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RE-IMAGINING SPACE: A Conversation about Community Arts Spaces (July 26, online)

“Re-imagining Space” is an opportunity for community-based artists to connect, network, and learn about resources and opportunities

About this event

TAC welcomes community-based artists to a conversation about community arts spaces in Toronto. We will explore what it means to “Re-imagine Space” in the midst of the pandemic, how artists are innovating in their community arts practice, and what unique opportunities and challenges exist when creating and organizing arts events in the City.

We’ll also be sharing funding opportunities that are available for community-based artists through TAC’s Creative Communities program led by Creative Communities Program Manager Kevin Reigh. ​

We’ll be joined by artists Jermaine Henry, Phoenix | Sun Park, and Vanese Smith who will share their experiences and insights related to community arts practice.”

For more information and to register, please visit: https://reimaginingspace.eventbrite.ca/

-from the Toronto Arts Council

Art for Social Change Network: A New National Community-Engaged Arts Network

“The Art for Social Change Network (ASCN) officially launches! Led by community-engaged arts organizations acting as regional hubs, ASCN is designed to connect and support hundreds of arts for social change (ASC) organizations and independent artists across Canada.

The ASC sector in Canada and around the world works in service to the needs of diverse communities through artmaking, new forms of dialogue and partnerships with local non-arts organizations.

We aim to:

  • Build bridges between diverse communities of practice, including those in both rural and municipal settings;
  • Promote and support local and national initiatives including exchanges and dialogues, advocacy, artist exchanges, professional development and national gatherings; address the challenges of inclusion, equity and diversity.
  • Nurture engagement and participation in community-engaged arts, specifically in the development of partnerships within the sector and with non-arts change sectors such as those focused on environmental, health and social justice and decolonization challenges;
  • Provide connections with scholars working in community-engaged arts research.

Who are we?

Presently hosted by Judith Marcuse Projects (JMP) and the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), ASCN is led by a Steering Committee whose members are:

Alberta: Calgary Arts Development, Calgary, https://calgaryartsdevelopment.com/ • British Columbia: International Centre of Art for Social Change, Vancouver, https://icasc.ca/ • Manitoba: Art City, Winnipeg, https://artcityinc.com/ • New Brunswick: Multicultural Association of Fredericton, Fredericton, https://mcaf.nb.ca/en/ • Newfoundland & Labrador: First Light, St. John’s, https://firstlightnl.ca/ • Labrador Creative Arts Festival, Labrador, https://www.labradorcreativeartsfestival.ca/home/ • Northwest Territories:
Northern Arts and Culture Centre, Yellowknife, https://naccnt.ca/ • Nova Scotia: Wonder’neath Art Society, Halifax, http://www.wonderneath.com/ • Youth Art Connection, Halifax, https://www.youthartconnection.ca/ • Ontario: ArtBridges/ToileDesArts, Toronto, https://www.artbridges.ca/ • Prince Edward Island: The River Clyde Pageant, New Glasgow, https://www.riverclydepageant.com/ • Quebec: National Theatre School of
Canada, Montreal, https://ent-nts.ca/en • Saskatchewan: Common Weal Community Arts, Regina and Saskatoon, https://commonweal.ca/ • Yukon: Nakai Theatre, Whitehorse, http://nakaitheatre.com/

What is Art for Social Change (ASC) and why does it matter?

When people make art collectively about what matters to them, new insights, dialogue and actions for change become possible. We passionately believe in the untapped potential of inclusive, arts-infused practices to build and support healthy, sustainable, and more just communities. Our beliefs are founded on a substantial worldwide body of evidence that demonstrates the work’s positive impacts at individual, community, and systems change levels.

What are our current projects?

