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Call for Submissions 2019 

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GENERAL INFORMATION 

Artists, dreamers,  creators and communities:

HAPPENING is a Multicultural and Newcomer Arts celebration, a Festival created to promote inclusion , where the works for diverse, immigrants, newcomer and refugee communities take the centre stage and their contribution to the artistic fabric of Toronto is embraced and recognized.  During HAPPENING Multicultural Festival we are creating opportunities for profesional development for artists interested in working with communities as well as creating opportunities for organizations to network with artists and other organizations.

HAPPENING Multicultural is a four-day Festival that will engage more than 60 artists/performers who self-identified as people of diverse communities, immigrants, newcomers or refugees. Furthering traditional and contemporary music, dance, visual arts, story telling, poetry, crafts and food.

Sick Muse Art Projects a.k.a Muse Arts seeks to engage community organizations, immigrant, newcomer and refugee artists and local residents to promote anWe are currently accepting submissions for our 3rd  edition, taking place May 29th-June 1st in Toronto, Canada.

Working with community partners, Muse Arts creates spaces for Emerging Artists from equity seeking groups to showcase their work, to access opportunities for professional development and to engage communities meaningfully and actively in hands-on, high quality arts education integrated to issues of Social Justice. HAPPENING Festival is the result of Collaboration, Communication and Solidarity.

We are seeking proposals for new and experimental Visual Arts, Performance, Dance, Spoken Word , Poetry  projects that will be ready for presentation in May 2019.  We offer immigrant, newcomer and refugee artists a chance to share their finished work, proviing a platform to reach larger audiences and to establish new networks. Proposals are encouraged from both established and emerging artists who identify as immigrants, newcomers or refugees and who work in the areas of traditional and contemporary forms. Proposed works may have previous workshop presentation history.

HAPPENING JURIED ART EXHIBIT CALL*

  • Application Deadline: Friday  January 18-2019
  • Successful applicants notified by: Friday February 8-2019
  • Artwork delivered to Sick Muse Art Projects on or before Monday, May 27-2019
  • Artwork retrieved from Muse Arts June 3–7, 2019

Event Date and Time: Opening Reception  Wednesday May 29 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm  Theme: Community and Identity

HAPPENING PERFORMANCE & DANCE SHOW CALL*

  • Application Deadline: Friday  January 18-2019
  • Successful applicants notified by: Friday February 8-2019

Event Date and Time: Thursday May 30 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

HAPPENING POETRY & SPOKEN WORD CALL*

  • Application Deadline: Friday  January 18-2019
  • Successful applicants notified by: Friday February 8-2019

Event Date and Time: Friday May 31 from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Spoken word artists and poets are invited to share their stories with us. We are giving priority to poetry that explores this year’s HAPPENING theme: Community and Identity. 

HAPPENING MUSIC PERFORMANCE CALL*

  • Application Deadline: Friday  January 18-2019
  • Successful applicants notified by: Friday February 8-2019

Event Date and Time: Saturday June 1 from 7:00 pm to 11:59 pm

We are inviting musicians solo and/or groups to showcase their work at our closing event. We know of the importance of music among cultures and how music is the connector, the vehicle that carries stories generation to generation.  We want to hear the stories you share through your music and how they are used to express your sense of community and identity.

HAPPENING KIDS’ MUSIC , DANCE & PERFORMANCE *

  • Application Deadline: Friday  January 18-2019
  •  Successful applicants notified by: Friday February 8-2019
    Event Date and Time: Saturday June 01- from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm

We see how important is to promote the love for the Arts and Literature among young audiences. We have devoted a full day at HAPPENING to celebrate the different arts forms in which kids are engaged, where they have opportunities to learn about their ancestors and feel pride for their  cultures. We are inviting dancers, performers and groups to present their work at HAPPENING.

HAPPENING  COMMUNITY & ARTS ENGAGED ORGANIZATION FAIR

  • Application Deadline: Friday  January 18-2019
  • Successful applicants notified by: Friday February 8-2019
  • Participation fee should be paid by: March 11-2019
    Event Date and Time: Thursday May 30 from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm

We are inviting Arts and non-Arts organizations working with immigrant, refugee and newcomer communities to be part of an organizational fair where you will have the opportunity to showcase your services,  interact and network with other  organizations and with immigrants, newcomer and refugee artists and communities.

We believe in the importance of fostering and building connections among artists and other community partners to promote art work and art education that engages communities in issues of Social Justice and Community Development. We want to see your organization there.

Participating organizations are asked to contribute $100 – $150

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
No Participation Fee:  In order to increase support, access and visibility to emerging artists from  equity seeking groups living in Canada as well as international artists, giving priority to newcomer and refugee artists, Muse Arts does not charge a participation fee to be a part of the HAPPENING Festival.

FESTIVAL PRESENTATION AND COLLABORATION

  • Selected applicants will be featured during the Festival.
  • Muse Arts supports participants with marketing materials and professional development opportunities while exposing them to the largest possible audiences, as well as industry professionals.
  • HAPPENING Festival provides a venue, technical staff, Festival publicity and marketing, technical and performance scheduling, front of house management and administrative support.
  • Participating artists or companies will receive an honorarium.

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ABOUT MUSE ARTS  

Sick Muse Art Projects also known as Muse Arts is a multi-faceted arts organization that brings together artists, facilitators and community arts projects. We support, develop and promote visual, contemporary art and literature of emerging or new-comer artists as well as artists from equality seeking groups. As well as the love for arts and literature among all children, the practice of arts in all its forms as a way to give voice to an individual’s experiences, dreams and hopes; supporting a person’s healing journey and as a pathway to seeking justice and a common well-being.  MuseArtsTO

OUR MISSION

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Working with community partners, we create spaces for Emerging Artists from equity seeking groups to showcase their work, to access opportunities for professional development and to engage communities meaningfully and actively in hands-on, high quality arts education integrated to issues of Social Justice.

 

 Our aim is to establish a space to support artistic production and education in the Arts in order to:

  • Increase support, access and visibility to emerging artists from equity seeking groups living in Canada as well as international artists.
  • Increase the visibility of newcomer and refugee artists in the artistic scene in Canada.
  • Foster and build a connection among artists and other community partners to promote art work and art education that engages communities in issues of Social Justice and Community Development.
  • Collaborate with national and international institutions and artists-run centres and organizations in order to improve access and visibility for emerging artist and to promote the integration of Arts and Social Justice.
  • Engage artists in local, national and international opportunities that promote professional development in their individual practices and in community engaged arts.

Through ARTS we build and inspire the communities we envision.

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