Call for Submissions: Join the 2016/2017 Paprika Festival

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Paprika Festival is currently seeking applications for our 2016/2017 artistic programs. Whether you’re looking to meet new collaborators, starting your first project and don’t know where it could end up or you have the perfect vision for an exciting new play, Paprika can support you in taking your work to the next level.

Through our free, diverse artistic training programs Paprika provides:

-Connections with leading professional artists for personalized   mentorships

-Space to experiment, develop your work and take creative  risks

-Help to prepare you for a career in the arts through professional development workshops

This year, our programs begin November 2016 and lead up to a showcase at Paprika Festival in May 2017. The Festival will take place at Native Earth’s Aki Studio in Daniels Spectrum, a cultural hub in Regent Park, in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts.

Paprika is committed to accessibility. If you need assistance with your application in any way please don’t hesitate to contact us. We strive to be a barrier free organization and we want to make this as easy as possible for you! Paprika Festival offers  interviews to every applicant, so if a written application poses any challenges to you, we can easily go through the questions in your interview. Paprika Festival is an equal opportunity organization and strongly encourages applications from Indigenous, culturally diverse applicants and any equity seeking group, including but not limited to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability status.

More information about Paprika programs and how to apply can be found here:


Our programs are working towards being barrier free. If you have any challenges applying for the program, or questions about any of the programs, feel free to write to Artistic Producer Darwin Lyons at or call at 416-799-5112. We are more than happy to make accommodations to any equity seeking person who needs an adjustment to the application  process.

Jesus Mora’s exhibition “Cosmovision Maya” at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

North York Arts Celebrates Mayan Heritage with Guggenheim Fellow Jesus Mora

This September, Jesus Mora exhibits Cosmovision Maya at the Toronto Centre for
the Arts . Presented by North York Arts , a fellowship from The John Simon
Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and a grant from the Ontario Arts Council , Mora’s
series of painting explore the teaches of Mayan cosmology he has learned from Martolo
Alvarez , a K’iche’ elder of the community.

Using the ancient t exts of the Pop Wuj, a series of paintings were created using Mayan
iconography. Mora writes: “The subjects of my work have a life cycle of their own, within
which are contained reality, fantasy, the microscopic world and the universe. This
represents a constant conversation between ourselves and our surroundings not only in the
material world but also in the subconscious one.”

“North York Arts is thrilled to present Jesus Mora’s work for the first time in Canada” said
North York Arts Executive Director, Lila Karim . “We are so glad that we can celebrate
Mayan heritage and artistry in North York. Our partnership champions diverse arts outside
of the downtown core of Toronto.”

Mora’s Cosmovision Maya is now on exhibition in the Lower Gallery, Toronto Centre for
the Arts , on 5040 Yonge Street from September 8th to the 28th .
Gallery hours are 1:00pm – 4: 30pm.

A reception will be held on Mexican Independence Day, September 15th, from 5:30 -7:30pm.

Mora will also participate in an Aztec dance workshop at the new Lee Lifeson Art Park on
October 2nd, 2016 . Join us for a day of music, dance and art that celebrates the best of
North York and the City of Toronto!

Learn more about Jesus Mora at:

About North York Arts

North York Arts (NYA) is an arts service organization designed to address the needs and
interests of North York artists, arts organizations and residents. North York Arts is working
in collaboration with Toronto City Councillors, Culture Division and various community
partners to foster North York arts programming, provide art services to the region and
bridge connections in the art and culture community between North York and the rest of the
City. Since inception in August 2011, NYA has serviced over 100,000 audience attendees
and participants to various programs, events and workshops. Major supporters include
Toronto Arts Foundation, City of Toronto, Minto and Toronto Centre for the Arts. For more
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Ely Rosenblum
Development and Communications Manager
North York Arts