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Art of Facilitation Toronto (Partners for Youth Empowerment)

Embark on a 5-month learning journey to develop the art of designing and leading life-changing transformational programs. Whether you work with youth or adults, Art of Facilitation will show you how to add depth and impact to your classrooms, youth programs, trainings, or conferences. Based on the premise that effective facilitators are authentic, creative, responsible, and passionate, the training weaves personal growth with skill building and practice.

You’ll Learn

  • Communication skills that empower
  • Leading edge group facilitation
  • How to lead and speak with ease
  • Strategies for dealing with triggers
  • How to lead equitable, inclusive groups Program design tools
  • Creative ways to add depth

You’ll Gain

  • New joy in your work
  • A diverse, supportive community of colleagues

Art of Facilitation is for teachers, youth workers, teaching artists, counselors, social service professionals, and trainers.

For more information and to register, please visit:

-from Partners For Youth Empowerment

July Workshop with Mixed Company Theatre: Forum Theatre Performance and Creation Workshop!

Mixed Company Theatre is excited to announce our July workshop for artists, educators, and community leaders!

Forum Theatre Performance and Creation Workshop (2 Days, July 19th & 20th 2019, 10AM-5PM)

What is Forum Theatre?

This intensive all-levels workshop led by award-winning artist Simon Malbogat is a hands-on introduction to Forum Theatre, a style of theatre rooted in anti-oppression principles. This workshop explores how theatre facilitates community engagement, addresses social justice issues, sparks community dialogue and bring about grassroots advocacy.

Artists will explore how forum theatre techniques of community participation, intervention and improvisation can help build tool kits for character development, devised creation and audience engagement.

Community Organizers, Social Workers & Educators will learn they can use Forum Theatre in their everyday practice to initiate vital conversations, engage in critical inquiry, and create social change in their communities.

Questions? Contact: communications[at]

For more information, 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
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REBIRTH: Artist Educator Professional Development Certificate Program (Toronto)

“This professional development certificate program is designed for emerging and established Artist Educators and Community Facilitators; those in the Community Arts Sector who want to serve marginalized sections of society, who find themselves in a time of transition and transformation.

The Rebirth program is designed for those seeking to develop their professional skills to produce quality work in the Community Arts Sector.

If you are feeling called to create personal and collective transformation through engagement with social justice, healing, and education through the arts, then this space was created for you


There are 3 major components to this training (total of 28 hours):

  1. AWAKEN: Weekend Intensive (June 8 & 9 | 11am-7pm) – at Jumblies
  2. EVOLVE: Seminars (June 3, 10, 17, 24 | 6-8pm) – at Art Starts
  3. EMERGE: Masterminds (June 3, 10, 17, 24 | 8-9pm) – at Art Starts

Optional Bonus* EXPAND: 1-on-1 Private Coaching (flexible schedule)”

For more information, please visit REBIRTH’s event and registration page and


Call for Artists: Join MABELLEarts’ Community Arts Training and Artistic Team! (Toronto)

Are you a newcomer artist, craftsperson, architect or designer? Do you want to work on a community arts project?

MABELLEarts is now accepting applications to join our 2019 Community Arts Training and Artistic team. We are currently looking to expand our our artistic team to reflect the artistic goals of the upcoming programming season and also providing a three-day FREE training for newcomer and immigrant artists from all disciplines.

Training will include:

  • Project design
  • Community Arts practices
  • Engaging communities
  • Professional networking, mentorship and more…

We have 10 training spots available and after training we will have 3 paid spring/summer opportunities as an artistic assistant where you will be provided be mentored by an experienced community artist, network with other newcomers from a range of cultural and artistic backgrounds and be part of projects that engage with the community.

Please email us a cover letter outlining your interest in working in community arts, a resume that highlights your arts experience and link to your website or a portfolio with up to 10 samples of your work.”

For more information, please visit MABELLEarts.

 -from MABELLEarts
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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

Professional Development Course: for artist educators and community facilitators working in community arts (Toronto)

“This professional development course is for emerging and established Artist Educators and Community Facilitators who are in a time of transition or re-birth in their lives and/or work. If you are seeking a revived sense of direction and purpose in your work in the Community Arts sector, this training is for you. Ideal for artists and educators who believe in the power of personal and collective transformation by engaging with social justice, healing, and education through the arts, and who feel called to work with marginalized sections of society.​

In this course you will engage in powerful processes for personal and professional development. We will provide valuable knowledge about how to navigate the arts, cultural, and educational sector; as well as support you to ground in a sense of personal purpose and direction in this work. To get the best results and most benefit out of this training, it is strongly recommended that you participate in all 3 components of the program. For accessibility purposes, we offer the option of taking each component on its own.

