Creative Engagement Fund Partnerships
Art has a unique power to open the public's eyes to societal problems and help people imagine a better future.
Ontario is supporting 11 Creative Engagement Fund partnerships between arts and not-for-profit community organizations, professional artists and sexual violence experts to develop projects that will stimulate conversation, shape people's perspectives and opinions, and give them new tools to name and take action on sexual violence and harassment in their communities. These projects will focus on issues, such as sexual consent, rape culture and gender equality, at the heart of the problem of sexual violence.
The 11 projects, which were selected by the Ontario Arts Council, are:
- Aanmitaagzi's three-year touring project "Material Witness" will include both community engagement workshops and a dance theatre production that explores themes of sexual violence, harassment and violence against Indigenous women.
- Community Arts & Heritage Education's "Resilient Hearts" is a one-year project that will offer multi-disciplinary arts education that celebrates strength and survival. Through a variety of disciplines including spoken word, poetry visual arts and Indigenous arts, participants will explore issues of consent, healthy relationships, boundaries, resilience and self-care.
- Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne's three-year project "It's Never Okay for Franco-Ontarian Youth" is a multi-disciplinary arts program that will engage Franco-Ontarian youth in dialogue and action on sexual violence and harassment.
- Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society's three-year project "Witness" will use dance, video and theatre performances to explore real stories of refugee women who have experienced sexual violence.
- LAMPHEAD's "Get Consent" project is a one-year youth-led video animation project that will explore consent and offer youth practical skills to ensure they have positive healthy relationships.
- Myths and Mirrors Community Arts' two-year "Project ArmHer" is a multi-disciplinary arts initiative that will provide a forum for sex trade workers to tell their stories of sexual violence through performance, exhibits and audience workshops.
- Northwestern Ontario Women's Centre's two-year project "Just Believe Us" will use storytelling and digital art to increase understanding of sexual violence survivors' experiences and improve relationships between women, police and the community.
- Onaman Collective's "Path of Wabano" is a three-year project that will work with Elders to develop "Story Baskets" with Métis youth and youth in six First Nations communities, while exploring language related to sexuality, sexual violence and harassment, and roles for two-spirited people.
- Red Dress Productions' one-year initiative "The Countdown Project" will engage multiple communities, their residents, professional artists and sexual violence experts to design and build the first permanent monument in Canada to recognize survivors and increase awareness of sexual violence.
- Scadding Court Community Centre's three-year project "Sexual Violence - The Roadshow" is a travelling art gallery, sexual violence prevention workshop, studio and exhibition for 15 Ontario communities that will be hosted by local artists and Sexual Assault and Rape Crisis Centres in each region.
- Sheatre's three-yearproject "Far from the Heart/Loin du Coeur" will be designed to affect attitudes and promote healthy relationships amongst youth. This theatre performance and sexual violence prevention program will focus on reducing risks, increasing intervention and stimulating social strengths and resiliency.
For more information on the projects or the selection process, please contact the Ontario Arts Council. For more information on what Ontario is doing to end sexual violence and harassment please visit: Ontario.ca/itsneverokay.