These tips will help you design more inclusive art projects in public spaces

These tips will help you design more inclusive art projects in public spaces

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Parks are fertile ground for people to meet and get to know each other across the differences of race, culture, class and ability. Collaborative art making in parks acts as an incredible way to bring people together who may otherwise never meet.  Thinking through how you will welcome, actively include and keep specific cultural communities and groups safe takes pre-planning and the allocation of resources.  Here are some things to consider:

1. Address potential barriers to participation

Some potential barriers may take financial resources to address, but many can be tackled through creative thinking and the assistance of partners, community leaders and/or volunteers.  What’s essential is thinking through these potential barriers as part of the planning process while also remaining responsive to accessibility needs as they arise.  

At MABELLEarts, we’ve been able to deepen our commitment to accessibility by responding to the needs of participants as they arise.  For example, we began providing pick-ups and visual interpretation when we met Berle - a Mabelle resident who was visually impaired.  We first sought the expertise of an ASL interpreter in 2016 - when we met Johann Fisch - a community leader who lives near Broadacres Park.  

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Sometimes we pair participants with a community leader (someone who has taken part in an number of MABELLEarts projects and is now a volunteer or staff) to support them to engage.  These community leaders can assist by providing translation, visual guidance (for those who are visually impaired) and even physical support. Sometimes it can help those who are shy to have someone with them as they get to know the project and what we’re up to.

Other things we think about when considering barriers to participation are:

  1. Cost of admission/participation. You might consider making all your workshops and events free of charge.

  2. Access to childcare, which can include providing satellite activities for kids to ensure that parents can take part.  

  3. Time of day and how that might impact participation.

Some other good resources on accessibility in the arts can be found here.

2. Consider all things safety

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There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to making everyone feel safe and comfortable in a park or public space setting, but safety and comfort are still important to think about. What will you do if a participant is loud or disruptive? If someone is aggressive? If people who are using drugs or alcohol want to participate? Natalie James, from Winnipeg’s Spence Neighbourhood Association, talks about this last dilemma in her working context:

“In the parks we work in, in Winnipeg, there are tons of people around. At two of our events there were people who were intoxicated and there was discussion about whether they should be invited and offered a glass of water or some bannock, or told to leave. In the future, I’d like to do some planning in advance, since we know we’re going to encounter this situation again. Is there a creative, arts-based way to make sure everyone feels safe and welcome?”

Part of your job as a project host is to anticipate the dilemmas that could possibly arise in your park and to prepare your team to handle those moments. Talking about inclusion is one thing, but enacting it can be tricky. Decide in advance which behaviours you can accommodate and how you might engage different groups or individuals simultaneously. Decide as well on situations you’ll want to intervene in to ensure the safety and comfort of other participants.  Sexual harassment and racism are pervasive problems that can flare up when working in public spaces.  It’s important to think through how you’ll respond and to work with your collaborators to plan for how you’ll intervene.  

3. Take note of cultural and religious protocols and their relevance

At MABELLEarts we try to hire artists whose cultural backgrounds and artistic practices align with the communities we work with.  This increases the relevance of what we’re offering and helps make participants feel welcome and included.  It’s also incredibly exciting artistically to work in this way.  

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If you are hoping to work with a cultural community that is different than your own, consider seeking cultural interpretation and advice from partners and community leaders.  (We’ve often included this role in our budgeting process to insure we can pay for this service). Understanding religious protocols related to prayer and purification, food and the separation of women and men can help to make observant participants feel more welcome and included.  

4. Recognize community contributions and leadership

Community art projects are made possible by the people who choose to give of their time and creativity and take part.  Whether for an hour, the full duration of a production phase or over the many years of a long-term project, community members make vital contributions to art in parks and it’s important to acknowledge their efforts.  It can be helpful to think through ways of recognizing community contributions as well as identifying opportunities for participants to benefit from their involvement in your project.  

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This is especially true when working with newcomers to Canada who face incredible pressure to gain Canadian experience and find employment.  At MABELLEarts, we see anyone who takes part in our projects as a volunteer and a potential leader.  We publicly acknowledge participants during events, track participation hours, and write letters acknowledging their contributions—which can be helpful with early job-hunting efforts. We’ve offered subway tokens, food and childcare.  With our community leadership program, we provide honoraria to community members who make specific contributions, i.e. by preparing food for workshops and events.  We also employ community members as: workshop assistants and one-on-one facilitators; child-minders; translators, and; cultural interpreters. Sometimes we establish advisory committees to help plan and envision our projects, thereby ensuring that our plans make sense for the people we hope to engage.

