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Welcome to the seventh Cultural Pluralism in the Performing Arts Movement Ontario (CPPAMO) newsletter. This is a regular digest that will introduce you to, and keep you updated on CPPAMO’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 CPPAMO listserv. Please let others who share our professional and artistic interests know about this listserv and encourage them to subscribe by sending an e-mail to cppamo@gmail.com. The listserv is moderated and is for sending out newsletters and CPPAMO updates. You may unsubscribe at any time. For more information, you can look us up here: http://cppamo.wordpress.com Facebook: search “CPPAMO” Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cppamo Newsletter contents 1) What is CPPAMO? 2) Update on Audience Building Workshop 3) The Association of American Cultures 4) Research into Cultural Pluralism 5) Future Events 6) Upcoming Presentations by CPPAMO’s Project Lead 7) Who We Are 8) Contact Us What is CPPAMO? Cultural Pluralism in Performing Arts Movement Ontario (CPPAMO) is a movement of Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists working with presenters to empower the performing arts communities of Ontario. CPPAMO 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. CPPAMO is supported by Aboriginal and ethno-racial artists who are involved in theatre, music, dance and literary arts. They are members of CPPAMO’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, Teyya Peya Productions, Culture Days, Canada Council Stand Firm members, Obsidian Theatre, the Collective of Black Artists, CanAsian Dance and others. With the involvement of artists from these organizations, CPPAMO 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

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from these communities and, thereby, enable audiences across Ontario to access artistic expressions from diverse communities on a regular basis. CPPAMO 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 and the Ontario Ministry of Culture Update on Audience Building Workshops The next workshop is slated for mid-October and is to focus on Aboriginal audiences and using web-based information-gathering and networking portals to tap into new markets. We are also aiming to convene additional workshops in November and December. Stay tuned for a confirmed list of speakers and registration details.

The Association of American Cultures (TAAC) OPEN DIALOGUE 2010, Chicago August 12-14 CPPAMO Project Lead, charles c. smith, attended TAAC’s biannual conference entitled Open Dialogue 2010 where participants discussed policies and programs which individuals, organizations, foundations, and policy makers are encouraged to strategize and organize around in order to further advance cultural democracy and cultural equity platforms and programs in today's new era of change. Recognizing some quantitative progress in equity and diversity issues over the last three to four decades, in setting the theme for this conference TAAC has indicated that it is most urgent at this historic time of change to evaluate and set forth action-agendas around TAAC's foundational pillars for real, substantive, long-term change. For more information on TAAC, see http://www.taac.com/ ____________________________________________________________________________ Research Into Cultural Pluralism The Cultural Diversity Programming Lens Toolkit. UNESCO. Vanessa Achilles, Maria Majella RIO, Alexandra Capello. January 2008. http://www.unescobkk.org/fileadmin/user_upload/culture/Cultural_lens/CDPL_Toolkit_January_ 2008.pdf Developed by UNESCO, the document describes their Cultural Diversity Programming framework which is used to analyze and evaluate whether policies, programs, and practices promote cultural diversity and lays out the framework for implementing such a lens in national cultural policies and programming, its cycles, and gives examples of lenses that can be used. Culture on Demand: Ways to engage a broader audience. Department for Culture, Media and Sport. July 2007. http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ +/http://www.culture.gov.uk/Reference_library/Research/research_by_dcms/cultureondemand.h tm

