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Empathy Squad Virtual Volunteer Opportunity (Future Leaders Age 18-30)

Virtual Volunteer Opportunity (Future Leaders Age 18-30)
Gather Oral Histories To Foster Empathy And Build Your Podcasting Skills.

Volunteer for the Empathy Squad to make a difference in your community through the power of storytelling. In the midst of global upheaval, and the search for social, class, and racial justice, we are looking for volunteers to generate empathy-building dialogue through the collection of stories and interviews.

Oral storytelling forges connections between people and ideas, makes information more accessible, and helps us understand the ties that bind us. Oral history nuances the stories of the past and present, helps us understand how communities experience history, and allows us to learn together on the path towards a shared future. 

Amplify voices, centre overlooked stories, and celebrate the unsung heroes in your community. You’ll have the chance to collect stories, learn podcasting skills, meet new people from different walks of life, and collaborate with future leaders across the country. Come spark change, one story at a time.

Participants Will:

  • Discover artful ways to volunteer in their community
  • Learn interview and recording techniques, narrative shaping and audio editing skills
  • Gain skills in community engagement through oral-history collection
  • Enhance readiness for leadership roles and community participation
  • Grow empathy from coast-to-coast through community-building dialogue”

For more information, please visit: https://www.fixtpoint.com/empathysquad-apply

-from FiXT POiNT

La rue COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE – Quartier des spectacles (MontrĂ©al)

Retour d’un dĂ©lirant monde cirque sur la rue Saint-Denis

“À la tombĂ©e du jour, rue Saint-Denis, dans le pĂŽle quartier latin du quartier des spectacles, le public entre dans un univers Ă©trange et fascinant, peuplĂ© de circassiens ! 17 h 30 Ă  23 h, tous les jours

En plus du dĂ©cor Ă©clatĂ© de la Place Pasteur, la rue Saint-Denis sera Ă  nouveau complĂštement cirque grĂące Ă  un univers immersif! DĂ©cors et mobilier urbain dĂ©tournĂ©, versatile, aux codes circassiens. Un milieu de vie oĂč rien n’est ordinaire, oĂč l’art du cirque devient art urbain : une table qui se transforme soudainement en piste de cirque ; une roue allemande devenue banc public ; un ciel de trapĂšzes et plus encore vous attendent entre les rues Sherbrooke et Sainte-Catherine.

Le festival a mis sur pied une programmation Ă©tonnante de performances spontanĂ©es et dĂ©ambulatoires alliant musique, danse et arts du cirque qui envahiront la rue Saint-Denis durant tout le festival. Restez Ă  l’affĂ»t, plusieurs surprises vous attendent!

QUATRE PISTES : UNE TRENTAINE DE PERFORMANCES QUOTIDIENNES !

GRANDE TABLÉE : De retour cette annĂ©e, cette spectaculaire table acrobatique, lieu de rassemblement des festivaliers au cƓur de la rue Saint-Denis, sera de nouveau le thĂ©Ăątre de prouesses audacieuses et de performances acrobatiques de groupe, utilisant notamment la hauteur du lieu.

ARCHE EMERY : Ici, on lĂšve les yeux au ciel pour apprĂ©cier la folie et l’audace, mais aussi la crĂ©ativitĂ© des acrobates de cet espace aĂ©rien. Straps, trapĂšze ballant ou trapĂšze danse, corde lisse, tissu, cerceau et chair balancing, on offrira une grande diversitĂ© de disciplines et d’approches crĂ©atives. Et, en plus d’avoir un haut niveau technique, les propositions rĂ©vĂšlent des recherches artistiques tout Ă  fait innovantes !

PISTE DE BAS DE CÔTE : Espace clownesque, avec zone de dĂ©tente pour toute la famille, cette piste propose des prestations qui explorent le mouvement, le corps dans toutes ses formes, mettant Ă  l’honneur les disciplines qu’apprĂ©cient tout particuliĂšrement les plus petits : acrodanse, jonglerie et clown !

PISTE SAINT-DENIS : Ă‰rigĂ©e en face du ThĂ©Ăątre Saint-Denis, cette piste dĂ©ploiera des performances davantage conceptuelles, Ă  la fois poĂ©tiques et sensibles, voyant dialoguer diffĂ©rents univers traditionnels et contemporains.”

iAM Collaging Program (Summer 2022/Virtual)

“Welcome to the registration page for the iAM Collaging Program, providing arts & social justice mentorship program to various youth ages 12-26 across the GTA, and now extending online across Ontario. To learn more about the iAM Program, visit jayu.ca/iam.

The iAM Program returns this summer with a 5 session virtual program. This is the perfect opportunity to grow your collaging skills while being mentored by some of our city’s top artists. Entry to the program is free and is limited to the first 15 participants who sign up. You must be between the ages of 12-26 and a resident of Ontario. 

NOTE: The iAM program prioritizes registration for equity-deserving artists/communities. Equity-deserving is inclusive of Black and racialized people, People with disabilities, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and MĂ©tis), Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Trans, and Queer (2SLGBTQ+).

