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 kite   Elevating my Dreams

   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

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

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

Registration coming soon! Stay tuned to this page and our social media for updates. 

Meet your Instructor:

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 ISpokenword 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 Lead 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 Lead 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!

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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Art Connects

Art Connects

Art Connects

North York Arts is thrilled to be launching 2022’s I-Talks, a series of conversations which will create pathways to re-imagine, re-create, and re-learn ways to connect through conversation. 

I-talks is one part of Art Connects, an ongoing initiative that started in 2019 to address North York Arts’ role in Truth and Reconciliation. As North York Arts builds programs, partnerships, and relationships, we continue to ask ourselves “As a non-Indigenous organization, what can we do to support the process of decolonization and build the right relations with Indigenous communities?”

This year, Art Connects consist of seven (7) free digital workshops on ZOOM and four (4) free collaborative arts ideation and building workshops,  focusing on topics of relationship, land stewardship, treaties, land and water, land caretaking, placemaking, storytelling and more, running throughout May and June. 

 The motivation for I-Talks is to foster spaces of deep conversation; where we can discuss our relationships to the land, and water, the body, legacies of colonialism, while connecting to one another.

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  1. May 10thI-talks 1: Introduction to the Series led by Lindsey Lickers
  2. May 12thI-talks 2: Understanding Treaty: Part 1 led by Jason Mercredi
  3. May 17thI-talks 3: Understanding Treaty: Part 2 led by Jason Mercredi
  4. May 19thI-talks 4: Understanding North York led by Chyler Swell & Daniel Rotsztain
  5. May 24th I-talks 5: Our Responsibilities to Water & Land: Part 1 led by Carolyn King
  6. May 26thI-talks 6: Our Responsibilities to Water & Land: Part 2 led by James Carpenter & Raiden Levesque
  7. May 31stI-talks 7: Indigenous Stewardship, Symbolism & Art led by Lindsey Lickers
  8. June 2ndOnline ideation with Community members and Participants Part 1
  9. June 7thOnline ideation with Community members and Participants Part 2
  10. June 11thArt Creation and reflection with community members and I-talks Participants Part 1
  11. June 12thArt Creation and reflection with community members and I-talks Participants Part 2
  12. June 21stArt Unveiling and Ceremony led by Lindsey Lickers

I-talks, Ideation, Art Creation 2022

I-talks 1: Introduction to the series

Led by Lindsey Lickers

Date: Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Facilitated by Lindsey Lickers, the introduction of I-Talks will introduce the intentions of the space and the aims of the project. Lindsey will lead a discussion on the significance of relationships in relation to land stewardship. This workshop will focus on the impacts of colonialism on relationships, leaving participants with the question: How do we centre truth-telling in rebuilding our connections?

Lindsey Lickers

Lead Artist of Art Connects 2021-22

I-talks 2: Understanding Treaty: Part 1

Led by Jason Mercredi

Date: Thursday, May 12th, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Understanding Treaty: Part 1 is the first step of a deep dive into the meaning of treaties & Indigenous lawmaking. Facilitated by Jason Mercredi, will focus on treaties covering North York and surrounding areas. He will discuss how treaties can, and do or don’t, guide communities, caretaking, and natural law. Participants will be invited to reflect on what the Dish with One Spoon treaty means beyond a simple, or standard, land acknowledgment.

Jason Mercredi

Misipawistik Cree Nation, Ininnu descent

I-talks 3: Understanding Treaty: Part 2

Led by Jason Mercredi

Date: Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Jason Mercredi is continuing the deep dive established in Part 1, with his facilitation of Understanding Treaty: Part 2. This workshop broadens and deepens the conversation on the meaning of treaties and Indigenous law-making. Participants will be invited to continue their reflection with the question: How can the lessons from treaties guide the ability to caretake for our land and community? 

