The Gathering: Online

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Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) is launching a series of conversations exploring frameworks for understanding how Artists and Arts Organization are thinking about their work and programming given the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s ongoing impact on the Arts Sector.  We are committed to being a supportive convenor of arts practitioners from the Indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically-marginalized artists and communities.

The Gathering: Online invites artists and organizations to speak about their work and the viewers to engage with the artists while having a forum for asking questions in real time.

We hope you can join us. It is our intent to offer further space for networking with artists and organizations, asking the same questions about IBPOC visibility, inclusion and their intersections with artistic/organizational practices while speaking to many perspectives in the arts and the changing demographics of audiences and participation within the Arts sector.

Please note:  the sessions will be via Zoom and you can join online or over the phone. All sessions will be recorded and the recording will be available for the participants and the general public. Zoom link will be sent 1 day before the session and a reminder 1 hour before the session.

Schedule:

All sessions are 1-4 pm.

June 4: Importance of Digital Research and Prototyping: CPAMO IBPOC Digital Strategy report launch

June 11: Navigating Precarity and the Impact of COVID-19 on Arts Administration

July 2: A Boards Perspective: Leading an Organization Focussed Equity, Diversity and Inclusion – Please note the session on July 2 is postponed until the fall.

July 16: Anti-Black Racism in the Arts (NEW)

July 23: Arts in the Reflection to Our Time: Creation in Response to and with Community – Please note the session on July 23 is postponed until the fall.

August 13: Indigeneity and its Representation in the Arts

September 3: Arts Practice vs. Queer Arts Practice: Emergence, Similarities and New Realities

September 24: Visual Representation: The Problematic Nature of the Gaze for IBPOC Visual Artists

October 15: Writing Narratives: Diverse Lens of Canadian Experiences

November 5: What Have We Learnt?: Developing Policies for Mitigating Organizational Instability  in Crisis Situations

November 26: Festival Planning /Crisis and the implications on Programming  for Equity Seeking Arts Organizations

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-gathering-online-tickets-105192573820

Important: Please note if you registered for ticket “Registration for all dates” you will receive the zoom link for the new session on July 16 (Anti-Black Racism in the Arts) and do not need to register again for this session.

Speakers announced for Indigeneity and Its Representation in the Arts session

The Gathering: Online

Indigeneity and its Representation in the Arts

August 13, 2020 | 1-4pm via Zoom 

Shifting perceptions on Indigeneity and re-focusing conversations on diverse aspects of Indigeneity, the panel aims to give voice to the experiences of Indigenous artists and arts administrators in this moment, at this time. Ideas presented will animate concerns, hopes, and what panelists think needs to be done to further support Indigenous arts practices in the creative industries sector.

The Gathering: Online will invite artists and organizations to speak about their work and the viewers to engage with the artists while having a forum for asking questions in real time. We are committed to being a supportive convenor of arts practitioners from the Indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically-marginalized artists and communities.

Panelists: 
– Jesse Wente
– Clayton Windatt
– Emma Steen
– Wanda Nanibush
– Ashley Bomberry
– Aria Evans
– Keith Barker

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-gathering-online-tickets-105192573820

Bios:

Born and raised in Toronto, Jesse Wente is an Anishinaabe writer, broadcaster, speaker and arts leader. He is a member of the Serpent River First Nation and an outspoken advocate for Indigenous rights and First Nations, Métis and Inuit art. He is best known for his 24 years as a columnist for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. He spent 11 years with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the last seven years as the director of film programmes at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. In 2017, he was named the inaugural recipient of the Reelworld Film Festival’s Reel Activist Award. He was named the first Executive Director of the Indigenous Screen Office in February 2018. He has served on the boards of directors of the Toronto Arts Council, the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Festival, and the Native Earth Performing Arts. In July 2020, he was appointed Chairperson of the Canada Council for the Arts.

 

Clayton Windatt is a Métis non–binary multi-artist living and working between Sturgeon Falls and Toronto, Ontario. Clayton holds a BA in Fine Art from Nipissing University and received Graphic Design certification from Canadore College. With an extensive history working in Artist-Run Culture and Community Arts, and through their own activism, Clayton works towards healthier relationships for national and global Indigenous artists and communities. The former Executive Director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, Clayton maintains contracts with several colleges and universities, arts magazines, arts councils, arts organizations, and other organizations as a critical writer, columnist and consultant in addition to pursuing their independent arts practice. Clayton is an active filmmaker and director with works featured in festivals such as ImagineNative and the Toronto International Film Festival and recent commissions by the National Film Board of Canada. Clayton works in/with community, design, communications, curation, performance, theatre, technology, and consulting, and is a very active writer, filmmaker and visual-media artist and was recently appointed to the National Gallery of Canada’s Board of Trustees.

