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ProArteDanza shines the light on black artists through interview project

Shine the Light is a short interview documentary featuring Toronto BIPOC artists as they share their experiences in the contemporary dance, theatre and music industries.

TORONTO: During the summer of 2020, ProArteDanza connected with artists Miss Lyn, Pulga Muchochoma, T-Bai, and Gabriel Hudson to listen to their experiences as BIPOC artists in the Toronto scene. “People need to talk about it, be a little bit uncomfortable,” said dance artist and interviewee Pulga Muchochoma; “but if we’re afraid of talking about uncomfortable stuff, we cannot fix the problem.” 

Good News! The Live Performance Health and Safety during COVID-19 Guidelines, developed with industry professionals who serve on the Live Performance Health and Safety Advisory Committee are now available. They provide employers and artists in the theatre, dance and music industry with workplace and department-specific guidance to identify and address potential workplace risks related to COVID-19.  The guidelines were approved by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and should appear on the Ontario government website next month.

Introducing the DanceON Series

Dance stops for nothing, because it can adapt to anything. We’re introducing the DanceON Series this year for Dance Ontario! Get ready for Monthly Community Workshops, Show and Share Sessions and Expert Q&As. Featuring voices from across the dance community, these events will be a place for our members to learn and connect. More info coming soon.

Toronto Arts Council is joining arts and social justice advocates across the country calling on the federal government to support a Basic Income Guarantee.

The time for a federal basic income guarantee is now:

The Canada Council for the Arts has launched a major recruitment campaign open to all, with a priority for Indigenous, Black, racialized and Deaf applicants, as well as applicants with disabilities. This campaign is an invitation to work in a stimulating environment—a place where the staff are inspired by their organization’s mission.

Patricia Fraser has been the Artistic Director of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre for nearly 28 years, and will retire at the end of the 2020-21 school year. She has brought to her position an extensive teaching background, significant experience as a dancer and artistic director, and most importantly, a personal commitment to the life-long learning continuum of a dance artist.

We have received changes to the COVID-19 screening requirements and updates to COVID-19 screening tools from theMinistry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.

Today, the Government of Canada announced that self-employed individuals who applied for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and would have qualified based on their gross income will not be required to repay the benefit, provided they also met all other eligibility requirements. The same approach will apply whether the individual applied through the Canada Revenue Agency or Service Canada.

On February 8th, the Ontario government annoucned that it is moving to a regional approach and maintaining the shutdown in the majority of the public health regions in Ontario, including the Stay-at-Home order and all existing public health and workplace safety measures.

Results from the National Arts and Culture Impact Survey Now Available

Results from the National Arts and Culture Impact Survey (NACIS), conducted in November 2020, are now available. In total, 2,001 individuals and organizations from across Canada completed the survey.