Around Art & Land

Around Art & Land

Around Art & Land

NYA is a proud partner of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art!

The year of Public Art has chosen the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action as the main theme for the next 10 years of art programs/exhibitions in the city. Western knowledge is based on an egocentric model while Indigenous peoples have the land as the epicentre of everything they do. After visiting Downsview Park and its hub, we realized that there are a lot of opportunities to connect to the land by curating a series of activations that will happen from April 2022 to October 2022.

We are delighted to present to you a series of intergenerational programs that respond to the needs of the Land to acknowledge it, celebrate it and also commit to it. We all as human beings play a role in the climate change crisis and as artists, we also need to be mindful of the waste we create while creating art.

North York Arts celebrates communities, artists inspire us and the land allows us to be able to share it with all! Every creation of the land is a piece of art itself, for that reason, we have called our core programs for ArtworxTO Around Art and Land.

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We hope you can join us for any of the following programs:

   an icon of a spray can  We CAN do it

  an icon of a sketchbook   Around my Words

  an icon of two people dancing Let’s Dance!

  an icon of a branch with many leaves  What is Around is Alive

  an icon of a kite   Elevating my Dreams

We CAN do it:

growing healthy relations with the land –

Community Interactive Art Installation

In this activation, participants will be invited to paint empty spray cans that will culminate in an exhibition taking place at the Downsview Hub.

In partnership with Juan Cajiao, participants will paint images on each spray can with the theme of environment in mind, and will consider ways to recycle and repurpose some of the daily objects around us that directly harm the environment. Each can will also have a message for Mother Earth and a personal commitment to the environment from each participant. 

Once all cans are painted and all messages are written, the empty spray cans will be exhibited in a tree formation at the Downsview Hub, where visitors will be encouraged to see the cans and to consider their own commitments and wishes for the environment. 

an icon of a spray can

Schedule

Painting Cans Activation
Saturday, July 9 from 10 am to 4 pm

Exhibition Launch
Thursday, August 11th from 5 pm to 6:30 pm

Exhibition Hours Thursday August 11th to Sunday October 2nd: 

Wednesday to Friday: 11 am to 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm

Location

Painting Cans: Downsview Hub – 70 Canuck Ave

Exhibition: Downsview Hub – 70 Canuck Ave

Meet your Artist:

Juan Cajiao

Born in Colombia, raised in the US and now living in Canada, Juan has been an artist from the day he was born. He grew up painting and drawing, took his passion to the next level by studying Industrial Design and Architecture, he then applied his creativity in the advertising world for many years, he then quit his corporate job to pursue his dream of being a stand up comedian.

Juan now has done over 500 shows in 12 countries and co-founded MalPensando, a bi-lingual comedy club and school that empowers people to become confident and funny speakers.

Parallel to his comedy business, Juan is also an artist who’s done commissioned work (paintings & drawings) that are currently exhibited in 5 countries. Juan also started a new art brand called @ArtedByJuan which aims to make any object (chairs, shows, jackets, teapots… anything) into a unique art piece.

Juan has a variety of workshops, from public speaking & comedy, to free-hand drawing & painting.

Juan will always combine art and comedy in everything he does.

Connect:

@juan_cajiao | @artedbyjuan | @malpensando

Around my Words

During this activation, participants will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with spoken word poet Patrick Walters to create a series of poems around the theme of nature and their commitment to the land. Then they will collaborate with visual artist Paddy Leung to embed those poems into wooden crates. Participants will be provided with individual crates they can take home while collaborating on the creation of one of the installation components of the Community Interactive Art Exhibition, We CAN do it!

DATES

COHORT I

Spokenword Component led by Patrick Walters

● Tuesday, August 2, 2022 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
● Tuesday, August 9, 2022 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Visual Component led by Paddy Leung
● Wednesday, August 17, 2022 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
● Wednesday, August 24, 2022 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

COHORT II
Spokenword Component led by Patrick Walters
● Thursday, August 4, 2022 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
● Thursday, August 11, 2022 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Visual Component led by Paddy Leung
● Thursday, August 18, 2022 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
● Thursday, August 25, 2022 | 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Deadline to apply:
 Sunday, July 31st, 2022
Spots Available: 24 (12 participants per cohort)
Venue: Downsview Park (70 Canuck Ave.)

NOTE:
Lunch, snacks, and light refreshments will be provided.
Community and volunteer hours are also available upon request.
TTC will be available for participants.
Certifications of participation will be also given to participants.

For any questions or if you need assistance to fill out this application please email Julián Carvajal, julian@northyorkarts.org 

Let’s Dance!

Get ready to move your body! During this program, Mafa Dance Village (@mafadancevillage.ca) and Capoeira Bamba Toronto, (@bamabtoronto)  will teach participants the basic fundamentals of South African Beats and Capoeira! These sessions will be fun, interactive, and high-energy as you’ll learn some new moves, kicks, and escapes to music.

While these workshops are open to all, some movements in the Capoeira workshop may be challenging to those with limited mobility.  This program is for ALL ages. 

an icon of two people dancing

Schedule

Sundays, May 15 & 22

11:00 am to 12:00 pm | South-African Beats

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm | Capoeira Dance

Location

Downview Park Orchard Location HERE

Meet your Instructors:

Mafa Makhubalo

Movement poet trained in folk forms from the Regions of African tradition, African contemporary, and Western-Contemporary. Mafa Dance Village is influenced by an understanding of dance as an accumulation of memory and the history of my culture. Dance is an invisible evolution that becomes visible through movement, music, and singing.

