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Mentorship and Coaching

Artscape’s Mentorship and Coaching is designed to build the capacity of organizations across Canada and internationally to develop the strategic, organizational and individual leadership skills to grow a creative space development organization and/or multi-tenanted creative and cultural facilities in their community. From large municipalities to small not-for-profit organizations, Artscape has worked with a wide range of participants, providing a tailor-made program designed specifically for their needs.

The Program

There is no “typical” program of activities in the Mentorship and Coaching Program. Ranging from short-term interventions to long-term projects, Artscape works with each client to build a custom designed program from a menu of components that will suit their particular needs and priorities.

Mentorship and Coaching Program participants work closely with Artscape’s senior specialist staff in a program that develops their capacity across a range of areas, including:

  • Organizational development and project planning
  • Strategic planning
  • Community engagement and project governance
  • Operational development and management
  • Design and environmental sustainability
  • Capital project management
  • Fundraising
  • Business planning
  • Property management
  • Leasing

Artscape’s specialist senior staff team spend time with the client organization in intensive site visits. Visits are built around key themes, opportunities and challenges, and programmed to include one on one coaching sessions as well as discussions with key staff, board members, funders and partners.


Clients may undertake a residency with Artscape at our head office in Toronto. The full program for the residency will be developed collaboratively but could include site visits and tours, job shadowing of senior staff, meetings with key department heads and tenant engagement.


Artscape provides access to appropriate senior staff for online support and coaching throughout the mentoring period. This could include individual consultations as well as group sessions delivered in a webinar format.


Mentorship and Coaching Program clients are provided access to custom Artscape templates and documents.


Artscape senior staff can provide written third party evaluation and monitoring of your project, and assessment of a range of documents including budgets, strategic plans and operational or business plans.


Public presentations by Tim Jones and other senior Artscape staff can include speaking engagements, meeting facilitation or other presentations.


Artscape senior staff can play an intermediary role in brokering new partnerships and development deals.


Artscape can contribute to and/or provide a full one-day Spacemaking and/or Placemaking workshop, or a half-day introductory seminar.


Artscape can provide tailored, expert-guided tours of multi-tenant facilities in Toronto designed for a delegation from the client organization and its key funders/partners. Tours can include Artscape facilities such as Daniels Spectrum, Artscape Wychwoods Barns, and Artscape Distillery Studios as well as other innovative models throughout Toronto, such as Centre for Social Innovation, MaRS, Evergreen Brickworks and more.

Our Clients

We’re proud to have worked with municipalities and organizations across Canada and around the world.

Header image: On the way to Artscape Weston Common. Photo by Mauricio Calero.

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