YRAC membership encompasses such a wide variety of talented and skilled individuals that we wanted to take some time to highlight some of you. This month we are featuring Sarah Magni, from Thatz Showbiz Theatre Project. Learn more about her journey here.
Tell us about yourself and your organization
I'm a performer, writer, theatre creator, arts educator and advocate. My organization Thatz Showbiz Theatre Project uses theatre to educate, empower and for social change. Young people come to us to gain theatre based creative tools that they can then take out into the world, into their communities and make them better. Some of our students go on to have successful careers as performers while others use their tools to effect positive change in themselves and those around them in other ways. It's important to me that everyone gains an understanding of the many important contributions theatre practitioners can provide and the many facets of being an artist. There are a wide range of vocations available to creatives, it's our job to help young people discover those.
Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery
Helen's World is an exhibition of work by Helen Barcza, with an opening reception April 1 at 1pm. The exhibition runs March 31 - May 5th.
Arts Society King hosts Student Art Exhibit
The third annual Student Art Exhibit takes place at 7pm at the King Heritage and Cultural Centre.
Ovation! Launches Summer Performance Company
This is a new performance troupe in York Region, focused on producing a play or musical utilizing new or revised materials. Each summer, 12 performers will be challenged to plan, create, rehearse and produce a performance piece in late August, working with directors, guest artists and the faculty at Ovation! For summer 2018, the Company will produce an abridged version of Shakespeare’s classic “Romeo and Juliet”, adapted and directed by Alison Smyth.
Round The Block Public Round Tables
Groundstory is a cross-sectoral effort to identify and address the effects of gentrification on the arts in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and across Canada through a deep commitment to shared learning online.
Facilitated by ArtsPond with generous funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation, upcoming activities include Round the Block public roundtables in Toronto (May 3) and Hamilton (May 7). At these free events, vulnerable arts and culture workers impacted by the lack or loss of affordable and accessible spaces and housing are invited to share their perspectives in an open community dialogue. Learn More
Ontarians for the Arts
Ontarians for the Arts is an inclusive non-partisan movement intent on promoting the benefits of the arts in every city, community and reserve.
A discussion paper was developed in consultation with leaders from across Ontario to encourage dialogue on a range of relevant issues with various stakeholders in the arts and culture sector, including everyday Ontarians and politicians of every stripe. The final version was released in February.
Arts Days Across Ontario: In the lead-up to the provincial election on June 7, Ontarians for the Arts will engage with as many MPPs and Candidates as possible, in as many ridings as possible. Click here to learn more.
Monitoring and Evaluation in Art for Social Change
This toolkit is for anyone interested in evaluating a community-based health promotion or social equity initiative, whether you are a member of a community organization, an artist, a community organizer, an advocate, an activist, a health promotion practitioner, a community development planner, a funder, or a researcher. Click here to learn more.
OAAG at the Ontario Pre-Budget Consultation
OAAG attended the Ontario Pre-Budget Consultation at the Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives with Ontario's Minister of Finance Charles Sousa and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Amrit Mangat.
OAAG also submitted written budget recommendations addressing three common financial concerns that members shared with them. OAAG asked the Provincial Government to:
- Reaffirm the intrinsic value of the arts by adequately funding key agencies such as Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation;
- Develop a long-term infrastructure strategy that invests in cultural facilities; and
Financially support the effort to make the arts accessible to all people across Ontario. Learn More
New Tax Sub-Class For Creative Co-Location Facilities
On February 12, Toronto City Council approved the creation of a new property tax sub-class for "creative co-location facilities" which will mean that eligible art and cultural hubs will have their property taxes reduced by 50%. The change will not only impact Torontonians but has the potential to set a precedent for other cities across Ontario and the country. Learn More