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The Brain Storm

An free unstructured studio drop-in where artists can meet, talk, brainstorm, share techniques, materials or ideas they are engaged with. No registration is required.

Mini Crit with guest artist Johannes Zits

Choose between a 30, 45 or 60 minute critique with the guest artist and myself. You will receive honest feedback and encouragement from two established artists. Between the three of us, we will explore ways to further the work so that it is more compelling and engaging. Johannes is a multidisciplinary artist who works between photography, textiles, performance and video. He is super enthusiastic and is the person I go to for clarity when I am stuck in a project.

Unstuck – a creativity workshop

This workshop provides knowledge and tools to help you navigate around creative obstacles. Participants will engage in a number of exercises designed to liberate their creative minds. Help yourself through your creative lull.

The Brain Storm

An free unstructured studio drop-in where artists can meet, talk, brainstorm, share techniques, materials or ideas they are engaged with. No registration is required.

Grant My Wishes

This grant and proposal writing workshop hands on workshop focuses on proposal writing for grants. Writing speculative proposals is challenging. By writing a proposal under a nom de plume and then being part of a mock jury, you will experience how a jury reads proposals and what works well in that context. The workshop includes a comprehensive handout with resources to take home.

The Brain Storm

A free unstructured studio drop-in where artists can meet, talk, brainstorm, share techniques, materials or ideas they are engaged with.
No registration required

Public Syntax

SAW Video at CRITICAL DISTANCE
Featuring naakita feldman-kiss, Ivanie Aubin-Malo, Henry Andersen, Mara Eagle, Phil Rose, Molly Teitelbaum, Anna Queen, and the Video in the Public Sphere Working Group

Curated by Neven Lochhead
and presented in partnership with SAW Video Media Art Centre, Ottawa

February 7 – March 31, 2019
Opening reception Saturday, February 9th from 2–4 pm. Gallery hours thereafter Wednesday–Friday 12-6, Saturday–Sunday 11-5, and by appointment.

SKETCH Holiday Marketplace

Original artwork and crafts for sale created by emerging artists and entrepreneurs at SKETCH! Food, exhibitions, performances and more!

Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @SKETCHToronto for more info on our vendors. SKETCH supports local emerging artists and the incubation of arts enterprise. Learn more at www.sketch.ca.

The Gathering 1.0: Intersections between Community Arts and Socially Engaged Arts Practices

The Gathering has been a very powerful, positive and supportive process geared towards sharing strategies in the engagement of Indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled, mad, queer, women and other historically-marginalized artists and communities since it was initiated by CPAMO in Spring 2016. Given its success, The Gathering 1.0 | Intersections between Community Arts and Socially Engaged Arts Practices will explore frameworks for understanding the potential of community arts and socially engaged arts in supporting the expressions of these artists and their art making.

This convening will feature showcase performances, community-based visual arts and plenary sessions aimed at building organizational and artistic capacity, with the hope of enlivening the many ways in which the Arts intersects with and provides public impact, civic engagement and deeper skills development. This edition of The Gathering 1.0 is dedicated to the work of Shula Strassfeld, CPAMO Program Facilitator, Dancer and Intergenerational Community Arts Champion.

The Gathering offers an interactive space where arts organizations, artists and attendees dedicated to advancing pluralism in the arts can share dialogue on common purposes and strategies. We believe systemic change is more effectively achieved through collective, creative action, and seek to learn from everyone to understand how contemporary intersections in artistic practice shape diverse Canadian cultural expressions.

The day will include panel discussions on the intersections of learning involved in community arts practices and how engaged community arts informs a professional arts career. Slated to present we have visual artists:

Wayne Dunkley a visual artist, storyteller, voice actor and educator with a social practice that includes photography, digital media, community development. 20 years ago, he postered 400 pictures of himself to take society’s temperature on prejudice. 20 years later he is doing it again. Why? A social commentary of the currency of our time. It’s time for a different conversation about all prejudices, racism, sexism, ageism, genderism, ableism and others.
The art activation project “Bloody Boats!!” by Akshata Naik, talks of how we humans belong to different land, language, race, ethnic culture and are largely identified by the tags such as white, black, person of colour, immigrant, newcomer, refugee, queer, LGBTQ, indigenous that we often associate ourselves with but forget there are so many things is us which are common.
Lisa Frost in “Filling the Gap” will use colourful yarn to create a community engaged artwork where the participants of The Gathering will be invited to contribute to the work.
Performing arts will be represented by writer Mugabi Byenkya who will share a piece inspired by his debut novel ‘Dear Philomena,’. The piece wrestles with being a black, disabled, queer individual attempting to navigate the North American medical establishment that was not built for POC people. Aria Evans and the GoToDance Company will showcase a dance performance as will dance artist Coco Murray respectively rooted in Arts Education and Community engaged Indigenous and African dance.

The Gathering 1.0 will have a special performance by Dance Exchange (Washington D.C) for which it’s founder is the visionary behind the Critical Response Process (CRP) which Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario employs in its work with the Pluralism for Organizational Change (CPAMOPOC) participants. Their performance will be intergenerational with embedded audience engagement.

TICKETS DETAILS
Regular admission:
$20 each panel or showcase | $30 for both panel + showcase
Artist/Student/Underemployed:
$15 each panel or showcase | $25 for both panel + showcase

Tickets available online: https://the-gathering-nov-2018.eventbrite.ca

For more information contact:
Kevin A. Ormsby, Program Manager info.cpamo@gmail.com

* In the image above (left to right): Coco Murray, Mugabi Byenkya, Wayne Dunkley, Lisa Frost, Aria Evans and Akshata Naik.

We would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Pearson International Airport’s Propeller Project, the Applegath Group, CIBC Wood Gundy, Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration for their support.

Mentor Lyla Rye – Show Your Stuff – an exhibition application workshop:

Show Your Stuff – an exhibition application workshop:
In this workshop, you will learn about the full range of ways that exhibitions can come about.   We will discuss the diversity of exhibition settings, where to find and create exhibition opportunities and the pros and cons of each. I provide guidelines and examples of all aspects of an artist package for a curator or exhibition application. This includes Cover Letters, CVs, Bios and Image Lists. I will also give you tips on visual support material and websites in a comprehensive handout.
                    Saturday July 28 – 2-5pm   after The Brain Storm
$60. – 10% =  $54. + HST  

To register:    lylarye@sympatico.ca

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