Jason Mercredi

Misipawistik Cree Nation, Ininnu descent

I-talks 4: Understanding North York

Led by Chyler Sewell & Daniel Rotsztain

Date: Thursday, May 19th, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Chyler Sewell and Daniel Rotsztain will facilitate their workshop, Understanding North York, in the form of a conversation. Chyler and Daniel will share stories about the various walks they took together in North York and surrounding areas. Focusing the history of land usage in this area, and how it has changed since contact, Chyler and Daniel explore personal reflections on the waterway’s significant landmarks and role in the community.

Chyler Sewell

Anishinaabekwe Youth

Daniel Rotsztain

Urban Geographer, artist, writer and cartographer

I-talks 5: Our Responsibilities to Water & Land: Part 1

Led by Carolyn King

Date: Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Facilitator Carolyn King will discuss traditional perspectives on the importance of land caretaking, original instructions, and the importance of the ceremony. Carolyn will share with participants how women’s roles, rites, and responsibilities are intertwined with land and water.

Carolyn King

Former elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation

I-talks 6: Our Responsibilities to Water & Land: Part 2

Led by GREY CLOUD & Raiden Levesque

Date: Thursday, May 26th, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

A continuation of Our Responsibilities to Water & Land: Part 1, facilitators GREY CLOUD and Raiden Levesque will lead participants through Our Responsibilities to Water & Land: Part 2. Building off of Carolyn’s facilitation, this workshop will deepen and expand the discussion of traditional perspectives on the importance of land caretaking, original instructions, and the importance of ceremony. GREY CLOUD and Raiden will invite participants to explore the question: How are the roles, rights, and responsibilities of myself and my community intertwined with land and water? 

GREY CLOUD

Indigenous Traditional Healer and Oshkabewis (Helper)

Raiden Levesque

Oshkabewis (helper), Traditional Knowledge keeper, and Fire Keeper

I-talks 7: Indigenous Stewardship, Symbolism & Art

Led by Lindsey Lickers

Date: Tuesday May 31st, 2022

Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

During Indigenous Stewardship, Symbolism & Art, Facilitator Lindsey Lickers, will recap the previous workshops, exploring how the knowledge generated during I-talks impacts our ideas of placemaking. Lindsey will move participants through an overview of Indigenous visual storytelling, leaving participants with the question: How do we tell stories today?

Lindsey Lickers

Multi-media Artist, Arts Facilitator and Program Developer

Post talk Ideation Sessions 

Led by Lead Artist Lindsey Lickers & Indigenous Youth Mentee Chyler Sewell

Dates: Workshop 8 (Open to Youth) -Thursday June 2nd

Workshop 9 (Open to Seniors) – Tuesday June 7th

Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Ideation w. Community/ Participants. Interested community members and participants will be invited to join the ideation sessions to contribute to the culminating public art installation with the opportunity to assist in on-site production in June 2022 alongside Lead Artist, Lindsey Lickers & Indigenous Youth Mentee, Chyler Sewell.

Note: If you have not attended I-talks prior to these ideation sessions, we invite to watch the video recordings or review the notes from the sessions before attending.

Lindsey Lickers

Multi-media Artist, Arts Facilitator and Program Developer

Chyler Sewell

Anishinaabekwe Youth

I-talks 2021

The Spirit World

With Lindsey Lickers

Date: Tuesday, November 16th

Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Lindsey Lickers is a Haudenosaunee/ Anishinaabe multi-media artist, arts facilitator, and program developer originally from Six Nations of the Grand River with ancestral roots to the Mississaugas of the Credit. Her traditional name is ‘Mushkiiki Nibi Kwe’, which translates to ‘Medicine Water Woman’ and she is of the turtle clan. Recently, she was awarded a commission to create a permanent public installation for the Region of Waterloo’s light rail transit system that will speak to the historical stewardship of the land base of Waterloo and the importance of agriculture from a First Nations perspective.

