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CPAMO’s news Issue 18 - February 2013

Welcome to the 18th Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) newsletter. This is a regular digest that will introduce you to, and keep you updated on CPAMO’s initiatives, and act as a portal to relevant research in the field of pluralism in the arts, innovative artists, and links to interesting talks about pluralism in the arts. The newsletter is intended to be your go-to resource for information on cultural pluralism in the arts. You have received this e-mail because you are a member of the CPAMO listserv. Please let others who share our professional and artistic interests know about this listserv and encourage them to subscribe by visiting The listserv is moderated and is for sending out newsletters and CPAMO updates. You may unsubscribe at any time. For more information, you can look us up here: Website: Facebook: search “CPAMO” or click here! Twitter: Content 1) What is CPAMO? 2) CPAMO Annual Report 3) What’s Next in Ottawa a. Report on Town Hall b. Smart Data Session c. First People’s Artist Forum 4) Community Engagement and Capacity Building 5) Canadian Dance Assembly Advisory Council on Pluralism 6) Canadian Dance Assembly – CPAMO National Dance Week 7) CPAMO Artists’ Cafes and Presenter Engagement 8) What’s Next in Markham 9) CPAMO Creators’ Roundtable 10) DiverseCity on Boards 11) Upcoming Events 12) TED Talks on Diversity 13) Who We Are 14) Contact Us


CPAMO’s news What is CPAMO?
Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) is a movement of Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists working with presenters to empower the performing arts communities of Ontario. CPAMO seeks to open opportunities for Aboriginal and ethno-racial performers to engage with presenters across Ontario and to enable presenters to develop constructive relationships with Aboriginal and ethno-racial performers. CPAMO is supported by Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists who are involved in theatre, music, dance and literary arts. They are members of CPAMO‟s Roundtable and include representatives of Sampradaya Dance, Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Little Pear Garden Theatre Collective, Centre for Indigenous Theatre, Kaha:wi Dance, Sparrow in the Room, b-current, why not theatre, urban arts and backforward collective, TeyyaPeya Productions, Culture Days, Sheyanne Productions, Obsidian Theatre, the Collective of Black Artists, CanAsian Dance and others. With the involvement of artists from these organizations, CPAMO is working with Community Cultural Impresarios (CCI) and its members to build their capacities, cultural competencies and understanding of pluralism in performing arts so that CCI and its members engage performers from these communities and, thereby, enable audiences across Ontario to access artistic expressions from diverse communities on a regular basis. CPAMO gratefully acknowledges the funding support it has received for its activities from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

CPAMO Annual Report For 2012
Well, in case you hadn‟t noticed, CPAMO was very busy in 2012 and is planning a number of exciting things for 2013. Before we get to what we are working on for this year, you might want to catch your breath (we are!) and take a look at what we did in 2012. We worked in Markham, Ottawa and across the GTA with such partners as Flato Markham Theatre, the Canadian Dance Assembly, Creative Trust and the Neighbourhood Arts Network and held our own volunteer recruitment forum. We‟ve had Town Halls on Pluralism, capacity building workshops, launched our book and toolkit, and CPAMO‟s Project Lead made presentations to national conferences held by CARFAC National and the Canadian Dance Assembly. To read about all this, and more, check out our annual report! ( It‟s now online at

In this report, you‟ll notice our plans for 2013 and beyond. We look forward to working with the partnerships that were so important to our success in 2012 and to expanding our tent to work with others both within and outside the arts‟ communities as a way of positioning the arts within


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the fullness of community activity. This will enhance our work in engaging artists (creators and presenters) with communities in those cities where we have begun to do so.

What‟s Next In Ottawa
One of the key methods CPAMO has used in its work is to engage in partnership with arts organizations in local communities. In Ottawa, CPAMO has been working with: the Ottawa Art Gallery, CARFAC National, the Great Canadian Theatre Company, the Coalition of New Canadians for Arts and Culture, the Ottawa Chinese Heritage Association, the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership, Gallery 101, Centre Pointe Theatre and Shenkman Hall for the Arts, One World Dialogue, MASC (Multicultural Arts in Schools and Communities), CAPACOA and individual artists in dance and visual arts. The Town Hall on - Aboriginal and Ethno-Racial Communities in Ottawa and Implications for the Arts was a full day session held at 219 Argyle Avenue, the offices of the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership. This Town Hall provided opportunities for Ottawa artists and arts organizations to discuss changes in the Ottawa region and to share strategies for engaging diverse communities and building audiences for and from them. The panelists for this event discussedissues related to Aboriginal communities and their engagement in the arts as well as on ethno-racial and immigrant communities, their interests in the arts and their social capital. This was followed by facilitated discussions on the importance and extent of community-based organizations in Aboriginal and ethno-racial communities and how to work with them. In this session, participants received information related to the changing numbers and compositions of communities across Ontario related to: 1) What has happened and will continue to happen in terms of the numerical growth and areas of settlement of these communities; 2) The implications/significance of these changes in terms of social, economic, political and cultural perspectives; 3) The key characteristics of these growing communities, particularly in terms of cultural interests/retention and how this might lead to programming, employment and marketing opportunities; 4) The social capital of these communities and some geographic mapping of them as well. The presentations were in the morning followed by workshops in the afternoon that carriedthe morning discussion further in order to share information about what artists and arts organizations are doing to connect with these growing communities, what's working and where there is need for assistance. The results of these discussions will set the stage for future workshops aimed at developing strategies for Ottawa arts organizations to connect with Aboriginal and ethno-racial communities in the Ottawa Region.

