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View Points at Harbourfront Centre presents Community Arts: What’s in a Name? Tuesday, November 14, 2006.

Toronto, October 17, 2006 Harbourfront Centre, The Ontario Arts Council and The Canada Council for the Arts are proud to present the next View Points forum, Community Arts: What’s in a Name? to be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2006.

Community Arts: What’s in a Name? features an assortment of prominent community-based artists engaged in active discussion on professional development and networking for established and emerging community arts practitioners. The forum provides a platform for the exchange of ideas enabling critical conversation about the academic and practical field of community arts in Canada and around the world. Admission is free to the event, which runs from 2:00pm to 9:30pm at Harbourfront Centre's Brigantine Room (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto).

Guest speaker Pilar Riaño-Alcalá, author of “Dwellers of Memory: Youth and Violence in Medellin”, will commence Community Arts: What’s in a Name? by discussing her research on the cultural dimensions of conflict amongst youth and the politics of memory. She will examine how the arts help individuals cope and re-configure their cultural worlds while remembering the past amidst widespread violence. The CommUnity and Youth session which follows is moderated by Syrus Ware and will showcase presentations from Tonika Morgan (Medina Collective), Tanya Ball (Myths and Mirrors Community Arts), Adonis Huggins (Regent Park Focus), Natasha Mytnowych (Paprika Festival) and Maria Hupfield (7th Generation Image Makers). Each artist will discuss current issues and share resources for ongoing and upcoming projects designed to engage youth in a creative and socially positive manner.

Participants can enjoy light refreshments, mingling and networking during the Community Arts Social before the evening’s final event, a moderated discussion with Steven Durland and Linda Frye Burnham. The prominent founders of the nonprofit community-based arts organization Art in the Public Interest (API) and its online resource Community Arts Network (CAN) will be led in a discussion by Ron Berti of De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group (Manitoulin Island), Ankaret Dean of McDonald’s Corners-Elphin Recreation & Arts (McDonald's Corners) and Laurie McGauley of Myth & Mirrors Community Arts (Sudbury).

View Points at Harbourfront Centre is an ongoing forum focused on artistic issues and current affairs of local, national and international significance. Doors open at 1:30pm. For information, please call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com


Media Contact:
Cary Mignault
Media Relations, Harbourfront Centre
cmignault@harbourfrontcentre.com
tel: 416.973.4655

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