Category: Current Programs
The Scarborough Sign is a community-developed public art installation that showcases and brings together Scarborough’s many artistic communities and neighbourhoods.
The life-sized SCARBOROUGH sign travels to neighbourhoods across Scarborough. At each stop, The Scarborough Sign displays community arts projects by local artists, collectives, and residents. The Sign also engages audiences in multi-disciplinary arts events, accessible workshops, and site-specific arts activities.
WHERE IS THE SIGN RIGHT NOW?
The Scarborough Sign is currently not on display publicly. It will be back in 2019 — keep an eye on this page for future dates and locations!
In 2018, The Scarborough Sign traveled to five neighbourhoods in north and central Scarborough, offered eight public events, showcased the works of 45 local artists and collectives, and engaged 59 organizational partners as part of Cultural Hotspot 2018.
EAST is a collaborative program for Scarborough youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who work under the guidance of professional artists, project managers, local social service providers, youth outreach workers, and peer mentors. EAST uses the universal medium of arts and creativity to encourage healthy, innovative forms of self expression; foster a sustainable, enriching relationship with the arts; teach broadly based transferable life skills; provide new and engaging social experiences; help identify future post-secondary and employment directions; and provide direct employment preparation training. All EAST workshops are free and open to all.
Early in 2018, a call for participants was released inviting youth to participate in EAST Mixtape Challenge. Eight youth applied to the program, and from March to July 2018, the youth spent their Mondays at Toronto Public Library—Malvern S.P.O.T. with musicians, songwriters, record producers, audio engineers, and other mentors … Read More »
Healthy Arts for Seniors (2018). Photo by Kat Rizza Photography.
Scarborough Arts’ Senior Programs have been in existence since 2013. The program travels to different neighbourhoods in Scarborough offering inclusive and accessible writing and visual art workshops with a goal to reduce social isolation for Scarborough’s seniors, to engage and support them on their journey of capturing and documenting their life stories, and showcasing and publication opportunities to share their stories with the public.
HEALTHY ARTS FOR SENIORS
From October 2017 to March 2018, the Healthy Arts for Seniors program ventured to South Scarborough at East Scarborough Storefront then to North Scarborough at Agincourt Community Services Association—Chester Le Community Corner to engage seniors in creative writing, oral storytelling, and photography. During the program, we welcomed expanded involvement from Mandarin-speaking seniors in the newcomer and Chinese communities in North Scarborough.
As a culmination of … Read More »
SA Suite of Programs is a diverse collection of creative, innovative, and accessible activities that take place in various locations across Scarborough. Twice a year, Scarborough Arts puts out a call to emerging and professional artists and arts educators from across the city to pitch workshops, talks, and events that form our seasonal roster of SA Suites. Activities are categorized into five streams:
— SA Creates— SA Talks— SA Moves— SA Kids — SA Writes
SA Suites are open to everyone and anyone—artists and non-artists and audiences of all ages and skill levels — who would like to explore different mediums and expand their creativity.
Check out our current roster of arts workshops, talks, and events in Scarborough!
Every year, Scarborough Arts produces its Annual Juried Exhibition, a showcase of visual and media art created and curated in response to a themed call. Pieces, which can be in any medium, are selected for exhibition based upon a combination of artistic quality, technical execution, conceptual strength, originality, and impact. The jury, made up of gallery and community arts professionals, changes each year.
From 2015 to 2017, the BIG ART BOOK, a print and online anthology of visual arts and literature, was published as a companion to the Annual Juried Exhibition.
Equity through Emergence (2018)
Presented in partnership with Neighbourhood Arts Network
JURORS: ANGIE ARANDA (NEIGHBOURHOOD ARTS NETWORK) / TIFFANY SCHOFIELD (ARTIST)
An visual art exhibition exploring themes of social justice, community arts, decolonization, truth, and social change.
OPENING RECEPTION PHOTOS
Something Different (2017)
JURORS: JIHEE MIN (ARTIST) / CATHERINE HERNANDEZ (WRITER)
A selection of visual and literary … Read More »