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Silver Scenes Film Festival (Nov 5-7)

“The festival, aimed at a multi-generational audience, will take place between November 5th November 7th, and is free!

The films reveal a deep intuitive understanding of the older person.

The impetus for this festival is concern about the serious problems faced by our elderly population which is increasing in age and numbers. Could the strongly embedded ageism in our culture have contributed to the neglect of our elders in long term care facilities?

A small group of volunteers has come together, in record time, to plan and program the first Silver Screens film festival.

Please visit for more details and to register for free programming.”

-from Silver Scenes Film Festival

Resilient Communities Fund (Ontario Trillium Foundation)

The Resilient Communities Fund is a one-time fund to support the non-profit sector recover and rebuild from the impacts emerging from COVID-19 so they can effectively meet the needs of communities across Ontario. 

OTF is investing in projects of eligible non-profit organizations to aid their medium to longer-term recovery efforts, help with their stabilization and build their capacity and resiliency in the aftermath of COVID-19. 

This fund is providing a flexible range of activities over two deadlines to address the diverse needs of organizations and to support them where they are at in their recovery and rebuilding.  

Request amount: From $5,000 to $150,000 
Grant term: up to 1 year
Application Deadline*: December 2, 2020 at 5 pm ET. 

* Due to the expected high demand and in our efforts to support as many organizations as possible, only one grant per eligible organization will be awarded. Organizations that receive a grant from the September 2nd deadline will not be eligible to apply for the December 2nd deadline.

For more information, please visit:

-from Ontario Trillium Foundation

Deaf and Disability Arts Projects (Ontario Arts Council)

Deaf and Disability Arts Projects

Until this program opens in Nova, the Ontario Arts Council’s online granting system, program information may change. This includes deadline dates and specific information on eligibility. Be sure to visit this page after the program opens in Nova, but before starting your application.


The program supports Ontario-based artists and arts professionals who are Deaf and/or have a disability, and ad hoc groups, collectives and arts organizations mandated to serve and led by artists or arts professionals who are Deaf and/or have a disability. It funds all contemporary and traditional art practices that are supported at OAC. There are three categories:

  • Creation: to help cover the costs of research and development, exploration and experimentation, and creation of new work
  • Production: to help cover the costs of production and/or the creation of art works
  • Professional development: to help cover the costs of study or training; mentorship; internship or apprenticeship; and/or documentation of artwork

Deadline dates

October 15, 2020, 1 p.m. ET

  • Applications are available in Nova approximately three months before the deadline.
  • Grant notification will be available approximately four months after the deadline.
  • If you require application support to complete your application, please make your request at least six weeks before the program deadline.”

-from Ontario Arts Council

Arts Response Initiative / Initiative de rĂ©ponse du milieu des arts (Ontario Arts Council / Conseil des arts de l’Ontario)

“The $1.6M Arts Response Initiative is an investment in the diversity and vitality of the arts across Ontario. The one-time initiative supports individual artists, ad hoc groups and collectives, and arts organizations to carry out their activities in an environment of change. This initiative encourages exploration, adaptation, and the development of new ways of working that will increase the inclusiveness and resilience of Ontario’s arts sector, both now and into the future. 
To develop the Arts Response Initiative, OAC held consultations and roundtables with artists and arts organizations across Ontario. These conversations made it clear that COVID-19 is having an acute impact on the arts sector, affecting everyone both professionally and personally. We also heard that the impacts of the pandemic are being experienced unevenly across communities and regions in the province, exacerbating existing inequities. As a result, projects that support OAC priority groups, including Black and Indigenous artists, will be given particular consideration. For the arts to move forward and grow more resilient, we must ensure that all communities are included. 
The funds for this initiative come from OAC’s annual base budget, temporarily redirected from programs that support activities limited by travel and in-person gathering restrictions. Specifically, Market Development Travel Assistance and Market Development Projects programs have been suspended for 2020, as well as Chalmers Arts Fellowships (a private endowment managed by OAC). A percentage of the Touring Projects budget is also being used. 
The Arts Response Initiative is one of the ways that OAC is addressing the challenges faced by the arts community in the context of COVID-19. Prior to this initiative, OAC took a number of other steps to support grant applicants and recipients (see COVID-19 – OAC activity updates). OAC’s project programs continue to support creation, production, presentation, dissemination and artistic activities that engage communities and schools, many with adjusted eligibility to recognize how artists and arts organizations are responding and adapting to the current context.” 