Emerge – Mastermind | May 12 (1-4pm)

Purpose: To provide an opportunity for focused and collaborative brainstorming, problem-solving, sharing of perspectives and ideas. Each participant is invited to come with a specific project idea or challenge in mind that is related to their professional practice. During the mastermind, each participant will be provided with help to figure out practical solutions, explore and expand their ideas in a collective and supportive environment

Evolve – Evening Classes | May 15 & 22 (6-8:30pm)

Purpose: To provide direction and guidance in developing professional skills for creating and maintaining a successful practice as an Artist Educator and Community Arts Organizer. Each class will be dedicated to a different topic that is critical to creating and maintaining success in the sector.

Session 1: Mastering your Mission

  • Aligning personal and professional mission & purpose
  • Writing grants & proposals

Session 2: Self-Care & Well-Being

  • Building healthy community arts organizations and systems for self-employment
  • Navigating personal and professional limits and building capacity

Awaken – Weekend Intensive | May 26 (11am-7pm)

To provide an immersive experience for grounding and unearthing one’s True Inner Purpose as an Artist Educator or Community Facilitator. The intensive is guided by the pedagogical framework of Purpose Driven Education and its core elements (1) Identity & Authenticity, (2) Social Justice & Equity, (3) Healing & Well-Being, (4) Creativity & The Arts. This all-day training will focus on digging deep to support participants’ journey of transformation, helping them to centre and align with their true calling in their life’s work.

Non-Profit Organization promotion:

There are group rates available for Non-profit organizations that enrol multiple personnel

Project Partners:

  • Voice of Purpose
  • York University (TD Community Engagement Centre)
  • Neighbourhood Arts Network (Toronto Arts Foundation)
  • North York Arts

For more information and to register, please visit:

-from North York Arts newsletter
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Resource Highlight | Toward Training: The Meanings and Practices of Social Change Work in the Arts

Toward Training: The Meanings and Practices of Social Change Work in the Arts
Judith Marcuse and Yael Harlap | International Centre of Art for Social Change | British Columbia | 2006

“This study is motivated by Canadian choreographer and producer Judith Marcuse’s desire to develop opportunities for artists to learn to put their arts practice toward making meaningful change in society. Increasingly, practitioners working in the domain of arts and social change, usually artists who engage in art making in collaboration with communities, have noted the need for solid training as the field expands.

Partnerships between communities and artists—never forgetting that artists are members of communities—are delicate. Collaborative relationships can fail. Conflicts can arise. Projects can fall apart. Community engagement in the arts can reveal rifts that were hidden from view. Marginalized communities, often the sites for arts and social change work, have a history of being manipulated as pawns in political games that do not benefit them.
The potential for damage is great, and this means that artists need to be, at the least, informed, ethical, critical, and reflective.”

Click on the ArtBridges Resource Portal listing for more details.


GeriActors Artists Training Program – community-based theatre (Edmonton)


“Join us this October for our NEW Training Program and learn the intergenerational and community-based theatre techniques used by the GeriActors. This program is perfect for actors, educators, healthcare providers, recreation professionals, and more!

Training Program
October 21 – 23, 2016
Friday, October 21 from 6-9PM
Saturday, October 22 from 10AM-5PM
Sunday, October 23 from 1-5PM

Registration Fee – $100*
Student/Senior – $75*
*This fee will be offset by the payment participants will receive for leading a workshop.

Performance Storytelling Residency
At the end of the Training Program those interested will have the opportunity to lead, in pairs, a workshop in Performance Storytelling, for which they will be paid. This 3-week Residency is a great opportunity to put into practice what you learned in the training program.

Program Coordinator, Matthew “Gus” Gusul
Gus obtained his PhD from the University of Victoria. His research focused upon the creation of an Intergenerational Theatre performance in rural Tamil Nadu, India. As a theatre artist, he has mainly focused on helping marginalized communities create theatre based upon the community’s stories. He has worked with seniors, inmates in prisons, various groups of Canada’s Indigenous populations, young people, GLBT communities, and religious groups. In Victoria, he was the Director/Playwright for the Living History – Reminiscence Theatre Company, and from 2005-2010 he was the Assistant Director of the GeriActors.