Connect: To learn more about Mafa, visit mafadancevillage.ca

Capoeira Bamba

Capoeira Bamba is Toronto’s 7X award winning Capoeira School. Capoeira is an Afro Brazilian Martial Art that incorporates Martial Arts, Acrobatics, Music, Dance and Culture all in one! From Kicks to Flips, this Martial Art has it all!
We take great pride in educating our community about the Afro-Brazilian culture and Martial Art. We are Toronto’s only full time Capoeira Academy hosting classes for Minis, Kids and Adults of all ages. We are also a performance team, performing Capoeira, and other Afro-Brazilian cultural dances for audiences and events of all sizes all over the GTA.

Connect: To learn more about Capoeira Bamba, visit bambatoronto.com

Capoeira Bamba - Mississauga

Join us on Sunday May 20th to dance with Mike Pulga of @bambamississauga!

Capoeira Bamba is Toronto’s 7X award winning Capoeira School. Capoeira is an Afro Brazilian Martial Art that incorporates Martial Arts, Acrobatics, Music, Dance and Culture all in one! From Kicks to Flips, this Martial Art has it all!
We take great pride in educating our community about the Afro-Brazilian culture and Martial Art. We are Toronto’s only full time Capoeira Academy hosting classes for Minis, Kids and Adults of all ages. We are also a performance team, performing Capoeira, and other Afro-Brazilian cultural dances for audiences and events of all sizes all over the GTA.

Connect: To learn more about Capoeira Bamba, visit bambatoronto.com

 

What is Around is Alive

In this two-part activation, participants will first be invited to tour Downsview Park by foot with Alan Colley of Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tours, then will create inspired illustrations and photographs from the walk. Together with Alan Colley, participants will discover and observe the local flora and fauna, and leave with a newfound understanding for all that is alive around us. Art pieces created during the session will be displayed publicly in the Downsview Hub, unless participants would prefer to take them home to display there instead!

Schedule

Saturday, June 4 | 10 am to 1 pm

Saturday, June 18 | 10 am to 1 pm & 3 pm to 6 pm

Location

Walking Tour: Downsview Park – Meet at the Orchard Pavillion

Art Creation: Downsview Hub – 70 Canuck Ave

 

Meet your Instructor:

 

 

Alan Colley - Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tours

Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tours has been a passion and dream of mine for a long time.

I have designed a company which honors our traditional way of life – but also allows for mainstream concepts of tourism and experiential learning.

I believe we are at the point in history where we are able to teach and share with the next generations how to have a sustainable relationship with the environment. This is the focus of Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tours.

My goal is to bring together our beautiful community in a way that allows elders, adults, youth and children to connect and make a difference with actions based on the ground principles of the 7 Grandfather Teachings, 13 Grandmother Moon Teachings and Medicine Wheel Teachings.

I am looking forward to sharing information regarding history, the plants, the animals, the fish and the insects so that we can start looking at a healthy future that we are planting seeds for in the present.

Every time a participant resonates with a teaching provided on our tours, the Indigenous knowledge of my ancestors and the ancestors of all Aboriginal peoples is honored because it has a chance to expand into future generations.

Those who had no idea of the sustainable lifestyles and understanding that the First Peoples of what is now Toronto had, can carry with them a new connection to the natural world they live in – even if it is surrounded by a concrete jungle.

I hope to meet and share cultural understandings and environmental respect while also learning something new from each and every participant of a Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tour!

Elevating my Dreams

In this activation, participants will create kites with messages that they would like to share with all flying creatures. By incorporating different upcycled materials, and applying the R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) each participant will create an environmentally friendly artwork that can fly through the sky.  Participants will be encouraged to fly their kites at home after the activation and share photos and videos on social media!

Schedule

Saturdays, July 9, 16, 23 | 11 am to 12:30 pm

Location

Downsview Hub – 70 Canuck Ave

Meet your Instructor:

Orfelina Millán

I am an environmental artist and creator/facilitator of an eco-friendly community art program for children, Orfe Eco Art Program. My passion for art, environmentalism, and community engagement, along with my arts education experience with the TCDSB and the TDSB, have strengthened my motivation to engage young people in protecting the earth through participatory community arts.

Orfe EcoArt Program is a social enterprise that aims to stimulate creativity and environmental responsibility in children and youth through its ecological art program, understanding that a creative mind and responsible attitude are key to becoming an active member of society and contributing to the health and safety of one’s community.

Connect:

Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Website

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

info@northyorkarts.org

647-477-6059

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network

Youtube for Beginners

Youtube for Beginners

YOUTUBE FOR BEGINNERS

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

YouTube for Beginners is a comprehensive and interactive course designed to teach young creatives how to start and grow their own YouTube channel. This 5-week program will cover the basic knowledge needed to understand YouTube.

Each 2-hour session is paired with tangible activities that participants will work on during and after class. By the end of the program, participants will learn how to plan, strategize, and create content, how to optimize their videos for growth, and how to remain consistent so they can reach their individual goals.

PROGRAM DETAILS

This program is for youth 17 – 25 years old. All youth are welcome to apply but priority will be given to North York and York residents.

Participants must have the following: 

• 0 – 1,000 subscribers
• Access to a computer
• Smartphone or video camera
• Basic video editing capabilities  

Spring Workshop

Dates: April 1 – 29

Time:4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Where: Zoom

Price: Free

Deadline to Apply: March 14

Meet your Instructor : Jalen Nelson

Jalen Nelson also known as Lickmyfashion is a Stylist, Creative Director, Fashion influencer and Educator. His brand represents being comfortable in your own skin and pushing the boundary as far as you can go. He teaches people that breaking the boundary is necessary and in order to achieve what you want in life, hard work is the key to success. There’s no giving up in Jalen’s world, he keeps going and wants his audience to do the same. He teaches people and helps them understand that it’s never too late. Join Jalen Nelson as he’ll have you equipped and ready for Youtube!!