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speakers‟ presentations can be seen on CPAMO‟s website (( CHALLENGES:  Artists have to go to art galleries, to promote and that is difficult. Artists are poor and do not have the resources to do so. The questions they ask themselves is how to get into the mainstream? Aboriginals find a lot of red tape. Proposals are complicated and artists are not into those activities, do not know what to do. Art has become a business and artists are not business people. A big concern is that there are great voices to be heard but also to compete for grants. You need business skills to be successful in the system, be able to manage the lexicon, forms. Artists live a solitary existence. One challenge is that the money goes to projects and there is the requirement to justify relevance, so the artist has to take a lot of her/his time to do the proposal instead of working on her/his art, therefore core funding goes to the project language not to the art. Support systems, access to resources are difficult for artists. Resources should be accessible; an artist should be able to get the help needed. There are organizations like CARFAC that organize workshops about proposal writing and budgeting but the challenge is that sometimes artists do not think they need those tools. There are systemic issues that immigrant groups face like the paternalistic approach of some organizations and also that they want artist to volunteer, to perform for free Creators live in poverty. The challenge is that to get grant money there is need to have a non-for-profit organization registered so a big sum of the money goes to the agencies to pay for staff not to the artists. Challenge: Outreach – Is any one getting a diverse audience? CNCAC: not engaging enough people – for new Canadians its hard.

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VALUABLE STRATEGIES USED:  CARFAC standard of how and artists should be paid. There is pressure to do more with some amount of money and also shows discrepancy between mainstream artists and minority and aboriginal artists. (MELISSA) There is an online resource Crowd Source. There is a network that might support and artists. There is not experience known of the results for this resource in the Canadian artistic context.


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 There is an experience of capacity building between the production of a play and the Ukrainian community, which was the target audience. In order to engage the community, the theatre asked for funding and they created a mentorship program. It was the right fit because some of the people mentored became arts publicist and wardrobe crew. Mentoring is a lucrative partnering, we have the expertise, they have the community and getting access to physical spaces has been successful

NEXT STEPS FOR OTTAWA COMMUNITY  Community engagement. Having round tables, consultations make a difference. To have an informal conversation about the use of resources can be a success to piggy back on those resources It is important to have an initial conversation before engaging in a project.Try to be more inclusive. Look at the stakeholders and invite them for a conversation. Outreach. Who we can partner with in the aboriginal organizations and invite people to get to know better the spaces, resources and organizations (galleries, groups) Track down people. Change the attitude and ask what is that you need, what are you producing, when you are a presenter.Work with community leaders. Be innovative. Have fun, go back to play, colours, craft, exchange, beauty. How to get to target audiences, example: community organizations, community health centre, accessibility important. Need to know the community‟s challenges for access to help bring people from the community. Importance of bringing in cultural specialists who can speak about how to approach and manage the relationship.The importance of long time relationships instead of the one off. Partnerships were successful, speakers , spot light on local filmmakers, opening night on Victoria Island. City has buildings that are unused around, there are some issues such as insurance but they can be used. Artists can be very self sufficient and can help beautifying the area.

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Delivered by Young Associates Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013 | 2:00 - 5:00pm Location: Council for the Arts in Ottawa - Micaela Fitch boardroom 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa ON K1N 6E2 Managing Your Data: Making it Work for You and Your Organization: What is a database? What do I want to get out of it? What data is relevant? How can I create consistency? This 2 hour seminar from Young Associates is designed to provide an overview of good database management practices for the arts and cultural sector. The seminar will cover goal setting, policies and procedures, and tips and tricks, and is geared to those working in both a spreadsheet or relational database environment. Managing Data: Peer Exchange: The seminar will be followed by a 1 hour peer exchange. Stay and share best practices, challenges, goals, and questions around data management with your community members, and discuss case studies presented by the instructors. The session is FREE To Register:

Circadia Indigena - First Peoples‟ Art and Performance in Canada‟s National Capital
A Winter Village ~ Indigenous Arts & Culture Festival. This weekend arts festival takes place within the traditional season of storytelling, and occurs during the beginning and renewal of the year‟s ceremonial cycle. This gathering will offer exceptional multi-disciplinary arts and cultural programming, and will be a platform for celebrating indigenous winter culture by highlighting the storytelling traditions of First Nations‟, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. Indigenous storytelling has many forms; Creation stories, history, visions, teachings, news, ceremony, messages, songs, and many more. This gathering will draw on these forms and showcase them through Elders, cultural presenters, and artists in a presentation and workshop format. The gathering will be a space for the sharing of Indigenous knowledge through storytelling, cultural presentations and performances by First Peoples‟ artists. This year we will gather the artists together across three different themes within the Winter Village: (1) The time of year tells us it is the beginning and renewal of the ceremonial cycle, we will share the ways First Peoples‟ mark this time with celebration and ceremony. (2) We will highlight our storytelling traditions within this traditional “storytelling time” of the winter cycle. (3) And we will share the beauty of the winter cultures of First Nation‟s, Inuit and Métis peoples. This event is free and open to the general public.


