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Artful Anti-Oppression

  • Artful Anti-Oppression: Volume #1 – Roots

    Topics for Volume #1: Anti-O Learning with Community Power & Privilege Intersectionality…

    Topics for Volume #1:
    Anti-O Learning with Community
    Power & Privilege
    Intersectionality
    Indigeneity & Decolonization
    This text proposes that anti-oppression principles and practices should be woven into our personal and social values. In fact, it may likely help you to be a better colleague, neighbor, friend, partner and change maker all around. Ideally you’ll feel inspired to be artful in the ways you practice anti-oppression and share this with others!

  • Artful Anti-Oppression: Volume #2 – Ism’s

    Topics for Volume #2: Race & Anti-Racism Biological Sex & Feminism Gender…

    Topics for Volume #2:

    Race & Anti-Racism

    Biological Sex & Feminism

    Gender & Gender-Freedom

    Sexuality & Anti-Homophobia

    This text proposes that anti-oppression principles and practices should be woven into our personal and social values. In fact, it may likely help you to be a better colleague, neighbor, friend, partner and change maker all around. Ideally you’ll feel inspired to be artful in the ways you practice anti-oppression and share this with others!

  • Artful Anti-Oppression: Volume #3 – Systems

    Topics for Volume #3: Ability & Disability Justice Class, Classism & Anti-…

    Topics for Volume #3:

    Ability & Disability Justice

    Class, Classism & Anti- Capitalism

    Allyship & Accountability

    This text proposes that anti-oppression principles and practices should be woven into our personal and social values. In fact, it may likely help you to be a better colleague, neighbor, friend, partner and change maker all around. Ideally you’ll feel inspired to be artful in the ways you practice anti-oppression and share this with others!

AVNU Marketing Series

  • AVNU Marketing Series: Business Basics

    In this section, we cover the basics of your business or project.…

    In this section, we cover the basics of your business or project. One constant you will find in this section is the idea of finding a problem and providing a solution for it. This is the foundation to your business. We will also look at your brand and workflow and begin to piece together important parts of your business. With the pieces determined, we look at how to effectively write a company description and business plan.

  • AVNU Marketing Series: Capturing Content

    Before you can begin promoting and capturing your project or business you…

    Before you can begin promoting and capturing your project or business you need to learn what tools you need, and how to best use them. In the following section we will be discussing the image and video assets to your project or business in this section. Your assets will be used as a media bank by anyone involved to pull from wherever marketing materials are created. The primary focus is capturing images and video correctly with the equipment you have available to you, this ensures that the media you produce is refined. By the end of this section you should have a clear idea of what you want to shoot, how to shoot and edit, as well as how to properly store it.

  • AVNU Marketing Series: Starting Social

    Your digital presence is absolutely crucial when it comes to getting people…

    Your digital presence is absolutely crucial when it comes to getting people to learn more about what you have to offer. You can only reach out to so many people in person since that requires you to go our into the world and find people to talk to about what your product or service is. However, if done right, your website and social media platforms will bring those people to you. This section will show you how developing a brand’s voice and appearance, setting up your website and social media, as well as your search engine optimization (SEO) will lead to people finding your brand online amongst the 1 billion websites throughout the world.

  • AVNU Marketing Series: Prepping Press Kits

    Your press kit is a way of promoting the product or services…

    Your press kit is a way of promoting the product or services your project can provide, in a visually appealing way for media, investors, and potential clients to learn about all that you have to offer. In the past, one would have to hire someone to coordinate the creation of a press kit, but in this section you will learn how to make one yourself, that not only can be used as a traditional press kit (that is printed and handed out) as well as an electronic press kit (you guessed it…a digital file to distribute!). Often times press kits will be formatted with an emphasis on credentials before any of your products or services are shown. We’re going to flip that and showcase it while building supporting evidence around it.

Creative Tools

  • Graphic Express: First Steps to Graphic Facilitation in Youth Work

    Graphic Express guides you through some elementary introductions and experiences for Graphic…

    Graphic Express guides you through some elementary introductions and experiences for Graphic Facilitation with ideas, tools, and methods for developing your visual literacy and competency.

    There are 4 main sections:

    1) The origins of using visual materials to express ideas and how graphic facilitation is a great source of learning

    2) Practical tips about drawing and how to develop your own visual library

    3) Demonstrates the what’s and how’s of different types of graphic facilitation

    4) The future and tips for further inspiration

  • The Art of Social Innovation

    In our time together we will explore Social Innovation as creating the…

    In our time together we will explore Social Innovation as creating the conditions for new possibilities in social fields through the lens of participatory leadership. What makes our emphasis unique is the focus on the process of change not only the content, on relationships as the basis for results and on reflection as essential to wise action. We are interested in opening the space for the generative power of chaos as well as the clarifying power of order.

