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Call for Participants: The E.W.o.C. Project – Turbulence II

“The E.W.o.C. Project – Turbulence II is an exciting paid, skill-building workshop series for youth, taking place this winter at UTSC.

Turbulence II is a free a mixed-media storytelling workshop series for emerging artists, who identify as Muslim women of colour. The 11 week (22 hours) series will guide 15 youth artists to create a collection of pieces through the interdisciplinary practice of: illustration, poetry, and painting, and will incorporate re-purposing materials (such as fabric, plates, and pottery). The series will conclude with a gallery exhibition, showcasing the stories of the diaspora experience and disrupting harmful narratives.

The workshop series is facilitated by The E.W.o.C. Project, alongside Oubah Osman, and Yara El Safi, in partnership with Art Reach and Toronto Arts Council. 

About the workshop series: Turbulence II

The E.W.o.C. (Equity for Women of Colour) Project is facilitating Turbulence II, a mixed-media storytelling workshop series for emerging artists, who identify as Muslim women of colour. The 11 week (22 hours) series will guide 15 youth artists to create a collection of pieces through the interdisciplinary practice of: illustration, poetry, and painting, and will incorporate re-purposing materials (such as fabric, plates, and pottery). The series will conclude with a gallery exhibition, showcasing the stories of the diaspora experience and disrupting harmful narratives. The workshop participants will be paid for the duration of the series. This is part 2 of a pilot project, which first took place in the summer of 2019, in partnership with Art Starts and Scarborough Arts.”

Click here for more information and how to apply.

-from Neighbourhood Arts Network

Open Door Granting Program (Toronto Arts Council)

Open Door is a funding opportunity designed to respond to timely and ambitious arts sector initiatives outside of the discipline-specific funding programs.

Toronto Arts Council’s Open Door granting program supports projects that demonstrate innovation, provocation, creative collaboration & partnership, artistry, risk-taking, experimentation, and the sharing of knowledge and leadership. Open Door provides catalyst funding for ideas with the potential to create transformative change in the arts sector.

1.  Big Ideas: ambitious, timely projects with the potential to transform an artistic discipline, inspire a community of artists or elevate the arts sector as a whole. Projects aligned with the Year of Public Art in 2021 are eligible to apply. Visit our Year of Public Arts page to learn more about Toronto Arts Council’s role in this City of Toronto initiative.

2.  Market Development: projects designed to grow or develop new markets for Toronto arts work. Projects taking place outside Toronto must explain the impact on the City’s artists and/or arts sector.

3.  New Models (formerly New Models and Innovations): projects with the capacity to solve sector-wide challenges in new or innovative ways.

The following activity is not eligible for funding through this program:

  • activities included in TAC operating grants
  • activities included in TAC project grants
  • capital projects or expenses
  • renovations or repairs
  • research, feasibility studies or training programs
  • projects previously funded through Open Door
  • print or online publishing.”

For more information, please visit: https://torontoartscouncil.org/grant-programs/tac-grants/open-door

-from Toronto Arts Council

Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship (Toronto Arts Council)

“Toronto Arts Council’s Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship program was created to:

  • provide support for newcomer and refugee artists to develop their artistic practice;
  • support the integration and inclusion of newcomer and refugee artists to Toronto

We define a newcomer as: an immigrant or refugee who has lived in Canada for less than 7 years; a refugee is a person who was forced to leave their home country and is now located in Canada.
The program provides funding for individual newcomer and refugee professional* artists to be mentored (guided) in their chosen arts discipline.
The mentorship application is submitted by the newcomer artist with the mentor as the co-applicant. Both the applicant and the mentor must identify as professional* artists.

*A professional artist is:

  • someone who has developed their artistic skills through training and/or practice;
  • is recognized as a professional by other artists working in the same artistic tradition;
  • actively practices his or her art;
  • seeks payment for her/his work;
  • and has a history of public presentation

If you are a newcomer or refugee artist and you need help finding a mentor or accessing translation services, please contact Rupal Shah by March 31, 2019.

VALUE OF GRANT

The total grant is $10,000.

  • $5,000 is paid directly to the newcomer or refugee artist
  • $5,000 is paid directly to the mentor.”

For more information, please visit Toronto Arts Council’s website

-from Toronto Arts Council

Join the Mentor Database for Toronto Arts Council’s Newcomer & Refugee Artist Mentorship Program

“Toronto Arts Council’s Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship Program is seeking Toronto-based professional artists to join its mentor database. This program provides funding for newcomer and refugee professional artists to work with a Toronto-based arts mentor.

Why should you join? The program supports the integration and inclusion of newcomer and refugee artists to Toronto’s arts community. Successful applicant pairs will share a $10,000 grant to design and implement their mentorship.

Interested? Contact Rupal Shah, Strategic Programs Officer at rupal[at]torontoartscouncil.org

To learn more click here.”

-from Toronto Arts Council newsletter

Grant: Toronto Arts Council-Faculty of Communication and Design Digital Solutions Incubator

“The TAC-FCAD Digital Solutions Incubator aims to:

  • Address organizational challenges within the arts sector using digital-enabled approaches.
  • Facilitate creative, collaborative and unexpected solutions with the potential to benefit the arts sector as a whole.
  • Provide arts organizations and collectives access to design and technological expertise.
  • Enhance organizational capacity in the arts sector around digital technology

This pilot program was created through a partnership between TAC and Ryerson University’s Faculty of Communications and Design (FCAD) to encourage arts organizations to consider the creative possibilities unlocked by the use of technology. The partnership provides arts organizations with access to design and technological expertise to explore digital solutions to the challenges they face, as well as practical, hands-on projects for the participants of the Ryerson Creative Impact Supercourses, educational experiences that challenge students from different programs to work with external partners to conceive and develop digital ideas into functional prototypes.

For the purposes of this grant, “digital” refers to any user-centered design process involving significant use of mobile, web, augmented/virtual reality or computer-based technology.

Application Deadline: April 16, 2018

For more information, please visit www.torontoartscouncil.org

-from Toronto Arts Council website

Indigenous Arts Project Grants (Toronto Arts Council)

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“Toronto Arts Council’s Indigenous Arts Projects program is an annual multi-disciplinary project grant specifically for Indigenous artists, collectives and organizations.  For the purpose of this program, “Indigenous” is defined as a Canadian Aboriginal person who self-defines as First Nations (Status or Non-status), Métis, or Inuit.  TAC recognizes that in the diverse mosaic of Toronto, Indigenous people are the original inhabitants of the City, which has great historical and cultural significance as a place for ceremony, gathering, trade, and exchange.

The program is designed to increase participation in and access to Toronto Arts Council funding by Indigenous artists, while increasing the creation and presentation of high-quality Indigenous art in the City.

Application Deadlines: February 15 and August 1, 2017″

For more details on the grants, please visit Toronto Arts Council’s website

-from Toronto Arts Council website

Newcomer and Refugee Arts Engagement Programs (Toronto Arts Council)

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New Programs Launched to Serve Toronto’s Newcomers and Refugees

Toronto Arts Council (TAC) is pleased to announce the creation of two new funding programs that will increase arts access opportunities for Toronto’s newcomers and refugees.

Following consultation sessions with members of Toronto’s arts and settlement sectors, including newcomer and refugee artists, TAC has developed these programs to support the city’s newest residents.

The Newcomer and Refugee Arts Engagement program provides targeted support to organizations and collectives working with newcomers and refugees through the arts.

The Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship program provides funding for individual newcomer and refugee professional artists to work with a mentor in their chosen arts discipline. TAC is pleased to be partnering with Neighbourhood Arts Network on this component. Neighbourhood Arts Network will be available to assist applicants in finding a mentor and/or to provide support for translation services.

“Toronto’s arts and culture community is deeply enriched by the contributions of newcomer artists,” says Claire Hopkinson, Toronto Arts Council’s Director and CEO. “These programs recognize both the cultural contributions of our newcomers and barriers they face.”

