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Welcome to the tenth 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 CPPAMOs 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: https://sites.google.com/site/cppamo/home Facebook: search CPPAMO Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cppamo Newsletter Contents What is CPPAMO? CPPAMO at CAPACOA Report on 4th Audience Building Workshop Preparation for 5th Audience Building Workshop Future Events Research into Cultural Pluralism Who We Are Contact Us

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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 ethnoracial 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 CPPAMOs 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

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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. 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

CAPACOA Town Hall:


The report on the Town Hall and audience development workshops held by CPPAMO at Capacoas annual meeting is now available. To review the report, please see CPPAMO at https://sites.google.com/site/cppamo/home. Also, CPPAMO will be posting most of its resource materials on the CAPACOA Presenters Toolkit. This will include all powerpoints from the various audience building workshops as well as CPPAMO reports and newsletters. You can access these materials from http://www.presenterstoolkit.ca/

CPPAMO Audience and Development Workshops 4th Session at Markham Theatre, January 28, 2011
CPPAMO presented a workshop 28 January 2011 at the Markham Theatre, having in attendance The Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism & Culture of Ontario as its special speaker. The workshop centered on bridging connections between presenters and pluralistic performing arts communities, as well to highlight the need for different approaches when attempting to engage with and involve diverse ethnic communities both as audiences and performers. The event started with a series of presentations on the mission and mandates of various performing arts organization and closed with a discussion surrounding the issues brought up in earlier presentations. This event featured speakers such as: Ken Coulter, Costin Manu, Cheryl Ewing, Jen Dodd, Camille Turner, Mimi Beck, Ann Marie Williams,, Eric Lariviere, Lata Pada, Charmaine Headly, Julia Chan, Brainard Blyden-Taylor and Sandra Laronde.

5th Session at University of Toronto Scarborough Campus


CPPAMOs next audience development session will be held on March 24, 2011 (tentative) in partnership with the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Program. This session will focus on the works of a number of organizations that are actively connecting to diverse communities and will feature presentations by: Jini Stolk of Creative Trust, Cheryl Ewing and Anahita Azrahimi of Community Cultural Impresarios and CPPAMO; Cian Knights of Creative Mosaics, Skye Louis of the Neighbourhood Arts Network, Kevin Ormsby of danceImmersion and a representative of the Menaka Thakker Dance Company.

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UPCOMING EVENTS
10th CanAsian International Dance Festival

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CanAsian features some of Torontos own world class dance artists, who will share the stage with our accomplished international guests. These local artists combine their extensive accomplishments in dance and music with new and fresh perspectives. On Programme A (February 23rd and 25th), alongside artists Ziya Azazi and Jocelyne Montpetit, the Mi Young Kim Dance Company will perform Korea Pulsing. Korea is a country that continues to vigorously develop its dance legacy. Ms Kims choreography captures that vibrancy in 3 parts: Small Gong Dance, Geisha Dance and Jianggo Chum, with performers that play percussion and dance in a virtuosic showing of dynamics and distinct cultural references. The extraordinary Bageshree Vaze joins Tribal Crackling Wind/Peter Chin on Programme B (February 24th and 26th) performing Tarana.Tarana recreates the darbar (royal palace) setting in which dancers in North India performed in front of small assemblies during the 1619th centuries. These intimate salon pieces highlight the Lucknow style of solo Kathak dance known for its intricate footwork, flowing movements and signature pirouettes. The depth of Bageshrees artistry is seen not only in her superb dance, but also in the music for the choreography, which she composed and sings. For full program listings please visit: www.canasiandancefestival.com/upcoming2011festival.php

Hart House Theatre - 2010 / 2011 Season


Hart House Theatre is thrilled to present, in partnership with Fu-GEN Asian Theatre Company, the Toronto Premiere of: YELLOW FACE by David Henry Hwang "A tempest in an Oriental Teapot" 2 Week Run: March 4 - 12, 2011 Box Office: www.uofttix.ca / 416 978 8849 Yellow Face is a head-spinning backstage comedy from Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang in which mistaken racial identities collide with family, media and politics. Part fact, part fiction - provocative yet full of heart, Yellow Face is a tale of cultural politics, family fortunes and artistic integrity; an insightful look at the pitfalls and promise of our "P.C." world. On Tuesday March 8, 2011 U of T Arts Council Presents its Speakers in the Arts Series, 2011: A Conversation with David Henry Hwang 7PM, Hart House Theatre with the interview conducted by David Yee, Artistic Director, Fu-GEN On Wednesday March 9, 2011. after the performance there will be a Talk-back with David Henry Hwang and the company of Yellow Face.

