Dear friends and fans of Fresh Meat,
We're looking for some additional funds to help make our programming this year a success. Plus, we miss you! Although we are not hosting a public festival, we still want to give our audiences the opportunity to support the artists we serve, and experience the magic of Fresh Meat. Read below to see what we're offering this year, and how you can help make it happen!
#FM9GoesOnline Training Program
We know first hand how difficult it can be for independent artists to take time out of their schedules and money out of their monthly budgets to commit to training during the best of times. That's why, with our in-person festival made impossible by COVID-19, we decided to flip the script on that road block and pay artists to train.
With the help of our partners at the Ottawa Arts Council and funders at the City of Ottawa, we're paying five local artists a $500 fee to up their game and think about the future of our industry.
We held an open call for submissions and selected five up-and-coming movers and shakers in our local theatre community to participate in this unique opportunity. You can get to know them over at www.freshmeatfest.com.
Over the next two weeks, these artists will receive a series of professional development workshops built around their expressed learning goals, and designed to help build a sustainable artistic practice in Ottawa. Workshops will be facilitated by Fresh Meat production team members, as well as an all-star lineup of guest instructors, including multi-award-winning local creator-dramaturg Emily Pearlman; NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley; and Toronto-based playwright-performer Jeff Ho. We’ve also got panelists sitting in from Festivals and funding bodies across the region, as well as from CBC Radio and local media.
At the close of the program, the participants will each be invited to share a ‘think piece’, where they’ll reflect on what they learned, or take you on a deeper dive into their practice.
We’re also offering a free public workshop for the Ottawa arts community in Exploring Anti-Oppression in Creative Spaces with facilitators Fae Johnstone and Jade Byard Peek. This training is offered via Zoom at no charge to participants, in collaboration with Uproar Arts Festival and the Ottawa Arts Council.
Here's where you come in.
A significant chunk of our festival costs are usually covered by ticket sales. Your attendance at Fresh Meat is why we've been able to consistently increase our artist fees, and pay out more than $50,000 to local theatre creators since 2012 in direct exchange for their work. If you were planning to purchase a ticket to Fresh Meat 9, or if you're compelled by what we're offering this year and would like to support, consider making a donation below. We'll even deliver a little Fresh Meat magic to your mailbox.
While we are so sad we won’t be sharing physical space with our community this year, we are grateful for the opportunity to try something new, support Ottawa theatre artists in an entirely new way, and work to bridge some knowledge gaps in our local industry. We hope you can help us make it happen!
(Nicholas, Mahalia, Sam, and Madeleine)
Limited edition "Miss You" postcard by Huot & Vallentin, delivered with love to your mailbox.