Mother Africa – Rhythm and Movements Dance Program

Mother Africa – Rhythm and Movements Dance Program

Mother Africa – Rhythm and Movements Dance Program

About the program

Please note, registration is now full.

 Rhythm and Movements Dance Program is a creative, innovative and hands-on program that will provide a safe space for young people to voice their concerns, share their opinions and acquire knowledge about healthy living through rhythm and movements.

Students ages 14-18 will gain physical education, social skill development, and they will learn about the different forms of creating rhythms and movements from African Traditional form to Urban hybrid style. The program consists of 4 sessions workshops and presentation/ performance (all via Zoom).

 

Note: This program is open to Black Youth living in Toronto all youth living in North York.  

 

Workshop 1

Dates: May 10 – 14, 2021

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Age: 14-18

Where: Zoom

Price: Free

Deadline to Apply: May 2, 2021

Workshop 2

Dates: May 24 – 28, 2021

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Age: 14-18

Where: Zoom

Price: Free

Deadline to Apply: May 2, 2021

IMPORTANT NOTE: One Registration per participant, if you have multiple family members, please email Julian Carvajal at julian@northyorkarts.org

Meet your Instructor : Mafa Makhubalo

Mafa Makhubalo started dancing at the age of five and continued his training with Tony Campbell, founder and director of ZAPAC (Zamdela Performing Arts Centre) in South Africa. Mafa obtain a three-year National Diploma in dance at Tshwane University of Technology. After moving to Toronto, he completed a two-year training program at Ballet Creole School of Arts.  In Toronto Mafa had the opportunity to work with choreographers like Milton Myers, Danny Grossman, Debbie Wilson, Gabby Kamino, and was also a company member of, COBA (Collective Of Black Artist), Ballet Creole, OMO Dance Company, Nyata-nyata in Montreal as well as his own Mafa Dance Village. 

To learn more about Mafa, visit http://www.mafadancevillage.ca

Creative Wellness

Creative Wellness

Creative Wellness Strategies

About the program

A self-care and arts-based workshop to help participants build confidence and community, as they gain new skills and tools to help cope with the ongoing realities of the pandemic as well as being a newcomer.

Dates: April 7, 2021

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Where: Zoom

Price: Free

Deadline to Apply: April 6, 2021

IMPORTANT NOTE: One Registration per participant, if you have multiple family members, please email Julian Carvajal at julian@northyorkarts.org

Meet your Instructor : 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.

Igho is the founder of Ebony Girls Obsession prioritizes black women in healing, growth, and celebration. We create + hold space(s) for black women to practice self-care in sisterhood. We do this through our events, workshops, self-care sessions and the Young EGO Mentorship Program.

Social Media@EGOInitiative | @ighodiana

 

Mentor in Residence

Mentor in Residence

NYA partnered with Neighbourhood Arts Network to present Mentor-in-Residence Program. 

Due to COVID-19, many artists have been forced to cancel and postpone event based presentations and exhibitions, causing many barriers for artists in re-designing showcases and event-based artistic programs.

The Mentor in Residence program assists artists with developing community arts practices by providing mentorship support in career planning, project development and entrepreneurial skills through virtual consultation sessions with industry professionals.

Watch the video to meet the NYA Mentors Melissa Foster and Cecilia Garcia!

Other participating organizations are: Urban ArtsScarborough ArtsCyborg Circus ProjectWorkinCultureTangled ArtsAirsa, and Jessica Watkin

Visit https://neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/programs/mentor-in-residence for mentorship specialty areas, mentor bios, and more information.

Mentor meetings are being delivered over Zoom and phone calls while we observe social distancing. Let us know if there is a different method of technology that works best for you by emailing eva@torontoarts.org.

 

Sign up for this program has ended

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

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network

Work Smarts March Workshops

Work Smarts March Workshops

WORKSHOP 1
Working with Communities through an Equitable & Anti-Oppression Lens

Learn how to be a thoughtful community collaborator, project-maker and make positive transformations in diverse communities. Explore and learn 5 Key Practices in Applying Equity to Community Programming & Engagement and reflect on various arts equity techniques and approaches that will influence design, delivery and evaluation. Learn ways of applying anti-oppression in community work. This workshop will have interactive components and require self-reflection.

Audience Focus: Emerging Arts Leaders
Incentives: Skill-based and hands-on learning;
Accompanying workbook and exercises

Facilitated by: Parul Pandya
Community Consultant,
Community Impact Non-Profit Consulting

Date: March 7, 2019

Time: 10am – 5pm

Place: North York Central Library

Price: Free

Venue: Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi

 

WORKSHOP 2

Emerging Leadership in Non-Profit through Effective Strategy

This full-day workshop investigates the qualities and factors of an effective change-maker. Exploring how to develop a robust strategic plan that promotes strong leadership and addresses issues specific to non-profits.

Participant will also discuss how those stepping into senior roles and board members can implement models and approaches to make a sustainable impact when investing in communities. Participants will walk away with practice resources including a framework designed to help guide them.

This workshop is delivered as part of WorkSmarts – a WorkInCulture series featuring learning opportunities that teach individuals working in arts, culture, libraries, and heritage, skills related to organizational capacity and management.

Facilitator: Parul Pandya
Community Consultant, Community Impact Non-Profit Consulting

Date: March 21, 2019

Time: 10am-5pm

Place: Downsview Hub 

Price: $25

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

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network

Art Starts Workshops: Accounting Principles for Artists and Creatives

Art Starts Workshops: Accounting Principles for Artists and Creatives

WORKSHOP 1

Introduction to Accounting Principles for Artists & Creatives

A business infrastructure is essential for an artist to earn a viable income in their selected field of expertise. This workshop will cover basic principles of accounting and business management related to the cultural sector with the following topics of discussion:

– Setting Up Your Company – Sole Proprietorship/Partnerships/Corporations/NFP’s/Charities
– Getting Organized -basic filing systems – Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable
– Potential Revenue Streams – artist / creator / service provider
– Maintaining Overhead Costs – what is an essential expense?
– Return on Investment Techniques – how to spend less and earn more
– Effective Negotiation Tactics to Maximize your Earning Potential- what is your worth?

Facilitated By: Anne-Marie Smith

Anne-Marie attended Harris Institute majoring in production/engineering and was hired by Warner/Chappell Music Publishing. She was promoted to Creative Manager two years later and signed various songwriters including Glenn Lewis, Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black & Saukrates to the company. 2010-2015, Anne-Marie was the Associate Producer at Clear Lake Historical Productions.

She currently teaches courses for Harris Institute’s Artist Management program for Seneca College’s Music programs. Anne-Marie owns Lonestar Music Services which provides business support to various clients including Polaris Music Prize Inc., NXNE, USS, and Iskwé and has held positions on the OMDC Board of Directors and the CIRPA.

Date: April 2, 2019

Time: 6-8pm

Place: Art Starts

Price: Free

WORKSHOP 2

Introduction to Accounting Software Principles

This workshop will cover basic accounting principles as they pertain to day to day data management of an artist or creator’s business. Various accounting software platforms will be referenced with Wave being the learning template to encompass the following practices and procedures:

– Assets/Liabilities/Equity – how do these components affect your company’s financial profile?
– Creating a viable Chart of Accounts to accurately reflect specific line items necessary for various reports and grant completions (eg CADAC, OMF, FACTOR, etc)
– Invoice Templates / Cash Flow management
– Inventory Maintenance
– Cohesive Data Entry
– Bank Reconciliations
– Financial Statements/Reports – Balance Sheets, Income Statements/Statement of Operations

Participants will require a computer to be able to participate in some activities related to this workshop. A limited number of computers will be available on site please contact cecilia@northyorkarts.org to reserve a computer. We recommend that you bring a laptop if possible.

Facilitated By: Anne-Marie Smith

Anne-Marie attended Harris Institute majoring in production/engineering and was hired by Warner/Chappell Music Publishing. She was promoted to Creative Manager two years later and signed various songwriters including Glenn Lewis, Kardinal Offishall, Jully Black & Saukrates to the company. 2010-2015, Anne-Marie was the Associate Producer at Clear Lake Historical Productions.

She currently teaches courses for Harris Institute’s Artist Management program for Seneca College’s Music programs. Anne-Marie owns Lonestar Music Services which provides business support to various clients including Polaris Music Prize Inc., NXNE, USS, and Iskwé and has held positions on the OMDC Board of Directors and the CIRPA.

Date: April 16, 2019

Time: 1-3pm

Place: North York Central Library

Price: Free

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

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network

Legacy Collective Art Exhibition and Craft Sale

Legacy Collective Art Exhibition and Craft Sale

Legacy Collective: Art Exhibition and Craft Sale

See the Legacy Collective’s amazing work at their spring exhibition, and purchase a piece of your own at their craft sale!

Also be sure to join the group members for a free drawing class on April 7th.

