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Community Arts Canopy Town Hall – Community Arts & Digital Practice During COVID

“Last summer and through the fall and winter we worked with Nordicity and the Toronto Arts Foundation to investigate the dynamic shift to digital and virtual spaces for Community Arts (CA) organizations, practitioners, and Local Arts Service Organizations (LASOs) in Toronto.

This project aimed to assess the effectiveness of strategies and practices that we’ve all been using in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the challenges/barriers that we have encountered in moving to virtual models.

The report tools and supports that could help strengthen the abilities of Community Arts organizations and practitioners to serve their communities virtually, even as we’ve returned to in-person programming.

Who is this session for?

  • Community Arts Organizations, Service Organizations and Workers
  • Community Arts Practitioners and Facilitators

What can I expect?

At the Townhall we’ll hear about this report, hear from the City of Toronto about the status of their Community Development Review and later have a chance to brainstorm and share best practices in supportive and safe breakout rooms. You can view this report here

For more information, please visit:

-from Community Arts Canopy

Community Artist Highlight: Rita Winkler

“Rita is a young woman with Down syndrome who lives in Toronto. Throughout the COVID pandemic, Rita has developed new skills in art through participating in online art classes with her day program, Dani-Toronto and also with a specialized art program offered by L’Arche-London (Ontario). It is through L’Arche that Rita discovered watercolours, which have become her main artistic medium.

Toronto-based Second Story Press recently published a children’s book titled “My Art, My World.” Rita co-authored the book with Helen Winkler (Rita’s mom and art facilitator) and Mark Winkler (Rita’s uncle based in New York). It tells the story of Rita’s daily life through her art and photos to encourage inclusion.

Now, Rita and her family would like to share Rita’s art through her newly launched website Besides giving the viewer a glimpse into Rita’s world, the site showcases over 300 pieces of Rita’s artwork. It shares adaptive art techniques, highlights other artists with disabilities, and provides information about the book “My Art, My World.” – Helen Winkler

For more information, please visit the links below:

-from Helen Winkler

Virtual Art Exhibit by Young Canadians Inspired by the Pandemic

  • One year into the Covid-19 pandemic, the creative and emotional lives of our youth matter more than ever. Young Canadian artists need to be seen, encouraged, and their talent recognized.
  • UNLOCKED is a virtual art exhibit that shines a spotlight on art created by young Canadians in response to the global pandemic.
  • Submissions are invited at until September 1st, 2021

UNLOCKED, an art project that sheds a spotlight on the personal and creative response to the COVID-19 global pandemic by young artists throughout Canada, launched today. UNLOCKED is an online art exhibit, featuring visual arts, music, poetry, photography and video. Young people ages 9-25 are invited to submit their original artwork through the project’s website Selected artworks will be published on the UNLOCKED website and will be promoted on UNLOCKED’s social media platforms as well as through a wide range of art organizations across the country.

UNLOCKED values diversity and the representation of minorities from coast to coast to coast. Its goal is to create a vibrant community of young artists across Canada – inspire creativity and through the beauty of their art give a bit of hope in these difficult times.

UNLOCKED has been made possible thanks to the collaboration of several important Canadian youth organizations actively engaged in art programs that bring social change and justice to their communities. Project collaborators include ArtBridgesField TripVIBE ArtsinPathYellow Pad SessionsInk MovementJAYUYouth Ottawa, and LOVE (QuĂ©bec).

The deadline for submissions is September 1st, 2021. Members of the jury include Jennifer Dorner, Executive producer of POP Montreal, Kristian Manchester, Executive Creative Director at Sid Lee, and Arthur Gaillard, Head of Art & Design at MASSIVart.

UNLOCKED is a Montreal-based project founded by Josette Gauthier, documentary film producer.

For more information, please visit

Call for Nominations: Community Arts Award (Neighbourhood Arts Network)

“Celebrating the vital contributions that artists and organizations make in Toronto’s communities.

Nominations Open: June 1, 2021
Deadline to nominate: August 16, 2021 @ 11:59PM

About: The Community Arts Award is a $10,000 cash prize presented by Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network. This award celebrates an artist that has made a significant contribution in Toronto by working with, in and for communities, while creating access and inclusion to arts and culture. 

