The Animation Project for Seniors

Explore the art of storytelling through stop-motion animation!

North York Arts and the Toronto Animated Image Society have teamed up to present The Animation Project. Over the course of seven FREE workshop modules, participants ages 55+ will learn digital animation techniques, and uncover their own stories and creativity.

This program is a chance to connect with peers, channel your creative expression, and develop your digital literacy.

This is an incredible opportunity to delve into the world of animation, learn from expert facilitators, and connect with fellow animation enthusiasts. Whether you’re a seasoned animator or just starting your journey, The Animation Project 2023 is the perfect platform for you to explore, learn, and create!

Individual Celebrations: We’re looking forward to celebrating your achievements at the end of each module. You’ll have the opportunity to watch your animated explorations and acknowledge the progress you’ve made. Join us for the final module,  with an in-person celebration to commemorate the end of the program.

Indigenous Elder Land Acknowledgement: We are honoured to commission an Indigenous Elder to record a meaningful land acknowledgement related to the art of storytelling. This will be an essential part of our program, fostering cultural appreciation and understanding.

Check out the final projects from our previous participants!


Meet your Instructor : Cristal Buemi

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Canada, Cristal Buemi is a multimedia artist that holds a BA from Ryerson University and an MA from Bau, Design College of Barcelona. While multidisciplinary by nature, (animation, video, photography, collage and digital design), her work pushes frame-by-frame boundaries by exploring the materiality and inherent beauty found in the minutia.

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Meet your Program Lead : Julian Carvajal

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.