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 Introducing Arts Chats: A New Discussion Series That Centres the Voices of Toronto's Artists and Arts Workers As part of Toronto Arts Foundation’s ongoing research into the importance of the arts in city and community-building, Arts Chats brings together a diverse array of speakers from a variety of disciplines to discuss timely and under-studied issues that affect them, their practice and the impacts of their work. These discussions will help guide the Foundation’s research strategy towards better-supporting advocacy, programming and community-building efforts across Toronto and throughout the arts sector as a whole. We want to go beyond the conditions of creating and working in the arts during the pandemic to instead use our current context as a lens through which to understand long standing problems in the sector. Presented live via Zoom each Thursday in March, the public will hear directly from artists and arts workers about where they think researchers, funders and donors should be focusing their work and advocacy. These perspectives are key to understanding how to support the sector’s rebuilding through 2021 and beyond. For more information, contact Shawn Newman, Research & Impact Manager, at shawn@torontoarts.org.  Shifting to Digital, Obscuring EquityMarch 4 @ 1pm The forced shift to digital content delivery in the arts challenged ongoing efforts to address equity in the sector. In our first session, our panelists will discuss equity in light of the shift to digital, steps that they see being taken to address equity in the sector and gaps that still exist. Moderator: Ravi JainToronto-based stage director Ravi Jain is a multi-award-winning artist known for making politically bold and accessible theatrical experiences in both small indie productions and large theatres. As the founding Artistic Director of Why Not Theatre, Ravi has established himself as an artistic leader for his inventive productions, international producing/collaborations and innovative producing models, which are aimed to better support emerging artists to make money from their art.  Click Here to Register Space is limited, registration is required. Toronto Arts Foundation is committed to ensuring as accessible an environment as possible for all our programming/events. Please note that ASL interpretation will be provided for this session. Should you have other accessibility needs, please contact alexandra@torontoarts.org by March 1, 2021.  What is Success? Metrics, Impact and Creative PracticeMarch 11 @ 1pm The pandemic is challenging us to re-think the ways we understand “success.” From artistic vision to statistical metrics, in this panel we discuss how the sector is grappling with articulating impact. What difficulties existed before COVID-19, and what has changed?  Moderator: Shawn NewmanShawn is the Research & Impact Manager at Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation where he leads all research and evaluation activities. Having retired from the dance sector, Shawn moved into academia where his research and teaching focused on race, gender, sexuality and ability in the arts and creative practice. He is the former Executive Director of Public Access and Managing Editor of PUBLIC: Art | Culture | Ideas. Currently, he leads several projects with partners at Ryerson University, Mass Culture, Nordicity and the city’s Local Arts Service Organizations. He holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University.
 Click Here to Register Space is limited, registration is required. Toronto Arts Foundation is committed to ensuring as accessible an environment as possible for all our programming/events. Please note that ASL interpretation will be provided for this session. Should you have other accessibility needs, please contact alexandra@torontoarts.org by March 3, 2021.  Technology Before, During and AfterMarch 18 @ 1pm Many parts of the arts sector have struggled with the ever-changing landscape of digital technology, and COVID-19 forced many of us to confront technology in news ways. In this session, artists discuss which issues existed before the pandemic, which were caused by the pandemic, and how they are envisioning the future.
Moderator: Heidi StraussHeidi Strauss creates dance-based experiences to examine human behaviour from different perspectives, using relationships as a basis to consider our current social and environmental moment. She is interested in challenging how we see/experience performance by shifting the physical perspective of the audience, creating immersive, installation, ambulatory, site-sensitive and digital works for theatre and non-theatre environments. A multi-Dora Award winning choreographer and the Artistic Director of adelheid, Heidi supports programs for other artists including adelheid’s re:research, (for emerging dance artists) and Cohort (for performance makers integrating digital technologies into their practice). Heidi is a recipient of the KM Hunter Award for Dance. https://adelheid.ca
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Space is limited, registration is required. Toronto Arts Foundation is committed to ensuring as accessible an environment as possible for all our programming/events. Please note that ASL interpretation will be provided for this session. Should you have other accessibility needs, please contact alexandra@torontoarts.org by March 10, 2021.
Established On Shifting SandsMarch 25 @ 1pm Establishing and maintaining a career as an artist is no easy feat. In this final session of Arts Chats, we turn to established artists to discuss their roles in our community, how they have navigated change in our sector and their visions for the future.
Moderator: Zainab AmadahyZainab Amadahy’s mixed race heritage, which includes African American, Cherokee, Seminole and European, informs her work as an author of futurist fiction and nonfiction. Zainab currently sits on the Advisory Council of Muskrat Magazine and, in her role at Children’s Peace Theatre, works with BIPOC youth to explore the role of arts in social change, relationship building and personal transformation. Based in peri-apocalyptic Toronto, Zainab is the mother of two grown sons and a cat who allows her to sit on one section of the couch.
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Space is limited, registration is required. Toronto Arts Foundation is committed to ensuring as accessible an environment as possible for all our programming/events. Please note that ASL interpretation will be provided for this session. Should you have other accessibility needs, please contact alexandra@torontoarts.org by March 17, 2021.

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