The Art of Community (formerly Artfare Essentials)

As we travel through these times, Jumblies, in partnership with MABELLEarts, is offering an online adaption of our Artfare Essentials workshop – now under the title ‘The Art Of Community’.

There are two choices of date and time. Each workshop includes 8 sessions, plus some choices and options for (digital) site visits and special events.

Cohort #1: 6, 6-8:30pm – Nov 20, 22, 25, 27, 29, Dec 2, 4, 6
Cohort #2: 2-4:30pm – Jan 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24

We can take up to 20 participants each time. Half the places will be reserved for newcomer artists, and the other half open to any artists and those interested in community arts, from Toronto, Ontario and beyond.

Workshops are free for all. Click here for the 2020 Application form.

If you have additional questions, feel free to e-mail info@jumbliestheatre .

What is it?

  • An introduction to principles and practices of arts that engage with and create community;
  • Many things you need to know to undertake your own community arts project;
  • An orientation to potential work or apprenticeship with Jumblies and Offshoots;
  • A gathering of diverse people interested in community-engaged arts;
  • A mix of presentation, discussion, art-making, site visits, and take-home resources;
  • A time to consider and discuss the joys & challenges inherent in this work;
  • An intensive, fun, thought-provoking, immersive 6-day experience.

Topics include:

    • Definitions, terms, & guiding principles
    • Project visioning and planning
    • Partnerships (with arts and other sectors)
    • Research (arts and oral history-based)
    • Facilitation (making art with people)
    • Bridging diverse cultures and traditions
    • Collaborating across disciplines, forms, and traditions
    • Navigating  conflicts and challenges
    • History and legacies of Jumblies
    • Evaluation, documentation, sustainability, legacy

Cost: Usually we charge a low sliding-scale fee, but the upcoming online versions will be free of charge. You will need to bring your own art supplies for which a list will be provided. 

Support: ASL interpretation and translation between English and other languages can be arranged, as well as technical support for online participation. If other supports and accommodations are needed, please let us know.

Process: Please fill in the online application form, and we will respond as soon as possible. 

Feel free to contact us with any questions or requests for info and assistance (

Artist Exchange: Out-of-town Ontario participants can be supported to attend our workshops (digitally at the moment) through our Community Arts Exchange program (funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation). If interested in learning more about this program, please e-mail us (

Certification: Participants will receive a certificate of completion from Jumblies. This workshop is respected across Canada as a qualification for community arts employment and funding. However, it does not claim to cover all areas and topics integral to this work and is only one piece in a learning path or process.

This workshop can also be adapted for other Ontario and Canadian locations.

If you are interested in attending or in bringing a workshop to your community, please get in touch.

Reports & Testimonials

To find out about the October 2012 Regina Artfare Essentials, click here.
Video of Regina Artfare Essentials, October 2012, watch here.
Video of Artfare Essentials at Concordia University, watch here.
Video of Artfare Essentials in Sudbury with Myths and Mirrors, watch here.
Two articles about the 2009 Vancouver Arts For All Institute – click here.
Report on 2009 Vancouver Arts For All Institute, by Will Weigler – click here to download.
For the 2009 Vancouver Downtown Eastside Arts For All Institute Program, click here.

“[Artfare] Essentials taught me how to embrace new skills & the way I can collaborate with other artists. I came into the workshop in a frustrated state of mind, and I left feeling equipped & inspired, with many of my fears and anxieties dissolved.”
“We were able to touch on oral history research, hands on application, group work, project development, evaluation, funding and more—a comprehensive intensive primer for developing community arts.”

“I’d do this again in a heartbeat!”


Toronto & Peel Artfare Essentials Archives 2015 – 2018