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
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

in

 
 
 
 

 

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

Join Our Network
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

in

 
 
 
 

 

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

647-477-6059

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network
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

in

 
 
 
 

 

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

647-477-6059

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network
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

in

 
 
 
 

 

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

647-477-6059

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network
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

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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

 

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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

647-477-6059

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network
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

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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

647-477-6059

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network
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

in

 
 
 
 

 

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.

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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

647-477-6059

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network
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

in

 
 
 
 

 

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

647-477-6059

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network
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

in