Contact GeriActors to Register: 780-248-1556 /”

-submitted by GeriActors Theatre
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Art Hives (Montréal – based) is offering intensive summer course in Baltimore, MD



“The Art Hive Networks is taking their expertise to Baltimore, for 3.5 days of intensive teaching, learning and art making!

Questions? Please email us at: and visit to discover more about Art Hives worldwide.

WHEN: Sunday, 10 July 2016 at 10:00 AM – Wednesday, 13 July 2016 at 1:00 PM (EDT) – Add to Calendar
WHERE: Make Studio – 3326 Keswick Road, Baltimore, MD 21211, United States”
COST: $250

-posted with permission from Art Hives
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Facilitator Training for New and Experienced Group Leaders (Owen Sound, ON)



Do you share a concern with others and want to be part of creating change as an effective group? Are you a facilitator who would like to refresh and experience new skills?


In a hands-on, practical workshop you will learn facilitation techniques for the purpose of working effectively with groups. You’ll develop the skills and confidence needed to create, facilitate and participate in groups and community development projects relevant to your own needs and the needs of others.

In this workshop you will experience some of the tools used by seasoned leaders, Joan Chandler and Lauren Best. They bring buoyancy and assurance to small group discussions, trust-building games and protocols, role-playing, reflective listening, reaching consensus, and the use of imagery, charting, brainstorming techniques. Together the group will explore such things as group dynamics, verbal and non-verbal communication, making agreements, and starting and running a group.

These techniques must be learned in a practical context, because they can only be learned and understood through participation in their actual use. “We learn from every group. There’s so much enjoyment in the purposeful, energetic, creative flow that happens in each unique project,” says Chandler. Whether you are young or mature, new to working with groups or an experienced facilitator, you will be invigorated by useful information and dynamic experiential learning.

FACILITATOR TRAINING FOR NEW AND EXPERIENCED GROUP LEADERS will be held on Saturday, January 30 from 9:30 – 4:30 at the Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce, 1024 2nd Ave. E., Owen Sound. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $75. Scholarships are available for those with fixed incomes, and must be pre-requested and approved. Registration is required at least one week in advance of the workshop.

To register, contact Joan Chandler at or 519-534-3039, or Lauren at

Joan Chandler is an award-winning producer, director, writer, arts educator and workshop facilitator. In 2015, Joan celebrated her 30th anniversary as the founding Artistic Director of Sheatre, a professional theatre company based near Owen Sound. She has led the collective creation of over 100 plays reaching about 95,000 people, led over 1,000 projects, and facilitated about 9,000 participants in groups in primarily under-served rural and small urban environments in Canada, the US and Europe. Joan has a keen ability to work with groups, collaboratively exploring ideas, and spinning new plays with, by and about their own stories and concerns. Her work is rooted in community arts processes and partnerships. She’s worked on a vast array of social issues and community celebrations. Theatre work includes the interactive forum theatre plays for youth Be Our Ally and Far From the Heart (film and play), community plays like The Dementia Play, and musicals including The Ballad of Kennedy’s, Snow Wonder and TOM (with david sereda). Joan is featured in the book Playing Boal: Theatre & Therapy.

Lauren Best is a passionate multidisciplinary arts educator and facilitator. She has designed and delivered interdisciplinary music and arts programming for all ages and walks of life, from infants and families to seniors, including professional development programming and mentorship for educators and social services professionals. She draws upon cross disciplinary collaboration in music, theatre, movement, digital media arts, and transmedia.

Lauren has consulted to Baycrest Hospital (Rotman Research Institute) as part of neuroscientific research. She has also consulted as a content specialist for music software product development. She worked as part of a cross disciplinary team writing new InterArt early childhood programs for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and has taught with the RCM’s acclaimed programs for research, schools, and community organizations. Lauren has taught and mentored as part of SmartStart InterArt Teacher Training Foundations at the Marilyn Thompson Centre for Early Childhood Education at the RCM, and is designated by the RCM as “Mentor Artist”. She has been trained in early childhood music education and has delighted hundreds of infants, young children, and their families with dynamic music and multi-arts programming.

Lauren’s self-produced debut album, Sticker Collection, has been heard coast to coast on CBC Radio 1 and Radio 2. She has shown her versatility as a musician and songwriter in genre-spanning solo and collaborative performances, recordings, and guest appearances.”

-submitted by Sheatre
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