Call for Submission: Gathering Divergence Fall 2021

The Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival and Conference has been a powerful, positive and supportive convening of arts practitioners geared towards sharing strategies in the engagement of indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically – marginalized artists and communities. This year, Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Fall 2021 | Art in the Time of Healing: The Importance of IBPOC Arts in Planetary Renewal will explore the role of IBPOC artists and organizations in the time of healing and renewal as our society emerges and reopens from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Held over three days, the festival and conference will feature panel discussions, showcase performances, workshops and networking opportunities for arts organizations, artists and arts sector professionals asking the same questions about anti-black racism in the arts, digital technology, its intersections with one’s artistic / organizational practices all grounded within the EDIP (Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity towards Pluralism). The sessions will be aimed at investigating systemic challenges, providing professional development while building organizational and artistic capacity. We aspire to explore the many ways in which the arts and healing will support cultural impact, civic engagement and deeper understanding of emerging digital frameworks with a focus on planetary renewal.

What is the overall concept? 
Gathering  Divergence Multi – Arts Festival and Conference offers an interactive space where arts organizations, artists and attendees dedicated to advancing performance, advocacy and pluralism in the arts can share, dialogue on common interests, purposes and strategies towards a better more equitable and inclusive arts sector.

Why are we doing it?
We believe systemic change is more effectively achieved through collective, creative action, and seek to create, support and learn through open-source resources, toolkits and strategies to understand how we are influenced, relate to anti-black racism and digital technology in and out of our artistic practices and administrations.

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 within the Arts sector as indigenous / ethno-racially identified artists with a pluralist lens.

Deadline: November 1, 2021 by 5pm

When & where is the event?
December 8-10, 2021

Location: Online / We may be able to offer a hybrid online and in-person events depending on public health guidelines.

What we offer:

•  Opportunity to display / showcase / facilitate a workshop to a wide range of artists/ audience, publicity, copy of performance. (No more than 15 minutes in length)

•  Visual Arts / Workshop RFP’s MUST include:

  1. Set up requirements 
  2. Estimated time for set up and striking of work
  3. Whether assistance is needed or included

•  Compensation Range:

  1. Dance / Theatre  / Music Honorariums $400 – $1000 (based on the number of artists)
  2. Literary Readings up to $300
  3.  Exhibition fees for Visual Artists will be based on CARFAC Standards 
  4. Workshops $250 (1 hour maximum, all disciplines)

Required for consideration:

•  Brief explanation of how your proposed work relates to ONE OR BOTH of the Conference’s Themes:  

  1. IBPOC Art supporting healing, the arts role in planetary renewal, art / healing / the environment 
  2. Workshops specific to the needs of the IBPOC Artists / Arts  Organizations and the Festival / Conference’s theme
  3. Digital Applications, Support and Thinking 

•  Works where the major contributors / artists or otherwise self-identify IBPOC

•  Works created by IBPOC artists and Organizations

•  Artist / Organization Website URL, Social Media Info

•  Biography (150 words)

•  Headshot / Company Image 300 dpi

•  Links to previous work(s) or work proposed. 

•  Visual Arts submissions MUST include:

  1. set up requirements 
  2. estimated time for set up and striking of work
  3. whether assistance is needed or included

Selection Process: 
Administered by a Selection Committee: CPAMO Board member(s), Program Manager, Executive Director, and Pluralism in Organizational Change (CPAMOPOC) members. The committee will consider the following:

  • Artistic Merit and with overall connection to CPAMO’s mandate and objectives
  • The Focus on the Gathering’s themes
  • Viability (overall programming cost, # of artists proposed, range / breath / depth of the submission)

What should I put in the submission subject line?
“Submission: The Gathering Divergence Fall 2021″
Please make sure to also include a link to your folder with the required support material.

An important notice: CPAMO operates in a Cloud-based platform. Documents MUST be submitted via (Google Drive, Box, One Drive, Dropbox etc.)

Where to send your submission?

Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Join us on Oct. 1 for a special session on “How do we begin again?”

