Youth Artist Exchange

Jumblies’ Youth Artist Exchange is part of the legacy activities – the Terrain of Thought – that grew from our 2015 Train of Thought west-to-east-coast tour. Jumblies has been supporting visits back and forth of young artists between our Toronto projects and cross-country partners for a number of years, including during the Train of Thought tour. Thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Inspirit Foundation, we are offering an intensive Youth Artist Exchange season between July 2016 and 2017.

Our Youth Artist Exchange aims to:

  • Provide young artists with placements in each other’s active community arts projects;
  • Transfer skills and knowledge to support their own community-engaged arts pursuits;
  • Connect exchange artists with arts initiatives that promote inter-cultural collaboration and (re)conciliation;
  • Proliferate compelling and impactful community-engaged 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 community and cross-cultural arts and interest in processes of (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 and in 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 so far?

  • 10 Exchange Artists attended Artfare Essentials in Toronto.
  • 10 Toronto artists went to other places and projects.
  • 3 artists from other places joined in projects in Toronto or other places.
  • 12 artists are set to spend time in Toronto in Spring 2017.
  • New connections and invitations and evaluative activities are ongoing.

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:

Thinking Rock, Algoma ON – Candace Neveau, Miranda Bouchard
Aanmtiaagzi, Nipissing FN – Darien Benjamins
Vancouver Moving Theatre – Julia Siedlanowska, Kelty McKerracher
Wonder’Neath, Halifax – Eric Diolola
Runaway Moon, Enderby BC – Jasmin Wright
Kahnawake – Iehente Foote, Jade McComber, Adriana Garisto, Jonas Gilbert
London, Ontario- Ashley Riley
Montreal – Nina Marisa Pariser, Kama La Mackerel
Winnipeg – Braiden Houle, Darla Contois (went to NW Ontario)
Edmonton – Brooke Leifso
And many others coming soon!

Exchange Artists 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
And many more coming soon!

Project Coordinators: Julia Hune Brown and Nikki Shaffeeullah

For more info. contact: or 416 203 8428

Funders: The Terrain of Thought Youth Artist Exchange is 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.