Block by Block, Thread by Thread is a series of arts-based workshops for newcomers to Toronto. Participants are invited to bring a textile or textile-related memory pertaining to their migration story to the workshops. Together, we will explore the powerful ways that textiles capture meaning and memory, while learning a textile making technique. No previous skills required.

Workshops are open to all newcomers. Registration required and space is limited. TTC tokens will be provided for registered participants.

Register HERE


Support for newcomer and refugee artists

Toronto Arts Council has two granting programs for newcomer and refugee artists. Individual artists working in any discipline can apply to develop their arts practice with the help of a mentor through the Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship program. Organizations and collectives that are engaging newcomers and refugees through the arts can apply for funding through the Newcomer and Refugee Arts Engagement program. For more information about these programs, visit:

Information sessions:

January 25, 2018 at Toronto Centre for the Arts

February 15, 2018 at Urban Arts

Applications to both programs are due May 1, 2018

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