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.

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


Health & Fitness Bollywood Workshop

Health & Fitness Bollywood Workshop is an in-person course happening with Workman Arts and Scarborough Arts Arts part of COMMUNITY+Connects Programming. Registration will be open until August 12 2022, at which point accepted registrants will be contacted. Please note there is a limit on participants. 

Dates: August 13,14, 20,21

Time: 4-6 PM *** TIME MAY CHANGE

Location: In-Person in Scarborough (Exact location TBD)

Who is this course for: Residents of Scarborough;Youth, young adults and adults seeking to improve their health, fitness and dance literacy. This course is open to all genders, non-conforming, BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals. All indigenous people from Turtle Island welcome.

Instructor: Jillian Rahim

Jillian Rahim (B.A., B.Ed) is a graduate of York University and secondary school teacher. She teaches and performs a variety of Indo-Caribbean diasporic dance styles including: Bollywood, Semi Classical, Chutney, Soca and Dancehall. Jillian has performed at the Calgary Stampede (2017), The CNE (2018), Raptors Vaisakhi Celebration (2017), HSDC’s AfroFest, ChutneyFest, and more! Music Video credits include: Deep Jandu, Mr. Vegas, Gangis Khan, Simar, A.R. Rahman, Yvette Lorraine, and more. In addition to her dance experience, Jillian has additionally integrated educational dance opportunities in Scarborough high schools including BSA Dance Team, Young Women on the Move and Woburn’s Dance Festival Day. She mentors with Guyana Community House and the Caribbean Network to continue making social change. Jillian continues to given back to her community in the best way she knows how through movement, self- reflection, critical thinking and culturally responsive practices.

@jilli_nr @indtoronto

Class Description:

This course explores the dimensions of Indian Bollywood Dance through one (1) choreographed piece. Each class, participants will learn about the context of the song, elements of dance and will be encouraged to think critically about the impact of ideologies perpetuated by Bollywood culture. 80% of this course is movement based, including warmup, cardio, choreography and performance skills. 20% of this course will include critical discussions around including cultural diversity and inclusion, deconstruction of gender roles, and the power of performance.