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July Hamilton Youth Poets’ SLAM: HYP’S Got Talent!

“Calling all poets, performers and spectators! We’re back with our July HYP Slam – HYP’s Got Talent! This month we’re opening up the open mic to make room for even more amazing talent. Come out and show us what you do. Bring your cheering crew with you!

Date: Sunday, July 28th, 2019
Doors At: 6:00 pm
Open Mic: 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Slam Start: 7:15 pm
Slam Spot: The Spice Factory (121 Hughson St N, Hamilton, ON)
Price: $5 dollars or PWYC (Pay What You Can)

Twitter: @HYP_SLAM
Instagram: @hamiltonyouthpoets

There will be 10 spots in the open mic with a 4 minute time limit each.

Slam Rules: no props, no costumes, no musical instruments, original work only, no racist, homophobic, gender bias or otherwise hateful speech allowed, memorization optional, team pieces welcome.

Follow the link below and sign up for the open mic!

-from Hamilton Youth Poets
Read Hamilton Youth Poets’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Artist Facilitators 2018-2019 – Youth Arts Workshop Proposals (Lakeshore Arts)

Call for artist facilitators 2018-2019 – Youth Arts workshop proposals

Lakeshore Arts is looking to engage 3 artist facilitators, with practices in a diverse range of media (visual arts, music, performing arts and/or digital arts), to create a unique series of workshops for its YAM (Youth Arts Movement) 2018-2019 programming semesters:

  • Fall 2018: October 2 – December 4, 2018
  • Winter 2019: January 15 – March 26, 2019 (excluding March Break: March 13)
  • Spring 2019: April 2 – June 4, 2019

Each semester is 10-weeks in length, 2 hours per week, for a total of 20 hours per semester.

Applications are due by Friday August 24, 2018 at 5pm. For full details, including submission requirements, please contact Adrienne Costantino at communityprograms[at]”

Visit for more information and read full call here.

-submitted by Lakeshore Arts
Read Lakeshore Arts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Directory and Map of Community-Engaged Arts

Profile Highlight: UforChange (Toronto)

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.

UforChange started in 2009 as a response to the increasing need for youth arts programs in the St. James Town neighbourhood. Since then, UforChange has been mentoring young people in the pursuit of their artistic passions through a spectrum of arts programs and workshops. Our programs are unique in the sense that we provide youth not only with foundational skills, but also access to: professional mentors, industry volunteer and employment opportunities, a sense of community, education support, and more. Initially serving young people from St. James Town, UforChange has grown to serve Regent Park and the Greater Toronto Area.”

To read more about UforChange, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Artists: Youth Arts Ambassadors Program (Ontario Culture Days)

Ontario Culture Days invites young and emerging professional artists in Ontario to submit proposals to the third annual cohort of the Youth Arts Ambassadors Program (YAAP).

Would you like to:

  • Produce a community-focused artwork as a part of an Ontario-wide Culture Days 2018 project?
  • Develop your professional practice in areas such as marketing, outreach and community arts practices?
  • Be mentored and supported by an established community host?
  • Connect with a broad network of arts leaders from your region, province and across Canada?

If so, we’d like to hear from you! Tell us how you will explore the potential of community arts to strengthen your own artistic practice and to grow audiences for your work.

YAAP is contingent upon the receipt of funding still to be announced. The following is a call for expressions of interest prior to an estimated project launch in late April 2018.

Youth Arts Ambassadors Program (YAAP)
In 2016, Ontario Culture Days launched a new initiative called the Youth Arts Ambassadors Program (YAAP). The program, aimed at fostering and supporting the next generation of community-engaged artists in our province, commissioned selected professional artists under 30 to create new works of art. The artworks were unveiled over the Culture Days weekend with a corresponding public program directed towards members of the artists’ communities. As YAAP enters its third year, we are looking to grow and develop this valuable initiative. In 2018, YAAP will increase its emphasis on the role of arts ambassadorship. YAAP artists will be partnered with local host organisations to develop outreach and programming initiatives that relate to the needs of their local communities. Alongside this relationship-building, Culture Days will provide the artists with educational resources to deepen their understanding of arts advocacy, arts marketing and program development. Combining the practical relationship building with a professional development component will provide participating artists with a valuable set of resources. This will help them as they reach out to their communities, act as ambassadors for local arts initiatives, and develop a successful YAAP program for the Culture Days weekend, September 28, 29 and 30, 2018. 2018:”

For more information, please visit Ontario Culture Days

-from Culture Days website

DAREarts Webequie Youth release their ‘Anishinaabe Dreams’ music video!