Visit www.placingparks.ca for more practical advice on designing creative projects for your local parks and public spaces.

4 things to consider for your creative projects in public spaces

Do you have an idea for a community event or workshop series? A park you’d like to enliven through artmaking? A social issue or community tension that you’d like to address? Whatever your starting point, here are some important things to think about when designing a creative project for a park or public space (and make sure to check out our new digital resource for more tips).

1. Make it place-based

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Whether you’re starting with a creative concept or a park you want to work in, at some point the two have to come together. Every place has its own unique topography, history and social dynamics, and all of these are important to consider in the initial stages of project design. Whose traditional territories does the park sit on? Who are the communities in the surrounding area? Will the activities and aesthetics you offer appeal to range of local groups? Who currently feels welcome in the park? Who doesn’t? Which parts of the park are already actively used and how?

These are just some of the many questions to ask when designing a project for a park or public space. While you might draw inspiration and ideas from other successful community art projects elsewhere, designing your project with your specific park in mind will ultimately make it more meaningful and inclusive. Not only are you likely to have better attendance and participation in your events, making your project place-based will also help you anticipate challenges before they arise.

2. Think big

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Toronto-based community theatre company, Clay and Paper Theatre, have given themselves an earnest but also tongue-in-cheek mandate, which is to “Change the world. Completely. Irrevocably”.

This company has been working successfully in Toronto’s Dufferin Grove Park for over 20 years, offering summer productions, an annual participatory parade, hands-on workshops and more. While their stated goal is intentionally grandiose and may not be in keeping with your style or tone, this kind of big-picture thinking guides their work in important ways. It keeps the context they’re working in and the social systems that they’d like to change top-of-mind. It also helps communicate to audiences and funders why their work is important. These aren’t just playful or beautiful productions—they are meaningful events that are pivotal to community life.

Thinking big is a different process for everyone. Whether it’s envisioning what you’d like your events to look like in 5 years, dreaming of future positive interactions between neighbours, or focusing on a specific goal like making youth feel welcome in your park, it’s useful to think big about the why of your project.

3. Think small

Planning and logistics are extra important when working in public spaces, as there are lots of players involved and many things that can go wrong. This is why thinking “small” is just as important as thinking big.

MABELLEarts is well served by developing specific workshop plans, with lists of the supplies and people-power needed for each step. We develop precise facilitation notes so we can invite anyone who shows up to participate. We also draft backup plans for changes in weather or other logistical hurdles. Developing these plans in the design phase can be very helpful, even though your precise plans are likely to change as you meet participants and discover their interests and needs.

4. Surrounding Community

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Who lives in the park’s immediate environs or even in the park itself? What cultural/identity groups do they belong to? How does the surrounding community currently use the park? Will your project augment that use or disrupt it? How will sound carry from your project out into the neighbourhood? What will neighbours see from their balconies or porches? Will the local community benefit from your project?  

Designing your project with the surrounding community in mind and directly inviting them to participate will mitigate tensions and help you avoid last-minute complaints from residents. If you want your project to be inclusive and welcoming, we advise assessing community needs while you’re still in the planning phase. What will participants need to comfortably and fully participate? Remember that your needs assessment shouldn’t only be about people you already work with, but also about the people you aspire to work with—whether that’s residents of a particular building, or a specific cultural group or age bracket.

Visit www.placingparks.ca for more practical advice on designing creative projects for your local parks and public spaces.

Now Hiring for a Community Arts Program Coordinator

Community Arts Program Coordinator

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Date Posted: December 27, 2018
Application Deadline: January 25, 2019 at 5pm
Start date: February 25, 2019
Salary: Full-time $45,000 - $ 50,000
Term: One-year contract with possibility of renewal

MABELLEarts is a community arts organization in Central Etobicoke that brings together people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to make art and build environments that foster community regeneration, invention and connection. We cultivate long-term relationships that reveal the transformative possibilities within each unique site and neighbourhood. We celebrate cultural traditions, differences and points of connection that help spark collaboration as a creative force for change.

We are seeking an experienced Program Coordinator to manage our growing programs with a demonstrated interest in arts programming; a highly-responsible creative thinker and self-starter with experience working with professional artists and people of all ages from a range of cultural backgrounds; and demonstrates an understanding of the challenges faced by marginalized communities. The Program Co-ordinator will work from the MABELLEarts Office (5005 Dundas Street West) and off-site as needed.

Responsibilities of the Program Co-ordinator include:

1. Program Management and Implementation:

  • Under the leadership of the Artistic Director, implement program plans;

  • Devise and/or facilitate workshops and training;

  • Manage artistic team and identify, hire and manage additional consultants and trainers when needed;

  • Onboard new Community Leaders, youth participants and volunteers;

  • Make funding applications and develop program sponsorships;

  • Present verbal and written reports and represent MABELLEarts’ programs publicly.

2. Participant/Volunteer Outreach and Relationship Management:

  • Design, manage and evaluate all community outreach activities;

  • Recruit participants and maintain contact for all programs across the organization;

  • Maintain relationships with key Community Leaders and develop new relationships with emerging Leaders;

  • Match the skills, experiences and expectations of volunteers to available positions at MABELLEarts;

  • Develop policies, procedures and standards for volunteers using current resources as a springboard.

3. Office administration

  • Basic bookkeeping/coding and ordering office supplies

  • Maintain an organized and functional office and studio space

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated experience with community-engaged arts;

  • Experience working collaboratively with professional artists;

  • Strong engagement, facilitation, communication and group dynamic skills with culturally diverse groups including children, youth, adults and seniors;

  • 2+ years of demonstrated project management experience;

  • An understanding of the issues facing marginalized communities, including lived experience which will be viewed as an asset;

  • Experience building and maintaining positive relationships with community members of all ages and backgrounds;

  • Experience working intergenerationally and interculturally;

  • Post-secondary education in Environmental Studies Community Arts Practice program, Arts Management, Arts Administration, human services or equivalent combination of education and experience;

  • A high level of computer skills: proficiency in word, excel, database software and Adobe Suite;

  • A valid Ontario Drivers Licence is an asset to this position.

Please send a resume and cover letter to mugoli@mabellearts.ca by 5 pm, January 25, 2018. We thank you for your interest in the position. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

MABELLEarts encourages applications from all qualified candidates. We’re committed to developing an inclusive workplace with connections in the communities we serve. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds, including those who may need accommodation, to apply to join our team. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Introducing placingparks.ca — our new digital toolkit!

This project archive and toolkit has been designed to help artists, funders and agencies develop community-engaged arts projects in parks and public spaces.

placingparks.ca includes a wealth of resources on how to initiate participatory art-making and community-building projects, build successful partnerships and think about park design and use with engagement goals in mind. The toolkit was created in the aftermath of Welcome To This Place. It draws both from MABELLEarts’ 11 years expertise as well as from learnings gathered over the course of our national project. The toolkit is available both in English and in French.

We thank Canadian Heritage for funding this exciting project, which was a joy to put together.

We hope Placing Parks helps you envision artful projects that bring people together in your local park!

Now Hiring for a Fall/Winter Intern

Community Arts Administrator Position

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Application Deadline: September 28, 2018, at 5pm
Start date: October 15, 2018
Salary: $20/hr for 30 hours/week
Term: Contract 24 weeks internship

MABELLEarts is a community arts organization that brings together people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to make art and build environments that foster community regeneration, invention and connection. We cultivate long-term relationships that reveal the transformative possibilities within each unique site and neighbourhood. We celebrate cultural traditions, differences and points of connection that help spark collaboration as a creative force for change.

We are seeking an emerging Community Arts Administrator to join our team from October 15, 2018, to March 29, 2019, to coordinate all digital and written communications; assist with community communications and outreach; and support the running of the MABELLEarts office. The Community Arts Administrator will work from the MABELLEarts Office (5005 Dundas Street West) and off-site as needed.

Responsibilities of the Community Arts Administrator include:

  1. Digital and Written Communications:
    - Coordinating ongoing social media communications and creating online content, including a monthly newsletter;
    - Ongoing website maintenance and assistance in creating other web-based projects;
    - Graphic design of promotional, outreach and fundraising materials and assistance with grant applications and fundraising initiatives

  2. Community Communications and Outreach:
    - Assisting with participant outreach;
    - Assistance with project management and coordination of workshops and events;
    - Phone-calling and emailing participants in advance of all activities, statistical tracking and data-collection;
    - Collecting/filing completed permission/media-release forms/other documents, assisting with on-going meetings with community leaders/volunteers

  3. Office administration
    - Statistical reports, contact-management and database management
    - Basic bookkeeping/coding and ordering office supplies
    - Board correspondence, company communications (phone and email)
    - Volunteer intake
    - Maintaining a tidy office and organized studio space

Our ideal candidate will have:

- University or College degree in Arts Management or Arts Administration
- Other ideal degrees include: Bachelor of Environmental Studies with Community Arts Focus or comparable program; Bachelor degree in Theatre and Development or comparable program
- The candidate will possess a high level of computer skills: proficiency in word, excel and special consideration will be made to candidates with Quickbooks, Sumac, and/or Adobe suite proficiency.
- The candidate will demonstrate familiarity with social media networks in particular: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. A valid Ontario Drivers Licence is an asset to this position.

This position is funded by the Cultural Human Resources Council of Canada and is therefore subject to selection criteria outlined below. You are eligible if you:
- are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, or have refugee status in Canada (non-Canadians holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible);
- are legally entitled to work in Canada;
- will be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
- are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
- will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the program;
- are an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate, that is, not employed full-time;
- are a recent graduate who has graduated from college or university within the last 24 months at the start of employment;
- will not be receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while employed with the program; and
- have not previously participated in or been paid under this or any other Career Focus internship program funded under the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy.

Please send a resume and cover letter to karen@mabellearts.ca by 5 pm, September 28, 2018. We thank you for your interest in the position. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

MABELLEarts encourages applications from all qualified candidates. We’re committed to developing an inclusive workplace with connections in the communities we serve. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds, including those who may need accommodation, to apply to join our team. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

How to find us in Broadacres Park

Broadacres Park is very big! The best way to find us in the park is to go to Broadacres Junior School at 45 Crendon Drive. Our location is in the park directly behind the school (see map below). (We do NOT recommend going to any other addresses on Google Maps that are listed for Broadacres Park).

TTC: 
- Take the subway to Kipling Station
- At Kipling, catch the 112c bus (toward Disco Road) - comes every 10 minutes
- Ride the bus 23 stops to 451 The West Mall
- Walk north on West Mall; turn left on Ulverston Road
- Turn left on Crendon Drive. Look out for Broadacres School
- Walk past one school parking lot. Turn into the second parking lot (on the south side of the school)
- Walk through the school parking lot into the park. 
- Look for MABELLEarts! 

Parking: is available in the Broadacres Jr. School parking lot (a 2 minute walk from our location)

If you have questions, don't hesitate to CONTACT us! 

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Join us for Welcome To This Place in Broadacres Park!

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MABELLEarts is pleased to welcome you to join us for an outdoor night market: a performative celebration of our summer in Broadacres Park, Mabelle Park and across the country. Come out enjoy an evening of exchanging stories, songs, delicious treats and more! Free! 

This event marks the culmination of the Toronto portion of Welcome to this Placea national project, produced by MABELLEarts, involving high-impact organizations and professional artists in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Winnipeg and Vancouver.  Together throughout the summer, we've been creating a series of collaborative projects and events that promote urban parks and public spaces as places of arrival where newcomers to Canada can find friendship, cultural and creative expression, connection to their new country and to more established Canadians. 

Directions to find us in Broadacres Park can be found HERE

Featured Artists: 

Waleed Abdulhamid
Aria Evans
Melanie Fernandez-Alvares
Faten Toubasi
Marianne Alas
Hussein Janmohamed
Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone
Alejandra Nunez
Samidha Joglekar
Latasha Lennox
The Gather Round Singers
Julia Tribe
Jamee Valin
and guest artists from across the country! 


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Announcing Welcome To This Place: our first national project!

 

MABELLEarts is pleased to announce our first national project: Welcome To This Place!

Welcome to this Place is a national project, produced by MABELLEarts, involving high-impact organizations and professional artists in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Winnipeg and Vancouver.  Together we're creating a series of collaborative projects and events that promote urban parks and public spaces as places of arrival where newcomers to Canada can find friendship, cultural and creative expression, connection to their new country and to more established Canadians. 

