Arowana provides immersive, customized training and mentorship to emerging, youth and/or newcomer artists. A unique platform for leadership, learning and artistic development, Arowana aims to increase equity in the arts sector and support future leaders from all backgrounds.
Arowana captures the simple but powerful notion of the well-known adage, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day… teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” (Lao-tse). Through Arowana, Art Starts will train the next generation of community arts leaders by providing them with customized mentorship and training using Art Starts’ principles and best practices toolbox. As a pioneer community arts organization with a unique facilitation model, it is important that we transfer knowledge by educating the next generation of leaders.
Arowana Training is offered to artists who have an interest in using the arts as a tool for building healthier communities. Artists already have a set of developed skills based on their art practice, but many lack formal job training and ‘real-life’ experience working within an organizational context and in community settings. Through Arowana, participants develop and strengthen their skills, knowledge and abilities while experiencing real-life scenarios and leading their own projects in the community of their choice.
About Art Starts
Art Starts is an award-winning charitable, not-for-profit organization that uses arts as a vehicle to encourage social change in Toronto's underserved neighbourhoods. The organization brings professional artists and communities together to work in and across all artistic disciplines. Art Starts understands the arts are a medium for engaging residents, creating a shared sense of identity, identifying challenges and collectively working to overcome them. Founded in 1992, the organization has pioneered community-engaged arts practices in Ontario. artstartsto.com
Art Starts is looking for youth, emerging and/or newcomer artists living and working in Toronto to become a Program Curator as part of the Arowana Training! (This program is intended for people who have never been a Program Curator at Art Starts before)
Each participant designs, plans, implements and evaluates their own community art project. Each project is meant to engage with 10-15 or more community residents in 12 hours of community-building arts programming. Artists are coached throughout, by Special Special Projects Manager in every stage of project implementation: concept, planning, budgeting, securing space, developing partnerships, outreach & recruitment, workshop facilitation, etc.
Deadline to fill out the application: Sunday, February 3rd at midnight
Pre-Selected participants will be notified on Thursday, February 10th
Training Day: Thursday, February 14th at Art Starts Studio from 5 to 9 pm
Top 4 Recipients notification: Tuesday, February 19th.
Signing Contract: Thursday, February 28th (6 pm to 8 pm)
Program Outreach: March 21st
Final Report and Debriefing Meeting: June 21st
Curate and run a series of workshops
6 workshops total (18 hours total)
2 hours per workshop (you will be on site half hour before and half hour after to set up space and clean space)
City-Wide (excluding Art Starts' current sites -Chester Le, Villaways, Eglinton and Oakwood, Lawrence Heights, Neptune and Glendower.)
Note: You need to secure your own site. Library, community centre, agency, etc. (We can provide you with a letter of support if needed.)
Outreach: March 21st to April 9th, 2019
Program runs: from April 10th to June 15th, 2019
1 to 2 (2 hours) sessions a week (6 sessions in total)
Each Lead Artist (YOU) will receive exclusive training by Special Projects Manager, Julian Carvajal, on February 14th, 2019
(Before you apply, please make sure you are able to join us on the training from 5 pm to 9 pm. -Please remember this day is San Valentine)
You will have an A
on site while running your workshop provided by Art Starts.
You will work with a
to create the poster of your workshop (Art Starts will be providing this service) You will connect with the GD on Monday, March 4th and your poster must be ready by Wednesday, March 20th (First Draft, Second Draft & Final)
Artist Fees: $1,530.00
*These values cannot be moved within categories (eg. $100 from materials to transportation)
**34 hours divided | 18 hours of programming | 4 hours to sign the contract and debriefing meeting | 12 hours for outreach, mentorship, etc.
Photographs/Video for documentation purposes -cellphone videos are allowed.
Final artwork piece/product
Number of participants 15 to 20
Any art form is welcomed!
Marginalized and/or visible minorities/communities
Number of Opportunities
4 projects will be selected!
Longevity and Sustainability (15%)
Submission Quality (10%)