Fusion: Multi Art Storytelling and Community Based Arts Animation
Professional Training for National and International Careers in the Arts
Fusion is a multi art skill building program that assists the developing artist in emerging a community based or multi art practice. This learning program offered over two 9 month cycles, prepares the learner for launching a professional career in multi or community based professional arts.
Students of Fusion in their first year, learn the creation and collaborative engagement processes from the professional company artists in a sequential program of skill development, integrated with community based practicums with local agencies, education centres and health programs.
The pedagogy is based on a simple idea, the best way to really understand something, -is to explore with it and see- if what happens, is what you intended. Opportunities to apply processes in an external setting, are the foundation intent of the practicum periods. Through relationship building with skilled artists who are expert at the application of practical elements, assisting them in delivery and ultimately leading the delivery of projects; graduates of Fusion emerge as arts animators.
Through theatre improvisation, RSVP, Pochenko Clown, Neuro Linguistics and Anishnabe Foundation Teachings, a foundation of creative tools are evolved with the creative strategy of each artist. This enables them to evolve their own unique voice and form of expression while nurturing entry points for collaboration and collective creation. They work in the fully equipped creation centre, housing 40’x80’ black box studio with sprung floor, visual art studio, media lab, carpentry shop, textile studio and wardrobe and kitchen and community garden facilities.
In the second year, students of Fusion conceive, resource and complete, one independent creation work, produce one collective creation project and complete one community based engagement project. These projects enable students to explore and create with specific tools, mixed media and accommodations of the facility. These tools include new media and multi platforms of dissemination for their creation work. The work of Fusion students in the second year, is launched through the public events and projects at The Creation Centre.
Graduates of the fusion program are artists and animators – artists who can set in motion a series of outcomes in a variety of communities through wholistic, inclusive artistic practice in one of more mediums.
Artists graduating from this program can use a variety of artistic processes and tools, creating original work to reflect specific community issues and concerns, to re-image social and physical elements within a community towards a more prosperous and better quality of life for the people within it.
Applications can be received throughout the year. Students are notified no later than April for a start date the following September.