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ArtReach Grantwriting Workshops (Toronto)


“ArtReach is now offering two streams of our GOAL workshop series: the first stream is tailored to individual artists, and the second for artists working in a group or with an organization. All are welcome to attend workshops in either stream.

Grant Writing 101

Tuesday, January 26th (for Individual Artists)
6:00-9:00 PM @ City Hall (Committee Room #3)

Thursday, January 28th (for Groups/ Orgs)
6:00-9:00 PM @ City Hall (Committee Room #2)

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 these sessions 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 facilitators will share strategies for identifying appropriate grants, building relationships with funders, and streamlining the writing process.

Paulina O’Kieffe, ArtReach, Lost Lyrics
Kate Fraser, ArtReach
Marisol Fornoni, Lost Lyrics

These workshops are part of the larger GOAL (Grassroots Organizing and Leadership) Youth Workshop Series being organized by a collaborative group made up of youth organizations and funders. A certificate will be provided to participants who attend 5 or more workshops in the series. For more information, contact Paulina at”

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

Classroom art exchange program creates exciting friendships between Aboriginal & non-Aboriginal youth


Pass The Feather To Me! A Classroom Art Exchange Program is creating exciting friendships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth, teachers and artists using visual culture to transcend logistic and financial barriers. We are creating co-operative and respectful interrelations for future generations.

While initiating creativity and re-visiting traditional Aboriginal teachings, the program aims to:
- Create friendships that exceed logistic and financial barriers
- Encourage healing and mitigate inter-generational trauma
- Create equality amongst Canada’s youth
- Develop informed opinions on matters relating to the culture of Aboriginal peoples and cultures
- Employ Aboriginal artists
- Include Aboriginal Elders
- Develop artistic skills
- Develop letter writing skills
- Show respect and reciprocation to our Elders and their teachings.

Art is our most powerful tool of expression in Aboriginal culture. Through visual culture Indigenous students, teachers and artists are more willing to reach out and re-conciliate with their non-Aboriginal peers and colleagues. It is empowering and important to the co-operative future of our nation.

Program Description:
- On reserve students in grades 5-8 are matched with their peers in a predominantly non-Aboriginal, multi-cultural, public school classroom
- They write autobiographical letters of introduction and mail them to their peers
- Students are presented a lesson plan based on Aboriginal culture
- Students create an art collaboration based on the subject matter and mail it to their peers
- Their peers receive the same lesson plan. Unpack the art collaboration and discuss
- Their peers create their own art project based on what they’ve learned about Aboriginal culture and mail it to their new friends on reserve
- Depending on educators, they may choose to continue with a Pen Pal program for keen students

Within the first three months of existence, our Classroom Art & Knowledge Exchange has accomplished:
- Inter-cultural Friendship: over 130 students have exchanged introductory / biographical letters
- Registration: Over 20 educators have registered, 6 have been accepted (due to finances)
- Global Recognition: Inquiries have been received from Maori and Mayan communities
- Art & Cultural Education: Art activity has been presented (rattle making) to students with cultural teaching
- Integration: Non-Aboriginal educators have transparent lesson plans to present to their students
- Employed Aboriginal Artists
- Provided Art Supplies to remote First Nations classroom
- Aboriginal Education: Aboriginal educators and students have been brought closer to traditional teachings through lesson plans, subject matter and artist visit.”

For more information about Pass the Feather to Me!, visit or contact Dawn Setford at to learn how you can help support this project.

Posted with permission from Dawn Setford
Read Aboriginal Arts Collective of Canada | Pass The Feather’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map


Feature film seeks Inuit youth for Arctic Youth Performing Arts Workshop, Deadline Jan.27


“For Immediate Release:

The producers of the award winning film THROAT SONG are holding OPENCALL auditions for THE GRIZZLIES, a new feature film based on the inspiring true story of a group of Inuit students in a struggling Arctic community, whose lives are changed by the transformative power of team sports.

We are scouting Canada’s North (NWT, Nunavut, Nunavik) for Inuit boys and girls to play lead roles in the movie, which will begin shooting in Iqaluit, Nunavut in April 2016. No previous acting experience is required!