Youtube: lickmyfashion

Instagram: @lickmyfashion

 

From Drum to DJ

From Drum to DJ

From Drum to DJ 

From Drum to DJ is a hands-on music program that explores the influence of African and Afro-Caribbean/Latinx drumming traditions on the evolution of hip-hop music, turntablism and popular culture today. Participants explore the origins of the basic beat patterns and the different types of drum sounds still relevant in today’s music and showcase how music is part of a global family.

Upcoming Workshops

The Online Drum to DJ workshop is now OPEN! We’re inviting participants from 12-18 years old to join us online for three Saturdays starting March 13th for drum and DJ lessons. We’ll also be holding a final online performance on March 31st. See below for more details and click the link to apply!

This program is open to African, Caribbean, Black youth. Priority will be given to North York residents.

Date: Saturdays, March 13, 20 & 27

Time: 11 am to 1:30 pm

Where: Online

Price: Free

Apply by: March 7

Final Performace: March 31 from 4-5pm

For more information Contact Julian:  julian@northyorkarts.org or call  647-561-6021

Program Creator and Facilitator: 

Benjamin De Graaf

Benjamin de Graaf has executed over 300+ successful events ranging from weddings, corporate leadership series, fundraisers, and community events through his DJ business. He is a DJ, husband, father, sports fanatic and creator of a music and leadership program that uses the arts to make learning fun for kids called The Love Music Initiative – with a focus on DJing, drumming, dance and spoken word.

The Love Music Initiative is a multi-disciplinary and alternative education program that uses Hip Hop culture, contemporary music and popular culture as a tool for students to learn about civic engagement, history and advocacy.

 

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

info@northyorkarts.org

647-477-6059

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network

Second Act Seniors: ESL Creative Program

Second Act Seniors: ESL Creative Program

SECOND ACT SENIORS ONLINE:

ESL CREATIVE PROGRAM

Are you 55+ and looking for a creative, fun way to practice your English? 

Second Act Seniors is a free online arts-focused ESL program for newcomer adults and seniors to feel more comfortable and confident in their speaking abilities. 

You’ll have the opportunity to connect with peers while developing your own creative voice through improv, singing, storytelling, spoken word, and creative writing! 

All workshops will take place via Zoom video calls. If you’ve never used Zoom before or need help setting it up, don’t worry – we’ll provide you with 1-on-1 tech support. 

Second Act is led in English and is ideal for those with basic to intermediate English communication skills. All newcomer adults and seniors are welcome to join, but priority will be given to North York residents. 

 

Date: February 17 – March 31, 2021 (Every Wednesday)

Deadline to apply: February 7, 2021

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Place: Online via Zoom

Price: Free

2020 Fall Workshops 

February 17: Public Speaking and Improv

The purpose of the workshop is to overcome the fear of public speaking and become confident speakers. We will teach you 21 public speaking tips & techniques in order to become persuasive speakers, improve stage presence, and develop self-confidence. The workshop will also help attendees embrace their accent through the ‘mistakes are opportunities’ mentality.

Facilitators: Stephan Dyer & Juan Cajiao

Stephan Dyer and Juan Cajiao are former bankers turned comedians, TEDx Speakers and speaking coaches with +300 shows in 12 countries. They have performed and worked with some of the industry’s top brands such as Comedy Central, TEDx, Second City, Coca Cola, Scotiabank, and others.

They are also the proud co founders of MalPensando, a bilingual school that helps people become funny, confident speakers. MalPensando has been credited with improving the lives of hundreds of students through humor and has been a vehicle for countless hours of community service in the Hispanic-Canadian community.

Social Media 

@malpensando
@stephandyer
@juan_cajiao_comedy

www.malpensando.com

February 24 and March 3: Storytelling

In this workshop, you’ll learn to tell engaging stories that persuade, influence, and inspire. It teaches you how to discover, craft, and tell your stories with confidence.  The Workshop gives you:
• Tools, frameworks, and examples
• A simple step-by-step process
• A safe place to work together at getting better
• and the courage to tell your story

Facilitator: Sharada Eswar

Playwright, storyteller, singer and arts educator, Sharada Eswar’s work spans across multi-disciplines and art forms. A graduate in Literature Studies, she trained to be a writer and a storyteller. Simultaneously she also immersed herself in Carnatic Music (south Indian classical music) in Chennai, India. She also took to many other styles including Hindustani Classical (Patiala Gharana) Rabindra Sangeet, Abhang and European. While maintaining her Veena studies, her interest shifted to the voice and storytelling. She was part of the team representing India at the India Abroad show in Paris and New York. She was also one of the three chosen by the Centres Culturels des Lions Clubs de Paris to present Indian culture in Normandy, France. Since then, she has been
performing and teaching in Toronto and internationally, drawing on her own South Asian ancestry and heritage. A published children’s author, Sharada has until recently been OAC’s Cultural Animator.

March 10 and 17: Creative Writing

A 2-part creative writing series with focus on identity, belonging and hope for the future. Participants will have the opportunity to dive deeper into their own stories using oral and written storytelling techniques–with support from the facilitator. Sessions will serve as a form of release and comfort in uncertain times, while cultivating a personal writing practice. 

Facilitator: Igho Diana

Everyone gets better when you do” are words Igho Diana lives by; as a spoken word poet, community educator, and wellness consultant. Igho wholeheartedly believes that it takes a village—not only to raise a child, but also to support adults through our healing & wellness journey. Her chief aim is to teach—by example, how to prioritize (y)our wellness.

