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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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Profile Highlight: Art Forms Youth Art Studio (Hamilton)

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.

Art Forms Youth Art Studio works with youth to build their skills, community, and future through the arts. We are an arts organization driven by youth. We work with youth who face barriers. ”

To read more about Art Forms Youth Art Studio, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Workshop: Introduction to Mural Art (Mural Routes)

“Mural Routes is excited to partner with the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto for our next Introduction to Mural Art series of workshops.

Introduction to Mural Art is a free visual art learning program for all skills levels. Professional artists lead a series of six sessions connecting basic art and design techniques to the practical skills of mural making, empowering community members to participate in public wall art projects. Must be at least 14 years old to participate.

Workshops include: 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.
When: Monday evenings 5:30 – 8:30 pm March 26 – May 7, 2018
Where: Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough
Who: Ages 14+ all skill levels welcome to attend.

Registration: Participation is fully subsidized, but participants are expected to commit to all six sessions. To register simply fill out and submit the form here.
Please note: Spaces fill up fast, so register now!
Contact: marta[at] for more information.”

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

Job Opportunity: Art Bikers Program 2018 (4Cs Foundation, Halifax)

“The Art Bikers Program is a mobile community arts program of the 4Cs Foundation that builds community by making art with children, families and residents in neighbourhoods throughout Halifax, NS. Open to all community members and delivered in participant’s neighbourhoods, Art Bikers fosters creativity between and connections with one another.

Our team of community artists ride bicycles pulling colourful trailers full of art materials to neighbourhoods throughout Halifax. Upon arriving, they set-up and facilitate collaborative art activities that open up a world of creativity, fun and community connection.

Started in 2007, the Art Bikers have worked with over 5000 individuals in a wide range of social communities across ages, abilities, languages, race, and ethnicities. We have also trained and employed more than 20 community artists over the years.

The Art Bikers program has three goals:

1. To provide fun and engaging opportunities for community members of all ages to enjoy and connect through art-making.
2. To make Art an event that happens at a street, neighbourhood and community level.
3. To stimulate interest and participation in Community Arts and Arts-based Community Development  in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Job call:
Riding bicycles and pulling trailers packed with art materials and supplies to locations, the Art Bikers work as a team facilitating free community art activities with children, youth and others at a neighbourhood level throughout HRM.
Now in its 12th year, the Art Bikers is a mobile community arts program of the 4Cs Foundation. This (2018) is the second season where the program is being offered through an agreement with Wonder’neath Art Society. Information about Wonder’neath Art Society can be found here:

Full-time term position starting May 15 – ending August 25, 2018. 35 hours/week @ $16.00/h + $100 bike fee at completion of full term. DEADLINE for applications is March 31, 2018.

The Art Bikers program has become a well known part of the community arts / arts for social change community, the bicycling community, and is part of the creative cultural fabric of Halifax. The program continues to inspire the broader community with the simple yet powerful idea that making art together connects people of all ages in ways that builds and strengthens communities.”

For more information, please read the Full Job Description or visit

-from 4Cs Foundation website

Resource Highlight | Making the Case for Culture: Building Community Identity and Pride (Creative Cities Network of Canada)

Making the Case for Culture: Building Community Identity and Pride
Creative Cities Network of Canada | Canada wide | 2005
Steven Dang, Elise Finnigan, Katie Warfield

Key arguments and background info for demonstrating how culture can foster social cohesion and belonging, tourism, and collective memory.

“The arts have been instrumental in facilitating social cohesion, bringing tourism to unlikely places, fostering a sense of belonging, and preserving collective memory. Culture-based businesses and organizations:
1. The arts help to facilitate social cohesion.
2. Arts and culture can be used to brand a community and set it apart from others.
3. The arts can help foster a sense of ownership, belonging, and pride within a community.
4. The arts help to preserve a collective memory and foster a continuing dialogue about the past.”

Click on the ArtBridges Resource Portal listing for more details.

Call for Volunteers: Luminato Festival

“Luminato wants YOU to volunteer with us for our amazing 2018 festival!”

“Are you?

