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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
  • Events
  • Arts awards, funding and grant opportunities
  • Tools, tips, ideas & updates, project highlights, resources (including books & reports)
  • Inspiring stories
  • Introductions to community-arts initiatives

Send us your story, your tip, your announcement or your opportunity – all community-engaged arts information that others would enjoy learning about.

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  • We post what people contribute in their own words.
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Call for Artists: 2019 Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival

 “Call for Outsider Artists!

Open through April 15

Are you an Outsider Artist 19 years and older residing in Vancouver?
Want to share, learn, and connect?
Ready to perform/show/sell your work?

2019 Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
August 9 – 11, 2019

VOAF is dedicated to supporting self-identified outsider artists who face social exclusion and other visible/invisible barriers to sharing their work.

How Will We Choose?
Our primary value is inclusion of self-identified outsider artists. We look at whether you have a committed creative practice and can benefit from participating in the Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival. We exist to provide opportunities for exhibition, performance, sales, learning, and connection to the outsider artist community in Vancouver, therefore eligible artists applying to the festival for the first time are given priority. We do encourage past VOAF participants to apply. ”

For more information about the festival and application details, please visit

-from CACV website
Read Community Arts Council of Vancouver’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Culture Days Funding Assistance (Saskatchewan)

“Culture Days is a national, collaborative movement designed to raise awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Culture Days, which will take place September 27, 28 and 29, 2019. SaskCulture is pleased to offer Culture Days Funding Assistance (CDFA) in support of Culture Days initiatives throughout Saskatchewan.


There are two funding streams for CDFA:

  • Culture Days Hubs (presented by a minimum of 3 organizations) maximum of $4,000
  • Culture Days Events (presented by 1 organization) maximum of $1,000


Culture Days Funding Assistance is designed to support Culture Days initiatives (activities, events and projects) that engage public participation and inspire future involvement in the cultural life of Saskatchewan communities.

Culture Days Funding Assistance supports:

  • activities that will encourage and inspire people to try something new and become a regular participant in cultural activities;
  • the hiring of Saskatchewan artists and cultural workers who will engage new audiences and share their skills and talents;
  • a wide range of interactive and diverse cultural activities in communities across the province during Culture Days.

Significant priority will be given to projects that:

  • engage new audience
  • provide excellent opportunities for hands-on, interactive cultural experiences for participants, as opposed to activities that are more passive in nature;
  • are engaging and accessible – Culture Days activities are to be free to the public;
  • contribute significantly to community involvement and/or engagement.”

For more information and to apply, please visit SaskCulture’s website.

-from SaskCulture

Call for Proposals: Community Guest Artist Series (Art City, Winnipeg)


“Ongoing Open Call for Proposals: Community artist series

Art City is always welcoming ideas for art workshops from anyone who has a cultural practice or project they would like to share with community. You can get paid for it too!

Things to keep in mind while writing an Art City workshop proposal:

  • Workshops should be suitable for all ages
  • Workshops can be for 1, 2, or 3 days, maximum once per year per artist.
  • Artists are welcome to submit more than one workshop idea
  • Workshops should be designed so that participants are able to express individual creativity

Fees and scheduling:
Selected guest artists will receive a $25/hour guest artist fee.

Guest artists must be able to be at Art City from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. or similar after school hours at our Community Programs sites. Transportation from Art City to the sites and back can be arranged.
First time guest artists will be asked to visit Art City or a Community Program site during open hours before their own workshop
Selected guest artists will be asked to provide a Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check eligible for reimbursement by Art City”

For more information, please visit Art City Winnipeg’s website

-from Art City Inc.
Read Art City’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Artists: Arts Integration Learning Lab (ArtStarts in Schools, Vancouver)

“Are you a professional artist interested in working with young people and educators in schools, but not sure where to start?

Already have experience working in schools, but want to enhance your skills and meet other artists in the field?

The Arts Integration Learning Lab is an immersive, five-day development experience for artists, designed to build your capacity to work alongside educators. Local artists and mentors will prepare you with the skills to plan, fund, and lead arts-integrated experiences in schools and classrooms across the province!

The deadline to apply is April 8th, 2019.

Apply here”

-from ArtStarts in Schools

Workshop: EQUITY! Critical Self-Care (Artists’ Health Alliance, Toronto)

Workshop: EQUITY! Critical Self-Care
APRIL 03, 2019

Using a health equity lens, we’ll explore shared sources of stress and how self-care practices can meaningfully support artists’ wellbeing in the context of precarious work and intersecting inequities. We’ll take a critical eye to self-care messaging that is geared towards self-sufficiency and productivity and come to understand self-care as health practices which foster greater control over our art and lives.

In this workshop, you can expect to:

  • Relate your own experiences as an artist to an equity-informed view of self-care
  • Create a personalized self-care template you can use to develop self-care practices, now and in the future
  • Exchange insight, experiences and stories with other participants (optional)

Netta Kornberg is a published researcher and organizer who has worked internationally in adult education, health promotion and the arts. She is the Program & Education Coordinator at Artists’ Health Alliance. Always learning, Netta completed safeTALK Suicide Alertness and trains as an amateur boxer. She holds an MPhil. at the University of Cambridge.

This workshop is part of the series “STRESSED! How to handle an artists’ life in 9 sessions”. All sessions take place on the 1st Wednesday of the month, 4-6pm, at The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre from September 2018 – May 2019. For more information, visit

-from Artists’ Health Alliance website
Read Artists’ Health Alliance’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Youth Volunteer Opportunity: Empathy Squad (FiXT POiNT, GTA)

Join the Empathy Squad!

