Announcing the 2015 Resident Teachers!

Artscape Youngplace is pleased to announce our newest roster of Resident Teachers, each hosting a fantastic slate of classes over the course of the year in the Artscape Flex Studios.  These classes encourage our community to connect, learn and create, and feature multiple artistic disciplines, skill levels, and price points. Classes will be posted on the Classes section of the website and on our Facebook page as they are available for registration up.  Check back often!


Silvina D’Alessandro
Purple Carrots Drama Studio

Purple carrots are unique and perfect… just as they are!  Purple Carrots Drama Studio is a place where students of all learning abilities feel safe and encouraged to explore communication, creativity, and connection. Siblings are welcome to register, too.

Zach Pearl
INTEGRATED CIRCUIT: Bodies and Technologies
Monthly, starting on Thursday, June 4

Zach will lead a monthly drop-in lecture series that will explore how technology is exponentially changing the way we communicate and represent ourselves. Using both popular culture and contemporary art as a lens to critically examine these changes, attendees will gain insight into an array of key topics, including cybernetics, post humanism, surveillance and online performance.

Amanda Pickup and Viz Saraby
Invention Squad

Does your child like to build gizmos, create new universes, mix up potions? Our workshop gives 8-11yr. old kids a chance to experiment with ideas and materials to design a different invention every week. Testers, prodders, investigators and experimenters welcome!

Victoria Stanton
Performance Art Workshop: Between Intimacy and Architecture, Subtle and Relational Performance in Public Place
July 10 – 12, 2015

How do we listen to each other? How do we interact? How do we respond to the landscape around us? How do we engage with time and space? Cultivating attentive awareness, empathetic presence and peripheral vision, through exercises and constructed situations/performance presentations, this performance art workshop will explore the multiple and very personalized ways in which we experience and foster intimacy and connection – in ourselves, towards others, and in relation to place.

Elizabeth Underhill
The Mobile Art Party
Dates TBC

Open to children ages 7 to 12, this visual arts program will explore the ways we can take art out of the classroom and into the world in exciting ways using a range of fun and unusual materials.

Lo Bil
Performance Art Lab and Ensemble Improvisation
Dates TBC

Performance Art Lab is an 8-week workshop to consider concepts involved in making performance art by engaging participants in looking at and discussing the work of various artists, active participation in simple exercises, and refining the interests of participants leading to a workshop showing.  Ensemble Improvisation is an investigation into creating a physical performance piece together.  It offers participating artists an ongoing practice to work together to see what develops from weekly movement research and skill development in group awareness, making proposals, support of initiations, elements of composition, integrating voice, and observing each other. 

Natalie Boustead  and Barbara Erochina
The Life Rescripted Academy – Rescripting Empowerment, Intimacy & Success
June 30, July 7 and July 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Flex Studios

The workshops will help individuals to explore the narratives that shape their lives, and offer opportunities to rescript those narratives to transform their self-image, close relationships and careers.

Sheniz Janmohamed
Spoken Word & Creative Writing
Dates TBC

Sheniz will offer unique creative writing workshops that will encourage participants to experiment with poetry and prose in an environment that is supportive, engaging and of course, fun!

Workshops will include nature walks, mandala making, collaborative creations and much more.

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Join us for RECESS – A Community Open House!

Join us for RECESS @ Artscape Youngplace
A Community Open House featuring
Art * Live Music * Creation * Conversation * Performance * Arts Market * Food & Drinks

Starting at 4:30 pm
– Drop-in, hands-on kids and family-friendly programming (until 6:30 pm)
– Informal tours of ULTRA-PARALLEL at the Koffler Gallery (until 10 pm)
– Arts market (until 9:30 pm)

Starting at 6:00 pm
– Community dinner (pay-what-you-can, until 7:30 pm)
– Exhibition Reception: TYPOLOGY’S Flights & Landings a two-part exhibition of work by three multidisciplinary artists from three different cities: Brooklyn-based Tamara Gayer, Berlin-based Christine Gedeon, and Toronto-based Janine Miedzik (until 8 pm)
– SKETCH Working Arts for our Open Studio Showcase and Exhibition with live performances and artwork by youth involved in all of SKETCH’s programs (until 9 pm)
– Artists open studios
– Live melodic techno music with Juno-award nominee, Arthur Oskan (until 10 pm)

Starting at 8:00 pm
– The Koffler Centre presents an artist talk with playwright Hannah Moscovitch and artist/architect, Philip Beesley
– Intergalactic Arts Collective presents a Double Bill of Dance: “Sara does a solo” by Sara Porter and “Experiment b” by Gerry Trentham.


~illustration by Alicia Nauta

Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Resident Teachers

Artscape is now accepting applications from individuals, organizations, and collectives who are interested in becoming Resident Teachers at Artscape Youngplace, a community cultural hub in the West Queen West neighbourhood. Now in our second year of our Resident Teachers program, we are looking to create new relationships with a select group of instructors and facilitators who offer unique experiences that focus on inspiring creation and learning while creating new connections in our community. Artscape is currently accepting proposals for classes taking place during the 2015 calendar year.

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Search the Calendar for “Launchpad”

We’re proudly hosting ten workshops for artists and creative entrepreneurs this month in the Business Skills for Growth series, presented by Artscape. Head over to our Events calendar and search using the term Launchpad to quickly find all of these great opportunities:

Website in a Day

November 8 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm | Learn how to build a website using WordPress – the popular blog and website publishing software.

