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Call: 2017 ArtReach Youth Arts Pitch Contest (Deadline Extended) Toronto

The deadline to apply to the 2017 Youth Arts Pitch Contest has been extended to:
Friday, September 8th, at 5:00pm

ABOUT: The arts are a powerful and motivating way that youth are involved in their communities. Whether it’s in someone’s basement, or through a community program – young people are creating art all over the city. ArtReach and City of Toronto Arts & Culture want to support youth aspirations in the arts. Every year, ArtReach hosts the Pitch Contest- a chance for youth to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win $5000 to support their community youth arts project, start an arts-based business, or take their career to the next level!

PRIZES: ArtReach invites eight artists or groups to participate under two categories: Community Arts Projects & Productions, and Creative Business and Career Development. Each category has one $5000 grand prize winner, a $2000 runner- up prize, and two gift certificates that groups can use towards professional or artistic development.

ELIGIBILITY: Artists working in a broad range of art forms are encouraged to apply, including dance, drama, music, carnival and circus, film and video, TV and radio, new media, fashion, creative writing, visual arts, crafts, hip hop, design, multi-media, urban arts and more. In addition:

  • You must be an artist, a collective of artists or a youth-led arts organization
  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 29
  • You must be developing an artistic project or are serious about your arts initiative

Please Note: The Pitch Contest prioritizes the needs of youth and communities that are excluded from mainstream arts opportunities. We ask applicants to self identify their eligibility understanding that this event is intended for communities, artists and arts practices facing systemic barriers, and with few alternative venues for support.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS, AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO APPLY!
Don’t hesitate to contact pitch@artreach.org for more info, with questions, or for any accessibility needs.”

-from ArtReach’s newsletter
Read ArtReach’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-engaged Arts Directory & Map

Evaluation and Report Writing Workshop (ArtReach Toronto)

“Evaluation and Report Writing Workshop
27 June 2017 (NEXT TUESDAY!)

Are you running an ArtReach or other community based project or program in your community? Do you want to better understand the reasons for and basics of evaluating your program? Wondering about the best ways to plan your evaluation activities to generate statistics and feedback about the effectiveness and success of your work? Want tips on how to write a great report?

Evaluation is an important, but sometimes overlooked part of our work in communities. Surveys, stories, art-based activities, and statistics are just some of the powerful evaluation tools we can use to measure the impacts of what we do. Used correctly, they demonstrate the benefits of our work to our communities, funders, and donors and help us better shape our programs into the future.

In this interactive workshop we will examine the process of evaluation and report writing using live case study examples of real community, youth-led projects. The workshop will explore creative strategies and tools for collecting the right data and sharing it with others and also demonstrate step by step how to use them to develop an evaluation plan through the live case studies.

Workshop participants will look into different ways of measuring the impacts and successes of their own programs using strategies which include theory of change, and using outcomes, outputs and indicators, all while learning to create effective evaluation tools.

Finally participants will be taken step by step through the report writing process using the ArtReach final report template as a guideline.

Due to the nature of interactive activities that participants will be taking part in, this workshop is ideal for ArtReach Grantees preparing for final reports or other individuals who are currently working on community-based projects who want to know more about evaluation and report writing.

FACILITATOR
Fiona Scott- independent research and evaluation consultant
DETAILS
Date: Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
Location: Scarborough Civic Centre// 150 Borough Drive, Scarborough // Committee Room #1
Time: Registration & food at 6:00pm; workshop start time is 6:30pm
RSVP: HERE
Note: This workshop is open to youth (13 to 29 yrs). Space for this workshop is limited so register today! Food and refreshments will be provided.

-from ArtReach’s newsletter
Read ArtReach’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-engaged Arts Directory & Map

ArtReach’s 2017 Granting Round is Open (Toronto)

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NEW ARTREACH GRANTING PROGRAM DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2017!

ArtReach is distributing $270,000 in grants to youth arts projects in Toronto!
If this is something that could support your work, we want to hear from you!

This funding is available thanks to ArtReach’s partnership with the Toronto Arts Council. Learn more here!

We are currently accepting applications from young people running projects in Toronto that:

  • Increase access to quality arts opportunities that encourage creative expression and involve meaningful engagement of youth (ages 13 – 29) in Toronto
  • Promote social inclusion and provide opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills, capacity and opportunities within their communities and the initiatives they lead
  • Provide opportunities for youth to benefit from both the intrinsic (e.g. enjoyment, creative expression) and instrumental value (e.g. community engagement, skills development, social change) of the arts
  • Involve youth in project development, implementation and evaluation
  • Involve artist(s) with relevant experience and reach into participating communities

To ensure that you are eligible to apply and to confirm the correct funding stream for your project, please click here to review our program guidelines.

Application instructions can be found on our website here.

Have questions or concerns? First time applying for a grant? Accessibility needs? Click here to book a time to speak to a grants manager or email grants@artreach.org!

