Emergence Symposium: Art & Equity Leading Social Change


Led by Neighbourhood Arts Network, Emergence is a series of workshops, panels and offerings that brings people together to learn and discuss key issues facing the arts sector.

Since its inception in 2011, Emergence has convened hundreds of artists and arts workers*, community leaders, and policy makers to exchange knowledge around the theme of Arts & Equity: Leading Social Change. This large-scale multi-day platform is built on issues that Neighbourhood Arts Network and our partners have explored through their work. Centred in all of this, is equity.

*Arts workers include arts administrators, arts educators, arts facilitators, art therapists, and other people using art to strengthen community health and relationships.


Our open call for collaboration has closed. If you are interested in submitting a proposal or have any questions, please contact Inés at ines@torontoarrs.org.


Neighbourhood Arts Network will commission individuals and organizations to present equity-based work at Emergence from April to May 2023*.

We welcome perspectives that are intersectional and encourage proposals from Deaf, Mad and Disabled communities, equity-deserving groups including 2SLGBQT+, Indigenous, Black and Persons of Colour, and artists with lived experiences.


  • Application Deadline: May 25, 2022 at 11:59PM 
  • Proposal Status Notification: July, 2022
  • Emergence dates: April to May 2023*

*Dates are to be confirmed. Hybrid, online and in-person event formats will be available as part of Emergence 2023. At all in-person Emergence events, COVID protocols will be implemented based on Ontario Public Health guidelines at the time of the event. 

Selected projects/collaborators will be compensated according to CARFAC’s fee schedule. 


We invite artists, arts organizations, curators, activists and researchers at any stage in their career/practice to submit proposals for art activations, talks/panels, performances, and workshops. 

Emergence themes to explore include:

  • Indigenous Futures
  • Decolonial arts practices 
  • Arts and climate change
  • Afrofuturism
  • Art as a community practice

Unsure if your work fits into one of these themes? Contact Ines(at)torontoarts.org to book a conversation to discuss your work and application.


Interested in co-designing? Need to work through an idea? 

Neighbourhood Arts Network’s team can support you by providing feedback on your proposal. Contact Ines(at)torontoarts.org if you would like additional support.