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This report summarizes a study that asks what drives the demand for culture among underserved groups that face barriers to accessing cultural activities. It examines how this demand is created and how it can be accessed/encouraged by arts organizations. It identifies children and families, socializing and social networks, identity, place, experience and trust as the key stimulators of this demand and suggests ways in which these factors can be tapped into. Black and Minority Ethnic Engagement with London’s Museums: Telling it like it is: Nonuser Research. Damian Tissier and Samir Singh Nathoo. May 2004. < http://research.mla.gov.uk/evidence/documents/Telling_it_like_it_is_rpt.pdf> The report examines why London’s museums are failing to attract an audience that is more reflective of the city’s multiethnic population. It suggests that isolated examples of good practice have not been transposed into changing the mainstream practices of the museum sector. The report’s focus groups explore the views and attitudes of those who do not visit the museums and their barriers to attendance. Making Connections: Social and Civic Engagement among Canadian Immigrants. Canadian Council on Social Development. Katherine Scott, Kevin Selbee and Paul Reed. April 2006. http://www.ccsd.ca/pubs/2006/makingconnections/ The study concludes that immigrants to Canada, despite many social and economic barriers, are willing to contribute time and money to social causes. They exhibit comparable rates of social and civic engagement as Canadian-born populations. This is determined by examining rates of volunteering and donating, memberships in nonprofit and charitable community groups, voting rates, frequency of following the news and current affairs, and rates and methods of informal giving. Communicating with Culturally Diverse Audiences: Pino Migliorino, Australia Council for the Arts. < http://vimeo.com/5623595> The presentation examines the challenges to marketing to diverse audiences and suggests appropriate arts institutional responses to these issues. It puts forward an audience development model, identifies barriers of access, products and disinerest, and possible responses to these measures. TEDTalks: Thelma Golden: How Art Gives Shape to Cultural Change. < http://vodpod.com/watch/3442146-tedtalks-thelma-golden-how-art-gives-shape-to-culturalchange-thelma-golden-2009> Director and curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, Thelma Golden talks through three recent shows that explore how art examines and redefines culture. The "post-black" artists she works with are using their art to provoke a new dialogue about race and culture -- and about the meaning of art itself. _______________________________________________________________________

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Sarupyam – 20th Anniversary Performance of Sampradaya Dance Creations August 28, 2010 @ 7 pm, Meadowvale Theatre, Mississauga SAMPRADAYA Dance Creations celebrates their 20th Anniversary presenting: SARUPYAM Visions of the Divine. Ticket Prices: Adults $30 ( Ochestra), Students/Seniors/CADA $25 ( Ochestra), Adults $25 ( Balcony), Students/Seniors/CADA -$20 ( Balcony). To purchase tickets, please call the SAMPRADAYA office at 905.607.8434. www.sampradaya.ca Allende Arts Festival September 10th @ 7 pm to September 14th @ 11:00 pm The festival is in its 7th year of programming and is in its second year at the revitalized Artscape Wychwood Barns. The Allende Arts Festival is hosted by LACAP (Latin American Canadian Arts Projects). The theme of this year’s festival is revolution. Given that 2010 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Mexican Revolution and that revolution has played a defining role in the histories of many Latin-American countries we believe it to be an appropriate notion for inspiration. Our multidisciplinary festival this year will include a wide spectrum of music performances, visual arts, theatre, dance and performance art, poetry and spoken word, as well as a vast list of activities for children and youth. The festival kicks off Friday, September 10th with an opening reception at George Brown College School of Design at 7pm located at 230 Richmond Street East. The opening will include an art exhibition, a poster exhibit, screenings, hors-d’oeuvres and opening remarks. http://allendefestival.com Black Ties September 13th @ 6:00 pm, Berkeley Street Theatre (lobby and courtyard) Meet members of the Black Theatre Community as Obsidian Theatre Company launches the first annual Black Ties. Come have a drink, eat some food and meet up. Featuring a panel of senior Black Theatre Artists who will answer the question. What was your first job in the Arts? and What is your best piece of advice to artists working in Theatre today? This is an opportunity for Black Actors, Directors, Playwrights, Designers, Singers, Dancers and Musicians to connect. Dress Code: Casual. Cost: Free. www.obsidian-theatre.com Lab Cab Festival September 18th-19th at Factory Theatre The Lab Cab Festival is an annual, two day multi-arts festival that takes place in every nook and cranny of the historic Factory Theatre. Music, dance, theatre, film, poetry, kids stuff, visual art and comedy by local artists are performed in the washrooms, parking lots, stairwells, theatres, lobbies, rehearsal hall, carpentry shop, courtyard and greenrooms of the 137 year old building. Acts range from two to forty minutes and include a range of expertise in each field: from well established artists to those just starting. The mandate of the Lab Cab Festival is to provide a home for local artists of various disciplines to experiment with new work in a fun and risk-free environment. The Lab Cab Festival is free, family friendly and community oriented.

