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Isle of the Arts Festival (Gabriola Arts Council, online)

“The Gabriola Arts Council offers 23 interactive workshops: felted slippers, petroglyph land walk with Snuneymuxw Knowledge Keeper Dave Bodaly, mending, vocal expression, professional development for artists, and more.

Instructors have worked diligently to ensure your experience is fruitful and engaging, as we deliver these workshops via Zoom.  We offer technical assistance to those unfamiliar with Zoom and during each workshop there will be a moderator available to navigate any technical issues.

We are continuing with Reading and Reconciliation: One Book, One Community with Bob Joseph and Shelagh Rogers and it promises to be a lively and educational discussion.

Poetry Gabriola presents award winning authors Arleen Paré and Kate Braid on April 3 and the Gabriola Microsynth Orchestra and interpretive dance mixed with poetry on April 10th.

Sarah Osbourne will delight audiences with her amazing smoky vocals at our closing Arty Party pn April 11th where we announce this year’s Arty Award winner.

There is a little something for everyone this year and maybe some surprise offerings. Whatever you choose you can enjoy the workshops and events from the comfort of your home.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Gabriola Arts Council

Free Interactive Community Plays on Senior Mental Health (Mixed Company Theatre, online)

March 23rd, 3:00 – 4:30 PM ET

“Anna’s Story: Family Complications After Loss” is created in collaboration with seniors from Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women about coping with loss. In the first half of the presentation, you will watch Anna, the protagonist, struggle to find the support she needs to navigate her emotional, financial, and technological needs after the loss of her husband. Then, her story will be presented again – only this second time, you will get the opportunity to suggest changes to result in a positive alternative ending

This play is scripted and facilitated by Pavla Uppal with support from Elizabeth Wickwire. This play is the culmination of Mixed Company Theatre’s â€śResiliency through Virtual Action” project funded by the Ontario Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility.

Event Details  
Presentation Date: Tuesday March 23rd, 2021  
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (ET)  
Price: Free!  
Location:  Online via Zoom  

Registration: Please email to receive the Zoom link for the event 

Content Warning: The presentation makes subtle references to suicide.  

March 25th and 31st, 10:00- 11:30 AM ET

“COVID Concerns” is created in collaboration with the seniors from Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities about mental health challenges they are facing during the pandemic. In the first half of this play, you will see how the senior characters in the story become overwhelmed by new technology, fears of contracting COVID-19, and being alienated from loved ones. Then, the story will be presented again – only this second time, you will get the opportunity to suggest changes to result in a positive alternative ending

Scripted and facilitated by Luciano Iogna with support from Max Cameron Fearon and Lorene Stanwick. This play is the culmination of Mixed Company Theatre’s â€śResiliency through Virtual Action” project funded by the Ontario Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility.  

Event Details  
FREE Interactive Community Plays on Senior Mental HealthDates: Thursday March 25th, Wednesday March 31st   
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM (ET)   
Price: Free!   
Location: Online via Zoom (the event link will be sent after registering)  

Registration “

For more information, please visit:

-from Mixed Company Theatre

Creative Community Recovery Webinar (Culture Days)

“The arts and culture sector—a network known for resiliency, creativity, and collaborative efforts—has been particularly devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Arts, culture, and heritage are invaluable to community identity, and therefore play a central role in reshaping and reimagining local life. In the continuation and eventual aftermath of social, environmental, and economic disruption, how can arts and culture initiatives and organizations serve our communities as we look towards recovery?

We’ve invited Community Recovery Specialist, Deb Borsos, and Carol Palladino, President of Arts BC, to discuss disaster recovery viewed through the lens of arts and culture. This webinar will explore how the sector can contribute to shape our communities for a better post-pandemic cultural life and how important the arts and cultural sectors can be to the whole of community after disaster—COVID-based and beyond.”

