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ON VIEW AT THE BLUFFS GALLERY: The Awakening by Ashante Blackwood

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28th January


The Awakening presents visual artworks created by up-and-coming Scarborough artist Ashante Blackwood. The works depict the various stages that women of colour have, and continue to experience, as they learn to overcome and love themselves in a society that has historically prioritized ideals of white beauty. From being broken down to nearly nothing, to building themselves back up, to not only finding their true identity but also learning to love it, this insightful exhibit presents works that tell a story of rebirth—the true Awakening of a melanin goddess.


“Growing up I never felt comfortable or pretty in my own skin or body because of what society had painted as their standards of beauty. For a while I used to wish I was lighter and skinnier because I was surrounded by images and narratives promoting that type of mentality. Then one … Read More »

Scarborough Arts announces departure of Program Director Jen D. Fabico

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21st January

With best wishes, Scarborough Arts announces the departure of long-time Program Director, Jen D. Fabico. 

Jen has worn many hats since she started at Scarborough Arts: from Program Coordinator in 2010, Program Manager in 2011, to Program Director starting 2013, and briefly, as the Interim Executive Director in 2014. Throughout her eight-year tenure at SA, she worked and advocated for Scarborough-based artists and for the Scarborough arts and cultural community. Our team wishes Jen all the best as she embarks on the next steps in her career. 


Expand your creativity and register for SA Suites of Programs 2019!

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12th December

Scarborough Arts (SA) is pleased to present our new SA Suite of Programs 2018-19, a diverse collection of creative, innovative, and accessible arts workshops, talks, and events designed and facilitated by local artists and arts educators for the Scarborough community.

SA Suites are categorized into five streams: SA Creates, SA Writes, SA Talks, SA Moves, and SA Kids. Workshops take place in various locations across Scarborough and cover different art disciplines from visual art, literary art, creative movement, music, dance, and new media. 

We invite everyone—artists or non-artists, audiences of all ages and skill levels—to expand their creativity and register to participate in these activities!

Scarborough Arts members get access to all workshops for free! Become a Scarborough Arts member today.


DATES: January – August 2019

LOCATION:Various locations in Scarborough

FEE:$5 for non-membersFREE for SA members








WORKSHOPS BY … Read More »

ON VIEW AT THE BLUFFS GALLERY: Beyond the Waters by ACM Students at the UTSC

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29th November

Featuring works by students studying within the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus
With instruction from Yael Brotman 

Exhibition Dates: December 5, 2018 to February 7, 2019
Artist Meet and Greet/Reception: December 5, 5:30 PM–7:30 PM 
Bluffs Gallery at Scarborough Arts
1859 Kingston Road

Beyond the Waters explores multiple narratives of place-making in Scarborough and the importance of acknowledging the personal impact of the space that one occupies. With a close ear to stories of immigration and environmental ecosystems, this show acts as a collective reflection of the land beneath our feet and the shores beyond the city’s geographical borders.

Beyond the Waters presents artworks created by students studying within the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, inspired by the scenery surrounding the Bluffs Gallery.



MAHNOOR AQIL: The Scarborough Experience

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Scarborough Arts’ Annual Report 2017-18

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13th November

Scarborough Arts’ Annual Report 2017-18 is here! 

Have a read through to find more about the programs we have delivered, our financials, the support we received over the previous year, and what’s in store for the coming 2018-19 year. 

Download this publication in PDF »

33rd Annual Juried Exhibition: Equity through Emergence

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31st October

For Scarborough Arts’ 33rd Annual Juried Exhibition, we asked artists to submit works that respond to the theme Equity through Emergence. Join us on Monday, November 19 for the opening reception of this new exhibition and be the first to see a diverse selection of works exploring social justice, community arts, decolonization, truth, and social change from 30+ Toronto-based artists.

The event will feature artist talks, live performances by Moskitto Bar and EAST Mixtape Challenge, an awards ceremony, and food and refreshments.

33rd Annual Juried Exhibition: Equity through Emergence is presented by Scarborough Arts in partnership with Neighbourhood Arts Network as part of the Emergence Symposium 2018.


