Vancouver Moving Theatre (VMT) is an award-winning professional interdisciplinary company co-founded in the Downtown Eastside (1983) by Terry Hunter (Executive Director) and Savannah Walling (Artistic Director), co-founding members of the Mime Caravan (1973-74) and Terminal City Dance (1975-83). The Downtown Eastside, located on unceded Coast Salish Territory, is made up overlapping historic districts and is home to the largest Aboriginal “unofficial urban reserve” in Canada, the second largest historical Chinatown in North America, and to a succession of immigrant residential communities. Here on this land, VMT creates art that celebrates the power of the human imagination and spirit; builds shared experiences that bridge diverse cultural traditions, social groups and artistic disciplines; and gives voice to residents of the Downtown Eastside and beyond. VMT produces the annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival and community-engaged projects with and for residents of the Downtown Eastside and beyond.
Magic, inventiveness, striking visuals – you’ll find all these qualities in abundance in a Runaway Moon Theatre show. Their puppet shows combine different sizes of puppets with live actors to explore the dramatic (and comedic) possibilities of scale differences and blur the line between “real” and imaginary and reminds the audience that the possibilities for transformation are all around us. Community-based arts events are the other side of Runaway Moon. Large-scale, long-term community projects, revolving around a theme such as local food or water, come to a climax with an outdoor community ‘spectacle’ celebrating the environment and our place in it. Runaway Moon welcomes and encourages people of all generations and walks of life to take part in every aspect of the productions.
The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre is unlike any other community centre in Canada - an arts oriented community centre that serves not only the residents of Vancouver's Yaletown but all citizens of Vancouver and the lower mainland. Community cultural development, literally building creative community by connecting art and everyday life, is at the heart of the Roundhouse mandate. In addition to hosting a robust program of arts, sport and recreation classes, the Roundhouse is the Vancouver Park Board flagship for an artist in residence program that commissions artists working with community-engaged and social practices to create new work by, with, for and about community. These residencies see professional artists and educators engage for a year or more on creative initiatives focused on building creative community, and promoting diversity, innovation, collaboration, and community engagement.
As the only designated arts and recreation centre in Vancouver, The Roundhouse works with a myriad of cultural partners to present performances, exhibitions, festivals, and public programs ranging from courses and workshops, to film series, conferences and symposia. Over the past 17 years, we have established an interdisciplinary collegial community of over 40 collaborative arts partnerships annually, with local and international presenters including the Vancouver International Dance Festival, PuSH International Performing Arts Festival, Talking Stick Festival, Co.Erasga Dance, Boca Del Lupo Theatre and more. Over the course of our history, the Roundhouse has commissioned numerous interdisciplinary productions, events and exhibitions through our residency programs and partnerships.
Rising Sun Theatre is a barrier-free theatre ensemble committed to providing opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to have their voices heard and stories shared, and to learn and grow through the practice of theatre. It also aims to provide opportunities for professional theatre artists to meet and work with people with disabilities and to engage in collaborative artistic activities with them.
The company, now in its 11th year, has long been associated with SKILLS Society and is now entering into partnerships with other community groups such as the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts.
Ground Zero Productions develops original works of creative non-fiction for the stage. They create theatre with specific communities who have not been given full access to resources in our society, and act in partnership with organizations committed to social change. Ground Zero is engaged in a process of Popular Education, which has its own traditions and methods of work. Ground Zero was an instigating member of the The Edmonton Community Arts Network (ECAN), which sprang from a collaborative workshop with Jumblies in 2013.
The Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba (ACI Manitoba) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the arts and cultural industries of Manitoba and helping to develop sustainable careers for those working in arts and culture, including in community-engaged arts.
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The mission of the Urban Indigenous Theatre Company is to develop as a professional performing arts organization while supporting the education, empowerment and employment of Indigenous peoples, particularly youth. Sharing stories has always been a way for Indigenous people to commune with spirits, minds and hearts in a manner that encourages others to listen and transform. Urban Indigenous Theatre Co.’s core philosophy of Empowerment through the Arts is kind and gentle way to speak to our personal truths and express them in a collaborative and healing environment.
Within the Kenora Association for Community Living, The Arts Hub is a place of creative exploration and expression, where adults of all abilities can develop their artistic interests. Opened in 2009, the Arts Hub provides Kenora with its first fully accessible gathering space dedicated to the arts. Participants gather around many shared interests, such as visual arts, vocal and instrumental music, writing and storytelling, culinary arts, and gardening. The Arts Hub is constantly evolving and developing new initiatives.
Located between Thunder Bay, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Municipality of Sioux Lookout is a community of 5,500 people, surrounded by the Canadian Shield, Northern forest and an extensive lake and river system. Sioux Lookout is also a hub serving many Northern and First Nations fly-in communities.
Through the process of multi-disciplinary artistic practices and public art interventions, Myths and Mirrors collaborates with community to weave art and story into the landscape and practices of our daily lives. They actively and playfully seek unexpected connections, openings, opportunities and possibilities of being in the world together. Myths and Mirrors push boundaries and create openings for public participation in social transformation. Everyone is welcome to imagine, play and create community.