  • Creation of an Indigenous-directed arts centre program;
  • Youth-created multidisciplinary theatre reflecting histories of their territory;
  • Mapping of Art for Social Change (ASC) organizations;
  • Mentorships of artists and community-based organizations;
  • A youth arts response to the National Day of Reconciliation;
  • Collection of stories about the state of community-engaged arts now;
  • Series of stakeholder roundtables on the role of artist residencies;
  • Decolonization of a former church, now an arts centre, through community-engaged art;
  • Development of video documentation skills with theatre-making in remote communities;
  • A survey of new digital strategies developed during the pandemic.

AND: On January 25 – 27, 2022, ASCN will offer its first national, online public gathering. Art for Social Change NOW will explore perspectives and questions through dialogues, presentations and reports from across Canada. More details to come at icasc.ca/ascnetwork.”

-submitted by ASCN

Art for Social Change Network: A New National Community-Engaged Arts Network

“The Art for Social Change Network (ASCN) officially launches today! Led by community-engaged arts organizations acting as regional hubs, ASCN is designed to connect and support hundreds of arts for social change (ASC) organizations and independent artists across Canada.

The ASC sector in Canada and around the world works in service to the needs of diverse communities through artmaking, new forms of dialogue and partnerships with local non-arts organizations.

We aim to:

  • Build bridges between diverse communities of practice, including those in both rural and municipal settings;
  • Promote and support local and national initiatives including exchanges and dialogues, advocacy, artist exchanges, professional development and national gatherings; address the challenges of inclusion, equity and diversity.
  • Nurture engagement and participation in community-engaged arts, specifically in the development of partnerships within the sector and with non-arts change sectors such as those focused on environmental, health and social justice and decolonization challenges;
  • Provide connections with scholars working in community-engaged arts research.

Who are we?

Presently hosted by Judith Marcuse Projects (JMP) and the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), ASCN is led by a Steering Committee whose members are:

Alberta: Calgary Arts Development, Calgary, https://calgaryartsdevelopment.com/ • British Columbia: International Centre of Art for Social Change, Vancouver, https://icasc.ca/ • Manitoba: Art City, Winnipeg, https://artcityinc.com/ • New Brunswick: Multicultural Association of Fredericton, Fredericton, https://mcaf.nb.ca/en/ • Newfoundland & Labrador: First Light, St. John’s, https://firstlightnl.ca/ • Labrador Creative Arts Festival, Labrador, https://www.labradorcreativeartsfestival.ca/home/ • Northwest Territories:
Northern Arts and Culture Centre, Yellowknife, https://naccnt.ca/ • Nova Scotia: Wonder’neath Art Society, Halifax, http://www.wonderneath.com/ • Youth Art Connection, Halifax, https://www.youthartconnection.ca/ • Ontario: ArtBridges/ToileDesArts, Toronto, https://www.artbridges.ca/ • Prince Edward Island: The River Clyde Pageant, New Glasgow, https://www.riverclydepageant.com/ • Quebec: National Theatre School of
Canada, Montreal, https://ent-nts.ca/en • Saskatchewan: Common Weal Community Arts, Regina and Saskatoon, https://commonweal.ca/ • Yukon: Nakai Theatre, Whitehorse, http://nakaitheatre.com/

What is Art for Social Change (ASC) and why does it matter?

When people make art collectively about what matters to them, new insights, dialogue and actions for change become possible. We passionately believe in the untapped potential of inclusive, arts-infused practices to build and support healthy, sustainable, and more just communities. Our beliefs are founded on a substantial worldwide body of evidence that demonstrates the work’s positive impacts at individual, community, and systems change levels.

What are our current projects?

  • Creation of an Indigenous-directed arts centre program;
  • Youth-created multidisciplinary theatre reflecting histories of their territory;
  • Mapping of Art for Social Change (ASC) organizations;
  • Mentorships of artists and community-based organizations;
  • A youth arts response to the National Day of Reconciliation;
  • Collection of stories about the state of community-engaged arts now;
  • Series of stakeholder roundtables on the role of artist residencies;
  • Decolonization of a former church, now an arts centre, through community-engaged art;
  • Development of video documentation skills with theatre-making in remote communities;
  • A survey of new digital strategies developed during the pandemic.