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Gathering to Expand our Imagination, our Vision, and the expression of Culture through art… February 22nd, 6:30pm – 9pm February 23rd, 1pm – 9pm February 24th, 1pm – 3:30pm Richelieu Vanier Community Centre, Ottawa, ON For more information contact:, or call (613)878-0119. Circadia Indigena - Mandate: Circadia Indigena is an organization devoted to the presentation of First Peoples‟ art and performance in Canada‟s National Capital Region. Circadia Indigena is dedicated to developing, producing, and presenting outstanding visual art and performance by First Nation‟s, Inuit, and Métis artists. We produce and present works from all artistic disciplines which supports cultural exchange, transference, and learning through the arts. Circadia Indigena has been created to foster a gathering place where we can remember, reclaim, and create works that restore oral traditions, performance cultures, and visual arts aesthetics. We support indigenous artists to tell their stories through theatre, dance, film, music, and new media. Re-claiming, re-creating, and re-telling the stories that reunite cultural history with the voices of today‟s First Peoples‟. Circadia Indigena works with artists, Elders, youth and the broader community in creative partnerships. We produce festivals events, workshops, performances, and artists-in-residence programs throughout the year. Circadia Indigena presents: tanakiwin ~ Indigenous Artist‟s Forum.The gathering will offer a platform for First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists to dialogue, share information, and generate ideas to effect action and development for the First Peoples‟ community in the NCR . This will be a facilitated gathering that will make use of a dynamic dialogue process to reach the following outcomes: 1. Create common understanding of the current issues related to recognition, awareness, commemoration, reclamation, investment and access to First Nations, Inuit and Métis arts and heritage in the NCR. 2. Identify the relative importance of issues and establish clear and workable priorities to assist in focusing resources and ensuring action on the issues; 3. Formulate a working document that formalizes and identifies priorities to inform and direct future initiatives for the development of the First Peoples‟ arts and culture in the NCR. 4. The gathering will offer the opportunity to maximize networking development by building a contact list of artists, arts organizations, and key public and private sector partners. This event is free and open to ALL First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists and those involved in First Peoples' arts, culture, and heritage who reside in the National Capital Region.


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February 22nd, 1pm – 4:30pm February 23rd, 10am – 1:30pm February 24th, 10am – 1:30pm Richelieu Vanier Community Centre, Ottawa, ON For more information contact:, or call (613)878-0119.

Community Engagement and Capacity Building
There has been considerable discussion about community engagement in the arts. Or, as put in the CPAMO toolkit, how arts organizations find themselves in the heart of the community. To support work on this, CPAMO linked up with the Neighbourhood Arts Network which also researched and published a toolkit on community engagement and recently Made in B.C. has released a draft Community Engagement Workbook. This was circulated at CAPACOA shortly after Doug Borwick made a presentation for Ontario Dances related to his recent book Building Communities, Not Audiences. These interests, concerns and strategies on community engagement have been a fundamental value to CPAMO since its creation. To this end, CPAMO has invited artists and presenters to discuss the ways they connect to communities and what they have learned in their efforts. CPAMO has also done considerable research on this topic and how it is being explored, developed and implemented in other countries and across Canada. These stories are included in the CPAMO publication Pluralism in the Arts in Canada: A Change is Gonna Come. Clearly, given the increasing focus on this topic, it is important to sustain the conversation and to provide opportunities to explore examples of community engagement activities in the arts and how this has enhanced the capacities of arts organizations that have gone this route. To this end. CPAMO will convene a forum to discuss this on March 21. This session will begin with a keynote address by Sandra Laronde, Artistic Director of Red Sky Performance who will discuss her company‟s work with developing and sustaining community connections through its Deep Waters project. Following a plenary discussion, a panel of experienced arts and community activists will share their perspectives. These panelists are: JiniStolkwho will discuss the Creative Trust Experience and the success of a shared platform on working capital for the arts; Professor Nadia Caidi who will discuss access to information strategies used by diverse groups; and Beatriz Pisano, Artistic Director Aluna Theatre, who will discuss community engagement in the Latino context

The wrap up and next steps will be provided by CPAMO‟s Project Lead, charles c. smith, editor of Pluralism in the Arts in Canada: A Change is Gonna Come.


CPAMO’s news Canadian Dance Assembly Advisory Council on Pluralism
In collaboration with CPAMO and the Aga Khan Museum, the Canadian Dance Assembly held its 6th National Conference October 20-22, 2012in Ottawa.This was a gathering with the dance community to dialogue, build community, gain new insights, and help shape the future of dance in Canada with a focus on pluralism. CDA's National conference was inspired by the intersection of pluralism and technology in a rapidly changing environment. It featured panel discussions, keynote speakers, workshops on video, and new modern applications in dance in an innovative forum. In conjunction with this year's conference, the Canadian Dance Assembly recognized and celebrated exceptional members of the dance milieu with Canada‟s first National Dance Awards – the I love dance/J’aime la danse Awards! As a follow-up, the CDA received a report from CPAMO‟s Project Lead identifying key issues and strategies for the CDA to consider in order to embrace pluralism as an organizational value and core component of its work. The actions needed for this are noted below band were adopted by the CDA at its Board meeting of January 13, 2013. In this context, the CDA and CPAMO will continue working together to implement these recommendations. 1) Advocacy. It is clear that dance artists from diverse backgrounds confront inequities in terms of their access to resources, particularly funding, performance opportunities and in their incomes. The CDA should undertake to address this as a high priority and, with these artists, undertake raising the profile of these dance artists, the value of their contributions to dance and the need for their presence in Canada‟s dance milieu. The CDA can address this by profiling such artists in its National Dance Campaign and can raise concerns about funding, income and performance inequities to arts councils as well as in communications with presenters. 2) A CDA Advisory Council on Pluralism. There was broad interest amongst dance artists to have a standing structure within the CDA to address issues of diversity and pluralism on an ongoing basis. This Advisory Council would be inclusive of diverse communities and be based on several factors such as race, culture, immigration status, regional location, physical ability and be of equal importance as the CDA Strategic Advisory Committee. The Council would meet monthly in its first years to develop an agenda, action plans and to contribute to developing and supporting CDA activities on behalf of diverse dance artists; 3) CDA Policy and Responsibility of all Standing Councils. The CDA should develop a vision to articulate its commitment to pluralism in all of its activities. This vision should be developed in consultation with the newly created Standing Council on Pluralism and with all other Standing Councils as well as the CDA Executive. This process of visionstatement development is integral to all parts of the CDA getting on board with this direction and to enable each Standing Council to develop an understanding of its roles


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and responsibilities in implementing a pluralistic approach in their work. In this regard, while the Standing Council on Pluralism can be seen as the catalyst to identifying and proposing solutions to issues related to pluralism/diversity, each Standing Council should equally in its own way undertake similar responsibilities. This will ensure that all components of the CDA are engaged in this process and that a healthy dialogue cuts across the CDA on this timely issue. 4) Reduction of „Duplicating‟ Standing Councils. Several concerns were raised in the interviews and focus groups about potential duplication of efforts. This was most notable in regard to areas addressing presenters and dance artists since it was felt that these issues are being addressed through the CanDance Network and CADA. It was also felt that the CDA may be more able to take on this new area of pluralism if had the capacities to do so. In this regard, eliminating standing council‟s that may be duplicating other organization‟s efforts may free up resources so that the CDA might be in a better position to focus on issues of pluralism. At the same time, this reduction of duplication might also prompt the CDA to enhance relationships with those bodies that are mandated to work with dance presenters and artists. 5) Recruitment of New Members. As part of the roll out of the CDA initiatives to support pluralism in dance, the CDA should also focus on recruiting new members based on the issues it will be addressing. For example, the „I Love Dance‟ campaign can be enhanced with visual imagery and promotion of diverse dance traditions and performances that support the values of pluralism and raise to the national level the expansive dance landscape in Canada. This sign of commitment is valuable in communicating sincere intent in being inclusive and promoting pluralism in the short and long-term. To undertake actions on these recommendations, the CDA will work with CPAMO to: a) promote and communicate these directions nationally and, particularly, to Aboriginal and diverse artists (racially, culturally, regionally); b) begin the process of recruitment and setting up of the Advisory Council on Pluralism; c) once the Advisory Council on Pluralism is set up, engage all Standing Councils and the CDA Executive in dialogue on the pluralism vision statement and the roles/responsibilities of all CDA Standing Council‟s for implementation of activities to promote pluralism; d) prepare advocacy challenge regarding inequitable access to funding/resources as part of the CDA National Dance Campaign. The full report on this is located at


CPAMO’s news CPAMO and CDA National Dance Week:
The CDA is gearing up for another spectacular season and we are asking you to start participating by imagining creative activities and submitting your National Dance Week 2013 events. 
 CDA will facilitate publicity for your event on our upcoming NDW events calendar that will be featured on our Please share your events with as soon as possible so we can start building momentum for all the amazing activities taking place across the country. The Dance Manifesto expresses the core messages of the I love dance/J’aime la danse awareness campaign and encourages support for dance as an art form integral to our Canadian identity. The Manifesto is free for everyone to use! The Dance Manifesto is available in French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, and Farsi on the CDA blog As a follow-up to last year‟s launch of the National Dance Week and the Dance Manifesto, CPAMO will be contributing to this by staging a number of dance performances by artists from Aboriginal and ethno-racial communities. This will be held on April 24th! Notice and a line-up of artists will be promoted soon.

