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From Weeds We Grow: Beadwork Workshop (STEPS)

“Join us for an interdisciplinary arts workshop exploring the significance of water and our connections to the environment through the creation of beaded artworks and public art that reflect our commitments to the land.

Led by Artist Lindsey Lickers, Mushkiiki Nibi Kwe (Medicine Water Woman), this arts workshop located along the Humber River in Rowntree Mills Park is a reflective and creative exercise for participants to dive deeper into their current relationship with the environment and the importance of our local waterways.

Rooted in an expanded understanding of the importance of water in cleansing, creating clear intentions and commitments to the land – an introduction to beadwork combined with creating personalized artworks of these learnings will culminate in the creation of small scale textile pieces that will build a collective tapestry.

The final artwork will be exhibited in-person at Albion Library and virtually through the STEPS website alongside the creative process and learnings.

Advance registration is required!”

For more information and to register, please visit:

-from STEPS

Masks of Manipulation Online Workshop (Mixed Company Theatre)

“This two-part, online workshop will introduce participants to the “Masks of Manipulation,” an invaluable character development and conflict-resolution process designed by Simon Malbogat. Each mask relates to seven different emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual manipulative forces we encounter both onstage and in daily life. 

In this workshop you will… 

  • Learn how to identify various manipulative personas and de-escalate them effectively 
  • Learn how the masks of manipulation techniques can help communities identify and articulate the oppressive forces in their lives
  • Use these personas to create authentic oppressive characters for the stage grounded in these manipulative forces 

This workshop draws on Commedia dell’Arte-inspired masks to help participants acquire a deeper awareness of manipulation and oppression: how and why it happens, what it looks and feels like, and how to deflect it. 

Masks of Manipulation will be facilitated by Simon Malbogat and can be useful for those working as theatre artists, educators, and in helping community members overcome challenging social issues. 

Email communications[at] with any questions. 

Note: The workshop sessions will be videorecorded for internal, archival purposes. If we ever intend to use footage from the sessions in public materials, we will seek explicit permission from attendees. 

Dates: Saturday October 16th, and Saturday October 23rd, 2021 

Times: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (ET) 

Location: Online via Zoom

Prerequisites: None!

Regular Price: $220 + HST

There is a 25% discount available for students, CAEA members, and those identifying as underwaged. In the spirit of removing financial barriers to access, Mixed Company Theatre is also able to offer a limited number of “Pay What You Can” payment options. 

You can register at this link:

For more information, please visit:

-from Mixed Company Theatre

Art for Social Change: Weaving Together Just Livelihoods (Halifax & online)

What does it mean to make a good life?
What does a just livelihood look like? 
How did we get here, and where are we going?

Join FUTURES/forward artist Yasmine Hassen for a facilitated art-making workshop series to explore these questions through the practices of collaging, paper weaving, and storytelling. We will engage with themes such as just futures, deep time, decolonization, climate justice, and practices of reclamation. Over the course of the sessions, hosts + participants will share tools and practices that can be used as a powerful way to engage, reflect and mobilize around just livelihoods. 

On a practical level, we’ll be playing with paper! Cutting, weaving, and gluing to create our own expressions of a good life, a just livelihood, and our place in the fabric of time. You’ll also have the chance to talk about the art you’ve made, and if you choose, you can include your creations and your voice in a collective installation at the Ecology Action Centre on Fern Lane.

March 17 – 3:30-5:00pm
March 24 – 6:30-8:00pm
March 31 – 3:30-5:00pm

Join for one session, or attend all three. 
Participate via Zoom (online) or in person at 2482 Maynard Street.
All ages and abilities welcome!
BIPOC, Queer, and Trans folks welcome!

Materials needed: paper (any kind): newsprint/magazines, construction, etc., glue, scissors
Facilitation: Yasmine Hassen, Art for Social Change practitioner
Cost: Free!
Hosted by: Ecology Action Centre + Wonder’neath Art Society + International Centre of Art for Social Change FUTURES/forward”

For more information and to register, please visit:

-from Ecology Action Centre

Online Workshops: The Art Of Community (Jumblies & MABELLEarts)

“As we travel through these times, Jumblies, in partnership with MABELLEarts, is offering an online adaption of our Artfare Essentials workshop – now under the title ‘The Art Of Community’.

