Monday, February 28, 2011

FREE SCHOOL! sunday night art postings from anna williats rise up newsletter

10 Amazing postings!!!! Enjoy- Michelle

1. Call for Submissions – The Annual – SAVAC's juried members' exhibition
14 February at 09:00 - 22 April at 5:00 pm
Living Arts Centre, Mississauga

SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) in partnership with the Living Arts Centre is pleased to announce an open call for The Annual, SAVAC’s members’ juried group exhibition. The Annual is a platform to showcase the broad range and scope of critically engaged artwork being produced by artists from SAVAC’s membership.
http://savac.net/submissions/240-annual-2011.html

SAVAC invites proposals for new and innovative artworks that exp...lore current issues and ideas shaping South Asian identities and experiences. We encourage applications that engage a range of themes that examine our fast-paced and changing contemporary culture. SAVAC invites artists to submit proposals for completed works in all formats including painting, drawing, print-making to photography, sculpture, film, video, sound and new media installations.

The exhibition will take place at the Living Arts Centre gallery from 9 July – 21 August 2011.
Submissions will be juried by guest jurors including Toronto-based multi-media artist, writer and educator Sarindar Dhaliwal; Curator and Residency Co-ordinator of the Living Arts Centre gallery, Cole Swanson; and members from SAVAC’s Programming Committee.
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** SUBMISSIONS **
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SAVAC encourages all member artists to apply. Non-members may apply by purchasing a SAVAC membership ($30 for practicing artists). For more info on membership visit: http://savac.net/membership.html
Deadline for proposals: 22 April 2011.

 All submissions must include:

 1. Your name, address, telephone number and email contact.
2. A short artist's statement outlining the general themes of your artistic practice.
3. A half page proposal describing the work you intend to submit for the exhibition.
4. 2-3 images of the work that you intend to exhibit (sketches and studies of the work if it is a new work to be completed is acceptable). Please send 72dpi jpegs on CD or DVD. No slides.
5 images or documentation of previous work. Please do not send originals.
 6. Biographical information and CV.

Please send all applications to:
 SAVAC – The Annual
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 450
Toronto, Ontario, M5V3A8

Submissions will only be returned if the package includes a self-addressed stamped envelope (with Canadian postage) or send a cheque payable to SAVAC for the return postage amount.
All deliveries from international participants must be marked:

"NO COMMERCIAL VALUE." Please do not claim any monetary value over $50 on your package for insurance, or you will be charged customs, duties and taxes.

All submissions must be sent prepaid. SAVAC will not accept collect or C.O.D. shipments and will not accept shipments incurring expenses for duties, taxes or customs brokerage.

All work accepted for the exhibition must be submitted ready for display (i.e. properly framed or mounted; media-based artists must submit screening quality DVDs etc). Artists must provide all artworks with appropriate hanging or installation hardware attached or included.

 Please note that SAVAC will only contact selected artists.
For enquiries contact Srimoyee Mitra, Programming Coordinator, info@savac.net / 416-542-1661
http://savac.net/submissions/240-annual-2011.html

  
2. Toronto Free School Update:
Spring is in the Air!!!

At long last Toronto Free School’s spring semester is set to go. Over the course of the next week many of Free School’s spring classes will be beginning, and time is running out to register. Below you will find information on the courses offered, and the specifics in terms of where and when first class meetings will be taking place. From gardening to sex talk, from art journaling and decolonizing Spanish, to men and patriarchy, and many more, Free School is offering an exciting and diverse range of classes this spring semester. Whether you interested in developing practical skills, expanding your horizons, or engaging in more theoretical pursuits, Toronto Free School has something to offer.

 For more detailed information on classes, you can visit our website: www.torontofreeskool.wordpress.com.
Also – if you use google calendar features, add our class calendar which will feature scheduling and location information on all classes, with regular updates for periodic workshops!

 Looking forward to learning with you!

MON.FEB.28
ART JOURNALING:
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Location: OISE rm. 5-250 (252 Bloor St. W.)
Class type: workshop series, registration required
Message from facilitator:

 I am pleased to say that Art Journal sessions begin this Monday, February 28. We will meet in a space at 252 Bloor Street West, in the University of Toronto OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) building. The room booked is 5-250, and I have been told it is quite nice!

There is no need to bring any materials at all. Additionally, you are welcome to bring a friend if you like, but I must insist that you let me know by Sunday at 9:00pm if you are bringing a friend so that we have enough materials for everyone.

