We invite artists, arts organizations, curators and arts practitioners at any stage in their career/practice to submit proposals for art activations, artist talks, and workshops. Deadline: June 25, 2018

Artists working on a collaborative writing pieces during Community Arts Jam
Photo by Fonna Seidu

Emergence Symposium was created by Neighbourhood Arts Network, a strategic initiative of Toronto Arts Foundation. This opportunity offers artists and community leaders valuable resources, facilitation skills, peer-to-peer learning opportunities and insights that will empower the community engaged arts sector and further promote more inclusiveness and equitable conditions within the neighbourhoods that our artists work.

The 2018 Emergence Symposium begins on November 19 with 4 days of community arts activations and culminates with a full-day conference on November 23. Emergence will convene over 200 community engaged arts practitioners, policy makers and community leaders for reciprocal knowledge exchange and critical discussions surrounding the theme of Arts and Equity. This large-scale symposium will build on the equity dialogue which Neighbourhood Arts Network has explored since its foundation in 2010.

We invite perspectives that are intersectional and encourage proposals from Deaf and disability cultures, artists with lived experiences including LGBTQQIIA and BIPOC communities. All art disciplines are welcome. Below is a list of ideas, that artists can explore, related to the theme Arts & Equity: Leading Social Change


  • Decolonial arts practices / Decolonial curatorship
  • Indigenous Futures
  • Queering and indigenizing gallery spaces, museums and other art /cultural institutions
  • Afrofuturism


  • Curating as a community practice
  • Rethinking heritage as public spaces/ public art
  • Healing through arts interventions
  • Artistic interventions
  • Engaging audiences with disabilities
  • Performance, live art and the body


  • Sustainable arts practices  
  • Arts and Technology
  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Organizational Equity
  • Leadership

Deadline for submission: June 25, 2018

All those interested in the open call are encouraged to contact angie(at)torontoarts(dot)org

*Selected Artists will be compensated as per CARFAC rates. Please note, associated travel expenses will not be covered.  


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