ARTISTS! THE CULTUREBREW.ART ARTIST PORTAL IS OPEN!
The CultureBrew.Art Artist Portal is open! If you are an Indigenous or a racialized artist, join now to set up your artist profile, add your disciplines, marketable skills, portfolio items (audio, video, and images), and other information that will ensure that when the Engager Portal opens, they can easily find you for opportunities, gigs, and other work. You can browse the profiles of other BIPOC artists, and connect with them through our private and secure internal messaging system!
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR BIPOC ARTISTS? THE CULTUREBREW.ART ENGAGER PORTAL IS ANTICIPATED TO OPEN JUNE 2021! WE HEARD YOUR FEEDBACK!
Access to the Engager Portal is temporarily disabled to new registrations until the upgrades and other improvements are completed. We know you're excited to start looking through the incredible group of artists in CultureBrew.Art for your projects, so please sign up to our mailing list, and be among the first to receive news of when we reopen. In the meantime, you can now post opportunities to reach artists in the CBA community for a small donation (suggested amount $25).
CultureBrew.Art (CBA) is a digital platform that promotes and fosters intersectional interculturalism throughout the literary, performing, and media arts sector – and beyond! Its central tool is a searchable database of Indigenous and racialized artists – writers, directors, actors, musicians, dancers, singers, filmmakers, designers, choreographers, composers, stage managers, production and other performing and media arts professionals – to which theatres, dance and opera companies, film/TV casting directors, indie directors/producers, schools and post-secondary training programs, social service agencies, ad agencies, media outlets, and governmental agencies may access as subscribers. Other digital tools and educational enhancements will be added as demand dictates and funding allows; once established, the goal is to expand nationally.
We welcome creators, performers, and any other design/technical/production professionals in the performing, literary, and media arts who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour).
CBA will be a powerful tool for building a more inclusive arts sector that more authentically reflects Canada by promoting Indigenous and racialized artists; increasing hiring opportunities for BIPOC; and fostering intercultural connection, community, and artistic collaboration. CBA is searchable by gender, racial/ethnic heritage (Indigenous, African, East Asian, Latin American, South Asian, West Asian (Middle Eastern), mixed ethnic heritage), languages, artistic disciplines, and other fields as determined by research data gathered through community consultations.
Based on input from accessibility testers as well as artist and engager feedback, we are constantly making improvements and updates to CultureBrew.Art to increase user-friendliness, and improve ease of navigation.
In 2017, the support of a leading group of arts organizations was formalized through the establishment of the CBA Working Group Advisory, whose membership includes:
- Brenda Leadlay, Executive Director, BC Alliance for Arts + Culture
- Dawn Brennan, former Managing Director, Urban Ink Productions
- Jay Dodge, Past President, Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) | Artistic Producer, Boco del Lupo
- Kenji Maeda, Executive Director, Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA)
- Scott Bellis, President, National Council, Canadian Actors' Equity Association (Equity)
- Valerie Sing Turner, Artistic Producer, Visceral Visions
Key members of our team include Creative Director Valerie Sing Turner and Technical Director Anju Singh.
It's been said that farmers don't grow crops; they create the essential conditions for crops to grow. CBA will be a vital tool to break systemic divides, disrupt institutionalized structures, and create conditions under which BIPOC artists – and by extension, the wider Canadian arts ecology – can thrive. We are therefore grateful for support from: