Open Call for Submissions: Awakenings Artist Mentorship program, City of Toronto

Awakenings Artist Mentorship Open Call

The City of Toronto, in partnership with Weyni Mengesha and Soulpepper Theatre Company are now accepting applications to the 2021 edition of the Awakenings Artist Mentorship program. The deadline to apply is February 25, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

Five artists will be selected in the Awakenings Artist Mentorship Open Call to work alongside five participants of the 2021 Soulpepper Academy. Over twelve months, the selected artists will develop a site-specific live performance artwork to be presented at one of the 10 Toronto History Museums across the city. This work will be largely self-directed, with mentorship from Weyni Mengesha and additional guidance from world renown educators d’bi.young anitafrika as a writing mentor and Esie Mensah as a movement mentor along with other 2021 Soulpepper Academy Faculty.

Acknowledging the colonial past of the historic sites and the entire city, the Awakenings Artist Mentorship program primarily explores the question: where do we go from there? What shape does a revolution take when its end goal is love and healing for all? How do we change the world through creation rather than destruction? We invite participants of the 2021 Awakenings Artist Mentorship program to explore these questions in their artistic practice.

The selected artists will receive a stipend, as well as material and financial support for their final performance in early 2022. This mentorship opportunity is open to emerging to mid-career artists who are 21 years of age or older, working in theatre, performance, dance, and interdisciplinary practices with strong interest in site-specific work.

The deadline to apply is February 25th, 2021 at 11:59 PM.
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About Awakenings
Awakenings is an ongoing Toronto History Museums program and programming philosophy that brings forward art projects by Black, Indigenous, multi-generational immigrants and artists of colour. Awakenings operates under the principles of anti-oppression, anti-colonialism, and anti-racism.

About Toronto History Museums
Toronto History Museums are a collection of 10 historic sites owned and operated by the City of Toronto with the mission to collect, preserve, research, interpret, exhibit, and enhance the understanding of Toronto’s diverse stories through engaging and exciting experiences. Toronto’s many pasts, presents and futures meet at our museums. The histories you’ll experience here are not tales penned by a select few. They are stories written and told by the many who shape them. They are as diverse as the perspectives and experiences of our people – and we are many.

About Soulpepper
Soulpepper is Canada’s leading artist-driven theatre company. We believe that stories can connect us, that they are vital to our understanding, compassion and knowledge, and that they can motivate us toward social change. The Soulpepper Academy aims to develop highly skilled artists who are equipped to make significant contributions to the cultural landscape. We develop artistic leaders and believe that a supportive and immersive experience allows artists to move confidently into new territories.

Questions about this collection can be directed to the Manager, Museums, Museums & Heritage Services, Metro Hall, 8th fl., 55 John St., Toronto, ON M5V 3C6 or by telephone at 416-338-0435.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), alternate options for survey completion are available upon request by contacting Erica Roppolo at 416-392-7248.