On the left: How do we begin again? Impact 21 conference. Online and free. Register and join the conversation September 29th – October 9th. Beneath the text there is an image with several dancers.  On the right logos of CPAMO, Art of Festivals and Mass Culture. Beneath it: Rethinking the application process/systems of support. Oct. 1st 2021. 11am-1pm, panel/ breakouts. 2pm-4pm conversation/exploration. At the bottom: Hosted and co-instigated by impact21. Performance info Eventbrite:

State of Emergence 
Rethinking the Application Process & Systems of Support
October 1, 2021 via Zoom

11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Panel & Breakout Groups
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Conversation/Exploration
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm | CPAMO Publication launch

New funding models need to include investing in artists and humans rather than investing primarily in constantly producing. As the diversity of artists’ presentation and processes increases, current funding models are still rooted in a colonial structural approach and favour presentation culture, revenue generation in the arts. Often successful and sometimes not, the application and funding models have become a game of the haves and the have not. It’s results impact both the wellbeing and validation of an artist’s creativity. Are there shifts required in the application process that can mitigate the challenges faced by many with the application process? Artists and organizations in Canada are faced with a historical dependency on grants. The competition for funding and the lack of investments into funding is suggesting a reformation of the application process. As we examine the idea of how we continue in our practices, funding structures need to be revised by the artists’ and organizations’ ideas and experiences at the center.

  • Ever wonder how a grant is developed, structured and priorities placed in them?
  • With the focus on digitization, should video components beyond support material be considered?
  • Should hybrid application processes be implemented? 
  • How can the process of applying, assessments and feedback support artists for the future imaginations of the application process?

In this session we will discuss accountability in funding organizations, developing relationships beyond titles and returning to a focus on storytelling rather than art for commodification and how we sustain such processes moving forward. The session encourages ideas around radical shifts rather than incremental change and seeks to explore challenges but also invitations to possible radical shifts through critical discourse to implementation. 


This session is part of Impact 21 Festival for full performance festival schedule:

The session is in partnership with Mass Culture and Art of Festival’s “State of Emergence“. 

Equity, Anti-Racism and Pluralism Conference for Youth Theatres is Nov. 9-11!

ASSITEJ Canada: International Association of Theatres for Children and Young People
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All Together Now: Creating Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Canadian Theatre for Young Audiences, November 9-11, 2021 via Zoom. Beneath the text 20 abstract figures in different colours holding hands, figures look like drawn with pencils.

Save the Date!

A National Conference on Anti-Racism and Pluralism
in Theatre for Young Audiences

November 9-11, 2021 via Zoom  

ASSITEJ Canada in collaboration with Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario are excited to announce a national Equity, Anti-Racism and Pluralism Conference in Theatre for Young Audiences on November 9-11, 2021 via Zoom. 

The three day conference will feature panel presentations and workshops to engage artists, arts administrators and the broader artistic community in meaningful discussion, best practices and knowledge sharing on how to work with and reach IBPOC artists and communities. This conference will assist organizations to:

1) Develop Organizational Leadership/personal responsibility
2) Engage diverse arts practices/communities
3) Create programming with increased understanding/engagement of IBPOC communities
4) Diversifying membership/audience by increasing participant
5) Enabling Participants to Diversify Staff, Board and Volunteers

Stay tuned for more information in the upcoming weeks!

A collaboration between: logos of ASSITEJ Canada and Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario
With funding from Canadian Heritage.

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Tous ensemble maintenant : créer l’équité, la diversité et l’inclusion dans le théâtre canadien pour le jeune public. Du 9 au 11 novembre

Réservez la date ! 

Une conférence nationale sur l’antiracisme et le pluralisme dans le théâtre jeune public

Du 9 au 11 novembre 2021 sur Zoom

ASSITEJ Canada, en collaboration avec Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario, a le plaisir d’annoncer la création d’une conférence nationale sur l’antiracisme et le pluralisme dans le théâtre jeune public, du 9 au 11 novembre 2021, sur Zoom.

Ces trois jours de conférence, comprendront des tables rondes et des ateliers destinés aux artistes, aux travailleurs culturels et à l’ensemble de la communauté artistique dans le secteur du théâtre pour l’enfance et la jeunesse. La conférence permettra d’engager des discussions constructives et de partager des connaissances sur la meilleure façon de s’engager avec les personnes des communautés autochtones, noires et de couleur.

Cette conférence aidera les organisations à :

  • Développer un leadership organisationnel diversifié
  • Développer la responsabilité personnelle dans le leadership
  • S’engager auprès de communautés et de pratiques artistiques diverses
  • Mieux comprendre les communautés autochtones, noires et de couleur.
  • Augmenter les échanges et l’engagement avec les communautés autochtones, noires et de couleur.
  • Développer et diversifier les membrariat / le public
  • Aider les organisations à diversifier leur personnel, leur conseil d’administration et leurs bénévoles

Restez à l’affût des informations supplémentaires à venir dans les prochaines semaines !

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Avec le soutien de Patrimoine canadien