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Creative Facilitation Camp (Toronto)

Creative Facilitation Camp
Saturday, October 26 – Sunday, October 27, 2019

Daily from 9:30am – 6pm |  Coffee and sign in 9:30am, workshop will start at 10am sharp
St. Matthew’s Clubhouse, 450 Broadview Avenue, Toronto
Cost: $100 | Register via Eventbrite

Presented by East End Arts, in collaboration with Scarborough Arts, Creative Facilitation Camp is a two-day professional development series which supports artists, arts facilitators, and arts & culture workers in their creative facilitation skills. Over the course of two days, participants will learn how to:

  • Create safe and welcoming spaces for your participants;
  • Allow the creativity of your participants to flourish;
  • Build trust between you and your participants;
  • Build confidence and feel empowered as a creative facilitator;
  • And develop creative ways to transform your art and cultural practice into an engaging workshop and/or learning opportunity for community members!


Creative Facilitation Camp is ideal for artists who are looking to develop into arts facilitators and educators, or practicing arts facilitators who are looking to improve their current skills, and take their creative facilitation to the next level! This program is also great for arts & cultural workers who are looking to improve their professional facilitation skills for working with groups of people (community consultations, stakeholder groups, youth, etc.).”

For more information, please visit:

-from East End Arts

ArtMEETS Workshops (East End Arts, Toronto)

East End Arts is thrilled to announce that ArtMEETS is coming back for a third year, and we are excited to share a few program updates with you.

ArtMEETS is a series of arts workshops and experiences, which invite community members to make, explore, experience, transform, and share. Led by talented, engaging, and supportive artist facilitators, each ArtMEETS workshop is an opportunity to learn a new art skill, meet new people, and let your creative side shine! Now in its third year, ArtMEETS has featured 16 workshops experienced by over 200 participants. ArtMEETS workshops have always been in high demand, and in an effort to ensure that the workshops are accessible to community members and sustainable for the future, we are making a few changes to the program, as well as offering a sneak peak into this year’s ArtMEETS lineup!

Workshops take place every Saturday, from July 6 – August 24, 2019

East End Arts, St. Matthew’s Clubhouse
$10/workshop (Free spots available via Energy Exchange!)”

For more information, please visit East End Arts

-from East End Arts
Read East End Arts’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

East York/East End Cultural Hotspot Launch Event (Toronto)

“Join us in celebration of the launch of the East York/East End Cultural Hotspot on Saturday, June 17 from 1 – 4 PM!

An afternoon of arts, culture and community on the newly renovated grounds of the East York Civic Centre. Join us for an exciting mix of dance and music performances, interactive arts activities and craft-making and community arts fair with mini galleries and pop-up booths. Enjoy delicious treats, learn a new art skill and meet the people behind some of the most creative and community-based projects in the area. This one day FREE, family-friendly event will have something for everyone, so drop by for a fun filled, festival style day celebrating the 2017 Cultural Hotspot – East York and the east end.

VIBE Arts is also participating with East York Neighbourhood Initiative in designing and creating a large scale public mural for the East York Community Centre!

Come join in the fun and visit us online at for a full listing of what the 2017 Cultural Hotspot has to offer.”

-from East End Arts newsletter
Read East End Arts’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Artists: Community Arts Workshops (East End Arts, Toronto)


“Do you facilitate community arts workshops – or have a great idea for one?

In 2017, East End Arts will be offering a series of free community workshops in a range of arts disciplines and to a variety of groups. We will also be hosting skill-exchange workshops at which facilitators can share their expertise and learn from each other.

We’re looking for people in all areas of the arts who have a passion for teaching, leading, and inspiring others, and workshops that involve:

  • Any/all disciplines (music, visual, dance, theatre, writing… you name it!)
  • Hands-on activities
  • Fun and getting people to loosen up and be creative
  • No experience required by participants
  • Particular (though not exclusive) interest in workshops that can be offered in one session, 1-3 hours long

Please note that there are no specific details for this program yet, but we are intending to help support and augment what is already happening in our area. As such, we are not asking for formal proposals, but rather wish to know what you’re doing and/or what you might like to do if given the opportunity, so that we can help develop a series that supports artists and community alike.