The Great Mountain


The Great Mountain tells an adventure story that inspires, entertains and captures the imagination of kids and families alike. Using theatre, dance and music, we follow the journey of Nuna, a curious young girl who sets out on an incredible journey to discover the source of

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Mother Earth's mysterious cries. Nuna crosses the sprawling prairies, the laughing river, and then onward to the peak of The Great Mountain. Along the way, she meets a variety of characters who help her to discover the transformative power of nature, and the importance of courage. Educating children and their families about the future of our planet is essential as we want to ensure environmental care becomes a way of life for all. Produced by Red Sky Performance Written by Tracey Power and directed by Alan Dilworth Movement by Carlos Rivera, Sandra Laronde Set & Costume Design by Jung-Hye Kim Featuring: Allyson Pratt, Meegwun Fairbrother and Jennifer Villaverde Production Tour Manager: Shawn Murphy Tuesday, February 15, 2011 Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, Brantford, Ontario at 1:30pm Wednesday, February 16, 2011 The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville, Ontario at 1:00 pm Thursday, February 17, 2011 Lakeside Public School, Keswick, Ontario at 1:10pm

Okavanga: An African Orchestra


Glenn Gould Studio - CBC Building. Friday, February 25, 8:00 PM Named after the Okavango Delta where species coexist and share to survive harsh conditions, this project brings together musicians from different African traditions who might not have collaborated in the past. Included are Daniel Nebiat (Eritrean Krar), Pasipamire Gunguwo (Zimbabwean marimba/mbira), Donne Roberts (Malagasy guitarist), Nuudi Kooshin (Somali kaban), Waleed Abdulhamid (Sudanese bass/guembri), Sadio Sissokho (Senegalese kora) and Walter Maclean (Ghanaian percussion) -- all now live in Toronto or Montreal. Okavanga is premiering CBC-commissioned A Conversation with the Spirits at this Glenn Gould event.

The Museum of Found Objects:


5 February 3 April, 2011 Co-presented by SAVAC and the Art Gallery of Ontario The Museum of Found Objects is a project initiated by artists Sameer Farooq (Canada) and Mirjam Linschooten (Netherlands/France). A Walmart sweatsuit sits alongside a box of toothpaste imported from India and are given a place of importance in the museum. Colourful fly swatters sit alongside a meat skewer, a plastic french fry cutter, and a bottle of "MAN POWER" after shave. In response to the current AGO exhibition Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts, The Museum of Found Objects proposes to create an archive of everyday objects fueled by Toronto's South Asian neighbourhoods. A direct line will be drawn between historic objects and present-day objects, cleverly updating the AGO's Maharaja exhibition.

