Creative Spaces Mentoring Network 2024-2025

Creative Spaces Mentoring Network


Mentorship can provide an opportunity to connect with experts in the arts sector, while also developing your skills and knowledge. The Creative Spaces Mentoring Network (CSMN) is a program directly for artists, arts managers, and community members responsible for a creative space.  The program focuses on providing a platform for arts leaders to grow their business and management skills to oversee, renew and develop creative spaces.

Creative spaces can include:

  • museums 
  • art galleries
  • studio spaces
  • art centres
  • maker spaces
  • market spaces
  • arts institutions

… in short, spaces that support the arts.

We look forward to learning about everyone’s creative space projects as the program kicks off!

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 or establish physical/digital creative space will have the unique opportunity of virtual one-to-one learning with an experienced professional in the Ontario arts and heritage sector. ABO encourages interested arts leaders who are engaged at any level of creative space development to apply!

In joining the CSMN 2024-25 cohort, you will have the opportunity to engage with like-minded peers.


The three webinars in the program include a Kick-Off Webinar, Mid-Program Webinar, and a Wrap Up Webinar where you will have the opportunity to connect with fellow Mentees and Mentors on your projects.

How it works

ArtsBuild Ontario will match arts and cultural leaders from around Ontario with Mentors with relevant experience. After an initial training webinar, the mentoring teams will meet online for a suggested time of up to three hours monthly from March 1st, 2024 to February 28th, 2025. 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. 

Program timeline

Deadline for Mentee Applications Friday, December 15th, 2023
Mentee Application Selection January 2024 – February 2024
Program Begins Friday, March 1st, 2024
First Training Webinar Wednesday, March 13th, 2024
Mid Point Webinar Wednesday, June 26th, 2024
Wrap-Up Webinar Wednesday, January 15th, 2025
Program Ends Friday, February 28th, 2025

Call for Mentees

Interested in applying for the 2024-25 program? We are now accepting Mentee applications! It is free to apply for the program. If you are selected as a Mentee, a fee of $175 + HST is required for the full program year.

How to apply:

  1. Complete the Application Form
  2. Provide a letter of support for your Mentee application (eg. from someone you work or volunteer with in your community).
  3. Record a 1-2 minute video telling us: about you and your organization, your facilities plans and/or projects, and how this opportunity would benefit you. You can record your video using a smartphone or web camera, and upload via YouTube (privately), Dropbox, Google Drive etc. Please send a link via email to the video hosted on your platform of choice.
  4. Submit the application online, send the video link, and email the letter of support to Tatiana Doucette, Program Manager at by Friday, December 15th, 2023.

If you are selected by ArtsBuild Ontario, we will work diligently to match you with a suitable Mentor based on the skills outlined in your application. We will contact applicants to arrange meetings with prospective Mentors in January 2024-February 2024 when the Mentor-Mentee matching process is underway.  


If you are selected as a Mentee, there is a $175 + HST fee. ABO will invoice Mentees once a successful match is made. 

Interested in becoming a Mentor?

We are currently 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 relation to cultural facilities, the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network is an opportunity for you to support fellow arts managers and foster strong arts and heritage sectors.

Please note that this Mentor role will be voluntary. If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, please complete this Mentor Application Form

Additional resources

For more information about the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network, please contact Tatiana Doucette, Program Manager at 519-880-3670 ext. 102 or