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:  October 7 – November 18, 2020 (Every Wednesday)

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Place: Online via Zoom

Price: Free

2020 Workshops

October 7, 14, 21: Creative Writing
October 28, November 4, 11: 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 

November 18: 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

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

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

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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: October 7 – November 18, 2020 (Every Wednesday)

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Place: Online via Zoom

Price: Free

2020 Fall Workshops 

October 7, 14: 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

October 21, 28: 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.

November 4, 11: 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

November 18: Closing Session/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

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.

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

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Toronto Mycelial Network

Toronto Mycelial Network

Toronto Mycelial Network

#InvisibleNetworkTO

An art project to participate in at home
Follow along here: @torontomycelialnetwork

The Toronto Mycelial Network is a city-wide art project to remind us that while we are physically distant – we remain connected as individuals, as communities, and as a city!

We invite all Torontonians to spend this time making any interpretation of a mushroom and post it on social media using the hashtag #InvisibleNetworkTO and tagging @torontomycelialnetwork.

Why a mushroom? Mushrooms can be a great distance apart but are connected to the same invisible network. So, like a mushroom, let’s connect while we remain physically apart!

See below for more information on the Mycelial Network and how to participate. 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

 

  1. Make a mushroom of any size, shape, or dimension! If you want, document your process!
  2. Post on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with the hashtag #InvisibleNetworkTO and tag @torontomycelialnetwork
  3. Follow @torontomycelialnetwork to watch the invisible network grow!
  4. Sign up for our NYA Newsletter to be notified about more  Toronto Mycelial Network-related news.
What is a Mycelial Network?

“Underneath the soil a vast and interconnected network of life that links the trees and other plants through their root system. This network is made up of fungi (mushrooms) with massive and far-reaching threads called Mycelium” 

Want to learn more? Check out the 3 minute video:

How should I make my mushroom?

Mushrooms can be made from anything you’d like! It can be made from felt, papier-mache, origami or whatever art supplies (or non-art supplies!) you find in your cupboards. This is a chance to channel your creativity!

How do I share my mushroom?

Share your mushrooms on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #InvisibleNetworkTO
and tag @torontomycelialnetwork It’s that simple!

Don’t have social media? Send your mushroom by email to info@northyorkarts.org – please include your name.

Check out the NYA staff creations! 

The Toronto Mycelial Network was created and initiated by East End Arts, and has been supported by our family of LASOs to expand and grow the network to all corners of Toronto! Members from any community in the city of Toronto and beyond are invited to join all of us in making a mushroom at home, and being connected in times of social distancing. the other LASOs: North York Arts, Arts EtobicokeLakeshore ArtsScarborough Arts and Urban Arts.

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

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Seniors Animation Project

Seniors Animation Project

Seniors Animation Project

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 Seniors Animation Program. Over the course of 16 FREE workshops (6 online in the spring and 10 in-person in the fall), participants will use digital animation techniques to explore topics and issues affecting today’s senior population. 

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

Please see below for more details on workshop groups, dates, times, locations, and prerequisites.

What group should I join?

This program will happen in two stages; online and in-person. There are two groups to choose from to participate in this program. Please keep reading to find out which group is right for you:

Group 1:
Online Sessions:
TUESDAYS from May 19 – June 23, 2020, from 10 am to 11:30 am
In-Person Sessions: Casa Maiz – 1280 Finch Ave W. (Fall 2020, date and time TBD)

Group 2:
Online Sessions:
THURSDAYS from May 21 – June 25, 2020, from 10 am to 11:30 am
In-Person Sessions: Flemingdon Park Area (Fall 2020, location, date, and time TBD)

*Please note that this program is meant for those who are prepared to attend both the online AND the in-person sessions*

What do I need to join the program?

To join the program, we ask that you have the following:

 

  • A basic level in digital literacy (can produce photos, videos, and send emails/texts etc.)

  • Have the ability to record videos/audio and take photos (with phone, tablet, laptop etc.)

  • Attend each virtual class via phone, tablet or laptop.  (Classes last 1 hour, so the phone might be uncomfortable to hold for long periods of time)

  • Reliable internet connection

  • Have an interest in art, storytelling, filmmaking and or thinking outside the box

  • Be open minded to learning new creative skills, and connecting with other members within the community

What will I get out of the program?

Our goal by the end of the program is that every participant gains the following:

 

  • Engage and connect with an artistic community

  • Share and collaborate through meaningful storytelling and discussions

  • Enhance Digital Literacy skills

  • Learn art, design and storytelling techniques

  • Understand and explore basic frame by frame principles

  • Create weekly independent works while exploring a variety of materials found at home

  • Collaborate on a final reflection film to capture the creative process and self expression journey

Animation Examples

GROUP 1

ONLINE

Date: Tuesdays May 19 – June 23

Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

IN-PERSON

Place: Casa Maiz
1280 Finch Ave W. #204

Date: Fall 2020 (dates TBD)*

Time: TBD

GROUP 2

ONLINE

Date: Thursdays May 21 – June 25

Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

IN-PERSON

Place: Flemingdon Park Area
Location TBD

Date: Fall 2020 (dates TBD)*

Time: TBD

For any questions about the program, please contact Julian Carvajal at programming@northyorkarts.org

*Fall 2020 timelines for both groups are subject to change. NYA will adjust accordingly with government regulations regarding COVID-19.

Funded By

Program Partner

Space Partner

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

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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.

 

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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

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network