Social Media: @EGOInitiative | @ighodiana

March 24: IndigenEd

North York Arts & IndigenEd (Indigenous Education for all) present Connect to Nature – an Eco-Art Workshop with Veronica Johnny.  This workshop includes talking about the land we are on; connecting with the earth and water; an eco-art activity and a drum song performance.

 Facilitator: Veronica Johnny

Veronica Johnny is a Cree-Métis, multidisciplinary, two-spirit artist from the Northwest Territories. A hand drummer and rock singer, she’s also a songwriter, visual artist and writer. Veronica facilitates culturally-informed arts-education workshops, often with a matriarchal lens, and focuses her creative energies on natural healing modalities and Nehiyawewin language revitalization.

Social Media
@VeronicaJohnnyMusic
@IndigenEd
facebook/indigened

March 31: Closing Session/ Public Speaking and Improv

The purpose of the workshop is to overcome the fear of public speaking and become confident speakers. We will teach you 21 public speaking tips & techniques in order to become persuasive speakers, improve stage presence, and develop self-confidence. The workshop will also help attendees embrace their accent through the ‘mistakes are opportunities’ mentality.

Facilitators: Stephan Dyer & Juan Cajiao

Stephan Dyer and Juan Cajiao are former bankers turned comedians, TEDx Speakers and speaking coaches with +300 shows in 12 countries. They have performed and worked with some of the industry’s top brands such as Comedy Central, TEDx, Second City, Coca Cola, Scotiabank, and others.

They are also the proud co founders of MalPensando, a bilingual school that helps people become funny, confident speakers. MalPensando has been credited with improving the lives of hundreds of students through humor and has been a vehicle for countless hours of community service in the Hispanic-Canadian community.

Social Media 

@malpensando
@stephandyer
@juan_cajiao_comedy

www.malpensando.com

Second Act Seniors History

2020 Winter Workshops

Improv with Patricia Tab

Improv is a fun tool to build-up interpersonal and communication skills in a relaxed environment. Through comedy games and physical theatre exercises, these workshops will fuel your creativity and spontaneity, making amusing memories and even potential new friends!

Public Speaking with Stephan Dyer and Juan Cajio

Are you looking to overcome your fear of public speaking? Join us and let’s have fun with Improvisation and Stand Up Comedy. We will use humour as the primary tool in order to become persuasive speakers, improve stage presence, and develop self-confidence. We will also talk about how to embrace your accents and roots through the ‘mistakes are opportunities’ mentality.

Conversation with Maria Montejo
*workshop was canceled due to COVID-19

A conversation with Maria Montejo (Deer clan) about the land that we stand on and our responsibilities as newcomers to the land and to the original keepers of this land. 

Closing Session
*workshop was canceled due to COVID-19

A wrap up of the program! Have the chance to share what you’ve learned, provide feedback to NYA, and celebrate with your fellow participants.

2020 Winter Workshops

Improv with Patricia Tab

Improv is a fun tool to build-up interpersonal and communication skills in a relaxed environment. Through comedy games and physical theatre exercises, these workshops will fuel your creativity and spontaneity, making amusing memories and even potential new friends!

Public Speaking with Stephan Dyer and Juan Cajio

Are you looking to overcome your fear of public speaking? Join us and let’s have fun with Improvisation and Stand Up Comedy. We will use humour as the primary tool in order to become persuasive speakers, improve stage presence, and develop self-confidence. We will also talk about how to embrace your accents and roots through the ‘mistakes are opportunities’ mentality.

Conversation with Maria Montejo
*workshop was canceled due to COVID-19

A conversation with Maria Montejo (Deer clan) about the land that we stand on and our responsibilities as newcomers to the land and to the original keepers of this land. 

Closing Session
*workshop was canceled due to COVID-19

A wrap up of the program! Have the chance to share what you’ve learned, provide feedback to NYA, and celebrate with your fellow participants.

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

info@northyorkarts.org

647-477-6059

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network

Second Act Youth: ESL Creative Program

Second Act Youth: ESL Creative Program

SECOND ACT YOUTH ONLINE:

ESL CREATIVE PROGRAM

Calling all newcomer youth!

Are you looking for a creative, fun way to practice your English? 

Second Act is a free online arts-focused ESL program for newcomer youth (ages 13-17) to feel more comfortable and confident in their speaking abilities. 

You’ll have the opportunity to connect with peers while developing your own creative voice through interactive activities and workshops. Plus, you’ll get to work on an exciting project using photography, creative writing, storytelling, spoken word, and presentations!

All workshops will take place via Zoom video calls. If you’ve never used Zoom before or need help setting it up, don’t worry – we’ll provide you with 1-on-1 tech support. 

Second Act is led in English and is ideal for those with basic to intermediate English communication skills. All newcomer youth are welcome to join, but priority will be given to North York residents. 

This is your chance to have fun, meet new people, and even win some awesome prizes! 

 

Date: February 17 – March 31, 2021 (Every Wednesday)

Deadline to apply: February 7th

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Place: Online via Zoom

Price: Free

2021 Workshops

February 17, 24 and March 3: Creative Writing

February 17 – Get To Know Us!

Participants will engage in ice-breakers and activity which is designed to both encourage their use of language and communication, as well as introduce themselves in a fun way to the group.

February 24 – Get To Know Poetry

Participants will engage with several elements of poetry as well as art and creativity on a whole.

March 3 – Get to Know Yourself

Participants will engage in reflection and self-expression to produce a short artist statement about themselves.

