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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] For questions about the project, please contact sarah.switzer[at]

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:

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


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!


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:

-from Reel Youth

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.

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:

-from Mural Routes

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:

-from Red Dress Productions

NextUp! Leaders Lab (SKETCH)

NextUp! Leaders Lab is a 12-month pilot co-learning initiative beginning April 2021 involving training, mentorship, and skills exchange that supports young racialized arts leaders and managers age 18-35, with a priority on those identifying as Black and Indigenous, strategically leading their own arts initiatives and preparing for senior-level positions in the arts & culture sector.

2021 focuses on 3 areas: Strategic Planning, Financial Management & Money Mobilization.

Who is NextUp! Leaders Lab for?

20 young people (age 35 and under):*

  • leading their own arts initiative and seeking to take it to the next level
  • holding coordination or management-level positions in an arts organization seeking to step into executive leadership in their own or other arts & culture organization

NextUp! Leaders Lab Pilot Goals

  1. To support increased skill development in art leadership and management
  2. To build shared critical analysis and sense of belonging amongst a new generation of arts leaders
  3. To create new connections and networks between people and organizations”

For more information, please visit:

-from SKETCH

Art Solidarities: How Do I Make Art In A Racist World? (March 25, online)

“Art Solidarities: How Do I Make Art In a Racist World? Asian & Black Artists Connecting!

reVisions is a series of public talks hosted by SKETCH.

Join us for our first panel discussion on March 25th, exploring racism in the arts sector.

Moderated by award-winning filmmaker and political activist Min Sook Lee, and hosted by artist Glamma Kimaiyo, Asian and Black artists with SKETCH will share their practices, experiences, and tools for making art in a racist world.

This event is supported by the Government of Canada as part of the International day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination”

For more information, please visit:

-from SKETCH

Table-ronde sur le cirque social et ses bienfaits sur la santé mentale des jeunes / Panel: Social Circus and its Benefits on the Wellbeing of Young People (Mar 24, online)

“Nous vous convions le 24 mars prochain Ă  un panel de discussion virtuel sur les bienfaits du cirque social sur la santĂ© mentale des jeunes, particulièrement en temps de pandĂ©mie. 4 invitĂ©.es nous prĂ©senteront chacun.e leur perspective sur le sujet, le tout animĂ© par Mariano Lopez, spĂ©cialiste en santĂ© mentale. 

Le panel sera en français et anglais, des interprètes feront la traduction dans les deux langues.

Pour en savoir plus :

“We invite you to a virtual discussion panel on March 24 12h30-1h30 pm about the benefits of social circus on the mental health of youth, particularly in these pandemic times. 4 guests will each present their perspective on the subject, all moderated by Mariano Lopez, mental health specialist.

The panel will be held in french and english, simultaneous translation will be offered in both languages.

For more information:

-from Cirque Hors Piste

iAM Registration is Open! JAYU: youth-led arts & social justice mentorship to anyone ages 12-26, across Ontario

“Welcome to the registration page for the iAM Program!
The iAM Program provides youth-led arts & social justice mentorship to anyone ages 12-26, across Ontario, Canada.

All programming is currently ONLINE. We will continue to review programming formats
during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are you interested in making art? Growing your storytelling skills? Incorporating social justice into your creative process?
Sign up to participate in our FREE iAM Program. We will provide you with the creative toolkit you need to develop social justice focused artwork. 

To see examples of what you might create during the iAM Program, check out the work of previous iAM Graduates:

iAM registration is open to anyone who is interested. However, priority will be given to equity-seeking individuals. 

Equity-seeking individuals are those who identify as having barriers to equal access, opportunities and resources due to disadvantages and discrimination. This includes: 

  • Black and racialized people
  • People with disabilities
  • Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and MĂ©tis)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Trans, Queer and 2-Spirit (LGBTQ2S+)”

For more information, please visit:

Creative Community Recovery Webinar (Culture Days)

“The arts and culture sector—a network known for resiliency, creativity, and collaborative efforts—has been particularly devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Arts, culture, and heritage are invaluable to community identity, and therefore play a central role in reshaping and reimagining local life. In the continuation and eventual aftermath of social, environmental, and economic disruption, how can arts and culture initiatives and organizations serve our communities as we look towards recovery?

We’ve invited Community Recovery Specialist, Deb Borsos, and Carol Palladino, President of Arts BC, to discuss disaster recovery viewed through the lens of arts and culture. This webinar will explore how the sector can contribute to shape our communities for a better post-pandemic cultural life and how important the arts and cultural sectors can be to the whole of community after disaster—COVID-based and beyond.”

To register, please visit: and for more information, please visit:

-from Culture Days

Yue Moon: A CreateSpace Artist Talk (STEPS)

“Building upon last year’s Yue Moon project, artists PUFF Paddy and Winnie Truong explored themes of cultural identity and community using new media, fabrication, and craft in the facilitation of virtual group workshops, resulting in the presentation of two unique, community co-created public artworks. To cap off the 2021 Lunar New Year Celebrations and another successful iteration of Yue Moon, artists PUFF Paddy and Winnie Truong, gather on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 4:30-6pm EST for a virtual artist talk reflecting on recent projects, community identity and engagement during periods of isolation. 

Thursday, March 25, 2021 4:30–6pm EST

Hosted via Zoom and broadcasted on Facebook Live via @STEPSPublicArt

For more information and to register, please visit: