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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 always get permission to post something, unless it has been sent to us for widespread circulation.
  • We don’t change any of the text that’s submitted
  • We post what people contribute in their own words.
  • Posts will be uploaded based on time-sensitivity, variety of region and language.
  • Where possible, we’ll link to profiles in our Directory and our Map and add relevant links to websites
  • We’ll share on our social media profiles (Facebook and Twitter)

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Profile Highlight: Hands On Media Education

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.


Hands On Media is at the forefront of the Media Education movement in Canada. By providing customized production-based media and digital literacy workshops, Hands on Media offers educators, students and private organizations highly effective opportunities to engage with the evolving landscape of media education. Hands on Media workshops are designed to adapt to the topics and themes being covered in any classroom or workplace, while developing valuable and transferable skills. All workshops provide opportunities to reflect and discuss the rights and responsibilities of individuals engaging in the digital media environment by encouraging participants to reflect on their digital identities and roles as responsible digital citizens.”

To read more about Hands On Media, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Culture Days 2018 Webinar Series: Creating Cultural Hubs (Jan 24)

Creating Cultural Hubs with
Lawrie Crawford & Karilynn Thompson

“This webinar focuses on sites that use programming opportunities such as Culture Days to establish themselves as a cultural hub within their community. These locations have created multi-tiered events, often through partnership and collaboration, to provide a one-stop location where the public can gather and explore varying types of art forms and experiences. In this webinar, Culture Days speaks to program organisers who have successfully used this hub model, providing opportunities to learn more about their experiences, successes, challenges and advice.”

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

-from Culture Days newsletter

Profile Highlight: Community Arts Guild

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.


“The Community Arts Guild makes art of all sorts with people in East Scarborough: connecting people separated from each other because of distance, language, income, age, culture or ability; inviting everyone, including those who may not normally have the opportunity to participate; celebrating and discovering the traditions we all bring along; and building community through art-making.”

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

Free program allows community members in the East End to engage with Mural Art (Toronto)

“Community members living in the East End will soon have the opportunity to engage with public art and develop artistic skills through a free, six-week program offered by Mural Routes in partnership with Community Centre 55. Introduction to Mural Art will be offered at this community centre (97 Main Street) on Thursday evenings from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, February 1st to March 8th, 2018.

In line with Community Centre 55’s past programming around mural production and graffiti transformation for youth, this program will allow community members to build the necessary confidence to participate in public art projects in their communities. The program will be led by Mural Routes Lead Instructor Rob Matejka, an established community artist who has led mural projects and arts education programs across the city for over 15 years.

Participants will learn foundational art, design, and mural-making skills. Classes will include topics such as drawing and painting techniques, colour theory, design challenges, stencil design and printing, enlarging techniques, and large-scale collaborative design. While the program focuses on mural techniques, participants will not be working on a wall mural but on large-scale panels.

Introduction to Mural Art is open to people of all skill levels; past iterations of the program held across Toronto have brought together a range of participants, from new mural enthusiasts to emerging muralists. Instructors adjust the program to the interests and abilities of the students, and participants work together to develop skills, share ideas, and foster enthusiasm for public art.

Introduction to Mural Art is offered entirely free of charge, including all materials and instruction. The program is offered three times per year as part of the Mural Art Learning Institute (MURALI), a Mural Routes initiative funded by a three-year, $565,100 Grow grant made in 2015 by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Full details and registration are available now at Spaces are limited.”

-from Mural Routes press release


FOUR LANDS of WINNIPEG, Jan. 12 to 20, 2018
Created & Produced by Jumblies Theatre
In partnership with Creative Manitoba & the Edge Gallery and Urban Arts Centre

“How can we learn more about the places we live? What is available to the senses and what has to be reached through memory, history and imagination? How do different people sharing the same land experience it differently? Four Lands is a travelling project from Toronto-based Jumblies Theatre that explores these questions with local artists and residents. Mixing of visual arts, words, music and movement, we bring to life imaginary miniature worlds: Goodland, Badland, Lostland, and Dreamland.

For one week, Four Lands will reside at Winnipeg’s Edge Gallery and Urban Arts Centre. Here we will build an evolving and interactive gallery, as well as take activities out to community groups. The week will culminate with a Saturday exhibition, short performances, light refreshments and hands-on art activities.

Four Lands reminds us that how we experience a place depends on many things: culture, age, work, wealth, health, pastimes, relationships, histories and life experiences. This project offers fun and accessible ways to enter into complex questions and spark thought, conversation, curiosity and understanding across differing and converging perspectives.

Four Lands has so far visited Northern Ontario, the Ottawa Valley, Vancouver, Nova Scotia, Toronto, Saskatchewan, and will be travelling to Montreal and Mississauga later this winter.

Project Opening Ceremony:
with Albert McLeod
Creative Manitoba
Sacred Circle
4th floor, 245 McDermot Avenue
Friday Jan. 12 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Artmaking Drop-ins:
Edge Gallery and Urban Arts Centre
611 Main Street
Tuesday Jan. 16 – Friday Jan. 19,
2:00 to 5:00pm
Tuesday Jan. 16 – Friday Jan. 19,
6:30 to 8:30pm

Finale Presentation:
Edge Gallery and Urban Arts Centre
611 Main Street
Saturday Jan. 20, 2:00 to 5:00pm

Free, everyone welcome!