“My dreams are brighter than the moon and stars.”

DAREarts is honoured to release ‘Anishinaabe Dreams’ by DAREarts Webequie First Nation youth. Please like and share to help their voices be heard!

As part of DAREarts’ year-long ‘Spirit Bear’ project, DAREarts is proud to release ‘Anishinaabe Dreams’. It is a powerful music video that shares the dreams of Indigenous youth everywhere! Through their own voices, the song and video is a testament to the connections that Webequie First Nation youth feel to their history and culture, and the pride they have in their ancestry.

As DAREarts’ ‘Spirit Bear’ journeyed through four remote communities, the youth in each community transformed it into a metaphor for the circle between culture, history and youth. As they moved from creating their own stories of change, through the need to take care of each other, to taking pride and finding strength, they also recognized that they are Spirit Bear. By honouring the past, they are the future: stronger together.
“We are strong, we are fearless, we are one, we are proud, we are ‘nishinaabe”

A project of the DAREarts Indigenous Program, the Spirit Bear project was undertaken through a collaborative partnership with Stratford Festival, the First Nations of Webequie, Marten Falls, Attawapiskat and Neskantaga, and with lead support from Northbridge Insurance, ONT150, Noront Resources, and Allan Drive Middle School.”

-posted with permission from DAREarts
Read DAREarts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

What Is A DARE? What Do You Think?

Special thanks to DAREarts for sharing this piece with ArtBridges. For more information on DAREarts, please visit 

Written by DAREarts artist-educator Glenn Marais.

What Is A DARE? What Do You Think?

What is a Dare? It’s a challenge, a risk, a step into the unknown that requires courage and determination. To take a DARE on is to embrace discipline, action, respect, and excellence. These four tenants are the cornerstones of DAREarts, an arts and leadership program that takes children and youth from marginalized communities and gives them an opportunity to become leaders by developing belief in themselves.

How do they do this? DARE challenges you to uphold these principles of character with one hundred percent consistency in all activities and interactions throughout their programming. Whether it is the 10 week, All the Arts Program or their ground breaking First Roots program that works with First Nations youth in the north, DAREarts’ artist educators, teachers and teaching assistants embrace founder Marilyn Fields credo of responsible leadership through action. We live the DARE principles in how we treat each other, how we treat our students and our communities.

DAREarts changes lives and saves lives for youth who come with stories that read like the most incredible fiction only they are all too real. They are often painful, sometimes tragic and always inspiring. When students stand tall at the annual DAREarts leadership awards and tell their stories to a captivated audience, they are stirring, riveting and emotional accounts of their journey from lost, confused, angry youth to motivated, inspired and determined leaders, ready to take the DARE principles out into the world and change it for the better.

DAREarts is possibly the most important youth program running in the country right now. This is no understatement. Too often we throw our troubled youth into a convenient container of hyperbole and bias and assign the blame to society and yet offer no way out. In a world that favors the few, DARE serves the many and brings forth youth leaders that will revolutionize the way we look at youth education through the arts. Visit DAREarts at and join our team. Make a donation, share our website and help us tell the kids’ story.

Help them change the world.

Glenn Marais

DAREarts Artist-Educator
Music in Mind”

-posted with permission from DAREarts
Read DAREarts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Submissions by Sept 2nd!: Youth Arts Pitch Contest (ArtReach, ON)


APPLY BY SEPT 2nd to win $5000 to support your community youth arts project, start your arts-based business or take your career to the next level!

Call for Submissions
ArtReach and City of Toronto Arts & Culture invite you to participate in our 2016 Pitch Contest. If you are a young artist or a group of artists, between the ages of 18 and 29, we want to hear from you!

We want to support Toronto’s innovative talent and encourage community participation through the arts.
ArtReach and City of Toronto Arts & Culture want to support youth aspirations in the arts. We invite you to submit your ideas, which could land you a spot in front of an esteemed panel of judges for a live and interactive pitch contest!

To Apply:

  • You must be an artist or part of a group of artists
  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 29
  • Developing an artistic project or are serious about your arts initiative

In addition: The Pitch Contest prioritizes the needs of youth and communities that are excluded from mainstream arts opportunities. We ask applicants to self identify their eligibility understanding that this event is intended for communities, artists and arts practices facing systemic barriers, and with few alternative venues for support.

Artists working in a broad range of art forms are encouraged to apply, including dance, drama, music, carnival and circus, film and video, TV and radio, new media, fashion, creative writing, visual arts, crafts, hip hop, design, multi-media, urban arts and more.