Lindsey Lickers

Multi-media Artist, Arts Facilitator and Program Developer

Moon and Water Teachings

With Grandmother Reneé Thomas-Hill

Date: Tuesday, November 2nd

Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Grandmother Renee was born into the Haudenosaunee Confederacy of the Grand River Territory; She honours her lineage, Mother- Cayuga Bear & that of her Father Mohawk Turtle; As a Haudenosaunee woman, her role in life is a Carrier of our Heritage; Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother & auntie to many; Educator, Historian, Lecturer/Teacher, Wisdom Keeper; Cultural Consultant

Grandmother Reneé Thomas-Hill

Mohawk Nation Turtle Clan from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory

Healing with the Land

With Veronica Johnny

Date: Tuesday, October 12th

Time: 5:00 pm  to 6:30 pm

North York Arts & IndigenEd (Indigenous Education for all) present Connect to Nature – an Eco-Art Workshop with 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, with a matriarchal lens, and focuses her creative energies on natural healing modalities.

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

Veronica Johnny

Workshop Facilitator, Indigenous Woman Entrepreneur, @IndigenEd

Sacred Medicines in Times of Healing

With Elizabeth Akiwenzie

Date: Tuesday, September 28th

Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Nististange we (understanding women)
Anishabek moswin. Her Oneida name is Dayyayutdoladoe – Haudenosaunee from turtle clan from her mother’s Nation.

Liz Akiwenzie
Cultural Educator/ Knowledge Keeper
Ojibway and Oneida

She has been working in the helping field for almost 40 years. She has a Social worker background, she is a ceremonial person, Lodge conductor, cultural Educator for educators and caregivers, Cultural knowledge keeper for Native Communities, Healer and medicine person.

Elizabeth Akiwenzie

Cultural Educator/ Knowledge Keeper Ojibway and Oneida

Art Connects 2021 – 2022

As a continuation of NYA’s 2019 training program, we are focusing on projects that aim to connect the local North York community with the environment and history of the land in which it lives, works, and plays on. A series of Indigenous and non-Indigenous research tools and community workshops will inform a public art installation created by Haudenosaunee/ Anishinaabe multi-media artist, Lindsey Lickers.

Lead Artist

Lindsey Lickers
‘Mushkiiki Nibi Kwe’

Art Connects 2019 – 2020

Art Connects began as a cultural competency training program for NYA Staff board, and community partners. The program addressed how North York Arts can better incorporate/adapt to some of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The program was done in two phases:

1. A series of consultations between NYA staff and board, an Elder and Indigenous leaders

2. Community conferences with other arts organizations to share NYA’s findings and discuss our role as a sector.

Program Consultants :

Elder Joanne Dellaire

Veronica Johnny

Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone

Art Connects Outcomes: 

  • An organizational commitment to authenticity, education, and balance
  • Development of a new land acknowledgment 
  • Received funds to develop our Art Connects Public Art Project
  • Plans to write an environmental policy
  • Shared knowledge and understanding within the arts sector
  1. Sep 2019NYA received funds from the Government of Canada’s Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anit-Rascism Initatives Program
  2. Oct 2019NYA staff have their first consultation with Elder Joanne and Indigenous leaders Veronica and Aqua.
  3. Dec 2019NYA staff have their second consultation to discuss action steps
  4. Jan 2020NYA board meets with Elder Joanne to discuss the role of the board in making change
  5. Jan 2020 NYA hosts a community Consultation with our sister Local Arts Service Organizations (LASO)
  6. Feb 2020NYA partners with PAONE to host a second community consultation
  7. Apr 2020NYA Staff participate in Medicine Wheel teaching
  8. May 2020Program evaluation by Maria Montejo
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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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Creative Minds North York Satellite

Creative Minds North York Satellite

Creative Minds North York Satellite

Thanks to a $1 million investment over four years from the Slaight Family Foundation, Workman Arts is expanding its art training programs throughout the GTA by partnering with Scarborough Arts, Urban Arts, North York Arts, East End Arts, Arts Etobicoke and Lakeshore Arts.

The expanded program tackles the prevalence of social isolation in individuals with mental health issues and the lack of opportunities to build lasting social connections through meaningful engagement outside of the mainstream mental health system.

Workman Arts’ art training programs are unique in the mental health sector because they do not treat the art class as secondary to the mental health benefits. High-quality art classes across all disciplines are facilitated by instructors with lived experience of mental health and/or addiction issues.

Creative Minds North York Satellite Flyer

WORKSHOP 4:

Public Speaking through Comedy Course

The purpose of the workshop is to overcome the fear of public speaking through stand up comedy. We will use humor as the primary tool in order to become persuasive speakers, improve stage presence, and develop self-confidence.

Participants will learn:

– 22 Public Speaking Tips & Techniques

– Unlocking Your Funny & Breaking The Ice

– Effective Speech Structuring

– Self Awareness & Body Language

– Confidence & Controlling Nerves

– Embracing Your Accent (if any)

Grad Show: On Grad Night each student will perform a 2-5 minute set before an audience of friends and family.

Target audience: Any adult (18-years or older) who:

  1. Wants to improve their public speaking and/or use comedy as a way to become more confident and
  2. Identifies with having lived experience of mental health and/or addiction

Dates: May 11, May 18, May 25, June 1, June 8, June 15

Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: Casa Maiz (1280 Finch Ave W)

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Meet your Instructors : Stephan Dyer and Juan Cajiao

Originally from Costa Rica and Colombia, Stephan Dyer and Juan Cajiao are bilingual corporate leadership and communication trainers, who also happen to be award-winning comedians and improv experts.

 

Leaving their executive positions in the banking world in 2017 to pursue their professional careers in stand up comedy, they’ve successfully founded MalPensando, a bilingual (English, Spanish) comedy and public speaking school, as well as its corporate training company, the reTHINK Group, and have grown it to include clients in 16 countries including Canada, Switzerland, England, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, and the United States.

Their mission is simple: entertaining, teaching, and inspiring personal and professional growth through the lens of comedy, and they’ve fulfilled that mission by reaching a total of over 10K professionals worldwide and counting.

Social media: @stephandyer @juan_cajiao @malpensando

WORKSHOP 3:

Life is a Journey

A series of 5 workshops for older adults (55+)

In each of these three-hour fun-filled workshops, participants will immerse in: exploring basic principles of colour theory and elements of composition; experimenting with art materials, techniques, and strategies; and expressing their individuality through creative language.

Learning in a supportive creative environment, participants will have an opportunity to connect with each other through sharing their experiences. All levels are welcome.

  1. Painting Workshop
  2. Collage Workshop
  3. Abstract/Intuitive Painting Workshop
  4. Mixed Media Workshop
  5. Arts & Crafts Workshop

Participants: Members of North York Senior Centre (Seniors (55+) / all backgrounds, gender, ethnicity, culture, race, language, literacy, income, education)

Objective: Enhance participants’ quality of life and overall well-being by empowering them to engage in creative self-expression in a group setting and combat social isolation by connecting seniors with each other and with community.

Dates: March 30th, April 6th, April 13, April 20, April 27th

Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm

Where: North York Senior Centre

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Meet your Instructor : Dana Sewell

Dana Sewell is a Visual Artist, Creative Director & Designer, and Art Facilitator. She is a founder of Creative engAGING, a program for elder adults (55+) that promotes healthy aging and well-being through artistic self-expression.

She is passionate about sharing her love for art and facilitating artsy activities for seniors. Dana envisions the initiative of using art workshops and classes as a vehicle to building healthier and stronger communities: addressing the issue of isolation and loneliness by connecting seniors with each other and involving them within the community.

dana@creative-engAGING.com

 

WORKSHOP 2:

Drawing from Imagination

This course will provide a series of workshops exploring the art of doodling and drawing to work towards completing a hand drawn zine of artworks made in the duration of this course. This drawing/doodling workshop is accessible and requires minimal materials to encourage higher participation.

The early workshops will focus on becoming comfortable working with different dry media including pencils, pencil crayons, crayons and charcoal. As well as exploring different mark making techniques such as hatching, scribbling, dotting and shading. Through this course participants will work with using different drawing prompts and exercises to help develop a drawing routine that you can incorporate in your  daily life as a means of self- expression.

