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Calling all York Region Artists!

The York Region Arts Council is excited to announce the call for applications for our Arts Mentorship Program. Artists of all disciplines and career levels are welcome to apply. Whether you are an emerging, mid-career, or established artist, we want to provide you with a mentorship opportunity with an expert in your industry.

The Arts Mentorship Program will be a chance for artists in York Region to connect, learn, and grow through one-on-one mentorship with an experienced artist within their discipline. YRAC has identified a need for community building and professional development opportunities for artists in York Region. Through this program, we want to connect artists to provide a platform for learning and growth in the community.

Artists seeking mentorship (Mentees) will be paired with a mentor who has experience in the area in which they seek mentorship. 

Program Goals:

  • create connections within the York Region arts community
  • pair like-minded individuals to work with one another
  • offer support for local artists in all disciplines, including but not limited to: Performance Arts, Visual and Media Arts (including Film/Video), Dance, Music, Multidisciplinary, Crafts, Theatre and Literary Arts
  • build a network of strong arts professionals and leaders in York Region
  • develop future artists and build the arts community in York Region

Eligibility Requirements

  • Artist must identify a need for a mentor; all experience levels are welcome, so long as you can identify the need for a mentor at your stage in your career
  • Artist must be able to define the artistic discipline in which they seek mentorship, and in specific cases, define a specialty (or career path) in which you would like your mentor to work within. Ex. I would like to be mentored in Dance (discipline), with a focus on choreography (specialty) 
  • Artist must be a resident and/or working in York Region*
  • Artist must be 18 years or older
  • Incomplete application forms will not be accepted
  • You must be a York Region Arts Council member to be eligible for this program. You are able to apply as a non-member but must register for membership if accepted. To become a member, please click here. 

Interested in Applying to be a Mentee? 
Click Here for more information and full application details. DEADLINE EXTENDED September 8, 2019 at 11:59pm.


For those interested in being a MENTOR, please contact Deanna Galati, Program Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with information about who you are, and how you may be able to offer your knowledge and skills to a Mentee.  

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York Region Arts Council is an equal opportunity employer who is committed to providing a place that is diverse and inclusive to all and one that reflects the community we serve. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations if required. If you are a person with a disability and require assistance during the application and/or program, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1.905.726.3278.

If you have any questions about the Art Mentorship Program, please contact Deanna Galati, Program Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*York Region includes all nine municipalities of the Regional Municipality of York (Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, Newmarket, Aurora, Stouffville, East Gwillimbury, Georgina and King). 
 

Do you love poetry? Do you love trying new things?

Then come out to York Region Arts Council Youth Committee's first ever event! Participate in a workshop held by spoken word poet and freelance writer Sheniz Janmohamed to learn more about poetry and share some of your own pieces. There will be an opportunity to share what you've created in the workshop or to bring in your own original spoken word!

No previous experience required. Enjoy an evening of coffee and meeting new young aspiring artists! We can't wait to see you there!

Please note that this event is for youth aged 16-24! While we welcome artists of all ages, the Youth Committee is focused on developing young voices in the York Region arts and culture community.

The event will be Pay-What-You-Can. Please register online for free to attend. RSVP NOW. 

York Region Arts Council’s Youth Committee (YRAC Youth Committee) 

The York Region Arts Council’s Youth Committee is a group of dedicated youth-focused on making a positive impact on the arts and culture sector of York Region and beyond. They hope to express the importance of the arts and spread awareness of the arts as a profession and a passion. They are dedicated to removing the stigma around professions in the arts and want to help younger generations in setting goals aligned with their dream careers realistically and successfully. They want to develop a platform for youth artists to become leaders. 

The YRAC Youth Committee is passionate about building a community between youth artists and other generations. Through monthly meetings, the team works on planning for a staple event that will bring awareness and help educate youth on the available pathways in the arts. Their goal is to create spaces that make artists feel safe to share different ideas and media. 

YRAC Youth Committee Goals: 

  • To develop leadership opportunities for youth interested in the arts
  • To create a platform for the youth voice in developing new programs and opportunities for aspiring artists
  • To create a region-wide network of youth leaders to spread awareness of arts opportunities in York Region
  • Develop more pathways for youth to discover a career in the arts and/or become creative entrepreneurs within York Region and beyond
  • To support the YRAC mandate: creating a dynamic York Region arts and culture scene by increasing knowledge, communication and awareness

Note: hours put towards the Youth Committee can be used towards community service hours for High School students.

How to Apply:

Applications closed. 

If you have any questions about the Youth Committee, please email Deanna Galati at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Artist in Residence Program

The Artist in Residence Program offers an opportunity for York Region based artists to further develop their professional practice and gain exposure in the arts and culture sector. Artists spend three months working in a host space with access to a dedicated work space and resources. Open to artists of varying levels and disciplines, this program provides an opportunity for artists to build their portfolio in a professional atmosphere and can help gain exposure to potential partners, media channels, and patrons of the arts. This is a unique opportunity for York Region artists to gain the resources and accessibility to improve their professional work while simultaneously contributing to a creative York Region. 

