AMPD students go global with new travel assistantship program

York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design is actively helping its students access study and career development opportunities beyond its borders. The school recently established a new program to help AMPD students advance their training, widen their cultural horizons and extend their professional networks through travel and work.

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AGYU’s ‘Ring of Fire’ will set Toronto ablaze with cross-cultural energy

On Aug. 9, the Art Gallery of York University in partnership with the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design and community organizations Art Starts and SKETCH, and Trinidadian artist Marlon Griffith in collaboration with Picasso Pro, Equal Grounds, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Capoeira Angola, and young spoken word poets from Jane-Finch, Malvern and Regent Park, presents a 300-person downtown street procession for the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games.

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Work by Inuit artists Ruben Komangapik and Koomuatuk Curley on display at York U’s Gales Gallery

Inuit artists Ruben Komangapik and Koomuatuk (Kuzy) Curley have been commissioned to create a monumental stone and bronze sculpture at York University, which is a host venue for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. While work on the sculpture is underway, visitors are invited to view a maquette of “Ahqahizu” and a selection of the artists’ individual work, which is on display in the Gales Gallery until July 24.

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York U theatre talent shines in Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in High Park shows

Canadian Stage has teamed up with the Department of Theatre in the University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design to provide a double dose of entertainment for Shakespeare at High Park — producing two plays by the Bard featuring the same cast and different directors. The shows are directed by two talented artists set to graduate this year from York’s MFA in Stage Direction in Collaboration with Canadian Stage.

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McMichael Gallery selects York grad for its prestigious Art Mentorship Project

Emerging photo media artist John Lowndes, a recent visual art and art history grad, has been selected for the apprenticeship awarded through the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and York Region Arts Council’s 2015 Art Mentorship Project. Lowndes received professional development assistance at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and is working on joint exhibition with established Canadian artist Cesan d’Ornellas Levine.

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York music Professor Jacques Israelievitch appointed to the Order of Canada

Internationally renowned violinist Jacques Israelievitch, a music professor in York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, has been named a member of the Order of Canada. The honour, announced by Governor General David Johnston on July 1, recognizes Israelievitch’s outstanding contributions to music as a performer, educator and champion of Canadian musical creation.

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York U talent nets accolades at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards

The Dora Mavor Moore Awards are a glittering celebration of Toronto talent in the performing arts. Numerous York U faculty and grads were nominated for major awards. One of the biggest winners was Blood Wedding (Bodas de Sangre), a Modern Times Stage Company/ Aluna Theatre co-production. It netted six awards, including outstanding production and direction by York University Theatre alumnus Soheil Parsa (BA ’89), founding co-artistic director of Modern Times.

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‘KAPSULA’ magazine dedicates special issue to York U Art History Symposium

From speculative realism to augmented reality, the 14th annual York University Art History Graduate Student Symposium “Imagined Worlds” explored the artistic community’s reaction to the virtualization of our world and the tangible outcomes of that process. While the symposium took place in February, the ideas presented have been brought to life again in a new, special issue of KAPSULA magazine, released June 15.

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