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Sector News - August 2017

Sector News - August 2017

10 August 2017  

Markham’s Mena Massoud Cast as Aladdin

“The star of Disney's new live-action remake of Aladdin is a young Egyptian-Canadian actor from the Toronto area who is a ‘natural leading man’ says his former university professor. Mena Massoud was born in Egypt but grew up in Markham, Ont., and graduated from Ryerson University's performance acting program in 2014, after transferring from the University of Toronto.

Cynthia Ashperger is the director of the Ryerson program and taught Massoud in his third year at university. She told CBC Toronto that Massoud has ‘a gentle quality but also a lot of fire.’ ‘It couldn't have happened to a better guy,’ she said. ‘He's got a great work ethic, great humility. He isn't just a two-dimensional pretty boy. He really has the depth and substance as well as the good looks.’”  Read more here

Canada Council for the Arts

Canada Council for the Art's portal to receive applications has been opened, and they are currently accepting grant applications. The aim of the portal is to make navigation and application of new grants easier for users, and the council is currently developing new tools to increase usability. Along with the FAQ database, a new virtual assistance channel @CCA_CACCassist is available on Twitter to answer any technical questions.

Read here for more.

Ontario Association of Art Galleries

“OAAG is excited to announce that the 40th anniversary of the Awards program will take place on November 27, 2017 at the Harbourfront Centre. OAAG is celebrating this iconic moment with a bigger and bolder event as [they] commemorate outstanding achievement, artistic merit, and excellence across 28 categories in the art gallery sector in Ontario.

The OAAG Awards began in 1977 and continue to be the only annual juried awards to recognize excellence and significant achievement of art galleries in Ontario. Given its uniqueness and long history as the most established awards of any arts service organization in the country, it has garnered strong reputation and made deep impact on the communities that the art galleries serve.

This year's 40th Awards Gala is open to the public [as well as] OAAG members and partners.”

Naked State Art Residency at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park

Naked State art residency has begun in York Region with twelve multidisciplinary artists selected from around the globe. This ten-day residency is produced by Arts Unfold to create artworks about the human nude in context of art, culture and nature. 

For the duration of the residency, the artists and residency Facilitator live as *naturists (in the nude) within the naturist community of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park to create works that explore questions such as: What is nudity? Does stripping away clothing rid us of class, gender, and personal expression?; Do the connections between our bodies and the land change when nude? Is nudity always sexual? What is the role of the nude in historical and contemporary art?; Is an animal with fur naked? Is it possible to be civil in the nude?; Is there a natural state for human being?

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Markham Residents have Beef with Cow Sculpture

“Residents in Markham's Cathedraltown neighbourhood show their disdain for a huge chrome cow sculpture that was erected in a local parkette this month. Residents of a Markham neighbourhood want a towering cow sculpture installed 10 days ago by the city to just moooove on. The unhappy people gathered Tuesday night to give local councillor Alan Ho, who voted last year to approve the chrome statue, a piece of their collective mind.”

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New Vaughan Regional Councillor Pushes for Women's and Seniors' Rights

As a person who has advocated for women and seniors and has a deep artistic strain, Vaughan's brand new regional councillor sees pushing the arts, seniors and woman's rights as part of her role.

Sunder Singh, 62, who was council's choice ahead of 52 other candidates on June 28 in the wake of former regional councillor Michael Di Biase's abrupt May resignation, is eager to get on with her job.

"Since my first day in Canada, I've dedicated myself to the service of all Canadians," 

Her goals in office are threefold, she said: to help empower women; to make Vaughan a city of art; and to see that seniors get full support.

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The York Region Arts Council is a non-profit, charitable umbrella organization that serves to advance, promote, represent and connect the arts community across the region.

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York Region Arts Council, YRAC

395 Mulock Drive,
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 4Y9

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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