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Scarborough Arts is seeking a Program Manager

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27th May

Position: Program ManagerSalary: $42,000 – $45,000 (commensurate with experience)Term: 1-year full-time contract position leading to full-time permanent employmentApplication Deadline: June 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM 


Are you a passionate non-profit leader with a desire to make a positive impact in the local community? Are you seeking an opportunity to bring your vision and expertise to an established Local Arts Service Organization? Are you conscientious about the needs of the local community with a desire to develop meaningful and relevant projects and programs representative of the multicultural diversity of Scarborough and linking its storied past with key issues facing the community today?

If so, Scarborough Arts is looking for you! We are currently hiring a dynamic, energetic, and passionate Program Manager to join our team. 

Please review the job description in detail and send your application package to with “Attn: Executive Director – SA Program Manager … Read More »


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7th May

Twenty Something

The Bluffs Gallery is presenting an exhibition featuring emerging Scarborough artists. These nine artists – Christopher Dela Cruz, Kim Hoang, Rui Hu, Wei Luo, Iori Matsushima, Kachely Peters, Nivedita Sridharan,  Caleb Y. Tao and Sabrina Yip – are grappling in their lives and in their art with concerns, pressures and anxieties confronting their generation.

The themes and ideas articulated in the artworks overlap and intersect, creating a web of interconnectedness. Kachely Peters and Rui Hu explore identity and the interior and exterior aspects of self. Peters’ drawings examine scars and mental health while Hu’s canvas and wool sculpture portrays the messiness and consequences of decision-making. Nivedita Sridharan has harboured a life-long concern about humanity’s relationship to other species. Her underlying concept of time running out for the survival of so many animals of the world, relates to Christopher Dela … Read More »

Scarborough Arts hosts Walking Tours and House Tours for Doors Open 2019

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6th May

On May 25 and 26, Scarborough Arts opens its doors to the public and invites you to explore the spaces within and beyond its walls as part of Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf!


Drop by Scarborough Arts on 1859 Kingston Road and participate in free guided tours of the Scarborough Arts building, a 1920s Arts-and-Crafts-style dwelling converted into an arts centre that now houses the Bluffs Gallery, a local artists’ marketplace, and Scarborough Arts’ and Mural Routes‘ offices. Tours run throughout the day; no registration required. 


Hosted by Scarborough Arts, Scarborough Shores — Hidden Stories and Deep Roots invites you to discover Scarborough’s many faces, places, and pasts. Explore southwest Scarborough’s Birchcliff neighbourhood starting from Scarborough Arts’ main offices near the Bluffs to local spots including Rosetta McClain Gardens, the Birchmount Streetcar Loop, and the Scarborough Public Utilities Commission building. … Read More »

The McCanny Annual Spring Show

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10th April

The McCanny Annual Spring Show

 The McCanny Annual Spring Show presents visual artworks created by students from McCanny Secondary School’s art program. It recognizes student artists, showcases artwork and celebrates students’ success in getting into their dream University Art programs. The works range from Photography, Acrylic paintings, Sculptures, and videos. This collection of the works depicts the various lives of high school students in Scarborough through colour, subject matter, creative formats and cultures.


The McCanny Annual Spring Show exhibit artworks from currently Grade 12 international students who are interested in art and design and wish to pursue art in the future. This is a great opportunity for the public to see how cross-cultural young Canadian artists articulate their world and lifestyle through art when they experience cultural differences. Drawing the public eyes to these young artists, this exhibition encourages young … Read More »

Call for Artists and Performers: plazaPOPS

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8th April

Scarborough Arts is pleased to partner with plazaPOPS for a series of music concerts, art activations, and community workshops at the Wexford Plaza parking lot in July and August!

plazaPOPS is a community-led project that aims to create a vibrant and colourful public gathering place in the Wexford Plaza parking lot. plazaPOPS will launch with Taste of Lawrence in early July and be popped up until mid-August. The final design is in process, but will include seating, shade, and a stage for performances, workshops, and community activations. plazaPOPS is funded by Park People’s Public Space Incubator, the City of Toronto’s BIA innovation fund, the University of Guelph and is partnered with the Wexford Heights BIA and Scarborough Arts.

plazaPOPS is looking for performers, artists, and musicians to bring their energy to the site, engaging passersby and responding to this bustling urban setting! … Read More »

The Scarborough Sign 2019

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8th April

The Scarborough Sign is at Agincourt Mall until July 4, 2019.


The Scarborough Sign is a mobile public art installation that showcases and brings together Scarborough’s many artistic communities and neighbourhoods. 

From May to November 2019, a large-scale SCARBOROUGH sign (36’ wide x 5’ tall) will travel to seven locations and will be displayed at major cultural Scarborough events throughout the summer/fall. Travel with The Scarborough Sign and experience all that Scarborough has to offer!


May – November 2019


Fool’s Paradise

Agincourt Mall

Taste of Lawrence at Wexford

Guild Park

University of Toronto Scarborough

Scarborough Southwest



Scarborough Arts









May 25 to 26
June 1 to July 4
July 5 to 7
July 8 to August 4
August 26 to October 6
October 6 to November

Fool’s Paradise (for Doors Open Toronto)
Agincourt Mall 
Wexford (for Taste of Lawrence)
Guild Park and Gardens
University of Toronto Scarborough
Scarborough Southwest (Location TBA)


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EAST 6: Mixtape Challenge Listening Party at RISE

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4th April

Photo of the EAST 6: Mixtape Challenge participants by Kat Rizza Photography. 

Join Scarborough Arts as we celebrate the achievements of our
EAST 6: Mixtape Challenge youth participants at RISE Monday on April 29! See the youth participants perform their original songs live, be inspired by music and poetry, soak in some good vibes, and be the first to experience the talent of these rising Scarborough youth superstars!

Monday, April 29, 2019
8 PM

Burrows Hall Community Centre
1081 Progress Avenue
Scarborough, ON
M1B 5Z6



EAST 6: Mixtape Challenge is a collaborative music-making program for Scarborough youth aged 16 to 24. Youth worked with professional musicians, producers, peers, and mentors and learned about beats, flow, performance, songwriting, song structure, and artists’ rights. At the end of the intensive 16-week program, participants recorded their original music and performed their songs at festivals and … Read More »

Grant Writing Workshop with Toronto Arts Council’s Peter Kingstone

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18th March

Scarborough Arts is pleased to partner with the Toronto Arts Council (TAC) to present a Grant Writing Workshop with Peter Kingstone, Visual and Media Arts Officer at TAC. 

Peter will lead an informal discussion on how to access TAC funds; what is needed for a grant; tips and best practices for writing a grant application (focusing on the importance of storytelling, audience, history, and documentation); matching your project with the appropriate grants; and other possible sources of funding for your projects.

This workshop is geared towards artists looking to apply to the Visual Artists and the Media Artists programs.

This workshop is free but registration is required.

DATE / TIME:Thursday, April 25, 20196–8 PM

LOCATION:Bluffs Gallery at Scarborough Arts1859 Kingston RoadScarborough, ON M1N 1T3




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. 



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