To ensure that the cost of each ArtMEETS workshop does not serve as a barrier to participation, community members have the opportunity to participate in a workshop at no cost via an Energy Exchange. An Energy Exchange is a way for community members to pay for an ArtMEETS workshop with their time and energy, as opposed to paying with money.
Energy Exchanges are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, with preference being given to individuals who self-identify as coming from a low income household, and/or those who self-identify as belonging to one or more of the following equity priority groups, as identified by the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council:
- Person of Colour
- Person with Disability/ies
- Person Living with Mental Illness
ENERGY EXCHANGE ROLES
The person in the Set-Up role will be responsible for supporting the facilitator in setting up tables and chairs before the start of the workshop, at the direction of the facilitator and East End Arts staff. The person in this role can also opt for supporting the facilitator in setting up the supplies for the workshop. This includes laying out workshop materials such as brushes, paints, needles, water, and more, at the direction of the facilitator and East End Arts staff. The person in this role is expected to arrive at East End Arts, St. Matthew’s Clubhouse, no later than 12pm – 1 hour before the start of the workshop.
The person on the Take-Down role will be responsible for supporting the facilitator in collecting all of their art supplies at the end of the workshop, and helping the facilitator to pack up the supplies as well. This will involve quickly washing paint brushes, packing up inks, pouring out used paint water, and packing up all supplies, at the direction of the facilitator and East End Arts staff. Please note, there is an arts sink in the lower level of the building where dirty water is to be discarded. If accessing stairs is a concern and/or barrier, this part of the take-down will be revised/removed. The person in this role will be expected to help take-down the workshop for up to 45 minutes after the end of the workshop, and should expect to leave no later than 4:45pm.
- Focus Group
The person in this role will take part in an ArtMEETS focus group to help support East End Arts’ program evaluation efforts. Going into our third year, East End Arts is committed to evaluating the successes and future opportunities of the ArtMEETS program. The focus group will be led by East End Arts staff, and consist of past ArtMEETS participants and facilitators. Persons in this role will have to commit to attending the ArtMEETS group on Saturday, September 14, 1-2:30pm, at East End Arts, St. Matthew’s Clubhouse. Light refreshments will be provided.