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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.

MYTORONTO Photography Exhibit

MYTORONTO is a photography contest and calendar project for individuals with lived experience of poverty and homelessness. The initiative is inspired by MyLondon, which was started by a UK-based social enterprise called Café Art, and then expanded to various cities around the world. This is the second year of the MYTORONTO Program presented by Ve’ahavta, a Jewish humanitarian agency serving marginalized individuals, in partnership with various community organizations. Funds for the program were raised by Ve’ahavta through the sponsorship of calendar pages and individual donations, as well as a crowdfunding campaign.

Creative skills workshops were facilitated for people with lived experience of poverty and homelessness at The 519 community centre. On May 10, a camera distribution day was held at The Ryerson School of Image Arts. One hundred and eleven participants were given 35mm single-use cameras, donated by Fujifilm. The participants were invited to capture what #STRENGTH meant to them in the City of Toronto and what inspired them. Ninety-three cameras were returned for processing and approximately 2,600
photographs were printed featuring shots of nature, architecture, Toronto iconography, living spaces, objects, animals, celebrations, street corners and people. The pictures illustrate the strength, beauty and joy that exist alongside the challenges associated with poverty and homelessness.

A jury of eight individuals with backgrounds in professional photography, community services, the arts, social servivces and homeless advocacy selected the 40 exhibit photos on display at Artscape Youngplace 2nd floor gallery. Thirteen of these have been chosen for the 2019 calendar and greeting cards, which will be sold on the streets and various venues by participants of the MYTORONTO Vendor Training program. Half of the vendor sales goes to the participants while the other half funds the program.

For more information visit
mytorontocalendar.com

Casa-Pueblito – BAM: Brindis, Arte & Música

BAM: Brindis, Arte, Musica. Emerging Latin American Artists on Gender Freedom, Solidarity, and Roots Revival

Event Location: Artscape Youngplace Gallery, 2nd floor

Hallway Gallery Hours: Open every day from 9am to 9pm

From September 16th to the 22nd, join us for BAM 2018 and experience a remarkable and thought-provoking exhibition by nine young artists of Latin American heritage on three themes: Solidarity, Roots Revival and Gender Freedom.

Join us at #BAM2018 to connect with Toronto’s Latin American community through art, music and spoken word.  Everyone is welcome! The Exhibition is open to the public everyday from 9am to 9pm and is free. For more information, go to http://www.casapueblito.org/bam-2018/

BAM Activities: 

  • September 16th: 1:30pm-3:30pm: Workshop: Protection circle with textile artist denirée isabel mendoza. Click here for more info and to register
  • September 16h: 4:00pm-6:00pm: Opening Reception. Click here for more info.
  • September 20th: Performance Night. Updates coming soon!

Featured Artists (find out more here):

  • Andrea Bermúdez
  • Mariana Bolaños
  • Jasmine Cardenas
  • Vero Díaz
  • Andre López
  • denirée isabel mendoza
  • Camila Salcedo Guevara
  • Claudia Arana
  • Mao Correa
  • OLAS York Univeristy Art Installation
  • SickMuse Art Projects

BAM is a project of Casa-Pueblito, our vision is compassion and social justice accross borders. For more info go to http://www.casapueblito.org/

Many thanks to our founding BAM sponsor Meridian Credit Union.