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COMMUNITY+Connects: Online (Scarborough Arts)

Scarborough Arts Presents: 
COMMUNITY+Connects: Online 
“Community is what you make it.” 

“As a community we are currently experiencing physical distancing, and community is also what you make it. Community exists in the people and environment you have around you, always, and there are many ways to access community and to support one another even when we are not able to gather together. 

For the past 42 years, community has been at the heart of Scarborough Arts. As an organization, we are committed to bringing community to the arts and art to the community for all in Scarborough. We, as an organization, remain committed to our mandate of serving the people and communities of Scarborough during these precarious times through new online and accessible programming. Scarborough Arts is pleased to present, COMMUNITY+Connects: Online,a new online platform for facilitated workshops, mentorship, artist talks and tours, professional development opportunities, and most importantly, connection. 

Although these are uncertain times, one thing that remains the same is our commitment to the people of Scarborough. With our new online roster of programs, COMMUNITY+Connects: Online brings community to you and let’s you explore creatively in the comfort of your own home. 

Please see the following infographic for the current COMMUNITY+Connects: Online line-up of upcoming programs. And, stay tuned to Scarborough Arts’ Instagram: [@scarborougharts], Facebook: [Scarborough Arts], and website [] for added programs and opportunities. We’re in this together, and we’re here, together. 

We as an organization are learning how to be accommodating to our community while we continue to isolate at home. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback we are here for you. Please feel free to direct your correspondence to us at hello[at]”

For more information, please visit:

-from Scarborough Arts

Join the Scarborough Youth Playwrights Hub!

“Have you always wanted to join a theatre group? Test out your writing skills? Try something exciting and new? Join the Youth Playwrights Hub!

The Youth Playwrights Hub is BACK! We, once again, are partnering with Tarragon Theatre to offer free play creation opportunities to youth living in Scarborough! Sign up for nine free playwriting workshops hosted at Scarborough Arts from 6 – 8 pm on Thursday nights from January 9 – March 12th, 2020. This program is open to any and all youth currently attending high school in Scarborough. 

Each participant will work toward developing their own short play that will be shared with the public this spring! These sessions will be co-facilitated by Caitie Graham and Charles Marco Diokno Manzo. 

To be a part of this FREE writing hub all we ask is for you to fill out this quick Google Form, including a short writing submission. (If the nature of this application process is a barrier to applying, please contact education[at] to discuss the possibility of alternative forms of application.)”

For more information, please visit:

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

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

Scarborough Arts is seeking a Youth Coordinator & Peer Mentors for EAST Youth Collective

East 7: Healthy Relationships Through Music is a free youth-led music and sexual health program for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) women and women-identifying* youth [16-24] in Scarborough. 

Are you a passionate BIPOC woman or woman-identifying person with an interest in gaining leadership experience? Are you interested in mentoring others with and through art? Do you want to learn more about how to execute an arts program in your community, or how to connect your community through art? 

If so, Scarborough Arts is looking for you!

We are currently hiring dynamic, energetic and passionate Youth Coordinator andtwo (2) Peer Mentors for our  7th annual East Program: EAST: Healthy Relationships Through Music – A Resiliency Program.

 *This program is for women and people who self-identify as women. We use an inclusive definition of “woman”, which welcomes trans-women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Scarborough Arts

SA Moves Workshop: Spirit of Africa (Scarborough Arts)

Spirit of Africa is a fun, exciting, interactive workshop that uses dance movement, music, and song to tell the story of the African people. Participants will learn about how the everyday lives of African people transfers through the arts, where examples of their daily activities, values and customs are portrayed. This workshop consists of a series of movements and song and drum rhythms from different parts of West Africa, followed by a formal instruction of a traditional dance piece, and ending with a “cookup”, where participants are able to freely express themselves. Participants should dress comfortably, be prepared to dance barefoot, and ready to have fun!

*Please note that this is a WORKSHOP SERIES and that participants who would like to attend are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER AND ATTEND ALL sessions of the workshop* 


Born on the island of Trinidad and Tobago, Lesley Waldron started her journey in dance at the tender age of 5. She has trained in Modern, Caribbean Folk, and African Dance. In 1993, she joined the Ghanaian group Sankofa Drum and Dance Ensemble. In the Twi language, “Sankofa” means “go back and retrieve”; which is exactly what Lesley did, travelling to Ghana in 2007 to obtain a degree in West African dance and community development. Today, Lesley’s goal is to use the arts as a tool to educate young minds and inspire youth to elevate themselves.

This workshop is part of Scarborough Arts’ SA Suite of Programs — 2019.
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-from Scarborough Arts

Call for Facilitators: Scarborough Arts Suite of Programs 2018-19

“Are you an artist or educator interested in bringing your artistic and cultural activities to Scarborough? Scarborough Arts is looking for engaging individuals to be part of our artist roster and plan and lead enriching arts workshops, talks, and events in Scarborough as part of our annual SA Suite of Programs 2018-19!

This year, we are especially interested in proposals that plan on delivering a series of workshops that will allow participants to progressively build on their skills. 

Apply now!

DEADLINE: September 23, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.

Throughout the year, Scarborough Arts offers a collection of creative, innovative and accessible workshops and events series in various locations of Scarborough. At low-cost, these workshops are accessible to people of all backgrounds, abilities, and ages and encourages individuals, friends, and families to explore their creative side. Workshops cover various art disciplines, including but not limited to visual arts, new media, literary arts, music, dance, photography, performance, crafts, and participatory arts. These workshops are categorized into five streams: SA CreatesSA MovesSA WritesSA Talks, and SA Kids.

We are looking for artists and arts facilitators who have had previous experience facilitating workshops and have had experience working with diverse communities.

We welcome new and unique ideas that explore different art forms, including but not limited to visual arts, crafts, dance, drama, music, creative writing, photography, and new media. We also welcome professional development opportunities geared towards artists, arts educators, and arts administrators.

If selected, artists and facilitators must participate in a mandatory Scarborough Arts training session sometime in September or October 2018. Details will be announced as soon as it becomes available.

If you are interested in this opportunity, you must fill out the application form and submit it on or before the deadline on September 23, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.

For more information and to apply, please visit: Scarborough Arts’ website

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

Scarborough Arts’ Healthy Arts for Seniors (HAFS) Exhibition (April 5-27)

Exhibit marks Scarborough elders as diverse, multilingual storytellers

“On April 19, Scarborough Arts presents the Healthy Arts for Seniors (HAFS) Exhibition Opening Reception and Anthology Launch, showcasing photography, poetry, fiction and non-fiction prose, and audio recordings created by 18 Scarborough seniors as part of the HAFS program.

Exploring themes of family, immigration, aging, triumphs and sorrows, and love and loss the exhibition and anthology illuminates the hidden worlds of some of Scarborough’s most talented elders, depicting the diversity of their experiences as told against the diverse and multicultural backdrop of our beloved Scarborough.

This year, we are particularly excited to welcome a diverse group of program participants, including the first-ever group of Mandarin-speaking seniors. As a result, all materials in the exhibition, anthology and audio recordings will be available in both English and in Mandarin.

The Healthy Arts for Seniors program was developed by Scarborough Arts in an effort to break patterns of isolation amongst seniors and provide an opportunity to explore what it means to build healthy lives through the arts in an inclusive and welcoming environment. The program, which ran from October 2017 to April 2018, engaged 25 seniors as it travelled to East Scarborough Storefront in South Scarborough and then to Agincourt Community Services Association in North Scarborough. Participants met weekly and learned about the creative and technical aspects of photography, creative writing, and oral storytelling.

“I believe the HAFS program, a cornerstone of Scarborough Arts’ program offerings, truly encourages participants to experience their own personal renaissance as they engage with a multi-media approach to artistic self-expression and self-actualization,” says Derek Spooner, Scarborough Arts’ Executive Director. “Join us for this celebration of artworks directly from the hearts and minds of Scarborough’s elders. Healthy Arts for Seniors is for everyone.”

The Healthy Arts for Seniors Exhibition Opening Reception and Anthology Launch will take place on Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Scarborough Arts’ Bluffs Gallery on 1859 Kingston Road. The afternoon will feature live readings by seniors, food and refreshments, and an opportunity to mix and mingle while viewing the exhibit.

The Healthy Arts for Seniors exhibit runs from April 5 to 27, 2018. It is curated by Diana Nazareth, HAFS Program Facilitator and Coordinator.

For more information about Scarborough Arts’ Healthy Arts for Seniors program, visit

The Healthy Arts for Seniors program was made possible through the support of the City of Toronto, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario’s Seniors’ Secretariat. We also acknowledge the support of our program partners: East Scarborough Storefront and the Agincourt Community Services Association.

Scarborough Arts, a non-profit charitable organization, is the only arts organization of its kind specifically serving the Scarborough community through innovative arts and culture programs for citizens of all ages. We bring arts to the community and community to the arts.”

-from Scarborough Arts press release
Read Scarborough Arts’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Scarborough’s arts scene takes spotlight at Alive with Art, a festival of Scarborough’s creativity (August 19 & 26)

Scarborough’s arts scene takes spotlight at Alive with Art on August 19 and 26

This August, Scarborough comes alive with live performances, an arts market, outdoor film screenings, kids’ activities, food trucks, and more! All of it is part of Alive with Art, a festival of Scarborough’s creativity, presented by Scarborough Arts.