Follow along through July and August 2018, and be part of this national conversation on the promise of Canadian parks and public spaces as places of community connection and belonging.

Follow along   Suivez-nous: 

#WelcomeToThisPlace
www.welcometothisplace.ca


MABELLEarts a le plaisir d'annoncer notre premier projet national: Welcome to this Place!

Welcome to this Place est un projet national, produit par MABELLEarts, impliquant des associations à fort impact et des artistes professionnels à Toronto, Montréal, Halifax, Winnipeg et Vancouver. Ensemble, nous créons une série de projets et d'événements collaboratifs qui promeuvent des parcs urbains et des espaces publics comme des espaces d'arrivées où les nouveaux arrivants au Canada peuvent trouver l'amitié, l'expression culturelle et créative, le lien avec leur nouveau pays et les Canadiens plus établis.

Suivez notre voyage en juillet et août 2018 et participez à cette conversation nationale sur la promesse des parcs et espaces publics canadiens comme des lieux de connexion et d'appartenance communautaires.

Introducing the Artists: Iftar Nights in Mabelle Park

As we prepare for our final Iftar Night in Mabelle Park, we want to celebrate the incredible artists who have made this year's events possible. Our final Mabelle Iftar Night takes place on Thursday June 7th from 7-10pm in Mabelle Park. For more info look here

Full artistic team:  Hussein Janmohamed, Julia Tribe, Maryem Tollar with Turkwaz, Waleed Abdulhamid, Melanie Fernandez-Alvres, Michael Burtt, Ksenija Spasic, Samidha Joglekar, Faten Toubasi, Marianne Alas, Anahita Dehbonehie, and The Gather Round Singers

MABELLE Iftar Nights are generously supported by: Toronto Pearson, International Airport, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, W. Garfield Weston Foundation, Theatre Ontario, Canadian Heritage, The Government of Ontario, The City of Toronto, Service Canada, Toronto Community Housing, Jumblies Theatre, Making Room Community Arts

Introducing our new Community Arts Coordinators: Azka and Sonya

We are delighted to welcome two Community Arts Coordinators to our summer team: Azka Coudhary and Sonya Zhang. Over the past few weeks, Azka and Sonya have already been playing key roles in helping produce our weekly Iftar Nights: in the second half of the summer, they'll be working closely with teams of MABELLEyouth, leading workshops in Mabelle and Broadacres Park. 

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Azka Choudhary

Azka recently graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University and Nipissing University, with a double degree: a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. She has extensive experience working with youth in a variety of settings and is an advocate for social justice and change, particularly within the education realm. Next year, she will be pursuing graduate studies at OISE: her interests lay in deconstructing the obstacles encountered by immigrant and refugee students in their journey through Ontario’s education system. She hopes to foster growth by using a hands-on and cognizant approach to art-based activities, particularly photography. 

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Sonya Zhang

Sonya is passionate about exploring art as a medium for social change and its ability to create a more informed and engaged society. She currently serves as the President of Ink Movement, a youth-run nonprofit organization based in the Peel Region which seeks to provide youth with a platform to explore themselves through publishing projects, conferences, and workshops. Next year, Sonya will be attending Western University to pursue a degree in Media and Business. She hopes to continue to explore her diverse interests, from art, to entrepreneurship, to community involvement. 

Azka and Sonya's positions are generously funded by Canada Summer Jobs (an initiative of the Summer Work Experience program)

How to find Mabelle Park

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Parking: Paid Street Parking on Mabelle Avenue 


Subway instructions: 

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1.  Take the Bloor Line to Islington Station

2.  Exit Islington subway.  You should find yourself on the northwest side on Islington Ave. 

3.  Keep walking north until you come to a door and blue stairway under a bridge

4.  Walk through the door and up the stairs. 

5.  Cross the parking lot construction you now find yourself in the midst of.  You'll end up on Mabelle Ave. 

6.  Head north on Mabelle Avenue to the Mabelle Park, which is on the East side of Mabelle Avenue across from 49 Mabelle Avenue.

Contact Us for more info or if you have any trouble finding the park

Welcome Karen!

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We could not be more pleased to introduce our new  Managing Director, Karen Kew.

Karen has been with us since January and is already making incredible things happen at MABELLEarts.