Volunteer Opportunity (Future Leaders age 18 – 30)

Volunteer for the Empathy Squad to make a difference in your city. Investigate and share ideas on connection and growing empathy in the GTA. Give a voice to untold stories and celebrate unsung heroes in your community. You’ll have the chance to collect stories, learn podcasting skills, meet lots of new people, connect with your community and collaborate with future leaders across the city. Come spark change, one story at a time.

Participants will:

  • Learn interview and recording techniques, narrative shaping and audio editing skills
  • Gain skills in community engagement through oral-history collection
  • Enhance readiness for leadership roles and community participation
  • Grow empathy in the city through community building dialogue

Program details:
Approximately 12 hours a week of commitment for 12 weeks total. First group starts April 27, 2019.
See full program schedule

Application deadlines:
Group 1: March 26th 2019
Group 2 & 3: Ongoing until all positions are filled. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

This opportunity was made possible by Canada Service Corps”

For more information, please visit FiXT POiNT’s website

-submitted by FiXT POiNT
Read FiXT POiNT’s Profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Profile Highlight: FiXT POiNT

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.

“Founded in 2006 and incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2011, FiXT POiNT is a Toronto-based arts & media company with national reach. To date we’ve interviewed over 3000 Canadians from every province and territory in almost 200 communities in our storymobiles (recording studios on wheels). We have aired dozens of audio stories on CBC (Fresh Air, Podcast Playlist, Holiday Programming etc.), edited and posted hundreds of oral histories on our storymap and recently produced two seasons of a TV/Web Series for TVO. Most recently we were awarded Touring Artist of the Year from CAPACOA (Canadian Arts Presenting Association).”

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

Artists’ Health Alliance Presents Animating Artists’ Health (Toronto)

 “THURSDAY MARCH 14, 2019 @ 7 PM
OCAD University Room 190

A preview screening of eight short animations, created at TAIS over a short residency, that explore artists’ health & wellbeing.

RESTLESS – Tommy Truong
NOT MY TODAY – Emily Nixon
APPEARING FACES – Shelton Deverell
ACHES – Nikole Hidalgo McGregor
BURN OUT – Raoul Olou
MICHAEL – David Rendall
THIS BODY – Ess Joelle Kuzmiski

Trigger Warning: Animated films and Q&A discussion may contain sensitive content and/or potentially triggering material including issues of mental health, grief, death, and suicide.”

-from Artists’ Health Alliance website
Read Artists’ Health Alliance’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

The Art of Community: An Evening Presentation Series (Thinking Rock Community Arts & Jumblies Theatre, Blind River)

The Art of Community
An Evening Presentation Series
For local artists, craftspeople, and others interested in this work

Presented by Thinking Rock Community Arts with very special partners Jumblies Theatre and the Timber Village Museum

Have you ever wondered what ‘Community Arts’ is, and how to get involved? Join us for one or both of our evening sessions! Learn more about community-based arts in our region and farther afield:

Community Arts 101
Wednesday, March 13th – 6 to 8 pm
Introduction to the practice of Community Arts with Ruth Howard, Founding Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre (Toronto)

Community Arts in Algoma
Thursday, March 14th – 6 to 8 pm
With Miranda Bouchard, Acting Artistic Director of Thinking Rock Community Arts (Thessalon)

FREE Admission (donations appreciated!)
Registration encouraged! Please call (705) 542-1100 to register and with questions.

Light snacks provided.
Accessible space.”

For more information, please check Thinking Rock’s event page.

-from Thinking Rock Community Arts

Call for Community-Led Public Arts Projects Seeking Support (STEPS)


Have a community project that you’re struggling to launch?
A place you’ve identified for public art but are unsure how to make it happen?
An identified cultural programming gap in your community, but not sure how to fill it?

Since 2011, STEPS has supported BIAs, community groups, and social service agencies across the GTA in realizing projects that foster vibrant public spaces and encourage diverse participation in arts-based initiatives.


If you’re a non arts-based community group, STEPS may be able to help you through:

  • sharing our knowledge and expertise in: project management, partnership development, public outreach,
  • program facilitation, artist recruitment, design development, onsite production and community engagement.
  • supporting a host organization in funding requests through identifying opportunities, grant proposal coaching, providing letters of support.
  • leveraging our relationships within the cultural sector in order to identify collaborating artist(s)/ artistic facilitators/ documentarians who may be a fit for a project.
  • integrating capacity building opportunities within the proposed project for host agencies and/or area residents.

This is NOT A GRANT PROGRAM. We strive to lend support, knowledge, and capacity to projects that may not come to fruition without a strong and experienced community partner. Interested?

  • To request an application, send us an email to renee[at] that outlines the following:
    Tell us about yourself! (Are you an employee at a community agency? A member of an informal community group?)
  • Tell us what you want to do! (Give us the elevator pitch on your project and why it’s important to your community!)
  • Tell us why you want to partner with STEPS! (Based on what you know about us, how do you think partnering with STEPS will benefit your project? Is there anything, in particular, you think we can provide? Anything you’re hoping to learn through working with us?)

The deadline to apply for a 2019 community partnership is Wednesday, March 13, 2019, by 5pm.

The STEPS Initiative is an award-winning charitable arts organization that works in the intersection of culture, community and city-building by animating unlikely spaces with unlikely partners. We seek to inspire cities across Canada and around the world to create welcoming public spaces that reflect, engage and empower communities through artistic excellence.”

For more information, please visit STEPS’ website.

-from STEPS Initiative