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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 Black Artists – NExT: Black Futures Program (VIBE Arts, Toronto)

Apply to join the second cohort of Black youth artists to take part VIBE Arts’ NExT program. 

Successful applicants will be mentored by some of the BEST Black Professionals and Creatives in Toronto.

Together, the group will embark on a 10-month artistic journey, where they will receive one-on-one mentorship, attend professional development workshops and gain access to valuable programming and networking opportunities. Throughout the program, NExT Artists will accomplish high-quality artwork to be showcased and celebrated in a public exhibition.

Successful applicants will also be given an opportunity to join VIBE Arts’ roster of artists.

This program is available for visual, performative, and multi-disciplinary artists.

Application deadline: Sunday, July 12th, 11:59pm”

For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from VIBE Arts

Community Arts Award (Neighbourhood Arts Network)

Nominations Open: June 29, 2020

Deadline: July 29, 2020 at 11:59 PM

About: The Community Arts Award is a $10,000 cash prize presented by Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network. This award celebrates an arts organization that has made a significant contribution in Toronto by working with, in and for communities, while creating access and inclusion to arts and culture. The Community Arts Award is presented every fall.

Eligibility Criteria:
To be eligible for the award, all nominees must demonstrate a commitment and/or focus on community-engaged arts and access to arts and culture in Toronto. The nominee may not be awarded more than one Toronto Arts Foundation award within any given year.”

For more information, and to apply, please visit:

-from Neighbourhood Arts Network

Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnerships Fund (Toronto)

The Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnerships Fund supports partnerships and collaborations that create new opportunities and visibility for Indigenous-led arts and culture. The fund aims to spark new relationships between Indigenous artists, arts and culture leaders and professionals, and potential partners at both the grassroots and institutional levels.

Toronto has been an important site for gathering, trading and celebration for Indigenous people for thousands of years. It is the treaty territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit and its land and waters have been stewarded by the Haudenosaunee, the Huron Wendat and the Anishinaabe. Toronto continues to be home to many diverse Indigenous peoples, whose artistic and creative contributions are vital to the fabric of the city. The City of Toronto recognizes the rich Indigenous history of this land, and our responsibility in fostering strong relations between the municipality and the First Nations, Inuit and Métis people who call Toronto home.

The application deadline for the Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnerships Fund has been extended to July 24 at 5 p.m. 

For more information, please visit:

-from the City of Toronto

Newcomer Week: Virtual Edition (Neighbourhood Arts Network)

While Newcomer Day festivities in Nathan Phillips Square have been cancelled this year, we will be spotlighting some of our members who are newcomer artists online throughout the week of May 18.

 As Newcomer Day festivities in Nathan Phillips Square have been cancelled due to COVID-19, Neighbourhood Arts Network is pleased to spotlight newcomer artists online from May 18-22. A week full of online activations showcasing films, music, and discussions by newcomer artists, Newcomer Week: Virtual Edition will showcase and honour the vibrancy that newcomer artists bring to Toronto’s cultural landscape.

Newcomer Week: Virtual Edition will convening organizations including Ontario Arts Council, JAYU, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Small World Music, and past recipients of Neighbourhood Arts Network’s RBC Newcomer Artist Award to present virtual activations through dynamic digital partnerships.

Monday May 18: “Ó:ia Enióhrhen’ne (The Day After Tomorrow)”. Presented in partnership with Mahlikah Awe:ri onherInstagram Live @ 8 PM

Tuesday May 19: Online Exhibition Tour of exhibition “Extracolonial: Reflections for Action” at Sur Gallery on Zoom @ 6 PM

Wednesday May 20: “Establishing an Arts Practice in Canada”. Presented in partnership with Ontario Arts Council on Zoom @ 1 PM

Thursday May 21: “In Conversation: International Arts Mentorship Experiences”. Presented in partnership with with New York Foundation for the Arts on Zoom @ 6 PM

Friday May 22:  “Hear Me Out: Curated Playlist”. Presented in partnership with Small World Music. Relaxed listening online, any time.

Additional: a listing of free online films by newcomer artists and/or on the theme of migration and settlement will be shared in partnership with JAYU and Regent Park Film Festival’s ‘Home Made Visible’ program.”

For more information, please visit:

HomeBase – Open Call for Community Art Projects (STEPS)

Deadline: Friday, May 29, 2020 at 4pm EDT

“We may be physically distanced, but our desire to create, share and learn brings us together. 

Building on the success of our INsiders Artist Project, we are excited to announce HomeBasea call for community art projects.

STEPS invites project ideas that use materials and objects you have in and around your home, incorporating DIY and upcycling approaches to connect individuals, neighbourhoods and communities through public art during a time of physical distancing. 

Do you have a public-facing space in your home, backyard, balcony or courtyard that could use a burst of creativity?

