The Gathering – May 2019

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The Gathering 
Celebrating 10 years of showcasing, convening and support
for equity and pluralism in the Arts

Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) celebrates 10 years of working with providing services to and facilitating learning forums for artists and arts organizations in equity, diversity, inclusivity and pluralism. Through centering their work around empowering the arts communities of Ontario with a focus on galvanizing opportunities for Indigenous and racialized professionals and organizations, CPAMO will convene the arts community around a  four day event, The Gathering: Celebrating 10 years of showcasing, convening and supporting equity and pluralism in the Arts. The Gathering offers an interactive space where arts organizations, artists and attendees dedicated to advancing equity, diversity, inclusivity and pluralism in the arts can share dialogue on common purposes and strategies in shaping how contemporary intersections in artistic practice influence diverse Canadian cultural expressions.

Schedule: 

Please note you need to register for the May 21 session on Eventbrite and for sessions and performances on May 27-29 on Native Earth Performance Arts’ Box office. 

The Gathering: Black Arts Mentorships 
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 1-5pm
Nia Centre for the Arts
524 Oakwood Avenue, Toronto, ON M6E 2X1
Panel General Admission:  $10 – Register on Eventbrite

Curated by Parul Pandya in collaboration with Nia Centre for the Arts, Dance Immersion, Coco Collective, City of Toronto Anti- Black Racism Committee, RISE Edutainment

With charismatic community and arts leaders in diverse disciplines, this session will dive into how Black arts leaders and community activists are supporting and enabling Black youth to grow in their artistic and life practices.  With perspecting ranging from spoken word, dance, mixed/multi-media and community activism, this session will provide valuable information to those interested in mentoring Black youth and Black youth looking for mentorship and wanting to understand how it can enable them to grow as full artists and beings.

Participants: Vivinne Scarlett; Coco Murray, Aina-Nia, Alica Hall, Dwayne Morgan, and Randell Adjei


The Gathering: a convening of Choreographers in collaboration with Choreogrpahers’ Network Toronto (CN-T) 
Monday, May 27, 2019 | 10am-12pm
Regent Park Film Festival (2nd Floor)
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Panel General Admission:  $10 – Register on Native Earth’s Box office.

Getting Grants: From Application to Performance + Beyond: Geared towards choreographers, the discussion will focus on practical considerations for project granting, using your grants to develop your pprojects/career strategically and how to plan a career in the arts diversely.

Choreographers’ Network Toronto CN-T is an intentional network composed of choreographers. They meet to discuss issues of relevance to the work and life of Toronto-based choreographers and organize Action Projects to work towards development and change in areas of concern for the group. 165 choreographers have signed on.  Several Action Projects are in progress and centre around issues with arts funding grants, professional development, developing rehearsal residencies and development for international touring. Choreographers are invited to attend and participate in discussion and learning.

Moderator: Denise Fujiwara


The Gathering: Writers in Conversation
Monday, May 27, 2019 | 2:30-6pm 
Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Panel General Admission:  $10 – Register on Native Earth’s Box office.

A collaboration with Literary Press Group, The Writers Union of Canada, Playwrights Guild Canada, League Of Canadian Poets, Festival Of Literary Diversity, and OCAD U BIPOC Writers.

This session will explore the changing landscape of Canadian literature and what organizations involved in it are doing to increase the presence of Indigenous, racialized and other marginalized writers.

Participants:  Siobhan O’Conner, Rebecca Burton, Lesley Fletcher, Joel Richardson, Lillian Allen, and Mandy Bayrami,

The Gathering Readings by Sheniz Janmohamed, Michael Fraser, and Banoo Zan


The Gathering Performances features Sashar Zarif Dance,  Mateo Galindo Torres Dance,  and Compania Carmen Romero
Monday, May 27, 2019 | 7:30-9pm with doors open at 7pm 

Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Performance General Admission: $20 |  Students $15  – Register on Native Earth’s Box office.


The Gathering: Staging Change, A Conversation on Diversity in Dance in collaboration with Diverse Dance Initiative
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | 2-6pm

Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Panel General Admission:  $10 – Register on Native Earth’s Box office.

What does diversity mean to you? What are some misconceptions about diversity? How do we deepen our understanding of viewership? What are some of the politics around creating as a IPOC artist?  Why is this conversation still relevant? What are some of the circumstances that continue to fuel the divide in the contemporary dance community in Toronto? Panelists will speak about their various artistic practices and address the continued barriers faced by IPOC artists in Toronto. We aim to put forward some approaches explored by the Diversity Dance Initiative to combat these systematic challenges.

