MULTI-ARTS and PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAMS – New for 2015

“I’m so pleased to see an institution like the Beaches International Jazz Festival take on new challenges and inspire a new generation of artists.” Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts 

by Artistic director of the BIJF Bill King.jpg
by Artistic director of the BIJF

The Beaches International Jazz Festival (BIJF) has been awarded an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Community Grant to expand our Multi-Arts and Photography Program by adding FOUR new initiatives to our regular programming. To move these initiatives forward, the BIJF is collaborating with educational and community partners such as local schools, art centers, community centers, libraries and Toronto and GTA YMCA’s. With the support of the OTF Community Grant, the Festival will now be able to further expand and enrich its 2015 visual arts programming, and further engage the community (in particular the youth) with its new programming options, as follows:

Youth Arts Exhibition

The first new program is the Youth Arts Exhibition – a non-juried fine art exhibition with the theme of “How does music inspire you?”. Program participation is free and open to youth ages 14 – 18 residing in Toronto, the GTA and its surrounding areas. This exhibition invites students from local Toronto and GTA high schools to create, participate in and showcase original works of art at the BIJF Youth Arts Exhibition Gallery. Artwork submitted into this exhibition can be created by youth either at school/in class or at their home prior to the Festival. The exhibition will be held at Above Ground Art Supplies galleries at the Toronto – Downtown location (OCAD/AGO, 74 McCaul St) and at the Toronto-East location (Beaches, 1842 Queen St. E) from Thursday, June 25th to Monday, July 20th 2015, with an exhibition opening date TBA. Many thanks to Above Ground Art Supplies for generously donating the gallery space, as well as for providing a participation gift for each participant!

How to participate: If you would like to participate in the Youth Arts Exhibition please send in a photo of your artwork and filled out application to the Curator of Exhibitions, Joanna Katchutas, at multiartsbeachesjazz@gmail.com

Download application for the Youth Arts Exhibition here.

Youth Curatorial Program

The second new program is the Youth Curatorial Program – a volunteer program that has been created for high school students looking to complete their 40 hours of community service in order to graduate from high school. This program in open to youth ages 14 – 18 residing in Toronto, the GTA and its surrounding areas. This focused volunteer program will be geared for youth interested in the arts, and will include participation in volunteer efforts focused on learning about curating arts programs, helping with the Festival’s proposed workshops for 2015 and working with our on-site fine artists from our existing multi-arts programs. Volunteers will be asked to come and volunteer on a variety of dates at our Woodbine Park and Queen Street East locations.

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How to participate: If you would like to participate in the Youth Curatorial Program please download and fill out the application and send to Curator of Exhibitions, Joanna Katchutas, at multiartsbeachesjazz@gmail.com

Download application for the Youth Curatorial Program here.

Youth Mural Program

The third new program is the Youth Mural Program. This initiative invites local elementary schools in the Beaches/East York community to participate in the creation of a mural during the school year. Participating schools will have all program materials provided for them, free of charge, by the Festival. (If assistance is required to create the murals, educators can choose to invite the Curator to assist along with a professional art instructor. All instructors will have a Vulnerable Sector (VS) screening check processed and verified before participation).

The goal is to have all participating schools have their Murals completed by June 2015 and have the murals curated. We are working with the Beach B.I.A to have murals placed indoors in store windows throughout the month of July, and then displayed in high profile areas during the BIJF (i.e., during the Festival’s iconic Streetfest event which attracts around one million attendees each year). The murals will then be returned to the creating schools to be put on display. Alternatively, they can be donated, upon the schools’ request, to be installed at Toronto East General Hospital or Scarborough Hospital.

