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REBIRTH: Artist Educator Professional Development - Certificate Program

Saturday, 14 September 2019 from 11:00 AM to 11:00 AM (CDT)

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Earlybird Tuition   more info Ended $700.00 $43.63
Course Tuition   more info Ended $850.00 $52.76

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This 50-hour professional development certificate program is designed for emerging and established Artist Educators and Community Facilitators; those in the Community Arts Sector who want to serve marginalized sections of society, who find themselves in a time of transition and transformation,

If you are feeling called to create personal and collective transformation through engagement with social justice, healing, and education through the arts, then this space was created for you

The Rebirth program is a healing and grounding space for those who are on a journey of finding and coming into alignment with their true inner purpose. It was designed for those seeking to develop their professional skills to produce quality work in the Community Arts Sector.


Over the course of our lives and careers our personal and professional identities shift and change. As we awaken to our true purpose and potential we face uncertainties, anxieties, doubts, and fears about our path. The journey of transformation can be a tumultuous one - painful, isolating, and disorienting. Yet through it all you know you are here for a greater purpose: to help heal our communities, and evolve the world we live in.

So often we work in silos, and the reality is that it’s hard to do this work alone. We all need the support of community to make a real impact.

In this course we will come together to support one another in grounding energy, finding focus, and deepening the impact in our lives and the work we do.

In Rebirth you will engage personal and professional development through powerful and immersive processes. We will offer critical guidance on how to navigate the arts and culture, and education sectors; as well as support you to ground in a sense of personal purpose and direction in your work.


There are 4 components to this training:

  • Awaken: Weekend Intensive (16 hours)
  • Evolve: Seminars (16 hours)
  • Emerge: Masterminds (16 hours)
  • Expand: 1-on-1 Private Coaching (2 hours)


During the Awaken Weekend Intensive we will create a safe space to approach deep inner work in an embodied way. This intensive will be centered around participants’ personal journeys as artists, educators, community organizers, and human beings. We will take a holistic approach to help you ground, unpack, and dig deep into questions such as: “What is your true gift and calling?” “Who are you here to serve?” “What is your purpose, your ‘why’?” “What has brought you to this journey?” and “What is your path forward?”. The purpose of this weekend is for attendees to awaken into greater clarity and focus about who we are, the meaning behind the work we do, and our purpose moving forward.

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The Evolve Seminars will be focused on developing practical skills integral to maintaining a professional practice as an Artist Educator and Community Arts Organizer. Each class covers a topic critical to creating quality work and professional success in the Community Arts sector. *seminar topics subject to change based on needs of particpants*

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Seminar 1: Community Arts Program Design & Curriculum Development

  • Developing engaging and impactful programming
  • Lesson planning and classroom management
  • Design an outline of your own program

Seminar 2: Branding & Marketing, Strategies for Outreach

  • Connecting with your community
  • Communicating your message
  • Developing your Brand and identifying your Market

Seminar 3: Grants & Revenues

  • Successful strategies for Arts Education/Community Arts grants
  • Exploring options for alternative revenue generation
  • Mock grant/proposal writing session

Seminar 4: Partnerships & Strategic Planning

  • Strategies for building successful short-term and long-term partnerships with organizations & institutions
  • Overview of different types of partnerships
  • Long-term strategic planning session


During the Emerge Masterminds, we will engage in focused and collaborative brainstorming and problem-solving for your real-life projects. We will take the ideas you started to develop during the Evolve Seminars and/or Awaken Weekend Intensive and provide you with an opportunity to get collective hands-on support to further mature your ideas. These sessions are about getting practical, specific, and helping you develop tangible things on the ground. You will receive focused personalized support time during each and every mastermind session.

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Private coaching sessions: lead instructor Sun will help you hone your focus, establish clear goals, and assess your progress. The purpose of these sessions is to offer you an open resource of knowledge for any of your questions about working in this sector. Nothing is off-limits; from professional industry questions to personal healing support, what matters is what will benefit you most.

  • Dates: Flexible
  • Times: 2 x 1 hour sessions


The program’s cost value is $1200; however, in an effort to be more accessible to those seeking growth in the Community Arts Sector, we are providing tuition at a lower cost.

  • 2018 Course Tuition Fee: $850 +HST
  • Early Bird Tuition Fee: $700 +HST


For every 3 courses purchased, a scholarship is provided to a student in need of financial support. So remember that when you register you are helping to provide access to someone in the community who may not be able to attend without your support!