Initiative de réponse du milieu des arts

“L’Initiative de rĂ©ponse du milieu des arts de 1,6 million de dollars est un investissement dans la diversitĂ© et la vitalitĂ© des arts en Ontario. Cette initiative ponctuelle aide les artistes, les groupes ad hoc, les collectifs et les organismes artistiques Ă  exercer leurs activitĂ©s dans un environnement en mutation. Elle encourage l’exploration, l’adaptation et le dĂ©veloppement de nouvelles mĂ©thodes de travail qui augmenteront l’inclusivitĂ© et la rĂ©silience du secteur des arts de l’Ontario aujourd’hui et Ă  l’avenir.

Pour dĂ©velopper l’Initiative de rĂ©ponse du milieu des arts, le CAO a organisĂ© des consultations et des tables rondes avec des artistes et des organismes artistiques de la province entiĂšre. Ces conversations ont montrĂ© clairement que la COVID-19 a un impact profond sur le secteur des arts et qu’elle touche tout le monde, sur le plan professionnel comme sur le plan personnel. Nous avons Ă©galement appris que les rĂ©percussions de la pandĂ©mie sont ressenties de maniĂšre inĂ©gale dans diffĂ©rentes communautĂ©s et rĂ©gions de la province, ce qui exacerbe les inĂ©galitĂ©s existantes. Par consĂ©quent, les projets qui soutiennent les groupes prioritaires du CAO, notamment les artistes noirs et autochtones, bĂ©nĂ©ficieront d’une attention particuliĂšre. Pour que les arts puissent progresser et devenir plus rĂ©silients, nous devons veiller Ă  inclure toutes les communautĂ©s.

Cette initiative est financĂ©e par le budget de base annuel du CAO. Les fonds qui lui sont affectĂ©s proviennent provisoirement de programmes qui soutiennent des activitĂ©s limitĂ©es par les restrictions en matiĂšre de dĂ©placements et de rassemblements en personne. Il s’agit notamment des programmes DĂ©veloppement des marchĂ©s – aide au dĂ©placement, DĂ©veloppement des marchĂ©s – projets, et Bourses Chalmers de recherche artistique (une dotation privĂ©e gĂ©rĂ©e par le CAO). Un pourcentage du programme TournĂ©es – projets est Ă©galement utilisĂ©.

L’Initiative de rĂ©ponse du milieu des arts est l’une des mesures prises par le CAO pour contrer les problĂšmes auxquels le milieu artistique doit faire face dans le contexte de la COVID-19. Avant le lancement de cette initiative, le CAO avait dĂ©jĂ  pris d’autres mesures pour soutenir les candidats et les bĂ©nĂ©ficiaires de subventions (voir COVID-19 – Le point sur les activitĂ©s du CAO). Les programmes de projets du CAO continuent Ă  subventionner les activitĂ©s de crĂ©ation, de production et de diffusion ainsi que les activitĂ©s artistiques interactives dans les communautĂ©s et les Ă©coles. Bon nombre de ces programmes et activitĂ©s bĂ©nĂ©ficient de critĂšres d’admissibilitĂ© modifiĂ©s qui tiennent compte de la façon dont les artistes et les organismes artistiques rĂ©agissent et s’adaptent au contexte actuel.”

-source : Ontario Arts Council / Conseil des arts de l’Ontario

BIPOC Writers Connect: Facilitating Mentorship, Creating Community

“Last year, The Writers’ Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets invited selected Black, Indigenous, and racialized emerging writers from the Greater Toronto Area to connect with industry professionals, funding officers, and established authors. Each attendee left feeling energized and inspired about their own writing practice. We are pleased to be able to continue and expand this program this year with Toronto and Vancouver events.

