COMMUNITY+Connects with Workman 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.

COMMUNITY+Connects with Workman Art is specifically looking to add programming in Scarborough but online.  Courses will begin in November 2021, January 2022 and Feb. 2022 running 5 weeks in length online*. 

About COMMUNITY+Connects: Online

COMMUNITY+Connects: Online is Scarborough Arts yearly creative and professional development workshop series that aims to provide audiences of all ages and skill levels with free access to arts-based instructions from renowned Scarborough and GTA-based creative professionals.

Each year, Scarborough Arts offers a range of creative workshops that are free to the public and offer comprehensive skill building for audiences of all ages. Our COMMUNITY+Connects programs are offered as Spring Sessions (March-May), Summer Sessions (June-August), Fall Sessions (September-November), and Winter Sessions (December-February).

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



COMMUNITY+Connects with Workman Arts invites instructors to propose accessible and inclusive online or hybrid courses for our 2021/2022 workshops as a part of the Scarborough Arts “COMMUNITY+Connects: Online” annual programming. Instructors will develop and teach workshops and classes for participants living in Scarborough. Each course will be provided with Workman Arts peer support, who will support participants with anything that may come up for them during the class. Peer support is not there to assist the instructor with instructing.

Sustainable Resistance for BIPOC Folx | Community+Connects Online

Met with resistance against collective societal gaslighting from rigged systems rooted in whiteness, how can BIPOC individuals rise up and foster their own stories of the future and survival? 

Sustainable Resistance for BIPOC Folx, a Community+Connects Online Program facilitated by artist and social worker Krystal Kavita Jagoo invites BIPOC participants of all genders, ages, and abilities to immerse themselves in therapeutic writing and reflection this fall at Scarborough Arts.

These nine therapeutic writing workshops for BIPOC participants are grounded in anti-oppressive practice. Through immersive readings from brilliant BIPOC authors, accompanied by therapeutic writing and reflection with the goal of attendees to leave each of these sessions with a sense of futuristic possibility for how they can improve and maintain mental health with resistance.  

Interested in learning more about Sustainable Resistance and signing up for our online workshops? Visit this link to participate in our workshops happening every Sunday from October 3rd to December 5th. 

*Please note this workshop series is only open for registration for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Person of Colour) identified individuals.

*As this workshop is made possible via Zoom, participants from across Scarborough, the GTA, and world-wide are welcome to join.

*Sign-up for this workshop series is ongoing and on a drop-in basis. If you are unable to make a workshop, documents and briefs from the previous workshop will be made available to you upon request via a shared Google File or via email.