Art for Social Change

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ART FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

Grades 3 to 12 | Duration 2 hours | 2 Locations

Aurora Cultural Centre, 22 Church Street, Aurora, ON L4G 1G4

Newmarket Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford Street, Newmarket, ON L3Y 1T1

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Art for social change is a way in which contemporary artists, curators, activists, and other socially driven individuals are using different mediums of art to respond to current day politics, events, ideologies, and concerns. 

The goal of exhibiting socially driven art is to challenge established beliefs by stimulating the audience to think critically, and act. Through the process of reframing, reflection, dialogue and engagement, the audience may become inspired to lead social change.  

During April and June 2019, the Aurora Cultural Centre and the Old Town Hall are offering joint art-based educational programs for students grade 3 to 12 where learning in the galleries can enhance and further classroom teachings of the Ontario School Curriculum.  

On this half-day tour, students will receive a guided tour of the current exhibitions at both galleries, which are unique yet complement each other. 

  • Mental Health and Environmental Issues (Available April 2019)
    This educational program examines two pressing issues, the health of our planet and our mental health through the lens of Arts and Science.
     
  • Showcasing Indigenous Artists and Highlighting Cultural Issues (Available June 2019)
    Students will learn about Indigenous culture through visual art where cultural identity, self-expression and sacred teachings are presented from the perspectives of First Nations people and local communities. 

What students will learn: 

  • Basic art and design principles as they tour the gallery space
  • Perspectives of current social issues
  • How artists communicate their ideas through art with discussions about the artist(s), art work, style, message, and overall presentation
  • To make their own interpretation of the visual information presented and express their own opinions
  • To relate their in-gallery learnings and experience back to social activism in the community

Cost:  $10 per person | Min. Group Size 10, Max. 30 people | 2 weeks advance bookings

Duration: 1 hour at each location plus 15 minutes transit time | Choice of starting location


Bookings and Inquiries

Contact us at:

Aurora Cultural Centre | auroraculturalcentre.ca

Clare Bolton, Gallery Manager

clare@auroraculturalcentre.ca | Phone: (905) 750-1745

Newmarket Old Town Hall   | Newmarket.ca/OldTownHall

Logan Bales, Gallery Coordinator and Curator

lbales@newmarket.ca | Phone: (905) 953-5313


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April 2019

Mental Health and Environmental Issues


This educational program examines two pressing issues, the health of our planet and our mental health through the lens of Arts and Science.

Watershedsci is a collaboration between artists from Simcoe Watershed Art Project and scientists from Lakehead University, which explores the quality of water and how human activities are affecting the balance of the worldʼs watersheds.  Runs from March 9 to April 27, 2019 at the Aurora Cultural Centre.


Running Forward
is a solo exhibition where Daniel Amant challenges us to reflect on the friction between industrialism and our natural habitats. Runs from March 9 to May 25, 2019 at the Aurora Cultural Centre.


The Mindful Project's 3
rd Annual Mental Health Exhibit: ROOTS|ROUTES is a juried group art exhibit that strives to end stigma and encourage positive conversations through showcasing the artistic expressions of personal stories and journeys.  Ocutherapy (@ocutheraphy) will demonstrate how innovations like virtual reality can help rehabilitate patients with brain trauma.  Runs from April 5 to May 25, 2019 at Newmarket Old Town Hall.

 

Connections with Ontario Ministry Curriculum 

Elementary School:  Visual Arts, Social Studies, Science & Technology, Language, Environmental Education 

Secondary School: Visual Arts, Media Arts, Environmental Education, Science, Tech Studies, English, Mindfulness/Mental Health Awareness


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Bookings available for:  April 10, 11, 12, 16, 24, 25 *First come first served*

Option of Morning Session (10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.) OR Afternoon Session (12:15 to 2:30 p.m.)


June 2019

SHOWCASING INDIGENOUS ARTISTS AND HIGHLIGHTING
CULTURAL ISSUES


Students will learn about the indigenous culture through visual art where cultural identity, self-expression and sacred teachings in rituals are presented from the perspectives of First Nations people and local communities. A step towards Truth and Reconciliation, this tour emphasizes the importance of being heard.

We are still here! Informed by the artist's Mohawk culture and interest in highlighting indigenous issues, Deron Ahsén:nase Douglas aims to dispel colonial stereotypes of Indigenous identity and contemporary Indigenous people through portraits and characterizations of the Onkwehon: We of Turtle Island.  Runs from May 9 to Aug 3, 2019 at Aurora Cultural Centre.

Connections with Ontario Ministry Curriculum 

Elementary School:  Visual Arts, Language, Environmental Education, History, Native Studies

Secondary School:  Visual Arts, Environmental Education, English, Social Sciences and Humanities (Equity Studies), Native Studies

 

Bookings available for:  June 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18 or 19 *First come first served*

Option of Morning Session (10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.) OR Afternoon Session (12:15 to 2:30 p.m.)

 

BOOKING GUIDELINES

  • Method of Payment:  Cheque payable to Town of Newmarket, on the day of the tour
  • Cancellation must be made at least 1 week prior to scheduled visit.
  • Arrival Time at 10 a.m. or 12:15 p.m. per scheduled visit.
  • Lunch:  Please make your own arrangements for lunch as there is no space on-site available.

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Each student is required to submit a signed Form in order to participate.