Making A Living Making Art

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

Register for a one-on-one session with an experienced grant consultant. Make sure to sign up ahead of time to guarantee your session, as spots are limited and given on a first come, first serve basis. This offering is available to Neighbourhood Arts Network Members.


If you prefer another mode of communication than video conferencing, we can also offer your consultancy via phone call, chat via Zoom, or another option of your suggestion.


Grant Clinic with ArtReach and Toronto Arts Council

Date: January 26, 2021

Location: online VIA Zoom

Toronto Arts Council (TAC) is the City of Toronto's funding body for artists and arts organizations. ArtReach is an organization designed to support community-based arts initiatives that engage youth from under served populations who have experienced exclusion in Toronto. Kevin Reigh and Elahe from TAC and Allie Harvey from ArtReach are offering one-on-one consultations to provide artists and arts organizations with feedback on their grant drafts and past applications. Please bring a grant application you've begun working on to maximize your time with the consultant. The more specific the project, the better! You are encouraged to identify areas of the grant that you would like particular support with. We suggest you take advantage of the knowledge these consultants bring regarding their organization's upcoming funding offerings.

Learn more about upcoming ArtReach deadlines here and TAC deadlines here.

About the Consultants:

Allie Harvey is ArtReach's Program Manager and has been a member of the team since 2013. She's also an administrator, database manager, grant writer, bibliophile, writer, and dog mom. She has a Bachelor's degree in social work with a focus on gender diversity studies and psychology, and her work is rooted in anti-oppressive practice, critical anti-racism, and processes of decolonizing. She has worked for and volunteered with organizations like SKETCH Working Arts, Pride Toronto, AVNU, Social Planning Toronto, MyStand, Feed the Need, Community Care, and the Boys and Girls Club.


Elahe Marjovi is an Iranian-Canadian theatre set/costume designer and arts manager. Before moving to Canada in 2014, she spent a year as a set design assistant on Broadway, and a year as invited Professor of Scenic Design at the University of Tehran. In Canada, her devotion to advocating for artists and the arts inspired her to pursue studies in arts management while working as a freelance theatre designer. She has worked for many Canadian companies including Factory Theatre, Centaur Theatre Company, Black Theatre Workshop, Teesi Duniya Theatre, and the National Arts Centre. Elahe has also worked as the fundraising officer for Tirgan, one of the largest festivals celebrating Iranian art and culture in the world. Elahe’s academic achievements include a bachelor’s degree in Architecture (Beheshti University in Iran), a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Design (University of Kansas) and a Master’s degree in International Arts Management (HÉC Montreal and SMU Dallas). Elahe's works have been recognized both locally and internationally, and she has received design nominations for a Dora Award the Fadjr Theatre Festival. She received a National Award in design excellence from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Elahe has also been awarded grants from Toronto Arts Council, Conseil des arts de Montréal, and Canada Council for the Arts. She is currently the Theatre Program Manager at Toronto Arts Council.

Kevin Reigh has over 14 years of 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. As a writer and spoken-word artist, Kevin has released one album (Ground Provisions) and a volume of poetry (Love. Universes. All Things.) and has collaborated with numerous musicians and dancers throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Kevin also contributed a spoken-word piece, The Real Deal, to Paranoid Jack’s acclaimed album of electronic and house music, The Last of the Funky Cyborgs, and his work was also included in T-Dot Griots: An Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers. He is currently the Creative Communities Program Manager at Toronto Arts Council.

Grant Clinic with Ontario Arts Council

Dates: February 12 & 26, 2021, 11AM-2PM *previous publications noted Febuary 12 and 19th as clinic dates. The sessions offered on the 19th are now being offered on the 26th instead. Thank you for your understanding.

Location: online VIA Zoom

The Ontario Arts Council offers grants and services to professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations support arts education, Indigenous arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Francophone arts, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theatre, touring, and visual arts. Bushra Junaid, the Deaf and Disability Arts Officer, Outreach and Development Officer, and the Skills and Careers Development Officer at Ontario Arts Council, is offering one-on-one consultations to artists applying for funds from Ontario Arts Council. We encourage you to bring a grant application you've begun working on to maximize your time with Bushra.

This workshop is presented in partnership with Ontario Arts Council. Learn more about their upcoming deadlines here.

About the Consultant

Bushra Junaid (she/her) is Outreach and Development Manager at the Ontario Arts Council and manages the Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour and Deaf and Disability Arts programs. Bushra has spent more than a decade supporting the development and artistic practices of artists from a diverse range of communities and cultures. Born in Montreal to Jamaican and Nigerian parents and raised in St. John’s, Bushra is also an artist and curator. As an artist, she explores identity and belonging through collage, drawing and painting and recently exhibited in They Forgot That We Were Seeds (2020, Carleton University Art Gallery), Like Sugar (2019, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery), Future Possible: Art of Newfoundland & Labrador to 1949 (2018, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery) and Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art (2017-2018, Royal Ontario Museum, Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia), among others. Bushra curated What Carries Us: Newfoundland and Labrador in the Black Atlantic (2020, The Rooms) and co-curated New-Found-Lands: An Art Project Exploring Historical and Contemporary Connections between Newfoundland and the Caribbean Diaspora (2016, Eastern Edge Gallery). Bushra has a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies and Masters of Architecture (Technical University of Nova Scotia).

Please note:

  • We will try our best to accommodate accessability requests (i.e. translation support, note taking, ASL interpreation). Please email with accessibility requests no later than 5 days before your booking with your request.
  • Participants are limited to one ticket per event. If you order more than one ticket, all but one will be canceled.
  • Please do not book time slots on someones behalf without notifying us- it's important we can talk with the artist directly to ensure we can provide the necessary support.
  • You will be asked to send your grant in process ahead of time so your consultant can review it in advance and bring comments/suggestions for improvement to your meeting. If you do not have a grant in process, you are still encouraged to attend your session and ask questions about what grants could be a good fit for your creative practice, or general grant writing best practices.
  • You are strongly encouraged to cancel if you think you will not attend. Not showing up to your session without notice takes the opportunity away from another artist who could benefit from it.
  • No tickets left? Email Eva at to be added to the waitlist, or drop by anytime to take the spot of a no-show. Please note we can not guarantee a spot or maximum wait time if you choose to drop-in.

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