DAY 2: NOVEMBER 20, 2018


Registration begins October 10, 2018

  • Design As Protest Workshop 
    In partnership with YCI Fellows and Collocate Design 
    12:00-4:30 PM 
    Centre for Social Innovation - Annex, 720 Bathurst Street

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An Essay about Immigration, Identity and Geopolitics 
Presented in partnership with Lakeshore Arts and Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services
Time TBC
Lakeshore Arts Community Project Space, 2422 Lake Shore Blvd. West


What is a map? What is a border? Do borders exist? In An essay about immigration, identity and geopolitics, artist Guillermo Trejo works with a group of local newcomers to ask these pertinent and increasingly charged questions by examining how maps shape our existence.  Drawing attention to geopolitical boundaries and how they directly impact people's’ lives—especially those living close to borders—the collaborative exhibition subjectively reimagines maps, formulating new lines, borders and routes that speak to the lived experiences of their creators.

Guillermo Trejo is a Mexica/Canadian Artist based in Ottawa. He completed his BFA at the National School of Painting Sculpture and Engraving in Mexico City with a specialization in printmaking and moved to Canada in 2007. The experience of immigration and distance has shaped Trejo's work. Since moving to Ottawa, he has earned an MFA from the University of Ottawa and has been an active member of the artistic community. He has exhibited at the Ottawa Art Gallery, Galerie Saw Gallery, and other artist-run centers across the country as well as in Europe and Mexico. Trejo has worked as a research consultant for the National Gallery of Canada. He also teaches at the Ottawa School of Art (OSA).

Mapping Mentorship
Presented in partnership with Platform A
Jumblies Theatre, 132 Fort York Blvd., Ground Floor  

Mapping Mentorship: A Conversation with KAPISANAN Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture , Children’s Peace TheatrePlatform A and will explore models of leadership that centers around mentorship. Through years of collective research, Platform A has traced the multitude of learning pathways, methods, and entry points across many organizational partners. In this two part discussion, Platform A will share insights from patterns that have emerged through mapping mentorship practices across the sectors; KAPISANAN will discuss their ethno-specific focus and youth-by-youth model; and Children’s Peace Theatre will share their model of land-based learning methods.

Following the discussion, Neighbourhood Arts Network will lead a meet-and-greet session with guests to continue the conversation.
Light refreshments will be served.

Black to the Future 
Presented in partnership with East End Arts

Project Gallery, 1151 Queen Street East
Coordinator, Curator, and Moderator: Fiona Raye Clarke
Reader and Panelist: Robyn Citizen
Reader and Panelist: Sharrae Lyon
Reader and Panelist: Ryan Robinson

Black to the Future is an evening of Afrofuturist readings, featuring an engaging talkback Q&A discussion curated and moderated by Trinidadian-Canadian writer, playwright, filmmaker, and community-engaged artist Fiona Raye Clarke. The evening will begin with readings of Afrofuturist works written by Zymbul Fkara, Sharrae Lyon, and Robyn Citizen. Following the readings, audience members will have the opportunity to engage with each writer through a moderated talkback discussion, allowing for the exchange of ideas, feedback, and dialogue surrounding themes of Afrofuturism, Black futures, and more. The evening will conclude with an open reception where participants will have the opportunity to network, meet the writers, and participate in a drop-in, art-making station.

Fiona Raye Clarke is a Trinidadian-Canadian writer, playwright, filmmaker and community-engaged artist. She has received support for her fiction and playwriting from the Ontario Arts Council. Her plays have appeared in various publications and on stage at the InspiraTO Festival and b current’s rock.paper.sistahz festival, and her writing published in Broken Pencil Magazine,, and Room Magazine’s blog. She is the winner of the 2017 CaribbeanTales CineFAM Short Film Challenge for her co-written screenplay “Intersecting” and was a 2018 Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award finalist.
Fiona is the editor of the community-engaged anthologies Basodee: An Anthology Dedicated to Black Youth (2012) and the upcoming Black Like We: Troubleshooting the Black Youth Experience, which was the winner of the ArtReach Youth Arts Pitch Contest.
She is an Amherst Writers & Artists Method certified facilitator and has facilitated creative writing workshops for the Toronto Public Library, Parkdale Project Read, the 519, and East End Arts. She is a 2018 Diaspora Dialogues Long Form Mentorship Program mentee for her short fiction collection and a Writer in Residence at Firefly Creative Writing.

Robyn Citizen is a writer and media scholar who received her PhD in Cinema Studies from NYU in 2015. She was a lecturer in the Asian Studies and Theatre and Film departments at the University of British Columbia from 2011-2017, and recently was an International Programming Associate for the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. Her primary research interests are how representations of race, ethnicity and national identity circulate in transnational cinemas and the horror/science-fiction genres. She has published in edited collections, online and print film journals and presented her research at numerous conferences.

Sharrae Lyon is a futurist, filmmaker, multidisciplinary artist, writer, facilitator and public speaker currently based in Toronto/Tkaronto of Xamaycan (Jamaican) descent. She believes in the power of myth and story as a tool that can be utilized to project ourselves into alternative sustainable futures that can heal traumas of the past and present. Her writing has been published in The Peak Magazine, Canadian Dimensions, For Harriet and Muslimah Media Watch. She is the alumni of Blackhouse Fellowship Program, Black Women Film! and the DOC Institute and is gearing up for the screening of her short film, Delayed Echoes. Additionally she has facilitated at the Detroit’s Allied Media conference, Summerworks Performance Festival, Paprika Festival, University of Toronto (OPIRG, Multifaith Centre), York University, McGill University (Black Congress for Writers and Artists) and Dalhousie University’s Black Canadian Studies Conference.

Zymbul Fkara also known as R. Flex is a singer-songwriter and poet with a knack for sweet melodies and lines about back rolls. This past summer, they performed Pride Toronto both as a solo act and a backup singer in the group, Tush. They recently drafted a manuscript titled Forever Known As Ryan Anthony.  In it are three poems published in Occasus Literary Journal and The Regis.  When they're not writing poems by daylight and winning love also by daylight, they're in the studio preparing the follow up record to their EP, "In & Out". Check the Flex on Spotify, SoundCloud, and Apple Music and give a warm afrofuture welcome to Zymbul Fkara.

Design As Protest Workshop 
In partnership with YCI Fellows and Collocate Design 
12:00-4:30 PM 
Centre for Social Innovation - Annex, 720 Bathurst Street

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This is a community-building opportunity for 40-50 individuals from diverse backgrounds who are interested in addressing social inequities through a transformative configuration of artists, designers, activists, planners, policymakers, business leaders, nonprofit leaders, and community members.


  • Through a hands-on workshop, participants will have a focused opportunity to connect, share ideas and perspectives, develop some common language, and build relationships and understanding across sectors.
  • As artists and designers, we know that taking part in a co-creation process fosters bonds (or in network theory, ‘loose ties’) that build community and enable other projects down the road to have a better chance of success.
  • As civic leaders, we are deeply interested in addressing inequities; as such, this workshop represents a powerful, transformative moment to learn how to effectively use the language of design for the purposes of social justice.
  • Document and share ideas and prototypes generated by the workshop to inspire others to connect and lead.

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