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PRESS RELEASE: Scarborough Arts Bids Farewell to Executive Director Sergei Petrov

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24th October

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October 24, 2017. Scarborough, Ontario—It is with mixed feelings that we announce that Sergei Petrov has left his role as Executive Director of Scarborough Arts.

Sergei joined the organization in November 2015. During his two-year tenure at Scarborough Arts, he oversaw the development of a number of new initiatives including SA Together, a year-long arts residency program for local groups and collectives, and the SA Suite of Programs, a series of accessible events and workshops pitched by local artists for the Scarborough community. As the founder of the Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival over 5 years ago, Sergei also brought the excitement of the Festival into the organization’s operations.  He has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to enriching and celebrating the arts in the Scarborough community.

“We are truly grateful to Sergei for … Read More »

Scarborough Arts’ 2016-2017 Annual General Meeting

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17th October

When: November 21, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Scarborough Arts’ Bluffs Gallery, 1859 Kingston Road


Scarborough Arts invites its members, supporters, volunteers, partners, participants, and members of the community to the 2016-2017 Annual General Meeting. Join us as we look back and celebrate recent achievements, last year’s projects and programs, and new and exciting opportunities ahead.

The evening will include:

— A presentation of Scarborough Arts programs from the 2016-2017 year
— My City My Six exhibit
— Meet the Scarborough Arts staff
— A preview of our upcoming 2017-2018 program season
— Scarborough Arts’ 2016-2017 Annual General Meeting (from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM)
— Refreshments

Scarborough Arts members, your presence is important at the Annual General Meeting in order to secure a quorum and vote.

To RSVP, visit For questions and for more information, contact Monica Gutierrez, Development Manager, at or 416-698-7322.

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Call for Board of Directors — Scarborough Arts

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3rd October

Our mission is connect arts to the community and the community to the arts.

Scarborough Arts is a not-for-profit organization that has been serving the community through the arts since 1978. Scarborough Arts develops, delivers and promotes arts programming and cultural initiatives in collaboration and partnership with the communities of Scarborough. We are one of only six Local Arts Service Organizations funded directly by the City of Toronto, however our programming is also supported via numerous other grants, local partnerships, and our members.

The Board of Directors provides strategic leadership, establishes policy, and oversees the operations and financial performance of Scarborough Arts. In addition to regular business, in the coming year our board will help tackle exciting initiatives such as:

– Collaborating and setting the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan
– Increasing internal organizational effectiveness
– Increasing our reach in the community through … Read More »

Call for Applications: Tarragon Theatre’s Youth Playwrights Hub at Scarborough Arts

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26th September

Application Form:
Deadline EXTENDED: November 13, 2017
Tarragon Theatre and Scarborough Arts are teaming up for the 3rd year to offer free playwriting classes for youth who live in Scarborough!

Congratulations to Shafia Shaikh, winner of the 2017 Scarborough Design Competition

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13th September

We are proud to announce the winner of the 2017 Scarborough Design Competition: artist Shafia Shaikh with her piece Growing Up Scarborough. After receiving numerous submissions from Scarborough and Toronto artists, the jury chose Shafia’s design as the recipient of this year’s award for its excellent execution and thoughtfulness in depicting Scarborough’s essence. 

As an artist who grew up in Scarborough, Shafia believes that art has a unique ability to confront social issues and injustices, while allowing for individual reflection. She hopes to bring awareness to lived experiences of women of colour as a means to contribute to change. Read more about Shafia Shaikh and her winning design below. 

Your design is so rich in icons and meaning. What would you say are the most significant elements in your design and what do they mean? 
SHAFIA SHAIKH: The most significant icon in my design would be the … Read More »

Culture Days at Scarborough Arts — September 29 to October 1

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6th September

Scarborough Arts is participating in Culture Days from September 29 to October 1, 2017! Join us at Scarborough Arts’ Bluffs Gallery on 1859 Kingston Road and participate in free, hands-on, family-friendly interactive activities. Discover the world of artists, creators, heritage experts, architects, curators, designers and other creative professionals from the Scarborough community!