Karen has over twenty years of experience in the not-for-profit sector as an administrator, project manager and at a board level. She is passionate about community development and driven to use her organizational skills to create effective systems so that people and organizations may thrive.

While her background is in the arts, graduating with a BFA from York University, she has also worked extensively in the settlement sector focusing on financial management, systems improvement, managing change and engaging diverse communities. Karen has served on numerous boards, most recently as Treasurer for the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition and as Chair of CFRU 99.3FM community radio station. 

Mabelle Iftar Nights

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Join Mabelle neighbours and artists as we pass the hours leading to sunset with art-making, songs, gardening, and a cooking-fire.

Thursdays May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7th 7-10pm
in Mabelle Park across from 49 Mabelle Ave.

For the past seven years, MABELLEarts has been working with community members of all ages and backgrounds to create inter-cultural celebrations that mark the holy month of Ramadan.  Each year, residents from a range of cultural backgrounds gather in the Mabelle Park to join their Muslim neighbours as they break their Ramadan fast. 

Light refreshments served at sunset. Free - everyone welcome! 

Guest artists: Hussein Janmohamed, Julia Tribe, Maryem Tollar with Turkwaz, Waleed Abdulhamid, Melanie Fernandez-Alvres, Michael Burtt, Ksenija Spasic, Samidha Joglekar, Faten Toubasi, Marianne Alas, Anahita Dehbonehie, and The Gather Round Singers


Supported by: 
Toronto Pearson International Airport
Canada Council for the Arts
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Ontario Arts Council
Toronto Arts Council
W. Garfield Weston Foundation
Theatre Ontario
Canadian Heritage
The Government of Ontario
The City of Toronto
Service Canada
Toronto Community Housing
Jumblies Theatre
Making Room Community Arts
 

Summer Jobs with MABELLEarts

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We're hiring two Community Arts Coordinators

Job Title: Community Arts Coordinator
Date Posted: April 30, 2018
Application Deadline:  Sunday, May 6th 2018
Salary: $18/hr 30 hours/week
Region: Etobicoke
Term: 
16 weeks (Monday, May 14 to Friday, August 31st)
Number of Positions: 2

MABELLEarts is a community arts organization that brings together people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to make art, tell stories and creatively transform public spaces. We are seeking two Community Arts Coordinators to join our team of artists, arts professionals, architects, community leaders, builders and gardeners for an exciting summer of art and neighbourhood transformation.

Who We’re Looking For

We’re seeking two emerging leaders with a demonstrated interest in arts programming and youth engagement to lead two teams of youth in delivering arts-based programming in two Etobicoke parks.  You are a highly-responsible self-starter with demonstrated experience working with youth from a range of cultural backgrounds. Your lived experience is a match with youth participants who are predominately low-income, racialized, newcomer youth and/or you bring demonstrated experience in working with these communities.

Job Description

  Under the Direction of the artistic team and management of the Managing Director, the Community Arts Coordinators will each lead a team of youth employees and volunteers ages 15 to 21 to deliver arts-based programming and small-scale projects in two Etobicoke parks.  The role will also include supporting a team of professional artists and hundreds of community members and guests from across Canada to realizing a large-scale community arts project through August.

Areas of Responsibility

Community Programs (30%): implement programs for participants of all ages (some program design may be part of this role); manage workshop logistics, materials, supplies and snacks and support visiting artists.  Assist with community outreach and social media.

Youth Engagement (50%): provide supervision, management, and mentorship to youth employees and volunteers; provide support and deliver training to ensure success of youth employees and volunteers and the development of an equitable working environment; track youth hours and attendance; manage logistics related to transportation, schedules.

Large-Scale Projects (20%): support as needed with large scale summer projects, including assisting with workshop facilitation and the creation of original artwork/performance elements and provide logistical and community engagement support.


 Requirements:

  • Youth engagement and leadership experience

  • Willingness to learn from and teach others and openness to feedback

  • A demonstrated interest in arts management and community-engaged arts

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team

  • Ability to multi-task and work in fast-paced work environment

  • Excellent research, record-keeping and administrative skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Social media skills including facility with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

  • Fluency in English (spoken and written)

  • Proficiency in Urdu or Somali is desirable

  • Oral and/or written proficiency in Arabic a major asset

  • A valid G-class driver’s license is a major asset

Funder Requirements

These positions are funded through the Federal government’s Summer Student Program.  To be eligible, candidates must:

- Be 15 to 30 years of age at the time of employment.  

