Arts & Equity Workshop: Planning for Community Arts

FREE Arts & Equity Workshop: Planning for Community Arts

2:30-6:30pm, Tues Oct 11th 2011; Peace Lounge at O.I.S.E. (252 Bloor St. West)

This interactive workshop will explore tools and approaches for equitable planning processes in community arts. Learn about practical resources for community-based project planning, including training tools and guides provided by the Rainbow Health Network. Explore personal and community/political contexts, process and product, and aesthetics and ethics through arts-based activity and discussion led by Anna Camilleri. Share your knowledge and shape the Arts & Equity Toolkit currently being developed by the Neighbourhood Arts Network and Manifesto Community Projects.

This free workshop includes refreshments and a resource package. Space is limited! Please register by emailing before October 4th. The workshop takes place October 11th and is part of a larger series. Other Arts & Equity workshops will take place on November 23, January 18, and February 8.

Questions? Please contact or call 416 392 6802 x212.

Workshop Details:

Why Community Arts? 

with Anna Camilleri

Anna Camilleri of Red Dress ProductionsIn this one-hour workshop, we’ll explore motivations and nuances for working in community engaged artistic practices. Through arts-based activities and discussion, we’ll explore the personal and community/political contexts, process and product, and aesthetics and ethics, and how and where they intersect.  We’ll also touch on approaches and strategies for dynamic collaboration and project planning. All materials will be provided in this participatory workshop.

Anna Camilleri has been cultivating a multi-disciplinary arts practice since 1995, incorporating creative writing, public art, visual art, storytelling and performance, and research. She is founding Artistic Co-Director of Red Dress Productions, a not-for-profit arts company that works with/in communities on large-scale, community-engaged public artworks and creates and disseminates interdisciplinary art and performance projects. She is currently in her second year as Artist-in-Residence at the Triangle School, Canada’s first and only alternative high school for LGBT students. Anna has led five large-scale community engaged public artwork mosaic projects, all of which are located in Wards 27 and 28 in southeast downtown Toronto. Anna has performed for the last fifteen years, and been hailed as a “storytelling siren” (Pride Toronto)—“tough, visceral and funny” (Atlanta Journal Constitution) “cultural agitator” (Now Magazine). She has been recognized with awards and distinctions from the LAMBDA Literary Foundation, the Association of Independent Publishers, and the American Library of Congress.

Arts and Equity Toolkit

Leah Burns

Leah BurnsWhile enjoying a tasty meal, learn more about the Arts & Equity Toolkit and the Engaging Diverse Communities consultations that are informing it. Shape the toolkit’s development by sharing your own experiences and learning, and help us figure out what might be missing.

Engaging Diverse Communities is a research and education project of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network, and Manifesto Community Projects. Engaging Diverse Communities aims to strengthen relationships between the arts and social service sectors in order to build capacity for artists and cultural workers to increase access and reduce barriers to cultural participation for culturally diverse communities.


Integrated Anti-Oppression Framework

Rainbow Health Network

Rainbow Health NetworkThrough an interactive activity and discussion, learn more about intersectional oppression and the integrated anti-oppression framework. Discover the Rainbow Health Network’s free training resources, which can be used for both personal and professional development.

The Rainbow Health Network is a catalyst and a resource for activities promoting the health and wellness of people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, in Toronto and beyond. We are committed to equity-based, community-based, anti-racism and anti-oppression values. We strive for representation of the full diversity of our communities and commit to building partnerships to achieve this goal.

These workshops were made possible by funding from the Ontario Ministry of Culture’s Cultural Strategic Investment Fund.


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