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We invite you to read about and contribute to what’s going on in community-engaged arts and arts for social change initiatives across Canada. We post what people submit to us as well as "all things community-engaged arts" that we find out about. ArtBridges/ToilesDesArts shares all kinds of information:
  • Conferences, workshops, training, seminars, education
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  • Arts awards, funding and grant opportunities
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  • Introductions to community-arts initiatives

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Profile Highlight: Instruments of Change (Vancouver)

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.

“Through Instruments of Change’s arts-based community development projects, which serve schools, hospices, shelters, community centres and prisons, they create synergetic experiences that give both their facilitating artists and their participants a means of expression to find their authentic voice using a variety of artistic modes.

Our objectives are:
-To bring music and art to the broadest possible demographic, allowing people the chance to experience, make and do art themselves.
-To connect and impact the creators and audience of our art by enabling participants to become agents of change in their own lives through the act of collective art making.
-To advocate for the value of the arts by illustrating their broad-reaching benefits through our projects, performances, and stories.
-To create a sustainable organization, using diversified funding strategies and by developing numerous community partnerships.”

To read more about Instruments of Change, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Breaking Through (Sarasvàti Productions, Winnipeg)



“I think we all live in mortal fear of losing our minds”

“This bold new play puts the spotlight on mental health like never before.

After two years of research and input from almost 400 community members with different perspectives on mental health, Sarasvàti Productions is excited to present the world premiere of Breaking Through.  The play follows the stories of five Winnipegger’s living with different mental health issues. Writers Hope McIntyre and Cairn Moore honour these stories with nuance, humour and unabashed honesty. Join the conversation with panel discussions following select performances.

Date: May 23-28, 2017.

Location: Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at U of W, 400 Colony Street)

Time: Performance times vary”

-submitted by Sarasvàti Productions
Read Sarasvàti Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

Reminder: Submit your award nomination! / Rappel : Soumettez votre candidature pour les prix honorifiques!

(Vous trouverez le message en français à la suite)
ArtBridges/ToileDesArts is now collecting nominations for the 3rd Annual Recognition Awards for community-engaged arts initiatives, community partners and ArtBridges’ Member initiatives.

These awards will showcase remarkable work in community-engaged arts taking place in Canada. There are three categories:
1) Innovation
2) Resiliency
3) Creativity

One award will be given in each category. Each award-winning initiative will receive a certificate and $250 award as well as recognition on the ArtBridges hub. You can apply for one, two or all three, award categories. The awards jury will be comprised of three active leaders in community arts in Canada.

You are eligible to nominate your a community-engaged arts initiative that you are involved with or another that you think highly of. To be considered, please fill out the attached one-page nomination form and submit it back to ArtBridges by May 24, 2017

Past recipients include DAREartsMUArtHeart Community Art Centre4Cs Foundation’s Art Bikers ProgramVIBE Arts and The Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space Initiative (STEPS).

Please contact us at, or 416-691-7777 (toll-free: 1-877-278-3002) if you have any questions.


Tiffany Nyklickova
ArtBridges Membership Developer

& Seanna Connell
Project Director

ArtBridges/ToileDesArts lance un appel de candidatures pour la troisième édition de ses Prix honorifiques annuels soulignant le travail remarquable de ses membres, des projets ou organismes d’art communautaires œuvrant au Canada.

Il y a trois catégories, pour chacune desquelles un prix sera remis :
1) Innovation
2) Résilience
3) Créativité

Chaque organisme ou projet gagnant recevra un certificat ainsi qu’un prix de 250 $ et sera publiquement reconnu sur le site de la ToileDesArts. Vous pouvez soumettre votre candidature pour les trois catégories ou pour une ou deux d’entre elles. Le jury sera composé de trois personnes jouant un rôle de leader dans le milieu de l’art communautaire au Canada.

Vous pouvez soumettre la candidature de l’organisme pour lequel vous travaillez ou avec lequel vous collaborez, ou celle d’un autre organisme que vous tenez en haute estime. Pour participer, veuillez remplir d’ici le 24 mai 2017 le formulaire d’une page accessible en cliquant sur ce lien :

Voici les récipiendaires des années passées : DAREarts, MU, ArtHeart Community Art Centre, 4Cs Foundation’s Art Bikers Program, VIBE Arts et The Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space Initiative (STEPS).

