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Podcast
Jun 30, 2012
Redeye

Book: First Nations 101

Redeye
Lynda Gray has written a book that contains "tons of stuff you need to know about First Nations people." Gray published the book herself and has sold almost 5,000 copies.
News
Jun 15, 2012
Collage by Laura Snelgrove and Lauren Downing.

Life, death and the meaning of a wedding dress

Laura Snelgrove
This is meant to be a reflection on the process of creating a dress that can provide me the same satisfaction and comfort that those white satin whatzits seem to provide ladies on TV.
Book Review
Apr 6, 2012
VIVA! Community Arts and Popular Education in the Americas

¡VIVA! Celebrating community, arts and education

Zainab Amadahy
From Central America to Canada, the ¡VIVA! Project, summarized in a colourful book and an accompanying DVD set, features communities engaged in transformational arts processes.
Blog
Dec 23, 2011

From New York to Baghdad: A tale of two cities

Hadani Ditmars
I am in New York at Christmas time. I would like to be thinking about things like Miracle on 34th Street and An Affair to Remember. But instead I am thinking about Iraq.
Blog
Nov 30, 2011

Start the new era

Fiona Rayher and Tara Mahoney
The New Era blog demonstrates how young change agents are successfully using new tools and new approaches to re-imagine politics, commerce, culture, faith, collaboration, democracy and community.
Blog
Sep 2, 2011
Image: canadianart.ca

Government arts grants: Preaching to the choir?

Andrea Carson
With all this talk of financial reform, from the global to the municipal levels (hello, Rob Ford), maybe it's time we looked at whether the granting system in Canada could use some reform of its own.
News
Feb 3, 2011
Opening night at Beit Zatoun in Toronto on Jan. 2010.

A year in the life of Beit Zatoun

The Beit Zatoun collective
The story of this Toronto cultural space dedicated to Palestine is an inspiration for anyone who wants to promote the lives of oppressed peoples through the arts.
Highlights
Wed, 10/06/2010

Progressive Aesthetics

Art can …evoke reverence for the dignity of every [person] and for the life of every animal, can make [people] ashamed of luxury, of violence, of revenge, or of using for their pleasure that of which others are in need; can compel people freely, gladly, and without even noticing it, to sacrifice themselves in the service of [others]. The task of art … is to make that feeling of…love of one’s neighbour … the customary feeling and the instinct of all [people].

– Leo Tolstoy, What is Art?

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Book Review
Sep 17, 2010
Multicultiphobia

Getting past 'yes' or 'no'

Jeffrey G. Reitz
Canadians are proud to support the principle of multiculturalism, but they also want immigrants to blend in, and they worry whether they do. A new book examines Canada's multiculturalism debates.

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