The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Sustainability (I.D.E.A.S.)

Photo of the project Long Distance Relationship, 2019 Nuit Blanche Scarborough

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Sustainability (I.D.E.A.S.) grant, previously known as Equity and Diversity in the Arts (EDA) grant, seeks to fund artistic and/or research projects that focus on implementing transformative changes. The I.D.E.A.S. grant is an exciting initiative based on a long-standing endowment partnership between the Federal Government and the University of Toronto. It is an integral part of ACM; faculty are encouraged to mentor or co-apply with students. Through various kinds of support, the I.D.E.A.S. grant aims to cultivate and support a decolonial politics within a long-term horizon of accountability, solidarity, cooperation and non-competition. The I.D.E.A.S. grant funds activities in key areas of creative practice and research including anti-racist, decolonial, and/or Indigenous allyship; queer, trans, and gender nonconforming relations; and accessible/disability inclusion-focused outcomes.

Land Acknowledgement Circle poster. A circle frame with event info listed on the webpage. Background of a worm's eye view in the forest

Current projects/events:

Land Acknowledgement Circle

Monday, February 26 | 12pm-2pm | Leigha Lee Browne Theatre (LLBT)

Join us while we investigate ‘Land Acknowledgements,’ and find alignment with the intention of them and the end product. Guided by Indigenous Artists and Elders, we will collectively create an art installation ‘land acknowledgment’ to be displayed in the LLBT theatre. Drop in participation is welcome!

Sign up by Sunday, February 25:

Please contact for any questions.

Project funded by the Department of Arts, Culture and Media, I.D.E.A.S. grant.

Navy blue text of the title Rethinking Creative Mentorship in the Arts Residency

Creative Mentorship Residency Meet & Greet

Monday, February 26 | 11:30am-1pm | AC227

Join us for an opportunity to meet an incredible team of artist mentors kicking off our Rethinking Creative Mentorship in the Arts (RCMA) residency.

This unique eight-week initiative, running from February 26 through April 1, brings together four distinguished artist-practitioners to work closely with our students and co-hosts, Caroline Klimek and Cyrus Sundar Singh. Our aim is to foster dynamic collaborations between mentors and students from the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media, especially those enrolled in VPAB18 - Becoming a Producer and VPAC18 - Raising Funds for Arts and Media courses. However, this opportunity is open to all students with a keen interest in the arts.

Our mentors—jes sachse, Maya Annik Bedward, Philip Geller, and Gary Joseph—bring a wealth of experience and a commitment to inclusive practices. They will guide students through the intricacies of producing, grant writing, pitching, and managing projects in the arts. This hands-on mentorship will emphasize decolonization, anti-black racism, disability justice, and non-hierarchical learning, providing our students with an invaluable learning experience.

Light refreshments will be provided at this FREE event, learn more about their extensive backgrounds, and discover how this residency can benefit your creative and professional journey.

Mark your calendars and join us in celebrating the beginning of an exciting collaboration!

Learn more about the mentors.

headshot of Karen Burke in the right bottom corner with her title as Chair of Music at York University and Artistic Director of the Toronto Mass Choir. The left side shows events info listed on the webpage

Gospel Choral Workshop

Monday, March 11 | 5pm-7pm | AA112

Join us for a 2-hour participatory workshop on gospel choral music with Karen Burke. You will learn important stylistic elements of the genre including types of gospel music and the history of gospel singing.

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