The Gathering Divergence Spring 2022 registration is open!

SAVE THE DATE! May 10-13, 2022. Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Spring 2022. Behind the text images of a workshop and a person speaking with images projected on the screen behind him.

Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference
Moulding The Future:
Rethinking Strategies for the Arts Sector Now

May 10 – May 13, 2022
Via Zoom and Small World Music Centre (Toronto) 

Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference has been a powerful, positive and supportive convening of arts practitioners geared towards sharing strategies in the engagement of indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically – marginalized artists and communities. This year, Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Spring 2022 | Moulding The Future: Rethinking Strategies for the Arts Sector Now will address emergent ways of rethinking the sector as we emerge out of the pandemic, focusing on the responsibility of the sector to strategize, implement supportive systems that benefit IBPOC artists / organizations and the Arts Sector at large.

The festival / conference focused on varying topics within the Arts sector grounded in the transformative change through a cross-sectoral understanding of Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity. Through panels, workshops, exhibitions and showcases encouraging divergence across arts practices, collaboration and professional development shaped within the sensibilities of art making and networking of IBPOC artists and organizations.

Our programming will feature the following panels:

  • Tue. May 10: Organizational Development and Pivoting
  • Thu. May 12: Digital Design Thinking / Focus Monetizing Creative Content Online
  • Fri. May 13: The Importance of Amplifying / Making Space for Indigenious / Racialized Artistic Directors within the Arts Sector

Plus workshops and performances! Stay tuned for more information and registration coming soon!

For more information about panels click here and full schedule is here.

Registration:  
Day 1: Tuesday, May 10 via Zoom | 9:30 am – 2:00 pm | Tickets: $15 or PWYC
Day 2: Thursday, May 12 via Zoom | 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm | Tickets: $15 or PWYC
Day 3: Friday, May 13 in-person and live stream via Zoom | 11:00am-5:30 pm | Tickets: $15 or PWYC
Location: Small World Music Centre
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
 
Pleas note we have a limited number of Pay What You Can (PWYC) tickets to enable price accessibility for low income individuals to attend.

Covid protocols: People attending the event in Small World Music Centre need proof of vaccination or negative test within 24 hrs before the event. Masks are recommended in Artscape common areas. No food or drink in common areas and hallway.

Register online: https://the-gathering-divergence-spring-2022.eventbrite.ca

If you have any questions email: info@cpamo.org

As you know we have been fundraising for both — our last Gathering Divergence in December 2021 and for our upcoming Gathering Divergence in May 2022. Help us showcase more IBPOC artists and arts administrators by contributing today!
https://gofund.me/3f9402a9

Don’t let this virus also kill our art

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Help IBPOC artists—and their art—survive the pandemic. 

89% of Torontonians believe that the arts make life in Toronto better.

95% of Ontarians believe that the success of Canadian artists generates national pride.

Yet, despite its value, artists make very little money. At $24,300, the median annual income for artists is well below the poverty line (1). Arts and culture workers have one of the highest rates of poverty of any sector. Things are starker still for IBPOC artists — their median income is 28% less than white artists’(2).

Before the pandemic, the arts sector had already been gutted by budget cuts. Ontario cut funding to the Ontario Arts Council by $10 million (3). A $5 million Indigenous Culture Fund was cancelled. The Ontario Music Fund? A $8 million cut. All in 2019 alone.
And then, in 2020, came the unkindest cut of all. COVID-19.

COVID-19 ravaged IBPOC communities. Our most vulnerable communities, always the most exposed to any threat, have been devastated by the pandemic.

But, in the heart of darkness, IBPOC artistic talent has burned brightly and brought us light. Throughout the pandemic, IBPOC artists — and the artistic community as a whole — made art that lifted us, gave us strength and sustained our spirits.

At the same time, the pandemic has been an unmitigated catastrophe for the arts sector. 2/3rds of arts & culture organizations reported a median revenue decline of 50% (4). Many IBPOC artists lost income as in person shows, exhibitions and other opportunities were cancelled — 12,000 performances were cancelled in Toronto alone (5).

Despite this the arts community kept working. And that’s no surprise. Artists work longer hours than the average full-time Canadian worker (6).

What work did they do? 

They performed outdoors for seniors locked-in, in long-term care facilities. They staged porch concerts and backyard shows for their neighbours. They sang arias from their balconies for front line workers. They took their poetry readings online and made them available for free. They led dance classes and acting studios and paint-alongs, live, on Instagram and Facebook and YouTube.

They did it for free.
They did it for us.