GRANT WRITING SUPPORTS
Check out some resources to help you develop your grant writing skills- videos and toolkits to help you put together a strong application can be found here.

If you’re planning on applying for the upcoming deadline, and think you could use some extra support, we’ll host a Grant Writing 101 Workshop (exclusively focused on the ArtReach grant application) in January 2017. More information on this workshop to come.

NOT SURE IF YOUR PROJECT IS A FIT?
Have a look at some previously funded projects to to get a sense of what we fund.
Click here for the complete list!”

-from ArtReach’s newsletter
Read ArtReach’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-engaged Arts Directory & Map

Call for Submissions by Sept 2nd!: Youth Arts Pitch Contest (ArtReach, ON)

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APPLY BY SEPT 2nd to win $5000 to support your community youth arts project, start your arts-based business or take your career to the next level!

Call for Submissions
ArtReach and City of Toronto Arts & Culture invite you to participate in our 2016 Pitch Contest. If you are a young artist or a group of artists, between the ages of 18 and 29, we want to hear from you!

We want to support Toronto’s innovative talent and encourage community participation through the arts.
ArtReach and City of Toronto Arts & Culture want to support youth aspirations in the arts. We invite you to submit your ideas, which could land you a spot in front of an esteemed panel of judges for a live and interactive pitch contest!

To Apply:

  • You must be an artist or part of a group of artists
  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 29
  • Developing an artistic project or are serious about your arts initiative

In addition: The Pitch Contest prioritizes the needs of youth and communities that are excluded from mainstream arts opportunities. We ask applicants to self identify their eligibility understanding that this event is intended for communities, artists and arts practices facing systemic barriers, and with few alternative venues for support.

Artists working in a broad range of art forms are encouraged to apply, including dance, drama, music, carnival and circus, film and video, TV and radio, new media, fashion, creative writing, visual arts, crafts, hip hop, design, multi-media, urban arts and more.

Prizes:
Eight lucky applicants will be chosen to pitch their ideas live on October 6th for a chance to win one of two $5000 prizes. There are two categories that you can apply for – please read the following descriptions carefully to determine which category is the best fit for for your idea:

1. COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECTS AND PRODUCTIONS

“Investing in your community through the arts” This category is for individuals and groups whose creative work meets a need or addresses an issue in their community and who invest their profits back into their work. Applicants must show how a $5000 investment in their project will help them to meet a need or address an issue in their community. Projects could include:

  • Creation and/or presentation of creative works that address an important issue
  • Creative projects or programs that meet an important need (ie: workshops, classes, support programs, etc…)
  • Capital investments that enable you to do your community arts work more effectively (ie: equipment, tools, space, etc…)
  • Professional or artistic capacity development that will improve the impact of your community arts work (ie: strategic planning, administrative support, artistic skill development, etc.)

Some example projects include:

  • The production of a film about gender equity in your community
  • Youth hiring an artist to help them develop a mural in their neighbourhood
  • A dance crew offering classes to youth with disabilities to explore movement
  • A one-person play exploring identity and migration
  • A recording arts mentor requiring audio equipment to better support participants

APPLY for Community Arts Projects and Productions

2. CREATIVE BUSINESS AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT

“Investing in your arts business/career”. This category is for individuals and groups whose goal is to develop or invest in their business and/or career in the arts/creative sector. Applicants must show how a $5000 investment in their project will positively impact the development of their business or career. This could includes:

  • The creation and/or presentation of creative works to advance your arts business or career
  • Capital investments that will enable you to enhance your business or further your career (ie: equipment, tools, space, etc…)
  • Professional or artistic capacity development that will help you to advance your business or further your career more sustainably (ie: business planning, administrative support, artistic skill development, etc.)

Some example projects include:

  • A fashion design group looking to expand production of their clothing line
  • An independent artist developing their portfolio with new works
  • A photographer upgrading their equipment
  • A creative entrepreneur looking to hire a mentor to develop a business plan

APPLY for Creative Business and Career Development

Process for contestants:
• Complete the online form by the deadline of Sept 2nd.
• The eight lucky finalists chosen to make their pitch will be announced on Sept 19th! ALL finalists are required to attend a two-part workshop series: How To Make a Pitch. Dates will be announced to all applicants in advance. 
• Finalists will then pitch their ideas LIVE on Thursday October 6th making a creative, energetic, inspiring and convincing pitch in 5 minutes or less!
• A panel of knowledgeable, high-profile judges will provide on the spot feedback to all finalists and award two winners with the grand prizes of the PITCH CONTEST!”

-from ArtReach’s newsletter
Read ArtReach’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-engaged Arts Directory & Map

ArtReach Evaluation and Report Writing 101 Workshop (Toronto)

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“Are you running a project or program in your community? Wondering about the best ways to evaluate your activities to get statistics and feedback about the effectiveness and success of your work? And how to use all the information you collected to write a report that people will read?

