Creative Spaces Mentoring Network 2021-2022

Creative Spaces Mentoring Network


Mentorship is about expanding your knowledge, growing your skills and making connections. ArtsBuild Ontario’s Creative Spaces Mentoring Network (CSMN) is a mentoring program for leaders in Ontario’s arts and heritage sectors focused on strengthening business and management skills needed to successfully oversee, renew and develop creative spaces. The 2021-2022 CSMN program will be its seventh iteration, and we are excited to announce some new changes that are being implemented for the program.

About The Program

Through the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network, leaders in Ontario’s arts community who are responsible for their spaces, capital-related issues, or are seeking to acquire creative space will have the unique opportunity of one-to-one learning with an experienced professional in the Ontario arts and heritage sector.

The 2021-2022 CSMN program will include an in-person Kick-Off Webinar, Mid-Program Webinar, and a Wrap Up Webinar. This seventh iteration will additionally provide a Creative Space Project Resource Guide for mentees, paired with COVID Relief Reports for Artists.

How It Works

ArtsBuild Ontario will match arts and cultural leaders from around Ontario with experienced mentors from their own or other sectors. After an initial training webinar, the mentoring teams will meet online for up to three hours monthly from June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022. The mentoring team discussions are confidential and will focus on particular challenges and skills identified by the mentee at the beginning of the partnership. All teams will take part in a Kick-Off Webinar, Mid-Program Webinar and a Wrap Up Webinar. Additional training materials and learning opportunities, including webinars on creative space projects, will be provided to participants.

Program Timeline


Partner Matching March 2021 – April 2021
First Training Webinar Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Program Begins Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Mid-Program Webinar Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Wrap-Up Webinar Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Program Ends Tuesday, May 31, 2022


Call for Mentors!

We are now seeking mentors for current and future iterations of the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network! If you have been part of a capital project, strategic plan, or have knowledge to share in arts management, the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network provides an opportunity for you to support fellow arts managers and foster strong arts and heritage sectors.

To support our mentors in this unprecedented time, ABO will provide a one-time honorarium to mentors matched with mentees for CSMN 2021-2022.

How To Apply:
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please complete this Mentor Interest Form. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Poole, Program Manager, at or 519-880-3670 ext. 102.

Additional Resources

For more information about the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network, please contact Amy Poole, Program Manager at 519.880.3670 ext. 102 or