Dawn Matheson
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Art and Writing

April 2019- Guest Director for Adult Literacy Learners Annual Literacy Fundraiser Performance at FOR THE LOVE OF WORDS, Ont.

2018- current- Facilitator and Advisor to Deaf arts production and access at Ed Video Media Arts (Ontario Arts Council project)

2019- Ontario Arts Council Artist in Education at E.C. Drury School for the Deaf

Summer 2018- Video Artist Residency, International Institute for Improvisation, Gaspe, Quebec

2016-2018- Commissioned Lead Artist for A Sense Of Wonder by the Art Gallery of Guelph — collaborating with Deaf and hard of hearing youth for provincial project exploring innovative approaches to diverse and inclusive community engagement

2017- Producer for “Transported: Objects of Meaning and the Immigrant Experience”: 6 films for Guelph Film Festival and the Guelph Museums Winter Exhibition

2017- Producer for “2-way” radio program bridging seniors and children, CFRU, Wellington Hall Academy and Riverside Glen, GUELPH

2017- current- Lead Researcher, “OPEN ACCESS ED VIDEO MEDIA ARTS CENTRE.” Researching and developing an organizational plan for Deaf and disabled artists.

2017- “STORIES of IMPACT” video with Improvisation, Community and Social Practice and Research office, University of Guelph

2016-current Grand Magazine Features Writer

2016- 2017 Writer for KW Community Foundation

2015- 2016 Digital Storytelling Instructor: Wellington Academy, Guelph

2015-2017 Guelph Life Magazine Features Writer (launch Sept 2015)

2015- “The Sound of Small Business” RBC Podcast

2015- Freelance Producer, CBC National Radio, The Doc Project

2012-2014- University of Guelph Research Project Manager and Digital Storytelling Producer, Project Re•Vision, University of Guelph: dedicated to exploring ways that marginalized and misrepresented communities can use the arts to advance social inclusion and justice by challenging stereotypes.

2013-2014- University of Guelph in house Video Producer; International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, University of Guelph

2010-2011- University of Guelph Video-Artist-In-Residence: Improvisation, Community and Social Practice, University of Guelph; Produced and edited six video documentaries in collaboration with marginalized groups and musician Jane Bunnett

2006-2007- Stratford Festival Video Artist: “WIP: Work in Progress”

2003-2005- Guelph International Film Festival Director and Programmer: community documentary film festival

2002- City of Guelph’s 175th Video Producer: retrospective, screened at River Run Centre

1993-2002- CBC Radio Producer and Television Production Secretary: “Road dot Trip” CBC Radio Host/ Documentary Producer (summer pilot 2000) “The Soundtrack of My Life”—producer of a national radio series (2002)“Outfront”—Associate Producer (2000-2002)Production Secretary,Researcher and Stagehand for CBCtv (1993-1996)
2000 Videographer and Production Team: GSHIP: Guelph Social History Project
2000 Book Managing Editor: Guelph: Perspective on a Century of Change

Select Screenings/ Performances/Broadcasts/Curations

October, 2017: Speaker on Arts and Social Practice at Kitchener Waterloo Summit.

August 2017: Summerworks performance arts: One of Five Artists selected to showcase new projects

May 25-28, 2017- Toronto International Deaf Film and Art Festival at HOT DOCS. Three films screening from A Sense of Wonder

January 15 -April 2, 2017- “A Sense of Wonder,” four video installations, Art Gallery of Guelph

September Culture Days 2016- “All Together Now” video screening, feature artist for Milton Arts Centre collaborating with students from EC Drury School for the Deaf
April 2016- “This is me in China” video screening for Suzuki Institute America
May 2016- “Music Moves” commissioned for video profile of Orff Music Education
November 2015 “Ghost: IMICO,” experimental video on former foundry workers, Screened at Guelph Film Festival
July 2015- “Who Is Allen” documentary feature on CBC Radio “Doc Project”
June 2015- “Imico”/ extract for CBC Radio “In the Field”
2014- “Singing in the Shower”: CBC Radio broadcast, for “Living Out Loud”
2014- “This is IICSI”: Launch Video for University of Guelph’s International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation
2012-2014- Resilience Festival “Storytelling and Cultural Narratives” (2014) curated digital storytelling programme “Project ReVision” at Silence, International Day of the Girl (2013) curated diverse girls’ programme and presented panel of artists featuring “Project ReVision” digital storytelling at the University of Guelph (Peter Clark Hall; 5th Annual UG Accessibility Conference video curator for “Project ReVision” (2013)
2011- 1mile2 Interventions: “Community Slumber Party” and “So Much Depends Upon” film screening (www.1mile2.com/category/d-matheson) Musagetes
2011- “Stare”: Guelph Nuit Blanche and Jazz Festival -“Stare” featured human hosts in silent staring sessions
2011- “Six with Jane”: Guelph’s first Improvisator in Residence
2010- “Singing in the Shower”; Toronto Nuit Blanche audio installation /Gladstone Hotel balcony (OAC exhibition grant; selected for ‘Best Of’ Nuit Blanche by the National Post)
2010- “Participatory Community Arts,” moderator: Ed Video Media Arts panel
2009- “Coming Clean”: Eye Level Gallery, Halifax Audio installation of confessions broadcast in a men’s bathhouse for group show
2009- “Project: Snowman” community intervention; Director of a team of guerilla snowmen builders creating snowmen anonymously and covertly by night
2007, 2008- Guelph Film Festival Guest Online Video Curator “Remediation of Literature in Internet Video”; “Social Justice and Citizen Journalism in Internet Video”
2007- “Confession Alley”: Edifying Edifices Commissioned audio installation work for Ed Video Media Arts Centre; selections broadcast on CBC Radio (Canada Council group grant)
2006- “Tongues In Trees”; Collaborative project working with 8 adult literacy learners to perform Shakespeare monologues akin to their life experience. www.canadianshakespeares.ca/multimedia/audio/a_tongues_in_trees.cfm
2006- “Banking Day” Hamilton Artist’s Inc. OAC video grant
2003- “The Soundtrack of My Life” CBC Radio Series Producer, Outfront
2002- “If These Walls Could Speak” Guelph Jazz Festival installation and featured at Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
2000- “IMICO Guelph” CBC Radio, Outfront
1999- “Both Sides of the Glass” CBC Radio, Outfront

Education & Media Arts Training
2015: CBC Radio Doc Boot Camp: Radio documentary intensive
2013: Center for Digital Storytelling, California: Intro to Facilitation training in Digital Storytelling
2000: Ed Video Media Arts: Documentary Video Production
1999 Conestoga College: 1st year Print Journalism
1997: CBC Radio: Story Production (Intensive, Halifax),
1994: University of Guelph, Theatre specialization (100% grade)
1993: University of Toronto, Hon, Bachelor of Arts, English and Theatre specialist; Film minor

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