All information can be found on our website,, including a list of towns where we will be holding in-person auditions, as well as instructions on how to self-tape an audition.

From the auditions, 30 youth will be selected and flown to Iqaluit to take part in the Arctic Youth Performing Arts Workshop featuring sessions with renowned Inuit performers including COMEDY IMPROVISATION with Anguti Johnson, THROAT SINGING with Sylvia Cloutier, MASK WORK with Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, ACTING with Ippiksaut Friesen and DRUM DANCING with Allen Auksaq.

The workshop will take place in Iqaluit, Nunavut from February 14th – 21st 2016.

The workshop participants will have the opportunity to audition for the director of the feature film THE GRIZZLIES.


Social Media: #inuitteenmovie Instagram: @inuitteenmovie twitter: @inuitteenmovie

For all media inquiries and interviews, please contact Katie Nolan. / 416-363-3838″

Posted with permission from Katie Nolan

Video promotes Neechee Studio’s free arts workshops for Aboriginal youth (Thunder Bay)


NEXT WORKSHOP: “Photography/Film Workshop! with Bouchard Damien and Sarah Furlotte. Learn how to shoot on our cameras or bring your own.

NEECHEE peeps! It’s a FREE workshop for youth ages 13 – 30ish. All supplies are provided and there are no registration fees! Drop in and say Hi.

January 12th!
Location: Definitely Superior Art Gallery, 250 Park Ave.
Workshop starts at 5PM to 8PM
Ages 14-30ish

Introduction to a DSLR and Cell Phone Photography to tell a story or creating vibrant images.
Why do we want to capture moments and share them with the world? What is it about photography that excites and captures the attention of people through art exhibits and social media? How can images help with self expression?

Like I said before, it’s a FREE workshop for youth, brings your friends, because the pizza and munchies are free too.”

Posted with permission from Lora Northway
Read Die Active Art Collective/Definitely Superior Art Gallery’s profile
on ArtBridges’ Map and Directory of Community-Engaged Arts

Profile Highlight: Youth Art Connection (Halifax)

As ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory grows, we realize that it’s a bit overwhelming to read through all of the profiles. We’re hoping that by occasionally highlighting some profiles on our blog, you may learn about an initiative that you may not have initially seen in the directory. Also, if you know of a Canadian community-engaged arts for social change initiative that isn’t in our directory, but should be, please let us know! We love and need your input/feedback in building this resource! -Lisa, Content Coordinator at Artbridges.


Youth Art Connection is “run by artist/entrepreneurs and has 3 areas of programming.

1. What’s your passion: exploring identity, self expression, building confidence and learning with professional artists.
2. Passion 2 Project: building artistic and project management skills in areas of artistic and social change interest of youth.
3. ArtPreneurs: Creative business/career development & life skills application of creative skills.”

To read more about the Youth Art Connection, please see their profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

2015 Street Law Smarts Training Days (SKETCH & Acting Out, Toronto)


2015 Street Law Smarts Training Days
Sign up now for our FREE action-centred workshops.

December 8 & 9, 10am to 4pm
An opportunity for community professionals (working with and advocating for homeless and street-involved youth) to learn relevant legal education and practices. Special focus on gender and sexual diversity and other intersecting identities. Sign up today!

Location: Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street (near Queen and Ossington), Lower Level, Toronto, Ontario.

Tuesday, December 8
10:00am Court Processes
(Learn legal rights and processes you may be unaware of)
12:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm: Police Complaints & Stop and Searches
(Negative police interactions and what to do)
Wednesday, December 9
10:00am Immigration Issues
(Learn what to do for clients without status – including what to include in support letters)
12:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm: Substandard housing
(Eviction Notices and Shelter Standards)

Sign up for this two-day workshop today or contact for more info!

All workshops provide practical legal information related to street-involved youth. This legal information will then be infused into scenarios commonly encountered by youth – a segment led by Acting Out, a SKETCH program. Finally, participants will get to put their new knowledge into practice by applying it to the scenarios in a manner that reflects real-life solutions. Attending both workshops is not mandatory so please indicate in the sign-up sheet what days you will attend.