 

Emma Steen is a curator, writer and the Outreach & Membership coordinator for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, with a background in community organizing and activism. Her area of expertise lies in the meeting of Indigenous sexual autonomy, body agency and anti colonial theory and praxis within the arts.

Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones
www.acc-cca.com

 
Curator, Indigenous art background: prior to joining the AGO in 2016, Wanda Nanibush held various curatorial and academic roles across Canada since 2001. In addition to independent curation, Nanibush held the post of Aboriginal Arts Officer at the Ontario Arts Council, Executive Director of ANDPVA and Strategic Planning for CCA. She holds a master’s degree in visual studies from the University of Toronto, where she has also taught graduate courses. Nanibush has published widely in magazines, books and journals. As co-lead of the AGO’s department of Indigenous and Canadian Art, Nanibush’s area of specialty is Indigenous art and collection diversification.

 
Ashley Bomberry is Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory. She is a writer, producer, director and actor for film and theatre. Her short documentary film, Hoop Dance, premiered at the Female Eye Film Festival and she continues to write and create projects within an Indigenous storytelling framework. Ashley recently co-produced The Hunt, a short VR film, written and directed by Danis Goulet, included in the 2167 installation at TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre. It features a predominantly Haudenosaunee cast and the film is predominantly in the Mohawk language and shot on Indigenous territory in Tkaron:to and on Six Nations. As a producer and curator for multicultural and diverse showcases, Ashley creates discussion and aims to build bridges between marginalized and non-marginalized groups with her work. Ashley focuses on her Indigenous roots and endeavors to impart strength, hope, and healing in Indigenous communities around the world.

 
Aria Evans (she/they/he) is a queer, Toronto-based, interdisciplinary, award winning artist who’s practice spans dance; creation, performance and film. They draw on her experiences as a woman of mixed race (Afro-Indigenous, settler) as well as his BFA (2012) to capture meaningful social and cultural themes through their interactive art. With a large-scale vision, collaboration is the departure point to the work that she creates under her company POLITICAL MOVEMENT. Advocating for inclusion and the representation of diversity, they uses his artistic practice to question the ways we can coexist together. www.politicalmovement.ca

 

Keith Barker is a Métis artist from Northwestern Ontario and the Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts. He is a recipient of a Dora Mavor Moore for Outstanding New Play, a SAT Award for Excellence in Playwriting, and a Yukon Arts Audience Award for Best Art for Social Change. His play This is How We Got Here was a 2018 Finalist for the Governor General Award for Drama.

 

Indigeneity and Its Representation in the Arts session is on August 13

The Gathering: Online
Indigeneity and its Representation in the Arts

August 13, 2020 | 1-4pm via Zoom 

Shifting perceptions on Indigeneity and re-focusing conversations on diverse aspects of Indigeneity, the panel aims to give voice to the experiences of Indigenous artists and arts administrators in this moment, at this time. Ideas presented will animate concerns, hopes, and what panelists think needs to be done to further support Indigenous arts practices in the creative industries sector.

The Gathering: Online will invite artists and organizations to speak about their work and the viewers to engage with the artists while having a forum for asking questions in real time. We are committed to being a supportive convenor of arts practitioners from the Indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically-marginalized artists and communities.

Stay tuned – speakers will be announced next week! 

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-gathering-online-tickets-105192573820

The recordings of the Gathering sessions on June 4 and 11 are now available!

We are excited to announce that the recording of the Gathering on June 4 and 11 are now available for viewing on Youtube:

The Importance of Digital Research and Prototyping: CPAMO IBPOC Digital Strategy report launch (June 4, 2020)
https://youtu.be/hNqy7yibn2g

Navigating Precarity and the Impact of COVID-19 on Arts Administration (June 11, 2020)
https://youtu.be/W3HwuIVZE1U

We are also excited to release two more recordings from The Gathering: Celebrating 10 years of showcasing, convening and supporting equity and pluralism in the Arts (May 2019):

The Gathering: Performance by KasheDance
https://youtu.be/15eJG3mT0oU

The Gathering: A Conversation on Disabilities and Artistic Practice
Featuring a performance by Kirsten Kirsch
https://youtu.be/M34ew9qnZsI

Please feel free to share with anyone who might be interested in viewing these sessions.