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Call for Nominations: Community Arts Award (Neighbourhood Arts Network)

“Celebrating the vital contributions that artists and organizations make in Toronto’s communities.

Nominations Open: June 1, 2021
Deadline to nominate: August 16, 2021 @ 11:59PM

About: The Community Arts Award is a $10,000 cash prize presented by Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network. This award celebrates an artist that has made a significant contribution in Toronto by working with, in and for communities, while creating access and inclusion to arts and culture. 

The Community Arts Award is part of our Vision Awards, presented in the fall of each year. This award is generously sponsored by MOD Developments Inc

Eligibility Criteria:
To be eligible for the award, all nominees must demonstrate a commitment and/or focus on community-engaged arts and access to arts and culture in Toronto. The nominee may not be awarded more than one Toronto Arts Foundation award within any given year.”

For more information, please visit: https://neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/community-arts-award

-from Neighbourhood Arts Network

Health Empowerment & Arts Leverage (H.E.A.L.): Next Generation ARTS

“In partnership with the City of Toronto – Community Crisis Response Program, Next Generation Arts presents H.E.A.L. (Health Empowerment & Arts Leverage), a specialized initiative for youth ages 12 to 29 in Scarborough, specifically the Woburn community who have been impacted by violence, trauma or grief. As part of the Community Violence, Wellbeing and Recovery Pilot, H.E.A.L. aims to enhance and streamline access to recovery supports for individuals impacted by community violence. Participants in this specialized program will have the unique opportunity of using the arts as a vehicle to heal towards health and wellness through musical and painting expressions. Each workshop will include trauma debriefing as well as artistic workshops in either painting or music, with music workshops concluding in a recording session at Phase One Studios.

This specialized program is free and is hosted in a safe space with trained trauma-informed arts facilitators. Though the program prioritizes youth from the Woburn, Scarborough community, youth from all communities are welcomed. All program materials are provided. Participants do not need any previous artistic experiences to join the workshops. At this time, all workshops are online. Music cohorts will conclude with a recording at a professional recording studio.”

For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.nextgenerationarts.ca/happening-now

-from Next Generation Arts

Profil à découvrir : PAAL Partageons le monde

Ă€ mesure que notre rĂ©pertoire de l’art communautaire prend de l’ampleur, nous rĂ©alisons qu’il devient un peu lourd de parcourir tous les profils… Nous avons donc pensĂ© qu’en soulignant certains profils dans notre blogue, de temps Ă  autre, nous vous permettrions de dĂ©couvrir des projets que vous n’auriez pas encore vus. Merci de nous informer si vous connaissez des projets ou des organismes d’art communautaires canadiens qui ne se trouvent pas encore dans notre rĂ©pertoire. Cette ressource se construit grâce Ă  vos contributions! -l’équipe d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts.

PAAL Partageons le monde (PAAL) est un organisme d’économie et d’innovation sociale qui Ă©duque et sensibilise le public Ă  la diversitĂ© culturelle, Ă  l’Ă©galitĂ© et Ă  l’inclusion dans l’optique de prĂ©vention du racisme et l’exclusion en offrant des activitĂ©s artistiques et culturelles. 

Nous vous invitons Ă  lire le profil complet de PAAL Partageons le monde (PAAL) dans notre rĂ©pertoire de l’art communautaire.

Appel aux artistes – UNLOCKED : Exposition d’art virtuelle réalisée par de jeunes Canadiens inspirés par la pandémie

  • Un an après le dĂ©but de la pandĂ©mie de Covid-19, la vie crĂ©ative et Ă©motionnelle de nos jeunes compte plus que jamais. Les jeunes artistes canadiens doivent ĂŞtre vus, encouragĂ©s et leur talent reconnu.
  • UNLOCKED est une exposition d’art virtuelle qui met en lumière l’art crĂ©Ă© par de jeunes Canadiens en rĂ©ponse Ă  la pandĂ©mie mondiale.
  • Les candidatures peuvent ĂŞtre dĂ©posĂ©es Ă  l’adresse www.unlockedproject.ca jusqu’au 1er septembre 2021.

UNLOCKED lance aujourd’hui un projet artistique qui met en lumière l’art de jeunes Canadiens en rĂ©ponse Ă  la pandĂ©mie mondiale de COVID-19. UNLOCKED est une exposition d’art en ligne, misant sur les arts visuels, la musique, la poĂ©sie, la photographie et la vidĂ©o. Les jeunes âgĂ©s de 9 Ă  25 ans sont invitĂ©s Ă  soumettre leurs Ĺ“uvres originales sur le site Web du projet, www.unlockedproject.ca. Les Ĺ“uvres sĂ©lectionnĂ©es seront publiĂ©es sur le site web d’UNLOCKED et feront l’objet d’une promotion sur ses plateformes de mĂ©dias sociaux ainsi qu’à travers multiples organisations artistiques Ă  travers le pays.

