Youth Artist Exchange

Jumblies’ Youth Artist Exchange grew from our cross-country relationships and mentorship activities.  Jumblies has been supporting visits back and forth of artists between Toronto  and cross-country partners for a number of years, including during our 2015 Train of Thought west-to-east-coast tour. Thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Inspirit Foundation, we have been able to offer an intensive Youth Artist Exchange season between July 2016 and August 2017.

Our Youth Artist Exchange:

  • Provides young artists with placements in each other’s active community arts projects;
  • Transfers skills and knowledge to support their own community arts pursuits;
  • Connects exchange artists with arts initiatives that promote inter-cultural collaboration and (re)conciliation;
  • Proliferates compelling community arts practice that connects diverse people and communities.

Youth exchange artists are between the ages of 18 and 34, of diverse backgrounds, with some prior experience of/interest in community and cross-cultural arts and  (re)conciliation. Roughly half are from Toronto (and go elsewhere), and half are from elsewhere (and go to Toronto or elsewhere). All take part in a Jumblies’ orientation workshop (Artfare Essentials) and contribute processes of evaluation and reflection. Jumblies provides bursaries and covers travel and accommodation costs for Exchange Artists, as well as offering some compensation to partners towards hosting and mentorship.

Exchange Artists at Artfare Essentials

What’s happened?

  • 12 Exchange Artists attended Artfare Essentials in Toronto.
  • 11 Toronto artists went to other places and projects.
  • 3 artists outside of Toronto joined in projects in other places.
  • 17 artists spent time in Toronto.
  • Over 500 diverse community members participated in arts activities co-facilitated by exchangees.
  • Several of the exchangees have already directly applied what they learned to their own work.
  • The project was evaluated thoroughly to support new plans and next stages.

Host Partners & Projects:
OV-CAOS & Red Dress ProductionsCountdown Project
Myths & MirrorsArmHer Project
Thinking Rock & AlgomaTrad – The Rivers Speak
Kelty McKerracher – Eastside Puppteers at DURC (Drug User’s Resource Centre)
Aanmitaagzi – Serpent People
Municipality of Sioux LookoutFour Lands
CAHEP – Four Lands
Kenora Association for Community Living (Arts Hub)Four Lands
Vancouver Moving TheatreRealms of Refuge
NSCADWonder’neath, Shubenacadie Water Protectors – Four Lands

Exchange Artists coming to Toronto:

Candace Neveau – Thinking Rock, Algoma ON
Miranda Bouchard – Thinking Rock, Algoma ON
Darien Benjamins – Aanmtiaagzi, Nipissing FN
Julia Siedlanowska – Vancouver Moving Theatre
Kelty McKerracher- Vancouver Moving Theatre
Eric Diolola – Wonder’Neath, Halifax
Merle Harley – Wonder’Neath, Halifax
Jasmin Wright – Runaway Moon, Enderby BC
Iehente Foote – Kahnawake, PQ
Jade McComber – Kahnawake, PQ
Adriana Garisto – Kahnawake, PQ
Jonas Gilbert – Kahnawake, PQ
Ashley Riley – Chippewas of the Thames FN, ON
Nina Marisa Pariser – Montreal
Kama La Mackerel – Montreal
Braiden Houle – Winnipeg
Brooke Leifso – Edmonton

Exchange Artists going from Toronto:
Karis Jones Pard – to Ottawa Valley & Vancouver
Tomas Chin – to the Ottawa Valley
Rhonda Lucy – to the Ottawa Valley
Emery Knight – to the Ottawa Valley
Arie van de Ven – to Algoma, Ontario
Nikki Shaffeeullah – to Thunder Bay & Kenora
Sam Egan – to NW Ontario & Halifax
Adrienne Marcus Raja – to NW Ontario, Vancouver & Halifax
Julia Hune-Brown – to Halifax, Vancouver & Algoma
Ange Loft – to Algoma
Aria Evans – to Algoma

Exchange Artists from Elsewhere to Elsewhere:
Jamie Oshkabewisens – from Wikwemikong Manitoulin Island) to Algoma
Miranda Sharp – from Algoma to Sudbury
Darla Contois – from Winnipeg to Sioux Lookout and Kenora

Project Coordinators: Julia Hune Brown and Nikki Shaffeeullah

For more info. contact: info@jumbliestheatre.org or 416 203 8428

Funders: The Youth Artist Exchange has been supported by year-long project funds from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (Seed Grant) and the Inspirit Foundation. It is also supported through other Jumblies funds from: OAC, Canada Council for the Arts, Metcalf Foundation (Performing Arts Internships), Government of Canada and Ontario (CHRC & Summer Students), and through in-kind contributions from all of our partners.

What next? This program has been a huge success, and we hope to adapt and continue it in the coming years, seeking new funds, resources and partnerships to do so. We also plan to open up the program to older artists who may desire and benefit from the opportunity. Please get in touch if you are interested in any aspect of it.