CPAMO has been working for more than a decade to recognize IBPOC and other marginalized artists. Not only do we advocate for the creation of opportunities and equity for them, we engage them ourselves. IBPOC artists and arts administrators are paid to showcase their art and join our panels at The Gathering, our signature event (or, if you want to be formal, The Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival and Conference).

Contribute today!

Who have we showcased over the years? 

Modern Times, Aluna, Cahoots, Native Earth Performing Arts in theatre.
In music, Small World Music and Polyphonic Ground.
In dance, Sampradaya Dance Creations, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Collective of Black Artists, Dance Immersion, and many individual Indigenous and racialized artists.

The artists and arts practices presenters we engage come from Indigenous, racialized, queer and intersectional communities.

Our next Gathering will take place in December 2021 and our theme is Art in a Time of Healing. The Gathering’s Art in a Time of Healing is envisioned as a way to gather, diverge with diversity and intersect on the many aspects of the performing arts and the Arts sector. Through panels, workshops, exhibitions and showcases it encourages divergence across arts practices, collaboration, art making and Anti-Black racism.

We need financial support to help us keep spotlighting works of art by Indigenous, racialized and historically marginalized artists. We need your help.

Your donation will pay IBPOC artists and arts administrators who present at our December 2021 Gathering. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to an event that showcases a broad range of artistic practices. Black organizations receive as little as 7 cents for every $100 donated to Canada’s big charities. Let’s work together to change that.

We will recognize every donation with a token of our appreciation.

Tier 1. $1 to $99: a personalized shout-out on CPAMO social media channels* and a bookmark and pin in the mail!

Tier 2. $100 to $499: everything in Tier1 plus a choice of a book OR a t-shirt in the mail.

Tier 3. $500 or more: everything in Tier 1 plus  a choice of a Portrait Commission from artist Ilene Sova OR an original art print by artist Astrid Ho. Available to the first 2 donations only.

* unless you choose to contribute anonymously

About CPAMO

Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) is a IBPOC-led movement of Indigenous and racialized artists engaged in empowering the arts communities of Ontario. CPAMO seeks to open opportunities for Indigenous and racialized professionals and organizations to build capacity through access and working relationships with cultural institutions across Ontario that will result in constructive relationships with Indigenous and racialized professionals and organizations. This is a unique opportunity for you to contribute to events that showcase a wide array of diverse voices in a broad range of artistic mediums. For more information: www.cpamo.org

Contribute today!


Sources:

1. https://canadacouncil.ca/research/research-library/2019/03/a-statistical-profile-of-artists-in-canada-in-2016

2. https://www.torontofoundation.ca/fallout-report-arts-culture-and-recreation/

3. https://globalnews.ca/news/5354794/doug-ford-cuts/

4. https://www.torontofoundation.ca/fallout-report-arts-culture-and-recreation/

5. https://torontoartscouncil.org/covid-19

6. https://www.cbc.ca/arts/artists-are-getting-us-through-covid-19-never-question-their-value-again-1.5519840 
Art Stats report revealed that Toronto-based artists work an average 51.4 hours a week, which is more than the average full-time Canadian worker.

CPAMO Welcomes a New Board Member

We are excited to welcome a new board member LaToya Ottley!

a photo of a smiling woman in a white shirtFrom Toronto, Ontario, LaToya has dynamic experience including employment in arts administration, performance, studies, and professional activities. In addition to hosting her own shows, she has toured with the Toronto Children’s Concert Choir and Performing Arts Company (TC3) and featured as a session and background vocalist for artists globally. Some of her proudest professional accomplishments include serving as a Peer Mentor for a virtual music industry mentorship offered through Lumenus Community Services, consulting for the Global Touchdown Tour – Canada segment of BBC 1Xtra’s DJ Target Show (UK), and her continuous participation in the Freedom Marching Project which supports the movement against racial injustice for BIR communities using music.

Currently LaToya works as Administration Coordinator and Assistant to the President at the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) and as an Emergency Supply Teacher for the Durham District School Board. She also looks forward to graduating from the music program at York University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in June of 2022.

SESSION: Digital Design Thinking / Focus on Monetizing Creative Content Online is on May 12

Registration is open! May 10-13, 2022. Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Spring 2022. Behind the text images of a workshop and a person speaking with images projected on the screen behind him.

Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference 
Moulding The Future:
Rethinking Strategies for the Arts Sector Now

May 10 – May 13, 2022 
Via Zoom and Small World Music Centre (Toronto) 

This year, Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Spring 2022 | Moulding The Future: Rethinking Strategies for the Arts Sector Now will address emergent ways of rethinking the sector as we emerge out of the pandemic, focusing on the responsibility of the sector to strategize, implement supportive systems that benefit IBPOC artists / organizations and the Arts Sector at large. 
 
Keynote by Santee Smith
Thursday, May 12 at 12:30pm 

 

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Santee Smith – Concept/Artistic Director/Producer/Performer

 

Santee Smith, Tekaronhiáhkhwa/Picking Up The Sky, is a multidisciplinary artist from the Kahnyen’kehàka Nation, Turtle Clan, Six Nations of the Grand River. Transformation, energetic exchange and creating mind-heart connections through performance is her lifelong work. Santee trained at Canada’s National Ballet School; holds Physical Education and Psychology degrees from McMaster University and a M.A. in Dance from York University. Premiering her first production Kaha:wi – a family creation story in 2004, one year later she founded Kaha:wi Dance Theatre which has grown into an internationally renowned company. Santee approaches her life and work in a sacred manner and the importance of sharing our gifts with others. Through her Onkwehonwe’neha creative process, Santee’s work speaks to identity and humanity, role and responsibility of artists in community. She is a sought-after teacher and speaker on the performing arts, Indigenous performance and culture. Smith is the 19th Chancellor of McMaster University.

Digital Design Thinking / Focus on Monetizing Creative Content Online
Thursday, May 12 at 2:30 PM 

Panelists:  Alleah Erica Clarke, Laurence Lemieux, Neena Jayarajan,  and April Britski

Moderator: Kevin A. Ormsby

Traditional models of Theatre going and performance are being forced to evolve with the contemporary reality of digital technology which is now at the forefront of everything we do. How are the Arts responding and adjusting to this new reality?  Part resources, part strategy, digital design thinking and integration into the performing arts is required. Highlighting once again the inequitable distribution of resources across the disciplines, practice and socio-cultural realities.

Bios: 

a woman smiling , wearing a colourful jacket and a pink shirtAlleah Erica Clarke is a Business Strategist and Development Coach who founded AJ Cultured,  a rapidly growing organisation that provides a wide range of services for small business owners. She is a business developer that holds a portfolio of companies including Culturnique, a full-service and digital design firm, and Alcreance, a bookkeeping and accounting firm.  Having been a solopreneur herself, she understands the responsibilities and struggles of solopreneurs that strive to see their visions through. AJ Cultured and its sister companies allow Alleah Erica to guide solopreneurs to where they want to be, help propel their organisations to higher heights and newer sights, hold businesses accountable for their growth, and ultimately influence change. Alleah intends to create a powerhouse of small business development assets and organisations, becoming a facilitator and agent of change in business, culture, art, and community.
 

a photo of a women wearing a black shirt As artistic director of Citadel + Compagnie for nearly two decades, Laurence Lemieux has established herself as a leader within Toronto’s dance community. Her multi-faceted experience as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and presenter has guided the company’s mandate of community outreach and engagement and given rise to C+C’s distinctive artistic voice. (Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic) 
 

a woman smiling , wearing a black shirtNeena Jayarajan is an independent dance theatre artist with extensive experience in Bharatanatyam and Odissi dance techniques.  Her primary training was under the tutelage of Dr. Menaka Thakkar, and Sujatha Mohapatra.  She served as the Assistant Artistic Director of Menaka Thakkar Dance Company for 7 years,  as well as assistant teacher at nrtyakala for  20 years.  She currently is an Associate Artist at Nova Dance involved in both creative and organizational roles.   Neena completed her MA in Dance from York University and was a 2016 recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship Grant. She made her theatrical debut in Theatre Smith’s Gilmour’s Metamorphosis.  Neena currently sits on the board of CADA west and The Dance Current Magazine and is currently on her own choreographic journey of exploration using her classical roots to fuel a contemporary outlook.  

a woman with glasses wearing a black shirtApril Britski is the Executive Director of CARFAC, Canada’s national association for visual artists. She has worked and volunteered as an arts administrator since 1998, and joined the staff of CARFAC National in 2005. She is a co-founder of Artists’ Legal Services Ottawa and the Visual Arts Alliance, and she has served on several boards of cultural policy and artist-run organizations. April’s primary responsibility at CARFAC is the development and implementation of organizational policies and strategies related to artists’ legal and economic rights. She is actively involved in all of CARFAC’s advocacy efforts, including CARFAC’s Artist’s Resale Right campaign, as well as building Imprimo, a new digital platform for visual artists. She assists with negotiating collective agreements for visual and media artists under the Status of the Artist Act, as well as other national voluntary agreements with presenters. Originally from Saskatchewan, April currently resides on the traditional unceded territories of the Coast Salish Nations including the Kwikwetlem, Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples.

