and wisdom with those newer to the field?
→ Do you work with an environmental organization looking to add depth and reach to your programs by integrating arts into your communications, education, outreach, engagement or research strategies?
The FUTURES/forward program, now looking forward to a fourth cohort, enables senior and less-experienced artists to work together to enrich their perspectives and practices, meeting regularly over six months. Both artists receive compensation for their work (more details below).
Partnership with environmental organizations/local community partners can enliven existing programs; develop new approaches to include arts-infused initiatives; offer innovative communications strategies, provide inclusive and interactive educational programs and enrich public engagement and advocacy.
Please read through the program description and application process carefully. The application deadline is extended to OCTOBER 31, 2021!
Here’s how FUTURES/forward works:
STREAM 1. Triad Mid-career artist/mentee, mentored by a senior community-engaged artist practitioner, will become an artist-in-residence collaborating with an environmental organization over six months.
STREAM 2. Duo Early-career artist/mentee will be mentored by a senior community-engaged artist as they create their own environmentally-focused project in their chosen community.
Placement in either of these streams is determined by a national selection committee.
We look forward to hearing from candidates who represent the broad range of our sector including (but not limited to) those who are Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, LGBTQ2+, and of mixed abilities.“
“The Rendezvous with Madness Festival is the first and largest arts and mental health festival in the world. Using art as the entry point to illuminate and investigate the realities and mythologies surrounding mental illness and addiction, Rendezvous With Madness’ 2021 programming spotlights the human capacity for endurance in the face of great challenges. As community members are feeling the emotional effects of months of isolation, income precarity, and anxiety over what the future holds, the Rendezvous With Madness Festival offers a unique opportunity to come together in reflection and discussion.
We are thrilled to announce the full programming line-up for the 29th annual Rendezvous With Madness Festival. The Festival runs October 28 – November 7, 2021 and showcases a range of feature and short films from around the globe, as well as the In(site) Exhibition, and the production of Rosa Laborde’s True.All tickets are Pay What You Wish (PWYW) and there will be both in-person and virtual options for engaging with the festival, so all patrons can enjoy the festival safely.”
“The world has endured a collective traumatic experience throughout the past eighteen months. As arts and learning practitioners, we regularly see the impact that the arts have in students and participants’ lives. As we eagerly, yet tentatively, look towards pandemic recovery, we recognize the vital role that the arts must play in the health and wellbeing of Canada’s citizens, communities and society as a whole. We have also learned a great deal about the importance of technology and the intrinsic value it has to facilitate connectivity and broaden the range of arts and learning opportunities available to the public.
We welcome you to take part in Creative Convergence, the biennial conference presented by the Canadian Network for Arts & Learning taking place virtually on October 28 & 29, 2021. Join delegates from across Canada and around the world who are committed to arts and culture, education, recreation, health, therapy, medicine, humanities, social justice and community. Take part in a creative exchange featuring an overarching theme of “recovery” and including streams of health & wellbeing, and community connectivity.
The conference will feature thought-provoking speakers, rousing performances, panel discussions, real-life testimonials from artists and educators, parallel and poster presentations, regional break-out discussion groups, networking sessions and much more.”
UNLOCKED project, is an online art exhibit created by young Canadians across the country. From visual arts, to poetry, photography and video, we invited young Canadian artists (ages 9 to 25) to submit their original work, their personal and creative response to the pandemic. The goal was to highlight their talent and to encourage them in their artistic endeavours.”
Announces Programming for 22nd Annual Festival October 19-24, 2021 Presenting Partner: Canada Media Fund
145 Works Representing 51 Indigenous Nations Opening Gala: Night Raiders by Danis Goulet Closing Gala: Iwianch, el Diablo Venado byJosé Cardoso
TheimagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous screen content, announced programming for the 22nd Annual Festival with live in-person and virtual events from October 19-24, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario. imagineNATIVE will celebrate in the Harvest with over 145 works from artists representing 51 Indigenous nations giving voice to over 26 Indigenous languages. This year, imagineNATIVE is thrilled to announce the Canada Media Fund as the Festival’s new Presenting Partner.
imagineNATIVE’s Opening Night Gala, supported by APTN, on Tuesday, October 19 will be Night Raiders by Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis) as a nationally broadcasted in-person screening and Q&A at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Night Raiders is a Canadian-New Zealand science fiction apocalyptic film starring Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Brooklyn Letexier-Hart, Alex Tarrant, Amanda Plummer, and Violet Nelson. imagineNATIVE’s Closing Night Gala on Sunday, October 24 will be Iwianch, el Diablo Venado (Iwianch, the Devil Deer) by José Cardoso (Achuar/Shuar) as a virtual screening. In this documentary feature,an enigmatic presence haunts the depths of the Amazon rainforest, where an Indigenous Achuar teenager has disappeared. Secrets of this dreamlike forest, and Amazonian visions of life after death, are explored.
