The Art of Community (an online version of Artfare Essentials)

Jumblies, in partnership with MABELLEarts, is offering an online adaption of our Artfare Essentials workshop.

There are 3 choices of date and time. Each includes 8 sessions, plus some options for (digital) site visits and special events.

Click here for the Application form.


Cohort #1: Nov 20 -Dec 6, 2020
Cohort #2: Jan 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24 (2 – 4:30 pm) Closed
Cohort #3: Feb. 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 (6 -8:30pm), Feb.14 & 21 (3-5:30pm) FULL (Waiting List)
– plus some additional and optional virtual visits and workshops

NB: These are Toronto/Eastern Standard times.


We will accept up to 24 participants each time: half earmarked for newcomer artists, and the other half open to any artists and others (newcomer or not) interested in community arts, from Toronto, Ontario and beyond.

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: Ontario participants not living in Toronto can attend our workshops as part of our Community Arts Exchange program (funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation), which also offers other opportunities and activities. If interested in learning more about this, please e-mail us (

Certification: Participants will receive a certificate of completion from Jumblies and relevant partners. 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.

The workshop can also be adapted for other locations, partners and contexts.

If you are interested in attending or in bringing a workshop to your community (virtually or really), 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