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Call for Nominations: Newcomer Arts Award (Neighbourhood Arts Network, GTA)

“The Newcomer Arts Award is designed to support the future potential of newcomer artists working in a range of disciplines across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Awards of $2500 are intended to support each recipient’s artistic practice.

NOMINATIONS OPEN NOVEMBER 30, 2022. 

About: The Newcomer Arts Award is a micro-award program for newcomer (immigrant and refugee) artists. Sponsored by RBC the Newcomer Arts Award is designed to support the future potential of newcomer artists across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) working in a range of disciplines. These $2,500 awards are intended to support each recipient’s artistic practice.

Eligibility Criteria:
Applicants must be:

  • An artist who has lived in Canada for 7 years or less
  • A Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, Approved Refugee Claimant (i.e. Protected Person) or have applications for permanent residency or citizenship pending
  • Over 18 years old
  • A resident of the City of Toronto OR Halton, Peel, York, Durham municipalities
  • NOT have received this award in 2022
  • Download Guidelines available here: https://neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/awards/newcomerartsaward

For more information, please visit: https://neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/awards/newcomerartsaward

-from Neighbourhood Arts Network

Discovering Delight: Creative Writing Workshop for BIPOC Creatives (Regent Park Film Festival)

“For those of us who identify as Indigenous, Black, and/or people of colour, we are asked all too often to default to our stories of hardships, trauma, and oppression. But we are all of that and so much more. Our stories are beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting, contradictory, and constantly unfolding. What does it mean to lather ourselves in joy? To indulge ourselves in delight? This writing workshop is an attempt to dip our toes in exactly that. No writing experience necessary!”

For more information, please visit: https://rpff.ca/2022/program/discovering-delight-creative-writing-workshop-for-bipoc-creatives/

-from Regent Park Film Festival

Call for Submissions: Inside Out 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival

“Submissions for the 2023 Toronto 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival are now open!

We are looking for Narrative Features and Shorts, Documentary Features and Shorts, Episodic Series, and Experimental films.

Early Bird Deadline: December 2, 2022
Regular Deadline: January 6, 2023
Late Deadline: January 27, 2023

For more than three decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto’s LGBTQ community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world. Through our annual Festivals in Toronto and Ottawa, our filmmaker initiatives, our youth engagement and our year-round events and screenings, Inside Out is engaged every day in challenging attitudes and changing lives.”

For more information, please visit: https://insideout.ca/submissions/

-from Inside Out

Call for Nominations: Barbara Laronde Emerging Artist Award (Native Women in the Arts)

“Nominations for the 8th Annual Barbara Laronde Emerging Artist Award are now open. Winners will be announced in early 2023.

This award recognizes outstanding emerging Indigenous (Status and Non-Status First Nations, MĂ©tis, Inuit) artists from Northern Ontario who are women or otherwise gender marginalized (transfeminine, transmasculine, non-binary, Two Spirit, gender non-conforming). You can nominate yourself or another artist.”

For more information, please visit: http://www.nwia.ca/apply/

-from Native Women in the Arts

Call for Submissions: Black Arts Fellowship 2023-2024 (Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism)

“Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism is launching the second Black Arts Fellowship, an expansive interdisciplinary program for eight emerging and mid-career Black artists. This paid 12-month fellowship curates intensive residencies, workshops, mentorship, creation time, and presentation opportunities to offer fellows the space for deep, collaborative and playful exploration and creation in community. This fellowship emerges from the intersection of art and activism. Artists are invited to infuse their practices with knowledge of ancestral and contemporary Black struggles for liberation; to imagine their work within the projects of abolition and decolonization; to deepen their understanding of care and community commitments in the arts; and to experience the kind of joy that comes from moving with, for and fully alongside other Black kin.

Deadline: November 29th, 2022 at 11:59pm EST
Submit application to: opportunities[at]wildseedcentre.com

Notification: Successful applicants will be notified via email at the beginning of February 2023.

Information Session: November 7th, 2022 from 6:30-7:30 pm EST
If you missed our information session and would like to access the recording, please email opportunities[at]wildseedcentre.com.”

For more information, please visit: https://wildseedcentre.com/projects/black-arts-fellowship/

-from Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism

Call for Applications: Creative Catalyst Program (Nia Centre for the Arts, Toronto)

“Are you an emerging artist looking to explore and broaden your artistic practice? Back for a second year, the Creative Catalyst program creates space for emerging Black artists to receive one-on-one consulting and support from mid-career / established artists, while also creating opportunities for group learning, dialogue, and connection. 

