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Animating Possibilities: A Film Shorts Program + Crip Futures Artist Talk (online)

“This event is lovingly paired with Animating Possibilities: A Film Shorts Program. The films will begin screening on May 30 at 5:00 PM EST and will be available for 72 hours.

On May 30 at 7:00 PM EST, join us for Crip Futures Artist Talk, a virtual discussion organized with the support of Professor Eliza Chandler, and Sean Lee, Director of Programming at Tangled Art + Disability. It will be moderated Andrew McEwan (Madness, Mental Disability and Literature Researcher), with panelists Kelly Fritsch (critical disability studies scholar, assistant professor Carleton University) and Angelo Muredda (critic, writing has appeared in Cinema Scope, The Walrus, NOW Magazine, and Film Freak). 

It will take place on Zoom, and a link will be sent out to registrants.

The following access features will be available:

  • ASL Interpretation, CART

Community Partner: Tangled Art + Disability

For more information and to register, please visit: https://raffto.ca/events/animating-possibilities-a-film-shorts-program-crip-futures-artist-talk/

-from ReelAbilities Film Festival Toronto

CreateSpace Panel Talk: Art and Accessibility in Public Spaces (online)

“Join STEPS and Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba for a free panel discussion on the ​​subject of accessibility through the lens of public artworks and projects!Public Art illuminates the spaces around us by humanizing our environment and reflecting its diverse communities. For people with disabilities, equal access to arts and culture presents barriers and obstacles at all levels, from application processes to experiencing the work firsthand. What are the various strategies creative professionals use to activate and strengthen pathways to accessibility? How can artistic programming in public spaces break down accessibility barriers? 

Art and Accessibility in Public Spaces investigates the relationship between disability and public spaces, access and art, and explores ways to make artwork in the public realm more inclusive. Exploring methods for access and equity, moderator Jenel Shaw (Manitoba) will be joined by panelists Queen Kukoyi (Ontario), Salima Punjani (Quebec), Ysabelle Vautour (New Brunswick) to discuss their varied experience in creating and providing accessibility in the arts.

Wednesday, June 1st
6:00pm – 7:00pm EST”

For more information, please visit: https://stepspublicart.org/createspace-panel-talk-art-and-accessibility-in-public-spaces/

-from STEPS

Video – ASCN Project: Stories Of Now

“Stories of Now” is a project of ArtBridges, a member of the Art for Social Change Network (ASCN), hosted by the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC). The video was produced by Seanna Connell (ArtBridges), Flick Harrison (Polity) and Aquil Virani.

“The project is about gathering and sharing stories emanating from the field – community-engaged arts & arts for social change – now and about what issues and areas of focus matter,” says Seanna Connell. “The stories will be unique vignettes – and together – a chronicle or snapshot of the field and practice now, at this moment in time.”

Learn more at the following links:

  1. Read more in-depth written stories from the Stories of Now project on the ArtBridges blog here.
  2. Watch the whole zoom recording of the “Stories of Now” session when it was live at the Art for Social Change NOW national gathering on Youtube here.
  3. Find more links to other panels and presentations from the national gathering in the archive here.

-from ASCN

Newcomer Week 2022 (Neighbourhood Arts Network, Toronto & online)

“Neighbourhood Arts Network is pleased to spotlight newcomer artists from May 24-27, 2022.

A week of in-person and online activations showcasing films, music, and discussions by newcomer artists, Newcomer Week will showcase and honour the vibrancy that newcomer artists bring to Toronto’s cultural landscape.

Neighbourhood Arts Network will convene organizations including MUSE Arts, STEPS Public Art, North York Arts, Artworxto, imagineNATIVE, and recipients of our Newcomer Artist Award to present dynamic performances, talks and activations.

For more information about Newcomer Week, please visit: https://neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/programs/newcomer-week


TUESDAY MAY 24 (IN PERSON)

Join us at the Artworxto- Cloverdale Mall Hub for an exhibition tour and artist talk of HOME(LAND). For more information on HOME(LAND): https://www.artworxto.ca/hub/west-cloverdale-common/exhibition/homeland
Time: 5:30-6:30 @ Cloverdale Mall
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/newcomer-week-homeland-terra-firma-exhibition-and-artist-talk-registration-333762632017


WEDNESDAY MAY 25 (IN PERSON)

All Torontonians are invited to join the City of Toronto’s Newcomer Office in welcoming newcomers in Toronto with activities and entertainment at this showcase of Toronto’s diverse communities!

Neighbourhood Arts Network is pleased to be a co-curator of the Main Stage Performances. Join us in person at 12:30 pm to see talented musician and past Newcomer Artist Award* Recipient Borelson perform with special guests.
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.
For more information: https://neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/programs/newcomer-week


THURSDAY MAY 26 (ONLINE)

Created by internationally-known artist, Shalak Attack and her mentees Edan Maxam and Kseniya Tsoy, Daily Migration is a community-engaged public art project sharing stories of movement across urban spaces and nature, human relationships to the animal world, and the ties that connect us.