The Community Arts Award is part of our Vision Awards, presented in the fall of each year. This award is generously sponsored by MOD Developments Inc

Eligibility Criteria:
To be eligible for the award, all nominees must demonstrate a commitment and/or focus on community-engaged arts and access to arts and culture in Toronto. The nominee may not be awarded more than one Toronto Arts Foundation award within any given year.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Neighbourhood Arts Network

Community Engagement in Covid-19: A Practitioner-led Panel (April 29)

Join community-engaged practitioners in conversation about adapting participatory work to online and remote contexts.

“Learn how community-engaged practitioners working across the fields of participatory research, participatory visual methods, community arts, and community facilitation have adapted their participatory work and facilitation to online and remote contexts, and the unique ethical and pedagogical opportunities and tensions that arise. There will also be opportunities to network with others.

This event is open to students, community-engaged practitioners, community artists, participatory researchers, and anyone interested in the field.

Speakers will include Ananya Banerjee, Adam Barrett, Jessica Bleuer, Lori Chambers and Khari McClelland, and the event will be moderated by Sarah Switzer. Speaker details can be found below.

The event Zoom link will be sent closer to the date. For registration questions, please contact naima.raza[at] For questions about the project, please contact sarah.switzer[at]

Flyer created by Andrea Vela Alarcon (@its.allegra)

This event is co-sponsored by the Youth Research Lab at OISE, Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention at New College, Neighbourhood Arts Network, the Centre for Community Partnerships, and a group of community-engaged practitioners working across community and academic fields. The event is funded by the New College Initiatives Fund (NCIF) at New College, University of Toronto.

This event is part of a 2-part event series. On May 20, 2021 from 3:00-5:00pm we will launch some audio-visual resources to help practitioners think through remote/online facilitation with communities. We will also present findings from an affiliated study about how community-engaged practitioners are adapting their participatory practice as a result of covid-19. Join us in our community of practice to learn more!”

For more information, please visit:

REBIRTH: Artist Educator Professional Development Certificate Program (Toronto)

“This professional development certificate program is designed for emerging and established Artist Educators and Community Facilitators; those in the Community Arts Sector who want to serve marginalized sections of society, who find themselves in a time of transition and transformation.

The Rebirth program is designed for those seeking to develop their professional skills to produce quality work in the Community Arts Sector.

If you are feeling called to create personal and collective transformation through engagement with social justice, healing, and education through the arts, then this space was created for you


There are 3 major components to this training (total of 28 hours):

  1. AWAKEN: Weekend Intensive (June 8 & 9 | 11am-7pm) – at Jumblies
  2. EVOLVE: Seminars (June 3, 10, 17, 24 | 6-8pm) – at Art Starts
  3. EMERGE: Masterminds (June 3, 10, 17, 24 | 8-9pm) – at Art Starts

Optional Bonus* EXPAND: 1-on-1 Private Coaching (flexible schedule)”

For more information, please visit REBIRTH’s event and registration page and


Call for Artists: Join MABELLEarts’ Community Arts Training and Artistic Team! (Toronto)

Are you a newcomer artist, craftsperson, architect or designer? Do you want to work on a community arts project?

MABELLEarts is now accepting applications to join our 2019 Community Arts Training and Artistic team. We are currently looking to expand our our artistic team to reflect the artistic goals of the upcoming programming season and also providing a three-day FREE training for newcomer and immigrant artists from all disciplines.

Training will include:

  • Project design
  • Community Arts practices
  • Engaging communities
  • Professional networking, mentorship and more…

We have 10 training spots available and after training we will have 3 paid spring/summer opportunities as an artistic assistant where you will be provided be mentored by an experienced community artist, network with other newcomers from a range of cultural and artistic backgrounds and be part of projects that engage with the community.

Please email us a cover letter outlining your interest in working in community arts, a resume that highlights your arts experience and link to your website or a portfolio with up to 10 samples of your work.”

For more information, please visit MABELLEarts.

 -from MABELLEarts
Read MABELLEart’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map


Video: Art as a Tool for Social Change (ArtBridges/ToileDesArts, previously posted)


(Previously posted) ArtBridges/ToileDesArts is proud to present Art as a Tool for Social Change, a video directed by Emily LalibertĂ© (Funambules MĂ©dias) focusing on the impact of community arts and arts for social change and on ArtBridges’ role.

In the making of this second of three ArtBridges’ videos, we looked to QuĂ©bec and particularly the city of MontrĂ©al to celebrate and shed light on some of the most powerful, transformative and inspiring community-engaged arts and arts for social change projects going on in Canada now.

