Shared platforms in Canada recognizes that effective solutions to complex problems are often found at the grassroots level, which often lacks appropriate supports. With funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation, Children's Peace Theatre created a Shared Platform for arts + social change in order to share capacity and resources with passionate and like-minded organizers, bringing them together to increase the capacity of young people and address social inequities through the arts.
Our Shared Platform provides:
- Administrative support and a charitable home for young people’s art for social change projects freeing them up to focus on driving the change they want to see in their communities.
- Individual mentorship, collective learning and action on grant writing, program design and evaluation and other capacity building, focused on the individual needs of each project.
- Diverse village networks to build capacity and mentorship within collaborative art and holistic frameworks that will enable us to share more resources in supporting young people and their families.
We are grateful for the collaborative support of our community partners including Platform A. Platform A is a collaborative learning network of arts organizations and initiatives working in the community to share tools, Anti-Oppression practices and resources in mentorship for an interconnected, equitable, and diverse arts sector. Platform A is engined by the creativity and leadership of community-engaged arts organizations:Art Starts, ArtReach, Children’s Peace Theatre, CUE, Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture, Jumblies Theatre, SKETCH, and VIBE Arts. Together we have traced the multitude of learning pathways across the sector and have identified these five key areas of skill development as essential learning pillars for Community-Engaged artists.
Are you a Community Engaged Artist?
Are you a community-engaged emerging artist and unsure how to build your practice? Need to know what skills you need to get further in the sector? Learn about the Thrive Five, a skills assessment quiz and tool based on sector-wide research by Platform A that will help you map out what skills you need to build. To learn more visit: https://www.platformato.org/thrivefive