MAY 26  (IN PERSON)

Networking for Artists and Arts organizations, presented by HAPPENING Multicultural Festival.

HAPPENING was created by community artists, giving center-stage to the talent and skills of immigrant, newcomer, and refugee artists.

Join us on May 26 from 2:30-5:50 at Earlscourt Park for an Arts Networking Event. This event provides an opportunity for artists to
meet the vast array of organizations offering crucial programming.


FRIDAY MAY 27  (IN PERSON)

Creative Lab Opening by Muse Arts

Time: 6:00pm @ 1369B St. Clair Ave West

Creative Lab Opening in Muse’s new community arts space and the first day of Happpening! Multicultural festival, this celebratory gathering will provide access to one of Toronto’s newest community arts spaces that is dedicated to celebrating immigrant, newcomer, and refugee talent whose work spans contemporary music, dance, visual arts, community-engaged arts, storytelling, spoken word, and poetry. 

For more information on full lineup for Happening Festival, please visit: happening.musearts.ca/

For more information about Newcomer Week, please visit: https://neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/programs/newcomer-week

-from Neighbourhood Arts Network

Call for Course Proposals (Workman Arts Satellite)

Call for Course Proposals – Deadline Jun 23, 2022

“Workman Arts Satellite invites artists to submit course proposals for this upcoming Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 terms. We are looking for artists who live in one of the following 6 neighbourhoods, this includes – South Etobicoke, North Etobicoke, York/Weston, East Toronto, North York and Scarborough. 

Who should apply?

Anyone who has an idea of an artistic course they would like to teach and lives in one of the 6 LASO neighbourhoods, and who also has lived experience and/or familiarity with Mental illness and/or addiction. We encourage applications that are culturally specific, taught in other languages, unique/uncommon art forms etc.”

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://workmanarts.com/satellite/

Art for Social Change NOW Gathering Archive – The Power of Partnerships in Arts for Social Change

“Hosted by the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), this was the inaugural event of the Art for Social Change Network (ASCN), a new national network of community-engaged art for social change (ASC) artists and organizations. Right now, in every corner of Canada, community-engaged artists and organizations are nurturing new forms of collaborative creation, dialogue, partnerships, and action for positive change. At the gathering we explored important key questions: Who is doing the work? What are the current struggles and innovative solutions? How can we and how do we address issues of equity and justice? How are we rising to the critical challenges happening in the community-engaged arts landscape today?”

Session – The Power of Partnerships in Arts for Social Change

“The creation of reciprocal and trusting partnerships is central to both short and longer-term ASC community-engaged initiatives. Our panel of experienced ASC practitioners will explore the often-complex elements for success, including taking the time to understand each other’s perspectives, language and processes; defining roles and responsibilities, and clarifying goals and capacities and sustainability. Hosted by Judith Marcuse with presenters Candice Lys (NWT), Laura Barron (BC), Dr. Louise Comeau (NB), and Karin Lavoie (QC) who will share experience and perspectives and then open up the conversation to your questions and comments.”

Access the Art for Social Change NOW Gathering Archive here: https://icasc.ca/asc-now-archive/

-from ASCN

Scarborough Sign Mural Project: Callout for Indigenous Youth Artists

“SCARBOROUGH ARTS PRESENTS: Scarborough Sign Mural Project & Mural Painting Workshop Series for Indigenous Youth
Every Saturday from 11AM-3PM, May 28th to June 25th

About the Workshop:
Scarborough Arts, in collaboration with 7th Generation Image Makers, will be hosting a large-scale art and mural making program as a part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022! This workshop series is for Indigenous youth ages 16-29 and requires a commitment of attending 5 workshop sessions held weekly on Saturdays from May 28th-June 25th.

The program will provide each participant with: a free art kit, instruction and mentorship by Mo Thunder to develop their artistic skills, professional development, a $1000 artist and participation fee, and the opportunity for their work to be featured on the Scarborough Sign which will be installed on June 30th at the very high traffic Scarborough Town Centre!

Youth, as a part of this program, will also have the opportunity to have a feature of themselves and their practice on the Scarborough Arts website as well on this program’s landing page. This program was developed with the Scarborough Arts mandate in mind to provide professional and artistic development to youth of all levels of experience in our communities.

*Please note this workshop series is only open for registration for folks that identify as Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit, and/or MĂ©tis).
*Workshops are scheduled for EDT and will be delivered in-person at a to-be-announced location in Scarborough.
*Applications close on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 11:59PM EDT.”