This course is intended for beginners but those with drawing experience are welcome to join. The outcome and goal of this course is to provide a safe, welcoming and creative space where participants can learn/develop their artistic skills together and complete a personal zine of drawings that trace their artistic development in this course. Additionally, this course aims to provide participants a calming and relaxing space to de-stress from their everyday lives and use art as a means of supporting a healthy well-being.

Dates: Feb 14th,16th,18th, 23rd and 25th

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Where: Online

Creative Minds Drawing From Imagination Workshop Poster

Meet your Instructor : Ashley Beerdat

Ashley Beerdat is a visual artist and community arts facilitator of Guyanese descent. She graduated in 2019 from Western University, completing a BA in Criminology and Visual Arts and Art History. Beerdat is primarily self-taught and uses oil paint to explore themes of mythology, folklore and storytelling to navigate the world around her. In 2020, she completed an artist residency at Visual Arts Mississauga Riverwood. Her work is held in Mississauga`s permanent corporate art collection and has been featured at PAMA and Artscape. As an arts facilitator, she is passionate about delivering accessible arts programming in the community and has facilitated workshops for SKETCH Working Arts, Making Space, Figment Toronto & EmpowHer. Ashley currently has an Exhibition “Messengers” with North York Arts as part of the Northbound Exhibition program.

Instagram: @ashleybeerdatart

 

WORKSHOP 1:

Eco Art and Design: Reusing, Reducing and Upcycling Principles

Wondering what to do with all of your cardboard, paper and plastic? think twice before sorting them in your recycle bin and consider using them in your art. In this 5 week session participants will transform found objects into one of a kind art pieces while reducing waste. Learn how to create unique design patterns for everyday items like clothing, bags, cushions and more.

*BIPOC subject matter during African Heritage Month. All are welcome

Dates: Mondays Feb.14, 21,28, March 7,14

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Where: Online

Creative Minds Eco Art and Design Workshop Poster

Meet your Instructor : Angela Walcott

Angela Walcott is a multi-disciplinary artist. Her Interests include sustainability; recycling and upcycling practices as well as the use of found objects as a means of reducing waste. She is passionate about the arts and eager to explore via different media. Integrating clay, textiles, photography and embroidery into her stories as well as typography and text-based poetry. Her work has been showcased at YYZ and Project Gallery. She has facilitated courses with Toronto Public Library and Project Humanity. Angela will be an artist-in-residence with Culture Days for 2022.

Instagram: @artistwritermaker

 

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

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5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8

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647-477-6059

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

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The Animation Project

The Animation Project

JOIN US ON DECEMBER 8TH FOR THE PREMIERE!

North York Arts and the Toronto Animation Image Society (TAIS) have teamed up to present our second edition of The Animation Project! Our participants have been working hard during the course of several weeks of workshops facilitated by Cristal Buemi. 


Now they want to show their work! Join NYA, TAIS, and our participants on December 8th at 6pm for a LIVE screening of animations! We will be holding the screening on our Youtube channel so don’t forget to subscribe!

THE ANIMATION PROJECT

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Explore the art of storytelling through the use of stop-motion animation!

North York Arts and the Toronto Animation Image Society have teamed up to present The Animation Project. Over the course of several FREE workshops, participants 55+ will use digital animation techniques to explore topics and issues personal to them.

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

PROGRAM DETAILS

This program is for those ages 55+ living in North York

All North York residents are encouraged to apply to this program, but please note that priority will be given to Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour as well as to 2SLGBTQ+ community members and Newcomers (people who arrived in Canada within 7 years). 

Spots Available: 10

If selected for the program, you will receive an $80 stipend for materials.

Program contact information julian@northyorkarts.org or via WhatsApp, Telegram or Signal +1 (647)-561-6021.

 

Fall Workshop

Applications are now closed

 

Dates: September 2 to November 11, 2021

Time:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 AM to 12 PM

Where: Zoom

Price: Free

Deadline to Apply: August 12, 2021

Meet your Instructor : Cristal Buemi

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

For more information about Cristal visit her website: https://www.cristalbuemi.com/