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Arts Ahead Symposium – Cultural Kaleidoscope: Migration in the Arts (Toronto)

Cultural Kaleidoscope: Migration in the Arts
At Artscape Sandbox on Thursday February 21, 2019

Arts Ahead is an annual one-day symposium for arts professionals and cultural leaders from organizations across Ontario. It is an event organized by the Arts Management post-graduate cohort at Centennial College.

This marks our fourth year engaging art professionals, including artists and arts managers, in important conversations on a wide range of topics across our sector – this includes 2018’s Beyond Barriers: Creative Strategies for Accessible, Inclusive, and Connected Arts Experience.

The fourth-annual Arts Ahead symposium aims to bring together artists and cultural leaders to share their experiences with the migration of cultures and how to adapt to a changing cultural landscape.

Our cultural identity shapes who we become and it is expressed through our art and traditions. We are seeking to discover how arts organizations encourage cultural diversity and the representation of cultural identity with the sharing of innovative methods from our diverse program of speakers.”

For more information on the symposium and for ticketing details, please visit:

-from Arts Ahead website

A Talks: A Conversation with the Good Guise (Jan 17, Toronto)

A Talks: A Conversation with the Good Guise is presented with SKETCH

The Good Guise is a collective of male-identified artists that exist to explore and promote healthy expressions of racialized masculinity.

In this talk, they will describe their process of creating space to explore healthy masculinity, interspersed by small performances from featured artists in the collective.

A Talks is a series of roaming salons that gather artists, arts educators, writers, and creatives of all type who are innovating how we make, see, and engage in the arts. Curated by Platform A, these talks capture and elaborate on those invigorating chats started in basement studios, the bar at poetry readings, the fire pit, and from across the cypher that have inspired us to want to hear more. Centering artistic practices that are socially engaged or explore unconventional ways of making art, we want to keep the conversation going.”

For more information, please visit Platform A’s website

-from Platform A

MURALi Celebration, Mural Art Learning Art Institute (Mural Routes, Toronto)

Join us and CELEBRATE 3 years of Mural Art Learning Institute programming!

From 2016-2018, MURALi has served a vital role in mural education for artists by offering a range of training programs in mural making from introductory programs and practical workshops for artists to professional development for project managers. During these years Mural Routes has gained a robust network of emerging and professional artists who have went on to create public art in their own communities and further their mural art careers. We would like to celebrate and thank everyone who has been a part of this process including our many students, instructors, partners and funders Ontario Trillium Foundation, Toronto Arts Council, and Ontario Arts Council. This could not have been done without you!

WHO: MURALi program alumni, instructors, staff, partners and supporters.

WHEN: Tuesday December 11, 2018 from 6 – 8pm

WHERE: Community Centre 55, 97 Main St, Toronto

Light refreshments will be provided”

Please RSVP here and for more information, please visit:

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

ArtReach Granting Program 2019 (Toronto)

ArtReach is distributing $300,000 in grants to youth arts projects in Toronto!
This funding is available thanks to ArtReach’s partnership with the Toronto Arts Council. Learn more about this partnership here:

ArtReach is currently accepting applications from young people running projects in Toronto that: 

  • Increase access to quality arts opportunities that encourage creative expression and involve meaningful engagement of youth (ages 13 – 29) in Toronto
  • Promote social inclusion and provide opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills, capacity and opportunities within their communities and the initiatives they lead
  • Provide opportunities for youth to benefit from both the intrinsic (e.g. enjoyment, creative expression) and instrumental value (e.g. community engagement, skills development, social change) of the arts
  • Involve youth in project development, implementation and evaluation
  • Involve artist(s) with relevant experience and reach into participating communities

To ensure that you are eligible to apply and to confirm the correct funding stream for your project, please click here to review ArtReach’s program guidelines.

Further information and application instructions can be found on ArtReach’s website here.”