AND: On January 25 – 27, 2022, ASCN will offer its first national, online public gathering. Art for Social Change NOW will explore perspectives and questions through dialogues, presentations and reports from across Canada. More details to come at icasc.ca/ascnetwork.”

-submitted by ASCN

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

Audio Transcripts of artists featured in Framing Community: A Community-Engaged Art Workbook

“Transcripts of audio interviews with artists featured in Framing Community: A Community-Engaged Art Workbook

For more information on community-engaged arts and to download Framing Community, see: Resources for community-engaged arts.

In these interviews, artists Maggie HutchesonEmmy PantinAngola Murdoch and Cheryl L’Hirondelle describe their experiences in creating community-engaged arts projects. Topics discussed include how to approach collaborations with community members, the evolution of projects over time, and outcomes – both for participants and for themselves as arts practitioners.

Artists interviewed

Listen to the audio interviews here: https://www.arts.on.ca/news-resources/resources/resources-for-community-engaged-arts

-from Ontario Arts Council

Conversation Report: Community-Engaged Art in times of Physical Distancing (Arts Network Ottawa)

“On Thursday April 16, 2020 Arts Network Ottawa hosted an open forum conversation concerning the work of community-engaged artists in Ottawa amidst and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This conversation was an intended first step in coordinating a network of support and collaboration among community-engaged artists and the organizations who support their work through this time of crisis. 

Five main topics of concern emerged from the conversation:

  • Health and Wellness
  • Access and Equity
  • Working with Children
  • Performing Arts
  • Tech Innovation

Salient questions, concerns, ideas and resources from this initial conversation are included here.

Arts Network Ottawa is now collaborating with a number of artists and organizations involved in order to respond to the issues, concerns and questions raised in our discussions together via a series of webinars and virtual workshops which will delve deeper into each of these main topics. For information on programming as it is announced, sign up here.

If you to are concerned with like questions and want to join this on-going conversation and/or collaborate in the delivery of programming, please reach out to Madeleine Boyes-Manseau, Program Coordinator at programs[at]artsnetottawa.ca. We are keen to connect the conversation we are having in Ottawa with like conversations and initiatives taking place across the country. 

This conversation was hosted as part of the Neighbourhood Arts Ottawa community-engaged arts residency program, a program of Arts Network Ottawa, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Community Foundation of Ottawa.”

-from Arts Network Ottawa

Workshop: Artfare Essentials (Jumblies Theatre)

What is it?

  • An introduction to principles and practices of arts that engage with and create community;
  • Many things you need to know to undertake your own community arts project;
  • An orientation to potential work or apprenticeship with Jumblies and Offshoots;
  • A gathering of diverse people interested in community-engaged arts;
  • A mix of presentation, discussion, art-making, site visits and take-home resources;
  • A time to consider and discuss the joys & challenges inherent in this work;
  • An intensive, fun, thought-provoking, immersive 6-day experience.

Topics include:

  • Definitions, terms, & guiding principles
  • Project visioning and planning
  • Partnerships (with arts and other sectors)
  • Research (arts and oral history-based)
  • Facilitation (making art with people)
  • Bridging diverse cultures and traditions
  • Collaborating across disciplines, forms and traditions
  • Navigating  conflicts and challenges
  • History and legacies of Jumblies
  • Evaluation, documentation, sustainability, legacy

For more information and to apply for the upcoming session, please visit Jumblies Theatre.

-from Jumblies Theatre website
Read Jumblies’ Profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Workshop: ArtFare Essentials (Jumbiles Theatre, Toronto)

“Next Session: Oct. 28 to Nov. 3, 2018 (day off Oct. 31)

This intensive, fun, thought-provoking, immersive 6-day experience workshop facilitated by Ruth Howard and Ange Loft is an introduction to principles and practices of arts that engage with and create community; things you need to know to start your own community arts project and also as a gathering of artists and others interested in community-engaged arts. Support: Healthy snacks and some lunches are provided. Translation, including ASL, and on-site childcare can be arranged. Our venues are wheelchair accessible. We can support out-of-town attendees with help finding free or affordable accommodation.

