The Gathering Divergence: Exhibition Opening Reception & Book Release on Dec.8

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Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts
Festival & Conference Fall 2021

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.

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. This exhibition will feature work by Quentin VerCetty, Gustavo Artigas and Alysa-Beth Engel.

We are excited to release our new publication Living in the Skin I am In: Experiential Learnings, Approaches and Considerations Towards Anti-Black Racism in the Arts edited and compiled by Kevin A. Ormsby and charles c. smith.

Exhibition Dates: Dec. 7-16
Free to attend | No RSVP required.

Opening Reception and  Book Release: Dec. 8 at 7:15pm
Ticket: $10 | RSVP required | Cash Bar 

Location: Daniels Spectrum Hallway Galleries
Daniels Spectrum (2nd Floor)
585 Dundas Street East
Toronto, Ontario M5A 2B7

Daniels Spectrum is open to the public Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm. Saturdays and Sundays closed. Wheelchair accessible.

Please note: Due to Covid-19 regulation, NO walk-in are allowed for the exhibition opening and you must register and meet Covid requirements for entry: https://tinyurl.com/GDprotocol2021
Proof of double vaccination is required when entering the exhibition opening.
Exhibition opening tickets are $10. Register here for exhibition only OR register at Aki studio’s online box office for exhibition and evening performances (6pm).

CPAMO acknowledges the support provided by Toronto Artscape Inc for this exhibition.

Interested in attending the conference Dec.  8-10?
Visit our website for more details: https://wp.me/p3jYa5-bVuMh
Register for In-person in-person event register at Aki studio’s online box office.
Tickets: $10 for an evening. Covid-19 regulation for entry: https://tinyurl.com/GD-2021-protocol
Register to attend online via Zoom (FREE):
https://the-gathering-divergence-fall-2021.eventbrite.ca

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email info@cpamo.org

Artists Bios: 

Quentin VerCetty

Winner of the 2010 Governor’s General Bronze Medal award and the 2020 Joshua Glover Memorial competition, Quentin VerCetty is a multi-award-winning, multidisciplinary visual griot, artpreneur, educator, artivist, and an ever-growing interstellar tree. As one of the world’s leading Afrofuturist a-r-tographers, an artist-researcher-teacher practitioner, he coined the terms “Sankofanology” and “Rastafuturism” as well as co-editing Canada’s first contemporary art book on Afrofuturism, Cosmic Underground Northside: An Incantation of Black Canadian Speculative Discourse and Innerstandings (2020).

Through his work, he hopes to continue to honour his ancestors, engage minds, inspire hearts, and help to make the world a better place.

Gustavo Artigas 
| Born in Mexico City in 1970 | Lives and works in Toronto and Mexico City |

Over the last 25 years, Artigas has experimented with different media and visual art modalities such as Sound Art, Site-Specific Installations, Performance Art, Relational works, light pieces, and painting. Some of his most recognizable works relate ludic structures to disaster situations. His pieces dialogue with a with a wide variety of issues, from the political to the social identities and became part of the booming group of contemporary Mexican artists that emerged in the 90´s and made an important impact in the international art scene.  He considers his work habit as “a constant intent to tie a good knot using loose ends.”
Artigas’ vision took his work to the Venice Biennale, the Liverpool Biennial the Havana Biennial and other important international art forums.
Alysa-Beth Engel is a visual artist and writer. Her work explores Jewish identity, vulnerability and tikkun olam (healing the planet). Alysa’s art is informed by the rise in antisemitism and a hidden threat to her spinal cord. She draws her brain MRI images and hides messages of peace and healing. Alysa is an artist member of Print London, and Open Studio Contemporary Artist Centre, where she was previously the archivist and sales manager. Alysa was a contributing writer for D.A., published by the Porcupine’s Quill. She worked at Sotheby’s (London, UK), trekked solo in Nepal, and summited Mount Kilimanjaro. Alysa’s art is in corporate, public, and private collections nationally and abroad.

The Gathering Divergence: Dec. 8-10

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Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts
Festival & Conference Fall 2021

 December 8 – December 10, 2021
In-person at Aki Studio (Toronto) and via Zoom

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.

As part of this Gathering Divergence, we have a visual art exhibition Dec. 7-16 at Daniels Spectrum Hallway Galleries (2nd floor at 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, On M5A 2B7). Daniels Spectrum is open to the public Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm. Saturdays and Sundays closed. 

To view the schedule: https://tinyurl.com/ScheduleGD2021

In-person: 
For the in-person event register at Aki studio’s online box office.
Tickets: $10 for a section.
For the exhibition Opening Reception only on Dec. 8 register here.
Covid-19 regulation for entry: https://tinyurl.com/GD-2021-protocol
Please note we have separate registration for the in-person event and for Zoom streaming. Due to Covid-19 regulation, NO walk-in are allowed and you must register and meet Covid requirements for entry: https://tinyurl.com/GDprotocol2021

Online: 
Registration to attend online via Zoom (FREE):
https://the-gathering-divergence-fall-2021.eventbrite.ca

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email info@cpamo.org

We are looking for event volunteers both in-person and online, for more details visit: https://tinyurl.com/GDV2021

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? programming@cpamo.org

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