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Ontario Arts Council

2017 Fund Recipients

Creative Engagement Fund Recipients 2017

The successful projects were selected by an advisory panel (convened by OAC) of artists and arts professionals with broad knowledge and experience of community-engaged arts practice, as well as professionals with expertise in sexual violence and harassment prevention. The 9 projects are:
  • Speak On It will develop an educational spoken word project directed toward street-involved young women and transgender youth. Participants will work with poets and advocates against sexual violence to create productions that inspire dialogue to combat rape culture and promote consent. (CANVAS Arts Action Programs, Toronto)
  • Art[4]Change, a Hamilton-based project, will develop a multidisciplinary program that encourages dialogue around sexual violence and harassment. Through exhibitions, performances, installation and lectures, this project will address rape culture and bystander intervention in the community. (Centre[3] for Print and Media Arts, Hamilton)
  • Zoongda: Strong Heart, based in Peterborough, is a multidisciplinary community project devoted to the impact of missing and murdered Indigenous women, the resilience of sexual violence survivors, and the relationship between land, water, body and violence. (Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, Peterborough)
  • Poetry in Action: Youth Against Sexual Violence is a London-based project that will be shared on social media and will engage students in spoken word to address sexual violence in schools. (Sexual Assault Centre London, London)
  • Weave and Mend, a Toronto-based project, will engage young homeless Indigenous women and women of colour to build public art installations. The installations, which comprise sculptural furniture, weaving wood, images and plants, will become safe public spaces for dialogue on gender-based violence. (SKETCH Working Arts for Street-Involved and Homeless Youth, Toronto)
  • The Droits d'abord project out of Toronto will feature three short films for students aged 12 to 15. The project will encourage social change and sexual violence prevention in Franco-Ontarian communities. (Centre ontarien de prévention des agressions (COPA), Toronto) 
  • My Life, My Community, My Ontario, an integrated art project based in Woodbridge, will engage Indigenous female students, artists and sexual assault experts to learn about sexual violence. Through movement, mask creation and soap stone carvings, participants will create short films about their creations. (Female Eye, Woodbridge)
  • Dispelling Darkness based in Mississauga will pair artists and survivors in South Asian communities. Participants will engage in meaningful dance and dialogue about how to eliminate sexual violence and harassment in homes, workplaces and their community. (Sampradaya Dance Creations, Mississauga)
  • Consent to Enter is a Toronto-based interactive installation project that explores the meaning of consent. It will invite a public audience to enter a phone-camera-confession installation booth and respond to realities, myths and tensions surrounding consent. (Sistering, Toronto)