-from ArtReach
Read ArtReach’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-engaged Arts Directory & Map

Digital Arts Services Symposium (March 15-20, Toronto)

“ARTSPOND / ÉTANG D’ARTS presents in association with AGILO ARTS + BEMUSED NETWORK

Digital Arts Services Symposium 2019
Symposium des services d’arts numériques 2019
All digits on deck | Tous les caractères sur la table

Jessa Agilo & Margaret Lam (Co-curators)
March 15-20, 2019
Toronto Reference Library and other Toronto-area venues
Tickets: Early-bird rates (until Nov 30, 2018) 3-Day Special $85-170, 3-Day Regular $275-425, Single-Day $130-155
Regular rates (after Nov 30, 2018) 3-Day Special $100-180, 3-Day Regular $315-475, Single-Day $145-170

As advances in technology disrupt major industries from health and finance, to major film production and local artists, the question of the arts and cultural sectors’ digital transformation is not a matter of when, but how. And yet, what does it mean for arts services to “go digital”? From March 15-20, 2019, the 2019 Digital Arts Services Symposium / Symposium des services d’arts numériques (DASSAN19) will spark provocative dialogue about digital futures that the arts desire and how to get there.

Taking place at the Toronto Reference Library’s Bram & Bluma Appel Salon and other locations in downtown Toronto, 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 across Canada.

Key themes for the Symposium include Inspirational Stories – learning from our digital pioneers; Critical Reflection – cultivating a digital commons for arts and culture; and, Practical Transformation – an unconference where community members take centre stage to synthesize and respond to digital issues in the industry.

Stay tuned as more detailed programming announcements and open calls for session contributors and other participants are released on a regular basis in the coming weeks.

ArtsPond / Étang d’Arts is a non-profit bolstering big ideas and untapped potential in the arts into exceptional, everyday realities for collective impact on-the-ground and in-the-cloud. Major initiatives include DigitalASO – empowering transformation of digital literacy research, training, platform and alliance-building, and Groundstory – a cross-sectoral effort to uproot the adverse effects of gentrification on the arts and other vulnerable groups in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

BeMused Network is a social-technical enterprise devoted to fostering meaningful connections in the arts and culture sector in Canada and beyond. We do this by applying user-centered design practices in the development of our own digital arts and cultural services and programs and sharing the best practices we have cultivated with the community. The philosophy behind our growing suite of online services, programs, and partnerships is very simple: connect, grow, and thrive.

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

For more information, please visit:

-from DigitalASO press release

Workshop: ArtReach Grant Writing 101 (Toronto)

Are you a young artist or youth organizer? Have you been thinking about applying for funding for your projects but unsure of where to start?

In this session we will dive into the basics of preparing a clear, concise, and effective grant application. We will break down and explore the main components of an application including the proposal, work plan and budget; sharing tips on how to create a strong application that will also be useful to you in implementing your project. Our facilitator will share strategies for identifying appropriate grants, building relationships with funders, and streamlining the writing process. All participants will also receive a digital resource of youth and arts funders.

Time: Networking and food at 5:30pm, workshop runs 6:00pm-9:00pm, December 13th.
Facilitator: Paulina O’Kieffe, ArtReach Director, Artist, and Grant Writer
Details: This workshop is for youth aged 13-29. Space for this workshop is limited so register today! Food and refreshments will be provided

For more information, please visit:

-from ArtReach
Read ArtReach’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-engaged Arts Directory & Map

Call for Expressions of Interest: Inkling Incubator (Red Dress Productions)

“The Inkling Incubator is a Red Dress Productions (RDP) interdisciplinary research project that will convene a diverse working group of Deaf, disabled, hearing, and enabled artists for two five-day intensive, arts-based research workshops.

What arises when Deaf, disabled, hearing, and enabled artists collaborate at the ‘inkling’ phase of a creative project and experiment with creative problem-solving? What strategies can be woven into artistic processes from the start of art-making to increase inclusion, access, and equity for both artists and audiences?

Led by specialized knowledge facilitators, together we’ll explore, experiment with, and develop best practices and processes in integrated and inclusive creative collaboration.

Who is this for?
Artists of all artistic disciplines who have an interest in creating artwork that reflects the multiplicities and richness of the communities it emerges from, while creating new creative communities and modes of working in integrated processes.

The Inkling Incubator will provide artist-researcher participants the opportunity to learn (and unlearn) from each other.

