Registration is now open for Emergence 2018

From November 19 to 23, 2018, Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network will engage Toronto’s arts community at Emergence: Arts & Equity, Leading Social Change.

TORONTO, September 24, 2018 - From November 19 to 23, 2018, Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network will engage Toronto’s arts community at Emergence: Arts & Equity, Leading Social Change. This week-long opportunity for knowledge exchange and critical discussion surrounding the theme of arts and equity involves community activations that will take place across the city (November 19-23, 2018), and one full day symposium (November 21, 2018).

The four day city-wide community activations will be hosted by partner organizations ArtReach, Platform A, CUE, East End Arts, Lakeshore Arts, North York Arts, Tangled Arts + Disability and Scarborough Arts. The full day symposium is presented in partnership with the Humber Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship and will involve panels and facilitated conversations, workshops and performances.

Emergence is made possible thanks to the support of TD Bank Group and Humber’s Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Registration is now open to the full-day symposium. Please view workshop/project descriptions and the schedule of events below.

The Emergence Symposium is a full day symposium taking place on November 21, 2018 at Humber College, Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship, 17 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, Etobicoke. Schedule of events to be confirmed.

A Pessimist's Guide to Self-Care | Workshop
Netta Kornberg

This workshop will use a health equity lens to ask: how can individual self- care practices meaningfully support artists’ wellbeing in the context of precarious work and intersecting inequities? Bringing a health equity lens to art allows artists and arts workers to focus specifically on the way creatives must use self-care to navigate their way through precariousness, sector exclusion and other forms of inequity.

Birds Make Me Think About Freedom | Artist talk
Victoria Freeman, Cheryl Zinyk and Nicholas Herd

Informed by the artists  involved in the play Birds Make Me Think About Freedom, this talk will educate artists and community members about the strength and creativity of artists with intellectual disabilities. Freeman and the cast will challenge the audience to reflect on prejudice and opportunities related to collaborating with artists with intellectual disabilities.

Community Arts Keynote Panel
Featuring Mahlikah Awe:ri, Paola Gomez, Alexa Hatanaka and Helen Yung. Moderated by Asad Raza

Engaging Marginalized Artists in Changing Arts Organizations | Panel, workshop and discussion
Charles Smith

A panel featuring Indigenous, racialized and marginalized artists  discussing their diverse arts practices and experiences will be followed by a participatory workshop. Participants will learn about the experiences of the featured panelists, various transferable theatre-based participatory exercises, and how to facilitate and integrate critical responses into their own practices.

Honouring our Brokenness: The Magic of our Shattered Hearts | Workshop and nature walk
Sheniz Janmohamed

This workshop invites participants to reflect upon their vulnerabilities and brokenness as a path to owning the messy imperfections and fleeting magic of their creative processes/ teaching methodologies/ community engagement. Sheniz will facilitate writing prompts, collaging, personal reflection, visualisation and conversations to explore these ideas. 

If It Ain’t White, It Ain’t Right | Workshop
Natasha Adiyana Morris

Making room for ‘diversity’ is crucial and tricky! This workshop seeks to shift perceptions beyond diversifying spaces and programming in a move towards transforming cultural models for theatre creation and infrastructure through presenting alternative models.

Message in a Bottle Project: Shattering Stigma related to Chronic Illness and Disability | Talk, workshop and exhibition
Kat Singer

Focusing on prescription medication use, artist Kat Singer will give a talk and facilitate a workshop where participants are invited to write a message on their prescription medication bottles about their personal experience with illness or the medication inside. A short writing exercise will follow.

Purdah: Visual interpretations of veiling practices associated with Islam | Artist talk
Mariam Magsi

This talk explores the intersections of culture, Western feminism and representations of religious and cultural veiling in order to shift perspectives of politicized and controversial cultural and religious practices (such as veiling). Mariam encourages participants to interrogate their own presumptions and notions of tolerance in the context of veiling and otherwise, and reflect on how artists reproduce biases in their creative practices.

