ArtBridges’ Community Arts 101 Series: Seanna Connell

The next installments in ArtBridges’ Community Arts 101 audio series come from our very own Seanna Connell of ArtBridges/ToileDesArts.

seannaconnellSeanna Connell is Co-Founder & Project Director of ArtBridges/ToileDesArts (2008 – present). Founder of A Home for Creative Opportunity/ArtHeart Community Art Centre (1991-present). Community-engaged artist & visual arts project & program coordinator for inner-city Toronto drop-ins for children, youth and adults including the homeless (1988-2000); Artist with: Artist’s Environment Forum (Toronto), Amazon Awareness Expedition (Ecuador & Peru), San Juan Bosco Orphanage (Honduras), Pambazuko & Majengo orphanages (Tanzania). Boards: ArtHeart Community Art Centre; Children’s Own Museum, Majengo Canada.

ArtBridges is a hub and forum for connection for anyone interested in or active in community-engaged arts and arts for social change in Canada. Find out about affordable and accessible community-engaged arts initiatives. Learn about what’s going on, opportunities, workshops and resources. Share information about a community arts initiative that you know about!
ArtBridges is a project of Tides Canada Initiatives Society.

Parts of her text were translated into French by Jacinthe Laforte (ArtBridges/ToileDesArts Translator) and read by Catherine Lamaison (ArtBridges/ToileDesArts Francophone Community Arts Coordinator) and Samuel Benisty (ViUU Inc.), which can be heard below.

Catherine Lamaison:

Samuel Benisty:

With funding support from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, we are producing a short introductory Community Arts video. With the help of videographer and filmmaker Andrea Dorfman from Halifax, we have produced a video for people who would like to know what “community arts” “community-engaged arts” & “arts for social change” are about.

During the videomaking process we’ve unfortunately had to cut a lot of great contributions from the video, but we still want these voices to be heard! We are starting an audio series on our blog that will feature voices from different initiatives that lent their voices. Please look forward to hear what they have to say about community arts and what is means to them.

If you’d like to add your voice, please contact us at!

Click to hear previous voices from ArtBridges’ Community Arts 101 Audio Series. For more information about ArtBridges/ToileDesArts, take a look around our website!

-compiled by Lisa Tran, ArtBridges Content Coordinator. Content for this post provided by Seanna Connell

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