If you want to be in the loop, please send us an email. In under 300 words:

Tell us a bit about yourself, your art, and your workshop idea.
Provide a brief description of what your workshop involves:

  • what do participants do/learn/create/experience?
  • what supplies do you need?
  • what ages(s) is it appropriate for?

Please email the above information to: with the subject line “Community Arts Workshops” by January 6, 2017.”

-from East End Arts website
Read East End Arts’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Mosaic Mural Fundraising Campaign (East End Arts, Toronto)


East End Arts needs your support to complete a community mosaic mural at Danforth and Coxwell this summer. We need to raise $8,500 to meet our $50,000 goal. Every dollar donated will go to paying artists, mural materials, and related project costs. Please Donate Now!

This August, talented ceramics artist Cristina Delago will lead a group of emerging artists in creating a mosaic mural that will beautify the concrete wall facing the Green P lot at 1208 Danforth Avenue. The mural is one of several improvements happening in 2016-17 that respond to the needs identifed in 2014 when the Danforth East Community Association asked the community to Reimagine the Laneway. Join us (the TTC, Toronto Parking Authority, City Councillor Janet Davis & East End Arts) onsite to see full details of proposed improvements on August 3rd.

The mosaic mural will cost $50,000 to produce. Thanks to generous donations from StreetARToronto and Toronto Parking Authority, we have raised 85% of our goal. We still need to raise $8,500 by August 31, 2016 in order to complete this important contribution to the community for September 2016. East End Arts is a registered charity.

We will also be accepting material donations onsite as of August 3, and inviting members of the community to come help with mural assembly on a volunteer basis.”

-from East End Arts newsletter

Call for Proposals: Funding available for 2016 community activities at Dawes Crossing (Toronto)

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“Receive up to $500 to produce a community event at the site of a unique outdoor sculpture at Victoria Park Avenue & Dawes Road in Toronto’s east end. Deadline: February 1, 2016

Dawes Crossing is a unique public art installation located at the intersection of Dawes Road and Victoria Park. Created in 2012 by artist Noel Harding, Dawes Crossing celebrates natural resources of wind, sun, water, and wood. It references the barns that were prevalent in the area and Dawes Road’s history as a major agricultural trade route. It creates a public gathering space with table, and laptop desk work spaces. An indigenous woodland planted with dozens of species native to the Don River Valley are sustained by rainwater collected on the structure.

The on-site solar panels generate electricity to power lights and provide free Wifi and AC outlets on site. Surplus energy is fed into the wider electrical grid, generating a modest amount of money to pay for repairs and community activities onsite.

We are now accepting proposals for ideas that use this remarkable structure to bring art and/or local community members together. Proposals will be awarded up to $500 to develop and present an activity in 2016. Examples of activities might be: an arts performance or workshop, a community BBQ, a local artisan show/sale. Think local and community-building – no event is too small!

Priorities – preference will be given to activities which:

reflect the heritage and ethno-cultural diversity of the area
are compatible with the environmental elements of the installations
have a community focus
feature local artists / artisans”

For more information, please visit:


Creative Spaces Partnership Exchange (Nov. 2, Toronto)


“The Creative Spaces Partnership Exchange is part of the Creative Spaces Outside the Core (CSOC) initiative, led by Artscape. CSOC is a capacity-building and partnership development initiative designed to support the planning and development of community cultural hubs and other forms of arts infrastructure in areas outside of Toronto’s core.

The partnership includes:

  • Artscape
  • Arts Etobicoke
  • City of Toronto
  • East End Arts
  • Lakeshore Arts
  • North York Arts
  • Manifesto
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation
  • Toronto Public Library
  • Toronto Community Housing
  • Scarborough Arts
  • United Way Toronto and York Region
  • Urban Arts

Together, the Creative Spaces outside the Core partners advocate for investment in cultural infrastructure in underserved neighbourhoods across the GTA. The Partnership Exchange is just one of the activities the partnership has pursued to date to facilitate partnerships, identify opportunities for new developments and build creative placemaking knowledge and capacity within local networks.
Arts and creativity play an important role in neighbourhoods; we need cultural spaces not just downtown but all across the GTA. The Creative Spaces Outside the Core inter-agency Partnership presents year two of the Creative Spaces Partnership Exchange, a FREE one-day event dedicated to networking and discussion on expanding the city’s creative map.

