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.


Equitable Evaluation Design for Arts Organizations

Dates: February 25, 2021, 12:30-2PM

Location: online VIA Zoom

How do you know your participants are enjoying and benefiting from your organization’s offerings? How can you show impact? What can you learn about what your program is doing and how you can make it better? Evaluation is a daunting term which can make us feel like our value as arts workers and organization are being graded as “good” or “bad”. This workshop is an opportunity for arts organizations to get support with approaches to understanding the success of their offerings, and figure out how you're going to collect data in accessible, engaging, anti-oppressive ways.

This workshop is offered in 2 parts: Part 1 is a webinar that covers the basics of research, evaluation and data collection, and how you can apply this information to program evaluation through engaging and anti-oppressive evaluation design. Part 2 is an optional opportunity for Part 1 participants to get one-on-one feedback on the topics covered with specific reference to their own programming and evaluation needs.

Please email if you are an arts worker and are interested in attending on behalf of your organization.

About the facilitator:

Fiona Scott works with people and organizations to help them understand, assess and communicate the impact of their programs and projects. She has a passion for the arts and has worked with organizations including R.I.S.E, The Remix Project, ArtReach, Manifesto, and The Power Plant.





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.

Questions or concerns? Email