Build Your Creative Practice! Learn On Your Own Terms!

The Highlights for our month of November.

"Learning is for everyone!"

We all learn differently and draw on various strengths when acquiring new knowledge. November 2014 was filled with learning opportunities for all creative Torontonians. Regardless of your learning style or where you are in your education, there are new resources and upcoming events that you can experience online or in-person all across the city. Areas of focus range from Making A Living Making Art, creative facilitation techniques, and marketing and creative online business tools - all learning opportunities are intended for artists and have been created by successful peers in the field.


Branded Conference 2014
Branded Conference at the North York Civic Centre


The Neighbourhood Arts Network in collaboration with Access Alliance, Community Empowering Enterprises and many other organizations came together for Branded - a Youth Marketing Conference - on November 13 2014 at the North York Civic Centre.  Branded hired skilled young professionals to provide one-on-one and small group consulting to young entrepreneurs from Toronto’s priority neighborhoods, with a focus on supporting Black and Newcomer youth.


In the month of November, we partnered with UrbanArts – a Community Arts Council in Weston Mount Dennis that focuses on enhancing neighbourhoods by engaging youth in community development through the arts. Together, on November 28th, we hosted Making a Living Making Art, this time around we focused on ‘The Art of Creative Success.’ With featured speakers and art leaders in Interdisciplinary Art (Deanna Bowen -, writing and blogging (Yasmine Mathurin – The Conversation Project | Project: Let's Talk), performance and writing (Naomi Abiola) and visual art (Ekow Nimako shared their tips and personal creative success stories. 


Unfortunately, as humans, we can’t always be in two or three places at once and sometimes we want to be able to absorb knowledge from the comfort of our homes, studios or work place. Our short video series, the Top 5 Toolkit, is refreshed throughout the year and features key learning from all our Making a Living. Making Art events in fun, accessible and shareable formats. These video resources are available 24/7 on our website, facebook page and YouTube channel ( We are about to publish six new videos this week that feature:

- Top 5 Facilitation Techniques shared by Carley Howell
- Top 5 Creative Business and Social Media Strategies for Artists shared by:
            Arounna Khounnoraj | Artist and Co-founder, Bookhou

            Ele Willoughby | Scientist, Artist and Online Entrepreneur 

            Kalpna Patel | Craftician / Entrepreneur 

            Irene Stickney | Owner/Founder, The Make Den