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Community Arts Space Application: Transformative Justice Project

The Gardiner wants to authentically create space for the counter-archives and lived experiences of local Queer, Trans, Indigenous, Black and People of Colour (QTIBPOC) communities.

In partnership with The 519, the Transformative Justice Project will navigate how models of restorative justice can address oppressive systems. Spurred by the violence experienced within the Church and Wellesley area in 2017, and the ongoing violent realities for 2-Spirit, queer, and trans communities broadly, the Gardiner and The 519 seek to support projects that view conflict through the lens of community and transformational justice. We are looking for projects that consider alternatives to the criminal justice system and engage in collaborative, therapeutic art making with residents and community members to explore what access to justice and police accountability look like.

Project participants will access space at The 519 for up to 16 hours of skill-sharing workshop programming that supports peer-to-peer learning.


Applicants for the Transformative Justice Project must propose a project for QTIBPOC communities that would include a minimum of six skills-sharing workshops at The 519 every Thursday evening (5 – 8 pm) during the months of April and May 2019. Knowledge exchanges and/or works created by participants must be part of the final exhibition during the designated July 30 – August 15 exhibition run. The project will have two days for installation (July 30 and August 1) and one day for teardown (August 15) in the Gardiner’s Exhibition Hall, with support from an installer.

Priority with be given to applicants who:

  • Belong to QTIBPOC groups, collectives, or organizations
  • Self-identify as belonging to Toronto Arts Council’s current Priority Equity Groups
  • Currently or have previously lived in the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood
  • Have demonstrated creative practice as either a socially engaged artist, LGBTQ2 community facilitator and/or maker
  • Have an interest in open collaboration, QTIBPOC-inclusive environments, storytelling, visual and/or performing arts, or participatory experiences

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Please complete and submit the below online application form by 5 pm on Friday January 18, 2019.

Please address all queries to:

Rea McNamara
Programs Manager, Organizer of Community Arts Space
Gardiner Museum
111 Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C7
rea@gardinermuseum.com • 416-408-5061

  • Please include the type of art-making activities and workshops you would deliver at The 519’s Church and Wellesley community hub
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    Accepted file types: pdf.
    Please list and include detailed resume(s) and bio(s) for the lead artist(s) and other key collaborators involved. Resumes may be a maximum of three pages each.
  • Please include the synopsis of the form and content of proposed Transformative Justice Project; detailed descriptions of all planned activities; statement(s) from lead artist(s) describing their creative practices, how it will unfold in a community context, the artistic process for this work, and how it will engage with the Gardiner’s mandate
  • Please include a description of your outreach and recruitment strategy. How will this programming engage QTIBPOC community members that might be new to the Gardiner? Include any information on partnerships that will support your outreach and constituent development
  • Participation in Community Arts Space’s July 11 Opening Celebrations, type of performance or art-making activities taking place during the Transformative Justice Project’s August 2 Opening
  • Detailed work plan of project, with timelines taking into account workshop delivery (April – May 2019) and exhibition run (July 30 – August 15, 2019)
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    The Gardiner will also provide: In-kind donation of exhibition hall space; Curatorial, Education and Programs consultation; Marketing support on outreach and promotion; Dedicated Project Advisor from our Community Arts Space Advisory Council available to provide up to 20 hours of consultation and support through the entire duration of the project (February – August 2019); Dedicated Community Arts Space staff support on project’s development, delivery, and installation (April – August 2019); Dedicated Community Arts Space staff support on project’s public programming, including the July 11 Community Arts Space Opening Celebrations and August 2 Transformative Justice Project Opening. As a supporting partner, The 519 will provide: Manager, Community Engagement, Programs and Community Services consultation; Support for outreach and recruitment of participants for skills sharing activities in The 519’s Maker Space, as well as coordination and set-up of space and materials (April – May 2019); Access to relevant community partnerships that can leverage impact and engagement
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: pdf.
    Up to five work samples in the following format: photography or still images/graphics (10 images), link to Soundcloud and Bandcamp (only first two minutes of audio will be heard, please note the starting point if it is not at 0:00), link to video (only the first two minutes of the video will be viewed, Please note the starting point if it is not at 0:00). Please note: Year completed | Medium | Dimensions | Important details (30 words max.)