Participants: Kevin A. Ormsby, KasheDance – Moderator | Roshanak Jaberi | Sashar Zarif | Sashar Zarif Dance, Laurence Lemieux, Citadel, Nova Bhattacharya | NovaDance, Carmen Romero | Compania Carmen Romero, Robert Sauvey | Dance Umbrella of Ontario.

Performance by Ronald Taylor Dance


The Gathering: Conversations with Local Arts Services Organizations
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | 2-6pm 

CSI Daniel Spectrum
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Panel General Admission:  $10 – Register on Native Earth’s Box office.

Curated by Parul Pandya in collaboration with MUSE Arts, East End Arts, Art Starts, Scarborough Arts, North York Arts; Urban Arts, Etobicoke Arts, Lakeshore Arts Jumblies, Muse Arts, Neighbourhood Arts Network (NAN), and Sketch.

With the involvement of the leaders of local arts services organizations and other dynamic community-based arts organizations, this session will explore the important role such grassroots organizations play in connecting marginalized and other communities in the arts.

Participants: Paola Gomez, Shana Hillman, Bruce Pitkin, Lila Karin, Menon Dwarka Kim Dayman, and Phillis Novack.

Performance by Shaunga Tagore Theatre.


The Gathering Performances features Newton Moraes Dance, The Seat Next to the King, Nova Dance, and Alluvial Plain
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | 7:30-9pm with doors open at 7pm 

Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Performance General Admission: $20 |  Students $15  – Register on Native Earth’s Box office.


The Gathering: A Conversation on Disabilities and Artistic Practice
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 1-4:30pm 

CSI Daniel Spectrum
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Panel General Admission:  $10 – Register on Native Earth’s Box office.

In collaboration with Reelabilities, Workman Arts, and Tangled Arts.
Involving three of Toronto’s highly regarded arts organizations working with the Deaf and Disabled communities, this session will explore in depth the workings of such artists and the role these organizations play in presenting and advocating for increased recognition of Deaf and Disabled Artists, their arts practices and stories.

Participants: Liviya Mendelsohn, Andrea Thompson, Sean Lee and Cyn Rozeboom
Performance by Cahoots Theatre


The Gathering: Indigenous Acts Activism
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 2-6pm 

Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Panel General Admission:  $10 – Register on Native Earth’s Box office.

In collaboration with IPAA, Native Earth, and Aboriginal Curatorial Collective.
There has been much discussion publicly about the central importance of Indigenous peoples to how Canada sees itself.  Much of this has been fueled by Indigenous artists in different disciplines who have been actively engaged in building their arts practices within diverse Indigenous cultural forms and creating some of the most exciting works in contemporary Canadian arts.

Participants: Cynthia Licker-Sage, Keith Barker, Clayton Windatt and Camille Usher, Cole Forrest, and Ryan Rice.

Performances by Unsettled Scores


The Gathering Fundraising Event, After Party and Gala Performances Featuring Sampradaya Dance Creations, Red Slam Collective, Das Faggot Mascheifet, and KasheDance
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 7:30-9pm with doors open at 7pm 

Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Performance General Admission: $30 |  Students $25  – Register on Native Earth’s Box office.


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CPAMOPOC participants:

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CPAMO is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Toronto Pearson International Airport’s Propeller Project, the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, the Applegath Group, CIBC Wood Gundy and English Testing Canada.

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Help us celebrate our 10th Anniversary!

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CPAMO will be celebrating its 10th year anniversary in 2019! Help us celebrate by contributing to our next year Gatherings!

As part of CPAMO’s ongoing commitment to discuss and showcase works of art by Indigneous, racialized and historically marginalized artists, we’re raising funds!!!

We call it ‘The Gathering’ as we believe this allows those attending to bring themselves to our events and explore issues related to the arts practices of Indigenous, racialized and other marginalized artists in a non-hierarchical space.  A simple title that exemplifies our values of pluralism in which every participant is important and has a contribution to make that should, and will, be heard.

CPAMO has invited such artists in theatre (Modern Times, Aluna, Cahoots, Native Earth Performing Arts), 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, to participate in The Gathering: CPAMO Turns 10 – A Celebration. These artists engage Indigenous, racialized, queer and intersectional communities as well as those interested in arts practices coming from these communities.

The Gathering is a series of artists’ talks and performance showcases highlighting Indigenous, racialized and other marginalized groups’ arts practices. These are open forums aimed at educating artists, arts administrators, curators/programmers, agents and the public about the vibrant arts practices emerging from those communities engaged as panelists and/or performers. This Gathering will help to define and raise the importance of arts practices based on values and traditions made contemporary and shaping the arts scene of today and tomorrow.

This is a unique opportunity for you to contribute to an event that showcases a broad range of artistic practices. The funds we receive will be to support payments to artists and speakers who are part of The Gathering: CPAMO Turns 10 – A Celebration.

Please support our next Gathering by making a contribution to our fundraiser!

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The Gathering: Black Arts Mentorships – May 21, 2019

The Gathering
Celebrating 10 years of showcasing, convening and support
for equity and pluralism in the Arts

Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) celebrates 10 years of working with providing services to and facilitating learning forums for artists and arts organizations in equity, diversity, inclusivity and pluralism. Through centering their work around empowering the arts communities of Ontario with a focus on galvanizing opportunities for Indigenous and racialized professionals and organizations, CPAMO will convene the arts community around a four day event, The Gathering: Celebrating 10 years of showcasing, convening and supporting equity and pluralism in the Arts. The first day of the Gathering will feature the Black Arts Mentorships session and the Nia Center for the Arts, for more information about all four-day click here.

The Gathering: Black Arts Mentorships
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 1-5pm
Nia Centre for the Arts
524 Oakwood Avenue, Toronto, ON M6E 2X1
Panel General Admission: $10 – Register on Eventbrite

Curated by Parul Pandya in collaboration with Nia Centre for the Arts, Dance Immersion, Coco Collective, City of Toronto Anti- Black Racism Committee, RISE Edutainment.

With charismatic community and arts leaders in diverse disciplines, this session will dive into how Black arts leaders and community activists are supporting and enabling Black youth to grow in their artistic and life practices. With perspecting ranging from spoken word, dance, mixed/multi-media and community activism, this session will provide valuable information to those interested in mentoring Black youth and Black youth looking for mentorship and wanting to understand how it can enable them to grow as full artists and beings.

Participants: Vivinne Scarlett, Dance Immersion | Coco Murray, Coco Collective| Aina-Nia Ayo’dele Grant, City of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit | Alica Hall, Nia Centre | Dwayne Morgan | Randell Adjei, RISE.

Bios:
Vivine Scarlett is an administrator, facilitator and choreographer, whose artistic goals and aspirations are rooted in the love of dance. She is Founder, Executive Director and Curator for dance Immersion (Toronto, Canada), an organization that presents, produces and supports dancers and dances of the African Diaspora while providing a number of diverse programs that enhance careers for emerging and professional dance artists. For 25 years this organizations unique mandate and vision has provided Canadian and international dance artists with opportunities that have laid a foundation for continued growth and representation. Vivine’s contributions to the field of dance are generated from an energy that has fuelled her passion manifesting many experiences that have served Canadian and international artists of African descent.

Miss Coco Murray is a dance performer, instructor, mentor and cultural arts programmer. She holds a Sociology BA from University of Toronto, Honours BA in Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity, a Certificate in Anti-Racist Research and Practice and is a MEd candidate at York University. Her performance background includes diverse genres across Caribbean Folk, traditional West African drum/dance and Afrobeat. During her study abroad in South Africa and Costa Rica she taught dance workshops for educators and children. Engaged in the Caribbean and African arts community for over seventeen years, she continues to collaborate and train with master teachers abroad. In 2017, she performed in Senegal with Pape N’Diaye’s Les Enfant de Soleil. As dance faculty and guest choreographer among many youth performance groups and community arts organizations, her mobile dance education business (www.misscocomurray.com) offers services that promotes diasporic dances from the African, Caribbean and the Americas. This arts educator is also Artistic Director of Coco Collective, an intergenerational, multidisciplinary arts collective. She designs and delivers funded projects that make cultural arts accessible to underserved communities. Murray supports Cultural Pluralism of the Arts Movement Ontario as a Research Assistant and is a contributing writer for Canada’s dance magazine, the Dance Current.

Aina-Nia Ayo’dele Grant is the manager of the City of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit. She was the lead project consultant for the Confronting Anti-Black Racism initiative that began in 2016 to address anti-Black racism in Toronto. Aina-Nia was integral to the creation of the five-year Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism, which was approved by Toronto Council in December 2017.

