Visual Representation: The Problematic Nature of the Gaze for IBPOC Visual Artists session is on Sep. 24

The importance of visual representation of IBPOC artists and organizations has been amplified by the recent events occurring in our world. Articles have surfaced about the problematic of a  Euro-centric gaze and interpretation of visual Arts for IBPOC identified persons.   

What are some of these experiences? How do we begin to shift perspectives, invite multiplicity of approaches and representation into Visual Arts? How can the invitation and representation of the works of IBPOC artists also be amplified in gallery settings in Canada?

We hope you can join us. It is our intent to offer further a space for networking with artists and organizations, asking the same questions about IBPOC visibility, inclusion and their intersections with artistic/organizational practices while speaking to many perspectives in the arts and the changing demographics of audiences and participation within the Arts sector.

– Karen Carter
– Diane Montreuil
– Julius Poncelet Manapul
– Akshata Naik
– Michael Chambers
– Vero Diaz
Moderated by: Alana Traficante 

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Information Session – Sep 25: OAC’s New Arts Response Initiative Funding

Information Session : OAC’s New Arts Response Initiative Funding

Friday, September 25, 2020 at 10 am  Via Zoom 

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At this session, you will learn about the Ontario Arts Council’s (OAC) new Arts Response Initiative. The initiative was launched to support artists and arts groups and organizations as they navigate the negative impacts on their artistic practices and operations due to COVID-19. Join Maura Broadhurst, Arts Sector Development Officer, as she reviews the Ontario Arts Council’s regular programs and outlines the purposes of this new funding opportunity. She will explain the priorities of the program, the kinds of activities it supports, how to make an application and offer tips on writing a strong application. There will also be time for questions and answers.

The Ontario Arts Council designed this program in recognition of the barriers and challenges artists and arts groups and organizations have been experiencing since the emergence of the pandemic. It encourages exploration, adaptation, and the development of new ways of working that will increase the inclusiveness and resilience of Ontario’s arts sector, both now and into the future.

The Arts Response Initiative has three categories:

Project Grants for Individuals
Deadline: October 20, 2020 at 1 PM
Fixed Grant amount: $4,000

Project Grants for Ad Hoc Groups, Collectives and Organizations
Deadline: November 3, 2020 at 1 PM
Grant maximum: $15,000

Project Grants for Organizational Partnerships
Deadline: November 3, 2020 at 1 PM
Grant maximum: $30,000

For more details visit OAC’s website:

The information session is being hosted by Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario.

Arts Reflecting Our Times: Creation with Communities and Queer Arts Practices on Sep. 3

The Gathering: Online

Arts Reflecting Our Times:
Creation with Communities and Queer Arts Practices

September 3, 2020 | 1-4pm via Zoom 

Creation in the Arts have for the most part supported practices with a vision for theatre based spaces. In a post COVID-19 environment, how can Community Arts practices be a beacon for unpacking the diverse experiences and performance models in our society?

How might Arts organizations rethink, shift and respond to the importance of creating with and supporting communities through the Arts while also addressing the inequities and realities of queer arts practices. In what ways have Queer arts practices understood creating in and for communities? What lessons, best practices can we share, develop and consider?

– Tamla Matthews
– Samson Bonkeabantu Brown
– Dequan Clarke
– Matthew Cumbie
– Tom Truss
– Ruth Howard
– Newton Moraes
– Amanda Newman
– William Patrick Porter

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