Rebirth at Emergence | Workshop

This is an immersive opportunity for Artist Educators and Community Facilitators who are in a time of transition or re-birth in their lives and/or work, to ground and connect with their sense of true inner purpose. This program was created for those who feel called to work with marginalized sections of society.

Rising Boats!! | Art activation
Akshata Naik

Rising Boats explores concepts of migration and identity. Participants will make origami boats and are invited to write and/or draw their lived experiences on the boats. All will be gathered to create one large collective piece, composed of individual stories and social commentary.

Salzburg Global Seminar: Young Cultural Innovators | Artist talk / round table
Helen Yung

Helen leads a dynamic talk where she brings together 5 young cultural innovators in a dialogue to advance imaginative new impulses for social improvement and sustainable development. A working/brainstorming session will explore challenges that participants want young innovators to help solve. 

Tangled Arts Think-Tank with Deaf, Mad and Disability-identified Artists/Advocates | Talk
Tangled Arts + Disability

This interactive think-tank featuring Deaf, Mad and Disability-identified artists and advocates focuses on arts and disability social justice. Each presenter will reflect on their unique experiences in the arts sphere, and audience members will be invited to consider options relating to specific scenarios.

Unmasking Healing | Workshop
Ammarah Syed and Ty Sloane

This workshop will focus on developing resiliency and safe spaces internally, within art practices, and during mental health journeys. Participants will learn self-care skills, creative writing and movement techniques, and insight on how to unpack nuanced intersectional identity experiences through different kinds of hands-on art practices.

Registration to the full day symposium on November 21, 2018 is NOW OPEN 

Community Activations are hosted by partner organizations and will take place at select locations across the city between November 19-23, 2018. Registration for these events are not yet open.

ArtReach presents Self-care workshop
November 19, 2018
Sketch, 180 Shaw St. | 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Description coming soon

Lakeshore Arts and Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services present An Essay about Immigration, Identity and Geopolitics 
November 19, 20, 22
Lakeshore Arts Gallery, 2422 Lake Shore Blvd. West | Time TBC

An essay about immigration, identity and geopolitics is a 4 day exhibition by visual artist Guillermo Trejo which was created in collaboration with a group of adult newcomers in the Etobicoke area. The exhibition employs line drawings and maps to examine the personal and political significance of borders.

Platform A presents Mapping Mentorship
November 20, 2018
Jumblies Theatre, 132 Fort York Blvd, Ground Floor | 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Mapping Mentorship is a facilitated conversation for those interested in learning more about developing and applying a nuanced approach to mentorship. Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture, Children’s Peace Theatre, and Platform A will expand on their unique and specific mentorship expertise. 

East End Arts presents Black to the Future
November 20, 2018
Location and Time TBC

Black to the Future will explore afrofuturism in literature. Join Toronto based afrofuturist writers for a dynamic talk focused on reimagining Black futures.

Tangled Arts + Disability presents Flourishing: Somewhere We Stay Authentic
November 22, 2018
Tangled Gallery, 401 Richmond Street. | 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Visual artist Maanii Oakes discusses maintaining authenticity in creative practices in a talk that complements Tangled Arts’ current exhibition, Flourishing: Somewhere We Stay Authentic. The exhibition explores issues around human flourishing in relation to vulnerability, suffering and living with disability.

North York Arts presents Art as Medicine
November 22, 2018
North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street | 12:00 – 4:30 PM

Art as Medicine is a full day workshop that focuses on both traditional and contemporary explorations of the relationship between health, wellness and art from an Indigenous perspective. Featuring Indigenous Workshop Facilitators Aline LaFlamme (Elder) and Veronica Johnny.

CUE presents Unity
November 22, 2018
Margin of Eras Gallery, 1684 Queen St W | 7:00 – 9:00 PM

The Margin of Eras Gallery invites you to witness a live painting activation by members of the Black Artists’ Union, and to engage in conversation about their important work in representing the art and ideas of contemporary Black creators.

Scarborough Arts presents Annual Juried Exhibition: Equity Through Emergence
Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, 225 Confederation Dr, Scarborough | Date and Time TBC

A showcase of art created and curated in response to the theme of arts and equity.