-Have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year.  

-Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment.

-Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please email your resume with the subject ‘Community Arts Coordinator’ to karen@mabellearts.ca

Please include a cover letter with your resume. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. 

MABELLEarts encourages applications from all qualified candidates. We’re committed to developing an inclusive workplace with connections in the communities we serve. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds, including those who may need accommodation, to apply to join our team. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
 

Our office is located in a Toronto Community Housing high-rise tower that has been equipped with automated entrances and exits, and our washroom is wheelchair accessible.

Thank you for your interest in the position, however we will not be able to provide additional information by phone and will not accept calls related to the position. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. 

 

We're Hiring a Communications Consultant (Apply by April 13th)

We're Hiring a Communications Consultant (Apply by April 13th)

We are seeking a Communications Consultant (an individual or company/firm)  to play a key role in strengthening our social media, public relations, and digital footprint, throughout this busy programming time and period of organizational growth. MABELLEarts is committed to creating high-impact digital materials that amplify the reach of our community projects and share community stories of success. This summer, we are excited to increase our online impact as we scale-up programming, with the help of a Communications Consultant.  The ideal candidate will have a passion for, and experience in, public relations, social media, graphic design, and a strong overall understanding of marketing and communications. Apply by April 13th 2018.

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A Common Table: Reflections on Summer 2017

What is a park? What does it do? Who is it for? When people are in need, how can parks help?

This summer showed us that our parks can be places of welcoming, of getting to know one another and becoming friends. Parks can be places where we sing the songs, make miniatures that recall the landscapes of our childhoods. Parks can be places where we share foods that remind us of our mothers and grandmothers.

We’re proud to share our reflections on Summer 2017, including work by over 25 artists and over 1300 community members from across Etobicoke and beyond. Read and listen at: www.summer2017.mabellearts.ca

A Common Table:
Original Audio Pieces by Christen Kong

Listen below

Featured musicians/performers:
Waleed Abdulhamid, Shifra Cooper, Maryem Hassan Tollar, Naghmeh Farahmand, Cleopatra Mbali Masinga, Melanie Fernandez, Ariadna Contreras and community voices.
Original Song Show Us A Shiny Thing composed by Hussein Janmohamed.

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Job Title: Managing Director
Organization: MABELLEarts
Location: Etobicoke, Ontario
Start Date: January-February 2018
Terms: 1 year with potential for renewal
Salary: $60,000-$65,000 plus benefits.  
This position offers flexibility (including ability to work partially from home or as a .8 position) for the right candidate.

MABELLEarts is driven by our love of people and fascination with neglected and forgotten places.  We make art and build environments that foster community regeneration and invention.  We cultivate long-term relationships that reveal the transformative possibilities within each unique site, neighbourhood and community.  We celebrate cultural traditions, differences and points of connection that help spark collaboration as a creative force for change.  We reframe existing social and environmental conditions to make space for new ways of being together. www.mabellearts.ca

MABELLEarts is seeking a Managing Director to provide strategic leadership and manage the operations, human resources and financial systems necessary to ensure that MABELLEarts exceeds our goals and objectives.  MABELLEarts is an innovative, community-centered organization – we’re excited to welcome someone new to the team to help us through this exciting next phase of growth and adventure. This senior management position reports to the Artistic Director.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to): 

  • Develop and manage operational and financial systems and oversee the core day-to-day administration of MABELLEarts, including human resources and finance.
  • Provide ongoing oversight, coaching and direction to core staff in accordance with the organization's policies and procedures.  Offer new strategies for ongoing performance management and professional development as needed;
  • Support the Artistic Director in fundraising through ongoing revenue planning, preparing proposals and managing relationships with funders, including monitoring progress on grants and work plans and preparing reports to funders;
  • Develop a budget and financial plan and ensure ongoing monitoring of expenditures and revenues;
  • Assist the Artistic Director in developing the organization’s annual work plan and monitoring progress, including developing measures to monitor our progress and the impact of our activities;
  • Ensure MABELLEarts continues to comply with organizational policies; funder regulations and non-profit legalities.