Apply Here!

What is it?

  • An introduction to principles and practices of arts that engage with and create community;
  • Many things you need to know to start your own community arts project;
  • An orientation to potential work or internships with Jumblies;
  • A gathering of artists and others interested in community-engaged arts;
  • A mix of presentation, discussion, art-making, site visits and take-home resources;
  • An intensive, fun, thought-provoking, immersive 6-day experience.

Topics include:

  • Definitions, terms, & guiding principles
  • Project planning
  • Partnerships
  • Research
  • Facilitation
  • Creating relationships across difference
  • Aesthetics and ethics
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Navigating conflicts and challenges
  • History of Jumblies and Offshoots
  • Evaluation, documentation & legacy”

For more information and to apply for the upcoming session, please visit Jumblies Theatre.

-from Jumblies Theatre website
Read Jumblies’ Profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Grant Writing and Community-Engaged Arts (Owen Sound, Sheatre & Ontario Arts Council)

“Join Sheatre, your local community-engaged arts organization, in hosting the Ontario Arts Council’s Arts Education Officer, Nas Khan, in a working session on grant-writing and community-engaged arts.

During this session, we will:
1) Learn about what makes a successful community engaged arts project from an expert
2) Network with others interested in community-engaged arts
3) Learn about Artists in Communities and Schools Project grants

This session is open to anyone hoping to apply to any of OAC’s project programs although, we will be focusing on the Artists in Communities and Schools Project program.”

For more information and to register, click here.

-submitted by Sheatre
Read Sheatre’s profile in ArtBridges Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Job Opportunity: Art Bikers Program 2018 (4Cs Foundation, Halifax)

“The Art Bikers Program is a mobile community arts program of the 4Cs Foundation that builds community by making art with children, families and residents in neighbourhoods throughout Halifax, NS. Open to all community members and delivered in participant’s neighbourhoods, Art Bikers fosters creativity between and connections with one another.

Our team of community artists ride bicycles pulling colourful trailers full of art materials to neighbourhoods throughout Halifax. Upon arriving, they set-up and facilitate collaborative art activities that open up a world of creativity, fun and community connection.

Started in 2007, the Art Bikers have worked with over 5000 individuals in a wide range of social communities across ages, abilities, languages, race, and ethnicities. We have also trained and employed more than 20 community artists over the years.

The Art Bikers program has three goals:

1. To provide fun and engaging opportunities for community members of all ages to enjoy and connect through art-making.
2. To make Art an event that happens at a street, neighbourhood and community level.
3. To stimulate interest and participation in Community Arts and Arts-based Community Development  in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Job call:
Riding bicycles and pulling trailers packed with art materials and supplies to locations, the Art Bikers work as a team facilitating free community art activities with children, youth and others at a neighbourhood level throughout HRM.
Now in its 12th year, the Art Bikers is a mobile community arts program of the 4Cs Foundation. This (2018) is the second season where the program is being offered through an agreement with Wonder’neath Art Society. Information about Wonder’neath Art Society can be found here: www.wonderneath.com

Terms:
Full-time term position starting May 15 – ending August 25, 2018. 35 hours/week @ $16.00/h + $100 bike fee at completion of full term. DEADLINE for applications is March 31, 2018.

The Art Bikers program has become a well known part of the community arts / arts for social change community, the bicycling community, and is part of the creative cultural fabric of Halifax. The program continues to inspire the broader community with the simple yet powerful idea that making art together connects people of all ages in ways that builds and strengthens communities.”

For more information, please read the Full Job Description or visit artbikers.ca

-from 4Cs Foundation website