Artfare Essentials

Next Session: Oct. 28 to Nov. 3, 2018 (day off Oct. 31)
We also plan to offer sessions in the Toronto area in Feb. and July 2019.

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What is it?

  • An introduction to principles and practices of arts that engage with and create community;
  • Many things you need to know to start your own community arts project;
  • An orientation to potential work or apprenticeship/internships with Jumblies;
  • A gathering of artists and others 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 challenges and contradictions inherent in this work;
  • A chance to play and learn with others with shared questions and varied perspectives;
  • 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 and centering diverse cultures and traditions
    • Collaborating across disciplines and differences
    • Navigating and engaging with conflicts and challenges
    • History of Jumblies and offshoots
    • Evaluation, documentation & legacy

Cost: $400  – This fee covers only a portion of the costs, and is kept low thanks to our funders. If you can afford it, we appreciate the support, which helps us to include for those who can’t.
Subsidized and sliding scale options are also available through application form.

Support: Healthy snacks and some lunches are provided. For out of town participants: we can help you find free or affordable accommodation. Translation, including ASL, and on-site childcare can be arranged. Our venues are wheel-chair accessible. If other supports and accommodation is needed, please let us know.

Process: Please fill in the on-line application form, and we will respond within a few days.
We accept up to 24 eligible participants on a first-come-first-serve basis, including a quota of subsidized spots.

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

Artist Exchange: Participants in our Artist Exchange program (currently supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation) are supported to attend Artfare Essentials. If you’re interested in learning more about this program, please e-mail us.

Certification: Participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Jumblies Studio. 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 relevant to this work, and is 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.

“[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.”

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Toronto Artfare Essentials 2017-18


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Toronto Artfare Essentials 2015

“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.”

Peel Artfare Essentials 2015

“I’d do this again in a heartbeat!”

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.