Who we’re looking for:
You have significant fundraising experience and have successfully secured and managed large, multi-year budgets and raised funds exponential to your salary level. You have a proven track-record managing small teams and driving performance, while helping to create a supportive, positive and learning-focused work/culture. It’s possible that you’ve been working in a larger organization and are ready for a change of pace.  You may be at the mid-point of your career and looking for a high-impact position with some flexibility. You may have experience in the arts, but if you don’t, you definitely understand its power.  You excel in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment and tend to enjoy all kinds of personalities.  You bring new ideas and innovation while recognizing what works.  You are self-aware, eager to learn and know you also have things to teach and share.  You’re committed to equity, inclusion and social justice.
 Oh, and a valid driver’s licence is an asset.

How to apply:
Please send a detailed two-page resume and one-page cover letter outlining your skills, experience and what you feel you’d bring to the MABELLEarts team.  Please include phone and email contact details. Please email documents in PDF format to: leah@mabellearts.ca   

Applications must be received by December 5th, 2017.
Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

MABELLEarts encourages applications from all qualified candidates. We’re committed to developing an inclusive workplace and welcome candidates with roots in the communities we serve as well as those from other equity-seeking groups. At MABELLEarts we believe that incorporating a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and ideas sparks innovation that strengthens our work. 

Our office is located in a Toronto Community Housing high-rise tower that has been equipped with automated entrances and exits.  Our washroom is wheelchair accessible.  To discuss accommodation, please contact the Artistic Director at 416-239-4900 or by email – leah@mabellearts.ca at your earliest convenience.

To be considered for this position, please include a cover letter with your resume. We will be in touch with candidates who we wish to connect with for an interview and we’d rather not discuss the specifics of the position by phone. Thank you for your understanding and your interest.
 


 

Welcome Nick!

Nick Headshot

We're delighted to welcome Nick Vo to our team. Nick will be with us until April, completing a UofT Urban Studies placement with MABELLEarts! Thanks to Denise Pinto for connecting us!

Nick is currently a fourth year student at the University of Toronto double majoring in Urban Studies and Human Geography. He is an advocate for social justice and has experience working with newcomers and other marginalized youth through working on community arts projects with organizations including: Access Alliance, Children’s Peace Theatre, Arts in the Parks and VIBE Arts. Nick combines his knowledge in human geography and urban studies with skills in listening to, supporting and coaching young people, using conflict resolution and other creative and compassionate approaches to solve problems and achieve goals. He hopes to become a social worker in the future and is always seeking opportunities to learn.

A Common Table: Performative Picnic

At A Common Table last Friday, we celebrated the end of the summer we have spent together singing, sewing, playing, building, making and picnicking in Broadacres Park. This performative picnic was attended by 142 guests and neighbours from from The West Mall, Mabelle Avenue, COSTI Immigrant Services, The Arab Community Centre of Toronto and across the city. Thanks to Monica Gutierrez for the photos!

MABELLEarts will be back with projects in Mabelle and Broadacres Park in 2018 - follow MABELLEarts here or on facebook, instagram & twitter to look for updates in the new year! 

A Common Table, presented by MABELLEarts
Artistic Director: Leah Houston
Assistant Artistic Director: Shifra Cooper
Operations Manager: Fiona Raye Clarke
Project/Outreach Coordinator: Christen Kong
Project Assistants: Aseel Mohammed, Nada Johar, Salma Moalim, Tasmeen Syed
MABELLEyouth Volunteers: Anisa Ali, Ava Macanowicz, Ayuub Abdullahi, Chaz Bennett, Habib Seidu, Jaden Bhimani, Salma Mohamed, Tauhid Syed
Featuring Guest Artists: Beth Helmers, Faten Toubasi, Helah Cooper, Joseph Leo Callender, Marianne Alas, Melanie Fernandez-Alvares, Michael Burtt, Naghmeh Farahman and Waleed Abdulhamid

Thanks to support from: Ontario Trillium Foundation, Arts in the Parks Toronto, Toronto Arts Council, Toronto Arts Foundation, GTAA's Propeller Project (Community Vitally Sponsor), Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario, W. Garfield Weston Foundation, Metcalf Foundation, Arts Etobicoke, Trinity Square Video, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, The Arab Community Centre of Toronto, Service Canada (Canada Summer Jobs), Cultural Human Resources Council - Le Conseil des RH du secteur culturel, Phoenix Restoration