We are committed to cultivating space where BIPOC writers can share tools, strategies, feedback, and knowledge. We are also cognizant of the continuing uncertainties and risks surrounding COVID-19. The Union and the League have monitored announcements from public health authorities and each level of government in Toronto and Vancouver since we launched the conference in April. After much consideration toward the health and safety of each participant, volunteer and staff members, TWUC and LCP have ultimately decided to move forward with adapting both conferences for online delivery.

We are confident that BIPOC Writers Connect will be a fulfilling, exciting, and inspiring event for Black, Indigenous, and racialized emerging and established writers. Amid the uncertainties we are all facing in these unprecedented times, we believe that this opportunity for mentorship and community is more valuable than ever before.”

For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from The Writers’ Union of Canada

Call for Submissions x Life on the Line 2020 (Twentytwenty Arts)

Life on the Line is a public art project on the TTC utilizing art to raise awareness for mental health and funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Toronto.

As the second official iteration, Life on the Line 2020 will exhibit 200 posters on the TTC Subway (Line 1) from November 16th, 2020 – December 27th, 2020. Ten works of art by ten different artists will be selected for display to share unique perspectives on mental health.

We will produce prints of the selected works in editions of 50, where they will be available for sale at Hard Feelings and in our e-commerce store.

Artists will be paid 25% for every sale, and the remainder will be donated to CMHA Toronto’s Holiday Gift Program.

Selected artists and artworks will be included in a multi-pronged campaign, which will promote them through: social media marketing promotion, videos on 375 TTC subway platform screens, Unsinkable’s website, and a PR Campaign.


  • Artworks must be submitted online at
  • Call for submissions will be open from April 6th, 2020 – June 8th, 2020
  • You can submit a total of three works for consideration in a single PDF or JPEG file no larger than 2MB
  • Please submit vertical format works (will be printed 27″ x 20″ on TTC)
  • Artworks must be related to mental health (avoid triggering imagery)
  • Ontario residents only
  • We accept any visual art medium, including: painting, illustration, graphic design, sculpture, photography, etc.

For more information, please visit:

-from Twentytwenty Arts

Video: The Ripple Effect/Effet d’Ă©cho – 4th Line Theatre

“The #RippleEffect is the Ontario Arts Council’s series of short videos exploring how, beyond their intrinsic qualities, publicly funded arts activities add value in communities across Ontario. To learn more, visit:

Every summer, the outdoor theatre company, 4th Line Theatre brings history to life and tourists to Peterborough and the Kawarthas. 4th Line’s focus on community stories is part of what makes their work unique – and part of why the Ontario Arts Council has supported its work from the beginning. “When other granting bodies struggled to understand our work, the Ontario Arts Council was a real cheerleader,” explains Blackwell. “Right from the beginning, it was our community-based nature that the Ontario Arts Council ‘got’ and supported. It’s a really big reason why we’re about to go into our 28th season.” Read the full story here.

#Effetd’Ă©cho du Conseil des arts de l’Ontario est une sĂ©rie de courtes vidĂ©os qui explorent comment, au-delĂ  de leurs qualitĂ©s intrinsĂšques, les activitĂ©s artistiques financĂ©es par les fonds publics ajoutent de la valeur dans les collectivitĂ©s de l’Ontario. Apprenez-en plus :

Chaque Ă©tĂ©, la compagnie de thĂ©Ăątre en plein air 4th Line Theatre fait revivre l’histoire pour le bonheur des touristes de la rĂ©gion de Peterborough et des Kawarthas. Une des raisons qui caractĂ©risent le travail de 4th Line, c’est l’accent que la compagnie met sur la communautĂ© – et c’est aussi une des raisons pour lesquelles le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario a soutenu son travail depuis le dĂ©but. « Alors que d’autres bailleurs de fonds avaient de la peine Ă  comprendre ce que nous faisions, le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario ne cessait de nous encourager, explique Blackwell. DĂšs le dĂ©but, il a compris et a soutenu notre nature communautaire. Si nous sommes sur le point d’entamer notre 28e saison, c’est en grande partie grĂące Ă  ça. Â» Apprenez-en plus.”

