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Artists and Artisans Development and Network

Platform of Immigrant and Refugee Artists and Artisans

OUr History:


Artists and Artisans Development and Network (AADN) was formed in 2014.  The co-founders felt the need to create a platform to support local artists and artisans through community development framework.  After series of discussions with residents, newcomers and other immigrants, AADN was formed.  Initially artists of AADN participated at many local and community events and festivals to promote and showcase their work..


Our Goals:


  • To support newcomer and immigrant Artists and Artisans by giving them a platform for training and development;
  • To involve local residents in building cohesive and vibrant community through Arts, crafts and performing arts.


Our Philosophy:


Established in 2014 as a not-for-profit organization AADN is committed to assist Immigrant  and newcomer Artists and Artisans in embarking opportunities which can bring them a decent living and foster community development through arts, crafts and performing arts.

Programs and Services:


Festivals & Events:


AADN informs, organizes and encourages local artists in Scarborough and Greater Toronto Area to partake in festival and events.  Our artists have exhibited their talents and have performed in many events such as ice fest, afro fest and local festivals.  Our aim is to make communities become aware of the rich cultural diversity through arts, crafts and performing arts by organizing festivals and events to support our mandate.


Documentaries:


Through the medium of documentaries, AADN aims to bring social awareness on the issues related to systemic, social and economic barriers of Artists and Artisans from immigrant backgrounds who face challenges in continuing and nurturing their talents. Our short videos also helps artists and artisans to promote their work and supports their small business initiatives.


Information and Referrals:


Through our list-serve, community dialogues, focus group discussions with residents and artists, we inform them about various support systems and platforms to take assistance from.


AADN strategic plan includes development of its multi-lingual directory of service providers and institutions for artists and artisans to take help from.


Workshops and Training:

 

​Our workshops and training programs are aimed to involve artists and other community members to come together in putting together creative contributions in visual arts, written word and digital story telling. We are aiming to work with seniors, refugees and women in empowering them through arts and creative collaboration.