Immediate feedback by Acting Out and the Street Youth Legal Services Lawyer is available for those who request it.”

-from SKETCH newsletter
Read SKETCH’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

SHINE! Bursaries (Deadline Nov. 30, Toronto)


SHINE bursary accepting applications until Nov 30th!
Bursaries range from $500 – $2,000

“Bursaries are awarded annually to selected youth (aged 16 to 24) living in the GTA, who face financial barriers”, and who want to further their study or practice of roots (folk, blues, Irish, traditional) music. Award amounts vary, up to a maximum of $2,000 per recipient. Recipients may use their award to further their study or practice of music.

Info and application guidelines available here:,

Deadline is Nov 30, 2015 ”

-submitted by Marie MacCormack

Coming Home: The 40th Labrador Creative Arts Festival, Nov.18-24 (Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL)


“From Nov. 18th to Nov. 24th 2015 inclusive, the 40th annual Labrador Creative Arts Festival takes place in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The LCAF is known as ‘Canada’s longest-running children’s arts festival’. For a full week, artists from various disciplines will be gathering in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and spreading out to schools all throughout Labrador, offering workshops in theatre, creative writing, music, video production, set and lighting design, graphic arts and textiles.

At the same time that the artists are traveling to schools across Labrador, participating children from 19 different schools will be meeting to take workshops and be inspired by contact with people in the arts industry. Twelve of these schools will be performing original scripts on a professional stage at the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre.

Unique for the 40th anniversary, LCAF’s visiting artists are all home grown. These professional artists were all exposed to creative arts through participation in the LCAF in the past and are now working practitioners in the arts industry.

The Festival theme for 2015, Coming Home, was chosen to reflect how young Labrador artists have been inspired by their ties to the values and cultures of this remote area of the world. Through the LCAF, Innu, Inuit, Settler, Métis, and immigrant children come together to share their cultures, their languages, their stories and the experiences that have shaped their hopes for the future.

For the grand finale on Tuesday Nov 24th, the artists and students will perform “We Are Coming Home”. This collaboration features vignettes from the Festival’s scripts collected over the last 40 years.

For more information, contact…
Fiona Andersen
Festival Coordinator 709.896.0642
or visit our Facebook page

Posted with permission from Fiona Andersen
Read Labrador Creative Arts Festival’s profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Canada Council for the Arts: Elder & Youth Legacy Program Funding, Deadline Nov.15

“The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, and from people with disabilities.

Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines [PDF, 316.7 KB].

Program Description:
Through this program, Aboriginal arts organizations can help Elders pass on the many art forms being practiced to the next generation.

The program will also increase the Canada Council’s capacity to serve Aboriginal Elders of this country, giving them opportunities to work with youth and pass on their legacy of artistic practice.

Generally, projects should be designed as follows; the organization will choose the Elder who will work with their youth. That Elder will then help to decide the number of young people he or she will work with, and will help to select them.

Strong applications will demonstrate a clear link between the Elders, participants, the artistic practice being shared, and the expenses to be covered by the grant.

15 May
15 November

If either date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.

Grant Amount:
You may request up to $20,000.

Eligible Applicants
Note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a grant.

It is strongly recommended that potential applicants speak to the program officer to confirm their eligibility before submitting their application.

Organizations applying to this program must be Aboriginal or have Aboriginal artists as a majority of their members. These artists must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. They do not need to be living in Canada when the organization applies.

The organization’s artistic direction must also be provided by Aboriginal artists of Canada. At least 51% of the directors on their board must be Aboriginal people, and one of these directors must sign the application.

The Canada Council defines Aboriginal peoples as First Nations, Métis and Inuit people.

Organizations must show an ongoing commitment to Aboriginal arts. The organization must show that the Elder and Aboriginal youth participants have helped to develop the project outline, goals and objectives, and that they have set a timeline that works for them.

Ineligible Applicants:
- First Nations Band Councils
- Educational Institutions (schools, universities

Further Information:
Noël Habel
Program Officer
Aboriginal Arts Office
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4178

TTY: 1-866-585-5559″

Posted with permission from Noël Habel, Aboriginal Arts Office