INNOVATION & RESILIENCE
IN CANADA’S CULTURAL SECTOR

Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society, Keiko Honda

Vancouver, British Columbia Project: Project Terakoya
Discipline(s): media arts, reading, writing, publishing, multidisciplinary, community arts

The project Terakoya is an intergenerational learning and collaboration that is a unique approach to bridging the generational gap. Students (high school to university) and older adults to get a chance to form connections through shared experiences and projects. Older adults will play a vital role by sharing their wisdom and life stories, while students will learn valuable practical and emotional skills from working with older adults, such as group co-leadership, self-confidence, and emotional maturity. The older adults may also learn social networking skills and etiquette from the students.

Special impacts:

After harvesting the goodness and challenges of 2020 and this year, I would like to keep coming back to Goethe’s participatory method that allows us to see a thing that is perhaps hiding in plain sight all along. And go out to nature more. Our true legacy for further generations is to leave nature accessible to the next generations so that they can actively participate to come into being. And in that, I see what is art for.

Equity seeking: Indigenous Peoples, Racialized, 2SLGBTQIA+, D/deaf, disabled, or live with difference, Members of official language minority groups
Source: Survey

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Aanmitaagzi

North Bay, Ontario Project: Ice Follies, Gathering our Medicines Workshops
Discipline(s): community arts, multidisciplinary

"Slowly the creatures emerged from the pressure cracks jutting out of frozen Lake Nipissing. They danced about as Nipissing First Nation’s Penny Couchie recited Pressure Cracks. Blue light shone on the creatures as they moved to the amplified composition by Jacob Dayfox. Hundreds walked the ice path lit up with whimsical light installations to witness the performance of Mkomiiwi.

Aanmitaagzi produced the performance Mkomiiwi showcased at Ice Follies 2020 on Lake Nipissing at Marathon Beach in North Bay."

Special impacts:

Online culture-specific workshops, which might be relevant to many other organizations and communities.

Equity seeking: Indigenous Peoples
Source: Research

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STEPS Public Art

Ontario, Ontario Project: Building on entrepreneurship and social innovation as a mechanism for neighbourhood support and engagement
Discipline(s): community arts

Collaborating with 26 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) across Ontario and engaging 50+ Canadian artists in creative opportunities, main streets will be activated through unique outdoor public art projects for communities to enjoy all summer long. New this year is the launch of an app platform for the public to engage with the projects virtually and plan walking tours around participating communities.

Source: Research

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Mabelle Arts

Toronto, Ontario Project: Welcome to the Neighbourhood and Virtual Iftar
Discipline(s): community arts

Online program with IRCC with refugees to assist with settlement. Online end of Eid celebration.

Equity seeking: Racialized
Source: Research

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Jamii

Toronto, Ontario Project: Kisanii Hub
Discipline(s): community arts

Jamii’s mobile theatre, the Kisanii Hub, travels the residential streets of The Esplanade neighbourhood in the early evening, while delivering musical performances.

Equity seeking: Racialized
Source: Research

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MUSE Arts

Toronto, Ontario Project: Happenings 2021
Discipline(s): community arts, festivals

Happenings is the first and only Toronto festival made by community artists, giving centre stage to the talents and skills of immigrant, newcomer, and refugee artists. This year’s festival takes place during the entire month of May and will bring together over 80 artists and performers belonging to diverse communities.

Equity seeking: Racialized
Source: Research

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East End Arts

Toronto, Ontario Project: Doorstop Diaries, Anti-Oppression Bookclub, BYOBeads
Discipline(s): community arts

Highly impactful, local, innovative: Seniors online art diary. Book club addressing BLM and BIPOC readings and discussions. Partnership with Indigenous organization for online beading circle.

Equity seeking: Indigenous Peoples
Source: Research

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Arts Etobicoke

Toronto, Ontario Project: Moving Stories, Artists Studios, Digital Performance Series, Ideas online
Discipline(s): community arts

Reaching a broad age range with smart programming.

Source: Research

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