UNLOCKED valorise la diversitĂ© et la reprĂ©sentation des minoritĂ©s d’un ocĂ©an Ă  l’autre. Son objectif est de crĂ©er une communautĂ© dynamique de jeunes artistes Ă  travers le Canada – inspirer la crĂ©ativitĂ© et, par la beautĂ© de leur art, donner un peu d’espoir en ces temps difficiles.

UNLOCKED a été rendu possible grâce à la collaboration d’importantes organisations de jeunesse canadiennes. Ces organisations sont toutes engagées activement dans des programmes d’art qui apportent un changement social et une justice à leurs communautés. Les collaborateurs du projet sont : ArtBridges, Field Trip, VIBE Arts, inPath, Yellow Pad Sessions, Ink Movement, JAYU, Youth Ottawa et LOVE (Québec).

La date limite pour le dépôt des oeuvres est le 1er septembre 2021. Les membres du jury à ce jour, sont Jennifer Dorner, productrice exécutive de POP Montréal, Kristian Manchester, directeur exécutif de la création chez Sid Lee, et Arthur Gaillard, responsable des arts et du design chez MASSIVart.

UNLOCKED est un projet montréalais fondé par Josette Gauthier, productrice de films documentaires.
Pour plus d’informations, veuillez consulter le site www.unlockedproject.ca.”

-source : UNLOCKED

Call for Nominations: Indigenous Artist Award (Toronto Arts Foundation)

Celebrating and supporting individual Indigenous artists and collectives.

Deadline: August 16, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST

About: The Toronto Arts Foundation Indigenous Artist Award is a $20,000 cash prize, with professional artist mentor/Elder or mentee/protĂ©gĂ©e designated by the Award Recipient to receive $5,000. The award recognizes an Indigenous professional artist or artist collective working in traditional or contemporary practices and who have contributed significantly to arts and culture in Toronto and have demonstrated an ongoing association with Toronto.

Established in 2021, the award is supported by K.M. Hunter Foundation. The award is presented every year at an event co-hosted by Toronto Arts Foundation and a Toronto arts organization with a mandate to support Indigenous artists.”

For more information, please visit: https://torontoartsfoundation.org/initiatives/awards/hidden-pages/indigenous-artist-award

-from Toronto Arts Foundation

Call for Submissions – UNLOCKED: Virtual Art Exhibit by Young Canadians Inspired by the Pandemic

  • One year into the Covid-19 pandemic, the creative and emotional lives of our youth matter more than ever. Young Canadian artists need to be seen, encouraged, and their talent recognized.
  • UNLOCKED is a virtual art exhibit that shines a spotlight on art created by young Canadians in response to the global pandemic.
  • Submissions are invited at www.unlockedproject.ca until September 1st, 2021

UNLOCKED, an art project that sheds a spotlight on the personal and creative response to the COVID-19 global pandemic by young artists throughout Canada, launched today. UNLOCKED is an online art exhibit, featuring visual arts, music, poetry, photography and video. Young people ages 9-25 are invited to submit their original artwork through the project’s website www.unlockedproject.ca. Selected artworks will be published on the UNLOCKED website and will be promoted on UNLOCKED’s social media platforms as well as through a wide range of art organizations across the country.

UNLOCKED values diversity and the representation of minorities from coast to coast to coast. Its goal is to create a vibrant community of young artists across Canada – inspire creativity and through the beauty of their art give a bit of hope in these difficult times.

UNLOCKED has been made possible thanks to the collaboration of several important Canadian youth organizations actively engaged in art programs that bring social change and justice to their communities. Project collaborators include ArtBridges, Field Trip, VIBE Arts, inPath, Yellow Pad Sessions, Ink Movement, JAYU, Youth Ottawa, and LOVE (Québec).

The deadline for submissions is September 1st, 2021. Members of the jury include Jennifer Dorner, Executive producer of POP Montreal, Kristian Manchester, Executive Creative Director at Sid Lee, and Arthur Gaillard, Head of Art & Design at MASSIVart.

UNLOCKED is a Montreal-based project founded by Josette Gauthier, documentary film producer.
For more information, please visit www.unlockedproject.ca.”

-submitted by UNLOCKED

Appel aux artistes – UNLOCKED : Exposition d’art virtuelle réalisée par de jeunes Canadiens inspirés par la pandémie

  • Un an après le dĂ©but de la pandĂ©mie de Covid-19, la vie crĂ©ative et Ă©motionnelle de nos jeunes compte plus que jamais. Les jeunes artistes canadiens doivent ĂŞtre vus, encouragĂ©s et leur talent reconnu.
  • UNLOCKED est une exposition d’art virtuelle qui met en lumière l’art crĂ©Ă© par de jeunes Canadiens en rĂ©ponse Ă  la pandĂ©mie mondiale.
  • Les candidatures peuvent ĂŞtre dĂ©posĂ©es Ă  l’adresse www.unlockedproject.ca jusqu’au 1er septembre 2021.

