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Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival 2020

« Community Arts Council of Vancouver presents the annual Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival (VOAF) offering visual and performing artists facing social exclusion and other barriers opportunities for exhibition and sales, performance and participation, connection and learning. VOAF is Canada’s first and only festival for Outsider Art, which is represented by significant fairs and museums globally. The artists may be self-taught or trained: they are all devoted to their creative practices, and come from a point of view that is outside the mainstream art world trends.

VOAF is dedicated to supporting self-identified outsider artists who face social exclusion and other visible/invisible barriers to sharing their work.

Organizations working with socially excluded artists please contact us about group collaboration opportunities.

We are planning a workshop series focused on supporting artists to get their work and their stories online, leading to a live stream festival launch and an online exhibition in December 2020! »

For more information, please visit:

-from Community Arts Council of Vancouver

17th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival (Oct 28 – Nov 8)

17th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival
Wednesday October 28 to Sunday November 8, 2020

« This year’s Festival will be experienced both live and online, as the Downtown Eastside community shares with each other, and our guests, our stories, history, heritage, culture, concerns, hopes, dreams and visions for the future. This Gives Us Strength is our 2020 Festival theme: those sources that our community draws upon as we, like others across the land, cope with a worldwide pandemic, physical distancing and isolation, ongoing and growing displacement, the tragic realities of the fentanyl crisis, and the legacies of systemic racism. »

For more information, please visit:

-from Heart of the City Festival

COMMUNITY+Connects: Online – In the Industry Series (Scarborough Arts)

« As a part of the Scarborough Arts’ ongoing “COMMUNITY+Connects: Online” programming, we are pleased to present our newest program in our roster, the “In The Industry” series.

“In The Industry” series is an online BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) youth-focused wellness program led by creative industry professionals in Scarborough and the GTA.

“In the Industry” series will foster the creative talents, professional careers, and overall wellbeing for youth interested in being involved/entering the creative industry. “In The Industry” series is focused on providing learning and networking opportunities for youth between the ages 16-29.

BIPOC creative industry professionals will lead workshops that focus on mentorship, professional development, and financial literacy.

WEEK 1: Music – In The Industry

Oct 27, Oct 30 – Performing Live During the Lockdown (A 2-Part Series)

WEEK 2: Grant Writing for Emerging Artists – In the Industry

Nov 3 – Grant Writing for Emerging Artists: Artist Bios

Nov 6 – Grant Writing for Emerging Artists: Explaining Your Project

WEEK 3: Curating, Community, and Exhibition Making – In the Industry

Nov 10 – You In Your Community: Does Art Matter?

Nov 13 – In The Industry: Curating Your First Exhibition

WEEK 4: You Have Options (That Are Not Just School) – In The Industry

Nov 18 – In The Industry: Starting a Visual Practice Without Art School

Nov 20 – The Language of Design, or Why You Don’t Need to be a Graphic Designer

WEEK 5: Networking and Your Brand – In The Industry

Nov 24 – PR for Artists by The Well Connected

Nov 27 – From Network to Net Worth »

For more information and to register, please visit

-from Scarborough Arts

EMERGE FEST 2020 : Emerging Creative Professional Conference (Youth Art Connection)

« Emerge fest is an all ages Festival & Conference that’s all about helping up and coming creatives advance to the next level in their career!

*COVID-19 Public Health rules will be implemented*

This Festival and Conference has been created and designed with emerging creatives in mind. With workshops, networking opportunities, and the space for entrepreneurial development, emerging creative can leave this conference feeling confident to take the next step in your creative professional development.


EMERGEHFX was created in partnership in 2016 by Youth Art Connection, the Halifax Pop Explosion and the Pavilion Youth Association to address the under-representation of new and emerging talent from the local arts scene.

In particular, artists under 19 have limited opportunities to perform, network and engage in professional arts activities due to the high number of performances that take place in licensed venues from which they are prohibited.

Additional systemic barriers increase the challenge for young artists from diverse backgrounds to access the same opportunities as their older and supported counterparts.

In order to ensure that ALL of Nova Scotia’s best talent has the opportunities to present their art and grow their professional artistic careers, YAC continues to expand EMERGEHFX and engage more of the best local talent, and continues to partner with large mainstream festivals to ensure our talent accesses stages and audiences their talent merits. »

For more information and the full schedule, please visit:

-from Youth Art Connection

Exploring Anti-Oppression in Creative Spaces (Ottawa)

Exploring Anti-Oppression in Creative Spaces

« Oct 23, 6-8 pm FREE

Engage an interactive and explorative look into anti-oppression that is based in mutualism, respect, and muscle memory.

