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“Tickets on sale now! All proceeds support the SHINE Music Bursary.
The 12th Annual SHINE Concert
With performances by G.R. Gritt, Julian Taylor, Emily Burgess, Michelle Rumball and Charmie.
And featuring 2021 bursary recipients Alexa Michaels, Jess Wedden, Katherine Fischer and Whitney Otis
SHINE keeps alive the memory and music of friends we’ve lost Jim Fay, James Gray, Doug Queen, and Bruce Adamson, while helping to further the passions of young musicians who face barriers to their study and practice of folk and traditional music.”
“As part of Toronto Arts Foundation’s ongoing research into the importance of the arts in city and community building, Arts Chats brings together a diverse array of speakers from a variety of disciplines throughout the month of March to discuss timely and understudied issues that affect them, their practice and the impacts of their work. These discussions will help guide the Foundation’s research strategy towards better supporting advocacy, programming and community building efforts across Toronto and throughout the arts sector as a whole. We want to go beyond the conditions of creating and working in the arts during the pandemic to instead use our current context as a lens through which to understand long standing problems in the sector.
Shifting to Digital, Obscuring Equity | March 4 @ 1pm EST. Learn more and register here.
The forced shift to digital content delivery in the arts challenged ongoing efforts to address equity in the sector. In our first session, our panelists will discuss equity in light of the shift to digital, steps that they see being taken to address equity in the sector and gaps that still exist.
What is Success? Metrics, Impact and Creative Practice | March 11 @ 1pm EST. Learn more and register here.
The pandemic is challenging us to re-think the ways we understand “success.” From artistic vision to statistical metrics, in this panel we discuss how the sector is grappling with articulating impact. What difficulties existed before COVID-19, and what has changed?
Technology Before, During and After | March 18 @ 1pm EST. Learn more and register here.
Many parts of the arts sector have struggled with the ever-changing landscape of digital technology, and COVID-19 forced many of us to confront technology in news ways. In this session, artists discuss which issues existed before the pandemic, which were caused by the pandemic, and how they are envisioning the future.
Established On Shifting Sands | March 25 @ 1pm EST. Learn more and register here.
Establishing and maintaining a career as an artist is no easy feat. In this final session of Arts Chats, we turn to established artists to discuss their roles in our community, how they have navigated change in our sector and their visions for the future.”
“The Countdown Public Art Project is a province-wide initiative that creates outdoor monuments in public spaces to honour survivors of gender based violence and to imagine, or count down to, a world without gender based violence.
“Countdown” is produced and led by Red Dress Productions with local leadership and community and civic partners, and the support of project advisor Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County.
During 2020 and 2021, we are proud to partner with Maggie’s Resource Centre in North Hastings and Lanark County Interval House and Community Support in Lanark County. Two pebble mosaic public artworks will be collaboratively created and permanently installed, one in Almonte/Mississippi Mills, and one in Bancroft/North Hastings. These two new Countdown monuments will succeed the eight others created with communities in Pembroke, Eganville, Killaloe, Pikwàkanagàn First Nation, Peterborough-Nogojiwanong, North Bay, Carleton Place and Brantford since 2016.
Red Dress Productions gratefully acknowledges 3-year project funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, operating funding from the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council, and additional support from EVA-Renfrew County.
Red Dress Productions is hiring Community Art Ambassadors for the Countdown Public Art Project!
Remuneration: $1,000 honorarium for 50 hours of work (at a rate of $20/hour) Length of Contract: April to August 2021
Through community engaged art, the Countdown Public Art Project works to increase the public’s understanding of gender-based violence. There are eight Countdown Public Art pebble mosaic monuments across Ontario in Pembroke, Eganville, Killaloe, and Pikwàkanagàn First Nation, Peterborough-Nogojiwanong, North Bay, Carleton Place, and Brantford, created in collaboration with community members. This year, a new pebble mosaic will be built in Bancroft/North Hastings.
The Countdown Public Art Project is produced and led by Red Dress Productions with local leadership and community and civic partners. In North Hastings, we are proud to partner with Tamarack/Maggie’s Resource Centre.
We are looking for Community Art Ambassadors who are passionate about the Countdown Public Art Project and its goals, and who are keen to help connect people in North Hastings with the project. Find the full job description (PDF and Word doc) here.”