Facilitator: Patrick Walters

 
Walters is an international poet & arts educator, who is dedicated to sharing stories that speak to the issues we all battle daily. His work is a constant reminder to us to never give up on our own hopes &
dreams, even in the face of the harsh realities of the world we live in.
 

After releasing his debut Album, The OffShore Account, Patrick has been focused on his arts education career as well as sharing his works of poetry on stages across North America and the Caribbean region, where his parents raised him on the island of St. Kitts. His ideals of perseverance and hope in the face of adversity have helped him to this point and today, he will be sharing a bit of his lived experiences with us!

March 10, 17, 24: Photography

The workshops are designed to introduce photography as a tool for self-expression. This program encourages newcomer youth to explore their creative self, while developing a photo series that reflects their personal feelings and life experiences.

Youth will learn about the art of visual storytelling and use photography’s elements of design (such as lighting, composition, framing and more) to capture interesting photographs that start a dialogue.

Facilitator: Ebti Nabag

Ebti Nabag is a visual artist who works with photography, video, and installation. She is also a digital and analogue photography instructor. She teams up with galleries and community centers to develop art programs that provide opportunities for creative self-expression and aid in the development of identity. Her work is motivated by stories from the average human and she hopes her documentations serve as bridges between people and communities. 

Instagram: @ebti_n

Website: www.ebtinabag.com 

March 31: Closing Session

Participants will present their final pieces within the group while learning different facilitation dynamics. During the whole program, participants will develop leadership skills as well as understanding more about the arts sector in the city and other opportunities catered towards their needs.

Facilitator: Julian Carvajal

Julian Carvajal is a multifaceted colourful Colombian-Canadian Queer Latinx Media Artist, Arts Manager, Producer and Cultural Promoter. He has worked for 5 years at Art Starts as a Special Projects Manager, while also producing the largest PanAmerican Food and Music Festival. Julian is currently working at North York Arts as the coordinator for their Seniors Animation Program & Second Act Program and is also facilitating a digital storytelling program for seniors with CultureLink. Julian has worked with over 300 youths in different programs. He is very excited to learn and get inspired by the participants of this program.

Instagram: @JuliCarvajalTO

Second Act History

2020 Workshops

Getting Started | Facilitator: Cecilia Garcia

Learning a new language is hard, and sometimes the hardest part is learning the skills that we spent the least amount of time practicing. Speaking and interacting with others in a new language demands a lot of practice, courage, and confidence. Let’s get started with play and games to get to know each other and start working on our English and confidence.

 

Story Telling and Presence| Facilitator: Patrick Walters

This program will be focused on curating a creative and encouraging environment to teach youth the requisite skills to speak or perform publicly for an audience. Participants will be given tangible examples of how to improve their speaking ability, including tips on how to project, how to stand and move on stage as well as the thought that goes into creating a compelling story for an audience to follow and enjoy.

 

Improv in a Second Language | Facilitator: Alana Shields Barker

This workshop will guide participants through the basics of Improvisation focusing on our social communications skills. We all use basic improv skills every day, solving problems, discovering information, communicating our needs and desires. In this workshop we’ll be exploring how we do this in Canadian English using real time improv games and taking time to share our discoveries with each other as we play. You do not need drama or improvisation experience to join us – just a willingness to learn and explore your new social language with an open heart and mind. Wear comfortable clothing as we will be moving a bit.

 

Improv and Comedy | Facilitator:  Isaac Luy

This workshop is for youth that have english as their second language and are trying to improve their interpersonal and public speaking skills. We’ll focus on some physical comedy games that get your body moving and your creative juices flowing. We will do exercises that aim to get you feeling confident and into a state of play.

 

Body Language, Gestures and Non-verbal Communication | Facilitator:  Beatriz Pizano

Theatrical language goes beyond the spoken word.  Our bodies create images, stories, and relationships without the use of words.  In this workshop we will work on a number of simple physical exercises to compose stories in space and we will introduce the group to the concept of collective creation.  Open to all. No experience necessary.

 

Storytelling with Images | Facilitator:  Jackie Omstead

During this workshop we will work together to explore a variety of storytelling skills: from movement to sound making, and “frozen pictures” to narration. Have fun, build your confidence, and try something new! No experience necessary, but always welcome!

 

Public Speaking | Facilitators:  Stephan Dyer and Juan Cajiao

The purpose of this workshop is to overcome the fear of public speaking through Improvisation and Stand Up Comedy. We will use humor as the primary tool in order to become persuasive speakers, improve stage presence, and develop self-confidence. The workshop will also show attendees how to embrace their accent and roots through the ‘mistakes are opportunities’ mentality.

 

Building your Character | Facilitator: Melissa Foster 

Explore your inner ego at this workshop designed to celebrate that lesser known side of you. Brave, insecure, funny, loud, quite, shy – all types are welcome here! You’ll use basic acting techniques, character development and improvisation to create an alter ego that’s all you.

 

 

 

2019 Workshops

Storytelling and Presence | Facilitator: Patrick Walters

During these workshops, you will learn and practice telling a story, creative writing, and how to perform for an audience. We will focus on curating a creative and encouraging environment for all. You will be given tips on how to project, how to stand and move on stage as well as the thought that goes into creating a compelling story for an audience to enjoy. Come and tell your story!

Improv | Facilitator: Patricia Tab

Improv is a fun tool to build-up interpersonal and communication skills in a relaxed environment. Through comedy games and physical theatre exercises, these workshops will fuel your creativity and spontaneity, making amusing memories and even potential new friends!

