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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: HarbourKIDS (Toronto, Ontario)
June 11, 2012
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* Please note that the deadline for this listing has now passed *

Call for Submissions – HarbourKIDS: Folk

Harbourfront Centre is currently considering programming submissions for the upcoming HarbourKIDS festival taking place October 6-8, 2012, Thanksgiving Weekend. The hours of the festival are 11am – 5pm each day. Participants should be available for all three days of the long weekend.

Due Date for submissions: Tuesday July 3, 2012
Send to: Katherine Sanders, Artistic Associate, HarbourKIDS at Harbourfront Centre
Phone:  416-973-4240
Email:  ksanders@harbourfrontcentre.com

HarbourKIDS was launched in 2007 as a programme designed from a kid’s eye view of the world, exploring arts and culture concepts relevant to contemporary children and families. Each HarbourKIDS programme is focused around a concept.  This October, the concept we have chosen to focus on is FOLK.

At its most basic, “Folk” means “People.” Every art form has its own folk version – Folk tales, folk dance, folk art, folk theatre. Folk means traditions and skills that are passed on from generation to generation, not necessarily learned at schools or universities. HarbourKIDS: Folk will emphasize community building, shared experiences, and local craftsmanship.

We are currently looking for artists and craftspersons to lead workshops and interactive installations whereby festival attendees can work together to create something that grows over the weekend. Emphasis should be placed on communal creation and shared experience. Kids should feel like they’re part of something bigger than themselves – part of a community. Past HarbourKIDS weekends have been wonderful presenting opportunities for a variety of localTorontoartists and we hope to continue to give this opportunity to you.

Our goal is to focus on programs that are inspired by and investigate Folk within the following contexts:

1- Interactive art installation or performance that grows over the course of the weekend.
2- Drop-in workshops that could culminate in performance.
3- Activities that allow participants to join in at any point.
4- Installations that allow for collaboration between adult artists and children.
5- Artist-led collaborations between parents and children.

We are interested in hearing all and any ideas at this point in the process. We have a budget for artist fees and materials, dependant on the scale of the proposed project. We are asking for all proposals to be submitted by Tuesday, July 3. Please submit proposals to Katherine Sanders at ksanders@harbourfrontcentre.com. Feel free to include more than one scenario, and please include a paragraph long description of your project, bios of artists, approximate costing as well as web links where applicable.

HarbourKIDS Philosophy:

- HarbourKIDS consists of programming specifically designed for children 5-12 years of age, their adult caregivers and intergenerational families.

- HarbourKIDS explores big ideas for children and families through Harbourfront Centre’s lens of:
- Contemporary arts and culture
- Multidisciplinary approach
- Curatorial vision
- Local and International perspectives
- Artist driven exploration

- HarbourKIDS challenges kids’ ideas, give them agency, validate and illuminate their values and ask some questions of kids that aim to ignite imagination, creativity and thought.

- HarbourKIDS aims to be relevant and responsive to, and reflective of, contemporary children and families.

- HarbourKIDS engages audiences and participants as much as possible through interactive and participatory programming elements, rather than elements that are purely consumptive, passive or pedagogical.

- HarbourKIDS acts as a catalyst for interaction between children and their caregivers.

- HarbourKIDS ensures the accessibility of programming for children, as well as all physical elements and interfaces. Ensure the language is chosen and designed with them in mind.

- HarbourKIDS ensures that the entry point and accessibility for the child will be considered as much as possible in the physical design and use of language for all programming materials.