Artscape Youngplace Announces Community Fund Recipients 2015

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Artscape Youngplace is excited to announce the recipients of the inaugural allocation of the Artscape Youngplace Community Fund, a fund that supports community events and programs at Artscape Youngplace. This fund was made possible through the generous support of Catherine Gordon, RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Limited, and by funds raised at a series of community events. Individuals, organizations and collectives were invited to submit applications seeking modest financial and in-kind support for initiatives that improve the opportunities for community members to connect, learn and create at Artscape Youngplace.  Community Funds support facilitator fees and materials and/or in-kind contributions of space at Artscape Youngplace.

We are pleased to announce the following projects, which will occur at Artscape Youngplace from April – December 2015:

Artists in Exile:Tibetans In Toronto is a week long festival showcasing local artists. Opening with an evening of live performances, traditional Tibetan foods and interactive circle dancing, the week will feature an art exhibition, workshops, demonstrations, storytelling, music and dance. This is a unique opportunity to experience artworks steeped in a distinct cultural and spiritual heritage as presented by contemporary Tibetan-born artists living in Toronto – home to one of the world’s largest Tibetan exile communities.

Fright Film School is inspired by Fright Film Academy which successfully ran a series of film workshops for low income youth in the Lansdowne and Bloor area. This project will give low income Hispanic youth in the west end of Toronto the chance to make short films and exhibit them in a cinema. The theme will be horror film and participants will use their real life experiences as inspiration for their films. The goal is to encourage under-represented youth to express themselves via filmmaking. Workshops will include acting, camera, lighting, script writing and editing.

Aiding Dramatic Change in Development is an organisation working within communities that passionately believes in using participatory theatre and art to enable adaptive development.  They run the Imaging Possibilities out of Artscape Youngplace, where they are on a creative journey with a group of adults who have Cerebral Palsy, exploring group creation and artistic expression of their stories, thoughts and perspectives. 

This workshop will engage participants in drawing and collage processes using non-traditional materials in the creation of a large-scale artistic project on the third floor of Artscape Youngplace on April 16, 2015. Inspired by the vinyl and tape-based installations on view in the AYP stairwells, the workshop will focus on concepts of colour, composition, pattern/abstraction, and site intervention using colourful stickyback materials such as duct tape and adhesive vinyl typically used for signage and advertising. A brief family-friendly tour of the exhibition preceding this hands-on workshop will contextualize the artwork and give background on the artists’ practices and motivations. TYPOLOGY is a not-for-profit project space which provides opportunities for guest curators and participating artists to mount fully realized exhibitions within a critical framework. Through an inclusive and varied program of related events, TYPOLOGY seeks to enrich the exhibition experience and encourage active audience participation in our projects and programming.

SKETCH Working Arts’ Enviro-Arts program has a long history of creating beautiful, environmentally-responsible, educational and community-themed installations, including murals, outdoor woven textile sculptures and a wood oven. SKETCH’s Industrial Arts program, and in particular an emerging youth-led collective called Wooden It Be Nice, have been honing their carpentry and woodworking skills designing customized stools, and cabinetry to outfit SKETCH’s studios, along with commissioned projects for local businesses and organizations, including raised bed planters. These two programs propose to collaborate to design and install an aesthetically pleasing series of small container gardens to beautify the seating area where Shaw and Argyle Streets meet, at the north-east corner of the Artscape Youngplace building. Program participants will facilitate a series of community consultations and projects to design, create and install the new planter system, which will act as a site for rest, relaxation and community building. 

The Artscape Youngplace Community Fund will be announcing a second call for applications in fall 2015 for activities in 2016