For more information, please visit: https://www.jayu.ca/collaging-summer

-from JAYU

Calling IBPOC Performing Arts Administrators & Managers: Rising Tides

“Native Earth is proud to be a partnering organization of the new initiative RISING TIDES. RISING TIDES is a multi-faceted skill development platform designed for IBPOC arts administrators and managers to build connections, awareness, and learning exchanges within the IBPOC arts administration community. Led by PACT (Professional Association of Canadian Theatres), Native Earth Performing Arts, Obsidian Theatre, Urban Ink, Green Thumb Theatre, Pacific Theatre, and Nightwood Theatre, the RISING TIDES program intends to fill a gap in the national performing arts sector towards development and training for emerging/developing IBPOC administrators and managers, specific to the needs of this community.

RISING TIDES will pair emerging administrators with an established arts administrator for this paid virtual learning exchange taking place from September 2022 – September 2023. Working in tandem with Open Door, RISING TIDES will be facilitated and self-directed by the participants, feature guest panel discussions, as well as optional volunteer cohort meetings through the Open Door Initiative.”

Application Deadline: June 30, 2022 at 11:59PM EST

For more information, please visit: https://www.nativeearth.ca/rising-tides/

-from Native Earth

Call for Applications: Dawson Film Lab (Yukon)

“The Dawson Film Lab is an opportunity for artists to come to Dawson City, Yukon for a week-long residency to shoot and hand process Super8 or 16mm film.

SEPTEMBER 3-11, 2022
DAWSON CITY, YUKON
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 8, 2022

The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture is a vibrant artistic and cultural centre at the edge of the Arctic that cultivates creativity through film, music, visual, literary, and performing arts. We host a variety of festivals, events, exhibitions, and arts education programs in Dawson City, Yukon on Tr’ondek Hwech’in Traditional and Contemporary Territory.  

THE RESIDENCY

Participants will shoot Super 8 or 16mm negative film which they will hand-process in buckets using ecological materials such as wildflowers and local plants. They will also learn how to make phytograms and apply tint and tone to their films (with both conventional tints and toners, as well as with plants, spices and fruits). Conventional negative processing chemistry will also be available.”

For more information, please visit: http://dawsonfilmfest.com/filmlab.html

-From Klondike Institute of Art and Culture

KIAC Culture Quest: Arts & Culture Funding Program (Yukon)

Culture Quest is an arts and cultural funding program that is supported by the Yukon Government (YG) and administered by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC).

Culture Quest supports the expression of culture and art for Yukon performing, visual, and literary artists to a maximum of $10,000 per applicant per fiscal year. Culture Quest also supports First Nations cultural gatherings and festivals around the Yukon in addition to the preparation of work to be showcased nationally or internationally. The program was developed to address the opportunities of art and culture representation at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and subsequent events such as Canada Winter Games, Pan Am/Parapan Games and Northern Scene.

Culture Quest supports:

  • Support First Nations, MĂ©tis and Inuit expression of art in relation to cultural practices, enriching the lives of all Yukon residents. Such as: projects within cultural festivals and gatherings, song revival projects, story-telling projects, traditional dancing and other activities which involve public appreciation or engagement.
  • Support the continued growth and Support the continued growth and development of creation, performance or presenting capacity in the cultural sector, particularly in underserved communities or sectors. Such as: developing a performance circuit or a curated presentation space.
  • Support opportunities for artists to execute projects that explore and develop ties between contemporary art and their cultural heritage or history.
  • Support Yukon artists to develop or prepare their work for the national or international stage. Such as: mounting or rehearsing a production for a national tour and other preparation activities or preparing for a national cultural event such as cultural contingent for major sporting games, Northern Scene, etc.

Annual Intakes:

Application deadlines are on the 15th of January, April, and September.
Next intake: September 15th, 2022.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://kiac.ca/culture-quest/

-from KIAC

Creation & Performance for Social Change: A Forum Theatre Intensive Workshop (Mixed Company Theatre, Toronto)

Dates + Time: July 18th to July 22nd (5 days), 10AM to 4PM (with an hour break) 
Location: In Toronto in person. A specific location will be announced closer to the date.
Facilitated by Simon Malbogat  

Cost of Workshop* 
General Admission: $678 
CAEA Members, Students, & Underwaged Arts Workers: $508.50 
PWYC â€“ Pricing available for limited number of participants 
*All prices include HST 

Creation and Performance for Social Change is a five-day, Forum theatre intensive facilitated by Simon Malbogat. Forum Theatre is an interactive approach that involves the audience in developing real-time strategies for dealing with social and personal issues. In a Mixed Company production, a story representing an issue is created with community members, rehearsed, and performed.

Over the course of the week, Simon will take participants through the steps involved in shaping and refining a Forum play as distinct from other forms of theatrical presentation. By the end of the week, attendees will have hands on experience with the process of Forum Theatre creation, performance, and direction.