Communiquez avec nous à l’adresse courriel ou au 416-691-7777 (sans frais : 1-877-278-3002) si vous avez des questions!


Tiffany Nyklickova
Responsable de la campagne d’adhésion

& Seanna Connell
Directrice du projet

Resource: Arts Equity Video Series (Neighbourhood Arts Network)

“Neighbourhood Arts Network is very excited to share the Arts & Equity Video Series, using creative methods to communicate and virtually convene to spark conversation about arts equity and practicing the associated principles in a community setting.

In this 1st video learn about how flexibility and adaptability as an overarching principle to applying an arts & equity lens in your work and creative practice. In order to be equitable when engaging communities, it is necessary to be responsive. Video #1 & worksheet can be found here:,-flexibility

The 2nd video speaks to how reflexivity and relationships starts with critical self-reflection; reflecting on how our own position fits with those we aim to work with. This sort of reflection helps when working to build and maintain relationships. Video #2  & worksheet can be found here:,-reflexivity

The 3rd video addresses to how relevance and representation is used to make art more relevant to individuals and communities. Art can be a tool for social change! Be inclusive, relevant and representative of your community. Video #3 & worksheet can be found here:,-relevance-an

In this 4th video learn how to be rooted within existing community contexts and initiatives. Consideration of community priorities and a clear benefit for participation is key! Video #4 & worksheet can be found here:,-embeddedness

In this 5th demonstrates how inclusive and mutual support can sustain individuals and collectives in community arts practices. Video #5 & worksheet can be found here:,-sustainabili

-submitted by Neighbourhood Arts Network
Read Neighbourhood Arts Network’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

VIBE Arts Fest (May 19-23, Toronto)

By youth, for youth: Renewing VIBE’s creative vision with the 9th annual VIBE Arts Fest: Revive the VIBE

“TORONTO, ON (May 19-23, 2017) — VIBE Arts Fest is a FREE, five-day Youth-Led Arts Festival, presented in the Young Welcome Centre at the eco-friendly and sustainable Evergreen Brickworks, showcasing young Toronto talent from a variety of VIBE Arts’ children and youth oriented programs, and the city at large. This year’s festival will also include a visual art gallery featuring artwork from VIBE Arts’ emerging artists and program participants, a performance arts showcase headlined by RISE Edutainment, a pop-up artist vendor market, as well as interactive art activities open to the public throughout the festival.

VIBE Arts Fest 2017 is an eclectic mix of transitions titled “Revive The VIBE.” This year’s festival is an exploration of a person’s journey to finding their voice, identity and truth, starting with ‘Awaken’, moving through ‘Discover’, ‘Dismantle’, and ‘Redefine’ into ‘Freedom’. Each day’s interactive programming is an invitation to explore what these themes mean personally and communally to members in the city of Toronto. Also featuring artwork created in VIBE programming across the city, VIBE Arts Fest celebrates the creativity of youth communities within the city.

Evergreen Brickworks is located at 550 Bayview. Free Shuttle buses depart from Broadview Station.

VIBE Arts Fest: Revive The VIBE is open and free to the public.

Schedule Activities and events throughout May 19th- 23rd

Visual Art Gallery (May 19-23, 2017)

The gallery exhibition will display artworks designed and created by artists such as Shawntol Drakes, Hive&Honey and Camelle Davidson along with the art produced by children and youth involved in VIBE Arts programs as well as emerging artists.

Artist Pop-up Market (May 21-22, 2017)

Over 16 different local artists and art collectives will be selling their artwork and products in the Young Welcome Centre at a special two day pop-up market! The market will run from 10 am – 4 pm on each day.

Performance Showcase (May 20, 2016)

On May 20th from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, children and youth participants from VIBE Arts’ school and community programs will perform live! This year’s line-up includes hip-hop, African drumming performances by young participants from schools like Rockcliffe Middle School, and fashion showcases from VIBE’s Platform A micro-grant recipients! This year’s headlining act is RISE Edutainment! RISE – Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere, works with youth primarily in Toronto’s east end, to showcase self empowerment through the performing arts. RISE is currently nominated for the Arts for Youth Award by the Toronto Arts Foundation.

To learn more about RISE, please visit

About VIBE Arts

VIBE Arts is an award-winning charitable organization that is committed to engaging young people living in neighbourhood improvement areas with high-quality, accessible arts educational programs that are meaningful, relevant and collaboratively developed with community and education partners. VIBE Arts positions arts programs in schools and neighbourhood venues as a means of building community, and empowering children and youth to reach their full potential as artists and social contributors. To learn more, please visit or call us at 416-929-9314.

