Community Arts Exchange

Jumblies Community Arts Exchange grew from our cross-country relationships and mentorship activities. Jumblies has been supporting artist visits back and forth between Toronto  and cross-country partners for a number of years, including during our 2015 Train of Thought west-to-east-coast tour. In 2016/17, thanks to a Ontario Trillium Foundation Seed Grant and Inspirit Foundation funds, we were able to pilot and develop a Youth Artist Exchange program.

Starting in Spring/Summer 2018, we are continuing this successful program – now open to participants of all ages – thanks to to a 3-year Grow Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This will enable us to support 36+ Ontario-based artists spending time in community-engaged arts contexts with Jumblies and Ontario partners, with an emphasis on inclusion of Indigenous artists, artists of colour, and others facing barriers (e.g. related to geography, ability, finances) to pursuing their community arts aspirations. Exchange artists will be fully subsidized  to attend Jumblies 6-day Artfare Essentials (if they haven’t already done so), and for a 1 to 2 week placement with an active community arts partner located outside their current home. They will also receive other support and mentorship and an invitation to participate in/contribute to evaluation processes and a final gathering.

While our OTF funds gives us a focus on Ontario exchanges, we hope still to have opportunities for Canada-wide exchanges in the coming years.

How to get involved?

More info. on how to take part and apply will be available soon. Watch our website News and Facebook page or e-mail your interest and questions any time to

Exchange Artists at Artfare Essentials (2016/2017):


Exchange Artists in Community Projects (2016/2017):

Who took part in 2016/2017?

Host Partners & Projects

OV-CAOS & Red Dress ProductionsCountdown Project
Myths & MirrorsArmHer Project
Thinking Rock & AlgomaTrad – The Rivers Speak
Kelty McKerracher – Eastside Puppteers at DURC (Drug User’s Resource Centre)
Aanmitaagzi – Serpent People
Municipality of Sioux LookoutFour Lands
CAHEP – Four Lands
Kenora Association for Community Living (Arts Hub)Four Lands
Vancouver Moving TheatreRealms of Refuge
NSCADWonder’neath, Shubenacadie Water Protectors – Four Lands

Exchange Artists 

to Toronto:

Candace Neveau – Thinking Rock, Algoma ON
Miranda Bouchard – Thinking Rock, Algoma ON
Darien Benjamins – Aanmtiaagzi, Nipissing FN
Julia Siedlanowska – Vancouver Moving Theatre
Kelty McKerracher- Vancouver Moving Theatre
Eric Diolola – Wonder’Neath, Halifax
Merle Harley – Wonder’Neath, Halifax
Jasmin Wright – Runaway Moon, Enderby BC
Iehente Foote – Kahnawake, PQ
Jade McComber – Kahnawake, PQ
Adriana Garisto – Kahnawake, PQ
Jonas Gilbert – Kahnawake, PQ
Ashley Riley – Chippewas of the Thames FN, ON
Nina Marisa Pariser – Montreal
Kama La Mackerel – Montreal
Braiden Houle – Winnipeg
Brooke Leifso – Edmonton

from Toronto:
Karis Jones Pard – to Ottawa Valley & Vancouver
Tomas Chin – to the Ottawa Valley
Rhonda Lucy – to the Ottawa Valley
Emery Knight – to the Ottawa Valley
Arie van de Ven – to Algoma, Ontario
Nikki Shaffeeullah – to Thunder Bay & Kenora
Sam Egan – to NW Ontario & Halifax
Adrienne Marcus Raja – to NW Ontario, Vancouver & Halifax
Julia Hune-Brown – to Halifax, Vancouver & Algoma
Ange Loft – to Algoma
Aria Evans – to Algoma

from Elsewhere to Elsewhere:
Jamie Oshkabewisens – from Wikwemikong (Manitoulin Island) to Algoma
Miranda Sharp – from Algoma to Sudbury
Darla Contois – from Winnipeg to Sioux Lookout and Kenora

Project Coordinators: Julia Hune Brown and Nikki Shaffeeullah

Funders:  The Arts Exchange has been funded  by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (Seed and Grow Grants), and Inspirit Foundation. It is also supported through other Jumblies funds from: OAC, Canada Council for the Arts, Metcalf Foundation (Performing Arts Internships), Government of Canada and Ontario (CHRC & Summer Students), and through in-kind contributions from all of our partners.