The Gathering: meet our performing artists!


The Gathering 
IBPOC Women and the Arts:
Thinking and exploring the ways towards increased inclusion in the Arts Sector 

Opening Reception for Art Exhibition
Opening: December 4, 2019 | 6pm-8pm
Exhibition: December 2 – December 8, 2019
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education
918 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5R 3G5

Panels and Performances
December 5, 2019 | 9:30am – 5pm 
Tranzac Club
292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y2

The Gathering Fall 2019 IBPOC Women and the Arts will explore frameworks for understanding the potential of working toward with the further inclusion of IBPOC women in the Arts sector. Held over a day, the convening will feature showcase performances, plenary sessions and networking with artists and organizations asking the same questions about IBPOC visibility, inclusion and their intersections with artistic/organizational practices. Aimed at providing professional development, building organizational and artistic capacity, we aspire to enliven the many ways in which IBPOC women in positions of leadership can speak to many perspectives in the arts, and how these intersect with and provide public impact.

This convening features showcase performance by South Asian dance artist Mushtari Afroz and a music performance by an Indigenous musician Cheri Maracle. Black poet Andrea Thompson and Asian writer, Vicki Zhang will offer literary writings and poetry, while an exhibition of visual artists from Asian to Indigenous backgrounds exhibit their work for a week at Bathurst 918, one of the Pluralism for Organization Change (CPAMOPOC) participating organizations. Emily Jung, Vero Diaz, Diane Montreuil and Florence Yee work come from a diverse set of practices rooted in their identity as women IBPOC artists.

Performers Bios: 

Mushtari Afroz was introduced to Bengali folk dance at a young age in Bangladesh as part of her school’s extracurricular activities. She started her training in North Indian Classical dance form ‘Kathak’ after immigrating to Canada in 2000. She has been advancing her training in Lucknow gharana of Kathak with Ms. Saveeta Sharma and in Jaipur gharana of Kathak with Mr. Hemant Panwar. In 2016 Mushtari along with two Kathak dancers founded Kathak Bandi Dance Collective that aims to celebrate human stories and experience through classical, contemporary and experimental work rooted in the vocabulary of Kathak and its innovations. Since its inception the collective has created original work inspired by visual art, poetry and contemporary events that speak to the ‘Now’. ‘Silence Is..’ ‘Resist/Co-exist’, ‘Sunset in Fall’ ‘Emerged’, ‘Past & Present’, ‘The Broken Dream of a Stream’, and ‘Bold Expressions’ are some of Kathak Bandi’s recent creations.

Cheri Maracle is a multi-award nominated singer and actress of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She and piano player Brendan Peltier of the Wikwemikong Unceded Territory have been performing together for over 15 years as a jazz duo and also with the Cheri Maracle Jazz Quartet. Together they’ve travelled all over Turtle Island performing jazz originals and standards to high acclaim. Maracle’s sultry, dramatic style of jazz has got them invited to festivals and awards shows from coast to coast and as far as India to perform in New Dehli. Maracle’s three albums can be found on iTunes.

Andrea Thompson has been publishing and performing her work for over twenty-five years. In 1995 she was featured in the documentary, Slamnationand in 2005 her spoken word CD, One,was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award. She was the 2009 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word’s Poet of Honour, was host of the television series, Heart of a Poet, and is author of the novel Over Our Heads. Thompson has written numerous critical essays on spoken word and is currently teaching through the University of Toronto’s continuing studies. In 2019, she released her CD, Soulorationsand later that year won the League of Canadian Poets’ Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Excellence.

Vicki Zhang’s ten-minute play The Male Root won the 8th InspiraTO Festival’s juried playwriting competition. Her play Oracle Jane was selected for production at Toronto Alumnae Theatre’s 30th New Ideas Festival and received a public staged reading at Winnipeg’s 16th FemFest. Her play How I Became a Tramp is a runner-up of 2019 Hamilton Fringe Festival New Play Contest, and one of the winners of the 2019 Toronto Ergo Pink Fest. Her plays have also received staged readings at InspiraTO festival, Festival of Original Theatre (FOOT), Asper Center for Theatre and Film, and University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama. She is the author of Uncalculated Risks (Canadian Scholar’s Press, 2014), which was nominated for a Myrdal Prize. She has also written essays and short fiction about the Chinese diaspora for Rookie Magazine and Theread.

