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Neighbourhood Arts Network 2010 Annual Report

Neighbourhood Arts Network 2010 Annual Report



Neighbourhood Arts Network, a project of the Toronto Arts Foundation's Creative City: Block by Block program, celebrates its one year anniversary. The annual report describes all the incredible ...

Neighbourhood Arts Network, a project of the Toronto Arts Foundation's Creative City: Block by Block program, celebrates its one year anniversary. The annual report describes all the incredible activity that has taken place over the past year.



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  • HOME PAGEThrough our website, we bring together organizations and individuals who are engaging their communities through(TWO MORE PAGES)
  • MEMBER MAPOur member map provides a useful indicator of community arts activity in neighbourhoods throughout the city.
  • MEMBER LISTA glance through our members list shows the diversity of our members. They range from individual artists and community animators to arts organizations, health organizations, educators, and social service providers.(ONE MORE PAGE)
  • MEMBER PAGEEach member has their own profile. In addition to their contact information and their mission, members can showcase their various initiatives. Each project listing allows for a description, website links and contact info as well as a number of images. It’s possible to search through projects by looking through the map, viewing the list, or searching by discipline: for instance dance, or music.
  • In addition to the site, we communicate through our e-newsletter, our blog, our facebook group and our Twitter account. By spreading our content across these different media, we are able to reach out to a number of different networks, organizations and individuals.(TWO MORE PAGES)
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  • coordinate professional development events on a range of topics– from fundraising to ethics to social media. We may host events ourselves, or we may promote workshops, classes and conferences that other organizations are offering. By facilitating and promoting these events, we help our members to access the tools they need to work effectively This is part of our overall goal of promoting better communication and knowledge sharing across organizations and areas of the city.

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  • A project of
    Created in partnership with
  • Over 150 people attended the launch of the Neighbourhood Arts Network held at Harbourfront Centre on January 27 2010
  • Ontario Minister of Culture Michael Chan was among the special guests at the Launch
  • The Network launch was featured on Zoomer News and Metro Morning
  • During the Launch new members could sign up through the website
  • The website, a crucial element to the success of the Network, is interactive and engaging. Since launching, 10,599 people have visited the site.
  • The member map is an indicator of community arts activity in neighbourhoods throughout the city
  • The members list shows the diversity of membership, from individual artists & community animators to arts organizations, health organizations, educators, & social service providers.
  • Member profile pages list mission, contact information and projects.
  • Members can post events which link to maps for easy location.
  • Communications also include a blog with contributions from members and volunteers, highlighting events, projects and ideas.
  • NAN has an active Facebook page for immediate posts on jobs and events
  • And a twitter account with over 400 followers for even more immediate updates
  • Membership continues to grow and exceed expectations
  • Skye Louis with Che Kothari
    With funding through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Skye Louis, Network Coordinator, was hired on a three-day a week contract. In the fall this increased to a four-day week.
  • Sarah Miller-Garvin was hired through a Ministry of Culture Summer Youth program to create a series of videos highlighting the activities of Network
  • The Summer Video Series was uploaded to You Tube and Vimeo and made available to view through the Foundation and the Network websites.
  • The Foundation has been able to access a number of volunteers and interns to assist with blogs posts, website updates and event hosting
    Special thanks to Frances Mahon, Robyn Shyllit, Liza Badaloo, Emily Li, David Trafford & Aasana Sri! (pictured here with Toronto’s Poet Laureate Dionne Brand)
  • Over 1500 postcards & posters have been distributed to libraries, neighbourhood centres, city councillors and others.
  • An e-bulletin listing activities, blog posts, opportunities & more is distributed monthly to 580 recipients
  • Networking events held throughout the year prompted discussions on training, advocacy, social enterprise and making space for the arts
  • The first professional development workshop held in March, a TelusGrant Writing Workshop, was attended by 22 members.
  • Other workshops included Building a Movement for Change, Arts Advocacy & Social Enterprise
  • The first Network member Summer Activity Guide was printed and distributed to libraries and neighbourhood centres
  • Partnerships have been developed with City of Toronto Culture Division, Toronto Public Libraries, Creative Mosaics, DiverseCity, Toronto Fringe Festival, Local Arts Service Organizations, City Arts Learning and more
  • NAN presented and participated in the Toronto Neighbourhood Centres Forum, Arts for Social and Environmental Justice Symposium and York Woods Arts Hubs Launch
    • People who attend Networking Sessions meet on average 4 to 6 new people and learn more about 1 to 3 new organizations
    • 84% of people who attend Network sessions find the ideas useful and relevant to their work
    • 96% of members found the sign up process to be clear, accessible and easy
    • 87% of members think that NAN has fully or partially met their expectations in our first year.
    • 76% of members plan to recommend NAN to other artists or arts groups they know
    • 91% of members said they would join a working group to explore topics that effect community arts field
    Our constant evaluation has allowed the continual evolution of the Network to best serve our members
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    Deborah Barndt
    Margo Charlton
    Katherine Earl
    Melanie Fernandez
    Louise Garfield
    Claire Hopkinson
    Adonis Huggins
    Heather Mathis
    Marlene McIntosh
    Susan Nagy
    Nadira Patterson
    Alexis Kane Speer
    Andrew Suri
    Tim Whalley
    Susan Wright
    In November, the first Network Advisory Committee meet and discussed partnerships and outreach
  • The Toronto Arts Foundation would like to thank the following for their support:
    Government of Ontario
    The Ontario Trillium Foundation
    City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council
    The Dalton Company
    The Friends of the Foundation
    The Neighbourhood Arts Network is a part of the Creative City: Block by Block program of the Toronto Arts Foundation created in partnership with Art Starts. 
  • Revitalizing Toronto’s Neighbourhoods through Culture-Led Collaborations