Before taking on this role at the City, Aina-Nia was a leadership development trainer and life coach, and consultant for issues within racialized communities, particularly issues of gender and racial equity and African indigenous practices. As a public speaker, she has to academic, corporate, Faith and civil society audiences across Canada, USA, the Caribbean and Ghana.

Aina-Nia is the founder of Sacred Women International and was named one of the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women for 2018. In 2016 she was named one of the Top 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada. She has been recognized by the Ontario government for her contributions to community in 2015 and in 2008 was nominated as one of Toronto’s Most Inspiring Women. She has received recognitions by both the Canadian and USA media. Her documentary film, Remembering Her Power, premiered at the 2018 Parliament of World Religion in Toronto. Aina-Nia is featured in the web series, Souls of Women, launching in April 2019.

Alica Hall
strongly believes in the transformative potential of the arts to empower and strengthen communities. She has a professional background in strategic communications, but her passion lies in creating safer spaces for artists to create and connect with new audiences.

More recently she served as the Co-chair of Pride Toronto, the largest LGBTQ+ festival in North America. Under her leadership, the festival grew from 10 days to a month, by partnering with cultural institutions to bring queer artists into new venues and spaces. As the executive director of Nia Centre for the Arts, Alica is now heading up the development of Canada’s first professional multi-disciplinary arts facility dedicated to supporting and showcasing Afro-diasporic art. She attended York University and majored in International Development Studies.

Dwayne Morgan began his career as a spoken word artist in 1993. In 1994, he founded Up From The Roots entertainment, to promote the positive artistic contributions of African Canadian and urban influenced artists.

Morgan is the 2018 winner of the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Spoken Word. In 2016, Morgan was a finalist for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2013, Morgan was inducted in to the Scarborough Walk of Fame.

Randell Adjei is an entrepreneur, speaker and spoken word practitioner who uses his gifts to empower through Edutainment. He is the founder of one of Toronto’s largest youth led initiatives; Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (R.I.S.E Edutainment). In 2018, R.I.S.E received the Toronto Arts Foundation’s, Mayor’s Youth Arts Award.

Randell is the author of “I am Not my struggles,” a powerful Anthology released in 2018. He is a cohort 2 Studio Y MaRS DD Fellow and 1 of 4 coaches involved in the Toronto Public Library (Poetry Saved Our Lives) project.

Randell was the Black Canadian Awards – Best Spoken Word award winner in 2015. Randell was also named CBC’s Metro Morning’s Torontonian of the Year in 2015 and NOW Magazines Local Hero in May 2017.

The Gathering on May, 21 and May 27-29 is in collaboration with:

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CPAMO is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Toronto Pearson International Airport’s Propeller Project, the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, the Applegath Group, CIBC Wood Gundy and English Testing Canada.

CPAMO’s Art in Conversation: Interview with Newton Moraes and Shaunga Tagore

We are excited to bring you a sneak peek at our talented roster or artists which will be performing at our upcoming Gathering, in this video as part of our series CPAMO’s Art in Conversation, charles c. smith interviews Newton Moraes and Shaunga Tagore about their artistic practices and their involvement in the upcoming Gathering.

About the Gathering: 

Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) celebrates 10 years of working with providing services to and facilitating learning forums for artists and arts organizations in equity, diversity, inclusivity and pluralism. Through centering their work around empowering the arts communities of Ontario with a focus on galvanizing opportunities for Indigenous and racialized professionals and organizations, CPAMO will convene the arts community around a  four day event, The Gathering: Celebrating 10 years of showcasing, convening and supporting equity and pluralism in the Arts. The Gathering offers an interactive space where arts organizations, artists and attendees dedicated to advancing equity, diversity, inclusivity and pluralism in the arts can share dialogue on common purposes and strategies in shaping how contemporary intersections in artistic practice influence diverse Canadian cultural expressions.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Nia Centre for the Arts
General admissions:  Panels $10

Monday and Tuesday, May 27 – 28, 2019 at Native Earth Performing Arts
General admissions:  Panels $10 | Performances $20, Students $15

Wednesday, May 29 at Native Earth Performing Arts
General Admissions: Panels $10 | Gala Performance $30 , students: $25

For more information and to register: https://cpamo.org/2019/04/10/the-gathering-may-2019/

In collaboration with:

CPAMOPOC participants:

CPAMO is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Toronto Pearson International Airport’s Propeller Project, the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, the Applegath Group, CIBC Wood Gundy and English Testing Canada.