2016 Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program

Are you youth (age 14 – 24) interested in the arts and taking your talent to the next level? Well this is the program for you! We have started recruitment for youth interested in the arts from the Regent Park Community to join the 4th round of the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program.

Through this program, you will:

  • Connect with other professional artists in the city and beyond
  • Get partnered with an industry mentor
  • Visit the city’s most influential arts and cultural institutions
  • Deepen their artistry and get plugged into Toronto’s arts community
  • Put together an amazing showcase for the community

The program will run from mid-January to June 2016.

If you know anyone who is interested, have them get in touch with Lisa Smart by phone (416-238-2453 ext. 105), email ( or visiting the Artscape office on the 2nd floor of Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St. East). Deadline to sign up is FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4TH @ 5PM.


Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program 2015 Recap

The Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program at Daniels Spectrum is a multi-arts program that engages emerging artists from the Regent Park area. The program is designed to give them access to arts and cultural experiences, educational workshops and connects them with an industry mentor to help them take their art practice to the next level. This year’s mentees included: Allison Ha,   Claudia Pena, Ida Zimmerman,  Lynn Nguyen, Max Zimmerman   Shandel Bailey, Shira Nakabitto, Stephanie Caldeira, Subrana Rahman, Tafriha Islam and  Yvie Ramos.

Like previous years, these participants are an extremely talented bunch, representing a variety of art forms and disciplines including comic book illustration, dancing, singing, graphic design and mixed-media art. Over five months, they were given the opportunity to work with some of the best artists in the Regent Park community and across the city including Cameron Baily, Bryan Brock, Thompson Egbo-Egbo, Dwayne Sybbliss, Maylee Todd, d’bi.young, as well as talented mentors from their chosen artistic fields

We invite you to watch this year’s recap video which explores some of the relationships between the participants and their industry mentors. If you’re interested in getting involved or joining the program in 2016, please contact Outreach & Programs Coordinator Lisa Smart ( 416-238-2453 x 105)

Artscape gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Slaight Family Foundation that makes this program possible.

ArtHeart Announces Exciting New Project to Launch in Fall 2015: Project Kids & Cameras!

Program Description:

ArtHeart in partnership wih Project Kids and Cameras will bring together kids (in grades 3-8) and cameras in Regent Park, a largely immigrant community undergoing the largest revitalization projects in Toronto’s history.

In collaboration with photography educator Diana Nazareth, program participants will explore what is most unique about Regent Park! They will be given the opportunity to share their points of view through photographs that capture what they believe represents the “heart” of their community. They will engage in a series of creative photography exercises that promote 21st century skills such as critical thinking, thinking creatively, visual and media literacy, team-based collaboration and innovation and will be introduced to the fundamentals of photography that explore the concepts of perspective, composition, and artistic expression. The young participants will take frequent neighborhood photo walks to document the dramatic changes occurring in Regent Park, will be encouraged to keep a journal about their discoveries, and selected students will take their cameras home for the weekend to photograph their own families and friends!

The project will culminate in a community-wide photo exhibit/celebration at  Daniels Spectrum showcasing the participants’ photographs and writings.


Project Kids & Cameras is a rare opportunity for kids in grades 3 to 8 interested in learning about photography and their community.


Workshop Dates & Times:

Project Kids & Cameras will run for 12 sessions, every other Saturday, from October 2015 to March 2016:

October 3, 17, 31, November 14 & 28, December 12, January 9 & 23, February 6 & 20 and March 5 & 19.

Grades 3-5

Morning Workshop: 10 am-12:30 pm

Grades 6-8

Afternoon Workshop: 1-3:30 pm.

Photo Exhibit will be held in April 2016 at the Daniel Spectrum. Date to be announced in October.



The program is FREE to those young participants who can meet the following criteria. (Only 20 spots available).

Participant Criteria:

·       Must be a boy or girl in grades 3-8 who reside in Regent Park and/or neighbouring Corktown, or any surrounding priority neighborhood

·       MUST have an interest in PHOTOGRAPHY, no experience required

·       MUST be able to attend at least 10 of the 12 workshop dates

·       Can COMMIT to attend the Photo Exhibit to be scheduled in April 2016.

The program is open to youth from all backgrounds, but priority is given to low income, newcomer, and Aboriginal youth. Snacks will be provided.

Download and print your application form here.

We encourage you to apply today as spots are limited. Feel free to pass this along to any kids or parents who may be interested in this.

Project Kids & Cameras is made possible by a generous grant provided by Inspired Minds Learning Project and CST Consultants Inc. (CST).

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Native Earth Performing Arts Announces 2015/2016 Season

Native Earth Performing Arts announced the line-up for its 33rd season, which showcases the talent of Indigenous dancers, playwrights, emerging artists and visual artists from across Turtle Island (North America) and beyond. Artistic Director Ryan Cunningham and Managing Director Isaac Thomas are inviting to Aki Studio compelling artists at different stages of their careers, practicing disciplines across the great spectrum that is Indigenous art.


2015-2016 SEASON


Directed by Karin Randoja and starring Cliff Cardinal
October 10-25, 2015, Aki Studio
Single Tickets $15-$30


Presented in partnership with Aluna Theatre
November 3-7, 2015, Aki Studio
Single Tickets $15-$20, Festival Pass $50


November 11-21, 2015, Aki Studio
Single Tickets $15, Festival Pass $60


Presented in partnership with DanceWorks
April 21-23, 2016, Aki Studio
Single Tickets $25, Double Bill $40

·         PAPRIKA FESTIVAL 2016

May 2016, Aki Studio

Visit for tickets and additional information.

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