RBC Arts Access Fund recipients announced!

We are proud to announce our first round of winner for our newly launched RBC Arts Access Fund, designed to support community engaged arts project lead by newcomer artists in the City of Toronto.


READY MADE : A Visual Conversation about IDENTITY in a Multicultural Society, is a youth photography project where youth ages 15-19  from the Latin american communities will be engaged through photography. This workshop will encourage participants to use photography as  a way of self-expression and allow the opportunity to explore societal power imbalances in relations to identity.      

Naomi Abiola  | Artist
This project is called "Drama on the Danforth" , facilitated by Naomi and involving newcomer artists from the east end of Toronto. The participants will create together  by deliberately taking the drama that exists on the Danforth on a daily basis and making theatre. This project seeks to use spaces not usually accessed on the Danforth.


Alvis Choi (aka Alvis Parsley)
Alvis Choi | Artist
Facilitated art-making workshop for student sex workers in the GTA. The first phase of this ongoing project will consist of mobilizing student sex workers to voice out and be visible, while respecting anonymity, by means of creative expression. The outcome of the workshop will be documented in the form of a zine and will be widely distributed.

Marjan Verstappen | Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery (YTBG)
This Regent Park based project is a series of six workshops, that will compliment the six art shows being programmed at YTBG. This program will be co-facilitated by visiting artists who will teach a skill relating to their practice, such as screenprinting from artist and activist MaryTremonte, building drywalls for DIY gallery spaces, or make natural pigments from plants. 

Owen Ellis |  Kinteet Kompini 
This project is the second creation phase for a new play created and performed by Daniel Ellis titled speaking of sneaking. This tale chronicles Ginnal’s journey from a stifled childhood in Jamaica to freedom and adulthood in Canada.       

The Neighbourhood Arts Network RBC Arts Access Fund will now also offer funds towards professional development for newcomer artists that include mentorship, training and other creative career development activities.