For more information, please visit https://www.scarborougharts.com/programs/scarborough-sign.
To register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScyb7XScQ8vLqW2xgLEjOR_moF2hHdoSE0ftq2cJyA0lz-ffQ/viewform

-from Scarborough Arts

Art for Social Change NOW Gathering Archive – Communities of Hope: Decolonization and Connection for the Revolution Summary

“Hosted by the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), this was the inaugural event of the Art for Social Change Network (ASCN), a new national network of community-engaged art for social change (ASC) artists and organizations. Right now, in every corner of Canada, community-engaged artists and organizations are nurturing new forms of collaborative creation, dialogue, partnerships, and action for positive change. At the gathering we explored important key questions: Who is doing the work? What are the current struggles and innovative solutions? How can we and how do we address issues of equity and justice? How are we rising to the critical challenges happening in the community-engaged arts landscape today?”

Session – Communities of Hope: Decolonization and Connection for the Revolution Summary

“Join three leaders in discussing ways in which the Art for Social Change sector can embrace anti-colonial practices that center equity and justice through models of care and community. Implicit in this discussion is a consideration of the need for creative spaces that resist exploitative institutional frameworks, the role of artists in imagining our collective future, and the function of nuance in our work. Panelists will also offer tactics for holding onto hope and prioritizing individual and community wellness as integral practices when investing in substantive social change. Speakers include: Allison Yearwood (MB), Vanessa Richards (BC), and Albert McLeod (MB).”

Access the Art for Social Change NOW Gathering Archive here: https://icasc.ca/asc-now-archive/

-from ASCN

COHABITER, Imaginer les médiations culturelles au 21e siècle

“Inscrivez-vous dès Ă  prĂ©sent au Symposium international de recherche, d’action et de crĂ©ation de l’Observatoire des mĂ©diations culturelles :

« COHABITER, Imaginer les mĂ©diations culturelles au 21e siècle » 

les 1-2-3 Juin 2022, à Montréal.

Inscrivez-vous dès Ă  prĂ©sent pour participer en prĂ©sence (mercredi 1, jeudi 2 et vendredi 3 juin).

Inscrivez-vous pour participer sur Zoom (jeudi 2 juin uniquement).

L’événement est gratuit, mais le nombre de places est limité et les inscriptions sont obligatoires.

Quels sont les dĂ©fis posĂ©s par la cohabitation, et en quoi suscitent-ils une rĂ©flexion portant sur les mĂ©diations culturelles ? Le symposium COHABITER, Imaginer les mĂ©diations culturelles au 21e siècle rĂ©unit chercheur.e.s, professionnel.le.s, artistes et Ă©tudiant.e.s intĂ©ressĂ©.e.s Ă  penser et crĂ©er des formes de mĂ©diations culturelles au croisement des disciplines et des domaines de pratique. Ă€ l’occasion de trois journĂ©es d’ateliers, de confĂ©rences, de tables-rondes ou encore de performances, l’Observatoire des mĂ©diations culturelles convie des perspectives quĂ©bĂ©coises et internationales souhaitant explorer le rĂ´le des mĂ©diations culturelles dans la production d’espaces, de pratiques et d’imaginaires de la cohabitation.”

Pour en savoir plus: https://omec.inrs.ca/ouverture-des-inscriptions-symposium-international-de-lomec-cohabiter-imaginer-les-mediations-culturelles-au-21e-siecle-les-1-2-3-juin/

-source : OMEC

Art for Social Change NOW Gathering Archive: The Art for Social Change Network (ASCN): Who and What?

“Hosted by the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), this was the inaugural event of the Art for Social Change Network (ASCN), a new national network of community-engaged art for social change (ASC) artists and organizations. Right now, in every corner of Canada, community-engaged artists and organizations are nurturing new forms of collaborative creation, dialogue, partnerships, and action for positive change. At the gathering we explored important key questions: Who is doing the work? What are the current struggles and innovative solutions? How can we and how do we address issues of equity and justice? How are we rising to the critical challenges happening in the community-engaged arts landscape today?”

Session – The Art for Social Change Network (ASCN): Who and What?

“Who are we? What are the goals? Hear from each of the ASCN hubs from across the country on what they’re doing in the field of art for social change (ASC). Hosted by Judith Marcuse (BC). Speakers include: Jacob Zimmer (YK), Marie Coderre (NWT), Sally Njoroge (AB), Judy McNaughton (SK), Josh Ruth (MB, Seanna Connell (ON), Maude Levasseur (QC), Saa Andrew (NB), Natasha Blackwood (NFLD), Tim Borlase (LAB), Megan Stewart (PEI), and Heather Wilkinson (NS).”

Access the Art for Social Change NOW Gathering Archive here: https://icasc.ca/asc-now-archive/

-from ASCN