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The Festival line-up will be released soon and features such performers as Maryem Toller, Motion, Nayani Thiyagarajah, Qui Que Escamilla, Fernando Lara, Raoul Bharaja’s Blues and several others. The Lab Cab Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage(Building Communities through Arts and Heritage), the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and with the generosity of Factory Theatre. Aviva Armour-Ostroff is the founder, curator and artistic director of the Lab Cab Festival. She works as an actor, director and photographer in Toronto. Contact her at aviva@labcab.ca. Andre du Toit is the artistic producer of the Lab Cab Festival. He works as a director, designer and production manager. Contact him at andre@labcab.ca Intercultural Dialogue in Tourism: 2020 Vision October 5th-6th at Evergreen Brick Works and Centennial College The fourth in a series of thought provoking and leading edge CHI Symposia. This year's theme is dedicated to furthering the international dialogue led by the United Nations and UNESCO in support of the 2010 International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures (Intercultural Dialogue) and The International Year of Biodiversity. Renowned speakers from countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States of America and Canada will share their expertise and discuss both problems and solutions from today's viewpoint, as they relate to the Symposium's exploration of ‘Intercultural Dialogue in Tourism: 2020 Vision’. This year’s topics include: · China's Approved Destination Status for Canada · Intercultural Dialogue in Sport · Geo-tourism · Media on Intercultural Dialogue · Investing in Cultural Diversity · Museums and Intangible Heritage in Sustainable Tourism · Museums and Places for Intercultural Dialogue · First Voice: The Transformation of Museological and Heritage Practices Early Bird Pricing - Available up to http://www.centennialcollege.ca/chi/symposium and including September 10, 2010.

______________________________________________________________________ BOOK LAUNCH, UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS AND PERFORMANCES BY CPPAMO’s PROJECT LEAD CPPAMO’s Project Lead, charles c. smith, is releasing a book as well as participating in both the Guelph Jazz Festival’s Colloquium on Friday September 10 and in the 2010 Lab Cab on September 18 and 19 at Factory Theatre. In the spring, charles finished editing Anti-Racism in Education: Missing in Action released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. This book presents both theoretical and practical matters related to anti-racism in society, communities and institutions, particularly

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educational processes from early schooling to university and workplaces. The book includes contributions from scholars and teachers and features such nationally renowned authors as George Sefa Dei, Carol Schick, Carol Tator and Frances Henry, Rich Hesch and Carl James. There will be an official book launch in early October at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. “Anti-Racism in Education: Missing In Action , a book I am glad to be part of, addresses needs across the educational spectrum, from primary school up to and including university, and addresses quite directly the link to our workplaces and to ongoing issues of societal and institutional racism. It also looks at the relationship between education and other systems in which racialized and Aboriginal peoples face on-going challenges, e.g., children’s aid societies and law enforcement. With sections looking at the history of anti-racism in schools and society, with particular focus on Aboriginal/Indigenous issues and Afrocentric pedagogies, and providing through- out an examination of intersectional issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation and disabilities, this book brilliantly navigates the waters we need to cross in order to engage our students and enable them to be engaged in our communities and workplaces as knowledgeable and active agents for change.” George J. Sefa Dei Professor of Sociology and Equity Studies at theOntario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT) For those interested in a copy of the book, please http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/ourschools-ourselves/our-schoolsour-selvesspring-2010 or contact charles at charlescsmith@sympatico.ca. see

In Guelph, charles will present a paper on the development of interdisciplinary performance pieces based on improvised music (as recorded) and entitled wind in the leaves – a journeying. The paper will explore the influence of improvised music on the creation of interdisciplinary art centred on charles’ poetry which have been arranged with the music of various composers/performers, e.g., Ornette Colemen, Roscoe Mitchell, William Parker and Peter Kowold, Wadada Leo Smith and the trio of Anthony Braxton, Milford Graves and William Parker. The poems are set to the music as is dance, photography, stills and moving image in collaborative performance pieces. The Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium offers a unique opportunity to discuss the development of this work. This is particularly so given the 2010 Colloquium’s focus on “…on the body as a site for the analysis of new perspectives, new methodologies, new artistic and cultural practices...(and on how) the improvising body opens up several vital areas of inquiry in theoretical and historical musicology, ethnomusicology, philosophy, performance studies, literary studies, women’s studies, media studies, jazz studies, and work on cultural memory and memorialization… (with) particular interests in …postcolonial theory, performance studies, … theories of race and ethnicity, feminist theories of embodiment, the economic crisis, and dance studies.” wind in the leaves – a journeying provides several ways to both present and engage the artists involved so that the performance pieces reveal various insights into the themes of the poetry as accompanied by the music. This paper will explore the inter-disciplinary approach of this project and how it engages at several intersections, visceral, sensual, emotional, intellectual and spiritual as a multi-textured illustration of the various phases of the presence of persons of