Anxiety and Entrepreneurship: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

November 9 @ 10:30 am1:00 pm | If you are ready to overcome entrepreneur anxiety, significantly improve your mental health and achieve success with ease, this workshop is for you.

Self-Confidence for Artists

November 12 @ 7:00 pm10:00 pm | As creatives need to become their own sales and marketing team, spokesperson, customer support and CEO, our confidence affects our ability to chase opportunities, compete, get noticed, and heard, stick through difficult times, and sign the deal – all on our own terms.

Government Relations for the Creative Community

November 17 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm | This workshop will help you develop a strategic outline and an actionable government relations campaign.

Approaching Business, Class #3: Documenting the Process

November 17 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm | This class is focused on practicing the art of questioning and facilitation, and on designing frameworks for synthesizing and organization.

Creating and Selling Workshops

November 23 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm | In this workshop, you’ll spend the day exploring how to move from idea, through development, to delivery of a workshop that fits into your overall business strategy.

Approaching Business, Class #4: Setting Your Goals

November 24 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm | This class is focused on developing clear expectations for teams and clients, and on creating effective strategies for collaboration.

Email Marketing with MailChimp

November 25 @ 7:00 pm10:00 pm | Email still dominates online marketing for making sales and staying engaged with customers. But success takes more than a monthly newsletter blasted to a list of email addresses.
Business Skills for Growth is Back!

Artscape is proud to announce the Fall/Winter edition of Business Skills for Growth, its popular workshop series for independent artists and creative entrepreneurs, presented by experts across a range of business disciplines. The latest batch of Business Skills for Growth workshops include over 50 opportunities for people working on building their creative businesses, all taking place at Artscape Youngplace between October 2014 and March 2015. Take one or take them all!

The Fall/Winter series kicks off on October 20 with workshop “Co-operatives for Arts & Culture,” a two-hour primer in the co-op business model. Anyone wanting to know more about how to set up a co-op, or how co-ops work, will want to check this out. It’s being presented by Peter Cameron, a true expert in the subject, and Co-operative Development Manager with the Ontario Co-operative Association. Only $35, it’s a perfect way to figure out if the co-op model is right for your venture.

Also in October, we’ve got “Branding for Arts & Cultural Organizations,” presented by Shelley Black on the 26th. Don’t miss this workshop if your objective is to present your business in the best possible light. Shelley Black, an expert consultant, will give you all the tools you need to make your brand presence sing in a 5.5 hour in-depth workshop. Independent artists as well as arts organizations are welcome to this wide-ranging discussion.

Get the support you need to create, build and accelerate your business ideas. Stay tuned for more posts about the Business Skills for Growth offerings and visit to see more of what’s coming up.

Artscape Youngplace Community Celebration: 100 Years of Creativity

The historic Shaw Street School is 100 years old and Artscape Youngplace is throwing a community birthday party on Sunday, September 7 to mark the occasion! Join us for 100 Years of Creativity, presented by Catherine Gordon RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd, as we pay tribute to the history of this reborn building and look forward to another century of artistic growth and inspiration at Artscape Youngplace with an afternoon of drop-in art activities, cupcake decorating, guided tours, tasty treats and more.

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Latest Workshops for Creative Entrepreneurs

We’re excited to announce the newest slate of workshops in our Business Skills for Growth series. If you’re considering starting a creative business, or taking your entrepreneurial project to the next level, you won’t want to miss these offerings, developed by the creative community, for the creative community. Workshops currently on offer include:

  • Business Skills for Creators: Music Industry–Showcase Ready! | May 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Business Skills for Growth: Five Financial Fundamentals | May 27 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Imagining Shared Platforms for Indie Opera Groups with Jane Marsland | June 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Music Essentials for Hit Makers | May 30 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Financing Your Creative Business | June 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We’re adding new workshops to the Events Calendar on a regular basis. Navigate over there and search for #launchpad to find all the events associated with Artscape’s Launchpad Training Initiative. Read more on the Artscape main website.

If you’re interested in HOSTING a workshop, see Artscape’s call for proposals at

Business Skills for Growth–a New Workshop Series

Without a doubt, learning how to financially thrive, let alone survive, ranks highly on every creative person’s priority list. As perplexing as this challenge can be, plenty of creatives are out there doing it, and doing it well.

Toronto is home to vibrant creative and cultural companies, organizations, and businesses, all fueled by creative talent and gusto. Simultaneously, the local, hand-made, indie-everything movement is flourishing only because creative minds, hearts and hands have made it so.

Enterprising creatives are making a big mark on this city – their collective actions coming together to generate increasing demand for creative products and services. As a result, opportunities for business savvy creatives abound.

That’s where the Business Skills for Growth Workshop Series comes in.

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Creative Business Design Workshop

Artscape Launchpad presents: The Creative Business Design Workshop, April 26, 10 am – 4 pm at Artscape Youngplace.

  • Got an idea for a business fuelled by your creative practice?
  • Interested in commercializing a creative project?
  • Want to stabilize or grow an existing creative business?

This workshop will help you figure out the next step in getting your creative business ideas off the ground. No sterile business lectures, no suits, no 50-page business plans — just a bunch of creative people ready to take creative entrepreneurship seriously.

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