  • The Art of Harvesting

    The purpose of harvesting is to support the individual and collective meaning…

    The purpose of harvesting is to support the individual and collective meaning making.

    In other words it is harvesting the fruits of conversations that matter.

    The harvest may be both intangible e.g new insights, a change of perspective or mindset, a shared clarity, relationships and contacts or it can be tangible e.g. documentation, newsletter, audio or video.

    Both are valuable and needed and can support making meaning and becoming collectively more intelligent or wise.

    Ultimately the harvest can support wise decisions and wise action.

  • Creating a Workshop

    Creating a Workshop: A 4-Step Guide to Making Engaging Workshops This toolkit…

    Creating a Workshop: A 4-Step Guide to Making Engaging Workshops

    This toolkit provides a step-by-step process of planning an effective workshop for any audience. A workshop done right has the potential to create spaces for brainstorming, interactive learning, building relationships, and problem solving. With advanced planning, all this can be achieved.

Equity and Anti-Oppression

  • Arts & Equity Toolkit

    Practical tools and resources for artists and groups working towards equity in…

    Practical tools and resources for artists and groups working towards equity in the arts. Created by Leah Burns and Skye Louis for the Arts & Equity Project with support from Manifesto Community Projects; toolkit design by Hightop Studio. Published by the Neighbourhood Arts Network, 2012.

  • Artful Anti-Oppression: Volume #1 – Roots

    Topics for Volume #1: Anti-O Learning with Community Power & Privilege Intersectionality…

    Topics for Volume #1:
    Anti-O Learning with Community
    Power & Privilege
    Intersectionality
    Indigeneity & Decolonization
    This text proposes that anti-oppression principles and practices should be woven into our personal and social values. In fact, it may likely help you to be a better colleague, neighbor, friend, partner and change maker all around. Ideally you’ll feel inspired to be artful in the ways you practice anti-oppression and share this with others!

  • Artful Anti-Oppression: Volume #2 – Ism’s

    Topics for Volume #2: Race & Anti-Racism Biological Sex & Feminism Gender…

    Topics for Volume #2:

    Race & Anti-Racism

    Biological Sex & Feminism

    Gender & Gender-Freedom

    Sexuality & Anti-Homophobia

    This text proposes that anti-oppression principles and practices should be woven into our personal and social values. In fact, it may likely help you to be a better colleague, neighbor, friend, partner and change maker all around. Ideally you’ll feel inspired to be artful in the ways you practice anti-oppression and share this with others!

  • Artful Anti-Oppression: Volume #3 – Systems

    Topics for Volume #3: Ability & Disability Justice Class, Classism & Anti-…

    Topics for Volume #3:

    Ability & Disability Justice

    Class, Classism & Anti- Capitalism

    Allyship & Accountability

    This text proposes that anti-oppression principles and practices should be woven into our personal and social values. In fact, it may likely help you to be a better colleague, neighbor, friend, partner and change maker all around. Ideally you’ll feel inspired to be artful in the ways you practice anti-oppression and share this with others!

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Evaluation

  • Arts Engagement and Quality of Life

    SKETCH is a community arts development initiative creating equitable opportunities for diverse…

    SKETCH is a community arts development initiative creating equitable opportunities for diverse young people between the ages of 15-29, living homeless, street-involved and otherwise marginalized.

    ‘More initiatives and programs are emerging which use the arts with marginalized populations. However, there is not always a widespread recognition of the profound impact this programming has on youths’ lives, and its value beyond a recreational activity.

    We wanted to investigate more about this impact: what benefits does artmaking and participation in creative community bring? How does it enhance youths’ personal, social, artistic, and professional lives? Does it have impacts on their physical and emotional health, and their greater quality of life?

  • Evaluation 101

    Maybe you’ve started thinking about evaluation or started collecting data, such as,…

    Maybe you’ve started thinking about evaluation or started collecting data, such as, attendance or retention numbers, or perhaps you end each program by distributing a questionnaire to get some feedback from participants. All of that is great! These are some of the building blocks for an evaluation plan. Having a plan in place will help you get the most out of the information you collect.

  • Art-Based Evaluation 101

    Improvisation, openness, risk and play are at the heart of creative activity.…

    Improvisation, openness, risk and play are at the heart of creative activity. Why not put that kind of free play to work for evaluation? When Art-Based Evaluation is combined with other evaluation methods it helps provide a well-rounded picture of the impact of a project for participants, facilitators, project planners and funders.

Grants, Sponsorship and Funding

  • Undervoiced Voices: Strategies for Participation

    The primary goal of “Undervoiced Voices” was to gather details regarding the…

    The primary goal of “Undervoiced Voices” was to gather details regarding the kinds of changes “front line” organizations would like to see in the youth funding environment. This report presents specific recommendations which we hope funders will be able to “get their teeth into” and seriously consider for implementation.