Meet 50+ exciting and new spaces, programs and resources for city-building innovators

Share knowledge and ideas, learn from expert speakers, participate in workshops and lightning talks

Start building partnerships and connections with people and groups who can bring creative space development to your neighbourhood”

-submitted by Social Planning Toronto

Festival launch of Art of the Danforth 2014: a public art festival in Toronto’s east end

ART OF DANFORTH (color-cmyk)

“The Art of the Danforth 2014 (AoD) is an experimental public art festival in Toronto’s east end.

The festival takes place in a remarkable neighborhood on and around Danforth Avenue, roughly bookended by Greenwood and Woodbine TTC stations.

This is the third iteration of the festival in roughly since 2010, during which time the area has changed considerably.

With each edition, Art of the Danforth has been a reflexive and reactive festival, encouraging artists to respond to the changes in the neighborhood and work with its current condition at that point in time*. Five years have allowed the festival to become an interesting long-term experiment into the roles and possibilities of public art in a neighborhood.

The 2014 edition of Art of the Danforth will take place May 2nd – May 11th.

This year, we’re attempting to upend the very idea of a festival itself. The broad theme of AoD 2014 is whether this community needs a public art festival at all; essentially, we’re asking curators to examine what roles do artists working in a public place play?


FEBRUARY 27, 2014 6:00 PM

I’d like to invite you to our festival launch on February 27th(6:30 PM).  Join us to hear more about the project, meet the 2014 curators as well as community members. I look forward to talking to you about the ideas we are trying to explore.  Appetizers and drinks are on us!

The event is being held at our new festival office space located right outside Greenwood Station on the second floor of the Linsmore Tavern (1298 Danforth Ave) – a historic bar and hotel, continuously running since 1932.

Art of the Danforth 2014 is produced by East End Arts, made possible by the generous support of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Danforth Mosaic BIA and the City of Toronto, as well as the help of our community partners.

*Hyperlinked in the word ‘time’ is a 2012 project by artist and curator Emily DiCarlo called ‘A Temporary History’. Interviewing store owners along the strip of Danforth Ave., DiCarlo marked the date of the businesses’ founding on the street in front of it. A fascinating array of community history in 2012, in 2014 it has become a memento mori, as a number of these businesses have disappeared.”


-submitted by Cindy Rozeboom, East End Arts/Art of the Danforth
Read East End Arts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

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East End Arts: launch of free arts networking events for Toronto’s east end

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East End Arts is pleased to announce its first set of free arts networking events for Toronto’s east end. The following events are open to artists and community members, and are opportunities for arts enthusiasts of all sorts to meet each other through participating in friendly, enjoyable activities.

Thursday DECEMBER 12, 7-9pm: Connecting the Dots. Share your talents with other artists and community members at Red Rocket Coffee, 1364 Danforth Avenue. A family-friendly networking event for artists and community members in East End and beyond. All creative interests, levels and ages. Bring your artwork and share your thoughts.

Sunday JANUARY 5, 7-10pm: Twelfth Night on the Twelfth Night. Read a part in Shakespeare’s classic at Du Cafe, 885 O’Connor Drive. A fun, casual networking event for lovers of Shakespeare. After a short introduction, participants will draw roles randomly and dive into the text.

Friday JANUARY 17, 7-9pm: Visual Artists Show & Share. Receive and share friendly feedback on your visual artwork at Art Cave, 155 Lamb Avenue. Participants are invited to bring 1-3 pieces of their work for discussion. More information and online registration can be found at More networking activities will be announced in February 2014.

These events are being held in response to feedback gathered during community consultations held by East End Arts throughout the summer of 2013. Over 200 community members contributed to an online survey and in person, indicating a desire for more networking opportunities for east end arts professionals and enthusiasts.

East End Arts is a new arts organization dedicated to providing arts services to the east end community. It is the sixth designated ‘Local Arts Service Organization’, funded directly through the city, in Toronto. The others are: Arts Etobicoke, Lakeshore Arts, North York Arts, Scarborough Arts and UrbanArts. The mandate of East End Arts is to develop and promote quality community arts in Toronto’s wards 29, 30, 31, 32.”

-from East End Arts press release, November 25 2013
Read East End Arts’ profile in our Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map