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

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
Panel Conversation: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Performing Arts Showcase: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Small World Music / Intergalactic Studios 
Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5

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 GoToDanceCompany 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.

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Save the Date – The Gathering is on NOVEMBER 29!

Join us for THE GATHERING  on November 29 at the Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5.

THE GATHERING has been a very powerful, positive and supportive process geared towards sharing strategies in the engagement of indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically-marginalized artists and communities since it was initiated by CPAMO in Spring 2016. Given the convening’s success, The Gathering: 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 indigenous /racialized, disabled and other marginalized identified art making.

THE GATHERING will 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. We will be announcing our roster of artists and panelists in the upcoming days!  

To RSVP Online!

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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.

Call for Submissions – Deadline Sep 30, 2018

Call for Submissions 
THE GATHERING 1.0 (Fall 2018)
Intersections between Community Arts & 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 and mad, women and other historically-marginalized artists and communities since it was initiated by CPAMO in Spring 2016. Given the convening’s 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 indigenous /racialized, disabled and other marginalized identified art making.  Held over a day, the 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.

What is the overall concept? The Gathering offers an interactive space where arts organizations, artists and attendees dedicated to advancing pluralism in the arts in a community and socially engaged way can share dialogue on common purposes and strategies towards engagement.

Why are we doing it? We believe systemic change is more effectively achieved through collective, creative action, and seek to learn from everyone to understand how community and socially engaged intersections in artistic practice helps in shaping diverse Canadian cultural expressions.

What we hope to achieve? We hope that everyone arrives at a better understanding of the many ways in which we support, create from and with an understanding of multiple sources as indigenous / ethno-racially identified artists leading to a heightened awareness of arts practices working in a pluralist lens.

Deadline: September 30, 2018

When & where is the event?
November 29, 2018

Location: TBC (Toronto, ON)

What we offer:

  • Opportunity to display/showcase your work to a wide range of artists/ audience, publicity, copy of performance. (No more than 20 minutes in length)
  • Visual Arts RFP’s MUST be from Community-based artists, students and can be on display for up to (1) week
  • Compensation for Performances up to $1000 (based on the number of artists)
  • Compensation for Visual Artists will be based on CARFAC Fee Schedule for Group Exhibits

Required for consideration:

  • A brief explanation of how your proposed work relates to the Gatherings theme: Intersections in art-making focused on community and socially engaged artistic practices
  • Artist / Organization Website URL, Social Media Info
  • Headshot / Company Image 300 dpi
  • Links to previous work(s)
  • Artist / Organization Biography 150 words

Selection Process: 
Administered by the Board of CPAMO, the Program Manager under guidance from the Executive Director, and CPAMO Pluralism in Organizational Change (CPAMOPOC) members, the selection committee will consider the following:

  1. Artistic Merit and with overall connection to CPAMO’s mandate and objectives
  2. The Focus of the theme “Intersections Between Community Arts / Socially Engaged Arts Practices ”
  3. Feasibility (Cost, number of artists proposed, range / breath / depth of work in the artistic form)

What should I put in the subject line?
“The Gathering1.0:I ntersections Between Community and Socially Engaged Arts Practices ”.  Please make sure to also include a link to your folder with required support material.

Where to send your submission? info.cpamo@gmail.com
An important notice: CPAMO operates in a Cloud-based platform. Documents MUST be submitted via (Google Drive, Box, One Drive, Dropbox etc.)

Successful applicants will be notified Friday, October 12, 2018

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.