Upcoming Conference & AGM: October 16th, 2017

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Save the Date for PAONE’s AGM and Conference!
Monday, October 16, 2017 from 10:00am-1:00pm

Living Arts Centre, (4141 Living Arts Dr, Mississauga) in the Rogers Theatre

Audience & Capacity-Building
Co-hosted by PAONE Member Third Monday Collective
We will be examining how to engage new audiences with a particular focus on reaching out to communities identified as marginalized or invisible, and those individuals or communities furthest from access. This conference will include a panel discussion with working groups, and lunch will be provided.
Schedule:
9:45am: Registration
10:00am – 10:30am: PAONE AGM
10:30am: Welcoming Remarks for the Conference                                                     10:40am: Panel Introductions                                                                                     11:00am – 11:20am: Breakout Sessions                                                                     11:20am – 11:45am: Group Discussion
11:45am – 12:15pm: Lunch (will be provided)
12:15pm – 1:00pm: Panel/Group Discussion on Strategies/Solutions to Challenges

 

RSVP by Monday, October 9 by emailing us at info@paone.ca.                        Please note: PAONE doesn’t currently have a formal member policy, so consider yourself invited and welcome to join us on the 19th!*

Panelist Details:

Michael Prosserman (UNITY Charity) found his passion for break dancing at a very young age. By the time he was three, Michael was already standing on his head while watching Saturday morning cartoons. Since then, he has performed for over 300 audiences, has spoken at over 100 schools, and has taught hundreds of workshops all over the world from Canada to Italy to Asia to the Arctic. Michael has competed world-wide, placing first in over 22 competitions. Michael is the founder and Executive Director of UNITY Charity, an organization that empowers youth to be role models and leaders in their communities through after school programs in break dancing, graffiti art, spoken word poetry and beat boxing. UNITY has reached over 100,000 young people across Canada. In the past year UNITY was featured in over 50 major media outlets in Canada including Maclean’s, Toronto Star, CBC, CTV, Citytv, and many more. UNITY teaches youth to use urban arts as a powerful outlet to relieve their stress and anger in a
positive way.

Anu Radha Verma (QTBIPOC Sauga) (BA, MES) has lived, worked, studied, played, struggled and agitated in both Canada and India. Her work has cut across sectors and places, but always focused on the intersections of social justice, community and creativity. She has been focused on the suburbs as a place of brilliance, organizing and social change – having organized various queer and trans, racialized community spaces including Pride Week in Peel and QTBIPOC sauga. She originated brOWN//out, the south asian queer and trans stage at Pride Toronto. As a recovering-writer and a hesitant-curator, Anu Radha has been fortunate to support the creativity of folks who are typically unwelcome, under-represented or invisibilized from mainstream arts spaces, such as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) communities, queer and trans folks, youth, women, and all sorts of weirdos. Her current commitments include working in cancer research at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, coordination a project on Inclusive Leadership at the Association of Ontario Health Centre, charing the board of Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre, and providing consulting expertise to various community-based organizations across the GTA. Anu Radha is a queer, diasporic, sometimes-femme, a survivor, and someone who lives with mental health struggles. Find her (sometimes) on Twitter @aradhaverma.

Leslie Page (Art Gallery of Burlington) Leslie Page is motivated by laughter, a sense of order and a desire to inspire meaningful dialogue. Her nonlinear career path includes retail management, volunteer coordination, event planning and communications administration which led to coordinating the Education programs for the AGB, formerly the Burlington Art Centre. Having earned her degree in English (minor in Art history) from McMaster University, it is the eclectic mix of education and experience that she brings to her role as Creative Programs Advisor with the Art Gallery of Burlington.

May 31st 2017 Conference: Community-Engaged Work

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Exploring the Practice of Community-Engaged Work

On May 31st, a group of thirty artists and arts administrators came together for PAONE’s second member-initiated conference of 2017.

Co-hosted by PAONE member Mixed Company Theatre, the conference became a platform for a highly interactive dialogue about the everyday challenges encountered in engaging communities.

Some of the key challenges that were identified and explored included: 

  • Unequal Access
  • Resource Management and Allocation
  • Community Needs Assessment
  • Communication of Value
  • Commitment to/by Communities and Audiences
  • Privilege and Identity Recognition

The conference began by engaging participants in the use of Image Theatre or non-verbal modes of expression to step back and analyse these common roadblocks faced in community-engaged arts. Facilitated by Simon Malbogat and Swetha Ranganathan from Mixed Company Theatre, the vibrant discussions that followed began to reveal simple strategies to work with these challenges that we are not always able to uncover in day to day work in the arts sector. Participants talked about the importance of connecting resources, balancing power structures, opening doors and having honest conversations.