CPAMO Artists‟ Cafes and Presenter Engagement
How to engage presenters, ethno-racial and Aboriginal business and media, and corporate and private funders? How can CPAMO facilitate these types of engagement? At one of our meetings, the idea of an Artist Café was suggested and we listened. We are in the process of formulating a number of collaborative and informative sessions geared at bringing artists with presenters, Arts Service organizations and funders in a informal setting to engage with the art making process. The café will provide a forum for not only networking but feedback opportunities as CPAMO continues to support the development of meaningful relationships in the arts industry. Artists and Arts organizations will get to understand the process for proposal submissions while learning more about the development of the artistic product that presenters are looking for. The hope is simple, the stigma attached to presenter as inaccessible to culturally specific artists will be understood, while a platform for artistic engagement fostered while enhancing the understanding of the „‟ in terms of submission of proposals for performances / presentations by said presenters. Currently, we‟re looking to convene three such sessions this year to focus on dance, music and theatre. Look for news of these in the coming months for April, June and sometime in the fall!!!! As part of this project, CPAMO is currently in conversation with folks at the Pan AM Games, Luminato, Theatre Ontario, CanDance Network, Prologue to the Performing Arts, the Canadian Dance Assembly and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries. Along with presenter members of Community Cultural Impresarios, representatives of these organizations and other arts services organizations, will be invited to be part of these Artists‟ Cafes.


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“Together In Dance” Forum at Flato Markham Theatre: Conversations and concrete actions about engagement through dance in a diverse community was presented on October 14, 2012 by Flato Markham Theatre in partnership with CPAMOand supported by the City of Markham and TixHub. This forum aimed to build future success for dance in Markham and address the key question on how to engage with the various dance sectors in the region with the goal of developing a cohesiveand comprehensive plan in making the discipline more vibrant, connecting with diverse communities, increasing their participation and grow audiences. In this context, the goals of this Town Hall were to: 1. Bring people together and engage a conversation between the various sectors; 2. Better understand the needs of the various sectors of the dance community vs. theatre programs and services; and 3. Identify opportunities to Increase community engagement and build a vibrant audience for dance in the Markham Region. This gathering received presentations by several active in the field of dance as artists, presenters and educators, including Emily Cheung, Artistic Director of Little Pear Garden Theatre Collective; Vivine Scarlett, Artistic Director of Dance Immersion; Menaka Thakkar, Artistic Director of Menaka Thakker Dance; and Soraya Peerbaye, former Dance Officer for the Toronto Arts Council now working on a dance mapping project in Markham. The panel presentations were then followed by small group discussions that addressed: 1. Theatre and Dance 2. Dance organizations and studios 3. Dance Education Minister Michael Chan, MPP, was also on hand to thank the presenters and speak to those gathered and the day ended with a keynote address delivered. Sixty (60) people attended this Town Hall and the detailed report on this session can be read at will be working with Flato Markham Theatre and Markham groups to continue this dialogue


In 2012, CPAMO expanded its Roundtable membership by including some of organizations involved in the former Stand Firm initiative of the Canada Council Equity Office. As part of this, CPAMO has now undertaken efforts to support the capacity-building work that had begun by the former Stand Firm initiative. Through presentations, workshops, performances and dialogue, CPAMO has worked with its Roundtable members to build their capacities in the areas of organizational infrastructure (e.g., using new technologies for financial management and audience development), in developing relationships with presenters and in enhancing their understanding of changing demographics and methods to engage diverse communities as audience and volunteers. A summative toolkit has been created for these organizations and artists to use to assist them in moving forward with implementing the knowledge, values and new approaches they have learned to embrace cultural pluralism in the arts. Based on activities begun in 2012 and supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Canada Council‟s Equity Projects Grants, CPAMO seeks to further build the capacities of its Roundtable members in such areas as: 1. Providing tools for the development of effective organizational systems and practices; 2. Attracting volunteers to engage with CPAMO Roundtable members in various capacities, e.g., board members, fundraising, governance; 3. Improving understanding of how Aboriginal and ethno-racial communities access information in order to enhance marketing and promotion activities by CPAMO members interested in building audiences from these communities; 4. Building relationships between major presenters and CPAMO Roundtable members to undertake mutually beneficial exchanges of resources; and 5. Developing the capacities of Roundtable members to make successful „pitches‟ to presenters to stage work by Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists. Building Capacities of Aboriginal and Ethno-racial Arts Organizations to Sustain Pluralism in the Arts in Ontario is a key part of CPAMO‟s activities begun in 2012. This project will build on work currently underway within CPAMO and the former Ontario-based Stand Firm initiative. It will begin in February 2013 and end in January 2014. It is an initiative focusing on two geographic areas: the Greater Toronto Area, including Brampton, Oakville, Scarborough, Markham and Mississauga; andOttawa. A CPAMO survey of its Roundtable members in the fall 2012 has helped in creating CPAMO‟s 2013 series of workshops that will focus on “Broadening Relationships”to enhance relationships amongst Roundtable members but and with wider communities, organizations, artists and funding bodies. The survey results indicate the following: 1. Of the upcoming workshops for end of 2012, interests lied in the following areas Advanced Excel Skills + Drop-In Clinic for Database Questions Online Fundraising Campaigns - Tips and How-To‟s Screenshare for Virtual Meetings and Remote 50.0% 83.3% 16.7%