Artists: from Toronto: Ruth Howard, Adrienne Marcus Raja; from Winnipeg: Lindsey Bond, Kelly Campbell, Darla Contois, Braiden Houle, René Joshi Sims, Ted Longbottom &others.

Funders: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council

To find out more about the project and how to take part, please visit

-submitted by Creative Manitoba
photo by Elizabeth Lott

ArtFare Essentials 2018 (Jumblies Theatre)

January 26th – February 1st, 2018
Apply Online

What is it?

  • “An intensive workshop on the principles and practices of art that engages with and creates community;
  • A 6-day exhilarating experiential journey of learning and artmaking;
  • Everything (or many things!) you need to know to launch your own project;
  • Open to artists from all forms and traditions and others with an interest in community-engaged arts;
  • A blend of presentations, discussions, hands-on activities, creative explorations and take-home resources;
  • Lead by Ruth Howard, Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre, with other co-facilitators and guest artists;
  • Adaptable to diverse partnerships, contexts, interests and regions across Canada.

Topics include:

  • Definitions, values & core principles
  • Guiding and safeguarding your vision
  • Project start-up & basics
  • Partnerships (cross-sector)
  • Budgets, resources and grants
  • Arts-based and oral history research
  • Facilitation
  • Aesthetics and ethics
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Creative processes
  • Cross-cultural collaboration
  • Conflict and challenges
  • History of community plays/arts
  • Evaluation and documentation
  • Legacy and sustainability
  • Others according to partners’ interests

Cost: $300
(limited sliding scale and work exchanges places available)
Snacks and some meals provided.

Accommodation: For out of town registrants, we can help you find free or affordable billets.

Certification: Attendees will receive a certificate of completion from the Jumblies Studio.

This workshop can also be adapted for other Ontario and Canadian locations.

If you are interested in attending or in bringing a workshop to your community, please get in touch with Jumblies Theatre.”

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

Newsletter: Video Resources / Des ressources vidéos

If you haven’t seen ArtBridges’ latest newsletter yet, have a look! This edition was compiled by Lisa Tran, ArtBridges’ Content Coordinator:

The ArtBridges Learning and Resources section includes toolkits, research, and reflections from community-engaged arts initiatives across Canada. In our Resource & Tools section, we also have video resources from the field. In this newsletter, we share a few video highlights from the section that are toolkits and talks. Visit our Resource section to watch more! Happy New Year!

Read ArtBridges’ full latest newsletter here.

Des ressources vidéos

La section Formation et ressources de ToileDesArts propose des outils, des recherches et des réflexions issus du milieu de l’art communautaire un peu partout au Canada. Dans cette infolettre, nous mettons de l’avant certaines vidéos qui présentent des outils et des entretiens pertinents. Visitez la sous-section « Portail de ressources » pour en voir plus ! Bonne année !

Lire la suite : Infolettre : Des ressources vidéos

Happy New Year! Happy January! / Bonne année ! Joyeux janvier !

Happy New Year! Happy January!

We’re back in the office and back at posting, learning about new things in the community-engaged arts and arts for social change field across Canada, and pulling together information and resources that we find, or are passed on to us, to share with you.

Work in this field in Canada is never static, there are always innovative, fabulously interesting, heartwarming and inspiring stories we hear about from communities across the country. Looking forward to hearing and sharing more! Please send us your stories, highlights, events, workshops as well as questions! All the best for a healthy and happy new year!

Bonne année ! Joyeux janvier !

Nous sommes de retour au bureau et nous avons recommencé à surveiller et publier ce qui se passe dans le milieu de l’art communautaire partout au Canada, à rassembler l’info et les ressources qu’on découvre ou qui nous sont transmises, et à vous les offrir !

Le milieu de l’art communautaire est passionnant et toujours en mouvement. Des groupes de partout au pays nous racontent sans cesse des histoires inspirantes, pleines d’humanité et d’innovation. On a hâte d’entendre les vôtres ! N’hésitez pas à partager votre histoire avec nous, à nous envoyer de l’info sur vos événements et ateliers, à nous poser vos questions ! Nos meilleurs vœux de joie et de santé pour la nouvelle année !

-photo credit: freeimages

Season’s Greetings from ArtBridges! / ToileDesArts vous souhaite de joyeuses Fêtes !

Season’s Greetings from ArtBridges/ToileDesArts!

To all our friends and community partners, we wish you a creative and joyful time over the holidays! All the best for a happy and healthy new year!

ArtBridges/ToileDesArts vous souhaite de joyeuses Fêtes!

À tous nos amis et à tous nos partenaires, nous souhaitons un temps des fêtes créatif et joyeux! Nos meilleurs voeux! Nous vous souhaitons une heureuse année en santé!

-photo credit: freeimages/nossirom