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Spring is bursting with artistic energy!

An update on AAF happenings…

There is lots of great art news to report. Get out your agendas and save these dates in April, May and June.


In Brief…
1) Call for submissions of New Media Works for Festival 2012 – deadline June 1.

2) Friday, May 11: Performance and Networking to Launch FULL SPECTRUM professional development series

3) FULL SPECTRUM Workshop Schedule: Attend workshops on May 26, June 2, 9 and 18

4) JOIN US at HotDocs and other Spring Disability Arts Events!

In Detail…

Call for Media Submissions:
AAF is inviting submissions of media works for: Portraits of the Artist: Media by / about artists with disabilities

Completed after 2010
Any length, genre
Submission format: dvd
Foreign language (not French or English) must be subtitled, captioned or include English transcript
Must include: one line and one paragraph descriptions, key credits and brief bios of the writer and director
Deadline: June 1

Send to: AAF, 401 Richmond St W, Suite S-21, Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

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FULL SPECTRUM 2012 Launch, presented by TD Group:
Friday, May 11 from 6:30 to 9:00 at 401 Richmond St W.
Meet visiting artist Jan Derbyshire, director of Abilities Festival 2012 Extravaganza: The Queen Car-Tography. Re-connect with friends and colleagues across the arts community. Find out about 2012 Full Spectrum’s series of one-on-one and small group professional development series AND get priority registering for limited positions in this series.


Workshop Schedule: Attend workshops on May 26, June 2, 9 and 18…
Saturday, May 26, 11 am – 1 pm: The Artist in Words
Pre-registration required. Limited places. First come, first served. One-on-one sessions providing feedback and editing advice on one of those precious documents that describe your work to funders, sponsors, curators, programmers and audiences. Get an outside eye on your cv, project description, artist’s statement.

Saturday, June 2, 11 am – 1 pm: Photography Portfolio Review
Pre-registration required. Limited places. First come, first served. One-on-one sessions. Photographers get invaluable feedback on their work: critiques of individual works as well as general guidance on portfolio presentation.

Saturday, June 9, 11 am – 1 pm: Communication and Promotion Strategies
Communication with colleagues, mentors, programmers, publishers, media and your intended audiences can be particularly challenging for independent artists. With all that creative energy and what little funds you have going to your work, there may not always be a lot left over for getting the word out to the world about it. Come and hear three case studies from artists and small organizations with tips.

Monday, June 18, 6 – 8 pm: Full Spectrum Finale – A “Date” with the Arts Councils
This is your opportunity to get better acquainted with the Community Arts Programmes of the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. Brief presentations by Loree Lawrence of the OAC and Andrew Suri of the TAC, followed by individual “speed dating” meetings to address your particular issue or question. Pre-register for your “speed date.”

Tell us the workshop you’d like to attend and your name, phone number and/or email address.

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Join us for Abilities Arts Festival’s co-presentations at HOT DOCS…
THE PUNK SYNDROME: Sat April 28 @9:30pm and Mon April 30 @1:15pm (Cumberland), Fri May 4 @1:30pm (ROM)

THE FROG PRINCES: Sun April 29 @7:30pm, Tue May 1 @4:45pm, Sat May 5 @9:45pm (Tiff Bell Lightbox)

More info at:

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Other Spring Disability Arts Events
Visual Art Show: Wheelchair Serenade by Elaine Stewart.
Dates: May 1 to May 31, 2012
Location: Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd, Toronto, ON
More information: Follow this link

Access the Arts: Redefining Arts Accessibility
A see-it, feel-it, hear-it arts experience
Curator: Alisha Linseman; Coordinator: Darren Cooper
Dates: May 30 to June 17, 2012
Location: Milton Centre for the Arts, Holcim Gallery, 1010 Main St, Milton, ON
As part of National Access Awareness Week, the exhibition will feature artwork addressing the topic of accessibility by showcasing pieces that provide multi-sensory art experiences. The aim is to provide an interactive and engaging exhibition for an audience with diverse abilities.
More information: Follow this link

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