Professional Development Course: for artist educators and community facilitators working in community arts (Toronto)

“This professional development course is for emerging and established Artist Educators and Community Facilitators who are in a time of transition or re-birth in their lives and/or work. If you are seeking a revived sense of direction and purpose in your work in the Community Arts sector, this training is for you. Ideal for artists and educators who believe in the power of personal and collective transformation by engaging with social justice, healing, and education through the arts, and who feel called to work with marginalized sections of society.​

In this course you will engage in powerful processes for personal and professional development. We will provide valuable knowledge about how to navigate the arts, cultural, and educational sector; as well as support you to ground in a sense of personal purpose and direction in this work. To get the best results and most benefit out of this training, it is strongly recommended that you participate in all 3 components of the program. For accessibility purposes, we offer the option of taking each component on its own.

Emerge – Mastermind | May 12 (1-4pm)

Purpose: To provide an opportunity for focused and collaborative brainstorming, problem-solving, sharing of perspectives and ideas. Each participant is invited to come with a specific project idea or challenge in mind that is related to their professional practice. During the mastermind, each participant will be provided with help to figure out practical solutions, explore and expand their ideas in a collective and supportive environment

Evolve – Evening Classes | May 15 & 22 (6-8:30pm)

Purpose: To provide direction and guidance in developing professional skills for creating and maintaining a successful practice as an Artist Educator and Community Arts Organizer. Each class will be dedicated to a different topic that is critical to creating and maintaining success in the sector.

Session 1: Mastering your Mission

  • Aligning personal and professional mission & purpose
  • Writing grants & proposals

Session 2: Self-Care & Well-Being

  • Building healthy community arts organizations and systems for self-employment
  • Navigating personal and professional limits and building capacity

Awaken – Weekend Intensive | May 26 (11am-7pm)

To provide an immersive experience for grounding and unearthing one’s True Inner Purpose as an Artist Educator or Community Facilitator. The intensive is guided by the pedagogical framework of Purpose Driven Education and its core elements (1) Identity & Authenticity, (2) Social Justice & Equity, (3) Healing & Well-Being, (4) Creativity & The Arts. This all-day training will focus on digging deep to support participants’ journey of transformation, helping them to centre and align with their true calling in their life’s work.

Non-Profit Organization promotion:

There are group rates available for Non-profit organizations that enrol multiple personnel

Project Partners:

  • Voice of Purpose
  • York University (TD Community Engagement Centre)
  • Neighbourhood Arts Network (Toronto Arts Foundation)
  • North York Arts

For more information and to register, please visit:

-from North York Arts newsletter
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