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African descent in Canada, e.g., enslavement and narratives about racialization in Canada that are woefully absent in public discourse as well as in Canadian history and forms of cultural expression. Centred around charles’ poetry from a work in progress, travelogue of the bereaved, the performance pieces capture experiences of the first slave in Canada, the burning down of Montreal by another slave, the influence of freedom fighters who came to Canada with the Underground Railroad, Viola Desmond’s legal challenge to racial segregation in Nova Scotia, police shootings of Black youth, racial profiling, the Black body in a global context and other related historical events. In this regard, wind in the leaves – a journeying connects to many individuals and communities in a multicultural, multiracial society and a global community as the themes in the collaboration echo those of transnationalism, diaspora, globalization as well as the use/abuse of power and the marginalization that results from it and wounds both individual and collective psyches. For the annual Lab Cab Festival, charles will be perfoming excerpts from wind in the leaves – a journeying. Working with charles for these performance pieces are: Robin Styba, photograpy; Liz Pead and Anahita Azrahimi, visual artists; and choreographers/dancers Olga Barrios of Olga Barrios Contemporary Dance and Kevin Ormsby of Kashedance; and Harvey Weisfeld, acoustic guitar. charles is a published poet, playwright and essayist. He won second prize for his play Last Days for the Desperate from Black Theatre Canada, has edited three collections of poetry, has one poetry book published (Partial Lives) and his poetry has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Poetry Canada Review, the Quill and Quire, Descant, Dandelion, the Amethyst Review, Bywords, Canadian Ethnic Studies, Fiddlehead, Fiery Spirits (edited by Ayanna Black) and others. charles received an Ontario Arts Council Writers’ Reserve grant in 2009 for the poems in travelogue of the bereaved. charles’ book Conflict, Crisis and Accountability: Law Enforcement and Racial Profiling in Canada was released in October, 2007 by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. His paper Who is Afraid of the Social Constructionists? Or Shedding Light on the Unpardonable Whiteness of the Canadian Legal Profession has been published by the Alberta Law Review. charles’ also has a book with Sumach Press entitled Feminism, Law, Inclusion: Intersectionality in Action co-edited with Gayle MacDonald and Rachel Osborne, a chapter (Racial Profiling Then and Now) in Racial Profiling in Canada by Carol Tator and Frances Henry, and another chapter to a book Interrogating Race and Racism edited by Vijay Agnew. Both have been published by for U. of T. Press. ___________________________________________________________________

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As a resource to plan and coordinate the Town Halls, CPPAMO 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:                        Anahita Azrahimi, Sparrow in the Room Farwah Gheewala, Education Coordinator, Soulpepper Theatre Denise Fujiwara, Canasian Dance Charmaine Headley, Collective of Black Artists Bakari Eddison Lindsay, Collective of Black Artists Lata Pada, Sampradaya Dance Creations Andrea Baker Helen Yung, Canadian Arts Coalition and Culture Days, Stand Firm Wayne Dowler, Cultural Pluralism in the Arts/University of Toronto Scarborough University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Dan Brambilla, Chief Executive Officer Sony Centre for the Performing Arts Phillip Akin, Obsidian Theatre Mae Maracle, Centre for Indigenous Theatre Brainard Bryden-Taylor, Nathaniel Dett Chorale Emily Chung, Little Pear Garden Theatre Collective Spy Denome-Welch, Aboriginal Playwright Sedina Fiati, Obsidian Theatre Danielle Smith, urban ink productions and backforward collective Ravi Jain, why not theatre Shannon Thunderbird, Teya Peya Productions Santee Smith, Kaha’wi Dance Menaka Thakker, Menaka Thakkar Dance Company Kevin Ormsby, Kashedance Mark Hammond, Sony Centre for Performing Arts

Contact Information Charles C. Smith Project Lead of CPPAMO Lecturer, Cultural Pluralism and the Arts/University of Toronto Scarborough charlescsmith@sympatico.ca Angela Britto Project Assistant cppamo@gmail.com

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