Bridge to Work Program for New Canadians in the Arts 2022

February-March 2022

This program is designed for new Canadian or immigrant artists/art workers or those who are unclear about their career direction or seeking more information and skills to be able to navigate the system.

During this online ten-week (one session per week) workshop, participants will:

  • Attend 2 hours Zoom sessions twice a week for five weeks (Attendance in all ten sessions is required).
  • Be connected with a professional in their field of interest through two sessions of coaching program after the ten-session workshops.

Workshops include:

  • Available grants and funds in Ontario
  • Tools, services, and art organizations
  • Writing resume, bio, and artist statement
  • Portfolio review
  • Opportunities and creative jobs
  • Introduction to fine arts in higher education
  • Idea generation


  • One-on-one sessions with facilitators

Date and time:

Every Tuesday and Thursday in February (1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th) and March 1st and 3rd

Time: 4:30 to 6:30 pm


This program pays a $400 stipend to nominated participants to help cover the costs while receiving career training.


  • Worked in the field of art in Canada or internationally
  • Be a newcomer or immigrant who are unclear about their career direction (Having a PR status is not necessary) 
  • Be able to connect with zoom twice a week from February 1 to March 3rd, every Tue and Thursday
  • Be willing to be connected with a professional in their field of interest through two sessions of coaching program after the ten session-workshops

Application form

In partnership with Neilson Park Creative Centre

Funded by Ontario Arts Council

Bridge to Work Program for New Canadians in the Arts 2019

A program for artists and art administrators.

in partnership with Art Starts, Artscape Launchpad, Neighbourhood Arts Network, and Turtle House Art Play Centre.

We will be offering workshops, networking opportunities and studio access (in certain circumstances) to new Canadian artists and art administrators living in the Greater Toronto Area. This program will consist of 7 workshops including:

  • Effective communication skills;
  • Mindset and artists’ career;
  • Art resources in GTA;
  • Writing a bio;
  • Writing a resume;
  • Writing an artist statement;
  • Tax and financial management;
  • and more…

A light refreshment will be provided.

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When and where?

Location: Artscape Daniels Launchpad, 130 Queens Quay East, East Wing, 4th Floor View Map

Workshop Title Date and time Facilitator

Workshop Title Date and time Facilitator
1           Effective communication Monday Nov 12 10 am -1 pm Gabriela Casineanu
2           Successful mindset Monday Nov 19 10 am -1 pm Gabriela Casineanu
3           Art resources in GTAIntroduction to Art organizations Tuesday Nov 27 10 am -1 pm NAN-Mural routes-Vibe Arts
4           State It WriteWriting a statement Monday Dec 3 10 am -1 pm Lyla Rye
5           Show Your ColoursWriting bio and resume, one-on-one guidance Monday Dec 10 10 am -1 pm Lyla Rye
6           Statement Editing AppointmentsOne on one statements editing Monday Dec 17 10 am -2 pm(20 min each participant) Lyla Rye
7           Being Courage about Money Monday Jan 7 10 am -1 pm Neha Kohli




Event: Symposium Path of Possibilities: Exploring the Arts Sector in Toronto, Art Starts

Path of Possibilities: Exploring the Arts Sector in Toronto is a one-day symposium taking place at the North York Central Library on Saturday, October 13th, 2018.

We will be offering workshops and networking opportunities to newcomer artists living in Toronto and emerging artists from the ethno-cultural communities Art Starts serves. This event will consist of 8 program hours, including 6 roundtables and a panel discussion. Workshops will explore topics such as starting an art-based business, accessing arts employment, grant opportunities, and mental health & social resources for arts professionals. Community arts professionals will lead workshops an panel discussions and be available to answer questions from participants. The symposium will conclude with success of stories and Q&A featuring professional artists who are newcomers and/or from ethnocultural groups in Toronto.

  • Round Tables
  • Creative Workshops
  • Panel Discussion
  • Networking

Breakfast & lunch will be provided as well as tokens.


Incubating program for Newcomer Artists

Stay tuned!

My Art My New Land Cohort 3

A new program for Newcomer Artists

March 2018

My Art My New Land cohort 3 is a program that has been created to help newcomer artists face and overcome challenges in a new culture and society by providing an opportunity to develop communication skills in authentic and dynamic situations.  It includes workshops, networking sessions, and STUDIO ACCESS! 

Partners and sponsors: Ontario Art Council, WorkInCulture, and ArtStarts.


ArtStarts Toronto, Yorkdale Community Arts Centre
3401 Dufferin St. Lower Level

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