To register, please visit: and for more information, please visit:

-from Culture Days

Digital Now: Grants for Digital Artistic Content / Présent numérique : subventions pour le contenu artistique numérique

“Digital Now is a one-time digital innovation initiative. The initiative offers grants to arts groups, collectives, and organizations to adapt existing works or create new ones to be shared virtually with audiences.

Digital Now offers a springboard for the arts sector, during this period of health-related restrictions, to make a digital leap for the sector’s recovery and stimulate job creation. Funded projects will draw on a breadth of artists and arts workers and reach local, Canada-wide, and international audiences.”

For more information, please visit:

Présent numérique : subventions pour le contenu artistique numérique

“PrĂ©sent numĂ©rique est une initiative ponctuelle d’innovation numĂ©rique. Cette initiative offre des subventions aux groupes, collectifs et organismes artistiques pour adapter des Ĺ“uvres existantes ou en crĂ©er de nouvelles afin les partager virtuellement avec le public.

PrĂ©sent numĂ©rique offre au secteur des arts un tremplin pour traverser la pĂ©riode de restrictions sanitaires, rĂ©aliser une avancĂ©e numĂ©rique en vue de la relance et stimuler l’emploi dans le secteur des arts. Les projets subventionnĂ©s feront appel Ă  une diversitĂ© d’artistes et de travailleurs du domaine artistique et rejoindront des publics locaux, national et international.”

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-source: Canada Council for the Arts / Conseil des arts du Canada

Virtual Art Hive @Agnes

Art Hive @Agnes is online!  Be part of this creative community as you recharge and get inspired. Adults are invited to explore the artistic process through experimentation and play. If you are looking for more guidance, our art therapist and facilitator is present to support your creative journey by offering inspired thematic projects. Art Hive @Agnes addresses themes of empowerment, wellness and self-care, while fostering a safe space and a sense of community. This accessible weekly program is free. No artistic experience is necessary.

Virtual Art Hive projects are designed to use materials you already have on hand. However, if you are interested in purchasing some additional art supplies, we recommend getting the following optional materials from a dollar store or an art store:

  • Printer paper
  • Pencil crayons or markers
  • Fine tipped black marker or Sharpie pen
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Scissors and tape and glue stick
  • Thick paper such as bond paper or recycled cardboard

*If you don’t have these supplies, we can adapt the activity to what you have.

11 February: 3D Pop-up cards
18 February: Exploring the Net Mixed Media
25 February: Miniature Art
4 March: SensoryArt
11 March: Inner ChildSock Puppets
18 March: Sound Mapping”

For more information, please visit:

-from Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Call to Indigenous artists, authors, and media makers: Create to Learn@Home (imagineNATIVE & TakingITGlobal)

“TakingITGlobal’s Create to Learn program has launched an at-home training initiative in partnership with imagineNATIVE to support students who are interested in learning digital skills through our online video database or through our Create to Learn App.

We are looking for Indigenous artists, authors, and media makers who have skills related to creativity and/or digital content production to share in tutorial videos! We are offering a stipend of $250 per video for an individual video or a series of 2 or 4 videos sharing your skills with students and youth who will be inspired by your talents!

Videos will remain your property, but by participating in this initiative you also give TakingITGlobal and imagineNATIVE perpetual, royalty-free rights to reproduce and share your video(s) free of charge with youth across Canada for learning purposes. By participating, you agree to post/share your videos on Instagram and/or Facebook using the #CreateToLearn hashtag and tag @create2learn + @takingitglobal + @imaginenative. You can create and share tutorial videos as soon as you receive an acceptance e-mail, and all videos applications must be submitted by January 15th 2021.”

For more information and to apply, please visit the Create To Learn online form.

-from imagineNATIVE

Age Friendly Arts and Culture Symposium (online, Dec 10)

“To meet the immediate challenge of COVID 19, the Age Friendly Arts and Culture Symposium – hosted by Museum London and funded by the Ontario Seniors Community Grant Program has moved to an online platform. When you register, you’ll be able to attend one session or all and you’ll receive a link to event.