While this workshop is for artists of all mediums, actors will have a chance to perform in productions in order to learn the technicalities of Forum Theatre acting, performance, and improv. Directors will have the opportunity to direct a typical Forum Theatre play to learn how it’s different from other forms of theatre or production.  

Learning objectives for this workshop include:  

  • Introducing participants to the basics of Forum Theatre (FT) 
  • Identifying key differences between performance, script, and character arcs in FT vs other forms of theatre 
  • Learn key process and ideas behind scene creation and conflict escalation  
  • Learn and practice character development as oppressors, oppressed, bystanders, and other common FT roles
  • Learn steps for directing FT and how Masks can be used to develop oppressors & bystanders 
  • Identify differences between FT intervention and improv; learn to respond to community interventions  
  • Use sample script excerpt to workshop direction & performance  

This workshop will not be covering how to facilitate/take on the Joker role in Forum Theatre, as those are skills that require their own separate workshop that MCT will be offering at a later date!  

This workshop is an opportunity for artists to JOIN the Forum Theatre community both in Toronto and abroad, in order to start practicing and participating in Forum events and productions. Forum Theatre is a practice that exists at the intersection of artistic creation and social change. As a company, we seek to Educate, Engage, and Empower our audiences, our participants, and our artists, and equip them with the tools they need to create meaningful change in their communities and in the world. To these ends, we encourage individuals from all walks of life to sign up for our workshops, or get in touch with us to find out how else you can be involved!”

To register for this workshop, please visit http://ow.ly/uBK050JoAgg

For more information, please visit: https://mixedcompanytheatre.com/artists/training/

-from Mixed Company Theatre

Call for Submissions: If You Ask Me, Youth Filmmaking Program (Workman Arts)

“If You Ask Me (IYAM) is a free program that supports emerging filmmakers with mental health and/or addiction experiences to develop a short film in the company of like-minded peers in a supportive environment. Over the summer, a small group of filmmakers will be selected to engage in workshops led by industry professionals and receive mentorship from IYAM alumni. Workshop topics include: developing a script, production, directing, editing, sound, distribution, and film festivals. This is a paid opportunity and Filmmakers will have an opportunity to screen their work at the 30th Annual Rendezvous with Madness Festival currently set to run October 27 – November 06, 2022.

IYAM will run virtually. Filmmakers are expected to take a self-directed approach to create their own films and will receive support and strategies throughout the program. All genres of film are welcome such as documentary, experimental, fiction, and animation; all devices for filmmaking are welcome whether it is phone, tablet, or any variety of camera!

The due date for applications is July 8, 2022 at 11:59 PM EDT.

For more information, please visit: https://workmanarts.com/opportunities/iyam-open-call/

-from Workman Arts

Appel de candidature « La création au féminin » : atelier de création de balado (FéCANE)

“Dans le cadre du projet « La crĂ©ation au fĂ©minin », un atelier de crĂ©ation de balado sera offert Ă  cinq femmes acadiennes de la Nouvelle-Écosse. L’atelier se dĂ©roulera du 5 au 7 aoĂ»t, 2022.

En raison d’un nombre de places limitĂ©, les intĂ©ressĂ©es sont invitĂ©es Ă  soumettre leur candidature en envoyant une lettre d’intĂ©rĂȘt Ă  projets@fecane.ca avant le 4 juillet, 2022 Ă  16h (Atlantique).

L’atelier sera animĂ© par Anique Granger (https://aniquegranger.com/musique-et-podcast/) et se dĂ©roulera en deux temps. Tout d’abord pendant la fin de semaine, les participantes survoleront les outils techniques de base, exploreront les diffĂ©rentes formes, le processus crĂ©atif, et toute une sĂ©rie

d’astuces pour aider les participantes Ă  rĂ©aliser leur Ɠuvre. Par la suite, chaque participante aura accĂšs Ă  des rencontres en mode virtuel avec la formatrice oĂč il sera possible de continuer le processus pour mener son projet Ă  terme.  

Le lieu de l’atelier n’a pas encore Ă©tĂ© dĂ©terminĂ©, mais les coĂ»ts de dĂ©placements, l’hĂ©bergement et les repas seront pris en charge par la FĂ©CANE.”

En savoir plus : https://fecane.ca/nouvelles/atelierbalado

-source : FĂ©CANE

National Indigenous Peoples Day with First Light (June 21, St. John’s)

“Every year, on June 21st, First Light hosts a series of events and activities that celebrate the rich and diverse histories and contributions of Indigenous people in Canada, as part of National Indigenous Peoples Day. This year, we are thrilled to be returning to a fully in-person celebration!

The day will begin with a Sunrise Ceremony at Cavell Park, followed by refreshments. At 2:00 pm, the urban Indigenous and broader community are invited to the Techniplex for a family-friendly performance showcase, community feast, and urban powwow or Mawi’omi. 

In addition to the series of performances for National Indigenous People’s Day on June 21, First Light will be hosting a series of workshops from both local and visiting performers before/after the 21st.

For more information, please visit: https://firstlightnl.ca/resources/nipd/

-from First Light