The VIVA! Project Book Launch & Workshops

'VIVA! Community Arts and Popular Education in the Americas'

Book Launch and Celebration

Friday, Oct. 28, 6:30 – 9 PM
Native Canadian Centre

16 Spadina Road

‘VIVA! Community Arts and Popular Education in the Americas’ (SUNY Press and Between the Lines)-Compelling case studies of groups in Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, the United States, and Canada using the arts for education, community development, and social movement building.

Hosted by York University’s Community Arts Program and local VIVA partners,
Jumblies Theatre and the Catalyst Centre in collaboration with Canadian co-
publisher Between the Lines, the launch will include an opening ceremony,
performances, poetry, and video screenings at 7 PM and 8 PM. Refreshments
will be served.

Co-sponsors: Between the Lines Press, York University Academic Innovation
Fund, Art and Communities Network, Community Arts Practice (CAP) @
York, Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, Faculty of
Environmental Studies

Workshop Information:

Five of the international partners of the VIVA project coming to Toronto for the
launch will facilitate professional development workshops as part of the Arts
and Communities Network cross-faculty initiatives, funded by York University’s
Academic Innovation Fund (AIF).

Thursday, October 27, 6 – 9 PM: Sharing Lives and Cultures:
Community Media on Nicaragua´s Caribbean Coast

An evening dialogue with Margarita Antonio
Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre, 38 Regent Street (lower level)

Margarita Antonio

Margarita Antonio is a Miskitu journalist, a leader in regional Indigenous
women’s networks, and the UNESCO Officer on the Caribbean Coast of
Nicaragua. Founder of the Institute for Intercultural Communication of URACCAN
University, she helped develop BilwiVision, a youth-run community television
program. As a partner in the VIVA! Project, she co-authored “With Our Images,
Voices and Culture, Bilwivision: A Community Television Channel”. Margarita
will share Central American experiences and open up a dialogue with Toronto
community media activists.

Community partners: Regent Park Focus, Digital Storytelling Toronto (DSTO)
Academic partners: York University Academic Innovation Fund, Art and
Communities Network, Community Arts Practice (CAP) @ York, Centre for
Research on Latin American and the Caribbean (CERLAC)

Friday, October 28, 1 – 4 PMMovement and Poetry Workshop with Amy
West-Side Arts Hub, York Woods Library, 1785 Finch Avenue West

Amy Shimshon-Santo

Amy Shimshon-Santo is a Los Angeles based performing artist (capoeira),
educator, and researcher. As ArtsBridge Director for UCLA’s School for the Arts
and Architecture, she prepared arts educators, built arts education infrastructure,
and cultivated K-20 community partnerships; she reflects on ArtsBridge in her
VIVA chapter, “Connecting the Dots: Linking Schools and Universities.” She
recently edited Art = Education: Connecting Learning Communities in Los
Angeles (UC Press), and has published poetry and short stories in addition to
social research on arts education, urban schooling, and community development.

Academic partners: York University Academic Innovation Fund, Art and
Communities Network, Community Arts Practice (CAP) @ York, Dance Dept.
Community partners: West-Side Arts Hub, Toronto District School Board

*CANCELLED*: Saturday, October 29, 10 AM – 4 PM Community Mural Production
Workshop with Checo Valdez
Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre, 1900 Davenport Road

Checo Valdez

   *Please Note: The Checo Valdez workshop has been cancelled*

Checo Valdez is a well-known graphic artist, political cartoonist and
muralist who teaches at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in
Mexico City. He has recently developed a training program in community-
based mural production, and has coordinated mural projects all over
Mexico, in particular with Indigenous communities in the south, as well
as in Europe and North America. His method is elaborated in his chapter
in the VIVA book, “Painting By Listening.” He has exhibited widely and
has trained many people in participatory community mural production
throughout Mexico and internationally. In recent years, this has resulted in
more than forty murals in Indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico.

Academic Partners: York University Academic Innovation Fund, Art and
Communities Network, Community Art Practice (CAP) @ York, Centre for
Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC)
Community Partners: Latin American Art Centre Collective, Canadian Latin
American Art Projects, Mural Routes

Sunday, October 30, 2 – 5 PM Personal Legacy Lecture and Demonstration
with Diane Roberts
West-Side Arts Hub, York Woods Library, 1785 Finch Avenue West

Diane Roberts

Diane Roberts is a Caribbean Canadian theatre artist working from an
AfriCentric perspective, which has informed the development of The Personal
Legacy Project and The Arrivals Project in the past five years. She is currently
artistic director of urban ink productions, that develops and produces aboriginal
and diverse cultural works of theatre, writing and film, integrating artistic
disciplines, and bringing together different cultural and artistic perspectives
and inter-racial experiences. Her chapter in the VIVA! book, “The Lost Body:
Recovering Memory – A Personal Legacy” reflects on the process she has
developed to help actors explore their ancestral histories, through both archival
and embodied research.

Academic partners: York University Theatre Dept, Academic Innovation Fund,
Community Arts Practice (CAP) @ York
Community partners: West Side Arts Hub, Nomanzland Theatre and Young
Peoples Theatre

Monday, October 31, 6- 8 PM, Public seminar on “Chocolate Woman
Dreams the Milky Way” with Monique Mojica, José Angel Colman Pérez,
and Alberto Guevara
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street

Jose Colman

VIVA Project partner José Colman, Monique Mojica and Alberto Guevara will
speak about the collaborative and intercultural creation process in producing the
ground-breaking play “Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way” at the Helen
Gardiner Phelan Playhouse in May of 2011.

An established senior artist, José Ángel Colman Pérez is a master storyteller
and oral historian and was the first professionally trained theatre artist of the
Kuna people in Panama. Best known for his work in cultural recovery through
theatre, José was a major leader in the Kuna Children’s Art Project and
contributed to the chapter in the VIVA! book, “Planting Good Seeds: The Kuna
Children’s Art Workshops.” He was brought to Canada by Monique Mojica to
direct “Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way.”

Monique Mojica (Kuna and Rappahannock nations) is a Toronto-based
actor, playwright and artist-scholar spun directly from the web of New York’s
Spiderwoman Theater. Her first play Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots
was produced in 1990 by Nightwood Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille, on
radio by CBC and published by Woman Press in 1990. She is the co-editor,
with Ric Knowles, of Staging Coyote’s Dream An Anthology of First Nations
Drama in English, vols. I & II published by Playwrights Canada Press. Monique
is the catalyst for the exploration of devising a dramaturgy specific to Guna
cultural aesthetics, story narrative and literary structure through the production
of “Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way”. Her collaboration with VIVA
Partner José Colman represents a deepening of the intercultural exchange
around epistemological issues.

Alberto Guevara is an associate professor in the Theatre Dept at York
University, is the coordinator of the Community Arts Practice (CAP) certficate
for Fine Arts, and was the assistant director of the play “Chocolate Woman”.
Originally from Nicaragua, he integrates performance and politics, and his
research has focused on the theatricality of violence in Nicaragua and Nepal.
He is the creator/edtor of InTensions, bringing together scholars and artists on
themes related to the theatricality of power.

Academic partners: York University Theatre Department, Academic Innovation
Fund, Drama Centre, University of Toronto
Community partner: Centre for Indigenous Theatre


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