Art Starts is hiring a program facilitator and offering a paid opportunity to learn drag!

Art Starts creates vibrant Toronto neighbourhoods through community-building arts initiatives. We inspire long-term social change by using the arts to engage residents, collectively work to overcome challenges and create a shared sense of identity. Our collaborative approach to art-making celebrates communities, nurtures resilience, cultivates life skills and inspires personal growth. Established in 1992, Art Starts is recognized as one of Toronto’s leading community arts organizations. The Toronto Arts Foundation recognized Art Starts with its Arts for Youth Award.


Job Posting: Program Facilitator                  

Application Deadline: March 19, 2021

Rate of Pay:  $23/hr           

Intended Start Date: As soon as possible

Art Starts is currently looking for a Program Coordinator for our girl’s mentorship program. The ideal candidate will have lived experience in this capacity and be a positive role model for our young participants.  This position serves the black community in the Lawrence Heights area, our ideal candidate should be a representative of this group.

The Program Facilitator is a member of the Art Starts team who will be responsible for coordinating  specific projects within the organization and will report directly to the Program Director. The Program Facilitator will foster a positive and  engaging environment for participants while ensuring high artistic merit, impact, organizational effectiveness and accountability. The Program Manager promotes Art Starts’ organizational culture, works in cooperation with individuals and organizations and supports our artists and program participants to be the best they can be.


Duties and Responsabilities:

The Program Facilitator is responsible for all tasks and duties related to the successful implementation of their assigned programs using a broad, community- oriented framework as their guide. Program Facilitators report to, receive support from and work with the Art Starts Program Director.

Program Management

●        Design programs and workshops with art facilitators to engage diverse cultural backgrounds and age groups

●        Work with Art Starts’ Program Director to collaboratively develop the artistic vision with residents, based on community needs.

●        Facilitate effective outreach and community consultation

●        Balance responsiveness to community needs alongside artistic excellence

●        Ensure an inclusive, emotionally and physically safe program environment for participants and staff

●         Meet project goals and identify, address and troubleshoot barriers that may arise

●        Manage, organize and contribute to collaborative and interconnected projects & initiatives

●        Actively participate in professional development activities

●        Track and report project goals and grant deliverables to Art Starts and Community Stakeholders

●        Identify, address and troubleshoot challenges and conflicts that may arise

●        Attend relevant meetings


Artistic Vision

●        Hire experienced and hiqh quality art facilitators, collaboratively develop an artistic vision for their workshops based on community needs and aspirations

●        Support art facilitators to work responsively with community participants within Art Starts mandate of building community based arts initiatives.


Communication & Facilitation

●        Communicate effectively with participants, community residents and other stakeholders to determine program direction, needs and interests

●        Communicate Art Starts mandate to program participants

●        Suggest project changes and interventions to achieve project goals

●        Respond to all stakeholders in a timely, clear and respectful manner

●        Advise and give support to staff when resolving issues



●        Hire, provide direction and oversee project team: art facilitators, program assistants, volunteers, etc. with guidance from the Program Director

●        Constructively and tactfully manage conflict and resolve problems


Financial Management

●        Monitor and manage program expenditures while adhering to budgets

●        Suggest project changes and interventions to achieve project goals


Reporting, Administration & Documentation

●        Submit program reports following final program date

●        Ensure each project is documented through photos, video and/or participant testimonials

●        Ensure all appropriate releases are signed (photo/video, field trips, etc.)

●        Oversee evaluation process with support from Art Starts



●        2+ years experience in program coordination

●        Experience in working with children and youth from marginalized communities

●        2+ years experience in not-for-profit arts or community organization

●        Experience working with other partners and liaising with different stakeholders

●        Superior communication, project management and organizational skills

●        Administrative and reporting experience and attention-to-detail

●        Familiarity with community-engaged arts sector in Toronto and understanding of art-making in a community context

●        Strong understanding of the issues affecting underserved Toronto neighbourhoods

●        Team player, with ability to work independently

●        Availability evenings and some weekends as required

●        Access to a vehicle is an asset


Send resume & cover letter towith Program Facilitator listed in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Drag Acadamy

Have you ever watched RuPaul’s Drag Race and thought that this would be something you would be great at? Do you want to explore that fabulous part of you that loves makeup and costumes but never had the chance?  Well now is your opportunity! Art Starts in partnership with the Drag Academy wants to send some lucky individuals to explore the wonderful world of Drag! Art Starts will pay for your experience in whatever course you choose. 

If you live in Lawrence Heights, Oakwood and Eglinton, Neptune, Chester Le or Glendower communities, you qualify for a chance at a free course. 

To apply send in a brief description of yourself and let Art Starts know why you want this opportunity.

Application Due Date:  Feb 28 at 5:00pm

Who can apply?:      Youth ages 15-19


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