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Wall Art Learning Series Workshop – From Idea to Reality: Creating a Proposal/Planning a Mural (Toronto)

Mural Routes is excited to partner with CARFAC Ontario for our latest Wall Art Learning Series workshop. This workshop will provide tips and guidelines for preparing a successful proposal and plan for Calls to Artists and Expressions of Interest.

WALS From Idea to Reality: Creating a Proposal, Planning a Mural

What: This workshop will provide tips and guidelines for preparing a strong application and realistic plan for Calls for Artists and Expressions of Interest.

When: Tuesday April 24th 2018, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: The Commons at 401 Richmond St. W, 4th floor
Who: Open to all. Led by Karin Eaton, Executive & Artistic Director of Mural Routes, and Allan Bender, Blinc Studios
Cost: $25 for Mural Routes and CARFAC members; $30 for non-members

Register here

For more information: 416-698-7995 or programs[at]

About the Instructors: A pioneer of mural art in Toronto, Karin Eaton has over 35 years of experience producing and consulting for a wide range of mural projects in Toronto and across the province. Karin is the founder and Executive & Artistic Director of Mural Routes. Allan Bender is a professional visual artist and mural painter and the owner and art director of Blinc Studios. In the past 19 years Allan has art directed, project managed, designed, painted, site managed and/or installed over 400 large format and mural projects throughout Canada and the United States.”

-submitted by Mural Routes
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Second Annual Ally Toolkit Conference (Fairy Tales Presentation Society, Calgary, May 5)

Fairy Tales, with the support of RBC, is proud to announce our second annual Ally Toolkit Conference

The Ally Toolkit Conference is a one-day conference offering a holistic toolkit for better ally-ship in schools, at work and in our communities.

In 2009, Fairy Tales launched our OUTReels diversity Education Program, sponsored by our project partner RBC. Through this program, we have delivered over 350 diversity education workshops for thousands of Albertans, using film as a vehicle for learning, discussion and empathy. As the Alberta Government implements new legislation protecting diversity in our schools, now more than ever, allies of the LGBT2QA+ are asking how can I help?

Many don’t know where to start. Many have questions they don’t know how to ask. Many need an invitation to join a community they might not otherwise know how to engage with.

The Ally Toolkit Conference will help begin this conversation.

Our project partners: RBC, The Calgary Board of Education Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Team, Pam Rocker (Hilhurst United Church) and The Anti-Racist Organization Change Project.

Saturday, May 5th, 2018
Memorial Park Library, 1221 2nd St SW, Calgary
10:00am – 4:00pm
Please register in advance, space is limited!”

For more information and registration details, please visit Fairy Tales’ website.

-from Fairy Tales Presentation Society website
To read more about Fairy Tales Presentation Society, please see their profile in our Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

Groundstory: roundtables addressing the affects of gentrification on the arts in Ontario

“Are you concerned about loss of affordable spaces for the arts in rapidly gentrifying neighbourhoods across Canada?

Groundstory is a cross-sectoral effort to identify and address the effects of gentrification on the arts in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and across Canada through a deep commitment to shared learning online.

Facilitated by ArtsPond with generous funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation, upcoming activities include Round the Block public roundtables in Toronto (May 3) and Hamilton (May 7). At these free events, vulnerable arts and culture workers impacted by the lack or loss of affordable and accessible spaces and housing are invited to share their perspectives in an open community dialogue. The stories and evidence gathered will be used to help determine specific interventions to take place in subsequent stages. Additional roundtables are also in the works for other communities across the GTHA throughout 2018.

Visit for more details and to RSVP.”

-submitted by Groundstory

Call for Submissions: Emergence Symposium – Arts & Equity: Leading Social Change (Neighbourhood Arts Network)

Emergence is a partnership by Neighbourhood Arts Network, a strategic initiative of Toronto Arts Foundation. This opportunity offers artists and community leaders valuable resources, facilitation skills, peer-to-peer learning opportunities and insights that will empower the community engaged arts sector and further promote more inclusiveness and equitable conditions within the neighbourhoods that our community engaged artists work.

The Emergence Symposium is a full day conference with four days of community arts activations leading up to the main event (Nov 19-23) . Emergence will convene over 200 community engaged arts practitioners, policy makers and community leaders for reciprocal knowledge exchange and critical discussions surrounding the theme of Arts and Equity. This large-scale symposium will build on the equity dialogue and issues that Neighbourhood Arts Network and its members have explored since the network was founded in 2010.

We invite artists, arts organizations, curators, arts practitioners at any stage in their career/practice to submit proposals for art activations, artist talks, and workshops. We welcome perspectives that are intersectional and encourage proposals from Deaf and disability cultures, artists with lived experiences including LGBTQQIIA, Indigenous, Black and Persons of Colour

All art disciplines are welcome. Deadline for submission: June 10, 2018″

All those interested in the open call are encouraged to contact angie[at]torontoarts[dot]org.
For more information on the symposium, please visit Neighbourhood Arts Network’s website.

-from Neighbourhood Arts Network’s website
Read Neighbourhood Arts Network’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Culture Days 2018 Webinar Series: Volunteer Management

“Running a big event such as Culture Days can require all hands on deck. Volunteers are the life force of any organisation, particularly during a large program. This webinar will feature organisers who are well-versed with the management and coordination of volunteers. Hear more about how to recruit, schedule and support volunteers, both during Culture Days and year-round.

The Culture Days webinar series aims to provide tools and knowledge to better engage audiences and shed light on issues in the arts sector. Webinars are free and open to all.

Tue, Mar 27, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Featuring guest speakers Winnie Wong (City of Richmond, BC), Andrea Field (Bata Shoe Museum) and Karla Ferguson (Winnipeg Folk Festival).”

