Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program

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Calling all emerging artists! The Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship program is here!

  • Registration: Required
  • Audience: Emerging artists, ages 16-29, in the Regent Park area
  • Ages: Youth
  • Location: Daniels Spectrum, plus several off-site field trips
  • Timing: August - December 2022
  • Frequency: Annual Program
  • Website: Review this webpage
  • Contact: Tomas ‘Tom Tom” Kanene ( | 416-616-2249 )

Are you a youth (age 16 – 29) interested in the arts and taking your talent to the next level? Well this is the program for you! We have started recruitment for youth interested in the arts to join the 2022 edition of the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program.

The Ada Slaight Yourth Arts Mentorship program provides youth in the Regent Park area, aged 16-29, access to creative mentorship and training opportunities that enable them to grow their creative career and reach new audiences.  

The intensive four-month program will provide structured one-on-one mentorship with professional creatives in their field, capacity-building creative entrepreneurship workshops with internationally-renowned artists and facilitators, connections to arts sector leaders and industry opportunities, and a supportive peer network. 

Through this program, you will:

  • Connect with other professional artists (musicians, visual artists, dancers, etc.) to learn about their everyday hustle and paths to success
  • Get partnered with an industry mentor who can help you take your game to the next level
  • Visit the city’s most influential arts and cultural institutions
  • Deepen their artistry and get plugged into Toronto’s arts community
  • Put together an amazing culminating showcase

Applicants Criteria

  • Be an emerging and/or practicing artist, designer or creator  
  • Have an entrepreneurial desire to advance their creative practice/business 
  • Be a Canadian citizen or a legal resident 
  • Be 16 years of age or older 
  • Regent Park are residents will be prioritized 

If you are interested or know someone who is, please get in touch with Tomas ‘Tom Tom” Kanene ( | 416-616-2249 ). Deadline to sign up is August 10, 2022


Anticipated Program Schedule

Date Activity
July 26, 2022 Call for applicants
August 10, 2022 Deadline for applications
August 15, 2022 Participant selection complete
August 22 to to December 16, 2022 Creative Workshops/Industry Talks/Field Trips/Mentorship
December 8, 2022 Final Showcase


Artscape thanks Ada Slaight for generous support enabling the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program.

About This Program

“Like My Art” – By Matthew “Hazel” Worku

2017 Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program Mentee

2016 Recap Video

2014 Recap Video



Artscape thanks Ada Slaight, CIBC and the Charles H. Ivey Foundation for generous support enabling the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program

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