Evaluation is an important, but sometimes overlooked, part of our work in communities. Surveys, stories, art-based activities, and statistics are just some of the powerful evaluation tools we can use to measure the impacts of what we do, and to improve programs. Creating a report of your evaluation results will help you to communicate the benefits of our work to your communities, funders, and donors.

In this interactive workshop we will examine the process of evaluation, connecting it directly to the visions and goals of our own programs, and explore creative strategies and tools for collecting the right data and sharing it with others. Workshop participants will look into different ways of measuring the impacts and successes of their own programs, try out some evaluation techniques, see examples of creative reports, and will be provided with resources to help them get started right away.

FACILITATOR
Fiona Scott Evaluation Consultant

DETAILS
Date: Thursday June 23rd, 2016
Time: Registration/food at 5:30pm; workshop start time 6:00pm
Note: This workshop is open to youth (13 to 29 yrs). Space for this workshop is limited so register today! Food and refreshments will be provided
When: Thursday, 23 June 2016 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Where: Scarborough Civic Centre – 150 Borough Drive, Toronto, ON M1P 4N7″

Register here!

-from ArtReach’s newsletter
Read ArtReach’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-engaged Arts Directory & Map

ArtReach 2016 Granting Period Open! (Toronto)

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“ArtReach is a funding program designed to support youth arts initiatives in Toronto that foster youth engagement and provide high quality arts opportunities. $270,000 in grants are available to support youth arts projects, thanks to our amazing partnership with the Toronto Arts Council. Click here to learn more!

ArtReach aims to increase meaningful youth engagement of Toronto youth (13-29), who have experienced and/or are experiencing exclusion from quality arts opportunities.

How To Apply

The 2016 granting round opens March 1st, 2016 and the deadline to apply is April 15th, 2016. Please contact grants@artreach.org to request an application after you have read the program guidelines to ensure your eligibility no later than April 11th.

What Kinds of Projects Do We Fund?

ArtReach wishes to support innovative youth projects that may not be supported elsewhere. ArtReach is about access, reducing barriers and increasing opportunities for youth and other active and interested organizations, individual artists and collectives to create or continue quality arts projects or programming. New and emerging art forms will be considered, and are encouraged.

To be eligible for funding, projects must have all of the following key features:

Increase access to quality arts opportunities that encourage creative expression and involve meaningful engagement of youth (ages 13 – 29) in Toronto.

  • Applicants must be living and providing project activities within the City of Toronto
  • Projects must promote social inclusion and provide opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills, capacity, and opportunities within their communities and the initiatives they lead
  • Projects must provide opportunities for youth to benefit from both the intrinsic (e.g. personal enjoyment, creative expression) and instrumental value (e.g. community engagement, skills development, social change) of the arts
  • Projects must involve youth in project development, implementation and evaluation
  • Projects must involve artist(s) with relevant experience and reach into participating communities

Who Can Apply?

Funding priority will be given to:

  • Projects by youth-led organizations, collectives, and groups
  • Individual young artists leading new or existing projects that provide opportunities for youth
  • Applicants housing youth groups within larger not-for-profit or charitable organizations*
  • Applicants providing arts training opportunities to youth facing severe barriers*

* Note: Proposals from applicants that are not youth-led initiatives will be considered where the barriers being faced by the youth participants are severe. In these cases, there must be a strong youth engagement model in place, and a plan for supporting youth to play meaningful leadership roles. If this applies, please contact the program manager to discuss.”

-from ArtReach’s newsletter
Read ArtReach’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-engaged Arts Directory & Map

Lawyers for the Arts workshops (ArtReach Toronto)

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LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS
Facilitated by: Pro Bono Ontario

Workshop for Artists
Date: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
Registration/Food: 5:45 pm
Workshop Start Time: 6:00pm SHARP!
Location: Burrows Hall Community Centre
RSVP: HERE (Space is limited, so register now!)

Are you an artist who wants to ensure you are paid fairly for your art? Do you want to learn how to create solid contracts for your work? Do you want to understand how your artistic income affects your taxes?
Two of the most important things you can do for yourself as an artist are to ensure that you are paid fairly for your work, and to make sure your administration is up to date. This workshop, led by lawyers through Pro Bono Ontario, will walk you through some of the important legal issues that you should understand as a practicing artist. The workshop will focus on how to create contracts that ensure you are paid fairly for your work, understanding important legal elements about your arts business practice, and ensuring that you have the correct and up to date paper work for your arts business practice to thrive.

Workshop for Groups/ Organizations
Date: Thursday, March 24th, 2016
Registration/Food: 4:45 pm
Workshop Start Time: 5:00pm SHARP!
Location: Northern District Public Library (@ Yonge + Eglinton)
RSVP: HERE (Space is limited, so register now!)