Want to create a captivating sculpture, mosaic, mural, installation, intervention, performance, (insert medium of your choice here!) to engage, inspire or share with your community using materials that you have available in your home?

Do you have an idea for a project that offers creative social connections during a time of physical distancing?

Could your project idea inspire others to create similar projects within their own space? 

 HomeBase aims to:

  • create artwork using materials you have on hand; reducing waste, encouraging upcycling and innovative approaches to material use, and space while fostering public connection; 
  • build connections between community members, artists and arts workers across the GTA that strengthen the creative fabric of our city, while supporting each other through this difficult time;
  • share the creativity of individuals across the GTA;
  • inspire each other through the arts to look at our relationship to public-facing spaces, materials, objects and processes in a new light – full of possibilities. We are in a time of change, so let’s do something different!”

For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from STEPS Initiative

RBC Newcomer Arts Award (Neighbourhood Arts Network)

“The RBC Newcomer Arts Award is designed to support the future potential of newcomer artists across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) working in a range of disciplines. These $2000 awards are intended to support each recipient’s artistic practice.

RBC ROUND 1    | Nominations now open | Closes June 4, 2020
RBC 2 ROUND 2 | Opens Aug 31, 2020 | Closes Sept 30, 2020

About: The RBC Newcomer Arts Award is a micro-award program for newcomer (immigrant and refugee) artists presented by RBC Foundation and Toronto Arts Foundation and administered by Neighbourhood Arts Network. 

Eligibility Criteria:
Applicants must be:

  • An artist who has lived in Canada for 7 years or less
  • A Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, Approved Refugee Claimant (i.e. Protected Person) or have applications for permanent residency or citizenship pending
  • Over 18 years old
  • A resident of the City of Toronto OR Halton, Peel, York, Durham municipalities
  • A member of Neighbourhood Arts Network. If you are not a member, sign up here

*Artists can receive only one RBC Arts Access Award per year.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Neighbourhood Arts Network

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

TOArtist COVID Response Fund (Toronto Arts Council & Toronto Arts Foundation)

“Toronto benefits socially, culturally, and economically from the collective output of its artists.  Yet, many artists are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19.  As self-employed professionals outside the reach of many government income support programs, artists have specific needs.

To assist Toronto artists in dealing with the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, Toronto Arts Foundation and Toronto Arts Council are introducing the TOArtist COVID Response Fund. The Fund will allocate up to $1000 to self-employed, individual artists resident in Toronto whose creative work and income have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize the adverse impacts that the cancellation of performances and productions, the closure of venues, and the loss of teaching opportunities have on the freelance workers that make up the majority of professional artists in Toronto.


This emergency relief fund exists for vulnerable artists in the Toronto arts and culture sector, specifically, artists who are self-employed and are NOT eligible for Employee Insurance (EI). 

If you are eligible for Employment Insurance Benefits through any other employer, or have alternative options to access bridge funding, please do not apply for these relief funds. The objective of this fund is to assist as many self-employed artists as possible – including the most vulnerable workers in the creative sector. The fewer demands there are for this fund, the more able we will be to distribute to those truly in need.

Applicants must declare that all the information provided in the application is factual.  If you apply, you may be called upon to offer further verification.

All applicants must:

  • Be a self-employed professional artist/arts professional. This is defined as someone who has developed skills through training or practice, is recognized by artists working in the same artistic tradition, has a history of public presentation or publication, seeks payment for their work and actively practises their art. Short breaks in artistic work history are acceptable.
  • Have a permanent physical address within the City of Toronto and be able to provide proof of residency, e.g.. government issued form of identification, or other proof of residence (see criteria below).
  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, or approved refugee claimant, or have an application pending for permanent resident status and, if requested, be able to provide documentation to verify this.
  • Provide documentation of lost revenue, such as contracts, offer letters and notices of cancellations. Materials should include the agreed upon or expected payment or fee. Documentation may be formal contracts or less formal communication such as emails, texts, or messages, providing the details of the performance agreement are explicitly stated.  

For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from Toronto Arts Council

Feminist Art Fest 2020: Narrative Healing (Toronto)

“The 2020 Feminist Art Fest creates a space that is celebratory, empowering, intellectually engaging, and provocative. This event is presented by the Feminist Art Collective (FAC), a 100% volunteer-based organization in Toronto that brings together artists, academics, and activists to consider feminist issues through art.

Sat, 7 March 2020
10:00 AM – 6:30 PM EST
100 McCaul Street, Toronto
Get tickets here!

Join us Saturday March 7 for a day-long conference of keynote speakers, artists panels and performances in partnership with community organizations and participating artists.

Tickets are available for purchase on a sliding scale to ensure people from all economic backgrounds can attend the conference. For this pricing system to support the community, we ask that you select the ticket price that is most appropriate for yourself.

PWYC tickets are available at the door.”

-from Feminist Art Collective