UNLOCKED lance aujourd’hui un projet artistique qui met en lumière l’art de jeunes Canadiens en rĂ©ponse Ă  la pandĂ©mie mondiale de COVID-19. UNLOCKED est une exposition d’art en ligne, misant sur les arts visuels, la musique, la poĂ©sie, la photographie et la vidĂ©o. Les jeunes âgĂ©s de 9 Ă  25 ans sont invitĂ©s Ă  soumettre leurs Ĺ“uvres originales sur le site Web du projet, www.unlockedproject.ca. Les Ĺ“uvres sĂ©lectionnĂ©es seront publiĂ©es sur le site web d’UNLOCKED et feront l’objet d’une promotion sur ses plateformes de mĂ©dias sociaux ainsi qu’à travers multiples organisations artistiques Ă  travers le pays.

UNLOCKED valorise la diversitĂ© et la reprĂ©sentation des minoritĂ©s d’un ocĂ©an Ă  l’autre. Son objectif est de crĂ©er une communautĂ© dynamique de jeunes artistes Ă  travers le Canada – inspirer la crĂ©ativitĂ© et, par la beautĂ© de leur art, donner un peu d’espoir en ces temps difficiles.

UNLOCKED a été rendu possible grâce à la collaboration d’importantes organisations de jeunesse canadiennes. Ces organisations sont toutes engagées activement dans des programmes d’art qui apportent un changement social et une justice à leurs communautés. Les collaborateurs du projet sont : ArtBridges, Field Trip, VIBE Arts, inPath, Yellow Pad Sessions, Ink Movement, JAYU, Youth Ottawa et LOVE (Québec).

La date limite pour le dépôt des oeuvres est le 1er septembre 2021. Les membres du jury à ce jour, sont Jennifer Dorner, productrice exécutive de POP Montréal, Kristian Manchester, directeur exécutif de la création chez Sid Lee, et Arthur Gaillard, responsable des arts et du design chez MASSIVart.

UNLOCKED est un projet montréalais fondé par Josette Gauthier, productrice de films documentaires.
Pour plus d’informations, veuillez consulter le site www.unlockedproject.ca.”

-source : UNLOCKED

Masks of Manipulation: Online Workshop (Mixed Company Theatre)

“This two-part workshop will introduce participants to the “Masks of Manipulation,” an invaluable character development and conflict-resolution process designed by Simon Malbogat. Each mask relates to seven different emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual manipulative forces we encounter both onstage and in daily life. 
In this workshop you will… 

  • Learn how to identify various manipulative personas and de-escalate them effectively 
  • Learn how the masks of manipulation techniques can help communities identify and articulate the oppressive forces in their lives 
  • Use these personas to create authentic oppressive characters for the stage grounded in these manipulative forces 

This workshop draws on Commedia dell’Arte-inspired masks to help participants acquire a deeper awareness of manipulation and oppression: how and why it happens, what it looks and feels like, and how to deflect it. This workshop, facilitated by Simon Malbogat, is suitable for artistsfacilitators, educators, social workers, and community activators alike. 

Dates: Saturday June 19th, and Saturday June 26th, 2021
Times: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM (ET) Location: Online via Zoom 
Prerequisites: None! 
General Price: $220 + HST  
There is a 25% discount available for students, CAEA members, and those identifying as underwaged. In the spirit of removing financial barriers to access, Mixed Company Theatre is also able to offer a limited number of “Pay What You Can” payment options.

You can register at this link:https://forms.gle/hmCxhswCrvM9Wmdk9

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

-from Mixed Company Theatre

Call for Applications: If You Ask Me Youth Filmmaking Initiative (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. Filmmakers will have an opportunity to screen their work at the 29th Annual Rendezvous with Madness Festival currently set to run October 28- November 7, 2021.

Helena Morgane will facilitate this year’s program alongside mentors Malaika Athar, Hanna Donato, Samyuktha Movva, and Shubhi Sahni.

IYAM will run virtually for a second year! Filmmakers are expected to take a self-directed approach to creating their own films and will receive support and strategies throughout the program. All genre 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 June 21, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.

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

-from Workman Arts

Call for Submissions: Regent Park Film Festival

Regent Park Film Festival (RPFF), is a non-profit cultural and educational media arts organization. It is Toronto’s longest-running, free community film festival, and is the sole community film festival in Canada’s largest and oldest public housing neighbourhood. RPFF is dedicated to showcasing local and international independent works relevant to people from all walks of life. The key communities we serve are Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities, people who are low-income, people who live in social housing, and Regent Park residents. The films we present break stereotypes and show that no one place or person has just one story.

Deadline: Sunday, June 6th at 11:59pm”

For more information and submission details, please visit: http://regentparkfilmfestival.com/festival/

-from Regent Park Film Festival