Questions regarding this program? Please email Joanna Katchutas, at multiartsbeachesjazz@gmail.com

Community Mural Workshop Project

The fourth new program, the Community Mural Workshop Project initiative, will launch two new, on-site fine arts workshops (one for children and one for audience members of all ages) at our Woodbine Park location, as follows:

  1. Onsite Kids Mural:
    This workshop will be specific to children (under the age of 12) and will be set up to encourage children from the audience to express themselves by coming up and painting live as bands are performing at various stages at Woodbine Park. For example, a mural station will be set up at the Youth Stage, giving the community and audience members the opportunity to stop and work with our workshop instructors to paint live to the music and sounds of our Youth Stage!
  2. Onsite Mural Workshop (for people of all ages to participate in):
    This workshop will be set up to encourage the audience to come paint live to music and express themselves. For example, a mural station will be set up at the Pan Am Indie Stage location at Woodbine Park, giving the community and audience members the opportunity to stop in at their leisure to work with our workshop instructors and be encouraged to paint live to the music and sounds of our new Pan Am Indie Stage!

Questions regarding this program? Please email Joanna Katchutas, at multiartsbeachesjazz@gmail.com

These new initiatives are supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation
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The 2015 Multi-Arts Programs at the BIJF are also sponsored by Above Ground Art Supplies, the Beach B.I.A.

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The 6th annual Jazz in Motion Juried Photography Exhibition

PHOTO 3 -2014 Jazz in Motion exhibition

In 2014, at the fifth annual Jazz in Motion Juried Photography Exhibition participants displayed images that best defined the essence of jazz music, jazz musicians and the audience that supports them. Thank you to our Jurors, our sponsors and all of our talented participants. The work was amazing! We received such a positive response from the crowds that here we go again for another year! We are excited to announce that we are preparing for our 6th annual Jazz in Motion Exhibition. It will be held at Above Ground Art Supplies Beaches Store Gallery (1842 Queen St. E), to be on display from Thursday, July 23 to Monday, August 10, 2015, with an exhibition opening date TBA!

Photography and live music have an enduring symbiotic relationship that we want to celebrate. We will be continuing with the current theme of images that best define the essence of jazz music, jazz musicians and the audience that supports them. These images can originate from Jazz jam sessions, festivals, or concerts that have taken place locally or elsewhere across the globe. We know that there is an explosion of jazz and jazz festival photography out there waiting to be shared and enjoyed by all.

Join this great network now by adding your profile to our flickr site and entering your best photos into the competition for 2015.

How to participate: If you would like to participate in the 6th annual Jazz in Motion Juried Photography Exhibition please download and fill out the application and send to Curator of Exhibitions, Joanna Katchutas, at photoprojectsbeachesjazz@gmail.com

Download Call for Submissions for this program and Application download for the Sixth Annual Jazz In Motion Exhibition

The 2015 Jazz in Motion Juried Photography Exhibition is sponsored by Above Ground Art Supplies.

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Re-capping 2014

Winners of the 2014 Jazz in Motion Juried Photography Exhibition:

1st PLACE – TIED:

1st Place TIED - Denise Wilkins
“Al Jarreau” by Denise Wilkins

PHOTO 5 - 1st Place TIED - Antonio Porcar Cano - Photo - Peter Leitch
“Peter Leitch” by Antonio Porcar

2nd PLACE: ”Gerald Clayton” by Ateal Weissman

PHOTO 6 - 2nd Place - Ateal Weissman - Photo - Gerald Clayton
“Gerald Clayton” by Ateal Weissman

3rd PLACE: “Stanley Clarke B&W” – Tomas Rosenfeld

PHOTO 7 - 3rd Place -Tomas Rosenfeld - Photo - Stanley Clarke B&W
“Stanley Clarke B&W” – Tomas Rosenfeld

Peoples’ choice: “Eric Clapton” by Harold Staats

PHOTO 8 - 4 Peoples Choice Award - Harold Staats- Photo- Eric Clapton
“Eric Clapton” by Harold Staats

 

Heather Sinnot, Camille Lauren Gordon and Jim McKnight wowed the crowds drawing and painting live to the music by the Main and other stages at Woodbine Park. East End Arts was also onsite to do some fun interactive activities with the BIJF audience!

A very special thank you to Above Ground Art Supplies for sponsoring programming in 2014, and to the 5th annual Jazz in Motion Participants, our feature artists Heather, Camille and Jim and also to East End Arts for bringing their talent to the BIJF in 2014!

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