“Join Newfoundland & Labrador’s newly formed BIPOC Creators Collective for a BIPOC-lead Writers Slam on Friday, February 26th at 7 PM via Zoom.
Let’s gather and celebrate BIPOC voices! Along with readings from local writer Xaiver Campbell, local BIPOC community members are invited to read their work, poetry, song lyrics, articles or whatever you’d like.The event will be offered through Zoom. Please provide your email in this form provided and the invitation will be emailed to you prior to the event.*
“The Executive Director is Dawson City Arts Society’s (DCAS) chief operating officer, and in partnership with the DCAS Board of Directors, is responsible for the success of the DCAS operating arm, the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC). Together, the Executive Director and the Board assure the accomplishment of KIAC’s mission and vision.
This position has a wide range of responsibilities including the management of human and financial resources of the organization and the care and maintenance of the KIAC facility. The position represents the organization in the community and is the liaison with many community stakeholders and partners.
A combination of post-secondary education (preferably arts management related) and demonstrated management or senior administrative experience, ideally in an arts related and/or not-for-profit environment reporting to a Board of Directors.
Demonstrated experience in financial management, including administration related to project-based and core funding, annual budget preparation, cash flow management, payroll.
Demonstrated experience in human resource management, including ability to train, supervise and motivate staff and volunteers.
Willing and able to work in a multicultural, diverse and inclusive organization and community. Knowledge and understanding of Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and/or Indigenous cultures in Canada.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills including, but not limited to, word-processing, spreadsheets, email, and media relations.
Leadership experience at a senior level with the ability to balance day to day responsibilities while executing high level strategic objectives; effective time management skills.”
“Creative Facilitation 1 | February 19 & 26 Using Creative Arts in Facilitation. Working with groups is by definition a creative adventure and the arts can be your greatest ally. In this professional development training you will gain a framework for using arts-based practices to strengthen your effectiveness as a facilitator. https://www.partnersforyouth.org/calendar/cf1-021921/
Leading Powerful Online Programs – Basic | February 20-21 This 6-hour workshop will prepare you with basic Zoom tools and activities to create the same lasting impact with your online groups as you do in your in-person programs. Designed especially for people who are newer to using zoom or facilitating online, we will show you how to leverage Zoom to facilitate programs that deliver a deep, interactive, and connected learning experience. You’ll learn tools you can use in any online program, regardless of the content, format, or audience. https://www.partnersforyouth.org/calendar/lead-online-basic-022021/
FREE Workshop | Inner Calm & Inner Power | March 9 Within calmness, we can tap into our power. How do you address stress in difficult times? How do you stay connected to yourself and others? In the next PYE Creative Catalyst session, join Chris Malapitan and Kasia Skuratowicz in exploring laughter, movement and the arts to recognize, process and transform stress in order to reconnect with your inner-strengths and re-ignite your power. https://www.partnersforyouth.org/calendar/creative-catalyst-030921/
Leading Powerful Online Programs – Advanced | March 19-20 In this advanced 6-hour training, you will learn to combine Zoom tools with Creative Facilitation activities to deliver deep, interactive, and connected online learning programs. Whether you are improving on Zoom or feeling confidently experienced, this training is designed to strengthen your skills while using Zoom for maximum facilitation impact. https://www.partnersforyouth.org/calendar/lead-online-advanced-031921/
Creative Facilitation 1 | March 22-25 Using Creative Arts in Facilitation. Working with groups is by definition a creative adventure and the arts can be your greatest ally. In this professional development training you will gain a framework for using arts-based practices to strengthen your effectiveness as a facilitator.https://www.partnersforyouth.org/calendar/cf1-032221/
Leading Powerful Online Programs – Advanced | March 30-31 In this advanced 6-hour training, you will learn to combine Zoom tools with Creative Facilitation activities to deliver deep, interactive, and connected online learning programs. Whether you are improving on Zoom or feeling confidently experienced, this training is designed to strengthen your skills while using Zoom for maximum facilitation impact. https://www.partnersforyouth.org/calendar/lead-online-advanced-033021/
Creative Facilitation 2 | April 8-9 & 15-16 Leading great programs is both an art and a science. In this 2-day experiential training you’ll learn about the art of facilitation: how to present yourself to a group, gain trust, read the needs of your group, and bring out the strengths of each participant. You’ll also learn about the science of facilitation: how to structure your programs for success and lead your opening session to engage people and keep them engaged. https://www.partnersforyouth.org/calendar/cf2-040821/
FREE Workshop | A New Multidimensional Game | April 13 An online game for large groups. Designed by Nadia Chaney for Dream a Dream in late 2020, this multi-arts game, called Mythic Wanderer, is for large groups of any age. It was designed specifically for the zoom environment and specifically for big fun! https://www.partnersforyouth.org/calendar/creative-catalyst-041321/“
“BYOBeads Indigenous ONLINE Beading Circle Online Using Zoom & Registration via EventBrite Thursday Evenings in February & March 7-9pm – tune in any time! FREE
Led by Queer Metis bead-artist, novelist, & film-maker, Adam Garnet Jones and hosted by East End Arts, BYOBeads is an intimate opportunity for traditional bead artists, hobby-beaders just learning their craft, experts, elders, and enthusiasts to gather and work together on current project(s), share skills, and show off the beautiful things they’ve been working on!