The second half of the conference was comprised of two case study discussions. The first one, led by Dallas Bergen from the Regent Park School of Music, focused on his growth and learning  working with diverse communities, especially Syrian refugee children, in the context of an expanding organization. Second, Brandy Leary from Anandam Dancetheatre presented her Audience in Residence program that engages participants as co-creators, recognizing the active and disciplined practice of being an audience member.

Learn more about the facilitators from Mixed Company Theatre:

Swetha-RanganathanA computer engineer by training, Swetha Ranganathan discovered her passion to work with communities towards creating social change, in 2010 in India. After attaining a Masters degree in Social Entrepreneurship, she went on to co-found Apni Shala Foundation with the vision to enhance the Indian education system. Trained as a Theatre of the Oppressed facilitator, Swetha is passionate about facilitating participatory and collaborative learning and changing the way people and/or communities think about self-development and growth. She is the General Manager at MCT.

Simon 2Simon Malbogat has been a key player in Canada’s popular theatre scene for over 30 years now. He has studied with some of the greatest contemporary popular theatre practitioners including Augusto Boal and blended Forum Theatre with the Sweet Medicine Teachings (SMT) of the Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society for an innovative theatre and teaching approach. Simon has directed and acted in over 60 new Canadian works, many of which many are now seen as important benchmarks in the development of Canadian theatre. As MCT’s Artistic Director has worked extensively in engaging the community including street youth, children, seniors, educators, parents, mental health professionals and artists through Forum Theatre and the interactive arts approach. His vision has been to create positive social change through community-engaged theatre across a wide range of social themes including mental wellbeing, education, HIV awareness, diversity and inclusion, as well as relationships. Simon’s recent successful community-engaged productions have been Out of the Illusion (2015), Day on the Shore (2015), Shelf Life (2016), Spring Moon (2017).

Learn more about the case study presenters:

Dallas Bergen 1Dallas Bergen is an active singer, choral conductor and clinician from Toronto.  Prior to settling in Toronto, Dallas received his Bachelor of Music in Secondary Education from the University of Victoria.  He is a past member of The Canadian Chamber Choir and The Nathaniel Dett Chorale and appeared with the Elora Festival Singers for the 2008 festival choir.  He is the founding member of Univox Choirs Toronto, a community choirs organization for young adults founded on the principles of relationship building, social responsibility and musical excellence.  He is music director at First Unitarian Congregation. Dallas’ service to the choral extends to his work with Regent Park School of Music where he is the founding director of the Parkdale satellite choir, and co-director of Nai Syrian Children’s Choir.  He recently completed nine years of service on the music committee of the Toronto Arts Council as juror and co-chair.  Dallas strives to use his passion for choral music to foster empathy and human connection through the vulnerability of shared artistic expression.

BrandyBrandy Leary creates contemporary performances through the body: active as a dancer, choreographer, aerialist, writer, arts advocate, community cultivator, space maker, Artistic Director, educator and curator. Her performance works have been produced and performed in Canada, Europe, India, South Africa and the USA in theatres, urban environments, festivals, museums, art galleries and isolated landscapes. She founded Anandam Dancetheatre as an umbrella structure for her performance projects (www.anandam.ca) and is its Artistic Director. She is a founder and Co-Director of Collective Space (an alternative performance and rehearsal venue in Toronto’s west end), Founder and Co-Artistic Director of CCAFT (Contemporary Circus Arts Festival of Toronto), developer of Anandam’s Audience In Residence Program and curator/co-producer of the Body Brake dance series at Theatre Passe Muraille. She is a driving force in the evolution of contemporary circus practice in Toronto as a choreographer, performer, curator and festival director working from values of experimentation, discourse development, curiosity and collaboration.

Resources: Examining Resilience in Arts Education Programming (March 28, 2017 Conference)

On March 28, we held our first member-facilitated conference of 2017. Led by PAONE member Carrie Hage, we explored building resilience in youth through arts education programming.

If you weren’t able to join us or would like to revisit what we discussed, you can take a look at her presentation: PAONE – March 28 Conference.

Noorin Fazal (Program Director, Story Planet), one of the guest speakers at the conference, has also shared her self-reflection questions:

•Who am I placing at the heart of all decisions?
•Do I have a growth mindset? Am I constantly testing and iterating? How do I view failure?
•Do the volunteers, staff, and facilitators reflect diverse lived experiences? Do we reflect the communities that we serve?
•What balance of structure and flexibility allows for creative risks in my context?
•Is 1:1 mentorship possible in my context? How?
•How can I capture the creative process in a tangible way?