The family-friendly, multi-weekend festival will animate two Scarborough spaces: Scarborough Museum at Thomson Memorial Park, from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Saturday, August 19; and Harrison Properties, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM on Saturday, August 26 through a showcase of Scarborough’s most talented community of artists. Everyone is invited to enjoy, experience, and participate in an array of FREE arts and entertainment in your backyard!

Event highlights include:

  • Over 40 local artist vendors, makers, and community booths selling and showcasing visual arts and crafts (August 26)
  • Outdoor stage featuring live performances from over 20 local musicians and performers including T.Dot Brass Bangerz, St. Royals, and MVDHOUSE
  • Writing workshop and readings by 6 professional and emerging writers as part of What’s Your Story Scarborough? presented in partnership with the Ontario Book Publishers Organization (August 26)
  • Durational performance art piece by Pulari Collective in the Bluffs Gallery (August 26)
  • CANVAS CLASH, a live interactive painting competition featuring audience members and emerging and professional artists (August 26)
  • Free outdoor film screenings of Night at the Museum at Scarborough Museum on August 19, and Wizard of Oz at Harrison Properties on August 26.

“Community events and festivals are vital to our communities as they celebrate, showcase, and explore the diversity and creative pulse of neighbourhoods. There is a lot of love and care that go into planning and executing these festivals mainly because the feat requires authentic collaboration between the artists, the presenting and partner organizations, and the broader community,” states Jen D. Fabico, Program Director at Scarborough Arts. “Alive with Art is no different! We’ve put together a whole slate of activities—from visual art, performing arts, literature, to crafts—in collaboration with the Scarborough community. There’s something for everyone regardless of your interest, age, or background.”

In addition, we are also announcing our fall season programming at Harrison Properties on August 26. Be the first to learn more about and sign up for our SA Suite of Programs for Fall 2017; find out more about Healthy Arts for Seniors, our new photography and storytelling program; and get to meet the new groups and collectives that are part of the 2nd year of SA Together, our free arts residency program.

We are also announcing and presenting the award to the winner of the inaugural Scarborough Design Competition and launching new merchandise featuring the winning Scarborough-inspired design.

The full schedule of activities is available on the Scarborough Arts website and on the Alive with Art Facebook event page.

Follow the conversation online using the hashtag #ScarboroughAlive on Facebook (Scarborough Arts), Twitter (@scararts), and on Instagram (@scarborougharts).

What: Alive with Art: A Festival of Scarborough’s Creativity — Day 1
When: Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: Scarborough Museum, Thomson Memorial Park
1007 Brimley Road, Scarborough, ON M1P 3E8
Cost: Free

What: Alive with Art: A Festival of Scarborough’s Creativity — Day 2
When: Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Where: Scarborough Arts’ Harrison Properties
1859 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1N 1T3
Cost: Free

Scarborough Arts, a non-profit charitable organization, is the only arts organization of its kind specifically serving the Scarborough community through innovative arts and culture programs for citizens of all ages. We bring artists to the community and community to artists.”

-from Scarborough Arts press release
Read Scarborough Arts’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival Seeking Volunteers!


Scarborough Arts invites you to volunteer for this momentous 5th year of the Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival! The festival runs from June 6th to 11th, 2017, and this year is promising to be the best one yet, with a variety of film programs, parties, concerts, industry meetings, guests, and of course more films!

The Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival is only made possible by our amazing volunteers. This festival was founded as a volunteer driven project to bring international stories to the borough of Scarborough, uniting residents and guests under the lights of the screen. We are tremendously grateful for the time and dedication of our volunteers. We sincerely hope that you consider joining the volunteer team this summer!

As a volunteer you will be meeting and interacting with all kinds of new people, developing and sharing your unique skillset while participating and supporting the arts. For volunteering with the festival you will receive free access to all screenings. You will also be provided with a t-shirt, training sessions and volunteer appreciation events!

To apply for a volunteer position please complete this application form.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email volunteer[at]”

-from Scarborough Arts website

EAST Urban Music invites applications from emerging and aspiring youth musicians (Scarborough Arts)

“Are you interested in writing and performing your own music? Are you between the ages of 14 and 21? Sign up for Scarborough Arts’ EAST: Urban Music program!

Work with musicians and producers and learn about beats, songwriting and song structure, flow, performance, and artists’ rights with SOCAN. At the end of the program, participants get to perform their songs at Scarborough Arts’ annual Art on the Bluffs festival (previously Art in the Park) in Scarborough on August 2017.

Workshops take place Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 PM at Cedarbrook Community Centre, 91 Eastpark Blvd., starting May 11 until June 22, 2017.

Deadline to submit applications is Monday, May 8 at 5 PM.
For more information on hot to apply, please visit Scarborough Arts’ website.”

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