We asked Emily Laliberté from Funambule Médias, if she would be willing to work on this project with us and create a short film that would highlight three community arts initiatives in Montréal and showcase their actions and impact on the ground. Each organization would then share about their experience with ArtBridges and on the importance of being part of a Canada-wide network.

We would like to thank very deeply Emily LalibertĂ©, and all the wonderful teams at Funambules MĂ©dias, Exeko, La SociĂ©tĂ© Elizabeth Fry du QuĂ©bec and Art Entr’Elles for the amazing work that they do and for making this video possible.

Enjoy the video and don’t hesitate to share it! Let’s spread the word about the magic of art for social change!

– Catherine Lamaison, Francophone Community Arts Coordinator, ArtBridges.

As part of a three-year grant, ArtBridges received funds from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation to create three videos that raise awareness on the nature, value and impact of community-engaged arts and arts for social change in Canada, and about ArtBridges’ involvement and mandate. Our first video, entitled What Are Community-Engaged Arts and Arts for Social Change All About? was created and produced by Andrea Dorfman in 2014.
Click here to watch it again!

ArtBridges projects and programs are also supported with great appreciation by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Ruth Mandel – WHO GIVES Fund, Canadian Heritage and Memberships. ArtBridges/ToileDesArts is a Project of Tides Canada.

SoCirc 5th Anniversary and Fundraising Event (Nov. 19, Toronto)

It’s SoCirC’s 5th birthday and we are having a Carnival to celebrate!

This event is also a fundraiser for our community programs which provide social support, inclusion, community and creative expression through circus arts for young people 16-29 living on the margins. Over the past year our community group has worked together learning to express, have fun, fail, succeed and to build trust & self-esteem. We will share a piece of this experience with you through our youth show “The Carnival of Life”! This is a CARNIVAL, so come in your favourite carney outfit and/or dress as YOU, however that looks.

Don’t miss this evening of carnival games, carnival food (popcorn, pogos, cotton candy, pizza…) , live music, fortune tellers, drinks (lemonade, beer, wine), a silent auction with exciting prizes, “The Carnival of Life” youth show followed by some of Toronto (and Winnipeg’s) best professional circus artists performing aerial silks, clown, drag, contortion, fire eating, staff and spinning hoops throughout the evening.

Come celebrate with us! Kids are welcome.

$15 in advance ($20 at the door)
$10 in advance ($15 at the door) artists or underemployed folks
$5 in advance ($10 at the door) kids
Packages including carnival tickets are also available.

This event will be ASL interpreted by Toronto Sign Language Interpreter Services.

Parking is available on site. Leave yourself time to find it as it can be a little tricky. It is in the building just north of where the Banksy exhibit was, around the back and says “raw space’ on the front.

We want you to come support our youth, enjoy and celebrate with us, so if fees are a barrier to your attendance please contact us directly and we can do our best to accommodate in advance as we have a few donated tickets to extend!

Please get in touch with any accessibility needs. Contact us directly : info[at] .

We are a charitable organization. Any package purchased for $20 or more, we will offer you a tax deductible receipt. All proceeds for this event will go to SoCirC to provide accessible social circus programming for Toronto young people living on the margins.

Mon, 19 November 2018
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST

Collective Space
221 Sterling Road, Studio 5
Toronto, ON M6P 3L4

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-shared by SoCirc

Community Arts Program Grant (Edmonton Arts Council)

“Artists working with communities; communities working with artists providing arts access to all.
Community Art is valued for its ability to bring people together in shared, collaborative, creative experiences to express the things that have meaning to us: where we’ve come from, where we’re going, our world, our fears, our dreams, our aspirations. It strengthens the community, builds identity, develops creativity, and increases awareness of the arts in our lives.

The principles behind Community Art projects are artistic exploration, active participation and intentional inclusiveness that allows communities to tell their own stories.

Application Deadline: May 1st. When May 1 falls on a holiday or weekend, the deadline is the next business day.

The Community Arts grant program invests in the quality of life in our city by supporting artistic projects that are clear collaborations between an artist and a distinct community. It recognizes that art should be accessible to all communities in Edmonton. A community may define themselves by many factors such as tradition and culture, geographic area of the city, or demographic characteristics, etc.

An applicant can be an individual, an organization, or an informal group located in the greater Edmonton region including the City of Edmonton and the Counties of Sturgeon, Parkland, Leduc and Strathcona. They must not have any outstanding EAC final reports.”

For more information and application details, please visit Edmonton Arts Council

-from Edmonton Arts Council website