 I look forward to meeting all of you, if you have any questions at all, concerns, or feedback you are welcome to call me at 416-946-7154 or email me here atautumnchilcote@gmail.com.
Warmly,
Autumn Chilcote
http://torontofreeskool.wordpress.com/art-journaling/

 WED.MAR.2
CARIBBEAN FEMINIST CONVERSATIONS:
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: OISE rm. 2-289 (252 Bloor St. W.)
Class type: discussion group, registration required
Facilitator contact: lrpragg@gmail.com

 THU.MAR.3
DECOLONIZING LANGUAGE/LEARNING SPANISH:
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Parliament and Wellesley, contact facilitator for specifics.
Class type: Drop-in, no registration needed.
Facilitator contact: megancottonkinch@gmail.com

 MEN AND PATRIARCHY:
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Dufferin Collective Space, contact facilitator for specifics.
Class type: Discussion group, registration required.
Facilitator contact: kalax.the.1st@gmail.com

 SAT.MAR.5
GARDENING DISCUSSION GROUP:
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: OISE rm. 5180 (252 Bloor St. W.)
Class type: Discussion group, drop-in (no registration needed).
Facilitator contact: lukealewis@gmail.com

 SUN.MAR.6
KNIT NIGHTS:
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Dufferin Collective Space, contact facilitator for specifics.
Class type: Drop-in (no registration needed).
Facilitator contact: cdalmyn@gmail.com

MON.MAR.7
FREE SOFTWARE (2.0) – tentative start date:
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Linux Caffe, 326 Harbord St.
Class type: Drop-in (no registration needed).
Facilitator contact: bibliographicdecontrol@gmail.com

 SUN.MAR.13
SEX TALK: ALTERNATIVE SEXUALITIES READING AND DISCUSSION GROUP:
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Dufferin Collective Space, contact facilitator for specifics.
Class type: Discussion group, drop-in (no registration needed).

3.CULTIVATING COMMUNITY: CRITICAL INSIGHTS, CHALLENGES AND VISIONS
URGH I want to go to this but have to work! Anyone want to take notes for me:0) Michelle
When - Tuesday, March 1 at 4PM
Where - William Doo Auditorium, New College, University of Toronto
45 Willcocks St, Toronto ( north of College St., east of Spadina Ave )

What drives community building in Toronto?
What fosters and sustains community engagement?
What works? What doesn't? Who is doing it? What about you?

JOIN THE CONVERSATION WITH PANELISTS -

  • Alex Dow - Youth advocate and campaign organiser. Alex is currently Project Coordinator at Malvern Family Resource Centre/United Way Toronto and Manager of the Malvern Action for Neighbourhood Change.
  • Ruth Howard - Artist involved in various forms of popular and participatory arts and theatre. Ruth is Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre, which creates large-scale arts and theatre projects with urban communities.
  • Dave Meslin - Toronto-based artist, community organizer and rabble-rouser. Dave has instigated several urban projects on public space, bikes and voting reform. He is co-editor of Local Motion: The Art of Civic Engagement in Toronto.
  • Uzma Shakir - Community-based researcher and activist. Uzma's work focuses on anti-racism, immigrant and refugee rights, and critical multiculturalism. She is an Atkinson Economic Justice Fellow and was past Executive Director of Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) and the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO).
 Contact -
 Rebecca Wolfe
 Coordinator, Community Development
 Centre for Community Partnerships
 University of Toronto
 569 Spadina Ave, Suite 315B
 Tel: 416 946 3758
 Fax: 416 978 2817
 rebecca.wolfe@utoronto.ca
 http://www.ccp.utoronto.ca/

 * if you have an accommodation need for a planned meeting or program, please email me directly and I will do my best to make appropriate arrangements.*

4.Maharaja Mash Up: Contemporary South Asian artists in conversation
02 March · 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Art Gallery of Ontario
317 dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Wednesday March 2nd, 2011
6-8pm FREE

Join the AGO Youth Council as they host a night of thought-provoking performances, discussion, and music related to contemporary South Asian artistic practice in Toronto. Each of the featured performances and artwork by LAL, Gitanjali Lena, Srimoyee Mitra, Zanette Singh and Kaspar Saxena respond to the exhibition *Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts*.

About LAL:
LAL is a musical ensemble that started in 1998. LAL is about music and social change. We are a collective that represent Uganda, Bangladesh, Barbados, India and everything in-between. We sound like everything, thus we sound like nothing. Some of us are activists, some of us are not, but we respect each others' opinions and we love like family. We believe in creating a strong independent music movement and we will continue to make music as long as we can.

About Kaspar J. Saxena
Kaspar Jivan Saxena AOCA is an independent filmmaker, media artist, writer and curator. Since graduating with honors in 1991, he has authored 10 short documentaries, new narrative videos and animated films which have screened at numerous international, theatrical and grassroots festival venues, galleries, museums and on local and national broadcast networks. Kaspar will present an excerpt from a new media multi platform documentary work in progress he has been researching called "The Monster Gardens".

