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Sign up for a one-on-one consultation with industry experts for professional development support for artists.

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The Mentor in Residence program aims to assist artists in further developing community arts practices by providing mentorship support in career planning, project development, and developing entrepreneurial skills through virtual consultation sessions with industry professionals during a one-on-one online consultation,

Due to COVID-19, many artists have been forced to cancel and postpone event based presentations and exhibitions, causing many barriers for artists in re-designing showcases and event-based artistic programs.

In partnership with North York Arts, Neighbourhood Arts Network are pleased to present a mentor in residence program to support artists and arts organizations with the re-designing and reimagining of artistic work.

Spots are limited to one per person as we pilot this project. There may be opportunity to schedule multiple sessions with your mentor, depending on the project/support focus. Please speak to your mentor about this during your consultation. As we pilot this program we are aiming to support as many artists as possible.

Tickets for mentors will be released closer to their consultation date. Stay updated by following our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, and check our website for updates on this program and the other programs we are offering free and remotely to artists.


We are continuing learning how to make digital communications and meetings more accessible. Currently consultations are offered over Zoom and phone. please let us know if you require ASL interpretation, note taking or another form of accommodation, and we will try our best to support you!


  • Melissa Foster, Program and Outreach Director, North York Arts
  • Cecilia Garcia, Program and Volunteer Manager, North York Arts
  • Emily Peltier, Program Manager, Scarborough Arts
  • Derek Spooner, Executive Director, Scarborough Arts
  • Stephanie Draker, Program Manager, WorkInCulture
  • Mona Afshari, Marketing & Communications Manager, WorkInCulture
  • Jessica Watkin, Accessibility Designer and Consultant, Disability Dramaturg
  • Shay Erlich & Jenna Roy, Accessibility Consultants and Founders of The Cyborg Circus Project
  • Mick Brambilla, Program Manager, UrbanArts
  • Aitak Sorahitalab, Co-founder & Executive Director, Airsa

Please visit https://neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/programs/mentor-in-residence for mentorship specialty areas and mentor bios.


- We will try our best to accommodate your needs. Please email eva@torontoarts.org with accessibility requests as soon as possible so we can try to make your consultation as comfortable and beneficial as possible.

- Participants are limited to one ticket per event. If you order more than one ticket, all but one will be canceled. Please do not book time slots on someones behalf without notifying us- it's important we can talk with the artist directly to ensure we can provide the necessary support.

- You are strongly encouraged to cancel if you think you will not attend. Not showing up to your session without notice takes the opportunity away from another artist who could benefit from it, and sees valuable programming money spent on an empty seat. Be a good neighbour and be honest!

- No tickets left? Email Eva at eva@torontoarts.org to be added to the waitlist, or drop by anytime to take the spot of a no-show. Please note we can not guarantee a spot or maximum wait time if you choose to drop-in.

Questions or concerns? Email eva@torontoarts.org

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