Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship

Application deadline: May 1, 2017

For questions about the program, contact Rupal Shah, Strategic Programs Officer

Are you a Toronto artist or arts worker interested in mentoring a refugee or newcomer artist? If yes, fill out this form


PURPOSE

Toronto Arts Council has created two new granting programs designed to serve newcomers and refugees in Toronto: Newcomer and Refugee Arts Engagement and Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship. We define a newcomer as: an immigrant or refugee who has lived in Canada for less than 7 years; a refugee is a person who was forced to leave their home country and is now located in Canada. 

The goals of the Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship program are:

  • to provide support for newcomer and refugee artists to develop their artistic practice;
  • to support the integration and inclusion of newcomers and refugees to Toronto through the arts.

The program provides funding for individual newcomer and refugee professional* artists to be mentored (guided) in their chosen arts discipline. The mentorship application is submitted by the newcomer artist, with comments from the mentor as the co-applicant. Both the applicant and the mentor must identify as professional* artists.

Toronto Arts Council is partnering with Neighbourhood Arts Network on this program. Neighbourhood Arts Network can provide applicants with assistance in finding a suitable mentor and can also provide support for translation services if required.

*A professional artist is someone who has developed their artistic skills through training and/or practice; is recognized as a professional by other artists working in the same artistic tradition; actively practices his or her art; seeks payment for her/his work; and has a history of public presentation.


VALUE OF GRANT:

The total grant is $10,000. $5,000 is paid directly to the applicant and $5,000 is paid directly to the mentor.

ELIGIBILITY
Applicant eligibility:

  • This program is open to professional artists who have been living in Canada for less than 7 years, and who live in Toronto. People who arrived in Canada more than 7 years ago cannot apply to this program.  Applicants must be Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, Approved Refugee Claimants (i.e. Protected Persons) or have applications for permanent residency or citizenship pending. You may be asked to provide documents to confirm that you qualify for the funding. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact the Program Officer.
  • If you arrived in Canada before January 1, 2010, you are not eligible to apply to this program.
  • Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply to this program.
  • Past recipients of the TAC Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship grant are not eligible to apply.
  • The applicant must register as an individual artist in TAC Grants Online https://tac.smartsimple.ca
  • To receive funding from the Toronto Arts Council you must have a Social Insurance Number. 

Mentor (co-applicant) eligibility:

  • Individuals must have been living in the City of Toronto for at least one year prior to the deadline and live and work in Toronto for at least 8 months a year as a professional artist or arts worker. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet the residency requirement.
  • Individuals can only be listed as a mentor on one application per grant round.
  • The mentor must be registered as an individual artist in TAC Grants Online https://tac.smartsimple.ca

TAC has two separate funding groups: 1) Arts Discipline funding (e.g. discipline-specific project grants and operating grants) and 2) Strategic funding (e.g. Artists in the Library, Open Door, etc.). Applicants are eligible to receive only one grant from each funding group per calendar year. Applications to the Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship program fall within the Strategic Funding group. 


Are you a Toronto artist or arts worker interested in mentoring a refugee or newcomer artist? If yes, fill out this form

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