Feature film highlights from imagineNATIVE 2021 include: the Ontario premiere of Portraits From A Fire by Trevor Mack (Tŝilhqot’in (Chilcotin)), a coming of age film following an eccentric teenaged misfit as a family secret begins to unravel; the Ontario premiere of Run Woman Run by Zoe Hopkins (Mohawk), a magical anti-rom com about a single mom who is goaded into running a marathon by the ghostly appearance of legendary Onondaga marathon runner Tom Longboat; Ste. Anne by Rhayne Vermette (Métis), tracing an allegorical reclamation of land through personal, symbolic and historical sites all across Treaty 1 Territory, heartland of the Métis Nation; Bootlegger by Caroline Monnet (Algonquin), a dramatic French feature where two radically opposed women divide their reserve in northern Quebec into two clans to determine the best path to independence; and Cousins by Ainsley Gardiner (Te Whanau-a-Apanui/Ngati Pikiao/Ngati Awa) and Briar Grace-Smith (Nga Puhi/Te Arawa), based on the 1992 novel by Patricia Grace where three cousins, connected by blood but separated by circumstances, spend a lifetime in search of each other.
Feature documentary highlights at imagineNATIVE 2021 include: the International premiere of Warrior Spirit by Landon Dyksterhouse (Navajo), about the first Native American UFC champion Nicco Montano (Navajo) and a stark look at how the UFC exploits their fighters for millions; the Canadian premiere of Tote Abuelo by María Sojob (Tzotzil), which follows a grandfather weaving a traditional hat, with a granddaughter who does not remember her childhood well, as the threads of family history unravel; and Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sámi), an intimate portrait of survival, love and the collective work of healing in the Kainai First Nation, a Blackfoot community facing the impacts of substance use and a drug-poisoning epidemic.
The imagineNATIVE Institute, supported by Lead Institute Partner Netflix, and Institute Partner Crave, will present Industry Days online October 20-23 with Indigenous-focused panel discussions, masterclasses, and networking events. Industry Days highlights include: the Reservation Dogs Panel with creator Sterlin Harjo and stars Devery Jacobs and D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai; the Nia TeroKin Theory Panel where guest speakers Jennifer Podemski of The Shine Network, Amalia Cordova of Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and Jennifer Loren of the Cherokee Film Office, will discuss the various databases that connect all Indigenous creatives; and the annual update from the Indigenous Screen Office about current activities, opportunities and support.
From October 19-24, 2021, imagineNATIVE artists, organizers and audiences will come together to exchange ideas, share space, and connect with kin globally. This gathering, in person and online, influences the curatorial theme: Fall Camp – a time of Harvest, nourishment, and celebration before much-needed rest. For six days the Festival is a collective and creative occupation that trails the fall equinox, a time of movement, harvesting, and gratitude.
In addition to artistic and industry offerings, imagineNATIVE will continue ‘gifting from the harvest’ through Giveaways worth over $23,0000. Items and goods will be gifted throughout the Festival, highlighting Indigenous artists and Indigenous-owned companies. Grounded in expressions of generosity, the giveaways will acknowledge the continued support and work from our communities.
The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest Indigenous festival showcasing film, video, audio, and digital + interactive media made by Indigenous screen-content creators. The Festival presents compelling and distinctive works from Canada and around the globe, reflecting the diversity of Indigenous nations and illustrating the vitality and dynamism of Indigenous arts, perspectives, and cultures in contemporary media.”
If you could tell a story about your community-engaged arts initiative now, this year, what would the story be about? What are the main themes?
TS: Starting up again, rising from the ashes, surviving through COVID – we’re not out of the woods yet, but we can see a light at the end of the tunnel….How great it was to open the Summer Arts Program again (in real life) after a year-and-a-half of being closed. Kids started to come back and said how much they missed us. …Our food program is so successful! But, there are still hunger issues, people are afraid to go to food banks, afraid of crowds and some don’t know how to cook.
CD-B: A story of perseverance, of resilience. We thought it (COVID) would be 3 weeks, here we are a-year-and-a-half later.
What are the main issues your community-engaged arts initiative faces? (e.g., social justice, environmental justice, pandemic-related, operational, financial, HR)
TS: (Operational)– we’re always struggling for money.
CD-B: (Pandemic-related) Some of our participants felt victimized. Some people were afraid to come out.
…Mental health – many people felt isolated and lonely, had limited food – didn’t know how to get it. Many live below the poverty line.
How has your initiative been addressing these main issues?
CD-B: We’ve been calling and emailing participants and providing them with information about where to go – where to find resources needed. We’ve been providing curbside art activity kits each week outside on the terrace and being present with participants.
