Call for Artists: Artist Educators in Communities and Schools Training Initiative

In Call to Artists on October 13, 2010 by danceumbrella

Canadian Stage, in partnership with PAONE (Professional Arts Organization Network for Education), is pleased to announce the Artist Educators in Communities and Schools Training Initiative taking place between February 14 and 19, 2011 with support from the Ontario Arts Council, and the Government of Ontario through the Cultural Strategic Investment Fund of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. This initiative is comprised of a training intensive for artist educators, a practical placement for training delegates, and an exchange conference in arts education.

The Artist Educators in Schools and Communities Training Intensive

This program will offer 30 artist educators the opportunity to further develop their expertise working in community and school settings through participation in this five-day training intensive and one-day conference developed through consultation with a cross-section of stakeholders in arts education.  Following the training intensive, delegates will take part in a 6 – 8 hour practical placement with a partnering organization.

Who should apply?

Professional artists from the Greater Toronto Area with 2 – 3 years of leading, facilitating, animating or creating performing arts-based experiences in community and/or school settings are welcome to apply.  The ideal candidate is an artist educator who would like to take their facilitation skills to the next level through exploration of the best practices and methodologies around: group facilitation with a diverse spectrum of participants; program planning and content delivery; partnership development; inclusionary practice; conflict and crisis management; mentorship and legacy; grant-writing; self-promotion; boundaries, privacy and self-care; and arts-based evaluation techniques.


Selected delegates will:

  • participate in 40 hours of training with industry leaders and experts
  • have a 6 – 8 hour placement with a partnering organization
  • participate in a final session in April 2011
  • receive a resource guide
  • receive a $500 stipend to offset any loss of income for participation in the training component
  • receive a $200 honourarium for participation in the practical placement component
  • participate in the Artist Educator Exchange Conference (registration fee will be waived)
  • be featured in the launch of the Artist Educator Online Database

Participation in this program requires a full commitment to the 40-hour training intensive and conference, completion of a 6 – 8 hour placement within six weeks following the training intensive, and attendance at a final session following the placement.

Dates: Monday February 14 to Saturday February 19, 2011 (with placements in March and final session TBA in April 2011)

Times: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with some required evening activities

Location: Canadian Stage at 26 Berkeley Street, Toronto


Application Deadline: November 1, 2010

For more information and to apply to the Artist Educators in Communities and Schools Training Intensive follow this

The Artist Educators in Communities and Schools Exchange Conference

This one-day conference will bring together organizational staff, artist educators, programming and curriculum specialists, teachers, community partners, funders, policy-makers and program participants from across the GTA to exchange ideas, theories and skills that will enhance their arts education practice in communities and schools.

The day will culminate with the launch of the Artist Educator Online Database created in partnership with Casting Workbook highlighting the delegates from the intensive. Conference participants will have the opportunity to register for this industry service throughout the day.


Registration for the exchange conference will open December 1, 2010.

The Government of Ontario through the Cultural Strategic Investment Fund of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture




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