Call for Online Course Proposals 2020/2021!

Workman Arts invites instructors to propose accessible and inclusive online courses for our 2020/2021 training year. Instructors will develop and teach workshops and classes for our artist membership, units at CAMH (as part of our Art Cart program in collaboration with Gifts of Light) as well as the greater Toronto Arts community with partner organizations (which currently include):

BIPOC TV and Film

Hong Fook Mental Health Association

Tangled Art + Disability

Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT)

The 519

Toronto Community Housing

Trinity Square Video

Workman Arts provides multi-disciplinary, professional art workshops for and by artists with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions issues. Workman Arts aims to support member artists through community support, access to free studio space, materials, equipment, free art training as well as professional development and presentation opportunities.

We are looking for artists that have developed skills, technical experience, or an artistic project in a range of disciplines that may include (but are not limited to): Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textile Art, Photography, Media Arts, Filmmaking, Podcasting, Animation, Performance, Theatre, Movement, Poetry, Prose, Playwriting, Songwriting and/or Music Composition.

We prioritize hiring members or artists with lived experience. For more information about membership, click here.

Please keep in mind that programs are intended to provide participating artists with guidance and support in their own creative pursuits or the chance to contribute to a larger collaborative process (rather than be in service to an Instructor’s sole artistic vision or project). Also, please note that Workman Arts is a non-clinical arts organization and we will not prioritize applications that are situated explicitly within an art therapy and/or clinically-based framework.

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  •  Paid teaching opportunities during the Fall (September 2020), Winter (January 2021), and/or Spring (April 2021) term(s) at Workman Arts, Art Cart, and/or partner sites
  • Free access to training and professional development opportunities
  • Community-based peer support from other artists who have mental health experiences
  • Access to Zoom Pro for planning and running courses Update: Currently considering similar alternatives
  • Access to equipment and/or gear for teaching, temporary digital storage space

A single PDF containing:

  • A current CV (including any teaching experience)
  • A letter of intent (300 words max)
  • Description of your current artistic practice or interests
  • Information about training and/or experience you have in any of the following: Mental Health Advocacy, Peer Support, Harm Reduction, Recovery-Based Models, Trauma-Informed Care, Conflict Resolution, Anti-Oppressive Frameworks, Community Arts, Facilitation, Mentorship, etc
  • Link to your website and/or examples of your work
  • A course description that includes:
  • Subject matter, course objectives and outcomes
  • Platforms/software required, course materials, equipment
  • Length of the course (single or short series of workshops, 6 week course, 11 week course, and how many terms it will run)
  • How the course will be organized and facilitated in an accessible and inclusive way
  • The audience for this course (skill level, for Workman Arts members, for CAMH units as part of Art Cart, or in partnership with another organization).
  • Apply by the deadline (July 6, 11:59pm) with a single PDF (under 10MB; no Google Docs please) to
  • Workman Arts staff will review all applications and create a short list (by early July)
  • The short list will be shared (anonymously) with Workman Arts members for input (by mid July)
  • Final decisions will be made by Workman Arts staff (by late July)
  • Instructors will be confirmed of decisions and contracts will be provided (by Aug 1)

Workman Arts is an equal opportunity organization. We welcome applications from Indigenous peoples, people of colour, people with disabilities, and people of any sexual orientation and gender expressions. Please indicate in your application whether you identify under any of these groups.