Artists in Residence Program Goals:

  • Create a new work of art inspired by the space & community of the host organization

  • Engage the community in which the artist will be hosted

  • Provide an opportunity for York Region artists to build their portfolio

  • Provide resources and exposure to support artists in York Region 

  • Contribute to the creation of a vibrant York Region

The current 2019 Artists in Residence are being hosted by the Kortright Centre for Conservation and the Lake St. George Field Centre. Artists receive a budget of $2500 and a work space for the duration of the residency. 

The current Artists in Residence are Leonora Buskin, Nancy Falconi, and Joanna Huang. 

About the Artists: 

Leonora Buskin is an emerging young artist and an Ontario certified arts educator based in the City of Vaughan. As part of her professional development, Leonora has been experimenting with a mixed media approach that involves the integration of botanical specimens into her paintings, photographs, and stained glass works. Pressed botanical arrangements have become a symbol for memory in her work, particularly the preservation of a moment in time. Leonora graduated with a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Education from York University in 2017, and will be graduating from MacEwan University’s Arts and Cultural Management Certificate Program this year.

Leonora's Upcoming Workshops: 
Plein Air Workshop at the Kortright Centre for Conservation - August 21, 2019
Register Here

For Nancy Falconi photography is a reunion with a long lost love that dates back to the photos she would take of her three younger sisters as a child. Her career has always been about relationships first as a Human Resources Professional in the corporate world. Then returning to her passion for photography, capturing images of her subjects that are at once evocative, emotional, and dynamic. Her strength lies in the ability to capture the essence of a moment or a being in an instant. Her images and mixed media artwork have been widely published, collected & exhibited in editorial/advertising campaigns and galleries.

Nancy's Upcoming Workshops: 
Photography as Meditation at the Kortright Centre for Conservation - Saturday August 17 & Saturday September 28, 2019, 9am - 12pm
Register Here

Joanne Rich is an artist with a focus on sustainability, in which her backyard has become the source for her materials. Branches are used to form the skeleton for her lanterns, and plants used for papermaking are grown for their fibers. Joanne has won first place at Whitchurch-Stouffville Art in the Park. She has also won first place in 3D art from the South Simcoe Arts Council. Today with support from the Ontario Arts Council, she continues to teach papermaking and lantern making skills to students throughout Ontario.

Joanne's Upcoming Workshops: 
Floating Concert, Passages at Dusk at Lake St George -  September 14, 2019, 5-7:30pm
Register Here

These artists will be in residence from now until September 2019. Look back in the Spring of 2020 for applications for next years' cohort. 

Upcoming

Building and Measuring Social Strategy: The ROM’s Solution

Thursday, April 3 | 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
With Ryan Dodge, Social Media Coordinator at the Royal Ontario Museum
At The Varley Art Gallery of Markham 
YRAC, MAC & Varley Members: FREE
Nonmembers: $10

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Do’s & Don’ts of Grant Writing: OAC Information Session

Wednesday, May 14 | 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
With Loree Lawrence, Community and Multidisciplinary Arts Officer and Lisa Wöhrle, Associate Visual Art and Crafts Officer at the Ontario Arts Council 
At the Vellore Cultural Interpretive Centre 
YRAC Members: FREE
Nonmembers: $10 

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Upcoming

The York Region Arts Council offers monthly free Arts Cafe and Symposium Events – an opportunity to expand your skills and meet with other artists. We also welcome suggestions for future sessions.

Brand U: Perfecting Your Personal & Business Brand

Wednesday, March 5 | 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
With Laura Furtado, Dancer, Choreographer and Founder/Owner at DivaGirl Inc.
At 19 on the Park – Lebovic Centre for Arts & Entertainment, Whitchurch-Stouffville 
YRAC Members: FREE
Nonmembers: $10 

 

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Brand U: Perfecting Your Personal & Business Brand

Wednesday, March 5 | 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
With Laura Furtado, Dancer, Choreographer and Founder/Owner at DivaGirl Inc.
At 19 on the Park – Lebovic Centre for Arts & Entertainment, Whitchurch-Stouffville 

Email Marketing Tips & Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation

Tuesday, April 22 | 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
With Robert Burko, CEO of Elite Email
At the Aurora Cultural Centre 
YRAC Members: FREE
Nonmembers: $10

Culture Days 2014 Info Session

Tuesday, May 27 | 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
With Catherine McLeod, Culture Days Animator/Coordinator 
At the Elgin West Community Centre 
YRAC Members & Nonmembers: FREE
 

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Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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