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2017

TAC will be hosting information sessions in January and February, 2017. The dates of the information sessions will be posted to TAC’s website shortly.
To view the full application guidelines, visit: torontoartscouncil.org/newcomer

For more information on these programs, contact Rupal Shah, Grants Officer, Strategic Programs.  rupal@torontoartscouncil.org; 416-392-6802 x 209

Artists who are interested in becoming a mentor for Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship should contact Inés Aguileta, Program Coordinator, Neighbourhood Arts Network. ines@torontoarts.org; 416-392-6802 x 221

About Toronto Arts Council
Toronto Arts Council (TAC) is the City of Toronto’s funding body for artists and arts organizations. Since 1974, TAC has played a major role in the city’s cultural industries by supporting a very broad range of artistic activity. From the emerging artist to the most established, from celebrated institutions to arts that challenge convention, TAC is typically the first funder to offer support. Today, TAC grants lead to exhibitions, performances, readings and workshops seen annually by over 7.5 million people. Through its ongoing funding of over $16 million annually, TAC cultivates a rich engagement between artists and audiences. It is proud to reflect Toronto’s vibrancy through the diversity of the artists, arts communities and audiences that it serves. For more about Toronto Arts Council, visit www.torontoartscouncil.org

About Neighbourhood Arts Network
Neighbourhood Arts Network is dedicated to celebrating and supporting community engaged artists and organizations across Toronto. Their free membership includes professional development, community events, online resources, strategic community partnerships and signature awards. Neighbourhood Arts Network is a strategic initiative of Toronto Arts Foundation.”

For more information, please visit Toronto Arts Council’s website

-from Toronto Arts Council news release

Platform A announces the recipients of 2016 Toronto Arts Council micro-grants

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Platform A partner organizations Art Starts, Jumblies Theatre, SKETCH and CUE, and VIBE Arts, are pleased to announce the recipients of new arts grants made possible through City Council’s increase in investment to the Toronto Arts Council. This initiative has for the last three years, put grants of up to $1,000 into the hands of underrepresented, marginalized, and newcomer artists and collectives to develop new projects.

This cycle saw 149 funding submissions to Platform A partner organizations. The successful 77 grant recipients will be working on a diverse range of projects such as creating murals with women’s shelter residents, installing piñatas in public spaces across Scarborough, creating an arts-based writing workshop series to engage black youth who live with various forms of disability/chronic illness, and dozens of individual fine arts projects spanning every artistic discipline. These grants are significant as they represent support for artists who have been historically excluded from conventional arts opportunities, and artists who have not previously been able to access funding for their work. Platform A provides high-access systems for these artists to apply for funding, and the opportunity comes with intensive mentorship throughout the process of developing proposals, producing projects, and connecting with future opportunities after grant period.

“We are happy to be in a position to increase access to arts funding for newcomer and community-based artists through the Platform A initiative,” says Claire Hopkinson, Director and CEO of the Toronto Arts Council. “We extend our warmest congratulations to each of the recipients.”

The following artists received grants through this cycle of the Platform A funding program:
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The works of Platform A grant recipients will be featured at a group arts exhibition in the summer of 2016.

Platform A is collaboration between Art Starts, Jumblies Theatre, SKETCH and CUE, and VIBE Arts. These organizations have all emerged from grassroots initiatives to become key community builders in Toronto’s arts sector, engaging thousands of children, young people and adults annually through diverse and accessible programming.

About Partner Organizations:
VIBE Arts
VIBE Arts is an award-winning organization whose mandate is to engage young people living in priority neighbourhoods in high-quality, accessible arts educational programs that are meaningful, relevant and collaboratively developed with community and education partners. VIBE Arts positions arts programs in schools and neighbourhood venues as a means of building community, and empowering marginalized children and youth to reach their full potential as artists and social contributors.

Art Starts
Art Starts is an award-winning charitable, not-for-profit organization that uses the arts as a vehicle to encourage social change in Toronto’s underserved neighbourhoods. Bringing professional artists and communities together to work across all artistic disciplines, Art Starts combines the best practices of hands-on community consultation with a collaborative art- making approach and sound organizational and administrative support.

Jumblies Theatre
In operation for over ten years, Jumblies is an inclusive and community-focused theatre company offering multi-year residencies, studio training, mentorships, and innovative collaborative projects. Jumblies is an award-winning organization increasingly cited as a pioneering and inspirational example of art that embraces and intertwines aesthetics with social engagement.

SKETCH and CUE
SKETCH is a nationally recognized, award-winning community arts enterprise based in Toronto engaging young people living homeless and on the margins, ages 16-29, coming from across Canada. SKETCH creates equitable opportunities for diverse young people to experience the transformative power of the arts, build leadership in the arts and cultivate environmental and social change through the arts.

A collaborative partner of SKETCH, CUE is a radical arts initiative dedicated to supporting new generation artists who live and work on the margins. Since 2008, CUE has disseminated over $250,000 to support the creation of more than 260 art projects.

TORONTO ARTS COUNCIL
Toronto Arts Council, an arm’s length body of the City of Toronto, funds artists and arts organizations across the city through its grants programs. In 2015 Toronto Arts Council reviewed over 2300 grant applications and awarded grants totalling $16 million to 950 individual artists and organizations.
Toronto Arts Council contact: susan@torontoartscouncil.org, 416 392 6802 x 211″

-submitted by Art Starts
See the profiles of Art StartsVIBE ArtsJumblies Theatre & SKETCH in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Platform A: Supporting community-engaged art-making in Toronto

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Platform A announces the recipients of 2015 Toronto Arts Council micro-grants to support community-engaged art-making in the city.

Platform A partner organizations AFCY, Art Starts, Jumblies Theatre and SKETCH/CUE are pleased to announce the recipients of 50 new micro-grants made possible through City Council’s increase in investment to the Toronto Arts Council. This initiative puts micro-grants of up to $1,000 directly into the hands of emerging and newcomer artists and collectives who will benefit from seed funding to get projects started, to practice skills and to experiment with creative ideas that later become more fulsome projects.

The Platform A partner organizations received more than 100 submissions from across the city proposing a range of inspired, community-engaged arts projects. The successful micro-grantees will be working on such projects as creating murals with women’s shelter residents, developing collaborative youth video projects and producing and recording music and mix-tapes. What makes these micro-grants so important is that they are recognizing the artistic practices of those who have not previously been able to access funding for their projects.

The purpose of these micro-grants isn’t only to provide funds for arts initiatives across the city but to provide guidance and mentorship to applicants. The process introduces them to granting body structures all while giving them tangible experience they can springboard into larger projects. This was echoed by last year’s Arts For Children and Youth micro-grant artist Kiana ‘Rookz’ Eastmond who said, “What was amazing was we were able to get funding and do so well. I know that this will open doors for grants to come. These micro-grants are a great step”

“We are happy to be in a position to increase access to arts funding for newcomer and community-based artists through the Platform A initiative. We extend our warmest congratulations to each of the recipients,” says Claire Hopkinson, Director and CEO of the Toronto Arts Council.

The 56 funded projects will engage residents across the city of Toronto in a diversity of art forms at a neighbourhood level. The following recipients were awarded micro-grants from the Platform A partners:

Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY)
Shashann Miguel-Tash, Pages on Fire, Jade Greaves, Shiv Patel, Tara Dorey, May Chook, Michael Nguyen, Conrad Davis Oluwatobi Ajibolade, Jigme Phunkhang, Kobi Ntiri, Tina Nicole Austin

Art Starts
Jaicyea Smith, Janiece McIntosh, Adam Cohoon, Poonam Sharma, Elliot Pines, Kassandra Prus, Marjan Verstappen Casandra London, Ashley Bratty, Candice Botha, Svitlana Ivchenko, Juan Carbonell

Jumblies Theatre
Toronto Wordsmiths, Faeghan Williams, Jonathan Vallely, Kristine White, Jun Yee Wang, Miranda Sharp, Mackenzie Konecny, Robin Sutherland, Katherine Fleitas, Julia Hune-Brown, Veronika Diaz, Nirven Armoogum Pavla Uppal, Tristan Castro-Pozo