Application deadline: November 23, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

For more information and to apply, please visit Red Dress Productions

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

A participatory project bringing together mothers and daughters who were born outside of Canada (Koffler Centre for the Arts, Nov. 15-24, Toronto)


“A participatory project bringing together mothers and daughters who were born outside of Canada – newcomer women, as well as those who may have immigrated years ago. Like Mother, Like Daughter weaves together their stories into an unscripted conversation, performed by the mothers and daughters themselves. At the end of each performance, the audience is invited to join the mothers and daughters for a light meal created by Newcomer Kitchen to continue the conversations.
“delicate, generous, inspiring, warm, funny, and in moments, heart-rending.” – Sprockets & Greasepaint

November 15 – 24, 2018
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education, Toronto

PAY WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD: $50 | $35 | $20

Thursday, November 15, 8 PM – OPENING NIGHT
Friday, November 16, 8 PM
Saturday, November 17, 11 AM – BRUNCH PERFORMANCE
Sunday, November 18, 6 PM
Thursday November 22, 8 PM
Friday November 23, 8 PM
Saturday, November 24, 11 AM – BRUNCH PERFORMANCE
Saturday, November 24, 8 PM

Directed by Rose Plotek
Associate Directed by Lisa Karen Cox
Original Concept by Ravi Jain, Rose Plotek, and Poppy Keeling
Co-Created by Why Not Theatre & Complicite Creative Learning
Presented & Produced by Koffler Centre of the Arts

More info: |

-from Koffler Centre for the Arts
Read Koffler Centre for the Arts’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Mix, Mingle, Murals: informal evening of networking (Nov. 13, Mural Routes)

“CONNECT with new and familiar faces at an informal evening of networking.
SHARE your projects from this season, and plans for next season.
REFLECT with your feedback on our current, past and future programming.
Who: MURALi program alumni, Mural Routes members, mural artists, administrators and supporters.
Date: Tuesday November 13, 2018 6pm-8pm
Location: East End Arts, St. Matthew’s Clubhouse – 450 Broadview Avenue
Cost:  Free to Mural Routes members, $5 for non-members (suggested donation)
Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information contact: Tara Dorey, Program Director, at 416-698-7995 or programs[at]

Please RSVP here and for more information, please visit:

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

SoCirc 5th Anniversary and Fundraising Event (Nov. 19, Toronto)

It’s SoCirC’s 5th birthday and we are having a Carnival to celebrate!

This event is also a fundraiser for our community programs which provide social support, inclusion, community and creative expression through circus arts for young people 16-29 living on the margins. Over the past year our community group has worked together learning to express, have fun, fail, succeed and to build trust & self-esteem. We will share a piece of this experience with you through our youth show “The Carnival of Life”! This is a CARNIVAL, so come in your favourite carney outfit and/or dress as YOU, however that looks.

Don’t miss this evening of carnival games, carnival food (popcorn, pogos, cotton candy, pizza…) , live music, fortune tellers, drinks (lemonade, beer, wine), a silent auction with exciting prizes, “The Carnival of Life” youth show followed by some of Toronto (and Winnipeg’s) best professional circus artists performing aerial silks, clown, drag, contortion, fire eating, staff and spinning hoops throughout the evening.

Come celebrate with us! Kids are welcome.

$15 in advance ($20 at the door)
$10 in advance ($15 at the door) artists or underemployed folks
$5 in advance ($10 at the door) kids
Packages including carnival tickets are also available.

This event will be ASL interpreted by Toronto Sign Language Interpreter Services.

Parking is available on site. Leave yourself time to find it as it can be a little tricky. It is in the building just north of where the Banksy exhibit was, around the back and says “raw space’ on the front.

We want you to come support our youth, enjoy and celebrate with us, so if fees are a barrier to your attendance please contact us directly and we can do our best to accommodate in advance as we have a few donated tickets to extend!

Please get in touch with any accessibility needs. Contact us directly : info[at] .

We are a charitable organization. Any package purchased for $20 or more, we will offer you a tax deductible receipt. All proceeds for this event will go to SoCirC to provide accessible social circus programming for Toronto young people living on the margins.

Mon, 19 November 2018
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST

Collective Space
221 Sterling Road, Studio 5
Toronto, ON M6P 3L4

Get tickets here: |

-shared by SoCirc