“FPCC Grant funding supports our communities to revitalize their Indigenous languages, arts and cultural heritage in B.C. Current funding opportunities are available here: https://fpcc.ca/grants/“
“The Community Arts Infrastructure program supports Indigenous arts organizations and unincorporated arts collectives to develop Indigenous workspaces and workshops in order to share artistic skills and knowledge.” For more information: https://fpcc.ca/program/community-arts-infrastructure/
“Harmonize is the imagineNATIVE/Slaight Bullseye Prize reimagined to connect Indigenous musicians with the screen industry and foster collaboration between musicians and filmmakers.
Harmonize, supported by Slaight, is a networking and mentorship opportunity for a Toronto-based Indigenous musician at any stage of their career who is interested in pursuing composition for film & television while working on their own project(s).
Harmonize is approximately one year in length, running from January to December 2021. It includes sessions with industry professionals who work at the intersection of film & music, networking opportunities to connect with filmmakers and other musicians, in-kind studio time from Bedtracks to professionally record and mix their own track, and consultation with Indigenous-music catalogue Nagamo.
This opportunity will culminate with $10,000 towards a project, determined by imagineNATIVE staff and the recipient, that combines music and the screen, ex. a music video, composing the score for a short film.
Scheduling of sessions will be determined with the recipient to accommodate their schedule.”
“Indigenous women-identifying and non-binary writers and directors in Canada are invited to submit an application for Five in Focus: Indigenous, a 10-week project-based professional development program.
Launched at ImagineNATIVE 2020, Five in Focus: Indigenous will promote the advancement of five Indigenous women-identifying writers and directors to take their career to the next level through project development and tailored training. Support for this program is provided by: the Indigenous Screen Office, Telefilm Canada, Canadian Media Fund, Directors Guild of Canada, and Telus.
Five in Focus: Indigenous will be customized to meet the needs of each participant.
1-on-1 mentorship Each Participant will be paired with an Indigenous industry woman mentor to further develop their projects and provide insight and guidance.
Pitch Coaching Participants will receive individual sessions with international content development and pitch consultant Jan Miller to develop their personal presentation.
Master Classes 10 virtual master classes will be presented based on the needs of the participants.
Project Resources • Participants will be paired with a graphic designer to create a professional pitch package for their series or film. • Participants will be paired with a video editor for those who need a director’s reel.
Virtual Pitch Day The program will culminate in a virtual “pitch day” where participants will introduce themselves and pitch their project to a selection of industry decision makers.
About Women in View
Women in View is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to gender parity diversity and inclusion in Canadian media both on screen and behind the scenes. Women in View leads in a range of initiatives that seek to generate awareness, promote talent and spark dialogue across the full spectrum of production, policy and artistic arenas. The WIV Board of Directors includes women from across Canada working in a broad spectrum of industry roles.”
“Experience Qalipu is pleased to announce a Virtual Indigenous Art and Craft Symposium to take place over the month of October.
The symposium will offer two sessions each week, a professional development session every Tuesday and an artist talk every Thursday.
Professional development sessions will include How to Become a Member of the Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador, How to Price your Products, a Virtual Craft Fair Information Session, and Social Media for Craftspeople and Artists.
Artist talks will be shared by artists who practice a variety of mediums including Jenelle Duval, Melissa Peter-Paul, and Nelson White.
Tara Saunders, director of Community Development at Qalipu First Nation, describes this event as an “opportunity to advance the professionalism of our Indigenous artists and craftspeople and encourage hobby artists and craftspeople to pursue arts as a career.”
“As a settler led organization, we have been listening to and witnessing the courage and resilience in Black and Indigenous communities in the face of appalling violence, racism and white supremacy.
Black Lives Matter. Indigenous Lives Matter.
And we’ve been searching for ways to take action that amplifies this. Within our current means, this is an action we are taking:
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
For our upcoming “Site-Reading Play” we are inviting submissions only from PLAYWRIGHTS and CURATORS who identify as Black or Indigenous.
We can offer a $1,000 fee to a playwright who identifies as Black or Indigenous, is a resident of what is now called Canada, and has an existing play which would benefit from being read in a site-specific or site-inspired location. Submissions will be curated (see below) by an experienced Black Artist and an experienced Indigenous Artist, and one play will be chosen. Alley Theatre would produce a public reading of this play for our annual “Site-Reading Series”.
This is not a commission. The $1,000 is a playwright royalty for the public reading of an already existing play. Plays can be unproduced, in development, or previously produced.
The selected playwright will have final say in choosing a director (local to Vancouver) for the reading and can collaborate with the director on casting the reading. Alley Theatre will produce the reading with a modest production budget and all artists involved (actors, director, stage manager etc) will be compensated above CAEA minimum fees. An anti-racism facilitator will be engaged to promote safety and justice for artists involved.
