Workman Arts Satellite East

Workman Arts Satellite East – A partnership with Workman Arts and East End Arts

Thanks to a $1 million investment over four years from the Slaight Family Foundation, Workman Arts is expanding its art training programs throughout the GTA by partnering with Scarborough Arts, Urban Arts, North York Arts, East End Arts, Arts Etobicoke and Lakeshore Arts. The expanded program tackles the prevalence of social isolation in individuals with mental health issues and the lack of opportunities to build lasting social connections through meaningful engagement outside of the mainstream mental health system. Workman Arts’ art training programs are unique in the mental health sector because they do not treat the art class as secondary to the mental health benefits. High-quality art classes across all disciplines are facilitated by instructors with lived experience of mental health and/or addiction issues.

Workman Arts Satellite East- A partnership with Workman Arts and East End Arts is specifically looking to add programming in East Toronto. This includes Courses will begin in October 2021 and run until March 2022.

Have questions?
Jules Vodarek Hunter
Art Training Program Manager
416-583-4339 Ext. 8


Grow the Light – Lantern Making Workshops

Workshop Days: March 17th & March 19th (registration required)
Parade Day: March 20th (registration not required)

In Person at Crescent Town Club
2A The Market Place, Toronto, Ontario. M4C 5M1

As we reach the Spring Equinox light and dark are equal, and it’s a time to celebrate! Join Shadowland Theatre and East End Arts for a free lantern-making workshop. Create a beautiful glowing lantern to welcome the lengthening days, bring light, and hope out of the dark of winter.

Workshops will include all materials and instructions to make your own lanterns. Lanterns can illuminate a room, hang from a balcony, or be shared and carried in the east end Light It Up Lantern Parade!

Who can Register: For community members in East Toronto, with preference given to members of the Crescent Town Community. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

On Sunday March 20 join us for a lantern parade from Dentonia Park into the Crescent Town community to celebrate the Spring Equinox. With music, glowing lanterns, and the light of community spirit, we will welcome the longer days and bring hope into our hearts. Information about Light it Up Parade here!

Shadowland Theatre works with communities to tell their stories and animate their neighbourhoods. The company offers free workshops to create celebratory events where everyone is welcome to participate. You may have seen Shadowland’s performances in Dentonia Park and Crescent Town over the last two years with their stilt-walkers, giant puppets and live music.

Facebook – ShadowlandTheatreToronto, Instagram – shadowlandtheatre, Twitter – ShadowlandThtre

*Please register for one date

Character Design

Online, Fridays March 11 – April 8th, 12:00-1:30PM

Instructor: Sam / Sameena / dairysam

**To register for this course you must live in East Toronto and identify as a senior.

***If you require assistance with your registration please call Jules and leave a voicemail at 416-583-4339 Ext. 8 or send an email to

About the course:

Learn how to draw and design characters, as well as write a background for that character! From colours, shapes, faces to much more! Learn to personify your feelings and fears into characters as well.

Who can register: Seniors living in East Toronto; Priority is given to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) or LGBT Folks

East End Arts service area currently includes wards 14 and 19, which are loosely defined to the north by the Don Valley Parkway and Sunrise Avenue, as far south as Lake Ontario, as far west as Don Valley Parkway, and as far east as Victoria Park Avenue.

About the Instructor
Sameena is a disabled, queer and brown artist who makes art of all kinds! Illustration, poetry, print, ceramic, sculpture, fabric arts, and much more! They love playing with colours, characters and stories.

Cut, Paste, & Create: A Mixed-Media Collage Workshop Series



Sundays February 27th, March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

Join multidisciplinary artist and writer Hanan Hazime for Cut, Paste, & Create: A Mixed-Media Collage workshop series. Discover how to use found and repurposed materials to create various forms of collage. Participants will be guided through collage making techniques and creative prompts that will centre on joy, hope, and community connection. Each visual arts collage will also be accompanied by an optional creative writing prompt. Creating art together online will allow us to connect our hearts, minds, and spirits in a time when we can’t be together in person. This workshop series is open to all local seniors. No collage-making experience is required! All skill levels are welcome.

Who can register: Seniors living in East Toronto

East End Arts service area currently includes wards 14 and 19, which are loosely defined to the north by the Don Valley Parkway and Sunrise Avenue, as far south as Lake Ontario, as far west as Don Valley Parkway, and as far east as Victoria Park Avenue.

About the instructor: 
Hanan Hazime is a multidisciplinary artist, creative writer, community arts educator, and writing instructor living in Tkaranto/Toronto. She also identifies as a Neurodivergent Lebanese-Canadian Shi’a Muslimah Feminist and Mad Pride Activist. Hanan has Master of Arts degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor.

Through her intersectional and interdisciplinary artwork, Hanan aims to push boundaries, question arbitrary binaries, challenge the status quo, and shatter stereotypes. Her primary mission as an arts educator is to provide accessible arts education to marginalized communities with a special focus on crafting safe, empowered spaces for Muslims, individuals with mental health challenges, folks with disabilities, and BIPOC youth to discover and enhance their writing and art skills.

When not writing or creating art, Hanan enjoys reading fantasy and science fiction novels, overanalyzing things, photo-blogging, dancing with faeries in the woods, and drinking copious amounts of tea.

@the.mad.muslimah (IG)