-crĂ©dit: Ontario Arts Council / Conseil des arts de l’Ontario

Video: The Ripple Effect/Effet d’Ă©cho – Workman Arts

“The #RippleEffect is the Ontario Arts Council’s series of short videos exploring how, beyond their intrinsic qualities, publicly funded arts activities add value in communities across Ontario. To learn more, visit:

For more than 30 years, Workman Arts has been empowering people with mental health and addiction challenges by providing a refuge for creative exploration and the chance to become active in a vibrant artistic community. Through their three decades of experience, the organization knows first-hand how both of these play an integral role in facilitating recovery and maintaining health.” Read the full story here.

#Effetd’Ă©cho du Conseil des arts de l’Ontario est une sĂ©rie de courtes vidĂ©os qui explorent comment, au-delĂ  de leurs qualitĂ©s intrinsĂšques, les activitĂ©s artistiques financĂ©es par les fonds publics ajoutent de la valeur dans les collectivitĂ©s de l’Ontario. Apprenez-en plus :

Depuis plus de 30 ans, Workman Arts donne aux personnes qui ont des problĂšmes de santĂ© mentale et de dĂ©pendance la possibilitĂ© de surmonter leurs difficultĂ©s en leur offrant un refuge oĂč elles peuvent explorer leur crĂ©ativitĂ© et trouver leur place dans une communautĂ© artistique dynamique. GrĂące Ă  ses trois dĂ©cennies d’expĂ©rience, l’organisme sait de premiĂšre main Ă  quel point ces deux Ă©lĂ©ments jouent un rĂŽle essentiel dans le rĂ©tablissement et le maintien de la santĂ©.” Apprenez-en plus.

-crĂ©dit: Ontario Arts Council / Conseil des arts de l’Ontario

Call to Artists for Participation: Inkling Enacted (Red Dress Productions, Toronto)

Red Dress Productions invites artists to participate in Inkling Enacted: a collaborative creative process to develop themes, design, and a call for proposals for a festival of new performance works and works-in-progress that will take place at the Theatre Centre in May 2020, in Toronto.

Inkling is a series of workshops and events that centre disability and equity within collaborative artmaking.

We’re seeking Deaf, hearing, disabled and enabled artists interested in collaboratively developing a framework for a festival of new performance works emerging from diverse artistic traditions including theatre, music, dance, performance art, circus arts etc.

When & Where 

February 1, 8, and 15, 2020 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Jumblies Theatre at  132 Fort York Blvd, Toronto.

Access notes:

Artists will receive a participation honorarium. The venue is wheelchair accessible.  ASL interpretation will be provided.  We aim to be a scent-free environment.

RSVP by Friday January 24 via email tristan[at] with responses to these questions: Which dates will you participate in?  Do you have food sensitivities, allergies, or other considerations? What access supports or provisions would enable your participation?

We gratefully acknowledge our funding partners: Toronto Arts Council (Strategic Funding), Ontario Arts Council, and Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Red Dress Productions (RDP) creates interdisciplinary art, performance, and visual public artworks.

-from Red Dress Productions
Read Red Dress Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Workshop: Artfare Essentials (Jumblies Theatre)

What is it?

  • An introduction to principles and practices of arts that engage with and create community;
  • Many things you need to know to undertake your own community arts project;
  • An orientation to potential work or apprenticeship with Jumblies and Offshoots;
  • A gathering of diverse people interested in community-engaged arts;
  • A mix of presentation, discussion, art-making, site visits and take-home resources;
  • A time to consider and discuss the joys & challenges inherent in this work;
  • An intensive, fun, thought-provoking, immersive 6-day experience.

Topics include:

  • Definitions, terms, & guiding principles
  • Project visioning and planning
  • Partnerships (with arts and other sectors)
  • Research (arts and oral history-based)
  • Facilitation (making art with people)
  • Bridging diverse cultures and traditions
  • Collaborating across disciplines, forms and traditions
  • Navigating  conflicts and challenges
  • History and legacies of Jumblies
  • Evaluation, documentation, sustainability, legacy

For more information and to apply for the upcoming session, please visit Jumblies Theatre.

-from Jumblies Theatre website
Read Jumblies’ Profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map