SKETCH/CUE
Alvero Muanza, Matthew Progress, Evan Moore, Bernice Chau, Lorena Torres, Loaiza Mapela, Simon Nguyen, Nathan Baya, Anthony Peawan, Oddane Taylor, Phillip Saunders, Gnarly Charly, Khalid Wilson, Pierre Bimwala, Huda Tariq, Tim Hunter, Andrew Nyarko, Alyza Bernier

The creative output of the 56 micro-grantees will be showcased at an event scheduled for June 18, 2015 at Artscape Youngplace.

Platform A is a collaboration between four of Toronto’s leading organizations in community-engaged arts: Arts for Children and Youth, Art Starts, Jumblies Theatre and SKETCH/CUE. These organizations have all emerged from grassroots initiatives and have grown to become key community builders in Toronto’s arts sector, engaging thousands of children, young people and adults annually through their diverse, innovative and accessible programming.

To follow the Platform A initiative on social media you can connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/platformatoronto on Twitter with the handle @pfa_toronto or across all media with the hashtag #platformatoronto.

About Partner Organizations:

Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY)
AFCY is an award-winning organization whose mandate is to engage young people living in priority neighbourhoods in high-quality, accessible arts educational programs that are meaningful, relevant and collaboratively developed with community and education partners. AFCY positions arts programs in schools and neighbourhood venues as a means of building community, and empowering marginalized children and youth to reach their full potential as artists and social contributors.

Art Starts
Art Starts is an award-winning charitable, not-for-profit organization that uses the arts as a vehicle to encourage social change in Toronto’s underserved neighbourhoods. Bringing professional artists and communities together to work across all artistic disciplines, Art Starts combines the best practices of hands-on community consultation with a collaborative art-making approach and sound organizational and administrative support.

Jumblies Theatre
In operation for over ten years, Jumblies is an inclusive and community-focused theatre company offering multi-year residencies, studio training, mentorships, and innovative collaborative projects. Jumblies is an award-winning organization increasingly cited as a pioneering and inspirational example of art that embraces and intertwines aesthetics with social engagement.

SKETCH/CUE
SKETCH is a nationally recognized, award-winning community arts development initiative based in Toronto engaging young people living homeless and on the margins, ages 15-29, from across Canada. SKETCH creates equitable opportunities for diverse young people to experience the transformative power of the arts. A project of SKETCH, CUE is a radical, youth-led, high-access arts support initiative enabling young marginalized artists to develop arts project proposals, produce, and exhibit their visions, within an intimate and supportive community framework.

TORONTO ARTS COUNCIL
Toronto Arts Council, an arm’s length body of the City of Toronto, funds artists and arts organizations across the city through its grants programs. In 2012, approximately $10.3 million was disbursed to 419 arts organizations and 272 individual artists following assessment of 1562 applications. Toronto Arts Council’s grant budget increased to $14.3 million in 2013.

Platform A is a key initiative that was developed in line with TAC’s strategic priorities to enhance support for Community Connections in local and youth-based arts delivery, and foster increased Innovation and Partnerships that will incubate new ideas and opportunities across all disciplines.

Toronto Arts Council contact: kerry@torontoartscouncil.org, 416 392 6802 x209″

-submitted by Art Starts
See the profiles of Art StartsArts for Children and YouthJumblies Theatre & SKETCH in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Micro-grants for emerging artists or collectives to create, engage and inspire! Platform A / Art Starts (Toronto)

artstarts-microgrants“Microgrants are back!
How would you engage Toronto with art?
Art Starts is now offering 12 micro-grants in amounts up to $1000 for emerging artists or collectives to create, engage and inspire!

Deadline: October 30th 2014
Proposals in all artistic disciplines are welcome. For more info or to apply, please visit http://www.artstarts.net/micrograntinfo

-submitted by Art Starts, from newsletter
Read Art Starts’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map