  • Passionate about the arts
  • Interested in building community
  • Love interacting with the city
  • Want to develop or share your skills

Year after year, Luminato depends on our enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help transform Toronto each June. Our diverse groups of volunteers are the face of Luminato. Not only do they enhance the visitor experience by providing world class customer service, they also lend onsite support to bring art to life working alongside Luminato staff.

Since Luminato’s inception in 2007, volunteers have played an integral role in the successful execution of each and every event. It is with deep gratitude that we would like to thank our devoted, enthusiastic, talented and diverse volunteer teams for their ongoing commitment and support. We are forever indebted to each of you for sharing our passion for bringing adventurous art to adventurous places and highlighting Toronto’s artistic vibrancy.

Luminato is celebrating its 12th anniversary this year, and we’re so excited. The festival runs from June 6th – 24th. Join us to bring 3 weeks of art, inspiration, and fun to Toronto!

As a volunteer you will get behind-the scenes access to one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary arts festivals. You will meet and build relationships with people interested in the arts and build transferable skills for the future. Not to mention, a plethora of high-fives and a warm, welcome into an inclusive community. More information here!

Volunteer Positions

  • Ambassadors
  • Front of House
  • Festival Administrative Volunteers
  • CultureLink Mentors

Apply now!
Questions? Email volunteer[at]
Volunteers must be 19+ or Join our Youth Team (14–18 years)
Orientation sessions are in held in April & May”

-submitted by Luminato

Profile Highlight: ArtBeat Studio Inc. (Winnipeg)

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.

Artbeat Studio Inc. is a unique community based, peer directed program that provides social supports, working art studio and gallery space, and mentorship for individuals living with mental illness for the purpose of recovery and empowerment. Artbeat Studio is a non-profit registered charity committed to decreasing stigma and discrimination that coincides with mental illness and poverty through positive action, mental health education and advocacy.”

To read more about Artbeat Studio Inc., please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Request for Proposals: 2018/19 Professional Guest Artist Series (Art City, Winnipeg)

Art City invites local, national, and international professional artists to submit proposals to lead collaborative art workshops at our studio in 2018/19.

Founded by artist Wanda Koop, Art City is a not-for-profit community art studio located in West Broadway, a culturally diverse and densely populated neighborhood in the heart of Winnipeg’s inner city. Art City is dedicated to providing people of all ages with innovative and professional art programming, free of charge, frequently featuring workshops based on the practices of guest artists. Art City’s primary goal is to provide space and tools for anyone who wishes to express themselves creatively.

Workshop Information
• While Art City is open to all ages, most participants are elementary to middle school age children (6 – 14) who live in the West Broadway community. Older youth, adults, and seniors also regularly participate in Art City programs.
• An average of 25 participants drop in each workshop, some attending most days, others attending only once, arriving and leaving at different times throughout the evening. Workshop activities should ideally be planned to accommodate both short-term and long- term participation.
• Workshops are scheduled for a one-week period, Monday to Friday from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Artists, staff, and volunteers are required to be at Art City between 3:00 pm (set up) and 8:00 pm (closing time). A healthy snack (dinner) is served mid-way through each workshop and enjoyed by all present.
• The Art City studio is a versatile space that can be used as a wide-open work area, filled with tables and chairs, or transformed into an immersive installation. The main studio area measures approximately 27’L x 19’ W x 11’H.
• Art City maintains an inventory of art supplies and owns specialized equipment related to ceramics, film photography, digital photography, and digital arts including audio and video equipment and software.
• Selected guest artists will be supported in developing, managing, and facilitating their workshops by the Artistic Director, Studio Manager, staff, and volunteers.
Art City workshops are most successful when…
• The proposed workshop reflects the artist’s own art practice.
• The activities make sense, make use of examples, and can be explained in a clear and concise manner as participants arrive throughout the workshop.
• Participants learn something new.
• Participants create something they can take home to share with friends and family.
• Working on collaborative projects, participants are able to create individual components that combine to make a larger finished piece.
• The activities are culturally relevant to participants own lives.

