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Community Arts Guild

The Community Arts Guild is an organization based in East Scarborough that connects people and builds community through collaborative artmaking.

  • Status:
    Non-profit 
  • Main Communities Served:
    All Ages 
  • Main Catchment Area:
    Ontario, East Scarborough area of Toronto 
  • Languages:
    English, Other languages available depending on which staff and artists are present 
  • Arts Focus:
    We are a multidisciplinary arts company, with a focus on theatre performance and design. 
  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    Working in Scarborough since 2012, we partner with local residents and organizations in the area to:
    - Research, develop, create and produce arts projects.
    - Design activities and projects that respond to the requests and interests of collaborating community members, artists, and partners.
    - Share skills and develop arts practice among artists and community members through workshops, events, performances and celebrations.
    - Remove barriers to participation by providing activities free of cost, taking them into accessible locations, helping with food, translation, transportation and childcare.
    - Participate in training and mentorship opportunities and offer placements and employment for learners in community arts.
    - Build and contribute to opportunities for people to come together across diversities through artmaking within our neighbourhood and beyond.
    Our artwork is often performance-based, and we collaborate across disciplines and traditions, particularly exploring intersections of performance and design. We draw on theatre, puppetry, projection and shadow play, installation (indoors and out) music, dance, culinary and textile arts, and film. 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    The Community Arts Guild makes art of all sorts with diverse artists and residents in Scarborough: connecting those separated from each other because of distance, language, income, age, culture and/or ability; inviting everyone, especially those who face barriers to participation; discovering and celebrating the traditions we all bring along; and building inclusive community through artmaking. 
  • ArtBridging Section:
    We can provide mentorship in community arts, and with specific aspects like project planning, grant writing, evaluation and outreach. We also partner on projects and initiatives to reach shared goals. From other community-engaged arts organizations we likewise enjoy learning and sharing experiences and information, and also connections to artists we might want to employ.
  • Main Contact Name:
    Beth Helmers, Artistic Director 
  • Secondary Contact:
    Joanna Prescod, Outreach and Project Manager 
  • Phone:
    416-556-8247 
  • Main Contact Email:
    beth@communityartsguild.ca 
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  • Address:
    Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, 225 Confederation Drive
    Toronto, ON  M4C 3X2 

Last updated on 2019-10-21 15:42:28. Submitted by: Community Arts Guild