    More specifically, this report offers concrete recommendations on what funding programs should look like, including recommendations and specific strategies in order to increase input, reduce barriers and improve access to public policy decision-making processes and funding mechanisms by Toronto’s marginalized and racialized youth.

  • Grant Writing 101

    The Grassroots Organizing and Leadership (GOAL) Youth Capacity Building Workshop Series created…

    The Grassroots Organizing and Leadership (GOAL) Youth Capacity Building Workshop Series created this toolkit for individuals new to grant writing. This toolkit was created with the amazing help of Shahina Sayani and Laura Metcalf.

  • Fundraising 101

    The Grassroots Organizing and Leadership (GOAL) Youth Capacity Building Workshop Series created…

    The Grassroots Organizing and Leadership (GOAL) Youth Capacity Building Workshop Series created this toolkit for individuals who wish to put together a successful fundraiser.

Arts

Programs, Workshops and Events

  • Arts Engagement and Quality of Life

    SKETCH is a community arts development initiative creating equitable opportunities for diverse…

    SKETCH is a community arts development initiative creating equitable opportunities for diverse young people between the ages of 15-29, living homeless, street-involved and otherwise marginalized.

    ‘More initiatives and programs are emerging which use the arts with marginalized populations. However, there is not always a widespread recognition of the profound impact this programming has on youths’ lives, and its value beyond a recreational activity.

    We wanted to investigate more about this impact: what benefits does artmaking and participation in creative community bring? How does it enhance youths’ personal, social, artistic, and professional lives? Does it have impacts on their physical and emotional health, and their greater quality of life?

  • Doc Accelerator Filmmaker Resource E-Book

    Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival x Manifesto Community Projects tag-teamed this…

    Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival x Manifesto Community Projects tag-teamed this resource for all creators. “If you’re reading this, you’ve either attended one of our Doc Accelerator Mentor Class Sessions in the Manifesto basement or a friend/colleague of yours is in the sharing mood. We presented four amazing sessions covering all the content in this Resource E-Book, and you’ll see for yourself how these four diverse filmmakers shared their experience and tips to a room full of hungry storytellers.

    We presented four amazing sessions covering all the content in this Resource E-Book, and you’ll see for yourself how these four diverse filmmakers shared their experience and tips to a room full of hungry storytellers” – Jawn Taboika, ManifestoTV

  • Directory of Emerging Facilitators

    The emerging facilitators in this directory have received facilitation training through Art…

    The emerging facilitators in this directory have received facilitation training through Art of Facilitation 101, a 5-session training program organized by ArtReach Toronto, Nia Centre for the Arts, and AVNU.

    Topics covered in Art of Facilitation include: best practices in facilitation, inclusive and equitable practices, creating and maintaining safe spaces for marginalized young people, presentation techniques and using multimedia, and program organization/planning.

    If you regularly host workshops, programs, and other events, use this directory to connect with fresh new facilitators who are motivated to build their facilitation experience.

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Research, Reports and Policy

  • Toronto Youth Equity Strategy Report 2013

    The Toronto Youth Equity Strategy was developed by the City of Toronto…

    The Toronto Youth Equity Strategy was developed by the City of Toronto with contributions from Toronto youth. The TYES Report includes creative content from youth throughout the report. These creative works are intended to help readers understand the experiences of Toronto youth most vulnerable to involvement in violence and crime.

  • Arts Engagement and Quality of Life

    SKETCH is a community arts development initiative creating equitable opportunities for diverse…

    SKETCH is a community arts development initiative creating equitable opportunities for diverse young people between the ages of 15-29, living homeless, street-involved and otherwise marginalized.

    ‘More initiatives and programs are emerging which use the arts with marginalized populations. However, there is not always a widespread recognition of the profound impact this programming has on youths’ lives, and its value beyond a recreational activity.

    We wanted to investigate more about this impact: what benefits does artmaking and participation in creative community bring? How does it enhance youths’ personal, social, artistic, and professional lives? Does it have impacts on their physical and emotional health, and their greater quality of life?

Youth Voices

  • Directory of Emerging Facilitators

    The emerging facilitators in this directory have received facilitation training through Art…

    The emerging facilitators in this directory have received facilitation training through Art of Facilitation 101, a 5-session training program organized by ArtReach Toronto, Nia Centre for the Arts, and AVNU.

    Topics covered in Art of Facilitation include: best practices in facilitation, inclusive and equitable practices, creating and maintaining safe spaces for marginalized young people, presentation techniques and using multimedia, and program organization/planning.

    If you regularly host workshops, programs, and other events, use this directory to connect with fresh new facilitators who are motivated to build their facilitation experience.

  • me (re)making ME: Community Arts in Community Health

    This project was initiated by SKETCH Working Arts to evaluate together with…

    This project was initiated by SKETCH Working Arts to evaluate together with its youth participants and the Central Toronto Community Health Centre, the value and impact of bringing the arts into non arts settings.