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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 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

Video: The Ripple Effect/Effet d’écho – 4th Line Theatre

« The #RippleEffect is the Ontario Arts Council’s series of short videos exploring how, beyond their intrinsic qualities, publicly funded arts activities add value in communities across Ontario. To learn more, visit:

Every summer, the outdoor theatre company, 4th Line Theatre brings history to life and tourists to Peterborough and the Kawarthas. 4th Line’s focus on community stories is part of what makes their work unique – and part of why the Ontario Arts Council has supported its work from the beginning. “When other granting bodies struggled to understand our work, the Ontario Arts Council was a real cheerleader,” explains Blackwell. « Right from the beginning, it was our community-based nature that the Ontario Arts Council ‘got’ and supported. It’s a really big reason why we’re about to go into our 28th season. » Read the full story here.

#Effetd’écho du Conseil des arts de l’Ontario est une série de courtes vidéos qui explorent comment, au-delà de leurs qualités intrinsèques, les activités artistiques financées par les fonds publics ajoutent de la valeur dans les collectivités de l’Ontario. Apprenez-en plus :

Chaque été, la compagnie de théâtre en plein air 4th Line Theatre fait revivre l’histoire pour le bonheur des touristes de la région de Peterborough et des Kawarthas. Une des raisons qui caractérisent le travail de 4th Line, c’est l’accent que la compagnie met sur la communauté – et c’est aussi une des raisons pour lesquelles le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario a soutenu son travail depuis le début. « Alors que d’autres bailleurs de fonds avaient de la peine à comprendre ce que nous faisions, le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario ne cessait de nous encourager, explique Blackwell. Dès le début, il a compris et a soutenu notre nature communautaire. Si nous sommes sur le point d’entamer notre 28e saison, c’est en grande partie grâce à ça. » Apprenez-en plus. »

-crédit: Ontario Arts Council / Conseil des arts de l’Ontario

Video: The Ripple Effect/Effet d’écho – Workman Arts

« The #RippleEffect is the Ontario Arts Council’s series of short videos exploring how, beyond their intrinsic qualities, publicly funded arts activities add value in communities across Ontario. To learn more, visit:

For more than 30 years, Workman Arts has been empowering people with mental health and addiction challenges by providing a refuge for creative exploration and the chance to become active in a vibrant artistic community. Through their three decades of experience, the organization knows first-hand how both of these play an integral role in facilitating recovery and maintaining health. » Read the full story here.

#Effetd’écho du Conseil des arts de l’Ontario est une série de courtes vidéos qui explorent comment, au-delà de leurs qualités intrinsèques, les activités artistiques financées par les fonds publics ajoutent de la valeur dans les collectivités de l’Ontario. Apprenez-en plus :

Depuis plus de 30 ans, Workman Arts donne aux personnes qui ont des problèmes de santé mentale et de dépendance la possibilité de surmonter leurs difficultés en leur offrant un refuge où elles peuvent explorer leur créativité et trouver leur place dans une communauté artistique dynamique. Grâce à ses trois décennies d’expérience, l’organisme sait de première main à quel point ces deux éléments jouent un rôle essentiel dans le rétablissement et le maintien de la santé. » Apprenez-en plus.

-crédit: Ontario Arts Council / Conseil des arts de l’Ontario

Call to Artists for Participation: Inkling Enacted (Red Dress Productions, Toronto)

« Red Dress Productions invites artists to participate in Inkling Enacted: a collaborative creative process to develop themes, design, and a call for proposals for a festival of new performance works and works-in-progress that will take place at the Theatre Centre in May 2020, in Toronto.

Inkling is a series of workshops and events that centre disability and equity within collaborative artmaking.

We’re seeking Deaf, hearing, disabled and enabled artists interested in collaboratively developing a framework for a festival of new performance works emerging from diverse artistic traditions including theatre, music, dance, performance art, circus arts etc.

When & Where 

February 1, 8, and 15, 2020 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Jumblies Theatre at  132 Fort York Blvd, Toronto.

Access notes:

Artists will receive a participation honorarium. The venue is wheelchair accessible.  ASL interpretation will be provided.  We aim to be a scent-free environment.

RSVP by Friday January 24 via email tristan[at] with responses to these questions: Which dates will you participate in?  Do you have food sensitivities, allergies, or other considerations? What access supports or provisions would enable your participation?

We gratefully acknowledge our funding partners: Toronto Arts Council (Strategic Funding), Ontario Arts Council, and Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Red Dress Productions (RDP) creates interdisciplinary art, performance, and visual public artworks.« 

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

Workshop: Artfare Essentials (Jumblies Theatre)

What is it?

