Artists Supporting Community Initiative (ASCI)

Shakespeare In Action (SIA) is looking for artists, arts workers and creatives to support essential service organizations in the York South-Weston (YSW) area. With the support of the Toronto Foundation, SIA is proud to announce the Artists Supporting Community Initiative (ASCI). 

The ASCI pairs out-of-work artists with paid opportunities to support emergency frontline relief efforts in the York South-Weston community.  By building a bridge between artists and essential service organizations in our community, this program intends to facilitate unlikely relationships, grow human resource capacities, and provide relief to both the arts sector and our community’s urgent needs.  

For artists and community organizations interested in participating, please see below!

For Artists

To be part of the ASCI, participants will be paired with an essential service organization, working a maximum of up to 55 hours. Support can include food or medication delivery for seniors, staffing at a local food bank, managing a community phone line, and more.

SIA is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and to building an organization that reflects the communities we serve. We encourage applications from members of Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities; Two-Spirit, non-binary, trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer people; disabled people; youth; and members of other equity seeking groups. SIA is also prioritizing artists, arts workers and creatives who live in and around York South-Weston.

Please note, all positions have been filled. We encourage all interested Artists, Creatives and/ or Arts Workers to check back frequently for updates. 

For Organizations

To receive support from the ASCI, we ask that essential York-South Weston (YSW) service area organizations fill out the questionnaire provided through the link below. This questionnaire is to hear and assess what the needs are of the YSW organizations we are connecting with, and learn how to best serve and support them through this program.

Please note, due to the high volume of questionnaires, we are no longer accepting forms until further notice. We encourage all York-South Weston organizations to check back frequently for updates.
ASCI Procedures and Protocols

To protect all participants of the ASCI and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, SIA is following health guidelines as set by the City of Toronto.

Have any questions about the ASCI?

Email the Artist and Outreach Coordinator, Tamara at 

The Artists Supporting Community Initiative (ASCI) is supported by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Toronto Foundation.

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