The Gathering Divergence Day 2

Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Spring 2023

May 16 & 18 online | May 19 in-person 

Location: Winchester Street Theatre
80 Winchester St, Toronto, ON M4X 1B2 

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The Gathering Divergence Interdisciplinary Festival & Conference is a festival and conference with a specific focus on Indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled and mad, women and other historically – marginalized arts communities. Held over 3 days, GDMAF/C features performances, literary readings, panels, workshops and creative investigations from diverse practices.

Join us for Gathering Divergence Day 2 tomorrow (May 18) via Zoom. Featuring:

SESSION: Understanding Managing Money And Investments In The Arts 
Date: May 18, 2023 at 11:10 am via Zoom

In the arts, we know that financial precarity impacts our livelihood and families. We often work later, harder and consistently without benefits. Where do artists / organizations learn and understand managing money or possibly investing through a career.

  • Are there things we should be thinking about that will mean better financial security?
  • Are there ways we can think about investments even facing financial precarity
  • What are some measures though facing increased financial security can we begin to take into consideration?
  • How do artists begin to think about saving for retirement?

WORKSHOP: Grant Writing with Jessica Singh 
Date: May 18, 2023 at 1:00 pm via Zoom

In an ideal world, as artists and arts professionals the projects we conceptualize would paint the blue sky in all the hues possible. But in reality, it is limited by budgetary constraints and in many cases, we don’t even have the seed money to start building on our ideas. It takes months, often years to make these projects financially sustainable. The Canadian government supports the arts, artists, and arts-based organizations primarily through grants.

Using experience gained in grant writing specifically in the arts and culture sector. Jessica Singh will conduct a workshop on Grant Writing for Artists and Arts organizations and share her learning with attendees with specific focus to the needs of the IBPOC Artists / Arts  Organizations

SESSION: Networking Session with Programmers / Presenters  for IBPOC Artists 
Date: May 18, 2023 at 2:00 pm via Zoom

CPAMO started as an organization that catered to the needs of artists offering workshops based on responses from surveys and convenings. Geared towards IBPOC artists and companies, the session is an invitation to meet various organizations that support the work of artists; from presenters, festivals, arts service organizations to companies who work with artists. Its also a session to hear from the IBPOC arts communities about their emerging needs coming out of the pandemic.


Gauri Sharma | Time: 12:40 pm

Faith Jade | Time: 3:00pm 

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General admission (per day): $15
Accessibility pricing (per day): $5

The full schedule is available here.

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SAVE THE DATE: The Gathering is May 19-21 via Zoom


Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts
Festival & Conference Spring 2021

 May 19 – 21, 2021 via Zoom

The Gathering has been rebranded as a multi-arts festival and conference. CPAMO launches Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival and Conference (SPRING 2021). A festival / conference focusing on varying topics within the Arts sector grounded in the transformative change embedded in the potential opportunities that arrive from thinking about the Arts in a pluralist framework amplified through a cross-sectoral understanding of Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity. Through panels, workshops, exhibitions and showcases encouraging divergence across arts practices, collaboration and professional development shaped within the sensibilities of art making and networking of IBPOC artists and organizations. 
The Gathering Divergence Multi – Arts Festival and Conference |  What Have We Learnt: Approaches, Lessons and Future Strategie towards Anti Black Racism, Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity and Digital Support in the Arts is envisioned as a space to gather, diverge with diversity and intersect on the many aspects of the performing arts and the  Arts sector. The festival and conference invites participants from across the world and the Canadian arts sector investigating intersections of artistic / organizational practices grounded in EDIP (Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity towards Pluralism) Divergence is a critical manifestation in critical thinking.  We encourage attendees to think together.  
The launch of the publication  Living in the Skin, I am In: Experiential Learnings, Approaches and Considerations towards Anti-Black Racism in the Arts, continues the conversation on anti-black racism in the arts, it’s impact on black artist’s use of digital technology and the implications one’s artistic / organizational practices. The featuring articles previously published or written along with articles from invited contributors working in all performing arts disciplines including visual arts,  digital / media arts and arts administration. Offering resources, toolkits and an annotated bibliography readers will find value in the international, national and local scope of its contents.  

Stay tuned for the full schedule and registration in the upcoming weeks!