Public Speaking | Facilitators: Stephan Dyer and Juan Cajiao

Are you looking to overcome your fear of public speaking? Join us and let’s have fun with Improvisation and Stand Up Comedy. We will use humor as the primary tool in order to become persuasive speakers, improve stage presence, and develop self-confidence. We will also talk about how to embrace your accents and roots through the ‘mistakes are opportunities’ mentality. 

Practicing English through fun theatre games | Facilitators: Juliette Salcedo and Ebony Viani-Singer

Practice English through fun games like broken telephone, charades and more.

Conversation with Maria Montejo

A conversation with Maria Montejo (Deer clan) about the land that we stand on and our responsibilities as newcomers to the land and to the original keepers of this land. 

2018 Workshops

Getting Started | Facilitator: Cecilia Garcia

Learning a new language is hard, and sometimes the hardest part is learning the skills that we spent the least amount of time practicing. Speaking and interacting with others in a new language demands a lot of practice, courage, and confidence. Let’s get started with play and games to get to know each other and start working on our English and confidence.

Story Telling and Presence| Facilitator: Patrick Walters

This program will be focused on curating a creative and encouraging environment to teach youth the requisite skills to speak or perform publicly for an audience. Participants will be given tangible examples of how to improve their speaking ability, including tips on how to project, how to stand and move on stage as well as the thought that goes into creating a compelling story for an audience to follow and enjoy.

Improv in a Second Language | Facilitator: Alana Shields Barker

This workshop will guide participants through the basics of Improvisation focusing on our social communications skills. We all use basic improv skills every day, solving problems, discovering information, communicating our needs and desires. In this workshop we’ll be exploring how we do this in Canadian English using real time improv games and taking time to share our discoveries with each other as we play. You do not need drama or improvisation experience to join us – just a willingness to learn and explore your new social language with an open heart and mind. Wear comfortable clothing as we will be moving a bit.

Improv and Comedy | Facilitator:  Isaac Luy

This workshop is for youth that have english as their second language and are trying to improve their interpersonal and public speaking skills. We’ll focus on some physical comedy games that get your body moving and your creative juices flowing. We will do exercises that aim to get you feeling confident and into a state of play.

Body Language, Gestures and Non-verbal Communication | Facilitator:  Beatriz Pizano

Theatrical language goes beyond the spoken word.  Our bodies create images, stories, and relationships without the use of words.  In this workshop we will work on a number of simple physical exercises to compose stories in space and we will introduce the group to the concept of collective creation.  Open to all. No experience necessary.

Storytelling with Images | Facilitator:  Jackie Omstead

During this workshop we will work together to explore a variety of storytelling skills: from movement to sound making, and “frozen pictures” to narration. Have fun, build your confidence, and try something new! No experience necessary, but always welcome!

Public Speaking | Facilitators:  Stephan Dyer and Juan Cajiao

The purpose of this workshop is to overcome the fear of public speaking through Improvisation and Stand Up Comedy. We will use humor as the primary tool in order to become persuasive speakers, improve stage presence, and develop self-confidence. The workshop will also show attendees how to embrace their accent and roots through the ‘mistakes are opportunities’ mentality.

Building your Character | Facilitator: Melissa Foster 

Explore your inner ego at this workshop designed to celebrate that lesser known side of you. Brave, insecure, funny, loud, quite, shy – all types are welcome here! You’ll use basic acting techniques, character development and improvisation to create an alter ego that’s all you.

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

info@northyorkarts.org

647-477-6059

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

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What’s Your Story?

What’s Your Story?

What’s Your Story? North York and Scarborough

Join in a celebration of reading and writing in North York and Scarborough hosted by award-winning author Catherine Hernandez.

Presented by the Ontario Book Publishers Organization, the Toronto Arts CouncilNorth York ArtsScarborough Arts and the Toronto Public Library.

Date: June 9, 2018

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Time: 1-4pm

Place: Victoria Village Library

Address: 184 Sloane Avenue, Toronto, ON

What's Your Story? 2018 Schedule

1:00 – 1:15 pm – A special presentation by Veronica Johnny.

1:15 – 2:15 pm – Author Readings

The What’s Your Story, North York writing competition winners read their North York inspired works.
– Author Lucy Black
– Author Sylvia Warsh

Introducing emerging North York writers:
– Laura Mullin
– Asheda Dwyer

The What’s Your Story, Scarborough writing competition winners read their Scarborough inspired works.
– Author and creative writing instructor Alexandra Leggat

Introducing emerging Scarborough writers:
– Natasha Ramoutar
– Petrose Tesfai
– Nicole Bayes-Fleming

2:15 – 2:30 pm – Refreshments

2:30 – 4:00 pm – Engaging Workshops for Writers

2:30 – Decolonizing Writing Practice with award-winning author Catherine Hernandez
This workshop will give participants tools to liberate themselves from the confines of “conventional” storytelling and find truth in their own literary voice. Participants can expect quick exercises to awaken and empower the writer within.

3:00 – Publisher Speed Dating
Writers, this is your opportunity to chat one-on-one with publishers: Quattro Books, Guernica Editions, Dundurn Press, Cormorant Books, ECW Press and Inanna Publications and get the inside track on what publishers are on the lookout for.

Words Rhymes and Life will be onsite and happy to chat about Saving the Novel.

These authors’ works have been published in an anthology that will be available for free to all attending.