Eight lucky applicants will be chosen to pitch their ideas live on October 6th for a chance to win one of two $5000 prizes. There are two categories that you can apply for – please read the following descriptions carefully to determine which category is the best fit for for your idea:


“Investing in your community through the arts” This category is for individuals and groups whose creative work meets a need or addresses an issue in their community and who invest their profits back into their work. Applicants must show how a $5000 investment in their project will help them to meet a need or address an issue in their community. Projects could include:

  • Creation and/or presentation of creative works that address an important issue
  • Creative projects or programs that meet an important need (ie: workshops, classes, support programs, etc
  • Capital investments that enable you to do your community arts work more effectively (ie: equipment, tools, space, etc
  • Professional or artistic capacity development that will improve the impact of your community arts work (ie: strategic planning, administrative support, artistic skill development, etc.)

Some example projects include:

  • The production of a film about gender equity in your community
  • Youth hiring an artist to help them develop a mural in their neighbourhood
  • A dance crew offering classes to youth with disabilities to explore movement
  • A one-person play exploring identity and migration
  • A recording arts mentor requiring audio equipment to better support participants

APPLY for Community Arts Projects and Productions


“Investing in your arts business/career”. This category is for individuals and groups whose goal is to develop or invest in their business and/or career in the arts/creative sector. Applicants must show how a $5000 investment in their project will positively impact the development of their business or career. This could includes:

  • The creation and/or presentation of creative works to advance your arts business or career
  • Capital investments that will enable you to enhance your business or further your career (ie: equipment, tools, space, etc
  • Professional or artistic capacity development that will help you to advance your business or further your career more sustainably (ie: business planning, administrative support, artistic skill development, etc.)

Some example projects include:

  • A fashion design group looking to expand production of their clothing line
  • An independent artist developing their portfolio with new works
  • A photographer upgrading their equipment
  • A creative entrepreneur looking to hire a mentor to develop a business plan

APPLY for Creative Business and Career Development

Process for contestants:
‱ Complete the online form by the deadline of Sept 2nd.
‱ The eight lucky finalists chosen to make their pitch will be announced on Sept 19th! ALL finalists are required to attend a two-part workshop series: How To Make a Pitch. Dates will be announced to all applicants in advance. 
‱ Finalists will then pitch their ideas LIVE on Thursday October 6th making a creative, energetic, inspiring and convincing pitch in 5 minutes or less!
‱ A panel of knowledgeable, high-profile judges will provide on the spot feedback to all finalists and award two winners with the grand prizes of the PITCH CONTEST!”

-from ArtReach’s newsletter
Read ArtReach’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-engaged Arts Directory & Map

StArt Youth Presenting Art Festival (Aug 9-13, Scarborough)


The 6th Annual StArt YPA Festival: August 9 – 13, 2016
StArt Youth Presenting Art looks at the connection between the Arts and community.
We are creating an environment where residents from Scarborough’s diverse communities can come together,
be engaged and celebrate the talents of Scarborough’s young emerging artists. The festival will provide youth with a platform from which they will be able to express themselves and truly speak to their community.

For more information, please visit StArt YPA’ Festival’s website.

-from StArt YPA Festival’s website

Youth Artists Call-Out! Transform a transport into street art, Aug.15-19 (NORDIK Institute, Sault Ste. Marie, ON)


“NORDIK Institute is providing a free youth artists workshop that will provide young adults (14+) an opportunity to create an outdoor mural for the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center. The week-long workshop (Aug. 15-19) will provide skills exchange and entrepreneurial development through peer mentoring with the final result being a youth-driven waterfront cultural attraction in Sault Ste. Marie.”

Contact or (705) 949-2301 ext. 4377 for more info.

Posted with permission from Jessica Mooney, Communication Officer, NORDIK Institute

Outside Looking In’s 9th Annual Performance (Toronto)



Outside Looking In offers a high school accredited dance program providing the opportunity to Indigenous youth and their communities to engage in long-term intensive education through dance. Should youth fulfill the academic and attendance requirements of the program, youth get the opportunity to join other Indigenous youth from across Canada for two weeks in Toronto, preparing for an ultimate performance on stage to show off their talents and abilities before hundreds at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.”

They have kindly extended their offer of complimentary tickets to their May 18th performance (at the Sony Centre in Toronto) to ArtBridges’ community partners. If interested, please get in touch with us by Friday April 30th, 10:00pm EST: For more information about the show, please visit

Posted with permission from Outside Looking In
Read Outside Looking In’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map