In this workshop we will engage in an interactive and explorative look into anti-oppression that is based in mutualism, respect, and muscle memory. You will develop a new lens to objectively recognize anti-oppression, proactively create safer creative spaces, and take action to address instances of oppression and injustice, with a particular focus on addressing microaggressions. »

For more information and to register, please visit:

-from Ottawa Arts Council

CUE 2020 Grant Cycle is Open

« Apply for a $1000 grant to produce an art project in any discipline.

Grants are for artists who are new-generation artists living and working on the margins, and facing systemic barriers to accessing professional arts opportunities.

CUE is a radical arts initiative dedicated to supporting new generation artists who live and work on the margins. Throughout history, some of the most innovative artwork has been created by artists who experience marginalization and face systemic barriers, and who have been excluded by conventional arts and cultural institutions. We recognize that arts funding agencies have often not adapted to growing social, cultural, and economic inequality.

In response, CUE has designed an accessible funding program offering not only financial support for art projects, but also consultation in preparing project proposals, support throughout the production process, and opportunities for public exhibition »

For more information, please visit:

-from CUE

Digital Storytelling Series: Memoir Writing (Scarborough Arts)


Join us online via Zoom this fall for FREE media and storytelling workshops! Join artists Emmy Pantin and Jennifer LaFontaine of Community Story Collective to share your own stories and learn new skills with digital storytelling, podcasting, and memoir writing. Once registered you will receive a Zoom link. This series is funded by the Artist in the Library grant at Toronto Arts Council.


Each week we will focus on a different theme, exploring with narrative writing exercises and sharing circles. This program is available for Adults ages 18+.

Tuesdays October 20th, 27th, November 3rd, and 10th 2020
7:00 – 8:30 pm »

For more information and to register, please visit:« 

-from Scarborough Arts

Virtual Mentorship Program: Designing Accessible Futures (Toronto)

« North York Arts and The Cyborg Circus Project present a City of Toronto Cultural Hotspot Signature Program.

Designing Accessible Futures is a free six-month virtual mentorship program for Deaf, *Mad or Disabled artists living in Toronto.

Running from November 2020 to March 2021, we are recruiting six artists who are looking for support to run their own project or program.

Who Should Apply?

Deaf, Mad, and Disabled artists living in Toronto, with some experience in their chosen discipline who are looking for support to run their own project or program.  This program will provide mentorship and guidance for artists and is best suited for people who have not yet begun or are at the beginning stages of their project.

For example, someone who has participated in several theatre projects has an idea for a show they would like to create, but doesn’t know how to get started on the process. Or, someone who is interested in starting a community program, but is unsure of how to set it up, or how to get funding.

Everyone who participates in the program will receive an honoraria of $200 for their time. »

For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from North York Arts

Virtual Indigenous Art & Craft Symposium (Experience Qalipu)

« Experience Qalipu is pleased to announce a Virtual Indigenous Art and Craft Symposium to take place over the month of October.

The symposium will offer two sessions each week, a professional development session every Tuesday and an artist talk every Thursday.

Professional development sessions will include How to Become a Member of the Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador, How to Price your Products, a Virtual Craft Fair Information Session, and Social Media for Craftspeople and Artists.

Artist talks will be shared by artists who practice a variety of mediums including Jenelle Duval, Melissa Peter-Paul, and Nelson White.

Tara Saunders, director of Community Development at Qalipu First Nation, describes this event as an “opportunity to advance the professionalism of our Indigenous artists and craftspeople and encourage hobby artists and craftspeople to pursue arts as a career. »

For more information and to register, please visit:

-from Experience Qalipu

Call for Creative Connect Mentors (Nia Centre for the Arts)

« Designed with the needs and lifestyles of artists in mind, Creative Connect is a FREE art-based mentorship program that offers new opportunities to expand your knowledge, develop your artistic skills, and be part of a community that is dedicated to helping you carve your own path in the creative sector!

Supporting one another is one of the bedrocks of Black community. Navigating life, artistic pursuits, and careers can be difficult. Mentorship helps you find the resources, gain the skills, and open the doors to help you navigate your way to success.

Mentorship plays a key role in developing and shaping careers within the arts, from meeting the right people and building connections, gaining resources, opportunities, and more. A rich and longstanding tradition, mentorship is a great way to share knowledge, form healthy and supportive relationships, and empower you to visualize, pursue, and secure a path forward to success.

Call for Creative Connect Mentors

Becoming a supportive ally in the lives of youth empowers them to access the pathways to success, accomplish their goals, and become agents of change within their lives and community.

The Creative Connect program provides you with opportunity to support, share your knowledge, and expand the minds and skills of young artists and creatives through the transformative power of mentorship! »

For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from Nia Centre for the Arts