Once again, we are thrilled to be partnering with Native Women in the Arts to present an amazing selection of Indigenous guest artists as part of BYOBeads! Each month, we invite a special Indigenous guest artist from a multi-disciplinary art form to share their work at one of our beading circles, and to have a discussion with our participants, making it a true celebration of Indigenous artistry & talent! Guest artists are drawn from Indigenous arts communities all over Canada, featuring music, playwrights, actors, storytellers, visual artists and more, celebrating the broad range of Indigenous artists from east Toronto and beyond.
So come meet online, bring a cup of your favourite tea, share your bead work, share your tips, enjoy a performance, and gather socially (from a distance!) with people who share your love of this traditional craft.
NOTE: Participants are not required to call in with video – We all know how zoomed out things can get these days, so please, feel free to join us however you feel comfortable (though we would LOVE to see your work!)”
“We want to see your prints, and more importantly, we want others to enjoy them too!
Please join us for the MSS Relief Effort – Print Exchange to receive 5 new works in the mail made by your fellow printmakers. If you are interested in participating, email your name and address to: askmartha[at]printmakers.mb.ca with the subject line: MSS Relief Effort – Print Exchange
Participants are asked to create an edition of at least 6 prints, paper size no larger than 5×8”, using at least one traditional printmaking technique. Martha Street Studio will take care of the distribution of the exchange so that everyone receives 5 prints by other artists. The sixth print will be kept in our print archive.
The due date for print submissions is March 15th, 2021 (if your address is outside of Winnipeg your submission will be accepted late provided it is postmarked March 15th). You should receive your collection of 5 prints by the end of April, 2021.
Please make sure that you have read and followed the guidelines posted on our website before submitting your print edition. If you have any queries please email: director[at]printmakers.mb.ca for clarification.”
“Obsidian Theatre and the CBC are unveiling the full line-up of directors and performers who have joined the first major project announced under Artistic Director Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, 21 BLACK FUTURES. First announced this past fall, 21 BLACK FUTURES is an anthology of 21 filmed monodramas, commissioned from 21 multigenerational Black playwrights across the country, directed by 21 Black directors and performed by 21 Black actors. Premiering in February 2021, aligned with Black History Month and Obsidian Theatre’s 21st anniversary, 21 BLACK FUTURES will respond to the question, “What is the future of Blackness?”
In addition to announcing the full company of directors and performances joining the previously announced playwrights, Obsidian is thrilled to confirm that 21 BLACK FUTURES will premiere exclusively on the free CBC Gem streaming service in three parts (3×70 minutes) on Friday, February 12, Friday February 19 and Friday, February 26.”
“To live is to create and to create is to story-tell.
Colour Palette is a collection of works that explore many mediums of storytelling. These mediums reveal the varied histories of each artist, from birth, to pain, to joy, to self-discovery, to death, and beyond. See, hear, acknowledge, and share in these stories. Immerse yourself in the narratives of these Black artists; hear them, see them; feel them, be part of their story!”