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Strandline Curatorial Collective and the MacKenzie Art Gallery - SHIFT: dialogues of migration in contemporary art
April 8-10, 2011
An imaginative symposium bringing communities, galleries and artists together to discuss how our shifting experiences of belonging and the movements of people and ideas are changing our creative world. Featuring creative presentations, panel discussions, workshops and artist projects by presenters from Canada, the United States, France and the UK. Location: MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert Street, Regina, SK, Canada Dates: April 8-10, 2011 Feature artist: Jayce Salloum (artist, writer, curator, Vancouver) Keynote speaker: Esther Shalev-Gerz (artist, Paris) Keynote performance: Eekwol (Cree hip hop emcee, Saskatoon) Registration: online at www.shiftsymposium.ca or by calling 306.584.4292 SHIFT: dialogues of migration in contemporary art is curated by Elizabeth Matheson and Loretta Paoli with film and video screenings curated by Wanda Nanibush and Aleyna May Morin. Performance artist Adrian Stimson will be the master of ceremonies. Featuring presentations and performances by: Judy Anderson, Shelly Bahl, Deanna Bowen, Soheila Esfahani, Andrea Fatona, Brendan Fernandes, Janna Graham, Terrance Houle, Michelle LaVallee, Cheryl LHirondelle, Neal McLeod, Barbara Meneley, Srimoyee Mitra, Peter Morin, Michele Sereda, charles c. smith, 2Fik, Rachelle Viader Knowles, Syrus Marcus Ware, and Wendy Winter. More info: http://www.shiftsymposium.ca/presenters.html The symposium will bring together 24 presenters and performers in a dialogue surrounding the following themes: Day 1: Finding New DirectionsParticipatory Practices, Galleries and Groups Day 2: Creating Common GroundCultural Translation, Trust and Language Crossings Day 3:PositioningLocal and Global Narratives, Storytelling and Making Connections SHIFT is made possible through funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the City of Regina Arts Advisory Committee, and the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan through SaskLotteries.

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The MacKenzie Art Gallery and Strandline Curatorial Collective gratefully acknowledge the project support and contributions of Skwwak Artists' Collective, Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum, Common Weal Community Arts, Queer City Cinema and Regina Open Door Society.

TED Talks
Suheir Hammad: Poems of war, peace, women, power
About this talk: Poet Suheir Hammad performs two spine-tingling spoken-word pieces: "What I Will" and "break (clustered)" -- meditations on war and peace, on women and power. Wait for the astonishing line: "Do not fear what has blown up. If you must, fear the unexploded." About Suheir Hammad: In her poems and plays, Suheir Hammad blends the stories and sounds of her Palestinian-American heritage with the vibrant language of Brooklyn to create a passionately modern voice. Link: www.ted.com/talks/suheir_hammad_poems_of_war_peace_women_power.html

Research into Cultural Pluralism


The Global Review of Ethnopolitics. Cultural Pluralism: An Overview of the Debate since the 60s. September 2002. http://www.ethnopolitics.org/ethnopolitics/archive/volume_II/issue_1/helly.pdf This document reflects debates arising from the topic of cultural diversity since the 60s specifically focusing on three major forces of contestation: feminism, nationalism and ethnic movements. These three forces serve to inform readers on the status of cultural differentiation in a modern political system from the perspectives of the political liberalist and the republican respectively. UNESCO. Managing Cultural, Ethnic, and Religious Diversities on Local, State, and International Levels in Central Europe: The Case of Slovakia. May 1999. http://www.unesco.org/most/ronen.htm The UNESCO report analyzes the pilot project launched in co-operation with the Institute for Conflict Research in Vienna, and is aimed at the development of policy strategies to monitor cultural, ethnic and religious diversity in Slovakia. In recognizing the unique cultural background of Slovakia as being exemplary in the Central European region, recommendations are then made so that the project can be evaluated and extended to other Central European countries, especially to the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovenia. Quaderns de la Mediterrania. The Balkans: Past and Present of Cultural Pluralism. http://www.iemed.org/publicacions/quaderns/12/The%20Balkans_Past%20and%20Present %20of%20Cultural%20Pluralism_Maria%20Djurdjevic.pdf This document examines the Balkan Peninsula as a frontier and demarcation line of different

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traditions Catholicism, Christian orthodoxy and Islam and also an area of problematic interrelation of different ethnic groups and peoples of Slavic, Latin, Finno-Urgic, Greek and Turkish origin. Both advantages and disadvantages of cultural pluralism are highlighted in this article with respects to the unique cultural context, along with recommendations and traces of progress made towards the creation and forging of a common identity rooted in multiculturalism.

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Interview:Buildingrelationshipand creatingaccessto the arts

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An interview with Donna Walker-Kuhne, an accomplished arts administrator and adult educator, who has devoted her professional career to increasing the accessibility and connection to the arts amongst diverse communities.

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Who We Are CPPAMO ROUNDTABLE MEMBERS


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, Culture Days (national office), Canada Council for the Arts' Stand Firm network 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, Kahawi 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

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