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AOE Arts Council's Art Place Program Presents:
Special workshop followed by Panel Discussion
The Art of Community: a one-day introductory workshop with Jumblies Theatre (Toronto), about community-engaged arts.
facilitated by Jumblies’ Associates Leah Houston and Fiona Raye Clarke.
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
A hands-on workshop for professional artists, arts groups and non-profit community host partners to deepen their knowledge and practice of community and socially-engaged arts. Offered free of charge thanks to the donors and funders of the Art Place 2015-16 Program and those of Jumblies.
Participants will be introduced to the motivations, values, questions, joys, challenges, practices and protocols of community-engaged arts, through a short presentation and a participatory arts-based process, time for discussion and reflections and take-home resources. Topics touched on will include, artistic vision, guiding principles, project planning, partnerships, inclusion, diversity, facilitation, access, funds and resources, evaluation and more. This introductory workshop is a precursor to a potential longer and more in-depth Jumblies’ Artfare workshop that could be offered later in the year.
Based in Toronto with a national reach and founded by Artistic Director, Ruth Howard, Jumblies makes art in ordinary and extraordinary place, with, for and about the people and stories found there. The Jumblies Studio is a flexible, integrated, itinerant and interdisciplinary program for learning, mentorship and exploration in arts that engage with and create community, including workshops, presentations, project incubation, internships, publications, symposia, consultancy and collaborative projects.
* L'atelier est offert en anglais seulement, mais ouvert à tous les participants francophones. Les questions pourront être posées en français.
From 6 to 8:00 p.m.
The panel will feature 2015-16 Art Place and Jumblies’ artists, social agencies and other Ottawa artists who will discuss their community art practice and working in diverse communities:
- Earl Jones, Program Coordinator, Alexander Community Centre
- Nathaniel Parant, Senior Team Lead, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
- Amelie Griffin, dancer and choreographer, Tara Luz Danse
- Marta Singh, storyteller
- Leah Houston, Jumblies Theatre
- Fiona Raye Clarke, Jumblies Theatre
Light refreshments will be served between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Leah Houston (Lead Facilitator) has been cultivating a dynamic, multi-disciplinary community-based arts practice for 15 years, incorporating public art, installation and performance with public space transformation. Leah has created and produced many community arts events and led a number of artists to create new work. Her most consuming project to date has been the ongoing collaborative transformation of the Mabelle Park, a once-neglected green space in the heart of the Mabelle neighbourhood with over 2000 residents and 60 artists at MABELLEarts. Leah is increasingly invited to travel to diverse communities including Ontario’s Muskoka Region; Dhaka Bangladesh and Kathmandu, Nepal. She is a graduate of York University’s Environmental Studies Department and holds an M.A from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. For Jumblies, since 2005, Leah has served many roles: intern, designer, lead artist, project collaborator and associate faculty member for the Jumblies Studio (for learning and mentorship).
Fiona Raye Clarke (Assistant Facilitator) is the editor of Basodee: An Anthology Dedicated to Black Youth and the forthcoming anthology Black Like We: Troubleshooting the Black Experience. She leads the youth oral history theatre project Intergeneracial supported by Jumblies Theatre and funded by ArtReach and the Toronto Arts Council. Her ten-minute play Broken Windows originally featured in the 2015 InspiraTO Festival is being expanded with the support of Obsidian Theatre Company and the Ontario Arts Council Theatre Creators’ Reserve and will be featured in b current's 14th rock.paper.sistahz festival. An Artist-Facilitator at Jumblies Theatre and Youth Coordinator at MABELLEarts, she holds a Master of Laws from York University.
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AOE Arts Council | Conseil des Arts AOE
AOE Arts Council has been serving the arts community for close to 30 years. As a not-for-profit charitable bilingual organization, the Arts Council represents a membership of artists, organizations and supporters. The Arts Council creates opportunities for artists to share and sell their work, provides resources and services to its membership, organizes professional development activities and is a leader on city-wide arts initiatives.
Le Conseil des Arts AOE est au service de la communauté artistique depuis presque 30 ans. À titre d’organisme de bienfaisance bilingue, AOE représente des artistes, organismes et bienfaiteurs. Le Conseil des Arts offre la chance aux artistes de partager et vendre leurs oeuvres, procure des ressources et services à ses membres, organise des activités de développement professionnel et participe activement aux initiatives visant à promouvoir les arts, partout à travers la ville d’Ottawa.