SA Writes: Move into Character
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

SA Creates: Bath-Bomb Making
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

SA Creates: Paper Sculpture Techniques
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

SA Creates: The Scarborough Arts Mosaic
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

SA Kids: All About Me
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

SA Creates: The Scarborough Arts Mosaic
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

For more information about our Culture Days programming, contact us at 416-698-7322.



My City My Six – Scarborough Exhibitions

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6th September

My City My Six celebrates the diverse stories of Scarborough residents through an exhibition of six-word stories paired with visual art pieces from local artists. My City My Six is a Cultural Hotspot project, in celebration of Canada 150, produced in partnership with the City of Toronto. 

From September to December 2017, join us at the following exhibits across Scarborough: 

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, 225 Confederation Drive
Exhibition Dates: September 16 to September 28
Closing Reception: September 24, 1–4 PM 

home/place at UTSC Instructional Centre (Vitrines), 1095 Military Trail 
Exhibition Dates: September 27 to January 20, 2018
Opening Reception: October 17, 6–8 PM with performances by RISE Edutainment
More information on Doris McCarthy Gallery’s website. 

Scarborough Arts’ Bluffs Gallery, 1859 Kingston Road
Exhibition Dates: September 29 to December 1 

For more information about home/place, My City My Six — Scarborough Exhibitions, contact 416-698-7322.



My City My Six is a participatory public art project that reveals Toronto and its residents in … Read More »

SA Suite of Programs – FALL 2017

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29th August

Scarborough Arts is thrilled to announce our new lineup of SA Suite of Programs for Fall 2017! Explore your creativity, discover a new medium or hobby, or push the boundaries of your creative practice at workshops, talks, and events led by local artists for the Scarborough community! We invite everyone—artists or non-artists, audiences of all ages and skill levels—to explore their creative side and participate in different creative activities. 

Registration is now open for all workshops! For more information, contact the Scarborough Arts office at 416-698-7322 or at

Download the Fall 2017 Program Calendar HERE. 



*All events take place in the Bluffs Gallery on 1859 Kingston Road unless noted otherwise. This schedule is subject to change.


September 14 (Thursday)
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

SA CREATES: Photographing Your Artwork
(for artists intending to submit work to Something Different: 32nd Annual Juried … Read More »

Call for Submissions — Something Different: 32nd Annual Juried Exhibition and BIG ART BOOK

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9th August

32nd Annual Juried Exhibition and BIG ART BOOK
2017 Theme: Something Different

Submission Deadline: October 10, 2017

For Scarborough Arts’ 32nd Annual Juried Exhibition and BIG ART BOOK, we are looking for Something Different—i.e. visual art and literary pieces that demonstrate a radical approach to or experimentation in style, form, material, display methods, subject matter, or technique.

The arts is a space where individuals can freely express, explore and respond. As visual artists, mixed media artists, photographers, writers, musicians and performers, we challenge ourselves in our practice, product and identity. Through our artworks, we continue to push boundaries and conversations. We have purposely chosen to be and to create “something different.”

This year, the program invites you to explore and celebrate the practices that makes you as an individual or as an artist, and your artwork, different!

What sets your artistic practice apart from others?
How … Read More »

Call for Applications: Healthy Arts for Seniors Program

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9th August

Call for Applications: Healthy Arts for Seniors Program 
(WINTER TERM: January to March 2018)

Scarborough Arts, in partnership with the East Scarborough Storefront and Agincourt Community Services Association, is pleased to announce Healthy Arts for Seniors (HAFS), a free photography and storytelling program for Scarborough seniors aged 55+. In a series of weekly workshops, participants will be encouraged to explore various ways of storytelling through words and images. At the end of the program, written, audio, and photographic works produced by senior participants will be collected and published in a print and online anthology and will be showcased at a launch event.

We are currently inviting seniors aged 55+ who are interested in learning the art of photography and writing to apply. No previous experience in photography or storytelling necessary! All materials will be provided.


Download the application form in MS Word … Read More »


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