There are two choices of date and time. Each workshop includes 8 sessions, plus some choices and options for (digital) site visits and special events.

Cohort #1: 6, 6-8:30pm – Nov 20, 22, 25, 27, 29, Dec 2, 4, 6
Cohort #2: 2-4:30pm – Jan 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24

We can take up to 20 participants each time. Half the places will be reserved for newcomer artists, and the other half open to any artists and those interested in community arts, from Toronto, Ontario and beyond.

Workshops are free for all. Click here for the 2020 Application form.

If you are a Newcomer artist, click here for your application

What is it?

  • An introduction to principles and practices of arts that engage with and create community;
  • Many things you need to know to undertake your own community arts project;
  • An orientation to potential work or apprenticeship with Jumblies and Offshoots;
  • A gathering of diverse people interested in community-engaged arts;
  • A mix of presentation, discussion, art-making, site visits, and take-home resources;
  • A time to consider and discuss the joys & challenges inherent in this work;
  • An intensive, fun, thought-provoking, immersive 8-day experience.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Jumblies

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

Intro to Forum Theatre: Mixed Company Theatre Online Workshops, Oct. 20-21

October 20th & 21st: Introduction to Forum Theatre Virtual Workshop 

Forum Theatre is aninteractive and participatory style of theatredesigned to address social issues and inspire actionable change. 
In this intensive all levels online workshop led by award winning Forum Theatre artist Simon Malbogat, participants will learn about the evolution of Forum Theatre and how this social justice-based theatre style can be used to spark community dialogue and empower grassroots advocacy.  
Through theatre games and discussion, participants will discover how Forum Theatre techniques of community participation, intervention, and improvisation can help build tool kits for character development, devised creation, and audience engagement.  

Community organizers, social workers, and educators will learn how including Forum Theatre principles in their everyday practice can initiate vital conversation, engage in critical inquiry, and create social change in their communities. 

This workshop was developed out of Mixed Company’s recent virtual Forum Theatre projects. Through critical dialogue we will reflect and process the results with participants, considering how Forum Theatre can be used effectively for virtual presentations. 
Date: Tuesday October 20th & Wednesday October 21st, 2020 

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (ET) 
Location: Virtual (A Zoom link will be sent after receipt of payment) 
Cost: $100.00 + HST (-25% CAEA, Student, Underwaged) 
Prerequisites: None! 

Register for both Introduction to Forum Theatre AND Forum Theatre Playwriting (October 28th & 29th) and receive a special bundle price of $200.00 + HST for both workshops, as well as a 25% discount for CAEA, Students and those identifying as Underwaged! 

Register today at

October 28th & 29th: Forum Theatre Playwriting Virtual Workshop 

Facilitated by Mixed Company Associate Artist Luciano Iogna, this two-evening workshop will take participants through the fundamental process of Forum Theatre script development. Participants will learn how to use theatre games, exercises and techniques as research tools, how to ask explorative yet respectful questions, how to develop oppressive and oppressed characters, and how to care for the community knowledge which informs Forum Theatre script development. 

This online playwriting workshop aims to support MCT’s Introduction to Forum Theatre by supplying participants with pivotal scripting methods, tools and tricks to utilize when working with groups on important social topics. These skills are essential to develop in order to script targeted, impactful, and uniquely interactive theatrical plays and scenarios for various types of oppressive conflict. 

Date: Wednesday October 28th & Thursday October 29th, 2020 

Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (ET) 
Location: Virtual (A Zoom link will be sent after receipt of payment) 
Cost: $120.00 + HST (-25% CAEA, Student, Underwaged) 
Prerequisites: Workshop participants must have taken MCT’s Introduction to Forum Theatre or have had some previous experience with Forum Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed. 

As this is our first time offering these workshops virtually, we will strive to teach all of the items mentioned above. However, should it not be possible to cover all items, Luciano is offering virtual follow-up meetings for participants at no extra cost. Participants will be able to sign up for one private, virtual meeting to review their written Forum Theatre work with Luciano and ask questions about topics discussed in the workshop.  