About VIBE Arts Fest

VIBE Arts Fest is a youth-led festival that celebrates the artistic skill and impact of Toronto’s young people and emerging artists. The 2017 festival is organized and run by a volunteer youth committee of six people, many of whom are artists themselves. VIBE Arts Fest is the continuation of an annual event previously known as BIG BAM BOOM. This transformation launches a rebirth and new vision for the festival to maintain its original values of positive impact for VIBE Arts’ program participants and bridging communities, while also expanding its audience and engagement.

VIBE Arts youth performers and families look forward to the festival each year. To learn more about the VIBE Art’s Fest and the VAF Volunteer Youth Committee, please visit Contact us via or by phone at 416-929-9314.

We honour and acknowledge the original caretakers of this land: Mississaugas of New Credit and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.”

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

Profile Highlight: Spectrum Productions (Montréal)

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.

Spectrum Productions provides a unique platform for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to realize their potential through social, creative, exploratory and vocational opportunities in media production.”

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

The Touching Ground Festival (Jumblies Theatre, Toronto)

“This spring Jumblies is producing the Touching Ground Festival – a suite of new works on a common theme – the culmination of many activities with many people over the past three years of inhabiting this brand new and ancient location – now called CityPlace, in this place now called Toronto. During our time here, we have delved into the Indigenous and layered histories and current sounds, sights and voices of the area, while also making connections across the city and the country. Threads from all of these explorations appear in our activities over the coming weeks.

As many of you already know, starting on Saturday May 13th, until the end of June, Touching Ground events will be taking place in three main areas: The Ground Floor (132 Fort York Blvd), Evergreen Brick Works (555 Bayview Ave.), and Historic Fort York (250 Fort York Blvd). In addition, Jumblies will be collaborating with our partners elsewhere in Toronto.

Click on each event for more information about some of our Festival highlights:

Plus: three short films, a giant turtle quilt, comics, a new musical in-progress, workshops, exhibitions, celebrations, and more!

For more information, including a full list of festival events, schedule, workshops, and how to get involved visit

-submitted by Jumblies Theatre
Read Jumblies’ Profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Profile Highlight: Sault Ste. Marie Indian Friendship Centre

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.ssm-logo

“Sewing Circle: Come early to assist with room set up please. Weekly Sewing Circle brings people together to learn the basics of machine sewing while completing simple projects. All materials & machines are provided. If you have not used a machine or sewed previously, this is for you. We have worked on ceremony skirts, feast bags & picnic blankets. Some started working on denim bags, others are working on ribbon shirts. If you have a machine,please bring it. Only those who are taking part in Sewing Circle will be permitted to enter. The front doors will always be locked. Participants can knock at the gym door for entrance. If participants leave for any reason, they will not be allowed to re-enter. Due to the high number of youth who are now taking part in this event, I want to ensure their safety while they are attending program. Coffee, tea & snacks will be provided.”

Other activities offered at Sault Ste. Marie Indian Friendship Centre are “Anishinaabemowin, Moccasin Making, Beading Night, Coffee House, Let’s Walk & Roll, Seasonal Traditional Teachings, Stages of Life Teachings.”

To read more about Sault Ste. Marie Indian Friendship Centre, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Ma

Resource Highlight | Possibility: Art, Community & Changing the World (MAWA)

Possibility: Art, Community & Changing the World
Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) | MB | 2014

“Part of Who Counts? A Feminist Art Throwdown, a symposium about art, feminism and artist-run culture in early April 2014 in Winnipeg, MB. The symposium was presented by Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) and the Manitoba Artist-Run Centres Coalition (MARCC).”

Click through the ArtBridges Resource Portal to learn more.

Outside Looking In’s 10th Anniversary Extravaganza Performance (ON)

“Over 70 Indigenous youth will take to the stage!

Please join Outside Looking In for their 10th Anniversary Extravaganza Performance on Thursday May 18th 2017, at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in downtown Toronto!

Click here to purchase tickets! (Enter VOLTO as a promo code to purchase tickets at a discounted price)”

For more information, please visit Outside Looking In

-from Outside Looking In website
Read Outside Looking In’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map