ABOUT THE AGO YOUTH COUNCIL
The AGO Youth Council meets weekly at the AGO to design artistic programming that is relevant and responds to the needs of youth in the GTA. The council's past projects include: The Living Room Project; Hype I, II, & III; and Metro AGO-GO: Youth Propositions for an Ideal City. The AGO Youth Council is a project of Teens Behind the Scenes at the Art Gallery of Ontario.


The AGO is always FREE AFTER THREE (3pm-close, Tuesday-Friday) for all high school students and youth associated with a youth organization. It is also always FREE after 6pm on Wednesday for the general public. Come visit the show again and again!

The AGO Youth Council and Free After Three are programs organized by the AGO’s Teens Behind the Scenes and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Lead Sponsor: Ericsson
Generously supported by: The Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation
Tippet Foundation
Free After Three
Generously supported by: The Volunteers of the AGO
The Joan and Clifford Hatch Foundation

5. This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS) presents
A Celebration of the Launch of FARZANA DOCTOR's novel "Six Metres of Pavement"
featuring FARZANA DOCTOR
in conversation with SUSAN G. COLE
March 7, 2011
Doors open at 7:00 for a 7:30 start.

Admission is $5.oo; FREE with a book purchase.
FARZANA DOCTOR’s first novel Stealing Nasreen" received critical acclaim
and earned a devoted readership uon its release in 2007. Her second novel
"Six Metres of Pavement," a story ofone man’s tragedy and redemption, has
been praised by Publishers Weekly as “... paean to second chances.”

SUSAN G. COLE has been contributor to NOW Magazin, Canada’s most
influential news and entertainment weekly, since its inception i 1981 and
became a senior editor in 1998. Read Susan weekly in the print editio of
NOW and online every Thursday, when she writes a weekly post at

www.nowtorono.com. Susan is an outspoken commentator on media issues. Hear
her debate media matters every Thursday morning at 9 amon radio Talk 640’s
Media And The Message panel.

Both will take to the stage fo an intimate conversation about writing,
neighbourhoods, and how we get over th worst mistakes of our lives.

Joining us in the second half will be fabulous locl musician Sarah Greene

6.Rally and March: International Women's Day Toronto
International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the
economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and
future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria,
International Women's Day is a national holiday.

IWD has been celebrated for more than 100 years. In Toronto, IWD has
traditionally been a rally and march, and is organized by a committee of
social justice, labour, health and women's rights activists.

The theme this year:
Our City, Our Services, Our Future - Women Take on the Fight!
Rally, 11AM, OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor St West
March, 1PM
Fair, 1:30PM, Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould St.
More Info:

www.socialistproject.ca/events/#e1393
 
7.Vagina Monologues
08 March · 7:00 - 10:00 pm
OISE Auditorium, Main Floor, 252 Bloor St W, Toronto

Vagina Monologues
The Year's Sexiest Play, by Eve Ensler
OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor St W, Toronto(above the St George Subway)

...March 8, 2011, 7pm
Tickets $15

Tickets available in advance at the CWSE, 2-225, 252 Bloor W, in person Monday through Thursday, 12pm to 3pm.

Or get your ticket at the door, 6-6:45pm the day of.
Presented by the Centre for Women's Studies in Education (CWSE) and 360 Productions

CWSE and 360 Productions brings you the year’s sexiest and most powerful play The Vagina Monologues. This multiple-award winning play by Eve Ensler is given a fresh new twist by Loretta Chen, PhD, award-winning director of the internationally acclaimed 251 and the Asian Premiere of the Broadway classic Victor/Victoria. It is produced by Telly Award recipient and Hollywood fight choreographer, Jennifer Phillips (Salt, Eclipse).

Boasting a stellar cast of 33 diverse, talented, and dynamic women, The Vagina Monologues is a powerful collection of anecdotes celebrating all things feminine - part therapy, part informative, wholly electrifying!

Leave your inhibitions at the door as you laugh with the women recollecting their first love, virgin sexual encounter and horror stories of their first period! Or, weep and be livid with them as they share painful childhood experiences, traumas of abuse and stories of sexual violation. Finally, revel in awe and wonder as we pay tribute to our mothers - the single most important woman in our lives.

Whether you are a Man from Mars or Woman from Venus, join us in this Earth-shattering, no-holds barred theatrical experience! So make this your mandatory night out as we celebrate all things wild, wonderful and women!
Get ready, get set, get wet!