RSVP online: https://the-gathering-ibpoc-women-and-the-arts.eventbrite.ca
Tickets: General Admission $20 | Students/Seniors/Under-employed $15 .
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The Gathering: Schedule for Dec. 5

The Gathering 
IBPOC Women and the Arts:
Thinking and exploring the ways towards increased inclusion in the Arts Sector 

Panels and Performances
December 5, 2019 | 9:30am – 5pm 
Tranzac Club
292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y2

The Gathering Fall 2019 IBPOC Women and the Arts will explore frameworks for understanding the potential of working toward with the further inclusion of IBPOC women in the Arts sector. Held over a day, the convening will feature showcase performances, plenary sessions and networking with artists and organizations asking the same questions about IBPOC visibility, inclusion and their intersections with artistic/organizational practices. Aimed at providing professional development, building organizational and artistic capacity, we aspire to enliven the many ways in which IBPOC women in positions of leadership can speak to many perspectives in the arts, and how these intersect with and provide public impact.

The Gathering will begin with an art exhibition reception on December 4 from 6-8 pm at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education (918 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G5). Free admission to the exhibition from December 2 to December 8, 2019. Cash bar during the reception on December 4).

Panels and performances will take place on December 5 from 9:30 am – 5 pm at Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y2).

Schedule: 

9:30am:  Registration begins

10:00am: Land Acknowledgement

10:05am: Welcome / Opening Remarks

10:15am: PANEL I: Strategic Planning, Sectoral and Organizational Change.
Unearthing culturally relative policies for IBPOC Women in the Arts
Moderator: Ilene Sova
Panelists: Karen Tisch (Koffler Gallery and has done the TAC Equity Framework), Zainbub Verjee (Ontario Association of Art Galleries), Marjorie Chan (Theatre Passe Muraille), Alica Hall (Nia Centre for the Arts)

12:15pm: Poetry Reading: Vicki Zhang

12:30pm: Lunch Break

1:30pm: Dance Performance: Mustaphari Afroz

2:00pm: Literary Reading: Andrea Thompson

2:30pm: Panel II: IBPOC Women Perspectives on Artistic Direction / Programming and Leadership
Moderator: Patty Jarvis
Panelists: Tanisha Taitt (Cahoots Theatre), Sadia Zaman (Inspirit Foundation), Vivinne Scarlett (dance Immersion), Camille Georgeson-Usher (Aboriginal Curatorial Collective)

4:30pm: Music Performance: Cheri Maracle

4:50pm: Closing Remarks

RSVP online: https://the-gathering-ibpoc-women-and-the-arts.eventbrite.ca
Tickets: General Admission $20 | Students/Seniors/Under-employed $15 .

The Gathering – meet our visual artists!


The Gathering
IBPOC Women and the Arts: Thinking and exploring the ways towards increased inclusion in the Arts Sector 

The Gathering Fall 2019 IBPOC Women and the Arts will explore frameworks for understanding the potential of working toward with the further inclusion of IBPOC women in the Arts sector. Held over a day, the convening will feature showcase performances, plenary sessions and networking with artists and organizations asking the same questions about IBPOC visibility, inclusion and their intersections with artistic/organizational practices. Aimed at providing professional development, building organizational and artistic capacity, we aspire to enliven the many ways in which IBPOC women in positions of leadership can speak to many perspectives in the arts, and how these intersect with and provide public impact.

The Gathering will begin with an art exhibition reception on December 4  at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education. The exhibition features work by Emily Jung, Vero Diaz, Diane Montreuil and Florence Yee; their work comes from a diverse set of practices rooted in their identity as women IBPOC artists.

VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION | December 2 – 8 |  918 Bathurst Centre (918 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G5)

FREE EXHIBITION RECEPTION | December 4 | 6pm – 8pm | 918 Bathurst Centre (918 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G5) | Free admission to the exhibition (cash bar during the opening)

PLENARIES, SHOWCASE, READINGS | December 5 | 10am – 5pm | Transac Club (292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2M7) | Tickets: General Admission $20 | Students/Seniors/Under-employed $15

FOR TICKETS VISIT:  https://the-gathering-ibpoc-women-and-the-arts.eventbrite.ca

 

Artists bios: 

Emily Jung is an emerging visual artist and arts administrator working with a focus on Canada’s non-for-profit cultural sector. She has a B.A. in Arts Management and Visual Arts at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. Emily is interested in creating images and videos that explore intersectionality and identities.

