ArtReach Toronto is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Toronto Arts Council that will result in an investment of $300,000 in the form of grants for youth arts projects in underserved communities across Toronto. An info session will be held on July 4th at 6:00pm at the office of ArtReach Toronto. Come out and learn more about this exciting development, and how you can access these funds for your projects. Free toolkits will distributed. http://artgrants.eventbrite.ca/#
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CBC Radio One producer Pacinthe Mattar and grant writer/project leader extraordinaire Erika Pulfer share their expertise on some good habits that grant writers should pick up to make their lives easier and their applications stronger. Director: Alex Punzalan Music: Alexander Junior Funded By: The Laidlaw Foundation
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ArtReach Toronto, in partnership with Manifesto, City of Toronto Cultural Services, and the Grassroots Youth Collaborative hosted its fourth annual Youth Arts Pitch Contest on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at the 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education. Host Big Norm kept the enthusiastic crowd entertained as they watched and cheered on the nine youth finalists. The finalists competed for a $5000 prize in one of three categories – Community Youth Arts Group, Youth Arts Entrepreneur, and Individual Artist. Second and third place prizes were also awarded, totaling $10,000 in value. The finalists worked their hardest to impress an esteemed panel of judges that included: Michee Mee (Canada’s First Notable Female MC), Ravi Jain (WhyNot Theatre); Kay McConney (Executive Minds); Che Kothari (Executive Director of the Manifesto Festival); and Rosina Kazi (LAL). Contest participants included: Boss Magazine, Herculine Barbine, Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance, Chips, Blair Photography, Rep Clothing, Raquel Da Silva, Red Slam Collective, and Shi Wisdom. The winners were: Individual Artist Category: Raquel Da Silva Community Arts Group Category: Boss Magazine Youth Arts Entrepreneur Category: CHIPS Thank you to all of our sponsors: Urbanology Magazine, Salazar Studios, Royalz Clothing, Laidlaw Foundation, Sway Magazine, First Leadership Limited, Hightop, Fourth Dimension and CMANGO DESIGN
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Thanks to City of Toronto Arts and Culture, RBC, The United Way and the Kassie Family for their generous donation. The arts are a powerful and motivating way that youth are involved in their communities. Whether it’s in someone’s basement, or through a community program – young people are creating art all over this city. ArtReach’s annual Pitch Contest works to support youth aspirations in the arts, by giving them the chance to win up to $5,000 for their community arts or business based ideas. This year’s contestants included: XyXv Photo, Jellytoofly, Black Like We, Wild Moon Jewellry, CoreX Media, Alien Nation, and PIQUE Toronto. The winners are… Community Arts Category: First: Black Like We Second: XvXy Photo Finalist: Jellytoofly Creative Enterprise Category: First: Wild Moon Jewellry Second: CoreX Media Finalists: Alien Nation, and PIQUE Toronto
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TYES x AVNU x RISE PRESENT: YOUTH ARTS TOWN HALL! On January 19th, TYES x AVNU hosted The Youth Arts Town Hall event at City Hall. The event was hosted by ArtReach's Paulina O'Kieffe and RISE's Randell Adjei, with special guests Councillor John Filion, Mayor's Advocate for the Arts, and Andrea Raymond-Wong, Toronto Arts & Culture. This was an opportunity for youth artists and arts groups to learn more about the City of Toronto's arts initiatives and to discuss issues impacting the youth arts community.
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As one of the biggest urban arts festivals in Canada, it’s difficult to imagine a time when $5,000 was a lot of money for the Manifesto festival. Yet as a fledgling organization in 2007, winning the ArtReach Youth Arts Pitch Contest meant a series of firsts for the festival. This cash prize allowed Manifesto to receive their first funding and stage their first large-scale event. At the time of the Pitch Contest, this ArtReach prize was the festival’s only form of non-sponsorship support. Since the first Festival in 2007, Manifesto has gone on to host 11 Festivals, showcasing over 1000 artists and putting over $1,000,000 into the hands of artists and young people. Talk about coming full circle.