About Legacy Collective:
Legacy Collective is a North York-based senior engagement initiative. Partnered with North York Arts and supported by the Government of Ontario, the group celebrates creativity and wisdom through peer-to-peer learning, storytelling, and art-making. The members, which are made up of individuals with diverse backgrounds and languages, participate in activities that seek to break down barriers of social isolation and depression by using the arts as a tool to foster a network of community support. Legacy Collective is part of North York Art’s creative leaders program. 

Exhibition Dates: April 5 – 21, 2019
Craft Sale Date: April 7th | 10 am to 3pm
Drawing Class: April 7th | 1pm to 2:30pm

 

}

Exhibition Hours:
April 5 | 10am-3:30pm
April 6 | closed
April 7 – 9| 10am – 5pm
April 10 and 11| 10am-7pm
April 12 |10am-3:30pm

Place: Bernard Betel Centre
Address: 1003 Steeles Avenue West, Toronto, ON M2R 3T6
Price: Free

The Place of Belonging: KIN Collective

The Place of Belonging: KIN Collective

The Place of Belonging

by: KIN Collective

Join KIN Collective for their family-friendly collaborative art installation, “The Place of Belonging,” on May 4 at the Lower Gallery of the Toronto Centre for the Arts, and is free to the public with RSVP.

On the gallery walls, attendees will have the opportunity to anonymously share personal stories on the topics of being a newcomer to Canada, how it feels being in transition, searching for new identities, and finding a place to call home.

But the narrative doesn’t have to focus solely on immigration; there are many experiences that can be shared based on the theme of belonging. Kids will be encouraged to participate too, to create poems, drawings, and collage.

“The Place of Belonging” runs concurrently with KIN Collective’s exhibition Construction of Liminal Space by KIN members Jieun June Kim and Marina Nazarova.

About the Collective
KIN is an emerging collective that explores the dual identity of immigrants in Canada. Members Jieun June Kim and Marina Nazarova create artwork that explores unusual perspectives and abstract spaces. They invite audiences to observe the subtle alterations from familiar to unknown and to experience the shifts and uncertainties of immigrant life.
Date: May 4, 2019
Time: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Place: Toronto Centre for the Arts, Lower Gallery
Price: Free

Program Partners

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

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network

Ephriam’s Place Programs

Ephriam’s Place Programs

Ephraim’s Place 

Ephraim’s Place is a Community Centre whose mission is to work with the Jane-Finch and Jane-Sheppard communities to provide programs and services that give children, youth and families the skills and tools they need to build a successful future and bring about positive personal and community transformation. Ephraim’s Place was created in response to the tragic death of Ephraim Brown in 2007.

North York Arts has been working with Ephraim’s Place since 2016 to bring arts programing to the youth in the nerighbourhood. 

  1. 2016NYA ran a drop-in dance program for youth at Ephraim’s Place
  2. 2016With the success of the drop-in dance program, NYA established a formalized dance program with the end goal of paricipating in STOMP Urban Dance Competition with the City of Toronto
  3. 2016Ephriam’s Place dance program participants had the opportuity to showcase their work at Cultural Hotspot and Lee Lifeson Arts Park opening
  4. 2017Ephraim’s Place dance program participants created an official dance Squad called “JNS Finest” for the 2017 STOMP Urban Dance Competition
  5. 2017 With funds recieved from the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), NYA and Ephraim’s Place worked together to start a DJ program and ran two installments
  6. 2018With funds recieved from the OAC, NYA established a training and mentorshop program for JNS Finest

Ephraim’s Place Partnership Community Impact:

  • 30 youth participated in on-going arts programming
  • Created opportunities for participants to showcase their work
  • Created a key peer worker position
  • Created paid opportunities for professional artists to lead programs 
  • Connected youth with opportunities to explore the arts and culture scene in Toronto including tickets to the AGO, HotDocs, and artist talks
Ephraim's Place Programs in the News

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

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network

Public Deputation Workshop

Public Deputation Workshop

Photo by: Shoeb Kadri

Public Deputation Workshop 2020

Looking to share your thoughts on why the arts are important for community connecting, civic engagement and city-building for Toronto?

Join NYA’s board and staff for a workshop where you’ll learn how to present a public deputation to the City of Toronto’s Budget Committee in early 2020.

REGISTRATION BELOW

 

Interested in learning more with NYA?

We are also co-hosting a grant writing workshop with Toronto Arts Council right before this one on January 15th from 2-4pm! Click here to learn more and sign up!

Date: January 15, 2020

Time: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Place: North York Civic Centre, committee room #4

Past Workshops

December 2018 Workshop: Have York Voice Heard!

Looking to share your thoughts on why the arts are important for community connecting, civic engagement and city-building for Toronto?

