Myseum of Toronto
Incorporated in 2014, The Myseum is a “museum without walls” that presents engaging programs and experiences showcase the history, spaces, cultures, architecture, and the people that represent Toronto’s unique place in the world. The organization inaugurated the Intersections Festival in 2015, an event which explores intersectional perspectives of Torontonians through collaborative exhibits, events, and experiences that create opportunities for dialogue and collective reflection on important civic issues.
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This application is for the “2021 Myseum Intersections Festival”, a month-long arts and culture festival taking place April 1 to 30, 2021 in various locations around Toronto. The Intersections Festival projects for 2021 were originally planned for 2020, but due to COVID-19, the Festival was postponed until the following year. Partnering with artists, community archivists, organizers, historians, theatre companies, artist collectives, arts organizations, diasporic communities, this Festival provides a platform to showcase and learn about the underrepresented histories that shape Toronto today. 12 selected projects will bring together over 100 community collaborators to present 40+ exhibits/programs that are free and open to the public. Programming includes: (1) “ChinaTOwn”, an exhibit and series of programs that will reflect on the 141 year history of the Chinese community in Toronto. Partners include Linda Zhang, Ryerson School of Interior Design, Cecil Community Centre, and Tea Base Collective; (2) “Images of Resistance Forum”, a photo and artifact exhibit and forum focusing on the the 2009 protests in Toronto by the Tamil community against Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka. The event will include performances by the Irudaya Dance Company, Ninaivukal, and Mullivaikal Diaries collective. Partners include the Fort York National Historic Site and the Tamil Civic Action Network; (3) “Pull Up! Presents Digital Music Experiences: Then and Now”, an exhibit and a series of events held at Stackt Market exploring how the experiences of Black youth with discrimination have led to the creation of alternative party spaces; (4) “Derailed: The History of Black Railway Porters in Canada”, a theatrical experience exploring the history of Canada's Black Railway Porters and their historic fight for equality; (5) Care Work Stories”, a storytelling performance and exhibit that shares stories of migrant care workers while exploring their long history fighting for human rights in Canada; (6) “Women in Hip Hop”, a visual art exhibit, accompanied by panel discussions and live performances by Tracey Kayy, Dijah SB, Keysha Freshh, Sydanie Nichol, and Brittany “Exmiranda” Manu; (7) “ActiVisions”, an exhibition and walking tour concerning the intersectional history of GTA trans people from the 1970s-2010s, presented at The ArQuives; (8) “From Weeds We Grow”: historical and Indigenous perspectives of Rexdale through walking tours, basket-making workshops, and a participatory community exhibit led by STEPS Initiative; (9) “In Addition: 5 Years of Grassroots Power with Butterfly”, showcasing the history of activism in response to barriers faced by migrant sex workers through art and objects; (10) “This Womxn’s Work”, explores expressions of labour traditionally labelled as women’s work using art, soundscape and film; (11) “Water Lullabies”, and exhibit that examines the history of the Vietnamese community in Toronto; and (12) “Dixon Road” , a new Canadian musical by Fatuma Adar, shares a Somali family's story of migration, displacement, and life in Dixon Road. Partners include the Musical Stage Company and Union Station. The 2021 Festival will also include the first “Intersections Festival Hub” at the Collision Gallery in Commerce Court (and connected to the PATH indoor retail/walking system). The gallery space will house two exhibitions throughout the duration of the festival and will act as an information hub for the rest of the festival where visitors can come and learn more about Myseum and the Intersections Festival. Covid preparedness: Organizers have made multiple logistical changes to ensure the safety of their team, partners, and attendees, including: social distancing and capacity limitations for all indoor programming and exhibitions; sanitizing stations; ensuring proper PPE is worn by anyone associated with refreshments; and a contactless payment system. In the event that the 2021 Intersections Festival cannot continue in-person organizers are prepared to adapt digitally and will be able to remount an in-person event in 2022. The dates for each project are still being finalized as partners adapt to the 2021 timeline.
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