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, OCAD U BIPOC Writers, Association of Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts.

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; Millie Knapp, (tentative), Mandy Bayrami

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


The Gathering Performances features Sashar Zarif Dance,  Mateo Galindo Torres Dance,  MT Space 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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Media Release: The Gathering

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

For Immediate Release (April 3, 2019)

What Happens When… 45 Artists and 56 Organizations Collaborate in an Arts Event?

(TORONTO,ON) 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.

Since 2016, 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. The event will feature performances by some of Canada’s leading arts organizations including MT Space, Compania Carmen Romero, Sampradaya Dance Creations, Newton Moraes Dance Theatre, Red Slam Collective, Das Faggot Mascheifet, Nova Dance, Shaunga Tagore, Sashar Zarif, Aluna Theater and much more. The panels and networking are central to the support, dissemination and showcase of equity, diversity and pluralist performing aesthetics in the arts with the hopes of leading to community building, organizational development, increased artistic capacity, with the aspiration of enlivening the many ways in which the Arts intersects with, and provides public impact and intrinsic civic engagement.


More info will be available here: www.cpamo.org – Tickets sale starts in two weeks! 

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
 

ABOUT CPAMO: 

Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) is a 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 organization. Through their Advisory Committee, Roundtable Artistic Associates and the Pluralism for Organizational Change Organizations, CPAMO has coordinated at the national level with National Arts Services Organizations in a movement to equitable, diverse and inclusive change in the Arts supporting a pluralist framework. CPAMO’s current projects include: The Gathering which is a bi-annual event exploring issues related to the arts practices of Indigenous, racialized and other marginalized artists in a non-hierarchical space and CPAMOPOC (Pluralism and Organizational Change).

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.

Save the Date – CPAMO’s Spring Gathering

SAVE THE DATE
The Gathering 

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

May 21, 2019 
Nia Centre for the Arts
524 Oakwood Avenue, Toronto, ON M6E 2X1

May 27, May 28 & May 29, 2019
Aki Studio at Native Earth Performing Arts
585 Dundas St E, #250, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

Join us for a special Gathering over 4 days this May to celebrate our 10th-year anniversary! The Gathering: Celebrating 10 years of showcasing, convening and support for equity and pluralism in the Arts will feature panels and performance showcases highlighting Indigenous, racialized and other marginalized groups’ artspractices. The Gathering will feature a variety of panels and performances by artists who have showcase with CPAMO over the years.

Featuring:

  • May 21, 2019: Black Arts Mentorship panel
  • May 27, 2019: Writers’ Gathering panels and artistic showcases
  • May 28, 2019: Diaspora Dance and Community Engagement panels with showcases.
  • May 29, 2019: Disability and Artistic Practices and Indigenous Arts Activism panels with special 10 year celebration party and fundraiser!

Performances by: Nova Dance, Sashar Zarif Dance, KasheDance, Alluvial Plains, Unsettled Scores, Das Faggot Mascheifet, Mateo Galindo Dance, Cahoots Theatre, Shaunga Tagore, Ronald Taylor Dance, MT Space, Carmen Romero Dance, Sampradaya Dance Creations, Newton Moraes Dance and Readings by Michael Fraser, Banoo Zan and Sheniz Janmohamed .

In collaboration with:

CPAMOPOC participants:

Stay tuned for more information! 

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.

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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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.