Mission Statement and History

Mission Statement

Red Dress Productions works to:

Produce original artwork that strives for innovation, technical excellence, and that elicits dialogue and creative exchange across difference.

Transform public spaces with public art that reflects and engages the communities that live there.

Support self-presentation by providing artistic leadership, resources, tools, and mentorship toward collaborative artistic practices, particularly where the effects of oppression and inequity impede the well being of individuals and communities.

Create opportunities for people to explore and develop their creativity.

Increase civic engagement through public art.

Provide accessible art making opportunities by working with people of diverse abilities, skills, ages, identities, and experiences. Everyone is welcome and every contribution is valued.

Cultivate equity-seeking emerging artists by making mentorship, learning, and experimentation a central component of our work.

Since 2005, Red Dress Productions has produced:

Sounds Siren Red: 2004: a workshop production (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre) 2006:  a full professional production (Alchemy Theatre), and one-off performances in Victoria, Vancouver, Kingston, Boston and Seattle.

The Acting Out Against Violence Project: 2006: a multi phase Ontario-wide public education community arts initiative in partnership with the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre and the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres featuring performance, art-making workshops, and discussion forums

Tribute: 2006:  In partnership with Diane Frankling Co-operative Homes, 150+ community members contributed to the conceptual development, design, and production of this public artwork work.

Scape: 2007:  In partnership with Diane Frankling Co-operative Housing, 100+ community members contributed to the conceptual development, design, and production of this public artwork work.

Never Man’s Land2008: full production (Alchemy Theatre)

Making Art and Community Together: 2009: In partnership with the Co-operative Housing Federation of Toronto and St. Lawrence Market Co-ops, 150+ community members contributed to the conceptual development, design, and production of this public artwork.

So the Story Goes: 2009 and 2010: A multi-disciplinary performance by SweLL (Camilleri, Ivan Coyote, Lyndell Montgomery, Leslie Peters), presented by Red Dress Productions at: Vancouver’s Pride in Art Festival, Roundhouse Theatre; Mayworks Festival, Toronto, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, SAW Gallery Theatre, Ottawa, and Vancouver East Cultural Centre

Flux: 2010: In partnership with the 519 Church Street Community Centre, 300+ community members contributed to the conceptual development, design, and production of this public artwork.

Many Hands Make Light Work: 2011: In partnership with Sherbourne Health Centre, 300+ community members contributed to the conceptual development, design, and production of this public artwork.

Dwelling: 2012: In partnership with Diane Frankling Co-operative Homes, Toronto 200+ community members contributed to the conceptual development, design, and production of this dimensional mixed media artwork.

centre: 2012: In partnership with Queen West Community Health Centre, 350+ community members contributed to the conceptual development, design, and production of this public artwork.

Work in Progress: 2012: A curated forum exploring working conditions for community artists. Presented by Red Dress Productions and Mayworks Festival, and co-presented by Neighbourhood Arts Network.

trace: 2012 (workshop) 2015 National tour: a unique performance installation integrating original sound art technology, music, video, and live performance.

‘Everyone. Everywhere,’: 2013: In partnership with Arts Etobicoke and Amnesty International, 50+ Creative Village Studios artists contributed to the conceptual development of this mixed media public artwork.

Homage: 2013: The Church Street Mural Project features 12 juried public artwork commissions that explore LGBTQ histories while enhancing Toronto’s Church-Wellesley Village in celebration of World Pride 2014, which will be hosted by Pride Toronto.

Promise in the Park: A four year project in the Winchester Park neighbourhood from 2013 – 2017. The project has engaged 800+ participants (so far) and has seen five permanent visual art works installed in the area. In Spring 2017, a  community performance will be presented.

Emmanuel College Student Society Anti-Oppression Committee: 2013: The ceramic and glass artwork was installed in Emmanuel College and is comprised of 2 panels, each 5’ x 2’. 100+ participants worked on this piece.

Album: The PanAm and Para PanAm Path Project: 2015

Countdown Project: 2016