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Scarborough Seniors Write Showcase

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12th March

Come celebrate the writers of Scarborough Seniors Write! Over the past seven months, our writers (aged 55 and up) have been sharing and working on their stories with weekly exercises and storytelling prompts. And on Saturday, March 29th, they’ll be sharing the final products with you at the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre. Join them for literary readings, guest speakers, and music…and pick up your very own copy of their unique anthology of writing and recorded stories!

Scarborough Seniors Write Showcase
Saturday, March 29, 2014
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Cedar Ridge Community Centre, 225 Confederation Drive

PLEASE NOTE: Due to space constraints, an RSVP is REQUIRED for entry into this event. Click here to RSVP.

BIG ART BOOK 2014: Call for Submissions

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5th February

A fresh assortment of creativity. An invitation to make new connections. An opportunity to embrace new media and build upon traditional forms of artistic expression in Scarborough.

a digital anthology of writing and visual arts in Scarborough
…and the 2014 call for submissions is now open!


2014 Theme: BACK TO BASICS
What inspired you to become an artist?
What is at the foundation of your practice?
What got (or gets) you started?
We leave the unique interpretation of this challenge up to you. There is no wrong answer.

Deadline: Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Read the guidelines and download the submission form here.

Akwaaba in the Bluffs Gallery

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21st January


Akwaaba means “welcome” in the Ashanti language Twi (pronounced chwee).

Scarborough Arts and Kaleidoscope are excited to celebrate Black History Month with this month-long exhibit, composed of a series of three smaller, one-week exhibits by local established African Canadian artists with Scarborough roots who have worked with the Kaleidoscope Program.

The first exhibit is Robert Small’s “Legacy” (February 3-7), followed by Dwayne Morgan’s “The Sum Of Her Parts” (February 10-14) and Tasha Thomas’s “The Kaleidoscope Collection” (February 18-24). “Akwaaba” is curated by Tamla Matthews-Morgan.

Join us at the reception for Tasha Thomas’s exhibition, “The Kaleidoscope Collection,” on Friday, February 21 — click here to RSVP!


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“Legacy” – Robert Small

February 3-7
Reception: Friday, January 31, 2014, 7-9 p.m. 
Robert Small, creator of the Legacy poster (formerly called the official Black History Month poster), chronicles his documentation of … Read More »

Kaleidoscope Program Exhibit

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21st January


From January 13 to 30th, the Bluffs Gallery hosts the Kaleidoscope Program Exhibit. The exhibit features a cross-section of the program’s activities and student-produced work, including an overview of general program activities, partner and participant feedback, and children-produced artwork. Also on display: art-based responses from our school, summer, and March Break program participants.

Kaleidoscope Program Exhibit
Bluffs Gallery
January 13-30, 2014

Click here for gallery hours and directions.

EAST Arts Management Collective seeks applicants for its second year

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12th December

Are you a young artist who wants to learn how to manage events and arts projects? Do you know any young people thinking of a career in the arts, or youth entrepreneurs looking to expand their networks in the arts industry?

EAST Arts Management Collective is a collaborative project for individuals aged 16-24 interested in project and event management, public relations, marketing and promotions, documentation, professional development, and entrepreneurship.

Under the guidance of the Scarborough Arts Manager – Youth Programs and industry professionals, and in collaboration with the EAST Music Collective, the Arts Management Collective will develop an organized project management strategy, build entrepreneurial networks, and identify specific project roles that correspond to industry careers.

In addition to employment training, the EAST Arts Management Collective will receive focused skill development towards branding, press releases, fundraising, and producing showcases … Read More »

Calling Scarborough’s Senior Writers – Join Phase Two of Our Program

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13th November

Are you 55 years or older, and have a story to tell?
We want to hear from you!

Learn tools of self-publishing on blogs, YouTube, and other social media platforms! Participants will experiment with recording equipment to spread their stories digitally.

No previous experience with digital storytelling is necessary for this free workshop – you’ll be coached by an instructor through interactive exercises.

To register, contact us by December 4, 2013. (Drop-in sessions are also available.)

Registration for 2014 is now closed.

Workshops will be held at:
Toronto Public Library – Kennedy/Eglinton Branch*
Liberty Square Plaza, 2380 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough
Program begins January 9, 2014

For more information, contact Scarborough Arts at 416-698-7322 or ssw AT 

*with the exception of mobile recording sessions


Holiday Dreams Party…You’re Invited!

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12th November


Spend a dreamy evening with us — and gorgeous artwork by Scarborough Arts members!

On Thursday, December 12, visit the Bluffs Gallery to sip hot drinks and nibble snacks while taking in beautiful paintings, pottery, jewellery, crafts, sculptures, and more, all created by our members and available for sale.

Also – bring in your canned goods and we’ll donate them!

Everyone is welcome!

Please visit our Eventbrite page to RSVP.

Holiday Dreams Party
Thursday, December 12, 2013

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The Bluffs Gallery
1859 Kingston Road

Get directions here.

Exhibition runs November 14, 2013 – January 6, 2014
The Bluffs Gallery is open Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

EAST Gears Up for Year Two

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11th November

In preparation for the launch of its second year, interviews for the EAST Music Collective took place over three weeks in October. We were thrilled to witness the talents and cultural wealth of our local youth, and would like to thank everyone for their interest in the program and for helping to spread the word about it.

After an intensive process of auditions and difficult decisions, our EAST panel was pleased to have settled on the group of young musicians and vocalists who will be offered a place in the program to form the 2013-14 Music Collective. On November 13, these young artists will receive their orientation to roll them into the new year of the EAST program.

In early 2014, the complementary EAST Arts Management Collective will be looking for its new participants. We welcome all youth between the ages of … Read More »

Agincourt Library Gallery: Call for SA Members’ Artwork

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5th November

Scarborough Arts member artists! Do you have work you’d like to exhibit at the Agincourt Library gallery? If so, let us know. Get in touch with Jen Fabico at 416-698-7322 for more information.

The Agincourt Library gallery is a space curated by Scarborough Arts with its members’ artworks. Want to become a member? Find out more here.

Write On!

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30th October

The Scarborough Seniors Write (SSW) program is now fully underway! We’ve had several tremendous workshops so far, thanks to our incredible instructor David Bester and Scarborough’s amazing seniors. The Kennedy/Eglinton Library has been an fantastic partner, allowing us to use their space as the centre for the program activities.

Their meeting room has had a full house for the past few weeks, with writers sharing stories based on prompts provided by David during the classes. For one of the exercises, the participants were given the same challenge that Ernest Hemingway was rumoured to have been given by his peers: write a story in six words. Exercises like these have gotten the creative juices flowing! The talent we’ve seen so far promises very exciting finished work by the end of the program.

Starting in January, we’ll be moving to the digital component of … Read More »


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