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In partnership with the City of Toronto’s Cultural Hot Spot, on Thursday October 12th, 2017, ArtReach presented the Youth Arts Pitch Contest. Over 80 people gathered to support 8 young creative entrepreneurs and community artists as they pitched their dream projects for a chance to win up to $5,000 in financial support. This year the Hot Spot shined its light on East York, and the Youth Arts Pitch was hosted by the Riverdale Community Hub, a hidden gem located just East of Greenwood on Gerard Street East. Read more about the 2017 Pitch Contest here: http://artreach.org/2017/11/10/2017-youth-arts-pitch-contest-a-success
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On Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, ArtReach hosted it's annual Funder Speed Dating event at the beautiful ArtScape Sandbox building in downtown Toronto. At this free networking event, participants had the chance to connect directly with representatives of various funding and granting organizations that support youth and arts projects in Ontario. Participants learned about different funding opportunities, got face-to-face time with potential funders, and gained the knowledge to help them overcome barriers in accessing funding. The goal of this session was to help youth make relationships with funders and sources of support for their arts projects. This event also saw amazing spoken word piece performed by PSL's Patrick de Belen, and the event's music was provided by DJ Flex of All Trades Funder Speed Dating 2015 received support from the following funders: Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Factor, the City of Toronto, and ArtReach.
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The Youth Arts Pitch Contest is an annual event in which ArtReach and the City of Toronto Arts and Culture Services come together to create a space for young people to creatively pitch their projects or business ideas to an audience of their peers, for a chance to win some real money to make those ideas a reality. Click here to read more about the 2016 Pitch Contest: https://artreach.org/2016/10/21/youth-arts-pitch-contest-lights-up-north-york/
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ArtReach, in partnership with City of Toronto Cultural Services and Manifesto hosted its fifth annual Youth Arts Pitch Contest on Friday, September 21, 2012 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Seven finalists competed for $15,000 in cash prizes in two categories: Creative Enterprise and Community Arts. Ever enthusiastic, our hosts Femi and Shannon Boodram kept the show going and the crowd eager to see the finalists give their all for the panel of judges that included: Michee Mee (Canada’s First Notable Female MC); Kim Crosby (Social Entrepreneur/ Artist); Kay McConney (Executive Minds); Memo (Spoken Film); and Mike Prosserman (UNITY Charity). Contest participants included: Ill Nana/DiverseCity Dance Company, La Salsa Colorada, Muna Egeh, Bones & Arrows, Tumbleweed Instruments, 88 Days of Fortune and The Real Sun. And the winners are… Community Arts Category: First: Ill Nana/DiverseCity Dance Company Second: Muna Egeh Creative Enterprise Category: First: 88 Days of Fortune Second: The Real Sun Special thank you to all of our contributors and sponsors: Art Gallery of Ontario, Urbanology Magazine, First Leadership Limited, and CMANGO DESIGN.
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Dymika Harte is a graphic designer, Founder of UNSGND, and winner of the 2016 Youth Arts Pitch Contest Winner in the category of Creative Business and Career Development! Learn more about her business at unsgnd.ca Videography Credit: Baichao Chen www.baichaochen.net
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On Thursday September 12, 2013, ArtReach and City of Toronto Cultural Services, in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Grassroots Youth Collaborative (GYC), were proud to present the 2013 Youth Arts Pitch Contest. An annual event, the Pitch Contest seeks to connect young local artists to the funding that they need to get their ideas and careers to the next level. This year saw eight finalists compete for $15,000 in cash prizes and $4000 in supplementary prize packs, to push them closer to their goals of professional artistry, youth empowerment, and community building. 2013’s Youth Arts Pitch Contest brought Byron Photography, Francis Atta, Jason Williams of Queue, KeepRockinYou, Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project, Skittlez Gunn, The Starfish Canada and Victoria Mejicano together on the main stage to display their goods, pitch their hearts out, and vie for the top prize. The winners were: Creative Business & Career Development Category: First: Jason Williams for Queue Second: Skittlez Gunn Runners up: Byron Photography & Victoria Mejicano Community Arts Projects & Productions Category: First: Outburst! Young Muslim Women Project Second: Francis Atta Runners up: KeepRockinYou & The Starfish Canada
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