Arts·Communities Create

Learn new skills and share your creations with the Communities Create Initiative

In partnership with Ryerson University's Faculty of Communications & Design, tune in to a weekly workshop livestream to learn and create.

Tune in to a weekly workshop livestream to learn and create

In partnership with Ryerson University's Faculty of Comunication & Design, the Communities Create Initiative empowers Canadians to express themselves using creativity, to build their skills, and find human connection during this unprecedented time. 1:00

"How are you feeling right now?"

That's the question at the heart of Communities Create, a weekly series of live-streamed workshops that invite Canadians to express themselves using creativity, build their skills and find human connection during this unprecedented time. These workshops — presented by leading cultural institutions in partnership with Ryerson University's Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) — invite participants to convey how they are feeling through a variety of different mediums, and then share their work online.

Once complete, participants will be invited to share their creative works using the hashtag #CommunitiesCreate. The content will later be compiled into a digital "time capsule" to form a collective look at how Canadians are feeling through the pandemic.

The workshops have been ongoing since May, and starting next week they will be available to stream at cbc.ca/arts. You can watch last week's workshop on digital storytelling with filmmaker Shiraz Janjua below, and tune in on Monday June 15 at 12 p.m. ET to catch filmmaker Samantha Wu walking you through creating your own short web episode from home, presented by Independent Web Creators of Canada and the Independent Production Fund. Past streams can be seen on FCAD's YouTube channel.

What has the pandemic been like for you? Share your experience with a digital story: a short personal account bringing together photos, narration and sound effects that’s created on your cell phone or tablet. Filmmaker Shiraz Janjua will walk you through the art of storytelling and suggest easy-to-use apps and programs. 1:14:47

Working with top arts, media and culture organizations across the country, the initiative is designed to allow Canadians of all ages to connect with each other and share how they are feeling during the pandemic using creativity. The workshops span the breadth of creative practice and allow participants to both explore and unlock new forms of expression — from learning the mechanics of humour and improv with experts from The Second City to discovering sensory screenwriting with leaders from the Toronto International Film Festival. 

Partners in this initiative include: Agora Studio, Artscape, Canadian Film Centre, Good Pitch, Humber College, imagineNATIVE, Independent Production Fund, Independent Web Creators of Canada, Interactive Ontario, The National Film Board of Canada, Okanagan Region Library, Ramp Communications, The Royal Ontario Museum, The Second City, Sheridan College, TakingITGlobal, The Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Public Library, and The University of British Columbia.

CBC Arts understands that this is an incredibly difficult time for artists and arts organizations across this country. We will do our best to provide valuable information, share inspiring stories of communities rising up and make us all feel as (virtually) connected as possible as we get through this together. If there's something you think we should be talking about, let us know by emailing us at cbcarts@cbc.ca. See more of our COVID-related coverage here.

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