ART OF FACILITATION - Nia Centre for the Arts


Art of Facilitation is a train-the-trainer workshop series that infuses popular education techniques with presentation, workshop planning and facilitation skills needed to engage young audiences.

With a combination of experiential learning opportunities, workshops and mentorship, this six week program allows youth to develop their skills and learn the best practices in delivering culturally relevant workshops in schools, community spaces and beyond.

“I learned soft skills- from body language, posture, tone and how to engage in intentional self-reflective thinking when planning a workshop”


Art of Facilitation is open to youth and emerging facilitators who;

  • Are between the ages of 13-29 years old
  • Have an interest in learning how to plan, design and organize workshops
  • Have an interest in facilitating art-based workshops to young audiences
  • Are able to commit to all workshop sessions
  • Live within the GTA, and are able to commute to the Oakwood-Vaughan community
  • Preference will be given to emerging artists who are part of the African Diaspora.


Workshop I: Best Practices in Facilitation

Participants will begin by unpacking their past facilitation experiences to discover what has worked and has been unsuccessful in the past.  By understanding what techniques work and what should be avoided, participants will be provided with tips and tools to effectively engage youth audiences. 

Workshop II: Inclusive and Equitable Practices in Facilitation

Participants will learn how to be equitable in their teaching practices and who create an environment where everyone feels included and engaged through the use of popular education.

Workshop III: Working with and Creating Safe Spaces for Marginalized Youth

Participants will learn how to engage marginalized audiences by recognizing the roots of their marginalization and what tools get their attention.  Emphasis will be made on creating safe spaces that youth want to be in and feel respected in.

Workshop IV: Managing Conflict and Enhancing Group Participation

Participants will learn how to manage and work with disruptive and challenging audiences. Using case studies and role-play, participants will learn the best practices in group facilitation.

Workshop V: Program Organization and Planning

Participants will learn how to put an effective, engaging, though-provoking workshop together.  Using the tools that they will acquire from this workshop, participants will create a mini workshop that they will present to the group for feedback and critique. 

Workshop VI: Presentation Techniques

Participants will learn the techniques that will make them stronger presenters.  Participants will focus on their volume, clarity and personal quirks and will learn how to engage their audiences in innovative ways.

Check out the highlights from the 2016 Art of Facilitation Cohort!

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