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Troubleshooting Effective Technological Practices / Administrative 50.0%

2. Of the workshops proposed for 2013, here are where interest lies and will be pursed. Working within Communities Working with Older Adults Effective Marketing and Engagement Strategies Strategies to Seeking, Nurturing and Keeping Donors Making Pitches to Presenters for Performances and Gallery Showings Collaboration with presenters 50.0% 11.1% 66.7% 66.7% 38.9% 61.1%

CPAMO will continue to work with its Creators‟ Roundtable members (including new organizations that have recently joined from the former Stand Firm Network) and involve them in the capacity building workshops and other related activities. These are: 1. Providing tools for the development of effective organizational systems and practices; 2. Improving understanding of how Aboriginal and diverse communities access information in order to enhance marketing and promotion activities to build audiences from these communities; 3. Building relationships between major presenters and CPAMO Roundtable members to undertake mutually beneficial exchanges of resources; and 4. Developing the capacities of Roundtable members to make successful „pitches‟ to presenters to stage work by Aboriginal and ethno-racial performing artists


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DiverseCity onBoard
The DiverseCity onBoard, an award winning initiative of the Maytree Foundation, connects qualified candidates from visible minority and under-represented immigrant communities to the governance bodies of agencies, boards and commissions and voluntary organizations in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). We work with public institutions and voluntary organizations to change the face of the region’s leadership by promoting board recruitment and appointment processes that reflect the GTA’s diverse population. We do this for reasons of inclusion. As the demographic profile of the GTA changes, it is imperative that public and voluntary institutions reflect the lives and experiences of this new demographic. Diversity at the board table ensures that institutional leadership is responsive to the new needs of newer residents. Further, diversity of thinking and perspectives leads to innovation, new solutions and improved organizational performance. The GTA has been recognized by the United Nations as the most diverse city in the world. Almost half of our residents are visible minorities. By 2031 this figure will rise to over 60 per cent. Collectively, we comprise more than 200 distinct ethnicities and speak more than 140 languages and dialects. Yet, a recent research report, DiverseCity Counts, prepared by Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute, showed that just 14 per cent of leaders in the GTA are visible minorities (relative to 49.5 per cent of the population studied). DiverseCity onBoard addresses this problem by helping public institutions embrace diversity as a core value of a shared society while connecting them to the talent they need for competitive growth, sustainability, and shared prosperity. In just six years, DiverseCity onBoard has facilitated the appointment of 630 individuals to a variety of public, non-profit and other organizational boards. Additionally, 620 organizations and over 1,500 prescreened qualified candidates from visible minority and immigrant groups are registered on its searchable database. DiverseCity onBoard is particularly interested in working with the Arts sector in the GTA to increase the representation of visible minorities on governance boards in that sector.

Key Activities
DiverseCity onBoard identifies, recruits and trains qualified pre-screened candidates from visible minority and immigrant communities for professional appointments on boards and committees. Professionalizing the appointment process improves board performance, public accountability and prevents board “tokenism.” We help organizations find the best candidate with the right skills.

Funded in part by the Government of Ontario.

DiverseCity is an initiative of Maytree and the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance


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Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture Presented by The Power Plant Sunday, February 17, 2013 10am – 5pm The Power Plant 231 Queens Quay West Toronto, Ontario M5J 2G8 Beat Nation describes a generation of artists who juxtapose urban youth culture with Aboriginal identity to create innovative and unexpected new works that reflect the current realities of Aboriginal peoples today. For more information:,Hip-Hop-and-Aboriginal-Culture.aspx Concert for Social Justice – An Evening of Expressive Arts Presented by: CASSA Wednesday, February 20, 2013 | 5:30pm-8:30pm Daniels Spectrum (Regent Park) 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto ON A great concert featuring performances by dance groups, singers, poets focusing on social justice issues. Join us in the celebration of CASSA‟s Silver Jubilee with a concert to mark the World Day of Social Justice! This year‟s event will showcase local artists performing on social and economic justice themes featuring Music, Dance and Poetry, also with exhibition of Paintings and Photographs, as well as recognition of Human Rights Activists. All proceeds will fund CASSA‟s 100-day anti-racism campaign. RSVP online with donation (PWYC): For more information contact: Dr. Hasan at 416-932-1359 or Web site: Amara Kanté Melinké Drumming & Experience a Taste of the Islands Presented by City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division: Friday February 22, 2013 | 6 - 8 pm Warden Hilltop Community Centre 25 Mendelssohn Street, Toronto For more information and full list of activities:


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In Conversation With... Geraldine Moriba and Don Lemon: Documenting the Black Experience February 25, 2013 at 7pm TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square 350 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5 In this unique onstage conversation presented by TIFF and Black Artists' Network in Dialogue (BAND), CNN's Don Lemon and Geraldine Moriba explore the representation of AfricanAmericans in the media and the importance of reporting stories from America's minority communities. On February 25, TIFF and the Black Artists' Network in Dialogue (BAND) present this unique onstage conversation featuring Geraldine Moriba, Emmy Award–winning executive producer of CNN's In America, and Don Lemon, CNN news anchor and journalist, which will explore topics including the representation of African-Americans in the media, the nature of producing short documentaries for television, and the importance of reporting stories from America's minority communities. The conversation will be moderated by Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, and will feature clips from Ms. Moriba's and Mr. Lemon's acclaimed television work.For more information and tickets: 416-599-8433 the cartographer‟s mistake: Southall and other places | SarindarDhaliwal January 18 - February 23, 2013 A Space Main Gallery 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 110 Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8 Tel: 416-979-9633 | E-mail: Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday 11am - 6pm | Saturday 12pm - 5pm The title of SarindarDhaliwal‟s solo exhibition identifies one very specific location – Southall, the suburban district of London, England, to which her family immigrated in the 1950s – and an indeterminate number of unnamed ones – the “other places.” These undisclosed sites likely include India, or more precisely, the Punjab, where the artist was born, and Canada, where, as a teenager, she moved with her family. Dhaliwal‟s work, produced over the course of a ca reer that has spanned more than three decades, also typically spans, to some extent or other, the three countries that she has called home. While Dhaliwal has employed many mediums in her œuvre, amongst them painting, photography, installation, printmaking and video, her work is unified in its consideration of identity, migration and Diaspora, and by its use of narrative strategies and autobiographical content. Ultimately these stories take her – and us – far away from that time and place in South all, to the many other places, real and imagined, that ultimately determine who we are.


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ROBO-G: A Laugh-Out-Loud Comedy with Plenty of Heart Thursday February 28, 2013 at 7:00pm Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, ON, M3C 1Z5 We are proud the Canadian premiere of ShinobuYaguchi`s delightful and hilarious 2012 comedy, ROBO-G. When three fruitless scientists from Kimura Appliances are forced to enter a robotics competition they are at a loss for what to do, when their test robot id destoyed in a accident. They decide they need to hire someone to sport the robot outfit (which goes by the name of New Shiokaze.) Igarashi Shinjirō/Mickey Curtis plays a pained and grinch -like 73 yearold man, Shigemitsu Suzuki, who is chosen to act the part, and must unexpectedly continue the charade when the robot becomes famous for saving a young woman named Yoko during a convention. A very funny film with a warm heart. Admission: $8 JCCC members, $10 non-members | For more information: 416- 441-2345 Crossing the Line: A Symposium on Difficult Images Presented by the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) February 28, 2013 Schulich School of Business 99 Ian Macdonald Blvd, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3 What is too much for an image to bear and for viewers to bear in turn? Crossing the Line addresses issues of difficult knowledge, difficult histories, and difficult images in a free, public one-day symposium to be held at York University February 28, 2013. The symposium is held in conjunction with the AGYU exhibition Deanna Bowen: Invisible Empires, which looks at the role that the Ku Klux Klan played during the Civil Rights struggles in the United States and its century-long history in Canada. The format will be a series of individual presentations and open discussion. Speakers include: Deanna Bowen, Alfredo Jaar, Steven Loft, Philip Monk, Kim Simon, and Shawn Michelle Smith. The symposium is free but requires advance registration at: On-site registration begins February 28, 9:30 – 10:00 in room W132 Schulich School of Business (opposite AGYU). Symposium begins at 10:00. Ching Chong Chinaman Presented by fu-Gen Asian Canadina Theatre Company March 12- 30, 2013 The Aki Studio Theatre Daniels Spectrum at 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto


