Workshops on Cultural Competence and Curatorial Development

Workshops on Cultural Competence and Curatorial Development – Building Partnerships between Presenters and Aboriginal and Ethno-Racial Performing Artists

Interested participants are encouraged to register for all three sessions.  Each session will be held from 1-5 p.m. at 215 Spadina
Avenue, north of Queen Street.
Workshop One – October 31, 2011:
Workshop Two – November 29, 2011:
Workshop Three – December 15, 2011:

CPAMO has received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council to work with presenter members of Community Cultural Impresarios and CPAMO’s Creators’ Roundtable to develop partnerships to:

1) commission work of Aboriginal and ethno-racial performing arts companies who are members of CPAMO’s Roundtable; and

2) design and implement arts outreach, engagement and education amongst Aboriginal and ethno-racial communities to develop audiences
for the commissioned work and for the venues operated by involved presenters.

The process to achieve these concrete partnerships will be to use a series of four (4) workshops to develop the guidelines, criteria,
implementation plans that include designation of responsibilities and timeframes, and, assessment and evaluation criteria.  These workshops
will act as a clearing-house and catalyst for work done directly between presenters and performers.  A short description of each workshop is provided below.

A)  Workshop One – October 31, 2011.  Beginning with a presentation by Mimi Beck of the CanDance Network which regularly co-commissions work,
this workshop will involve all presenters and performers in a discussion on what is needed to develop guidelines and criteria for
the selection of presenter-performer partnerships and the co-commissioning of performer works by presenters.  The guidelines and
criteria for presenter-performer partnerships will determine the purpose of the partnerhships, the role to be played by performers and
presenters, the desired outcomes and timeframes for implementation.
Regarding co-commissioning, this session will develop the application/ selection process, including criteria, for the co-commissionining of
performers work and the intentions of presenters to present the work within their communities, share it with other Ontario presenters and
promote the work in other national and international forums.  Once the criteria for co-commissioning performer work has been established, the
presenters and performers will agree upon a jury to review and select the work.

B) Workshop Two – November 29, 2011.  Beginning with a presentation by Patty Jarvis of Prologue to the Performing Arts, this workshop will
discuss the importance of arts education in schools and the importance of such education to building communities.  Following the
presentation, this workshop will pair presenters and performing arts organizations based on the guidelines and criteria drafted at the
first session and including ideas related to arts education in schools.

C) Workshop Three – December 15, 2011.  Beginning with a presentation by Skye Louis and Leah Burns of the Neighbourhood Arts Network/Toronto
Arts Foundation, this workshop will focus on the importance of community engagement as an integral component of building audiences
amongst Aborioginal and ethno-racial communities.  The workshop will also provide opportunities for presenters and performers to begin to
share the results of their work, network with each other and receive information on other similar collaborative projects within Canada and
from other countries.  The latter will be provided by CPAMO Project Lead, charles c. smith, based on research into ‘best practices’ of
audience development with Aboriginal and ethno-racial communities.

D) Workshop Four – January 2012.  This workshop will build on the previous  sessions, finalize the criteria for co-commissioning and
identify directions for future implementation.  Specifically, presenters and performers will openly share what they have contributed
and what they have learned through their work.  This will ensure the outcomes of the project are shared by all involved and result in a
shift in the performance ecology as the results are shared amongst a critical mass of presenters and performers.

This project aims to develop five (5) co-commissioned works involving ten (10) presenters and five (5) Aboriginal and/or ethno-racial
performing companies.  It is anticipated that the presenters will finance fully the co-commissioned work out of their own resources,
including per diems and incidental expenses of the selected performing arts companies.
The project will also pair presenters with Aboriginal and ethno-racial performing artists to develop and implement arts outreach/education
and engagement of Aboriginal and ethno-racial communities.  This aspect of the project aims to build relationships between presenters
and Aboriginal and ethno-racial communities so that the latter become engaged with presenters as volunteers and audience members.

It is anticipated that, once paired in partnerships or for co-commissioned work, the presenters and performers will meet in between
these workshop sessions to further develop their project plans.  The workshops, then, will be used as a common space to share results,
assess progress and to chart next steps.

As part of this project, Prologue for the Performing Arts will align its school-based programs to work with the presenters and the
performing artists.  As such, Prologue will be involved in workshops related to this and will develop its plans to support presenters and
performers in achieving the goals of this project.

For more information, please contact:

charles c. smith
Project Lead of CPPAMO
Lecturer, Cultural Pluralism and the Arts/University of Toronto
Artistic Director, the wind in the leaves collective

Victoria Glizer
Project Assistant or