To apply for a scholarship please email


The training will be grounded in the pedagogy and methodology of Purpose Driven Education and its 4 core elements:

  • IDENTITY & PURPOSE | Authenticity: Understanding your own identity and purpose, as well as the role it plays in your work as an Artist Educator & community facilitator. To be grounded in one’s identity and purpose is to be rooted in one’s authenticity.
  • HEALING & WELL-BEING | Holistic Health: Understanding the importance of maintaining a healthy state of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being as an Artist Educator and community leader; understanding that the well-being of the collective is dependant on that of the individuals who create it. To be holistically healthy is to practice self-care and self-love.
  • EQUITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE | Inclusivity: Understanding the real meaning and implications and intersections of Equity and Social Justice, and how to apply it on the ground (not just using the language, but actually putting it into practice with integrity). Understanding the historical and day-to-day context of one’s own access to power; and the ways one may perpetuate or be subject to oppression. To work in social justice and equity is to understand and practice inclusivity.
  • CREATIVITY & THE ARTS | Creative Expression: Understanding the power of creativity and the arts in community building, organizing, and creating inspiring learning environments. Sharing arts-based tools for engaging in meaningful workshop facilitation. To work with creativity and in the arts is to foster and cultivate creative expression.


  • York University TD Community Engagement Centre
  • North York Arts
  • Neighbourhood Arts Network
  • Scarborough Arts


Sun (formerly known as The Real Sun) has been an Artist Educator and a leader in community arts organizing since 2005.

She has been blazing a path in arts education through the development of Purpose Driven Education as a pedagogical framework, which includes the Arts, Social Justice, and Well-Being in the exploration of Identity & Purpose. She has worked with thousands of students of all ages in schools and community organizations across Ontario and beyond.

Sun has played key leadership and co-creational roles with respected and award-winning community arts organizations such as Lost Lyrics, Nomanzland, BeLovEd, and the West Side Arts Hub. Sun has successfully developed and delivered projects in partnership with organizations such as Neighbourhood Arts Network, Toronto District School Board, York University, North York Arts, Art Starts, and many chapters of the Boys and Girls Club across Toronto. She has also worked as an Artist Educator with organizations such as Arts For Children and Youth (VIBE Arts), Young People's theatre, Soul Pepper Theatre, Canadian Opera Company, Massey Hall & Roy Thompson Theatre, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Limestone District School Board, University of Toronto Schools, and many more.

Sun has sat on Grant Review Committees for funders such as the Ontario Arts Council, Art Reach Toronto, City of Toronto Arts and Culture for Local Arts Service Organizations. She has led Royal Conservatory (RCM) Learning Through the Arts Artist Educator trainings as an instructor, teaching in areas of Professional Development in Arts Education and Facilitation. Sun holds an Artist Educator Mentor certificate from the RCM, a degree in International Development from York University, and has studied at the Integral Healing Centre of Toronto in the fields of Psychotherapy, Bio-Energetic Therapy, and Energy Healing.

Sun's true inner purpose and calling is to guide artists to embody a greater place of authenticity with themselves. This includes teaching Artist Educators to use Purpose Driven Education as a tool to empower their learners through the Arts. Originally born in Korea, Sun is now based in Toronto, Ontario.

Testimonials from past participants of Rebirth

"The best thing about 'Rebirth’ for me was integrating my core values into my methodology. Because of Sun’s embodied approach I was able to make connections that I wouldn’t have been able to by just thinking or talking about them. I really appreciated Sun’s deep care and concern for how things were sitting, allowing us time and space to just breathe, a gift I don’t normally receive from professional development.

Sun encouraged us to connect our work to story, with the lens of equity and social justice. I was able to get to the root and the source what connects me to my work, without feeling pressured. It was also really fun, and I met some amazing people who I could relate to in meaningful ways."

~ Barb A. - Kingston ON

"Sun awakes the sleeping giant in us! She gets us to stand up and to step into our power. She calls us back to our birth right spirit. With creative and intuitive leadership she transcends us with guided principles and tools to look at ourselves with 100% conviction. She challenges us where we are right now, even if we are on a course to healing. We take away how paramount it is to be heard and healing is truly the embodiment to the work we share with the world.

The heart switch gets turned on, we are alerted to how more learning of ourselves and our surroundings are a continuum. We are welcomed into a space where we sharpen our skills, open ourselves up to purity and grace with no holds barred.

Sun makes her workshop an impressive, peaceful recharge to prepare us as we go forward in our work with renewed perspectives. What an incredible learning experience - Thank you Sun!"

~ Catherine D. - Toronto, ON

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