EXHIBITION DATES:November 19 – December 5

LOCATION:Cedar Ridge Creative Centre225 Confederation DriveScarborough, ON M1G 1B2





Adam Cohoon Alanna PetersAra BhaimiyaCaterina StambolicDavid ChinyamaEsmond LeeHuda SalhaJan CreelmanJenny ChenLiang WangMargaret Chown

Matthew CatalanoMirna ChacinNeela ImaniNoor KhanRavi PersaudRosette SundShye ZhangSinthura SatchithananthanSuyin WaiTimothy HunterWilliam Ashley


Love Lives in Scarborough featuring select Portrait Series

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30th October

Features works by LoveisLoveisLove and participants of LLL’s Photography Masterclass Series

Exhibition Dates:  October 31 to November 30
Opening Reception: November 1,  5:30 PM– 7:30 PM 
Bluffs Gallery at Scarborough Arts
1859 Kingston Road

Love Lives in Scarborough presents photographic artworks produced by LoveisLoveisLove (LLL) paired with personal narratives submitted by the subjects of the photos, highlighting the diverse experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals living in the Scarborough community.

This exhibit also features select Portrait Series of two up-and-coming photographers, Shingruf Chughtai and James Ip, who participated in LLL’s Photography Masterclass. Each of their works are presented as a series of portraits that can be seen to compliment Love Lives in Scarborough by continuing to shed light on the human experience within Scarborough. 



Love Lives in Scarborough by LoveisLoveisLove

The Love Lives in Scarborough exhibition is a project which highlights the experiences of LGBTQ+ folks living in Scarborough. The … Read More »

SAVE THE DATE: Scarborough Arts’ Annual General Meeting 2017-18

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5th October

Scarborough Arts’ Annual General Meeting 2017-18
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 6 to 8 PM
Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Rooms 1 & 2
150 Borough Drive


We invite our members, artists, volunteers, organizational partners, program participants, and members of the Scarborough community to join us at our Annual General Meeting 2017-18. Help us celebrate recent achievements, recap the past year’s projects and programs, and look forward to new and exciting opportunities for the year ahead.

The evening will include:

— A presentation of Scarborough Arts programs from the 2017-2018 year
— A preview of our upcoming 2018-2019 program season
— Scarborough Arts’ 2017-2018 Annual General Meeting
— Performances by our EAST Mixtape Challenge youth participants
— Readings by Healthy Arts for Seniors participants
— Refreshments

This page will be updated as activities are confirmed.

Scarborough Arts members, your presence is important at the Annual General Meeting in order to secure a quorum and … Read More »

Call for Board of Directors 2018-19

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4th October

In advance of our Annual General Meeting (AGM) being held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the Scarborough Civic Centre (room location TBD), we are delighted to announce that Scarborough Arts is seeking new Board members who will bring a diverse range of knowledge, skills, leadership, judiciousness and capacity-building to our already dynamic board.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. However, to be “officially” included as a Director in our 2018-19 fiscal year, you will need to apply by October 31, 2018.  Interviews will be scheduled the following week (November 5–9, 2018).

Scarborough Arts is strongly committed to diversity within its community. We welcome applications to the Board from racialized persons / persons of colour, women and women-identified folks, newcomers, refugees, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America and elsewhere, persons with  different abilities, LGBTQ+ folks, and others who will contribute to the further … Read More »

Christine Demore’s RECOVERY

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15th August

Featuring works by Christine Demore
Curated by Christine Demore

Exhibition Dates: August 15 to September 14
Artist Meet and Greet/Reception: September 6, 3 PM–5 PM 
Bluffs Gallery at Scarborough Arts
1859 Kingston Road

RECOVERY presents artwork created by Canadian artist, Christine Demore. Demore’s exhibit explores self-expression and living with mental illness through the combination of themes relating to art therapy, lived experience, and personal reflection. Demore’s work is marked by bright, multi-layered colours, sometimes layered with line and stippling to create dimension. Her abstract pour technique is creative, modern, and refined as it creates optical illusions and invokes a unique emotional response.


“There is nothing stronger than a broken woman who has rebuilt herself.” – Hannah Gadsby

At the cusp of a breakdown, words failed me. When I was no longer able to read or write about what was happening inside me, acrylic pour painting became my outlet. My art is … Read More »


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