Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Diversity Marketplace: 100 Vendors in 100 Days from 100+ Women Who Care Halifax

The Talent Trust was recently named the recipient of 100+ Women Who Care Halifax's donations at their 42nd meeting.  This generous donation of over $10,000 will be used to establish new scholarships for emerging artists in the Halifax region.  Read the press release here.

100+ Women Who Care Halifax not only supports important community work with their quarterly donations, but also through promotion.  Their Diversity Marketplace is a free online business directory for BIPOC, 2SLGBTQA+, and/or disabled entrepreneurs who live in Nova Scotia and are at least 50 per cent female-owned.  Their goal is to amplify underrepresented voices and businesses, and champion equal opportunities for all. The Diversity Marketplace provides a space where conscious consumers can shop the true tapestry of Nova Scotia and paves the way for a brighter, more inclusive community and future.

From the 100+WWCH website: 

"We recognize that many entrepreneurs disproportionately do not have the same visibility. We would like to help close that gap.  We also know that people want to be supportive but don’t always know how. 
The Diversity Marketplace provides a place where people can speak with their wallets, and they can shop with intention. The trend in conscious consumerism means shoppers deliberately make purchasing decisions that will have a positive social, economic, and environmental impact."

The current categories for businesses are: Fashion, Food & Beverage, Beauty, Jewelry & Accessories, Visual Artists, Books, Handcrafts & Home Décor, Arts, Culture & Entertainment, Health & Fitness, Business and Professional Services, Real Estate & Construction, and Travel & Tourism.  There are plans to expand this to include more categories in the future.

100WWCH has launched the 100 Vendors in 100 Days Challenge, where their goal is to reach 100 vendors with this incredible initiative that is dedicated to amplifying underrepresented voices and championing equal opportunities.  The Diversity Marketplace aims to showcase the exceptional products and services of female-led diverse entrepreneurs while fostering a brighter, more inclusive community and future.

If you are an artist, vendor, or business owner and would like to apply, please visit their website to learn more.

Visit the Diversity Marketplace here!


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Friday, June 9, 2023

NSTT Announces the Digital Paths Mentorship Series in partnership with Marc Djokic

 The DIGITAL PATHS: 2-Way Learning, Artistic Guidance for Digital Futures was led by Marc Djokic, world-renowned violinist, chamber musician, concertmaster, music director and former NSTT scholarship recipient.  This project provided the the unique opportunity for the 2021 scholarship cohort of Nova Scotia Talent Trust to be paired with professional artist mentors in their field of dance, music, and visual arts. The emerging artists were guided through a relevant range of digital literacy topics to help develop their professional career.

Over the course of this project, seven thematic videos were created as a resource to future Talent Trust scholarship applicants and emerging artists.  This series of mentor-mentee Q&A videos covers topics such as establishing an online presence via social media and artist website development, licensing and copyrighting, connecting with diverse audiences, and career development during the pandemic. The 2-way learning aspect of this program recognizes young artists as experts in their right in many areas of digital literacy, which will, in return, reinvigorate the knowledge range of their mentors. The insights and advice shared in the Q&A interviews are an excellent resource to emerging artists, and an opportunity for professional artists to reflect on their own artistic practices.

The first two interviews of this 7-part series are now available on the NSTT website.  Each week, a new video will be released and will remain available as a resource to all emerging artists looking to expand their digital literacy and develop their artistic career. 

"Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts and our partner organizations for supporting us on this project! Over the past few months we were able to connect creators at various stages of their career development and spark inspiring conversations. I invite you to watch through all the mentor and participant videos in their entirety. Emerging and professional artists will hear a range of approaches to balancing work, life and the technical hurdles we all face along the way. Bravo to all of you who walked with us on this digital pathway!" - Mark Djokic

"Marc Djokic, once a Talent Trust scholarship and special award recipient, has returned as a world-renowned musician  to create this unique learning opportunity for young artists.  The experiences and insights shared in the Digital Paths series will be invaluable to our applicants and all emerging artists for years to come.  It has been a pleasure partnering with Marc, Avery Zhao (Ensembl'arts), and the Orchestre Classique de Montreal to offer this resource to our community.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project and for investing in Nova Scotia's aspiring artists." - Andrea Urquhart, Executive Director NSTT

"The OCM has a strong mandate to nurture the young talents of tomorrow. The current pandemic has taught our industry that "digital literacy" is key to maintaining and expanding a professional musician's career." - Taras Kulish, Orchestre classique de Montréal
"Ensembl'arts introduces the public to multidisciplinary collaborations and presents unique performances in diverse venues throughout Canada. Today, this includes the virtual stage. We are especially excited that the dance, choreography and visual artist members of our ensemble will be able to share their experiences and expertise in new digital work realities." - Avery Zhao, ART CRUSH | Ensembl'arts

About Ensembl’arts Group
ART CRUSH | Ensembl'arts produces multidisciplinary performances and events. Founded in 2014 in Montreal, the ensemble combines instrumental music, live visual arts and dance together on stage or in art spaces. Its productions are a mix of large stage performances at renowned venues such as the Salle Bourgie (Musée des beaux arts) and the Ottawa Art Gallery, along with grassroots projects in creative spaces such as Bâtiment 7 (Montreal), underused urban spaces and outdoor summer festivals.  In 2016 the ensemble travelled to the Atlantic provinces for performances and filming produced by Mécénat Musica Videoclips. The ensemble collaborates regularly with other groups and organizations, and has recently been a part of the festivals Music and Beyond and Festival Classica. 

About Orchestre classique de Montréal
The Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM), previously known as the McGill Chamber Orchestra, was founded in 1939 by violinist, conductor, and composer Alexander Brott and his wife Lotte Brott. The OCM quickly became one of Canada’s most established chamber orchestras, touring to five continents, recording extensively, and appearing regularly on radio and television. Previously led by Boris Brott, OC, OQ, one of Canada’s most internationally renowned conductors, the OCM is a vibrant, innovative, and flexible ensemble consisting of the city’s best professional musicians. The OCM presents concerts throughout the year and is now in residence at the Salle Pierre-Mercure in downtown Montreal. In summer 2023, maestro Jacques Lacombe became OCM’s 3rd Artistic Director.