White Water Gallery is a not-for-profit Artist-Run Centre committed to supporting artistic practices that prioritize risk and innovation. Understanding the need to advance the public’s threshold for viewing contemporary art, the gallery encourages programming that promotes accessibility and shared knowledge.
Thinking Rock Community Arts, based in Sault Ste. Marie, practices the art of building community across the Algoma District. Their mission is to help foster the development of healthy, inclusive, vibrant, liveable rural communities. Thinking Rock is a team of Mentors and Advisors, Anishinabe and other community builders who share a burning desire to explore how we can together begin to create spaces for dialogue and mutual understanding through multi-generational, cross-cultural projects with First Nations and rural communities.
Aanmitaagzi is a multi-disciplinary professional artist-run company serving artists and community members from Nipissing First Nation and the surrounding area, linked to provincial and national networks. We are committed to fostering a vibrant arts community in Nipissing, nurturing historic Indigenous arts practices which span a middle ground between professional and community arts, and exploring how we can carry forward our practices in a meaningful contemporary context. Aanmitaagzi combines art making, education, professional development & social activism.
Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio (OV-CAOS—pronounced OV/ˈkāˌäs/) offers opportunities for people to come together and come alive through song, dance, artmaking, writing, and talking about what matters to us. We offer space and resources for people of all ages to create together, try new art forms, make mistakes, make a mess, and lose ourselves in the creative process. With a home studio in Killaloe, we also wander the Ottawa Valley seeding creativity and holistic health in the communities we visit.
The Carlington Arts Initiative (CAI) exists to give a voice to individuals, to express pride in the Carlington, Ottawa community, and to embrace the arts as a joyful and healing force.
ARTS4ALL provides an expressive playground for all members of the Davenport Perth and Pelham Park neighbourhood in West Toronto. Professional artists collaborate with community members to create original works of art that celebrate and transform how we all live together. In our collaborations, divisions between generations, cultures, classes and abilities are bridged, we develop tools of expression that communicate thoughts and feelings and we showcase talents while nurturing the process of getting to know one another. Everyone is Welcome!
MABELLEarts brings together people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to make art, tell stories and creatively transform the place that is Mabelle – a high-density Toronto Community Housing complex in Central Etobicoke. For us, community arts is a collaborative process of creating culture with the hands, voices and dreams of everyday people. Together we talk, work, play, plant, tell, build, remember, think, sew, eat, celebrate, draw, sing and mourn, transforming indoor and outdoor, physical and conceptual, personal and collective spaces in and around Mabelle.
Making Room Community Arts is a radically inclusive, multi-disciplinary arts company in long-term residence at the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre. They create celebrations and ceremonies, large and small and work with those living in the margins in order to put them in the centre of the story. Making Room seeks to return art to its rightful place in everyday life as a bridge between our inner and exterior worlds, by bringing together people, places and things that have been previously kept apart, through a process of collaborative art-making.
The Community Arts Guild makes art of all sorts with the people of East Scarborough: inviting those who may not normally have the opportunity to participate; connecting people separated from each other because of distance, language, income, age, culture or ability; celebrating and discovering the traditions they bring along; and building community through our art-making.
Red Dress Productions (RDP) creates and disseminates original interdisciplinary performance, and works with/in communities on large-scale, community-engaged public artworks. Founded in 2005 by Artistic Co-Directors Anna Camilleri and Tristan R. Whiston, RDP is particularly interested in the relationship between community narratives and urban public space.
The AMY Project builds the leadership, confidence, and unique voice of young women in Toronto by providing them with performance training, connections to artistic mentors, experience working in a professional theatre, and support towards the early growth of their careers. We operate on four core values: Anti-oppressive inclusivity, artistic excellence, mentorship, and building community.
Contactivity Centre, in Westmount, Montreal, is a non-profit community centre for active seniors and retirees. Here you can meet new friends, keep growing and learning, and simply have a good time.
Since 1974, the NDG Senior’s Citizen’s Council (NDGSCC) has brought together people who are concerned with providing a better quality of life for older residents of NDG and Montreal West. The NDGSCC is to open to engaging all individuals to the extent of their abilities. Lives are transformed and people discover an infinite number of ways to give back. We are here for people in search of community and compassion.
Concordia University’s Theatre and Development Program introduces students to theatre-making that is relevant to the daily lives of Canadians. If you believe that art can inspire individual and social change, then consider this program the catalyst that empowers you to tackle today’s hard issues — and challenge the notion that art is a luxury. The program covers theatre history, theory and practice from a holistic perspective, and gain hands-on experience in creating socially engaged art.
The Deanery Project is non-profit cooperative focused on the environment, youth and community, natural building, and the arts. It offers both its own programming, and is available for program rentals. Located in Ship Harbour, on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, the beautiful ocean front property provides myriad learning, recreational and research opportunities related to our forests, fields, waters and rural living. It has a commercial kitchen, a 100-person hall, dorm-style accommodation for 22 as well as diverse camping and trail resources.
Halifax Circus is the centre for professional, recreational and social circus activities in Nova Scotia. Our goal is to provide recreational circus training for the public, professional training for youth who are entering the field, and to assist youth in difficulty to change their life circumstances through social circus programs.