December 10th 2020, 9:30am to 3:30pm

Building Digital Bridges
Older Adults, Arts and Culture During COVID-19 and Beyond

Who should attend this Symposium?

Those who also wish to explore opportunities for collaboration and the use of technology to engage older adults in arts and cultural programs and online activities during COVID-19 and beyond . Morning and afternoon sessions.

  • Municipalities
  • Libraries
  • Arts and Culture Institutions
  • Art Galleries and Community Arts Organizations
  • Arts/Health Organizations
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Arts Instructors and Facilitators
  • Community Developers
  • Retirement Homes and Seniors Social Housing
  • Program and Activity Coordinators
  • Tech Support and Services
  • Seniors Services Providers
  • Interested Older adults and Caregivers”

For more information and the full schedule, please visit:

-from Creative Age Network

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

Reel Youth Film Festival Online Premiere

“For the first time everthe Reel Youth Film Festival is premiering online! We are so excited to be able to invite our international youth filmmakers, international youth jury, and any one else who missed the Vancouver International Film Festival premiere to join us!

The Reel Youth Film Festival pulls together an insightful, diverse, compelling and humorous collection of short films from across the globe – all made by youth. Chosen by an international youth selection panel from over 1300 submissions and almost 100 countries around the world, this collection will show you the world through the eyes of an incredibly gifted emerging group of filmmakers. Whether it’s a Black woman’s story of attending a predominantly white college, a young man with autism enduring a bus ride, or stories of youth around the world adapting to COVID, laughter and learning are guaranteed at the Reel Youth Film Festival.

Saturday Nov. 7 at 5pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)”

For more information, please visit:

-from Reel Youth

Workshop Series: Program Planning in a Pandemic (ArtReach)

ArtReach is hosting an upcoming series with three brand new workshops! This three-part online series will teach young community leaders, aged 13-29, the skills and best practices needed to plan and deliver impactful digital programming. Learn more and register below!

Are you trying to figure out the best platform to run your online program? Unsure how to keep participants engaged during your workshop?

Date: Wednesday, November 11th; 6:00-8:00pm

Facilitator: Jess De Vittoris and Lydia Hernandez

Partner: Social Planning Toronto & City of Toronto Neighbourhood Grants Program

Register: Here

In this session, we will walk through the pros and cons of popular online platforms Zoom, Google Meet, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube to help you determine which is the best fit for your program. Facilitators will discuss a variety of options for presenting information, and share digital tips and tools you can use to keep your participants engaged. We’ll also explore best practices for running online sessions, how to “create a vibe”, and the staff roles needed to ensure a smooth delivery.

Unsure how to program plan during the pandemic? Wondering if your existing in-person program can translate to an online format?

Date: Wednesday, November 18th; 6:00-8:00pm

Facilitator: Patrick De Belen

Register: Here

The pandemic has required us to re-imagine the way we deliver programming, leaving many community artists unsure how to move forward with their projects. In this session, we will discuss how to design successful community programs in the era of social distancing. We’ll explore how to make your program accessible for participants, best practices for risk management, and how and if your existing in-person program can be translated to a virtual space.

Wondering how to make your digital communications stand out? Unsure how to develop an online outreach strategy that will bring in participants?

Date: Wednesday, November 25th; 6:00-8:00pm

Facilitator: Teneshia T. Samuel

Partner: Black Women in Motion

Register: Here

When anyone can go “anywhere” online, it’s a struggle to know how to stand out from the crowd. In this session, participants will build skills in communications, branding, marketing, outreach, and creative design by learning how to develop a digital outreach and communications strategy. We will also explore how to build your outreach network by connecting with individuals and organizations who can help you promote your program, and what to do when your outreach strategy isn’t bringing in participants.”

For more information, please visit ArtReach’s website.

-from ArtReach