Submission Deadline: Monday, March 26, 2018
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Email proposals to: submissions[at]

More details on this Request for Proposals can be viewed here.

For further information about Art City and the Professional Guest Artist Series, contact Artistic Director, Eddie Ayoub at: ad[at] ”

-from Art City Inc. newsletter

Celebrate the Las Nubes Project and the Cultural and Artistic Practices for Social and Environmental Justice Certificate (CAP) (York University)

“Join us on International Women’s Day March 8th for performances featuring Costa Rican Artist Guadalupe Urbina and/or Toronto’s own Long Branch and talented York University faculty and students, and celebrate the Las Nubes Project and the Cultural and Artistic Practices for Social and Environmental Justice Certificate (CAP).

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St W. Toronto
6:30pm – Concert | Tickets $10; Student tickets FREE or PWYC with student ID (Buy tickets)
In support of the Las Nubes Project, hear a concert featuring Guadalupe Urbina, whose music explores social issues including gender roles, the environment and the cultural identity of Costa Rica.

10pm – Eco-Arts and Media Festival Cabaret | FREE, after 9pm – RSVP Required
With four formidable frontwomen supported by nuanced, driving rhythms, Long Branch’s songs tell stories of overcoming hardship with grit and determination. The evening will also feature a cabaret of performances by students and faculty from York University with special guest DJ Syrus Marcus Ware!”

-from York University

Round The Table & Performing Stories (March 21-24, Jumblies Theatre)

ROUND THE TABLE is a winter warming project taking place at The Ground Floor. It brings together songs, soup, sewing and storytelling.

March  21, 22, 23, 2017  (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)
March  24, 2017 (5:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Tickets (including soup dinner): Suggested $20
Charitable receipts for additional donations
PWYC tickets for local residents and friends of choir members
Seats are very limited and so please reserve in advance

We’ve commissioned composers and song-writers to create new rounds for the Ground Floor Choir to rehearse on Wednesday evenings. With text generated by artists and community members, each round represents one stage of a meal: preparing the home, making the soup, greeting the guests, expressing thanks, toasting, telling tales, clearing up, bidding farewell.

Meanwhile, on Tuesdays, we are inviting people to join us in cooking and eating soup, illustrating recipe cards and decorating felt envelopes to hold them. Tuesday meals will also feature guest storytellers, followed by storytelling workshops for youth and adults.

All of this will come together in a Round the Table musical meal and performance, running from March 21st to 24th. For more details and to make an advance reservation, contact

Date: Tuesdays, February 6th- March 20th
Times: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: The Ground Floor, 132 Fort York Blvd, Toronto.
No experience needed! Drop in for one workshop or come to all six of them.
Feel free to come early for homemade soup and sewing activities with Fabric and Culinary artist Marianne Alas (happening between 4:30 – 6:30).
* FREE, accessible space, transportation and other support can be provided

What is it?
Performing Stories is a new 6 week workshop series, with a focus on sharing and exploring cultural, personal and imagined stories with some exciting guest artists!

The workshop will be lead by Julia Hune-Brown with the support of Binaeshee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon, with guest storytellers Sharada Eswar ( Feb 13th), Rubena Sinha ( Feb 20th), and Bernice Hune ( Feb 27th).

The guest artists will perform and share their own stories and processes with the group and inspire the group to tell their own stories, with a performance outcome at our Round The Table event at the end of March.
For more information contact: or 416 209 8428″

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

A Message From Megan (ArtBridges)

Waaciye (greetings),

For the past year, I have had the pleasure of being a part of the ArtBridges community as the Indigenous Community Outreach Coordinator and Programs Assistant. I have spent time with many of you, sharing laughs and wonderful stories while on site visits, and have thoroughly enjoyed my time learning about the beautiful communities that artists (leaders, visionaries and powerhouses alike) have gathered together. It has been an eye opening experience that I will hold close to my heart as I depart from ArtBridges to focus on my health and my studies at OCAD University.

Kihci miikwec to all of you for sharing your time and work with me, and I wish you all the best.

Yours in community,

Megan Feheley

Image: Ahkik,
Illustration, Megan Feheley