  • An introduction to principles and practices of arts that engage with and create community;
  • Many things you need to know to undertake your own community arts project;
  • An orientation to potential work or apprenticeship with Jumblies and Offshoots;
  • A gathering of diverse people interested in community-engaged arts;
  • A mix of presentation, discussion, art-making, site visits and take-home resources;
  • A time to consider and discuss the joys & challenges inherent in this work;
  • An intensive, fun, thought-provoking, immersive 6-day experience.

Topics include:

  • Definitions, terms, & guiding principles
  • Project visioning and planning
  • Partnerships (with arts and other sectors)
  • Research (arts and oral history-based)
  • Facilitation (making art with people)
  • Bridging diverse cultures and traditions
  • Collaborating across disciplines, forms and traditions
  • Navigating  conflicts and challenges
  • History and legacies of Jumblies
  • Evaluation, documentation, sustainability, legacy

For more information and to apply for the upcoming session, please visit Jumblies Theatre.

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

Exchange: 19th National Mural Symposium

« Mural Routes invites you to join us for Exchange: 19th National Mural Symposium at the Spoke Club, Toronto.

About the Symposium

For over 20 years, Mural Routes has brought the mural art community together for learning, sharing and networking. This year we highlight and celebrate murals as a tool for Exchange and creative gateway for public dialogue.  Presenters will share local and international projects and ideas to illustrate how the value of a mural lies not only in the art left behind, but in the process of exchanging skills, perspectives, stories and experiences. We invite you to join us, learn from your peers, and walk away with a new perspective on mural art.

Check out the schedule and full list speakers here. »

For more information and to register, please visit

-from Mural Routes

Opportunity: Bookings & Outreach Coordinator (Prologue)

« The Bookings & Outreach Coordinator reports directly to the Executive Director and is responsible for the coordination of school bookings within Ontario and outside of the Greater Toronto Area; as well as bookings in public venues. Responsibilities also include maintaining positive and clear relationships with Prologue artists and artist companies, overseeing marketing and outreach initiatives as part of a collaborative team and maintaining the organization’s CRM database system; among others.

Prologue to the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit charitable organization that facilitates opportunities for young people to experience the performing arts within Ontario. Prologue seeks to enrich the lives of every young person in the province through diverse and impactful performing arts experiences. Founded in 1966, Prologue reaches over 500, 000 young people each year through over 1,800 performances and workshops in dance, music, theatre, puppetry, opera, storytelling, spoken word and more. 

For more information, please visit:« 

-submitted by Prologue

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

Indigenous Artists to « Dream Big » in Sault Ste. Marie this Fall

« Funding was recently confirmed to support an Indigenous arts gathering and festival. This September, Indigenous artists, curators, and cultural organizations from across Northern Ontario will gather in Baawating/Sault Ste. Marie for Dream Big 2019. Featuring two days of performances, art creation, panels, and discussion, Dream Big 2019 seeks to answer the question – what do Indigenous artists need to thrive in the North? 

The gathering is being organized by the Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance (NIAA), an emerging, Indigenous-led arts service organization with the mandate to support, promote, and advocate on behalf of Indigenous artists in Northern Ontario. Co-founded by Rihkee Strapp and Cora-Rae Silk, NIAA was created in response to the lack of Indigenous-run arts organizations in the North working in Indigenous communities. NIAA holds the belief that Indigenous artists are the experts on Indigenous art and on the communities and contexts in which they work.

NIAA co-founder and board member, Rihkee Strapp, says, “Cora and I met at the first Dream Big conference in North Bay in 2015, coordinated by Metis artist and arts administrator Clayton Windatt, formerly of the White Water Gallery. The first Dream Big was mind blowing; to see artists like Kent Monkman speak and show his artwork in City Hall, or Lee Maracle talk about influencing the birth of hip hop at the Capital Centre. For Dream Big 2019 our art administration team will be looking into coordinating multiple venues to show off all the region has to offer.”

NIAA recently earned support from the province and was awarded two grants from the Ontario Arts Council to host the gathering and accompanying arts festival. “We’re extremely grateful to the OAC for their support of this project,” says Strapp. “However, Northern Ontario is huge and air travel is a major expense so we’re hoping to raise additional funds to help subsidize travel costs so more artists from across Northern Ontario can take part.”

Donations are currently being accepted through the group’s GoFundMe page and will go towards travel subsidies to visiting artists.

-submitted by NIAA