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Workshop: EQUITY! Critical Self-Care (Artists’ Health Alliance, Toronto)

Workshop: EQUITY! Critical Self-Care
APRIL 03, 2019

Using a health equity lens, we’ll explore shared sources of stress and how self-care practices can meaningfully support artists’ wellbeing in the context of precarious work and intersecting inequities. We’ll take a critical eye to self-care messaging that is geared towards self-sufficiency and productivity and come to understand self-care as health practices which foster greater control over our art and lives.

In this workshop, you can expect to:

  • Relate your own experiences as an artist to an equity-informed view of self-care
  • Create a personalized self-care template you can use to develop self-care practices, now and in the future
  • Exchange insight, experiences and stories with other participants (optional)

Netta Kornberg is a published researcher and organizer who has worked internationally in adult education, health promotion and the arts. She is the Program & Education Coordinator at Artists’ Health Alliance. Always learning, Netta completed safeTALK Suicide Alertness and trains as an amateur boxer. She holds an MPhil. at the University of Cambridge.

This workshop is part of the series “STRESSED! How to handle an artists’ life in 9 sessions”. All sessions take place on the 1st Wednesday of the month, 4-6pm, at The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre from September 2018 – May 2019. For more information, visit

-from Artists’ Health Alliance website
Read Artists’ Health Alliance’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Youth Volunteer Opportunity: Empathy Squad (FiXT POiNT, GTA)

Join the Empathy Squad!

Volunteer Opportunity (Future Leaders age 18 – 30)

Volunteer for the Empathy Squad to make a difference in your city. Investigate and share ideas on connection and growing empathy in the GTA. Give a voice to untold stories and celebrate unsung heroes in your community. You’ll have the chance to collect stories, learn podcasting skills, meet lots of new people, connect with your community and collaborate with future leaders across the city. Come spark change, one story at a time.

Participants will:

  • Learn interview and recording techniques, narrative shaping and audio editing skills
  • Gain skills in community engagement through oral-history collection
  • Enhance readiness for leadership roles and community participation
  • Grow empathy in the city through community building dialogue

Program details:
Approximately 12 hours a week of commitment for 12 weeks total. First group starts April 27, 2019.
See full program schedule

Application deadlines:
Group 1: March 26th 2019
Group 2 & 3: Ongoing until all positions are filled. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

This opportunity was made possible by Canada Service Corps”

For more information, please visit FiXT POiNT’s website

-submitted by FiXT POiNT
Read FiXT POiNT’s Profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

Profile Highlight: FiXT POiNT

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at ArtBridges.

“Founded in 2006 and incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2011, FiXT POiNT is a Toronto-based arts & media company with national reach. To date we’ve interviewed over 3000 Canadians from every province and territory in almost 200 communities in our storymobiles (recording studios on wheels). We have aired dozens of audio stories on CBC (Fresh Air, Podcast Playlist, Holiday Programming etc.), edited and posted hundreds of oral histories on our storymap and recently produced two seasons of a TV/Web Series for TVO. Most recently we were awarded Touring Artist of the Year from CAPACOA (Canadian Arts Presenting Association).”

To read more about FiXT POiNT, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Call for Community-Led Public Arts Projects Seeking Support (STEPS)


Have a community project that you’re struggling to launch?
A place you’ve identified for public art but are unsure how to make it happen?
An identified cultural programming gap in your community, but not sure how to fill it?

Since 2011, STEPS has supported BIAs, community groups, and social service agencies across the GTA in realizing projects that foster vibrant public spaces and encourage diverse participation in arts-based initiatives.


If you’re a non arts-based community group, STEPS may be able to help you through:

  • sharing our knowledge and expertise in: project management, partnership development, public outreach,
  • program facilitation, artist recruitment, design development, onsite production and community engagement.
  • supporting a host organization in funding requests through identifying opportunities, grant proposal coaching, providing letters of support.
  • leveraging our relationships within the cultural sector in order to identify collaborating artist(s)/ artistic facilitators/ documentarians who may be a fit for a project.
  • integrating capacity building opportunities within the proposed project for host agencies and/or area residents.

This is NOT A GRANT PROGRAM. We strive to lend support, knowledge, and capacity to projects that may not come to fruition without a strong and experienced community partner. Interested?