a headhsot of a man wearing a white short with a blue cardigan Kevin A. Ormsby, Program Manager, CPAMO 

Program Manager of Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), Kevin is also the Artistic Director of KasheDance, movement coach and Arts Marketing Consultant. The Ontario Arts Council’s Chalmers Fellowship recipient (2017), KM Hunter Dance Award Nominee (2016), Toronto Arts Council’s Cultural Leaders Lab Fellow (2015) and The Canada Council for the Arts’ Victor Martyn Lynch – Staunton Award 2014 recipient for outstanding achievement by a mid career artist, he has many interests in the creative practice and administration in dance. He has honed his passion for dance, advocacy, writing and education while performing with various companies and projects in Canada, the Caribbean and the United States.

The full schedule is available here.

Registration:  Tickets: $15 a day or PWYC
Day 1: Tuesday, May 10 via Zoom | 9:30 am – 2:00 pm 
Day 2: Thursday, May 12 via Zoom | 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm 
Day 3: Friday, May 13 in-person and live stream via Zoom | 11:00am-5:30 pm 
Location: Small World Music Centre 
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
 
Pleas note we have a limited number of Pay What You Can (PWYC) tickets to enable price accessibility for low income individuals to attend.

Covid protocols: People attending the event in Small World Music Centre need proof of vaccination or negative test within 24 hrs before the event. Masks are recommended in Artscape common areas. No food or drink in common areas and hallway.
 
Register online: https://the-gathering-divergence-spring-2022.eventbrite.ca

If you have any questions email: info@cpamo.org 

As you know we have been fundraising for both — our last Gathering Divergence in December 2021 and for our upcoming Gathering Divergence in May 2022. Help us showcase more IBPOC artists and arts administrators by contributing today!
https://gofund.me/3f9402a9

SESSION: Organizational Development and Pivoting for the Emerging Arts Sector is on May 10

Registration is open! May 10-13, 2022. Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Spring 2022. Behind the text images of a workshop and a person speaking with images projected on the screen behind him.

Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference 
Moulding The Future:
Rethinking Strategies for the Arts Sector Now

May 10 – May 13, 2022 
Via Zoom and Small World Music Centre (Toronto) 

This year, Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Spring 2022 | Moulding The Future: Rethinking Strategies for the Arts Sector Now will address emergent ways of rethinking the sector as we emerge out of the pandemic, focusing on the responsibility of the sector to strategize, implement supportive systems that benefit IBPOC artists / organizations and the Arts Sector at large. 
 
 
Organizational Development and Pivoting
Tuesday, May at 10am 

Panelists: Christina Loewen, Jacoba Knaapen, Sehar Bhojani and Jennifer Brown 

Moderator: Parul Pandya

There is no doubt that the racial reckoning is re-centring our focus on the need for understanding the need for social justice. Covid 19 has impacted the Arts sector and in turn the organizations within the creative economy. In acknowledging, strategizing and implementing equitable change systems, Arts organizations are being prompted to focus on resources geared towards organizational development, sustainability with a particular focus on how the pandemic  forced organizations to “pivot” into the next generation of the arts across Canada and the world.              

Bios:  

a headshot photo of a woman in a black shirt Sehar Bhojani is an actor and producer based in Hamilton. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s acting program. As an actor, she has appeared in various commercials, television shows such as The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) and Coroner (CBC), and films Punchline (short) and feature film SLAXX..  As a producer, Sehar has worked with a number of Canadian Theatre companies and is currently Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Direct.

 
a headshot photo of a woman with glasses Christina Loewen  (she/her), Executive Director, Association for Opera in Canada
 
With a 20+ year career encompassing senior roles in ballet, dance and opera, Christina has led Association for Opera in Canada as Executive Director since 2009 with a focus on helping the sector build resilience, navigate change, and be a positive force for civic good.  Most recently, she led the development of a unique Opera Civic Impact Framework and digital platform to collect and report on impact. The platform collects arts impacts, tracks recovery statistics, and measures resilience. Christina sits on this Governance Group for the Common Approach, a flexible standard for impact measurement in the social sector in Canada.