What's Your Story? Winners

2018 Established Writer Winners:
Lucy E.M. Black
Sylvia Maultash Warsh

2018 Emerging Writer Winners:
Asheda Dwyer
Laura Mullin

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2017 Established Writers Winner:
Elyse Friedman

2017 Emerging Writer Winners:
Jennilee Austria
Robyn Hamilton
David Stokes

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2016 Established Writers Winners:
Domenico Capilongo
Richard Rosenbaum
Kenneth Sherman

2016 Emerging Writer Winner:
Sara Y. Cunningham

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Arts Build Space Rental Workshop

Arts Build Space Rental Workshop

Creative Space Rentals Workshop Series

This day of learning combines two workshops key for any creative organization offering space rentals


Date: February 8, 2018

Time: 9am – 4pm

Place: Toronto Centre for the Arts

Cost: $20 for one or $30 for both
No one will be turned away for lack of funds – please contact cecilia@northyorkarts.org for more information.

9am – 12pm

Space rentals are a significant revenue source that contributes to the sustainability of many creative organizations and small businesses. Using examples from the sector, this half-day workshop will cover how to define, target and engage with current and new renter audiences.

This workshop is for any arts professional looking for ways to expand their current renter audience or just starting a space rental program. This workshop also serves as a useful tool for any arts professional looking to diversify their skill set around space rentals and revenue development.

This is the first workshop of a two-part series of workshops on the topic of space rentals hosted by ArtsBuild Ontario in partnership with WorkInCulture.

1pm – 4pm

What does it mean to manage risk in your rental space? What is your organization’s attitude towards potential hazards? In this half-day workshop, we will cover what creative venues and small businesses need to know about operational, financial and legal risk when it comes to renting out space.

This workshop is open to all creative venues and small businesses currently offering space rentals. This workshop also serves as a useful tool for smaller/newer rental spaces expecting to grow as well as arts professionals looking to better understand risk in space rentals.

This is the second workshop of a two-part series of workshops on the topic of space rentals hosted by ArtsBuild Ontario in partnership with WorkInCulture.

The Learning Series is presented by ArtsBuild Ontario as a collection of learning opportunities for arts facilities around our core programs: SpaceFinder CanadaArts Facilities Mentoring NetworkEnergy Conservation and Asset Planner for the Arts. The Learning Series is generously supported in part by the Ontario Trillium FoundationOntario Arts Council and the Government of Canada.

The Learning Series is generously support in part by the Government of Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Ontario Arts Council.

Beyond Access, Beyond the Creative

Beyond Access, Beyond the Creative

Beyond Access, Beyond the Creative

Cross-Sector Artist Professional Development

A North York Arts professional development program that builds artists’ capacity as producers, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. This program teaches artists how to create programming that supports their own artistic vision and leverages the talents of the communities they work within all disciplines and across sectors.’

We would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

All workshops at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, North York 

           

Art and Wellness

9am to 5pm

This full day workshop will look at the role of the arts in healthcare. The use of artistic practises in healthcare, wellness and mental health is a wide-ranging movement that illustrates how the arts enhance lives and impact patient care, hospital environments, care for caregivers, and community-building within medical and therapy settings.

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WORKSHOP FACILITATORS

Georgia Webber

Georgia Webber is a comics artist and writer based in Hamilton, Ontario. Georgia co-founded and then ran an anthology publication called gangLion comics. Georgia has worked for BookThug, The Scream Literary Festival, The Void Magazine, Trapshot Archives, Rover Arts, and as Comics Editor of carte blanche. Dumb can be seen in Taddle Creek, Descant: Cartooning Degree Zero, and the Irene comics anthology, as well as in kevin mcpherson eckhoff’s Selfie and in various interviews. This year Georgia is a keynote speaker at the Graphic Medicine Conference: Access Points.

Helen Donnelly

An award-winning clown teacher, she has been teaching clown and movement workshops in the US and Canada for over 15 years at colleges and art institutions including Durham and Fleming College, Haliburton School of the Arts, The Second City, (Toronto) and the University of Toronto. Independently she holds her own theatrical clown training workshops. She has been a guest trainer for clowns working in healthcare in both Israel, Portugal and Canada.

Aside from her work in the theatrical and circus clown realm, she is a professional therapeutic clown offering artistic clown interaction through therapeutic play at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Previously, she worked at The Hospital for Sick Children and with Dr Clown (Toronto-serving elders with dementia) for over 2 years as Artistic Coordinator and Programs Coordinator. Her passion in the therapeutic clown field has her directly involved in raising standards of practice through presenting at conferences, training others in the field and in research efforts to bring about a better understanding about how this arts-based practice affects patients, families and staff

Sharona Bookbinder

Sharona Bookbinder has been practicing art therapy
for 20+ years, specializing in geriatrics, palliation and cancer care. She divides her time between working full-time at Sunnybrook HSC, doctoral studies and being a mother to 3 boys. She also provides clinical supervision for art therapist in the community.

Creative Entrepreneur 

Branding & Marketing with True Inner Purpose – A Social Justice Based approach to Business for Artists

9:30am to 4:30am

This interactive, hands-on creative workshop focuses on how artists can tell their story through dynamic marketing and branding. While this workshop teaches hard skills in marketing and branding, it is specifically designed for artists who wish to build careers and creative enterprises that are rooted in their True Inner Purpose, honouring their calling in life, with an equity and social-justice based approach to business. This workshop emphasizes personal development, cultivating focus and clarity, sustainability and well-being in one’s creative practice, while supporting sustainability and practical skills in creative entrepreneurship.

This workshop will cover:

  1. How to Create a Brand centred around your True Inner Purpose: Crystalize the message of your company or personal brand, by identifying what makes you unique, and what aspect of your work is the most aligned with your true inner purpose.
  2. How to Find Focus, Clarity, and Purpose: Grounding in your own sense of power as a creative entrepreneur. Understand who your target market is, and strategize ways how best to reach them.
  3. Social Justice Based approach to Marketing and Business: Learn an introduction to sales funnels, and marketing strategies to build long-term relationships with your best customers.