For more information and to register for this webinar, please visit:

-from Culture Days website

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
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# BigFeels: Creating Space for Mental Health in the Arts symposium (Workman Arts)

“Public Consultations – Be a Part of the Current Conversation about Mental Health!

Workman Arts invites you to contribute to the discussion on the intersectionality of arts and mental health. These consultations will support Workman Arts in developing the #BigFeels: Creating Space for Mental Health in the Arts symposium that will be held in Toronto at the end of May 2018. What kind of supports and resources do artists, arts organizations and mental health advocacy/service-based organizations need to support more inclusive spaces? How do we better support artists with mental health lived experiences? How do we grow as a community to better support and grow with each other? Who are the artists, leaders and organizations you admire that are doing work in the sector? Let’s create meaningful conversations in our communities about mental health!

Public Consultation Dates & Locations:

Public Consultation with Artists with Lived Mental Health Experiences
March 5, 2018 7:30pm-8:30pm
Program Room at Wychwood, Toronto Public Library
1431 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Public Consultation with Arts Organizations
March 6, 2018, 7:30pm-8:30pm
Program Room at Wychwood, Toronto Public Library
1431 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Public Consultation with Mental Health Advocacy/Service-Based Organizations
March 7, 2018 7:30pm-8:30pm
Program Room at Wychwood, Toronto Public Library
1431 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Please RSVP with what night you are attending by March 2, 2018 : parul_pandya[at]”

-from Workman Arts website
Read Workman Arts’ profile on our Directory and Map of Community-Engaged Arts

Workshop – Keep On Keeping On: A Performance-Based Exploration Of Maintaining Creative Energy

“Tap into the sources of your creative energy through this active, performance-based workshop led by one of Canada’s leading drama educators, Kathleen Gould Lundy. Exchange insights with your fellow artists to combat the creative fatigue and social isolation that plagues artistic work. Explore how your personal and professional stories, and the places you come from, can preserve and nurture your imagination and creativity.

This workshop is open to all artists. No theatre or acting experience required.

Key Takeaways

  • Discover and explore the sources of your creative energy
  • Connect with and learn from other artists
  • Develop the capacity to use drama as a tool for wellbeing”

For more information and to register, please visit: Artists’ Health Alliance’s website.

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

Workshop: Introduction to Storytelling and Acting (GeriActors, Edmonton)

“NEW GeriActors Workshop: Introduction to Storytelling and Acting (Spring Session)

If you’ve EVER acted or NEVER acted, this is the program for you!

Join the fun!

Turn your stories into plays
Learn about acting
Create dynamic characters
Perform (if you want to)
If you participated in GeriActors SUMMER SCHOOL this workshop is a continuation of what you learned. We would love to see you there!

Fridays from 3:00 – 5:00pm
March 2 – May 11
No session on March 30 for Good Friday

The SAGE Seniors Association
15 Sir Winston Churchill Square
SAGE is wheelchair accessible and all abilities are welcome

$40 per person or pay-what-you-can
Register in person at SAGE or call 780-423-5510

GeriActors has been turning stories into plays for the last 17 years. For more information on GeriActors Theatre visit our website:

-submitted by GeriActors Theatre
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Forum national Le Pouvoir des arts 2018 : Les arts, des armes pour la paix (16-18 fév, Montréal)

“Après trois éditions à l’Université Carleton à Ottawa, la Fondation Michaëlle Jean a le plaisir d’annoncer que le Forum Le pouvoir des arts 2018 aura lieu à Montréal, à l’invitation du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, et dans la continuité des partenariats que les deux organismes ont développés au cours des trois dernières années. Du 16 au 18 février 2018, ceux et celles qui à travers le Québec et le Canada utilisent les arts comme outils de changement individuel et social sont invités à échanger sur le thème : les arts, des armes pour la paix.

Des conférenciers d’ici et d’ailleurs, des artistes, des chercheurs, des représentants d’organismes qui utilisent les arts dans leur mission animeront des ateliers, des débats ou offriront des prestations artistiques. Ce sera également une excellente occasion pour les individus comme pour les institutions et les organismes culturels d’activer les réseaux, d’entretenir les liens. C’est aussi une belle façon de clore le 375e anniversaire de Montréal et le 150e anniversaire de la Confédération  canadienne.

Une mobilisation pour la paix
Le but du Forum est de mobiliser les acteurs culturels, politiques, économiques, ceux de la santé, de la justice et de la société civile en faveur d’une culture de la paix, de la cohésion sociale, du dialogue, de la compréhension mutuelle et de l’équité, dans un monde déboussolé qui en a grandement besoin.

Les trois éditions précédentes ont rassemblé des centaines de participantes et participants de tous les horizons. Le Forum a été pour eux l’occasion d’exposer et de partager leurs expériences, leurs meilleures pratiques, leurs réalisations, leurs façons de mettre à profit le pouvoir des arts pour créer, inventer, innover, revitaliser leur environnement, leurs collectivités et engager le changement social. Nul doute, les éditions montréalaises du Forum nous permettront de poursuivre cette mobilisation pancanadienne pour un monde meilleur, avec les arts et la culture comme armes de construction massive.

Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant
Le Forum Le pouvoir des arts est un événement bilingue, ouvert au grand public. Il accueillera plusieurs conférenciers de renom et offrira des ateliers, des débats thématiques et des sessions plénières.

Vous trouverez ici le programme préliminaire de l’édition 2018 du Forum national Le Pouvoir des arts.

Le formulaire d’inscription se trouve ici.

Pour en savoir plus sur les précédents Forums Le Pouvoir des arts, visitez cette page.”

-soumis par Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation