Josi Smit opens this Saturday; Canada Helps $20K Drive; Exhibition Assistance opens; Community Events
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Apologies: our previous newsletter incorrectly stated the date for Josi Smit's opening reception. Join us this Saturday, June 17th from 5-7PM for the opening reception of We Should Be Dancing (complete with live DJ)! 
Image courtesy of Josi Smit.

We Should Be Dancing

Josi Smit
June 17 - July 29, 2023
Opening Reception June 17, 5-7PM
The ghosts in the walls whisper, “I can make your dreams come true… come on and dance with me.” Chiffon-draped bodies spin into moth wings. “We’re lost in music… feel so alive, I quit my 9 to 5.” A loved one glimmers across the TV glass. “Leave your cares behind… these are the good times.” Was that you? 

We Should Be Dancing is an exhibition of new work by artist Josi Smit. The exhibition explores 1970s disco as a cultural movement that engaged fantasy as a way of escaping widespread social disillusionment, and as a family heritage that Smit has absorbed through stories of her mother’s dancing-queen twenties. 

The artist acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. 

Our reception follows the opening event of Embassy Cultural House: Celebraring 40 Years of Cultural History at Satellite Project Space, from 2-5PM. Read more info below, and plan your Saturday around these exciting opening celebrations! 
An image of artist Sarah Mihara Creagen giving an artist's talk and tour at FCG
Image from our June 3 artist talk and tour of TOXIC BODIES with Sarah Mihara Creagen. 

Win $20K for FCG through Canada Helps' Great Canadian Giving Challenge

Through the month of June, donate to any charity in Canada through Canada Helps and you will automatically earn that charity a chance to WIN $20,000 during the Great Canadian Giving Challenge. There is a minimum $3 donation required to enter this contest, and every $1 donated counts as an entry for your favourite charity. This means that the more you give, the greater the chances your charity has to win the grand prize! More info. 

Community support is vital to enabling FCG's ongoing commitment to artistic autonomy, as well as our exhibitions, programs and events. FCG supports artists of all disciplines and career levels with a focus on emerging artists and practice. We strive to foster contemporary art and promote dialogue among local, regional, and international arts communities. Your donation contributes greatly toward our vision of a thriving artist-run culture.
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FCG Seeks Special Projects

Our Exhibition Submission deadline has passed, but FCG continually seeks proposals for Special Projects: these may be one-off events or proposed as a limited series. Examples of Special Projects include performances, live art projects, public talks, workshops and skill-sharing events, off-site projects and interventions, screenings, and digital platform events. We invite artists as well as those working across disciplines to apply. Learn more here.

Exhibition Assistance Program now open! 

Forest City Gallery is a third-party recommender for the Ontario Arts Council’s Exhibition Assistance program (Zone 1). The 2023-24 program is open from early June 2023 until January 16, 2024, 1:00 p.m. ET. Visit OAC's website for complete information, including who is eligible, what expenses are eligible, and what expenses are ineligible.

Embassy Cultural House: Celebrating 40 Years of Cultural History 

June 14-June 24, 2023
Satellite Project Space

Opening: Saturday, June 17, 2-5pm

This exhibition charts the past and present programs of the Embassy Cultural House. Coordinated by Ron Benner, Jamelie Hassan, Wyn Geleynse and Olivia Mossuto. Artworks will be exhibited at Satellite Project Space and with community partners—Jill’s Table, Colour by Schubert and the Framing and Art Centre—through the ECH Cloud to Street initiative. Read more here!
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