  • To request an application, send us an email to renee[at] that outlines the following:
    Tell us about yourself! (Are you an employee at a community agency? A member of an informal community group?)
  • Tell us what you want to do! (Give us the elevator pitch on your project and why it’s important to your community!)
  • Tell us why you want to partner with STEPS! (Based on what you know about us, how do you think partnering with STEPS will benefit your project? Is there anything, in particular, you think we can provide? Anything you’re hoping to learn through working with us?)

The deadline to apply for a 2019 community partnership is Wednesday, March 13, 2019, by 5pm.

The STEPS Initiative is an award-winning charitable arts organization that works in the intersection of culture, community and city-building by animating unlikely spaces with unlikely partners. We seek to inspire cities across Canada and around the world to create welcoming public spaces that reflect, engage and empower communities through artistic excellence.”

For more information, please visit STEPS’ website.

-from STEPS Initiative

Tilescapes Opening Exhibition (Jumblies Theatre, Toronto)

“In Fall 2018 ceramics artist, Parker Dirks, came weekly to The Ground Floor and worked with our artists and community participants to create ceramic tiles expressing landscapes mingling fantasy, memory and local surroundings.

These turned out so intricately and magnificently, that we have invited Parker back to finish the project through a residency this February at The Ground Floor.

Inspired by the tiles, Alex Eddington is creating collaborative vocal music and ambient soundscape created by ceramic fragments with our all-ages, all-abilities community choir, the Gather Round Singers, directed by Shifra Cooper, with accompanist Daev Clysdale.

Other Jumblies artists and associates – including Tijana Spasic, Jamie Oshkabewisens and Michelle Silagy – have been playing with ways to respond to and animate the tiles through sound, movement, storytelling, visual arts and live feed projections.

The opening of the Tilescapes will be an exhibition and performance event, and is FREE to the public.”

For more information, please visit Jumblies Theatre event page.

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

Call for Proposals: 19th National Mural Symposium, Presented by Mural Routes

“October/November 2019 (date TBC) – Toronto, Canada

Mural Routes’ 2019 Symposium Committee invites proposals for participation in the upcoming 19th National Mural Symposium, to be held in the Fall of 2019 (date TBC) in Toronto, Ontario (venue TBC). The deadline for all submissions is March 31st, 2019.

Mural Routes is the only member-based not-for-profit arts service organization in Canada dedicated to the creation, development and promotion of public wall art.  Our vision is to inspire the creation of extraordinary public wall art that serves as a catalyst for community building.

The National Mural Symposium is a professional development and networking event for mural artists, administrators and mural producers to teach, learn, share and explore current trends and challenges in the field of mural art. Mural Routes hosts The National Mural Symposium every second year.

Practitioners and researchers of the field are welcome to submit proposals for this conference. Individuals do not need to be Mural Routes members to submit.


Murals: The Message of the Medium

As murals and street art gain popularity and support, we aim to look to the inherent message behind the medium that brings the power of art into the public realm. We plan to dig deeper into the history of murals as a medium for social and environmental good, and explore current projects harnessing that power.”

For more information, please visit Mural Routes’ website.

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

Call for Artists: Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

“58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, July 12 – 14, 2019

November 30, 2018 – March 6, 2019 (11:59PM)

Early Bird Fee applies until February 28, 2019. Late fees apply beginning March 1st (12:00AM)

Who can apply?
We welcome individual visual artists and makers working in array of mediums, at any stage of their careers with formal or informal training, from all backgrounds, to apply for a chance to be part of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair.

Disability-identified artists will have accessibility support through our Art Encounters program once they are juried in the show.

We offer highly discounted spaces to student artists who are currently enrolled full-time at recognized post-secondary institutions.

Applying from Outside of Canada
We welcome artists from all over the world. If you are applying from outside of Canada, it is your responsibility to get the appropriate paperwork to enter Canada to sell your works. We do not provide invitations to artists for visa applications. All travel, accommodations, shipping and customs expenses are your responsibility. We recommend working with a licensed customs broker to import your works into Canada.

What about collaborative practices, artist collectives and galleries?
If you have a collaborative practice, you must apply separately under your own name. Only individual artists are eligible for our awards program.

We showcase artist collectives, nonprofit galleries or artist-run centre under our Community Booth program. Please see our call for Community Booths.

