Mentor in Residence

Offered in partnership with Toronto Arts Council, we are pleased to offer pre-application support to prospective Black Arts Projects applicants!

TAC’s Black Arts Projects granting program is a new program designed to support arts projects by Black artists, Black artist collectives, and Black-led, Black-focused and Black-serving organizations. This funding program is open to all arts disciplines and intended to support the development, continuation, and flourishing of Black arts communities as well as amplify the work of Black artists in Toronto.

Mentor in Residence mentors may use their remaining mentorship hours towards supporting applicants to the program in the following ways:

  • provide direction in development of project ideas

  • connect mentees to resources to support project development

  • assist with grant-writing and editing

  • support with professional development and networking

Mentees are able to access 2 mentorship sessions through this program. Mentors are assigned at a first-come-first-serve basis, so submit your request for support by completing the form below today!

Do you require accomodations to access mentorship? ASL interpreation, note taking and other forms of support may be possible. Let us know how we can help you access this offering in the registration form. 

Please note: The pre-application mentorship is separate from the Black Arts Projects mentorship program. To learn more about funded mentorship options available to successful Black Arts Program applicants, visit TAC's grant webpage.

Meet the Black Arts Projects supporting mentors!

Fiona Raye Clarke (she/her) is an award-winning Trinidadian-Canadian writer, theatre and community-engaged artist. She is the editor of Basodee: An Anthology Dedicated to Black Youth (2012) and Black Like We: Troubleshooting the Black Youth Experience (2018) which was the winner of the ArtReach Youth Arts Pitch Contest. Her writing has appeared in various publications online and in print, including The Puritan Town Crier, the Room Magazine blog, Broken Pencil Magazine, The Peak Magazine, Shameless Magazine blog, and, among others. Her plays have been produced by the rock.paper.sistahz festival and InspiraTO Festival, and she was a top ten finalist for the Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award. Her co-created short film, Intersecting, was the winner of the CineFAM Short Film Challenge and screened at the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival and the Queer National Arts Festival. She is the Artistic Director of the Black youth oral history project, INTERGENERACIAL, currently in its sixth year, and is a TD-Diaspora Dialogues Black Playwrights Mentoring Program mentee, working on her first full-length play, Broken Windows. Her fiction and plays have been supported by the Ontario Arts Council and she is an alumnus of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Diaspora Dialogues Long-Form Mentorship Program. A certified Amherst Writers & Artists Method creative writing facilitator, she has facilitated creative writing workshops with support of Toronto Arts Council, Toronto Arts Foundation, and the City of Toronto for the Toronto Public Library, Parkdale Project Read, the 519, the Grand Valley Institution for Women, Durham Art Gallery, Regent Park Film Festival, Artscape Daniels Launchpad, and elsewhere. She is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada, an associate member of the League of Canadian Poets, and a member of the Editorial Board of Canthius a feminist literary magazine. She is a Nia Centre for the Arts Creative Consultant, offering long-term mentorship to three emerging writing mentees and holds a Creative Writing Certificate from Humber College and a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School.


Paulina O’Kieffe-Anthony (she/her) is an award winning Toronto writer, playwright, performer, producer, arts educator, creative consultant and is currently the Resource Development and Marketing Manager at SKETCH Working Arts. A past member of the League of Poets and Associate member of the PlayWriters Guild, her high level accomplishments include being featured in When Sisters Speak on stage at the St Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts, co-producing the Spoken Soul Festival, and representing Toronto as twice national team finalist in the Canadian Festival Of Spoken Word. In 2019 she was a TEDx speaker and in 2020 an excerpt of her first play How Jab Jab Saved the Pretty Mas was featured as part of Piece of Mine's Black Women in Theatre Festival. As a member of the SpokenSoul Collective, she is currently working as one of the co-curators for the Scarborough Hub as part of Toronto’s Year of Public Art. Paulina's work has been featured in media on Bell Fibe TV, Huffington Post Canada, AfroGlobal TV, Metro Morning and CBC Morning and published in 3 anthologies and 1 book.  Paulina is the recipient of a Toronto Foundation’s Vital People Award and was recognized as one of 150 Black Women Making Herstory (as featured on CBC) for her contribution to building the arts scene in Toronto.


Wayne Dunkley (he/him) is a graduate of X University and the University of Toronto who has worked in both commercial and art photography. He was awarded the Paul D. Fleck award for Innovation in the Arts from the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity and a commission from the Banff New Media Institute. He has worked as a consultant on interactive storytelling and digital strategy with the National Film Board and served as a panelist and advisor for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Royal Ontario Museum and the Dak’Art Biennale of Contemporary African Art. Dunkley is currently the 2020-2021 X University Documentary Media Artist-In-Residence. His practice includes photography, digital media & storytelling, cultural mediation, lectures and workshop facilitation. Dunkley is also a professional voice actor. He has lived and worked in Montreal, Edmonton and San Francisco, and currently resides just outside Toronto.


Register for Black Arts Projects application support by completing the form below. Mentorship is allocated first-come-first-serve.