Are you a youth collective or youth led organizations who is wondering how to incorporate into a non profit or charity? Do you want to learn what are the legal responsibilities of each and figure out which path is right for your group?

Lawyers for the Arts for Youth Organizations is a workshop that focuses on supporting youth led groups or grassroots organizations in figuring out the next step to develop their organization. This workshop will outline the steps to become a charity or not for profit, explain the legal responsibilities of each, and answer any questions participants may have about legal rights when offering workshops or performances as a group (such as contract laws, fair payment and tax implications, etc.)

ArtReach is now offering two streams of our GOAL workshop series: the first stream is tailored to individual artists, and the second for artists working in a group or with an organization. All are welcome to attend workshops in either stream.

*These workshops are for youth ages 13-29

This workshop is part of the larger GOAL (Grassroots Organizing and Leadership) Youth Workshop Series being organized by a collaborative group made up of youth organizations and funders. A certificate will be provided to participants who attend 5 or more workshops in the series. For more information, contact Paulina O’Kieffe at info@artreach.org”

For more information, please visit artreach.org

-from ArtReach’s newsletter
Read ArtReach’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-engaged Arts Directory & Map

ArtReach Grantwriting Workshops (Toronto)

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“ArtReach is now offering two streams of our GOAL workshop series: the first stream is tailored to individual artists, and the second for artists working in a group or with an organization. All are welcome to attend workshops in either stream.

Grant Writing 101

Tuesday, January 26th (for Individual Artists)
6:00-9:00 PM @ City Hall (Committee Room #3)
RSVP HERE

Thursday, January 28th (for Groups/ Orgs)
6:00-9:00 PM @ City Hall (Committee Room #2)
RSVP HERE

Are you a young artist or youth organizer? Have you been thinking about applying for funding for your projects but unsure of where to start?

In these sessions we will dive into the basics of preparing a clear, concise, and effective grant application. We will break down and explore the main components of an application including the proposal, work plan and budget; sharing tips on how to create a strong application that will also be useful to you in implementing your project. Our facilitators will share strategies for identifying appropriate grants, building relationships with funders, and streamlining the writing process.

FACILITATORS
Paulina O’Kieffe, ArtReach, Lost Lyrics
Kate Fraser, ArtReach
Marisol Fornoni, Lost Lyrics

These workshops are part of the larger GOAL (Grassroots Organizing and Leadership) Youth Workshop Series being organized by a collaborative group made up of youth organizations and funders. A certificate will be provided to participants who attend 5 or more workshops in the series. For more information, contact Paulina at paulina@artreach.org.”

-from ArtReach’s newsletter
Read ArtReach’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-engaged Arts Directory & Map

Youth – pitch your community arts idea to ArtReach! (Toronto)

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ArtReach’s Annual Pitch Contest is Coming Up!

ArtReach’s annual Pitch Contest is happening October 8th and we want you there!

Think you have a winning pitch for your community arts project or creative enterprise? Click here to read the details, find more info on the rules, or apply for your chance to win!

Complete the online form by the deadline Monday, Sept 14th, 2015″

-from ArtReach’s newsletter
Read ArtReach’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-engaged Arts Directory & Map

ArtReach Grants (Deadline June 19, Toronto)

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NEW GRANT DEADLINE JUNE 19TH, 2015

ArtReach is distributing $270,000 in the form of grants to youth arts projects in Toronto. If this sounds like something that could support your work, or the work of someone you know, we want to hear from you! Request an application by June 15th!

Please help us get these funds to the young people who can make the biggest impact by sharing this opportunity with those in your community, or contact us now to get started on an application.

We want to hear from young people running projects in Toronto that:

  • Increase access to quality arts opportunities that encourage creative expression and involve meaningful engagement of youth (ages 13 – 29) in Toronto
  • Promote social inclusion and provide opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills, capacity and opportunities within their communities and the initiatives they lead
  • Provide opportunities for youth to benefit from both the intrinsic (e.g. enjoyment, creative expression) and instrumental value (e.g. community engagement, skills development, social change) of the arts
  • Involve youth in project development, implementation and evaluation
  • Involve artist(s) with relevant experience and reach into participating communities

Available funding includes:

  • $5,000: Pilot Projects (funds to try out a new idea, or a smaller-scale or first-time project)
  • $10,000: One Phase Projects
  • $15,000: Two Phase Projects (Available to previous ArtReach grant recipients)

SEE GUIDELINES HERE

Once you’ve read them over, contact Paulina O’Kieffe, Director/Grants Manager at grants@artreach.org to get an application.
This funding is available thanks to ArtReach Toronto’s partnership with the Toronto Arts Council. For more info, click here.

-from ArtReach’s newsletter
Read ArtReach’s profile
 in ArtBridges’ Community-engaged Arts Directory & Map