Making A Living Making Art

A free professional development workshop series for creative entrepreneurs. The series provides opportunities for artists to gain valuable information, skills and insights on creating and sustaining a creative practice.

Through workshops, roundtables or panels of discussion, industry experts provide their perspective and expertise into a number of topics geared towards artists and small to mid-sized arts organizations. Topics can include:

- self-promotion; 
- communications platforms and techniques: 
- sponsorship and fundraising; 
- creative entrepreneurship;
 -marketing strategies;
- brand identity;
- creative rights protection and more!


2019 Making a Living Making Art Workshops

Project Development 

Saturday, June 15th, 2019, 10 AM-4 PM

East End Arts, 450 Broadview Ave

Join us on Saturday June 15 for a 30 minute 1-on-1 session with 1 of 3 experienced project development consultants. Make sure to sign up ahead of time to guarantee your 1-on-1 session, as spots are limited and given on a first come, first serve basis. Please bring a project you've already begun working on to maximize your time with the consultant. The more specific the project, the better! Refreshments will be provided while you wait. Consultations with consultant Chris Gehman and an ASL Interpretter are provided from 10-11AM and 11AM-12PM. 

Register here.

Melissa Foster, North York Arts

Melissa has over 10 years working in various roles throughout the public sector. In her career, she has collaborated on several community arts projects and facilitated arts programs both abroad and within Toronto. Melissa is the Program and Outreach Director for North York Art where she oversees the programming vision and creative design, as well as the management and administration of both on-going and special projects. Her primary focus is on the development and implementation of professional support services for artists; looking towards creating sector-wide collaborations and community-driven, participatory arts-based programming. Outside of her role at North York Arts Melissa continues to create and facilitate community programs that incorporate her experiences in both the social service sector and the arts. Most recently, she co-facilitated a workshop, Reclaiming Tkaronto/Toronto: Transforming Lenses Around Mental Wellness for the Myseum Intersections Festival. Melissa holds a BA (hons) in Theatre Studies as well as a Community Arts Practice Certificate from York University. She also holds a post-degree diploma in Arts Management from Western University. 

Julian Carvajal, Art Starts

Julian is a colourful Colombo-Canadian Media Artist, Arts Manager, Producer and Arts & Culture Promoter. He has over 15 years of experience in managing and delivering large scale arts festivals, coordinating personnel, producing shows, marketing, budgeting, managing staff, and building community and media relations. 

Chris Gehman, VTape

Chris Gehman is a filmmaker, curator, educator and critic. He is familiar with many funding systems for individual artists and arts organizations, particularly in media and visual arts. His films have screened at festivals and other venues around world; his film Dark Adaptation (2016) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and screened at the 2017 Berlinale. Chris was Artistic Director of the Images Festival from 2000 to 2004, and has also worked as a programmer for Cinematheque Ontario and TIFF. Currently, he is Finance Manager at Vtape, Canada's leading non-profit distributor of artists' videos. As an independent programmer, he has organized screenings for venues including Experimenta (Bangalore), Image Forum (Tokyo), Lago Film Fest (Italy), and the Ann Arbor Film Festival (USA). Chris was editor of Explosion in the Movie Machine: Essays and Documents on Toronto Artists’ Film and Video (LIFT & Images Festival, 2013) and co-editor, with Steve Reinke, of The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema (YYZ Books, 2005); his writings on experimental media have appeared in critical anthologies, and in periodicals such as Millennium Film Journal, Cinema Scope and Take One. He has served on the boards of directors of a number of arts organizations including the Hand Eye Society (2015-19); Images Festival (2006-09); Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (President, 1999-2001); and Pleasure Dome (1994-97).

 


Grant Consultations: 1-on-1

Saturday, July 20th, 2019, 10 AM-4 PM

Tea Base, 200 Spadina St., Lower Level (behind the stage)

Join us on Saturday July 20 for a 30 minute 1-on-1 session with 1 of 3 experienced grant consultants. Make sure to sign up ahead of time to guarantee your 1-on-1 session, as spots are limited and given on a first come, first serve basis.

Please bring a grant application you've already begun working on to maximize your time with the consultant. The more specific the project, the better! Refreshments will be provided while you wait.

Register here.

Marta Keller, Mural Routes & Paralia Newcomer Arts Network

Originally from Spain, Marta Keller-Hernandez is an arts administrator who moved to Toronto in 2012. She holds degrees in Tourism and Humanities, a Masters in Social Media Marketing from the University of Alicante (Spain), and became an international student of the Culture and Heritage Site Management program at Centennial College in 2013. In Toronto, Marta has worked with a wide range of arts and culture organizations such as Black Artists’ Networks Dialogue, Latin American Canadian Art Projects and Sur Gallery, Heritage Toronto, and Art Starts. Currently, she is Managing Director at Mural Routes. Marta is the co-founder and Director of Programming of Paralia Newcomer Arts Network, a Toronto-based non-profit that supports newcomer artists by providing them with the skills and resources needed in order to establish an artistic presence in Canada. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship grant from the Toronto Arts Council in the capacity of mentor and a 2018 Toronto Arts Council Leaders Lab fellow.

Kevin Reigh, Toronto Arts Council

Kevin has over 14 years experience working in the arts/not for profit sector having previously worked at dance Immersion, the Canadian Music Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) and Unity Charity in various administrative, fundraising and outreach capacities. He also founded Mosiah Grant Writing + Creative Communications to help independent artists and smaller not-for-profit organizations navigate the world of grant writing and proposal development.

Chris Gehman, VTape

Chris Gehman is a filmmaker, curator, educator and critic; he is familiar with many funding systems for individual artists and arts organizations, particularly in media and visual arts. His films have screened at festivals and other venues around world; his Dark Adaptation (2016) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and screened at the 2017 Berlinale. Chris was Artistic Director of the Images Festival from 2000 to 2004, and has also worked as a programmer for Cinematheque Ontario and TIFF. Currently, he is Finance Manager at Vtape, Canada's leading non-profit distributor of artists' video. As an independent programmer, he has organized screenings for venues including Experimenta (Bangalore), Image Forum (Tokyo), Lago Film Fest (Italy), and the Ann Arbor Film Festival (USA). Chris was editor of Explosion in the Movie Machine: Essays and Documents on Toronto Artists’ Film and Video (LIFT & Images Festival, 2013) and co-editor, with Steve Reinke, of The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema (YYZ Books, 2005); his writings on experimental media have appeared in critical anthologies, and in periodicals such as Millennium Film Journal, Cinema Scope and Take One. He has served on the boards of directors of a number of arts organizations: the Hand Eye Society (2015-19); Images Festival (2006-09); Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (President, 1999-2001); and Pleasure Dome (1994-97).


Grant Consultations: 1-on-1

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Location: TBD 

10AM-4PM

Join us on Saturday November 2 for a 30 minute 1-on-1 session with 1 of 3 experienced grant consultants. Make sure to sign up ahead of time to guarantee your 1-on-1 session, as spots are limited and given on a first come, first serve basis.

Please bring a grant application you've already begun working on to maximize your time with the consultant. The more specific the project, the better! Refreshments will be provided while you wait.