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Art MEETS is a series of FREE community arts workshops in Toronto’s east end that invites you to make, explore, experience, transform, and share. Art MEETS provides a variety of fun, accessible, and engaging opportunities to participate in arts workshops led by experienced, welcoming, and talented artists and arts educators. Join us and come tap into your creative side!

Art MEETS is presented by East End Arts in partnership with the Toronto Public Library.

Below is a list of workshops that we invite you to participate in. Please click on each one you are interested in for full details and to register:

Art MEETS: Writing in Place
Join author and workshop facilitator Karen Krossing for Art MEETS: Writing in Place on April 8, 2017, 1-4pm at Danforth Coxwell Library. Using fun and inspiring prompts, like six-word stories and writing based on photos, you’ll learn writing techniques and explore how your everyday experiences can enrich your writing. Participants are encouraged to bring a story, poem, memoir, or rant to receive feedback.


Art MEETS: Nature Mandala, You & Samgha 
Join Lynda Watson of Dreamation on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 1-4pm at Pape/Danforth Library for Art MEETS: Nature Mandala, You & Samgha. This unique workshop will explore what mandalas are, who you are, and how we can use nature to express that in an original way. All you need to bring is your creativity.



Art MEETS: Multimedia Photo Transfers 
Join multidisciplinary artist, arts educator, and workshop facilitator Vivian Wong on Saturday, May 6, 2017, 1-4pm at Main Street Library for Art MEETS: Multimedia Photo Transfers. A work of art can tell a story. Participants will learn how to transfer a photo to birch board using a polymer emulsion, and optionally, if taking part in the collaborative art theme of home and community, layer the image with archival city photographs or maps, paint, and/or narrative to create a collage or palimpsest.

Art MEETS: Cut & Paste – Found Poetry 
Join poet, story teller, and avid scripturient Hanan Hazime for Art MEETS: Cut & Paste – Found Poetry on Saturday, May 20, 2017, 1-3pm at Riverdale Library. Poetry is everywhere, you just need to find it! Refashion, reorder, and reframe ordinary texts including books, magazines, and other pieces of literature into creative poems using found poetry techniques.


Art MEETS: Power of a Portrait
Join multi-disciplinary artist, creative entrepreneur, facilitator and coach Nerissa Bradley for Art MEETS: Power of a Portrait on May 30, 6-8pm at Queen/Saulter Library. This workshop provides an opportunity for participants to share, create, and collaborate, and provides all the materials and inspiration to create your own self-portrait. Hone your creativity to express your unique identity to the fullest extent, and put your own creative ideas into the world.

Art MEETS: Searching for Stories
Join drama artist, educator, story gatherer and community arts enthusiast Melanie Fernandez-Alvarez for Art MEETS: Searching for Stories. Tell stories, listen, play, and write! Take part in engaging, interactive storytelling and writing activities, exchange your stories, and celebrate the hidden stories of everyday.

* POSTPONED – NEW DATE will be announced soon


Art MEETS: Streams of Consciousness Crochet 
Join self and community taught crochet artists Tumaini Lyaruu and Chason Yeboah for Art MEETS: Streams of Consciousness Crochet on Saturday, June 10, 2017, 1-4pm at Dawes Library. In this workshop we will learn how to crochet and use a variety of textile arts to create art pieces that externalize the expansiveness of the creative mind through stream of consciousness crochet.


Art MEETS: Balancing Words & Movement
Join poet, playwright and essayist charles c. smith for Art MEETS: Balancing Words & Movement on Thursday, June 15, 2017, 3-6pm at S. Walter Stewart Library. This workshop will engage participants in creative writing and performance. Participants will be able to create their own written and performance work for presentation.



East End Arts strives to make our programming as accessible and inclusive as possible. If there are any accommodations that you need for any of these workshops, please email – we will do our best to meet your needs.


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