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DESCRIPTIONNeighbourhood 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.
- 1. A project of
Created in partnership with
- 2. Over 150 people attended the launch of the Neighbourhood Arts Network held at Harbourfront Centre on January 27 2010
- 3. Ontario Minister of Culture Michael Chan was among the special guests at the Launch
- 4. The Network launch was featured on Zoomer News and Metro Morning
- 5. During the Launch new members could sign up through the website
- 6. The website, a crucial element to the success of the Network, is interactive and engaging. Since launching, 10,599 people have visited the site.
- 7. The member map is an indicator of community arts activity in neighbourhoods throughout the city
- 8. The members list shows the diversity of membership, from individual artists & community animators to arts organizations, health organizations, educators, & social service providers.
- 9. Member profile pages list mission, contact information and projects.
- 10. Members can post events which link to maps for easy location.
- 11. Communications also include a blog with contributions from members and volunteers, highlighting events, projects and ideas.
- 12. NAN has an active Facebook page for immediate posts on jobs and events
- 13. And a twitter account with over 400 followers for even more immediate updates
- 14. Membership continues to grow and exceed expectations
- 15. 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.
- 16. Sarah Miller-Garvin was hired through a Ministry of Culture Summer Youth program to create a series of videos highlighting the activities of Network
- 17. The Summer Video Series was uploaded to You Tube and Vimeo and made available to view through the Foundation and the Network websites.
- 18. 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 Torontos Poet Laureate Dionne Brand)
- 19. Over 1500 postcards & posters have been distributed to libraries, neighbourhood centres, city councillors and others.
- 20. An e-bulletin listing activities, blog posts, opportunities & more is distributed monthly to 580 recipients
- 21. Networking events held throughout the year prompted discussions on training, advocacy, social enterprise and making space for the arts
- 22. The first professional development workshop held in March, a TelusGrant Writing Workshop, was attended by 22 members.
- 23. Other workshops included Building a Movement for Change, Arts Advocacy & Social Enterprise
- 24. The first Network member Summer Activity Guide was printed and distributed to libraries and neighbourhood centres
- 25. 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
- 26. 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
- 28. 84% of people who attend Network sessions find the ideas useful and relevant to their work
- 29. 96% of members found the sign up process to be clear, accessible and easy
- 30. 87% of members think that NAN has fully or partially met their expectations in our first year.
- 31. 76% of members plan to recommend NAN to other artists or arts groups they know
- 32. 91% of members said they would join a working group to explore topics that effect community arts field
- 33. GelekBadheytsang
Alexis Kane Speer
In November, the first Network Advisory Committee meet and discussed partnerships and outreach
- 34. 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.
- 35. Revitalizing Torontos Neighbourhoods through Culture-Led Collaborations
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