 

Vero Diaz is an artist and a medicine womxn from multiple blood streams of Indigenous Nations from Turtle Island -Anahuac -Abya Yala as well of North Africa and Spain. She works with photography as a Codice (Codex); as living text and mnemonic device for Indigenous Futurisms. Photographs act as living images suspended in time for any one to witness and activate. Her desire is to co-create moments of stillness that are both timeless and time full.

She also enjoys being a writer, and spiritual interdisciplinary artist who works in the realm of magic realism and futurism. She is founder and director of Phoenix Rising Studio where she is developing a visionary art process to heal from ancestral wounds and empower ourselves from present day realities with mystical storytelling.
 

Florence Yee is a 2.5 generation, Cantonese-struggling visual artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto and Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. Their interest in Cantonese-Canadian history has informed an art practice examining diasporic subjectivities through the lens of gender, racialization, queerness and language.

Notable exhibitions include Sino(n)-Québécoise? at Centre Never Apart and Le Salon at Articule, as well as exhibitions at the Gardiner Museum (2019), A Space (2019), Art Mûr (2018), the Karsh-Masson Gallery (2017), Studio XX (2016). They have participated in residencies at the Gay Archives of Quebec, the John and Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery, La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, the Ottawa School of Art, and the Concordia Fine Arts Reading Room.

In 2019, they co-founded the Institute of Institutional Critique™ with Mattia Zylak. Having graduated with a BFA from Concordia University, they are now pursuing an MFA at OCAD U in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design as a SSHRC recipient and Delaney Scholar. They are represented by Studio Sixty-Six.
 

Diane Montreuil was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec.  She studied Interior Design at Old Montreal College where some of her projects were published in numerous design magazines such as “Les Idees de ma Maison”, “Decormag” & “Chez Soi”.    Diane now lives in the Greater Toronto area. Diane grew up in a creative and entrepreneurial family. At a young age her parents enrolled her to “Les Beaux Arts” for young kids.  Enmeshed in her world of creation she became a self-taught artist over the years. Captivated by the Arts in all its shapes and forms & her love for Landscapes, where scenes seemed to magically come together, in later time Diane discovered and understood why her life came together after discovering that she was a Metis on both sides of her family.

In 2017, Diane was invited to be part of the French Indigenous docents at the Royal Ontario Museum for the exhibition called Anishinaabe: Art & Power.  Unfolding over the many months after that, she exhibited her work in Ontario Galleries. Her works were exhibited in 2017-2018, in the Gallery of the Artist’s Network in collaboration with Art Gallery Ontario & Royal Ontario Museum.

Involved with women entrepreneurs at OASIS, Diane was nominated in 2018 – Indigenous Woman of March. She displayed her paintings, celebrated on International women’s day. Continuing in 2018 at the French Alliance of Toronto in the Pierre-Leon Gallery her exhibition called “Celebration of the Call of the Elders to Inner Peace” was well received.  Diane was the Indigenous guess artist in 2018 for the Latornell Environment Symposium.

Her unfolding works with the Toronto Catholic District School Board with teachers and their students brought her to be nominated amongst other “Woman of Influence”.  In 2019 Diane was invited by the TCDSB to create a fabric mural called “Reconcili-Action” with the special needs department students which included 15 schools.

Diane has been a very active woman doing different Art classes at the TCDSB since 2019 (where she has worked with over 25 schools).   She is amongst the invited judges in October 2019 to be part of a Juried Student Art selection at the TCDSB.

In 2019 Diane received a Grant from OAC (Ontario Art Council) in collaboration with the Woodland Cultural Centre. Many interviews were done by journalists in Ontario in regard of her exhibitions. Recently Diane was designated by the Toronto Catholic District School Board as their Knowledge Keeper in Residence. Since her few exhibitions at the Artist’s Network Gallery Diane have a seat on the Board of Education since last March of 2019.