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Focus on Nature Fest (Nov 16-20)

Focus on Nature Fest! Join us for a 5-day celebration of children’s photography and our shared connections to the natural world.

Get ready for five days of festive fun with Focus on Nature online!

Register now and join the party! No purchase necessary but a donation to support our work would be appreciated.

Once registered, we’ll invite you to the opening of our new Photo Exhibit, to our Wednesday Webinar, and to our fabulous Silent Auction table. We’ll have giveaways, lively conversations and a new set of greeting cards for you too!

Keeping kids connected to nature is more important now than ever. And we need your support to keep reaching more children, encouraging them to get outside and get creative. We can’t work in schools right now but with your support we will make Focus on Nature available to children everywhere in Canada through our new online program. More about that at the Fest!”

For more information and to register, please visit Focus On Nature’s Event page.

-from Focus On Nature

HOME @ HOME 6-Week Media Creation Series (Hands on Media Education)

Beginning Monday April 20th 9:00m EST

During this COVID-19 pandemic we need the critical thinking and digital citizenship skills to navigate and evaluate news sites, social media, our online presence, and even our online connections with others. 


You and your kids will be able to verify online information, identify commercial intentions in content, and create media content of your own in safe, responsible and powerful ways. 

  • Dates: Monday April 20th, 27th, May 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th 2020
  • Age: Course is suitable for ages 9+
  • Format: Link to 15-20 minute video will be sent out by email @ 9am each morning of the course, making our education entirely flexible to your schedule. 
  • Cost: Pay What You Can, because we want everyone to have access to Media Education
  • Materials required: internet connection and smart phone, iPad or tablet
  • Registration :
  • Join the Facebook Group to connect with me and others taking the course!”

For more information, please visit:

-from Hands on Media Education

Free Virtual Creative Hub (Avenue Road Arts School)

“This special Avenue Road Arts School creative area is a place where people can continue to learn, engage and connect with the Arts School, remotely.

Geared to children, their parents, adults and those who want to continue to create and exercise creativity during these days of social distancing, the Virtual Creative Hub will offer free activity ideas including art lesson plans for kids, creative exercise for teens and adults, resources and creative links and short video demos. Check back often, as we will have daily additions and more content for your creative enjoyment.”

-from Avenue Road Arts School

Spotlight Prologue : Live Arts for Children and Youth (Toronto)

“Join us in celebrating the power of the performing arts in schools at Prologue to the Performing Arts’ Annual Showcase, Spotlight Prologue: Live Arts for Children and Youth.

Each year Prologue celebrates the vital role the performing arts play in inspiring, empowering and sparking the imaginations of children and youth through an accessible showcase open to young people, families, educators and friends. Join us on June 5th, 2019 at the Young People’s Theatre as we present Prologue artists Ballet Creole, KunĂ©: Canada’s Global Orchestra, Mahlikah Awe:ri, and UNITY Charity. Hosted by Prologue spoken word artist Britta B!”

For more information and to RSVP, please visit Spotlight Prologue’s event page.

Profile Highlight | Suitcase Theatre (Toronto)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

Suitcase Theatre is a registered charitable organization that was founded by the original producer and creator of Mr. Dressup, one of Canada’s most loved and longest running children’s television shows. The theatre group performs at daycares, schools, hospitals, community centres, festivals and special events across Ontario. We also offer dynamic after school programs, camps and class workshops that focus on drama, improv, comedy, singing, dancing and the visual arts.

Our goal is simple: we encourage everyone to discover their creativity and love of live theatre regardless of income or circumstance.”

To read more about Suitcase Theatre, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Video: True Heart – The Value of Art (Art Starts)

Art Starts asked participants in their True Heart program “What has art started in your life?” watch their responses above.

Art Starts creates vibrant Toronto neighbourhoods through community-building arts initiatives. We bring together professional artists and residents of all ages to create dynamic and accessible arts projects that are responsive to community needs and aspirations. We don’t create social change on our own; we collaborate, facilitate, and inspire.”