Join NYA’s board and staff for a workshop on December 11th where you’ll learn how to present a public deputation to the City of Toronto’s Budget Committee in early 2019.

Date: December 11, 2018

Time: 6-8pm

Place: North York Civic Centre, in Committee Room 3

Address: 5100 Yonge St, North York

 

January 2019 Workshop : Public Deputations 101

CANCELLATION NOTICE: Unfortunately this workshop has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience!

So you want to present at the City of Toronto’s public deputations…

Don’t know where to start?
Need help getting your message across?
Want feedback?  

Join us for our second public deputation workshop on January 30th!

This session is specifically geared towards those who are planning to present at the City of  Toronto’s Budget Committee 2019 public deputations regarding the arts sector. We’ll give you the tools to help you finesse your presentation, and we’ll discuss the importance of the arts for connecting community, civic engagement and city-building for Toronto.

Not planning to present but still interested in attending? Please join us! There’s a lot to learn about Toronto’s public deputation process and advocating for the arts in our city.

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

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network

Art as Medicine

Art as Medicine

Art as Medicine

Hosted by: Veronica Johnny
Featuring Indigenous Workshop Facilitators: Joanne Okimawininew Dallaire and Veronica Johnny

Art as Medicine is a half-day workshop that focuses on both traditional and contemporary explorations of the relationship between health and art from an Indigenous perspective.

Par of the Emergence Symposium and NYA’s Beyond Access, Beyond the Creative Workshop Series.


Veronica Johnny
Veronica Johnny is a two-spirit, multi-disciplinary, Indigenous artist. She is Cree/French Metis on her mother’s side and Dene/Scottish First Nation on her father’s side. Veronica is a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation; was born and raised in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories and presently lives in Northern Ontario.
From humble musical beginnings, Ms. Johnny has emerged as a dynamic force in the Canadian music & arts industry, working as a performer, producer, manager, promoter, writer, arts educator, workshop facilitator, entrepreneur, youth mentor, cultural knowledge keeper and Cree language advocate.
She is a singer/songwriter, contemporary Indigenous hand-drummer and also the front woman, vocalist and manager of The Johnnys, a high-energy rock’n’roll band she founded with husband Dave Johnny. Veronica has become a seasoned performer as both solo artist and a member of groups, amassed studio experience on either side of the mixing console, manages several artists & facilitates workshops for hundreds of youth, each year.
Joanne Okimawininew Dallaire
Joanne Okimawininew Dallaire LLD is proudly Cree, her ancestry is Omushkego from Attawapiskat and Mattice Ontario and Hull Quebec, calling Toronto home. Joanne has dedicated her career to counselling, advising and educating on Indigenous concerns, empowering and capacity building and advocating for change in terms of broader societal relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Her over 30-year social service career has contributed to transforming the lives of individuals, and the culture of agencies and the recognition and respect for Indigenous people, concerns and contributions within mainstream society. Joanne facilitates and consults in the not for profit sector and Toronto District School Board, around hiring practices, staff training, group facilitation and policy and procedures development.  She sits on several councils and committees.
Joanne received an Honorary Doctor of Laws in the Community Service Faculty at Ryerson University in recognition of her life’s work, the Minaake Award for Leadership, Herbert H Carnegie Amazing Aces Award for Courage, the City of Toronto Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards – Aboriginal Affairs Award.
She sits as the Elder for Ryerson University, Ryerson’s Aboriginal Education Council, and the Truth and Reconciliation directive for 10 years. “Her presence on this council is essential to its ability to work as a cohesive, respectful body responsible for the infusion of Indigenous curriculum, worldviews and overall presence in Ryerson University as a whole. It is in no way an exaggeration to say the progress that is envisioned for Ryerson University in terms of the mandate of the Indigenous Education Council would not be possible without the support, guidance and active engagement of Joanne.”
Joanne’s approaches to working with individuals as well as small and large groups are not only comprehensive but creative, effective and unique.  Her work has transformed lives and improved relations between people and the community.  She openly shares her own life’s journey through all forms of abuse, intergenerational trauma from Residential School and finding her profound sense of self.   http://www.healingworks.ca/
Schedule
12:30-1:00: Registration and Light Refreshments
1:00-1:15:    Introductions and Welcomes
1:15- 2:30:   Workshop 1
2:30-2:45:    Break
2:45-4:00:    Workshop 2
4:00-4:30:    Closing and De-brief/Networking

 


Date: November 22, 2018

 Hours: 12:30pm-4:30pm

Place: North York Central Library

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

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network