skip to Main Content
  • News

East End Arts invites senior participants to join us for Doorstop Diaries! We are looking for up to 24 seniors throughout east Toronto and beyond to join us. The deadline to apply to this program is July 12, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.

July 2021 – February 2022
Taking Place Online through Zoom and through the mail!
FREE to Participate | Register at the end of this page 


Are you a local senior with a passion for the arts, and a story to share? Would you like to contribute to a new art project, sharing your unique perspective on the world, and in particular, your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic?

East End Arts is looking for a group of creative, passionate seniors to create a set of Doorstop Diaries, or art journals that travel safely from doorstop to doorstop, each filled with different art work and stories from the elders of East Toronto. These art journals will become a reflection of the ideas and experiences of local seniors, not only during the pandemic, but over the course of their lives. Join us in creating a community of local senior artists, and create something to capture this incredible moment forever!

Participating seniors will also receive training on how to better use the online technologies that help keep us connected in this new world. Want to learn how to use Zoom or other video calling apps to help you stay connected?  Built into each online art workshop will be lessons on technology and digital literacy.


Doorstop Diaries is an at-home art program that will help to share the untold stories of our local senior citizens. The program will run from July 2021 until February 2022, and will engage up to 24 local seniors in the creation of a set of “travelling journals”. Each month participants will learn a new art technique over Zoom (6 new techniques in total) and respond to a series of email art-prompts to fill the pages of their journals. They will then pop the journals in the mail so that they can swap diaries with other participants throughout the course of the program. After March of 2022, we will collect all of the journals to share them online and in the East End Arts library at St. Matthew’s Clubhouse for all the world to enjoy!

Doorstop Diaries will be an exciting opportunity for east Toronto seniors to have fun, be creative, express themselves, learn new art techniques, and acquire new digital skills in how to use Zoom, Social Media, and other important online tools.


Participating seniors will receive:

  • Their own “travelling notebook” or doorstop diary
  • All the art materials required to engage in the arts workshops
  • 6 arts workshops (Online using Zoom) with our talented artist facilitators to learn new creative techniques to use in the diaries
  • Bi-weekly art prompts sent to your email inbox, to spark your creativity and help fill the pages of your diary
  • Lessons on using online technology, as well as one on one tech support throughout the course of the program
  • And a unique opportunity to be a part of a vibrant community of creative elders!


  • July 12, 2021 – Deadline for this Call for Participants
  • July 15, 2021 – Participants will receive confirmation for their entry into the program
  • July 28, 2021 – First Online Zoom Hello Party, welcoming all our participants to the program
  • August 1, 2021 to February 15, 2022 –  Zoom workshops will take place with our Artist Facilitators
  • February 28, 2022 – Final Journal collection


All workshops for Doorstop Diaries will take place online. Participation requires access to the internet, an email address (preferable one with Gmail) and a free account with Zoom. If you have specific accessibility requirements, we encourage you to reach out to our Program Coordinator Adam at,


The Call for Artists is open now, so stay tuned and we will be announcing the official line-up of artists in early June!








Thank you for your interest in Doorstop Diaries. To join us as a participant, please fill out the form below. Priority will be given to applications from seniors who are local east Toronto residents, members of our priority groups, and individuals who can commit to participating in the entire project.

Doorstop Diaries Registration

    Sometimes East End Arts needs to share images of our participants with the various funders who support our work, and with the community to promote the amazing things our participants do. Do you grant permission for EEA to use photos and screenshots of you and your work?
  • Optional Demographic Question

    East End Arts strives to provide artistic experiences and programming that reflects all the communities that we serve. As a non-profit arts organization, East End Arts aims to ensure that there is equal access to the arts among all communities, regardless of gender, age ethnicity, race, ability, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. By collecting this data, East End Arts will work to address any existing gaps in accessing arts programming, along with addressing the unique needs of specific communities.
Back To Top Skip to content