Luciano has set aside November 3rd & 4th, between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM for these meetings, and will personally follow up with participants with sign up information. 

Register today at

For more information, please visit:

-from Mixed Company Theatre

COMMUNITY+Connects: Online (Scarborough Arts)

Scarborough Arts Presents: 
COMMUNITY+Connects: Online 
“Community is what you make it.” 

“As a community we are currently experiencing physical distancing, and community is also what you make it. Community exists in the people and environment you have around you, always, and there are many ways to access community and to support one another even when we are not able to gather together. 

For the past 42 years, community has been at the heart of Scarborough Arts. As an organization, we are committed to bringing community to the arts and art to the community for all in Scarborough. We, as an organization, remain committed to our mandate of serving the people and communities of Scarborough during these precarious times through new online and accessible programming. Scarborough Arts is pleased to present, COMMUNITY+Connects: Online,a new online platform for facilitated workshops, mentorship, artist talks and tours, professional development opportunities, and most importantly, connection. 

Although these are uncertain times, one thing that remains the same is our commitment to the people of Scarborough. With our new online roster of programs, COMMUNITY+Connects: Online brings community to you and let’s you explore creatively in the comfort of your own home. 

Please see the following infographic for the current COMMUNITY+Connects: Online line-up of upcoming programs. And, stay tuned to Scarborough Arts’ Instagram: [@scarborougharts], Facebook: [Scarborough Arts], and website [] for added programs and opportunities. We’re in this together, and we’re here, together. 

We as an organization are learning how to be accommodating to our community while we continue to isolate at home. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback we are here for you. Please feel free to direct your correspondence to us at hello[at]”

For more information, please visit:

-from Scarborough Arts

Workshop: Seniors Animation Project (North York Arts)

“Explore the art of storytelling through the use of stop-motion animation!

North York Arts and the Toronto Animation Image Society have teamed up to present the Seniors Animation Program. Over the course of 16 FREE workshops (6 online in the spring and 10 in-person in the fall), participants will use digital animation techniques to explore topics and issues affecting today’s senior population. 

This program is a chance to connect with peers, channel your creative expression, and develop your digital literacy.

For more details on workshop groups, dates, times, locations, and prerequisites, please visit:

-from North York Arts

Paprika Festival WFH Workshop Series on Zoom

“We are thrilled to announce a new workshops series open not only to our participants, but to any emerging artists in our community who are interested in learning new skills during this time! All workshops will be conducted over Zoom and registration is on a first come, first served basis.  

Unlocking imagination for the creation process, lead by Stephen Jackman-Torkoff
Friday May 1, 6:00–7:30pm EST. Sign up here!

Pro tips on all the do’s and dont’s of self-tapes from Arlen Aguayo Stewart.
Tuesday May 5, 4:00–5:30pm EST. Sign up here!”

More workshops will be added over the coming weeks, please follow Paprika Festival on social media for more information.

-from Paprika Festival

Workshops: Creative Catalyst Series (Partners For Youth Empowerment)


“Studies show that creative expression reduces stress and trauma, increases the immune response, and fosters personal well being and group connection. Creative Catalyst Series features free 90 minute workshops each Tuesday led by PYE facilitators from around the world. Each workshop demonstrates how to use creative expression for your own well being as well as to deepen the impact of any work you may do with groups of youth or adults, online or in person. No previous experience is required to benefit from these workshops.  

Current Offerings:

When: Tuesdays

How long: 90 minutes

Start Time: 9am Seattle / Vancouver | 12am Toronto / Bogota | 3pm Rio de Janeiro | 5pm London | 7pm Cape Town | 10:30pm Bangalore; or, visit a time zone conversion clock to determine the start time in your area.

Register: You need to register to receive the Zoom link. See the list of current offerings below for links and more information.

Platform: Zoom. You will need video and audio capacity.

Format: All of our workshops are experiential and interactive. You’ll have time with the facilitator in the large group and time to reflect in small groups with folks from around the world.”

For more information and to register for these workshops, please visit Partners For Youth Empowerment’s website.

-from Partners For Youth Empowerment