For more information, please visit Toronto Outdoor Art Fair’s website.

-submitted by Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Call for submissions, local and Canada-wide: The 17th Annual Regent Park Film Festival

“We are now accepting submissions for the 2019 Festival! At the Regent ParkFilm Festival we’re committed keeping everything that we do free and accessible, including our submission process. Follow the link below to learn more about how to submit your film today!

Every year, we welcome films of all lengths and genres that reflect the multitude of experiences that make up our cities and communities. The Regent Park Film Festival is especially dedicated to showcasing works by Indigenous filmmakers, Black filmmakers, and filmmakers of colour, as well as works by trans, queer, female identified filmmakers and filmmakers with disabilities. We encourage local, national and international participation.

Deadline: Tuesday, April 30th at 11:59pm”

For more information, please visit Regent Park Film Festival’s website

-from Regent Park Film Festival

2019 Workshops with Mixed Company Theatre: Rainbow of Desire and Masks of Manipulation! (Toronto)

Mixed Company Theatre is excited to announce our lineup of annual workshops for artists, educators, and community leaders!

Rainbow of Desire (March 9th 2019, 10AM-5PM)

What happens when you take apart a single moment of conflict to explore every possible desired action?

In this experiential workshop led by Simon Malbogat, participants will employ Augusto Boal’s Rainbow of Desire techniques to broaden perspectives and reframe situations by focusing on the inner thoughts and impulses of the individual. Through storytelling and performance, participants will gain a deeper understanding of their conflicting and co-existing desires, which will enrich their work onstage and in community settings.

Masks of Manipulation (March 16th and 23rd 2019, 9:30AM-5:30PM)

The “Masks of Manipulation”, an invaluable character development and conflict-resolution process designed by Simon Malbogat and co-facilitated by Peter Jarvis, gives face to each of the manipulative forces we encounter both onstage and in daily life.

This workshop draws on Commedia dell’Arte-inspired masks to help participants acquire a deeper awareness of manipulation and oppression: how and why it happens, what it looks and feels like, and how to de-escalate it.
Participants will also take away from this two-day workshop a Mask of their own creation, which they will learn to use as a physical touchstone in processes ranging from character development to community mediation.

Forum Theatre Performance + Creation (July 19th and 20th 2019, 10AM-5PM)

In this all-levels workshop, we will explore how Forum Theatre techniques of participation, intervention, and improvisation can help performers, educators and community leaders build tool kits for character development, conflict resolution, and catalyzing change in their own circles.

This workshop, which acquaints participants with Augusto Boal’s pedagogy and applied theatre techniques, is a great opportunity for artists who are looking to hone their performance creation skills as well as for educators, social workers and health professionals, and any and all practitioners of community engagement.

Through learning and practicing Forum Theatre under the guidance of Simon Malbogat, participants in this workshop will receive the skills to become better facilitators, conflict resolution mediators, artists, community leaders, and more socially-aware educators.

For more information and full workshop descriptions, please visit:

20% Discount for CAEA Members, and 50% Discount for Students and Arts Workers who identify as under-waged.
Bursaries also available upon request!

-from Mixed Company Theatre
Read Mixed Company Theatre’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Digital Arts Services Symposium 2019

Digital Arts Services Symposium 2019
Symposium des services d’arts numériques 2019

All Digits on Deck
Building digital arts services for collective impact

As technology progressively transforms every facet of society, there is a pressing need for the arts and culture sector to jointly take ownership of its own digital futures.

From March 15-20, 2019, come to Toronto as the 2019 Digital Arts Services Symposium / Symposium des services d’arts numériques (DASSAN19) offers constructive, cross-sectoral dialogues and alliance-building opportunities inspired by pioneering keynote speakers, community salon sessions, professional industry exchanges, hackathon competition with a $5,000 grand prize, and a bootcamp for fledgling devotees to the digital world.

Proudly presented by ArtsPond in association with Agilo Arts and BeMused Network, DASSAN19 is designed to nurture valuable insights for both emerging and experienced producers and technologists alike, with the goal of building a critical digital practice within the arts and culture sector in Canada.

DASSAN19 is generously funded by the Digital Strategy Fund at Canada Council for the Arts.”

For more information and to register, please visit:

-from DigitalASO