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WORKSHOP FACILITATOR 

The Real Sun

The Real Sun is the Creator of Voice of Purpose, a Creative Enterprise that delivers Purpose Driven Education through the Arts. The Real Sun has successfully combined her talent as an artist (singer/songwriter/poet), with her love for education, healing, and social justice to create a social enterprise that allows her to live her purpose and passion every day. She uses her music, poetry, and dance as tools of engagement for education, in Workshops and Musical Keynotes across the province and around the world. Constantly encouraging her students to stand in their authenticity, passion, and purpose.

The Real Sun’s artistic practice invokes a journey of deepening into authenticity, and integrates a wide range of form, including poetry, music, visual arts, theatre, and dance. She has performed on stages across 5 continents, with a deep commitment to contributing to the evolution of humanity. Everything The Real Sun creates in the arts or in business is about making a positive impact on the world. The Real Sun is committed to supporting people to identify, align with, and develop the skills to pursue their true purpose in life.

Producing Big Ideas: From the Ground Up

9:30am to 4:30pm

This full day workshop will provide a step by step overview of what is required to develop successful programming from a production standpoint. This workshop is designed for community organizers who want to use arts to engage their community, as well as artists seeking feedback on their ideas. This workshop will provide an opportunity for artists and communities to network and build partnerships on-site that will help move their ideas forward. Participants will be encouraged to bring their ideas and time will be spent on developing these on-site. Breakout sessions will allow for one-on-one feedback.

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WORKSHOP FACILITATOR

Dan Watson

Dan has created, performed and taught theatre across Canada, Scotland, France, the United States and Japan. He is Co-Artistic Director of Edge of the Woods Theatre in his home town of Huntsville. This company produces an annual travelling outdoor theatre festival as well as various community arts projects for youth and seniors. Dan is a co-founder of the international theatre company Ahuri Theatre. Recently this company travelled to Japan to present Yabu No Naka at the prestigious Setagaya Public Theatre at the prestigious Setagaya Public Theatre. With Ahuri, Dan also recently conceived and directed the workshop production of A Fool’s Life at the Japan Foundation in Toronto.

Dan was also a member of Compagnie Houppz! with whom he created and toured the hit show SplasH20 to sold out houses across Canada and France. This production was recently nominated for an Eloize Prize for Outstanding Production in Eastern Francophone Canada. Through an artistic residency at Théâtre Populaire d’Acadie, the company recently created a new piece entitled Mouving.

In Toronto, Dan has performed in Theatre Smith Gilmour’s Grimm Too, Ed Roy’s Golden Thug (Buddies in Bad Times/Topological Theatre), the world premiere workshop of The Finger (Theatre Panik) and in Golgi Apparatus‘ Bigfoot and Ahoy! presented at the Cooking Fire Theatre Festival in Toronto.

Creative Community

9:30am to 4:30pm

This full day workshop explores what artists need to know and what options they have if they want to work in diverse ethnocultural communities. Artists often want to be able to use their skills for social and community initiatives, but do not know how to facilitate these initiatives, or the best practises for working with potentially vulnerable populations. Creative Community will look at the variations between community engagement and arts education outside of the classroom. Participants will learn practical ways to apply their work in community settings working with under-resourced groups and have the opportunity to develop ideas with experts in the field. Furthermore, participants will have the opportunity to network with representatives from the social service sector to further their understanding of the unique need of these settings.

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WORKSHOP FACILITATORS

Paola Gomez

Paola Gomez is a force of nature: a determined and inspired individual committed to improving lives through the arts. A trained human rights lawyer hailing from Colombia, she works as a legal community worker and is a writer of fiction and journalistic non-fiction; she is also the PEN Canada Writer in Residence at George Brown College and a frequent organizer of art exhibits in the Latin American community in Toronto. In 2012, she co-founded Sick Muse Art Projects with artist Alex Usquiano. As the co-founder of Sick Muse Art Projects, Gomez has fostered community engagement and integrated discussions about identity and inclusion into art programs and writing workshops. She’s currently working on a project with Syrian refugee women, encouraging them to share their stories.

Mary Krohnert

A graduate of Ryerson University’s Theatre School, and The Toronto Art Therapy Institute, Mary Krohnert’s work is driven by an appreciation of storied experience, and a desire to explore and utilize the spaces found between the worlds of fine art and social services in order to make sharing those stories accessible and meaningful to all.  Mary is an actor, writer, and art therapist with over twenty years in community outreach through the arts, including developing and implementing programs and projects for Performers for Literacy, ShakespeareWorks, the YMCA and YWCA, University of Toronto, Variety Village, Durham Rape Crisis Centre, Durham Family Court Clinic, Cornerstone Community Association, University of Oshawa Institute of Technology, Trent University Durham, and Durham College.

Mary is the founder of the LivingRoom Community Art Studio, a registered non-profit Art Hive in Oshawa, Ontario, that provides a safe place for people – including those most marginalized – to make and share art for free in the service of community development and wellbeing.  Art Hives are safe spaces where the processes involved in making and sharing art can be experienced and normalized in an effort to empower individuals and families, and revitalize neighbourhoods. In the three years that the LivingRoom studio has been open, it has witnessed remarkable creative growth in its community with over fifteen thousand visits from Durham Region community members. Working primarily with donated and gently used traditional and non-traditional art materials, Mary and a team of passionate studio coordinators and volunteers work with people of all ages and abilities, and from all walks of life, to provide opportunities for folks to reclaim the power of their hands, hearts and minds through creative expression in a community setting.