Starring (in alphabetical order)
Melanie Adamsons
Kaitlyn Alexander
Sharise Alonto
Iva Berlekovic
Rebecca Boyce
Jillian Challoner
Loretta Chen
Josephine Cox
Christine D’Angelo
Gloria Er-Chua
Tanya Filipopoulos
Safia Gahayr
Rebecca Gail
Lorena Gajardo
Stacey Gawrylash
Afshan Golriz
Linda Ham
Fran Kohi
Guida Man
Izyan Mellyna
M. Kaur Mucina
Rica Night
El Nina
Jennifer Phillips
S. Resplandor
Ali Richardson
Tamon Scarlett
nne Shepherd
Sheila Stewart
Michelle Sutherland
Irma Villafuerte
Chiamaka Ugwu
Candi Zell
Loretta Chen, PhD, Creative Director
Jennifer Phillips, Executive Producer
Jamie Ryckman, Producer
Iskandar Ismail, Music Composer
Chia Meng-Koo, Multi-Media Designer
Nickie Lee, Graphic Designer
Ima Barbosa, Production/Stage Manager

8. SOY/BQY IS HAVING A BLACK HISTORY EVENT -------------------------- IN MARCH 2011

‘AN AFRICAN PEOPLE’S LIBERATION CELEBRATION’

PLEASE JOIN US IN CELEBRATING THE EVERYDAY ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND HISTORY OF OUR PEOPLES

WE WALK TALL WHEN WE STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE US
COME SHARE BLACK HISTORIES & HERSTORIES THROUGH THE EYES OF OUR YOUTH

LEARN NAMES, HEAR STORIES, SAMPLE FAVOURITE DISHES AND LISTEN TO THE STRONG STEADY PULSE OF OUR QUEER YOUTH COMMUNITY

MARCH 9th, 2011
5pm -- 9pm
@
SHERBOURNE HEALTH CENTRE
333 Sherbourne St.
Toronto
(CARLTON & SHERBOURNE)
NEED MORE INFO?
416-324-5083

Catering By BQY’s own: Jason Sinclair
 
9.IWD 2011 Cultural Event
11 March · 18:00 - 21:00
The 519 Church Street Community Centre
519 Church Street
Toronto, ON

Celebrate with us, as we unite together to MOBILIZE for International Women's Day 2011.
"our strategy should not be only to confront empire [patriarchy or any oppressive empire that undermines it's people], but to lay siege to it. to deprive it of oxygen. to shame it. to mock it. with our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness- and our ability to tell our own stories. s...tories that are different from the one's we're being brainwashed to believe. the corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling- their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. remember this: we may be many and they may be few. they need us more than we need them. another world is not only possible, she is on her way. on a quiet day, i can hear her breathing." - arundhati roy...

One of the reasons we are having this event is to highlight the local female talents and outreach to other groups that are interested in joining our collective in solidarity against imperialism.

Join us and experience what resonates in our hearts through the gifts that we are blessed with. The powerful talents that remind us that we are resilient and we will continue to organize!

**RWC – Our objectives are to organize and mobilize ourselves to be more visible as an anti-imperialist working class women’s collective, to provide an opportunity to educate ourselves and others on the struggles of working-class women here in Canada and abroad and to initiate activities for which we will mobilize our respective networks to work towards building a women’s mass organization.**

**** If you would like to perform or showcase your artwork, please give us a quick email at womynanti.imperialists@gmail.com****

10.Call for Submissions AQSAzine Issue #4 Ancestors and Descendants
Dear family, sisters, brothers, allies and revolutionaries -
Submit and spread the word about AQSAzine Issue #4 Ancestors and Descendants “Where’d you come from/Where are you going?”

Why Submit?
Because you cannot but know what your roots are, where you came from and how you came to be. Because you cannot be present here without knowing about “back there”. Because you have yet to learn who your ancestors are and what were their journeys. Because you want to carry forward the stories of your great grandparents. Because you want to share your origins with your children. Because sometimes its too painful to know and other times its all that you know.

Because your history has been submerged, erased, disjointed or cut off you. Because you want to understand how your present came to be. Because underneath all the silence is a rich history of lessons learnt that would be helpful in guiding you. Because you are proud of your lineage. Because the question of where you are from is complicated and a simple answer boxes you in. Because your history is multidimensional just like your identity. Because you fear that you are losing your connection to home through language, memories, stories. Because your descendants might have all your struggles in common.

Types of Submissions:
• Stories (fiction or non fiction);
• Poetry;
• Artwork;
• Graphic arts;
• Photography;
• Visuals;
• Media reviews;
• Interviews
• Any other form of personal art or writing under 1,500 words
Confidentiality: Submissions will not be reprinted without the author’s permission. You can use your first and/or last name, a pen name, or even remain completely anonymous. We want you to feel safe in making a contribution.

Send us your submissions with short bio along with questions, resources, information to aqsazine at gmail.com

Peace, love and hugs

AQSAzine Team

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