ART AT HOME
NYA is committed to doing what we can to support our community. We’re here to connect you with resources, programs you can do while social distancing, and highlight positive things happening in the NYA community.
Click here to read our full COVID-19 statement, including information about postponed programs.
ART FOR ALL
Online Arts Programs
VIBE Arts https://vibearts.ca/online/
Take a virtual art class, follow a fun crafting tutorial, watch a live streamed performance, and more!
Arts in Isolation https://www.artsetobicoke.com/projects/arts-in-isolation/
Arts Etobicoke, one of our 5 sister Local Arts Service Organizations, has a new initiative aimed to deliver free online art classes and cultural experiences that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
Free Colouring Pages from Canadian Artists https://www.cbc.ca/arts/need-a-quick-stress-break-here-are-literally-dozens-of-free-colouring-pages-from-canadian-artists-1.5514701
You’re never too old for some colouring! Download the drawings and let your imagination take over for a while.
Online Arts Access
Hot Docs At Home on CBC https://gem.cbc.ca/category/hot-docs-at-home-collection/featured-all/85049cdd-13c9-4a6c-a14b-9b974f7d1909
CBC Gem is giving you front-row access to select titles from the 2020 Hot Docs Festival! Enjoy some of the hottest documentaries from one of the biggest documentary film festivals in the world – now streaming.
TO Live’s Living Room Series https://www.tolive.com/livingrooms
You can watch exciting performances by Toronto artists – from the comfort of their living room, to yours! New episodes are posted daily.
The Social Distancing Festival https://www.socialdistancingfestival.com/
Created by a Toronto-based artist in March, this is a site for celebrating art from all over the world, showcasing amazing talent, and coming together as a community.
Google Arts and Culture https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en
Free virtual tours of museums and art galleries from around the world.
ART PROGRAMS FOR SENIORS
Seniors Animation Project https://www.northyorkarts.org/project/animation/
Explore the art of storytelling through the use of stop-motion animation! Over the course of 16 FREE workshops (6 online in the spring and 10 in-person in the fall), participants will use digital animation techniques to explore topics and issues affecting today’s senior population.
Crafting in Quarantine https://www.artsetobicoke.com/events/crafting-in-quarantine-with-marjan-verstappen/
Arts Etobicoke will be offering a weekly online craft activity with the talented Marjan Verstappen. In this video series, Marjan will lead you through a fun and easy craft activity using cheap everyday items that you can find in your own home.
RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS/ ARTS WORKERS
Toronto Arts Foundation and Toronto Arts Council TOArtist COVID-19 Response Fund: APPLY | DONATE
The Fund will allocate up to $1000 to self-employed, individual artists resident in Toronto whose creative work and income have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
I Lost my Gig Canada https://ilostmygig.ca/
I Lost My Gig Canada, a space for creative industries and other vulnerable freelance and gig economy workers to connect and share stories in response to growing income precarity in Canada. You can also just their Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ILostMyGigCa/
LEAN Canada – Leadership Emergency Arts Network Information for Organization Click here to learn more
LEAN is an immediate, grassroots, pro bono response network to help Canadian professional non-profit arts organizations (big and small) deal with what is coming at them during this crisis.
David Seguin Memorial Award for Accessibility in the Arts http://seguinaward.ca/
This award promotes accessibility in the arts by providing support to artists with disabilities. The Seguin family will be awarding $100 micro grants to artists with disabilities in order to help them cover basic living expenses, such as rent and groceries.
NYA ARTIST SHOWCASE
Maha Munaf’s Video Editing Course https://courses.camerasandcupcakes.com
Maha Munaf, a past NYA facilitator, has created an online course all about video editing. It’s short and sweet (less than 1 hour), but jam packed with lots of value and designed in a way to provide a fun learning experience!
Nellys Garcia http://www.NellysGarciArt.com
Nellys Garcia, one of our Legacy Collective facilitators, shares a mixture of her literary work and her artistic drawings.
Jieun Kim’s Drawing Challenge https://www.instagram.com/junekima.rt/
Jieun Kim, one of our past Northbound artists, is participating in a challenge to draw one tiger a day for 30 days. Follow Jieun on Instagram to keep up with her daily drawings & get inspired!
Anna Kavehmehr Download colouring page here
One of this year’s Northbound artists, has created a free colouring page to help add some extra colour to your day!
TORONTO ARTS COUNCIL
The Toronto Arts Council (TAC) has been authorized to act as the official channel for City updates to be distributed to artists. They have created a comprehensive resource page for the arts community during this crisis. The page includes information on:
- TAC announcements
- Public Health Authorities Resources & Notices
- Public Funders and Agencies Resources & Notices
- Tracking Lost Revenue and Arts Business Tools & Resources
- Emergency Funding Support
- Art Activations
We also encourage you to sign up to their COVID-19 specific newsletter to stay up to date on their resources and information.
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