TS: With our youth – through our Youth Employment Program- we’re like an anchor. With the right precautions they have been able to keep coming into the studio (through the pandemic). We have given them jobs, kept them busy – even those without jobs come – as it’s (ArtHeart is) a safe space. Youth put together the kits, people came out to pick them up, curbside, week after week, and would show the art they made from the kit the week before. (Inspired by Wonder’neath Art Society, ArtHeart has given out over 5000 art activity kits, curbside- during the pandemic!) We’ve been consistent, it shows we care and have not forgotten about the community.
How has the community of participants that your initiative engages with evolved in the past year (if at all)?
CD-B: They’ve grown a lot, they’ve learned to co-exist w COVID – to safely coexist with COVID. Some of our participants were very aggressive before COVID. Now they are more understanding, open, smiling a lot and have a lot of gratitude.
TS: We’re meeting new residents through our outdoor programs. It’s a new kind of outreach – working outside each week doing curbside and terrace arts. We weren’t doing outdoor activities before. (Pre-pandemic)
How is your organization engaging with your community right now?(Logistics, pandemic public health and safety guidelines & policies, changes in the way we gather)
TS: Following (gov’t health & safety) protocols – wearing masks, sanitizing, social distancing, working outside all the time – all of our community engagement has been outside for a year-and-a-half.
CD-B: Now we’re getting ready to move inside, we’re figuring it out; it will work out, it always works out.
What are one or two new projects your initiative implemented this year?
TS: The Meal Program (giving out individually packaged meals made in the ArtHeart kitchen at curbside pick-up).
CD-B: Art Activity Kits- curbside pick-up, Terrace Arts Program, calling participants- all new programs during COVID.
What is your initiative doing new–digitally–compared to pre-pandemic?
CD-B: Virtual programs – we do an art workshop each week on zoom. Program, Fundraising and Board meetings are all done on zoom now. We have more presence on social media and we’ve fixed up our website.
TS: Youth Employment Program training has all moved online including: safe food handling, and digital arts.
Is there a recent achievement, wonderful moment, or quote you’d like to share about your initiative or its impact?
CD-B: Over this past year, I have grown a lot and appreciate the finer things in life. I’m extremely grateful that we work as a supportive team and we work towards one common goal.
TS: We have learned how resilient we are, as we work as a team.
As told by: Tim Svirklys – Youth Employment Program Coordinator, and Cynthia Dolar-Butcher – Program Support and Administrator, September 29th, 2021.
“STORIES OF NOW” is part of a project ArtBridges is working on with Judith Marcuse Projects’ ASCN (Arts for Social Change Network) and ICASC. It is about gathering and sharing stories emanating from the field now and about what issues and areas of focus matter.
The Regent Park Film Festival (RPFF) is inviting up-and-coming filmmakers to submit their short films and project proposals for our Closing Night event, the Emerging Directors Spotlight and Pitch Competition!
Part showcase and pitch event, this exciting platform highlights the best of Canada’s emerging talent, who then pitch their next project to a jury of industry experts.
This year, there will be two categories, SCRIPTED and UNSCRIPTED. One winner in each category will receive a development deal from CBC* and $1000 from RBC.
If you wish to be considered in both the SCRIPTED and the UNSCRIPTED categories, you must complete a separate application form and pitch for each. You will be a finalist in only one category.
The Emerging Directors’ Spotlight and Pitch Competition is free to enter, open to all ages and directors, producers and creators of all genres and styles.
We highly encourage submissions by filmmakers from marginalized communities (Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour, Person with Disabilities, LGBTQSAA+, Women) and films that feature these communities.”
“As part of the 21.22 Digital Transformation Project, we invite you to a series of FREE virtual public workshops
SATURDAY OCTOBER 16th @ 3-5pm: Sammy Chien, Chimerik — Sammy Chien, Chimerik — Multi-dimensional and Multi-Sensorial Storytelling: Weaving New Media Art, Dance-technology and Interdisciplinary Performance into an Expanded Spiritual Journey
THURSDAY OCTOBER 21st @ 2-4pm: Jess Watkin, Marjorie Chan, Indrit Kasapi — Accessibility in Digital Project
These upcoming virtual workshops will introduce you to the digital advisors and Lab dramaturges of our Digital Creators Lab (an opportunity for artists to learn, explore and imagine new visions for their works from conception to a 2022 workshop in our newly equipped and accessible Backspace)”
“I-talks is part of the Art Connects Program which is under the umbrella of ArtworxTO.
Art Connects is a series of workshops, art installations, talks and tours that aims to connect the local North York Community with both the environment and the history of the land that we live, work and play on.
NOTE: This series of workshops taking place September 28, October 12, October 26, and November 16th, are open to the public who have the interest to learn Indigenous Knowledge from Indigenous Elders, Educators and Time Keepers. Please note that if spots are limited priority will be given to North York residents.
About Art Connects Art connects is an ongoing initiative that started in 2019 to address North York Arts’ role in Truth and Reconciliation. As we build programs, partnerships, and relationships, we continues to ask ourselves “As a non-Indigenous organization, what can we do to support the process of decolonization and build right relations with Indigenous communities?”