MLMA: Building Community Collaborations and Partnerships

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Learn about community collaboration and how to animate your local park through TAC’s Animating Toronto Parks grant program.

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Presented as part of Neighbourhood Arts Network’s Making a Living Making Art (MLMA) program in partnership with Toronto Arts Council’s Animating Toronto Parks, Toronto Arts Foundation’s Arts in the Parks, and Community Partner, Park People.

Showcasing art outdoors that’s free and open to the public is part of what makes Toronto a dynamic and exciting city. But pulling off a successful event takes a lot of work, including community collaboration and securing funding. Join us for a comprehensive two-part webinar that will explore what it takes to bring Toronto parks to life through art.

This webinar is geared to:

  • Artists, arts organizations and collectives interested in building deeper relationships with local park communities
  • Community groups or non-profits looking to bring artists into your local park
  • Artists, arts organizations and collectives interested in bringing public art to a park
  • Artists, arts organizations and collectives looking to secure funding for their outdoor art project

The webinar will be hosted by Toronto Arts Council’s Animating Toronto Parks* program manager Erika Hennebury. It has two parts:

1. The first half of the webinar will feature program partners and past recipients of Toronto Arts Council’s Animating Toronto Parks funding program, who will speak about the importance of building relationships with local communities and park groups.

Presenters include: Art in the Parks’ Outreach Coordinator Hasanika Mediwake, and Park People’s Project Manager Cindy Hashie. Guest speakers include: Arts Etobicoke’s Special Projects Manager John Del Rosario, Delta Family Resource Centre’s Executive Director Kemi Jacobs, and Community Arts Guild's Artistic Director Beth Helmers.

2. The second half will provide one-on-one grant writing support for those interested in applying to the Animating Toronto Parks funding program, available on a later date.

The second half is optional for those interested in participating. If you’re interested in booking a one-on-one, please attend the webinar to receive the registration link.


This webinar will have ASL interpretation and closed captioning. For other accessibility requests, please email by November 16th.

This webinar is free and open to the public.


Animating Toronto Parks is a grant funding program offered by Toronto Arts Council. The program provides funding (grants) of up $25,000 to professional artists, arts organizations, artist collectives, and non-profit organizations to present arts programming in selected Toronto parks. The deadline to apply for funding through this program is December 6, 2021. For more information and to start your application, please visit the Animating Toronto Parks web page.

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Neighbourhood Arts Network

We are a  Toronto-wide network of over 1800 members, including artists, arts organizations, cultural workers and community-engaged agencies working throughout all of Toronto, from North York to Scarborough.

Neighbourhood Arts Network takes on a variety of activities, from an interactive website with member profiles, events and projects creation, in-person networking and professional development events, advocacy, shared resources, research, and on-going partnerships with social service agencies, city departments, libraries and more.

Members receive a monthly e-newsletters with links to job opportunities, blog posts, events and member profiles. The Network creates tools for advocacy and promotion including printed directories and videos profiling member's projects.

The Neighbourhood Arts Network is a strategic initiative of the Toronto Arts Foundation.




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