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By Lauren Yee | Directed by Nina Lee Aquino The ultra-assimilated Wong family is as Chinese-American as apple pie: teenager Upton dreams of World of Warcraft superstardom; his sister Desi dreams of early admission to Princeton. Unfortunately, Upton‟s chores and homework get in the way of his 24/7 videogaming, and Desi‟s math grades don‟t fit the Asian-American stereotype. Then Upton comes up with a novel solution for both problems: he acquires a Chinese indentured servant, who harbors an American dream of his own. Tuesday-Saturday 8pm / Saturday 2pm / Sunday 2pm Tickets: $15-$28 (includes HST) | Additional $2.00 per ticket surcharge For more information: 416-920-2828 | Box office: 1-800-204-0855 Kalanihdi International Dance Festival March 14 – 16, 2013 Performances 8:00 pm | Dance Chat 7:00 pm Harbourfront Centre, Fleck Dance Theatre 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8 Artistic Director and founder Sudha Khandwani celebrates the 60 year anniversary of Kalanidhi Fine Arts and 25 years of presentingIndian Dance in Canada. Join us for the North American premiere of the internationally acclaimed Samudra Performing Artsfrom Kerala, India; California‟s AmrapaliAmbegaokar‟s breath taking Kathak dance, India‟s masterful VaibhavArekar, andworld renowned SujataMohapatra along with recent and new works by Toronto‟s imaginative inDANCE, Walter Carsen Awardwinning MenakaThakkar Dance Company, and Hemant and VaishaliPanwar‟s spell-binding dance. Symposium highlights include a history of the first 35 years of Kalanidhi Fine Arts in India, and Process Revealed sessions withfestival performers.Kalanidhi will also offer a 5 day residency in Kalaripayattu with MadhuGopinath and VakkomSajeev from Samudra Performing Arts. General Audience: $30–35 | Student/Senior: $25–28 Next Steps Package Price: $25–28 | Next Steps Package Price Student/Senior: $20–23 FKFA/FMTDC Members: $20–23 | Full Festival Pass: $60–69 Flex Pass Eligible: Yes Box Office: 416-973-4000 or Symposium and Kalaripayattu Dance Workshop reservations and FKFA/FMTDC Members Tickets: 905-764-7028, ext.22 or For more information


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Chinese Contemporary Dance Symposium March 23 and 24, 2013 Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside Terrence 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8 Celebrate Little Pear Garden Collective's 20th Anniversary Symposium with invited artists and scholars from Beijing, Taiwan, USA and Canada! Invited Speakers includes: Mr. Tao Ye, Tao Dance Theatre (Beijing) Professor Yatin Lin, Taipei National University of the Arts (Taiwan) Mr. Chengxin Wen and Ms Jessica Jones, Moving Dragon (USA) Mr. Jeffery Chan, Wu Ming Dance Project (Ontario) Ms. Su-feh Lee, Battery Opera (Vancouver) Ms. Emily Cheung, Little Pear Garden Collective (Ontario) Ms. Alison Friedman, Ping Pong Productions (Beijing)

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Kid President: I think we all need a pep talk About the speaker: Kid President commands you to wake up, listen to the beating of your heart and create something that will make the world awesome. This video from SoulPancake delivers a soul-stirring dose of inspiration that only a 9-year-old can give. Kid President is otherwise known as Robby Novak, age 9. His executive order: for us all to “treat everybody like it‟s their birthday,” every single day Link: Amy Tan: Where does creativity hide? About the speaker: Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, looking for hints of how hers evolved. Amy Tan is the author of such beloved books as The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife and The Hundred Secret Senses. “We all hate moral ambiguity in some sense, and yet it is also absolutely necessary. In writing a story, it is the place where I begin.” (Amy Tan) Link: Isabel Allende: Tales of passion About the speaker: Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism -- and, of course, passion -- in this talk. Novelist Isabel Allende writes stories of passion. Her novels and memoirs, including The House of the Spirits and Eva Luna, tell the stories of women and men who live with passionate commitment -- to love, to their world, to an ideal. Link:


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CPAMO Roundtable Members As a resource to plan and coordinate its activities, CPAMO has set-up a Roundtable comprised of individuals involved in the performing arts from ethno-racial and Aboriginal creation-based arts organizations and those involved in performing venues.The members of the Roundtable are:                                AnahitaAzrahimi, Sparrow in the Room FarwahGheewala, Education Coordinator, Soulpepper Theatre Denise Fujiwara, Canasian Dance Charmaine Headley and BakariEddison Lindsay, Collective of Black Artists LataPada, Sampradaya Dance Creations Nova Bhattacharya, Nova Dance SeemaJethalal, Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture Cian Knights and Anne Frost, Cultural Pluralism in the Arts/University of Toronto Scarborough University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Phillip Akin, Obsidian Theatre Marilo Nunez, Almeda Theatre Mae Maracle, Centre for IndigenousTheatre BrainardBryden-Taylor, Nathaniel Dett Chorale Emily Chung, Little Pear Garden Theatre Collective Spy Denome-Welch, Aboriginal Playwright SedinaFiati, Actor Ravi Jain, why not theatre Shannon Thunderbird, TeyaPeya Productions Olga Barrios, Olga Barrios Dance Santee Smith, Kaha‟wi Dance MenakaThakker, MenakaThakkar Dance Company Kevin Ormsby, Kashedance Sandra Laronde, Red Sky Performance Mark Hammond, Sony Centre for Performing Arts AhdriZenaMandiella, b-current Jenna Rogers and David Yee, fuGEN Theatre Sandra LeFrancois, Cahoots Theatre Mi Young Kim, Korean Canadian Dance Studies of Canada Wanda Nanabush, Association for the Development of Native Arts Gina Badger, Fuse Magazine Harvey Weisfeld, wind in the leaves collective Lua Sheyenne Productions


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