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Art Engagement Project

Changing The Narrative Through The Arts

The Art Engagement Project embarked on its creative flow for school aged children in Simcoe County, through artistic expression, teaching students how to become allies in their schools to combat anti-Black racism and discrimination. We created the highly successful Art Engagement Project afterward being the 2021 recipients of the  TD Bank of Canada- Ready Commitment program. We are happy to also announce that funding has been renewed for the 2022-23 school year. 

Our Making Change presenters and artists worked with a total of 10 classes from Simcoe County District School Board and another 18 classes from Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board. Youth from grades K through 12 all received an opportunity to express their feelings about diversity & inclusion through forms of art, such as visual, dramatic, music and dance.

Changing the narrative through the arts by engaging Black artist mentors, sparking conversations and discussions, students will:

Explore the impact that anti-Black racism has on the world around us;
Reflect on how we can overcome racism and discrimination by making change;
Create their expressions of making positive change through art, dance, music, theatre; and, 
Share their creations in the community as opportunities are available (social media, displays etc.)

At Making Change, we couldn’t be more proud of the work we have accomplished since we have launched our programs in 2020 and look forward to continuing our work not only within Simcoe County, but throughout each region in Ontario.

The Art Engagement Project 2023

Art Engagement Project:

Changing the narrative through the arts by engaging Black artist mentors, sparking conversations and discussions, students will:

Explore the impact that anti-Black racism has on the world around us;
Reflect on how we can overcome racism and discrimination by making change;
Create their expressions of making positive change through art, dance, music, theatre; and, 
Share their creations in the community as opportunities are available (social media, displays etc.)

These creations will engage your students in critical thinking about diversity, inclusion with an emphasis on Black people, Black cultures and issues around anti-Black racism. Their reflections will generate creative expressions in various forms visual, dance, music, theatre as part of the movement to drive positive change and inclusion in our community.

Implementation Overview:

  • Pre-Teacher Meeting
    There will be a pre-meeting between the teacher, artist and presenter to review the project, expectations, scheduling and planned outcomes.
  • Educational Presentation on Anti-Racism
    A professional Making Change presenter (with a Black-lived experience) will virtually join your class for an interactive, age-appropriate 45-minute educational presentation with a 15-minute Q&A. The presentation will address anti-racism issues in a safe space and in a way that is engaging and thought-provoking for all ages. It will have the classroom looking at ways of becoming allies and what students and staff can do individually and collectively to become supportive allies.
  • Class mentorship (one visit)
    A Making Change professional Black artist mentor will visit the class in person and work with the students on their art projects. The available art streams are visual arts, drama, music, photography, slam poetry, and dance classes. The mentorship will include a one-hour visit for High School students or a 1 ½ hour visit for elementary students. Each class will also have a half-hour, either pre or post-virtual session, to prepare for the in-person visit or as a follow-up to see how the final product has come together.
  • Art Display Opportunities
    Classes can take the Art Engagement Project experience and share it with other peers, with the school as a whole and with the community at large. A showcase can be done as a live performance, art exhibit, or on social media and online channels. Making Change and the artist mentors can support these types of events.

MacLaren Art Centre Partnership:  They are partners with our project and have included a virtual tour of Farihah Aliyah’s photography exhibit which was on during the summer at the centre.  This tour includes an interview with Farihah herself and how her exhibit showcases the discrimination seen throughout the history of photography.  Through her work students are shown how racial bias has shaped colour photography.

Available art streams to choose from:

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