We hope these will be valuable tools to you all in your respective practices!

March 28, 2017: PAONE Conference ~ Examining Resilience in Arts Education Programming

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PAONE is hosting its first conference of 2017: Examining Resilience in Arts Education Programming.

Join us as we discuss how the arts, and arts education programming contributes to building resilience in youth. Lead by PAONE member Carrie Hage, we will learn more about resiliency, and of best practices of arts education programming that support building resilience in youth.

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Location: OCADU MCC 525 in the Annex Building at 113 McCaul St., Toronto
Timing: 9-11:30am (Registration: 8:45-9am)
PWYC: Suggested donation: $10
RSVP by: Friday, March 24 by noon to info@paone.ca

Guest speakers:
Connie Chisholm from CoDesign
Julian Diego from SKETCH
Noorin Fazal from Story Planet (note: updated March 27)

About the facilitator:
Carrie Hage is an actor, storyteller, educator and facilitator. An acting graduate from Dalhousie University (Double Honours in Theatre and Spanish), Carrie began her professional career in Toronto in theatre, film, and TV (founding member of WORKhouse Theatre). Years later, in pursuit of even more adventure, Carrie moved to London, England to pursue a Masters in Applied Theatre at Goldsmith’s University. Following her studies, she worked in London as an applied-theatre practitioner with Mencap, Ovalhouse Theatre, Cardboard Citizens, and Corali Dance Company. Carrie specializes in working with youth at risk of social exclusion and has developed numerous community projects and school programs with a focus on building resilience, self-confidence and community.

About the guest speakers:
Connie Chisholm is the principal of CoDesign, a social enterprise that organizes and facilitates collaborative projects between marginalized communities and post-secondary design students.These projects produce tangible objects/products that directly benefit the participating community. Connie has worked for eighteen years as a self-employed furniture designer/maker and currently teaches design and craftsmanship at Sheridan College and OCAD University. She started CoDesign in 2010.

Julian Diego is a Community Arts practitioner and passionate advocate for access and inclusion in art-making. He believes that everyone has creative aspects that can be encouraged and developed, and that as they do, communities develop and deepen their understanding of members and themselves.

Julian has facilitated arts programming, with a focus on marginalized youth, for over a decade in Toronto. He is fascinated by different ways to increase the palette of expressive options available to people who may not be able to afford or access traditional opportunities.

Julian is an experienced screen printer, a highly trained kung fu practitioner and performer, and is certified as a Mentor Artist-Educator through the RCM. Julian has worked with youth in a variety of contexts for over 25 years, including homeless shelters, community drop ins, and  at SKETCH,  and has worked abroad in Belize for the Dept. of Human Development, Woman’s Department.

Noorin Fazal is a learning experience (LX) designer and educator. She is driven by human-centred curriculum, community activation, arts- and technology-based literacy, and equity and inclusion practices. With over 8 years in the field, Noorin has taught more than 650 students aged 12-18. In addition to teaching, Noorin has consulting on LX design for various companies and organizations, including the National Film Board for Canada, the Aga Khan Museum, and the Feminist Art Conference.

Noorin entered the education field in 2007 as part of the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP). STEP is a double Master’s program at the Institute of Education, UCL, currently ranked 1st in the world for Education. For her graduate work, Noorin conducted action research at the intersection of critical thinking, ethical literacy, and creative expression in Muslim religious education. She centred her studies on the question, ‘What does it mean to be human?’ For Noorin, this question lies at the heart of all artistic and educational practice.

Currently, Noorin directs programming, training, and LX design at Story Planet, a non-profit storymaking community, focusing on under-resourced parts of Toronto. Story Planet creates spaces for kids and teens to discover and develop their voice through visual art, digital media, theatre, and writing. The Story Planet team believes that through the making and sharing of stories, we can reach our potential for empathy and interconnection. Creative portfolio: www.noorinfazal.carbonmade.com.

 

Thurs. Dec. 8: PAONE’s Holiday Mixer

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Join us on Thursday December 8th for our annual Holiday Mixer. Come celebrate wintery festivities with fellow PAONE colleagues.

Duke of York Pub from 6pm onwards.
39 Prince Arthur Ave., Toronto (Near St. George subway station, just east of Bedford and north of Bloor).

Please RSVP to info@paone.ca by Monday, Dec. 5th at noon.