Frequently Asked Questions

What is North York Arts?
North York Arts (NYA) is an arts service organization that provides access to cultural events, opportunities for professional development and networking, and engagement with the artistic community. NYA addresses the needs and interests of artists, arts organizations and residents of the North York community by collaborating with North York City Councillors, Toronto’s Culture Division, Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network, community stakeholders and local businesses. NYA is currently being incubated by the Toronto Arts Foundation and is funded by the City of Toronto, government agencies and private sector partners.
What types of programs and events does North York Arts host?
  • Neighbourhood Cultural Events: Free events where community networkers can experience local performance arts and community culture.
  • Community Forums: NYA participants in various community forums yearly to share information and build community connections.
  • Art Exhibitions: Free art exhibitions including pop-up shows highlighting the works of North York Artists.
  • Professional Development for Artists: Free workshops that instruct artists on best practices in a variety of topics including grant-writing information sessions.
  • Music Programs: Free music programs for youth to embrace and develop their song-writing talent, open mic sessions and music showcase to highlight indie talent.
Who can join the NYA Network?
The network is open to individual artists, community engaged arts organizations and residents of the North York area.
Why should I join the NYA Network?
You have an interest in engaging with the artistic community in North York. Whether you are an individual artist, an arts organization, or a resident, the networker will provide you with access to artistic people, opportunities and experiences in North York.
Can I get funding by joining the NYA Network?
North York Arts is a service organization; this means we provide services such as workshops and events. North York Arts is not a granting body. If you are interested in applying for funding please visit the Toronto Arts Council.
How will my information be used?
Your information will only be used for the NYA newsletter and information sign-up.

About Us

North York Arts (NYA)  collaborates with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities

Contact us 

North York Arts
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8


Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

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Meet Julián

Julián Carvajal (he/him) is a Toronto-based award-winner creator & producer of experiences. This Queer Latinx Colombian Canadian Arts Manager/Producer has over 21 years of experience managing, curating and delivering arts festivals and cultural events. He is the Event Producer of the largest PanAmerican Food and Music Festival in Canada, Mentor in Residence at the Neighbourhood Arts Network while working at North York Arts, StreetARToronto and producing "In My Element(s) Symposia" for ArtWorkxTO.

Julián has collaborated with organizations and artists from 5 continents on multiple artistic projects. He has mentored over 400 self-identified artists for the past 10 years. He is passionate about building meaningful relationships; helping others to navigate the art sector in the city while collaborating with others to co-create an anti-oppressive and more diverse and inclusive vision of the art sector in Tkaronto.

What does art mean to you?

The Big Bang of my life