ArtworksTO Events


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One-on-One portfolio Consultations In partnership with Mentor In Residence

Do you need to take your porfolio to the next level? In these sessions, you will be able to share your current or existing portfolio for valuable feedback. Sessions are available on a first come, first served basis. Book a 30min consultation session with our Portfolio mentor today! 

Portfolio Mentor:

Mary Anne (Mare) Garcia (she/her) is a Canadian Filipinx product/furniture designer and creative director behind Space Queen Studio - a Toronto-based home goods studio where cute 'n kitschy meets pop culture but with a succulent green twist. Garcia’s creative practice is guided by her fascination with building, experimentation, and material exploration. She is a recipient of COFO design’s inaugural furniture design challenge, and an advocate of slow and ethical design. Her work looks to transform ordinary interactions through playfulness and greenery

*No longer available: Portfolio Consultations geared towards pre-application support for ArtWorksTO.

*Available starting March 6: Portfolio Consultations for general purposes, through our Mentor in Residence program.



Missed our portfolio training? Don't fret, we have you covered. Check out out the recording! 

OCAD Portfolio Training 

A Guide to Building a Strong Portfolio | click here for the recording

As an artist entrepreneur, it’s important that your portfolio tells a compelling story about you. It’s what employers, clients, granting agencies, or educators look at to understand your skills, interests, and passions. 

ArtWorksTO invites media artists who are Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, and/or 2SLGBTQ+ youth (ages 18-29) to participate in portfolio training and to connect with OCAD U creative professionals. 

In this workshop you’ll learn:

How to craft your bio and artist statement
Fundamentals on presenting a strong portfolio for education, employment, and grants
How to write about your creative work
Tips on navigating your creative career from emerging creatives


Workshop Facilitator:

Maryanne Casasanta is an artist educator working in photography, video and performance. Central to her practice is the relationship between art and home, and art and life. Often documented through photos or video, performances of light gestures and subtle interventions propose ways of transforming a routine experience, promoting an active immersion—and reconsideration of—small, ordinary events. Maryanne observes other areas of research such as, process-based learning and art making, co-creation, and movement, which she explores by working alongside artists across a number of fields. She has exhibited widely and her projects have been supported by the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. Maryanne earned a BFA from OCAD University (Integrated Media, 2005) and holds an MFA from the University of Guelph (2014). She is currently a Master of Education candidate in the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning program at the University of Toronto.




Past Events

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Workforce Development in Arts and Culture Roundtable

ArtworksTO: Skills for a Creative Future presents Workforce Development in Arts and Culture Roundtable hosted at OCAD University. This full day hybrid event will bring together leaders from across Canada working in workforce development to share work integrated  models, share insights, learnings and best practices for the arts and culture sector.  

Date: September 16, 2022  

Time: 9:30am- 2:30pm

Location: OCADU

Register Today!


9:30 am


light breakfast will be provided.

9:50 am 

Panel 1: Centering equity, diversity and inclusion in workforce development  in the arts & culture sector. 

Duration: 1.5 hrs 

Moderated by: Cole Forrest


  • Kadon Douglas , Executive Director BIPOC TV & Film 
  • Sean Lee, Director of Programming at Tangled Arts 
  • Angie Aranda, Manager, Neighborhood Arts Network




 *Lunch will be provided to all registrants



  •  Prem Gill - CEO, Creative BC
  •  Katyanna Yee, Creative Pathways Program Lead



Panel 2:  Building cohesive workforce development pathways in the arts and and culture sector.


  • Biju Pappachan, POV FILM    
  • Annalie Bonda - Executive Director, The Remix Project     ‚Äč
  • Melanie Nepinak Hadley, Warner Access Canada 
  • Evan Tapper, OCADU

 Moderated by: Adriana Beemans, Metcalf Foundation

2:10 pm  Closing remarks


ArtWorksTO is a partnership between Toronto Arts Foundation's Neighbourhood Arts Network (NAN), City of Toronto, The Remix Project, and Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCAD U).