Luminato Festival

The Sketchbook Project Brings Art to the Masses

The Sketchbook Project is a collection of more than 27,000 sketchbooks from 135 countries. The crowd-funded project, dubbed a traveling library of artists' sketchbooks, started in 2010 and invites people -- artistic or not -- to tell their stories by filling and donating sketchbooks.
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Susan Swan: My Novel-Writing Secrets

First, pull out a large piece of drafting paper. You're going to use it as a map. You will be amazed at how much more easily your ideas will coalesce if you see them visually. Virginia Woolf once compared this process to fishing. You throw a line in the river and wait to see what comes. And there is a certain patience involved in storytelling or making an argument. I call it trusting the process. If you are still daunted by the blank page, dictate your most interesting scene into a tape recorder. You can do the same thing with your three main points.The beauty of the tape recorder is that it skips over the inner critic and lets you blurt out what you're interested in writing
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Room For Everyone At Luminato's Table

This year's Luminato Festival has a new culinary twist -- the Toronto Carretilla Initiative -- an experiential installation by artist Rainer Prohaska. The installation, made of shopping carts, boards, clamps, sheet metal and other building supplies, brings together function and form -- and food! Participation is free. I am highly recommending this to any foodie, budding cook, or art lover!

Funding To Dry Up For Toronto Arts

Provincial funding for Toronto's Luminato festival is to be cut by $3.5 million over the next two years. Festival organizers were expecting to receive $4 million from Ontario next year and $4.5 milli...