 
a photo of a woman sitting in a chair Jennifer Brown, Chief Executive Officer
With more than two decades of strategic experience in rights management, licensing, advocacy and support for music creators and publishers, Jennifer started her career with SOCAN in 1995 as a representative in the company’s Membership department. She has held progressive leadership positions, including Vice President of SOCAN’s Licensing department, before taking on the role of Senior Vice President of Operations & Reproduction Rights in 2018. Jennifer’s accomplishments include establishing SOCAN Reproduction Rights presence, guiding the company’s Licensing department to record-setting results, establishing SOCAN’s cost-effective and strategic re-structuring, and the introduction of new and innovative customer-facing tools, all of which have resulted in improved licensing collection efforts and increased royalties distributed to SOCAN’s songwriter, composer, and music publisher members. SOCAN’s Board of Directors appointed Jennifer Brown to Chief Executive Officer in June 2021, after she held the Interim CEO role for  a year, becoming the first woman to lead the organization.

 
a woman wearing a dress standing with her arms crossed Jacoba Knaapen is the Executive Director at the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), an arts service organization that represents 107 professional theatre, dance and opera companies in Toronto. As a champion for the performing arts, Jacoba has worked in Toronto’s cultural sector for over four decades. She is the founder of hipTIX  and the citySPECIAL, two popular TAPA programs that help to reach youth, new Canadians and marginalized communities. At TAPA she is also the long-time Producer of the Dora Mavor Moore Awards, Canada’s largest and oldest theatre award show and recently led the DORAS to become the first professional theatre award show in Canada to present gender-neutral awards. 
 
Deeply committed to the ongoing development of Canadian theatre, dance and opera since she became the Executive Director at TAPA in 2003 and has mobilized, advocated for, enpowered, and supported artsworkers and companies throughout Toronto and Ontario.  She serves as co-Chair of ArtsVote Toronto, and co-Chair of Arts & Culture Advisory Council for Destination Toronto. She sits on the Advocacy Advisory at the Toronto Arts Council, and sits on the Steering Committees for: Canadian Arts Coalition, Balancing Act, and ArtsBuild Ontario. She is an active member of the committee of Provincial Arts Service Organizations (PASO), and also teaches Arts Marketing at the Arts Administration – Cultural Management Program, Humber College. 

Jacoba has been recognized with the city of Toronto Margo Bindhart and Rita Davies Cultural Leadership Award presented to an individual who has demonstrated creative cultural leadership in the development of arts and culture in Toronto, a Harold Award for her contribution and mentorship to the Independent Theatre community and a recipient of a Vital People Award from The Toronto Community Foundation.
 

a photo of a women in a blue shirt with green glasses Parul Pandya has been skillfully working in non-profit in various roles through the past decade, including as a community builder, consultant, programmer and producer. After managing in community granting for the largest government funder in Canada, she seamlessly transferred her knowledge, passion and skills to open her own consulting practice. Community Impact Non-Profit Consulting strategically enables community engagement and equitable innovation. She has had the honour to work with such clients as StreetART Toronto, North York Arts, WorkinCulture and many other local service organizations. Parul is a highly in- demand teacher and facilitator, delivering over 30 trainings around anti- oppression, equity and community-engaged arts education.

Her attraction to advocacy emerged with her work as a Queer South Asian freelance writer/poet, over a decade ago. She strongly believes representation matters and it’s important to share stories. She has a deep passion for ethics and social justice, which she teaches at Centennial College. She feels fulfilled when using community arts as a tool for community engagement and colourful expression.

Her approach to exchange is a high-engagement approach, encouraging participation through self-reflection, empathy, creativity and common understanding. She is also lending her expertise to the Digital ASO, a Canada- wide initiative to foster intentional culture collaboration and co-creation in the digital world, as the National Alliance Equity Manager through 2021.

The full schedule is available here.

Registration:  Tickets: $15 a day or PWYC
Day 1: Tuesday, May 10 via Zoom | 9:30 am – 2:00 pm 
Day 2: Thursday, May 12 via Zoom | 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm 
Day 3: Friday, May 13 in-person and live stream via Zoom | 11:00am-5:30 pm 
Location: Small World Music Centre 
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
 
Pleas note we have a limited number of Pay What You Can (PWYC) tickets to enable price accessibility for low income individuals to attend.

Covid protocols: People attending the event in Small World Music Centre need proof of vaccination or negative test within 24 hrs before the event. Masks are recommended in Artscape common areas. No food or drink in common areas and hallway.
 
Register online: https://the-gathering-divergence-spring-2022.eventbrite.ca

If you have any questions email: info@cpamo.org