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The Gathering: Intersections between Community Arts and Socially Engaged Arts Practices

Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO)

Thursday, 29 November 2018 from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
General Admission - panel (2:00pm - 5:30 pm) 28 Nov 2018 $20.00 $2.25
General Admission - performances (7:00pm - 9:00pm) 28 Nov 2018 $20.00 $2.25
General Admission - panel & performances 28 Nov 2018 $30.00 $2.80
Artist/Student/Underemployed - panel (2:00pm - 5:30 pm) 28 Nov 2018 $15.00 $1.98
Artist/Student/Underemployed - performances (7:00pm - 9:00pm) 28 Nov 2018 $15.00 $1.98
Artist/Student/Underemployed - panel & performances 28 Nov 2018 $25.00 $2.53

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The Gathering has been a very powerful, positive and supportive process geared towards sharing strategies in the engagement of Indigenous, racialized, deaf, disabled, mad, queer, women and other historically-marginalized artists and communities since it was initiated by CPAMO in Spring 2016. Given its success, The Gathering 1.0 | Intersections between Community Arts and Socially Engaged Arts Practices will explore frameworks for understanding the potential of community arts and socially engaged arts in supporting the expressions of these artists and their art making.

This convening will feature showcase performances, community-based visual arts and plenary sessions aimed at building organizational and artistic capacity, with the hope of enlivening the many ways in which the Arts intersects with and provides public impact, civic engagement and deeper skills development. This edition of The Gathering 1.0 is dedicated to the work of Shula Strassfeld, CPAMO Program Facilitator, Dancer, Intergenerational Community Arts Champion.

The Gathering offers an interactive space where arts organizations, artists and attendees dedicated to advancing pluralism in the arts can share dialogue on common purposes and strategies. We believe systemic change is more effectively achieved through collective, creative action, and seek to learn from everyone to understand how contemporary intersections in artistic practice shape diverse Canadian cultural expressions.

The day will include panel discussions on the intersections of learning involved in community arts practices and how engaged community arts informs a professional arts career. Slated to present we have visual artists:

Wayne Dunkley a visual artist, storyteller, voice actor and educator with a social practice that includes photography, digital media, community development. 20 years ago, he postered 400 pictures of himself to take society’s temperature on prejudice. 20 years later he is doing it again. Why? A social commentary of the currency of our time. It’s time for a different conversation about all prejudices, racism, sexism, ageism, genderism, ableism and others.

The art activation project “Bloody Boats!!” by Akshata Naik, talks of how we humans belong to different land, language, race, ethnic culture and are largely identified by the tags such as white, black, person of colour, immigrant, newcomer, refugee, queer, LGBTQ, indigenous that we often associate ourselves with but forget there are so many things is us which are common.

Lisa Frost in “Filling the Gap” will use colourful yarn to create a community engaged art work where the participants of The Gathering will be invited to contribute to the work.

Performing arts will be represented by writer Mugabi Byenkya who will share a piece inspired by his debut novel 'Dear Philomena,'. The piece wrestles with being a black, disabled, queer individual attempting to navigate the North American medical establishment that was not built for POC people. Aria Evans and the GoToDance Company will showcase a dance performance as will dance artist Coco Murray respectively rooted in Arts Education and Community engaged Indigenous and African dance.

The Gathering 1.0 will have a special performance by Dance Exchange (Washington D.C) for which it’s founder is the visionary behind the Critical Response Process (CRP) which Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario employs in its work with the Pluralism for Organizational Change (CPAMOPOC) participants. Their performance will be intergenerational with embedded audience engagement.


This year CPAMOPOC participants:   

logos of organizations participating in cpamo poc

Have questions about The Gathering: Intersections between Community Arts and Socially Engaged Arts Practices? Contact Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO)

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Small World Music Centre
180 Shaw Street
Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
Canada

Thursday, 29 November 2018 from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)


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Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO)

Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) is a movement of Indigenous and racialized artists engaged in empowering the arts communities of Ontario. CPAMO seeks to open opportunities for Indigenous and racialized professionals and organizations to build capacity through access and working relationships with cultural institutions across Ontario that will result in constructive relationships with Indigenous and racialized professionals and organizations.

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