We are seeking submissions from Black or Indigenous persons residing in what is now called Canada who wish to be Curators for the above submissions. We are able to hire two curators (one Black, one Indigenous) and each curator will receive a $750 honorarium.
Curators would review synopses of the plays, then select and read a shortlist of plays, and have full autonomy over selecting the play.”
The Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnerships Fund supports partnerships and collaborations that create new opportunities and visibility for Indigenous-led arts and culture. The fund aims to spark new relationships between Indigenous artists, arts and culture leaders and professionals, and potential partners at both the grassroots and institutional levels.
Toronto has been an important site for gathering, trading and celebration for Indigenous people for thousands of years. It is the treaty territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit and its land and waters have been stewarded by the Haudenosaunee, the Huron Wendat and the Anishinaabe. Toronto continues to be home to many diverse Indigenous peoples, whose artistic and creative contributions are vital to the fabric of the city. The City of Toronto recognizes the rich Indigenous history of this land, and our responsibility in fostering strong relations between the municipality and the First Nations, Inuit and Métis people who call Toronto home.
The application deadline for the Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnerships Fund has been extended to July 24 at 5 p.m.
“From Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 23, enjoy Indigenous culture at Fort York with a free, multi-day festival featuring storytelling, dance, film, food, artisan market, including performances by Beatrice Deer, Quantum Tangle, and more!”
The program supports projects that bring together Ontario-based Indigenous artists or Elders to:
work with individuals or groups of people from a community on collaborative activities that create a meaningful arts experience and transmit artistic skills and knowledge
teach arts workshops in schools during the upcoming school year, engaging children and youth in creative, active, hands-on and in-depth arts experiences
There are five categories:
Community arts projects: to help cover the costs of participatory activities that promote learning, collaboration and/or engagement in the arts
Indigenous languages through the arts: to help cover the costs of artistic and community-engaged projects in which the primary purpose is the transmission of Indigenous languages through the arts
Training for community artists and animators: to help cover the costs of Indigenous artists and animators working in community and non-arts settings to seek training and mentorship opportunities that will strengthen their community arts, arts training or arts education practice
Indigenous artists in schools projects: to help cover the costs of activities that promote learning, collaboration and/or engagement in the arts
Indigenous artists in northern fly-in communities: supports (a) applicants from fly-in communities working anywhere in Ontario, and (b) applicants from anywhere in Ontario working in fly-in communities
Note: Applicants may apply to only one category.
Deadline Dates: February 21 and August 29, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
Applications will be available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
Grant notification approximately four months after the deadline.
Important: Individuals have the option to apply orally to this program. For more information or to apply, call 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7401.”
“We are hiring an Indigenous Project Coordinator for a new initiative.
Sarasvàti Productions is an independent theatre company with a vision to transform society through theatre. We are about to embark on a new project using the arts to share the stories of Indigenous youth with a goal to explore the effects of colonization and the meaning of reconciliation. We are excited to be able to welcome to the team an Indigenous Project Coordinator for this initiative. The Project Coordinator will work on a contract basis from late January 2019 to early May 2020. This role is primarily administrative in nature, managing logistics rather than undertaking creative work. The Project Coordinator’s main responsibilities will include:
overseeing all logistical aspects of the project
regularly reporting to the full staff team, Indigenous Advisory Committee and the Board
managing communication with multiple partner organizations
implementing recommendations from consultation circles
recruiting and contracting artists, Elders, Knowledge Keepers and other participants
planning workshop sessions for story gathering
working with the team to coordinate logistical elements for public presentations
overseeing follow-up with community groups, potential partners and other arts organizations
assisting with outreach and networking
helping realize the goals of the initiative including archiving the process and putting plans in place for long-term implementation of new processes.
Sarasvàti Productions is committed to employment equity and actively encourages applications from all Indigenous candidates. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit.
We are in the early stages of developing this 18-month project. The rate of pay and weekly hours will be negotiated to match the ideal candidate’s experience and availability. The position will be based out of the Sarasvàti Productions’ office at 242 Cathedral Avenue, but with the flexibility to work off-site.
Deadline for application is January 30th or when the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those shortlisted will be contacted. Please note the position is dependent on funding.”
As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.
“Art Builds in Support of Indigenous Land Protection
Indigenous Youth Movement Tkaronto
IYM is a Tkaronto-based Indigenous Youth- Led Movement. We are a collective of land defenders and water protectors who value an inclusive and vast collaboration of Youth across Turtle Island. We welcome chapter based Movements to join us in the call for action to end the historical injustices continuing the ongoing genocide of our people and dispossession of/from our lands while working towards indigenous governance of the peoples land in its entirety.”