Ontario is supporting four new artistic projects in Toronto through the Creative Engagement Fund to help change social norms and attitudes that perpetuate sexual violence.
The Creative Engagement Fund supports partnerships between arts organizations, artists and sexual violence prevention advocates as they create projects that inspire dialogue on consent, rape culture and gender equality to help raise awareness, prevent sexual violence and harassment, and promote healing.
In Toronto, the following projects will receive funding:
“Speak On It,” is an educational spoken word project for street-involved young women and transgender youth. Participants will work with poets and advocates against sexual violence to create productions that inspire dialogue to challenge rape culture and promote consent.
“Weave and Mend,” will engage young homeless Indigenous women and women of colour to build public art installations. The installations, which comprise sculptural furniture, weaving wood, images and plants, will become safe public spaces for dialogue on gender-based violence.
The “Droits d’abord” project will develop three short films for students aged 12 to 15. The project will encourage social change and sexual violence prevention in Franco-Ontarian communities.
“Consent to Enter” will explore the meaning of consent and will invite public audiences to enter a phone-camera-confession installation booth and respond to realities, myths and tensions surrounding consent.
Other projects include performance, videos, spoken word, multi-media installations and Indigenous art, with many projects touring the province to engage as many communities as possible.