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In an effort to assist the arts community in building sustainable practices, the Creative Economy Department offers workshops on a year round basis that are designed to educate interested community members, artists and arts organizations.

Grant Writing Workshop

Join facilitator and grant experts Inga Lubbock and Sean George, and Culture Officer – Development for the City of Barrie, Amanda Dyke for our upcoming grant writing workshop.

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Location: Sandbox Entrepreneurship Centre 24 Maple Avenue, 2nd floor
(entrance on Maple beside main entrance to Transit Terminal)
Time: 6:00pm

The panel will speak to:

  • Types of grants
  • Funding for individuals versus organizations
  • Industry funds versus arts funds
  • Best practices for grant writing
  • City of Barrie Cultural Grants
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • Various other funding bodies

To register or for more information please email or call (705) 739-4299

Youth Arts Drop-Ins

The Youth Arts Drop-In program is back for the 2019 season, and this year, we’re taking the show on the road. Each month, there will be a different facilitator leading a workshop in a different part of the city. These free workshops will vary, exploring visual and digital arts, music, drama, dance, poetry, and more!

November Drop-in - Ukulele Jam

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
4-6 pm
Free admission
Music Pro – 133 Mapleview Drive West

Join 2018 Barrie Arts Awards winner Megan Anne as she leads a workshop on the ukulele. Megan will show the participants the basics of how to play the ukulele, and then lead the group in a jam session, spanning a wide variety of songs. Youth aged 19 years and younger are welcome to participate. No experience necessary. Instruments will be provided, however participants are encouraged to bring their own ukulele or instruments if they wish.

December Drop-in - Fibre Arts Workshop

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
4-6 pm
Free admission
Creative Bean – 750 Big Bay Point Road

In our final Youth Arts Drop-In of the 2019 season, the team from Crafted Spaces will be bringing their creativity to this art session working with fibre art! Youth aged 19 years and younger are welcome to participate. No experience necessary. All materials will be provided.

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2019 Youth Arts Drop-in Schedule

Date Location Facilitator / Theme
January 9 Five Points Theatre presented by Pratt Homes and Development Shawn Steinhart – Music
February 6 Painswick Library City of Barrie Poet Laureate Victoria Butler – Poetry Jam
March 6 ArtWonderfullJenny Chen – Paint Party
April 10 Five Points Theatre presented by Pratt Homes and Development Theatre by the Bay's Iain Moggach – Drama and Theatre
May 1 Holly Community Centre Loc Nguyen – Character Development & Design - Creating Characters for Animations, Comics and Games
June 5 Tyndale Park Katie Green of Green By Hand – Urban Sketching
July 3 St. Vincent Park Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
September 11 Lampman LaneStreet Art
October 2 Dorian Parker CentreStop Motion Animation
November 6 Music Pro2018 Barrie Arts Award Winner Megan Anne – Ukulele
December 4 Creative Bean Crafted Spaces - Fibre Art

Interested in hosting a Youth Arts Drop-in?

Submit your proposal, including your mentoring/workshop facilitating experience, brief description of the activity and asking rate to

Workshops,Training and Professional Development Opportunities with other Organizations 

Barrie Art Club
Barrie Music Festival
Barrie Public Library
The Creative Space
MacLaren Art Centre
Moving Art
Small Business Centre
Talk is Free Theatre
Theatre by the Bay
Word Up
Work in Culture 

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