Kwentong Bayan Collective will present a talk at the Toronto Public Library as part of Asian Heritage Month and the Artists in the Library Program.
We will explore the work of Filipino Komikeros (traditional komik-makers) of past and present and how we use comics as Fil-Canadians to reframe Filipinx narratives in Canada.
We will share how we understand colonialism through readings of historical cartoons and comics during the American occupation of the Philippines.
And we will share excerpts of "Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love", our on-going community based comic book project -developed in close collaboration with caregivers, advocates and community allies - about the real-life stories of Filipinx migrant caregivers who came to Canada through the Caregiver Program (formerly known as the Live-in Caregiver Program). These are stories of love, struggles, friendships, and community empowerment.
Monday May 8, 2017
7 - 8 PM
Toronto Public Library
Lillian H. Smith Branch
239 College Street
Free event. Accessible space.
Please come scent / fragrance-free.
For more info: <https://goo.gl/9HBiSi>
Check out the Cup Doodle Pop-Up & Exhibition on March 10, 2017 from 6-9 pm at SKETCH Studios, 180 Shaw St. - it's free & open to the public! Artists from the Cup Doodle - 9-week Comic-Making Workshop & Residency Program will be sharing their comics, doodles, and noodles!
This 9-week Comic-Making Workshop & Residency Program provides financial, cultural and mutual support to marginalized Asian youth interested in building an art community and developing their story-writing and image-creation skills. This project is coordinated by Althea Balmes, and supported by SKETCH Working Arts and the Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario.
Kwentong Bayan Collective is honoured to be part of Remember | Resist | Redraw: A Radical History Poster Project produced by the Graphic History Collective. This collaborative project features works by artists and writers committed to promoting art, activism, and alternative history in what is today known as Canada.
Remember | Resist | Redraw posters offer alternative perspectives on well-known historical events, and highlights histories of Indigenous peoples, women, workers, and the oppressed that are often overlooked or marginalized in mainstream historical accounts. Starting in January 2017, posters will be published monthly at http://bit.ly/2jZfdAC
Kwentong Bayan will create Poster #03 to be launched in March 2017.
Poster illustrated by Kara Sievewright
Althea Balmes is facilitating a new comic-making program for Asian* youth, newcomer youth, new generation, 1.5, LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer/questioning, intersexual) and/or with disability between 16-29 who:
APPLY ONLINE: http://www.altheabalmes.com/comicmakingworkshop
Please join us for BAYAN - a group exhibition presented by A Space Gallery featuring Kwentong Bayan Collective (Althea Balmes + Jo SiMalaya Alcampo), Hector Barretto Calma, and Jaret Vadera. Essay by Kim Abis.
A Space Gallery Mainspace
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 110
BAYAN runs from November 18 to December 17, 2016
Tuesday to Friday 11 am to 5 pm
and Saturdays 12 to 5pm
More info: www.aspacegallery.org
Curious how to turn your doodles into a story? Wanna make comics with other Asian youth while sharing Asian noodle-inspired snacks?
Althea Balmes will be facilitating
Noodles & Doodles- Comics 101
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
from 5 PM - 7 PM
at SKETCH Working Arts
This workshop is for self-identified Asian youth who are mixed race, newcomer youth, new generation, 1.5, LGBTQI, folks with disabilities, between 16-29. It is part of Althea's Comic Making Workshop + Residency project with SKETCH Working Arts.
More info: http://www.altheabalmes.com/comicmakingworkshop
Kwentong Bayan is featured along with Sam Bradd, Nicole Marie Burton, Ethan Heitner, Orion Keresztesi, David Lester, Matt McInnes, Simon Orpana, Kara Sievewright and Tania Willard in an exhibit featuring past and present stories of labour activism in Canada. From the historic Stelco strike of 1946 to the experience of migrant care workers in the 21st century, this show reflects the diverse work of ten comic artists and collectives from across Canada.
The exhibition runs from September 9 until December 17, 2016 at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, located at 51 Stuart Street in Hamilton, Ontario.