-from Art Starts
Read Art Starts profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Art Starts Annual Showcase (Dec 7, Toronto)

Art Starts Annual Showcase 2016
Art Starts celebrates its 2016 season with an art exhibit and performance extravaganza

“Award winning community arts organization Art Starts is proud to present its 2016 Showcase on Wednesday, December 7th, from 6pm-8pm at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. This free event features an open house, visual art, music and dance performances.

The event will celebrate city wide collaborations between artists and community members working in a variety of artistic disciplines. The Showcase unites people of all ages who have participated in Art Starts programs in the Eglinton-Oakwood, Villaways, Lawrence Heights and Glendower neighbourhoods in North York and Scarborough.

“I am very excited and invite you all to attend this unique exhibition,” says Special Projects Manager Julian Carvajal, “you will have the opportunity to connect, interact and experience the vibrant streets of our neighbourhoods”.

The evening will feature:

● Original music performances and testimonials by youth from the “Next Up” music program
● Youth from Lawrence Heights “Free the Streets” program present spoken word statements relating to themes of displacement, revitalization and gentrification
● Young artists from “ASAP” (After School Arts Program) showcase 3 skits and an original song
● “Learn the Bassics” children and youth will perform a bass rendition of their (surprise!) song of choice
● “Program Without Walls” mothers will perform a Flamenco Bellydance fusion under the guidance of award-winning dancer Anjelica Scannura
● A slide show featuring photography by our “True HeaART” youth participants
â—Ź A dance piece will be performed by Villaways participants who are experiencing the realities of displacement as their community is torn down and rebuilt
● Fashion displays by youth from “Kut x Sew” fashion program
â—Ź Live testimonials by artists and participants from a wide range of programs

“The Showcase will feature an abundance of talent, grass-roots collaboration and inspiring creativity”, says Art Starts Interim Executive Director Tamara Haberman.

Art Starts is a charitable organization that has been bringing professional artists and underserved communities together in community-building arts programs for over 23 years. They are the winners of Toronto Arts Foundation’s 2013 Arts for Youth Award.

WHO: Art Starts
WHAT: 2016 Program Showcase
WHEN: Wednesday December 7th, 2015. 6-8pm.
WHERE: Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, North York

For more information, please visit or contact Program Director:”

What’s Your Beef? (Antyx Community Arts & Calgary Public Library)


Come Express the things that make you tick through an 8 week summer camp exploring video, photography & sound. Once you have had a chance to blow off some steam you will get the opportunity to showcase your digital creation for others to see.

Join Antyx Community Arts & Calgary Public Library for an upcoming summer project that allows youth to disprove the age, gender and location biases.

Date: Every Monday from July 4 – August 29, 2016
Time: 1:00PM – 2:30PM
Location: Calgary Public Library Saddletowne 150 – 7555 Falconridge Blvd NE, Calgary, AB T3J 0C9
Age: 12 – 18
Cost: Free

*Technical equipment will be provided

What experience do I need?
Prior experience with digital equipment is not required. Due to the small class size and open learning environment, each student receives ample personal attention and comes away with working knowledge of videography, photography, and digital story telling.

To register: e-mail

-submitted by Antyx Community Arts
Read Antyx’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

VIBE Arts Fest (June 8-11, Toronto)


“What’s Your Vibe? A Celebration for Creatives

The festival is free and open to all!

Showcasing VIBE Arts programs & celebrating Toronto’s next generation of artists! ! !

VIBE Arts Fest brings VIBE Arts’ program participants and artists from all over Toronto together to share creative energy, artistic skill, and community. Experience visual arts exhibitions, art activities, and performances from VIBE Arts’ children and youth participants, emerging artists, and Platform A micro-grant recipients.

June 8-11, 2016
Presented at the Aki Studio Theatre
585 Dundas St E #120″

-submited by VIBE Arts
Read VIBE Arts profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Profile Highlight: The Rap Camp (Stratford)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at Artbridges.


The Rap Camp  “is a music production and songwriting workshop program for children and youth that seeks to create loving, encouraging spaces where young people are shown that by being vulnerable they can create excellence.” Its mission is to “create positive change through rap.”

To read more about The Rap Camp, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.