This year, participating artists will receive six months of consulting support from a Consultant of their choice who best aligns with their artistic practice and goals, as well as a Research, Learning, and Creation Stipend, to be used to support participating artists’ artistic and professional development for the duration of the program. The program is open to emerging Black artists based within the Greater Toronto Area. Activities will take place both virtually, and in-person. The program features Consultants working in the following disciplines/areas: Curatorial Practice, Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Photography, and Grant Writing.

For more information, please visit: https://niacentre.org/creativecatalyst/

-from Nia Centre for the Arts

Walls For All: An Online Panel Talk & Brainstorming Session

WALLS FOR ALL
A Panel and Brainstorming Jam for women & gender diverse street artists
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 | 2pm-4pm
Online using Zoom
FREE | Register via EventBrite
Featuring Panelists Fiya Bruxa, Claire Browne, Jacquie Comrie, and Danielle Hyde

Although more women and gender diverse muralists have become established and well-known artists over the years, mural art has traditionally been -and continues to be- a (mostly white) male dominated field full of barriers and challenges for gender diverse artists. How can we create more space for women and gender diverse creators to participate in street art culture? How can we help these artists tackle many of the barriers they face? Join Mural Routes and East End Arts for an afternoon of learning and brainstorming with some of the best artists in the street art world to jam on how to make our streets for everyone, and our Walls for All!”

For more information, please visit: https://eastendarts.ca/walls-for-all-panel-brainstorm

-from East End Arts

Workshop: Rebuilding the Circle (Project: Humanity, Toronto)

“We invite you to sign up for a 2-day paid workshop exploring tools of care in theatre process and practice called rebuilding the circle.

What is being in right relationship with ourselves?
What keeps us in relationship with others?
What might we need to be in right relation?

We will be engaging in creative collaboration from a trauma-informed and somatic lens; touching on neurobiology and the nervous system, accountability, ethics & values, and holistic health. This will be a space to reflect on the current culture in the theatre community and how we can work internally and relationally to rebuild the circle. Theatre artists of all walks of life and disciplines are welcome. This is a pilot workshop that is part of a larger research process. Participants will be asked to give feedback that will be incorporated in future iterations.

The deadline to sign up is 12:00pm EST on Tuesday the 22nd. The Google Form to sign up is here:
https://forms.gle/EaWeoPcQUdb6Wn368

For more information, please visit Project: Humanity’s Facebook page.

-from Project: Humanity

Resilient Communities Fund (Ontario)

“COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact on the non-profit sector and its ability to build resiliency, and support and serve communities across Ontario. The non-profit sector faces many challenges, including the need to adapt program and service delivery, generate revenue, meet changing community needs and address health and safety requirements.

COVID-19 recovery support is essential for non-profit organizations, Indigenous communities, and Municipalities to deal with ongoing needs for both them and their communities. 

What is the Resilient Communities Fund?

This fund supports the recovery efforts of organizations impacted by COVID-19 and helps them respond with immediate, medium, and longer-term recovery projects.

  • Applicants can apply for a minimum of $10,000, and up to $200,000, with a maximum of $100,000 per year.
  • The Resilient Communities Fund grant application will be available starting Wednesday, November 9, 2022.

Resilient Communities Fund grants support projects that help rebuild an organization’s capacity, enhance their resiliency, and meet the changing needs of their communities. Projects should be focused on: 

  • developing new approaches;
  • starting new activities;
  • adjusting strategies, or 
  • planning for future challenges 

Applicants who received a Resilient Communities Fund grant from the April 6, 2022 deadline are not eligible to apply for this round.

Discover more about this fund and if your organization is eligible for funding here: https://otf.ca/our-grants/resilient-communities-fund

-from Ontario Trillium Foundation

Regent Park Film Festival (Dec 7-10)

“Our 20th Anniversary Film Festival has officially launched!!! We can’t wait to see you all in person and celebrate our milestone anniversary together! We’ve got an exciting lineup of screenings, panels, workshops and special events in store for you, plus a brand new Industry Lounge! As always, it’s all FREE and Accessible! Tickets are limited and available on a first come first served basis. Head over to rpff.ca/2022 to see our full festival lineup and find more details on how to register.”

-from Regent Park Film Festival