Arts Facilities Mentoring Network

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Call for Mentors: Be part of the 2017/18 Arts Facilities Mentoring Network!

ArtsBuild Ontario (ABO) and WorkInCulture (WIC) are currently seeking mentors for the fourth iteration of the Arts Facilities Mentoring Network.


We are searching for mentors who are willing, credible and experienced with all aspects of operating and developing facilities within or outside the cultural sector. Mentors are volunteers in this program and donate their time and expertise to work with an arts leader on skills needed for building projects or facility related issues.

We are looking for mentors with skills and knowledge in the following areas;

  • Fundraising/capital campaigns
  • Strategic Planning
  • Needs assessments

Mentors must be able to commit to meeting with their mentoree for three hours per month, by phone, in person or on Skype – whatever works best for the pair. The program offers networking opportunities, some mentor training, as well as monitoring so that mentors feel supported through the process. It is strongly encouraged that the mentor attends these events with their mentoree.

As a mentor, you will share your knowledge and get a lot of satisfaction by helping others gain skills and confidence.  You actively contribute to a robust and resilient cultural sector.

Download the Application Form!


  • Prepared to contribute three hours a month for a year on a volunteer basis
  • Able to listen effectively
  • Able to provide clear guidance, insight and feedback
  • Able to understand and agree to discretion and confidentiality

Interested in being a mentor?  Please send your areas of expertise and why you are interested by February 28 to; Alex Glass, Program Manager.


We are excited to announce that the Arts Facilities Mentoring Network is renewed for another year – 2017/18!!

Mentorship is about expanding your knowledge, growing your skills and making connections. ArtsBuild Ontario and WorkInCulture are pleased to begin our fourth iteration of the Arts Facilities Mentoring Network, a mentoring program for cultural leaders focused on strengthening the business and management skills needed to manage, renew and develop arts facilities.

Through the Arts Facilities Mentoring Network, leaders in Ontario’s non-profit arts community who are responsible for their facilities or capital related issues will have the unique opportunity of one-to-one learning with an experienced professional.

The 2017/18 mentoring program will include an in-person workshop, a mid-session and closing debrief and optional webinars on facilities related topics!

ArtsBuild and WorkInCulture will match cultural leaders from around Ontario with experienced mentors from their own or other sectors.  After an initial training workshop, the mentoring teams will meet in person or in other ways for up to three hours monthly from April 2017 to March 2018. The mentoring team discussions are confidential and will focus on particular challenges and skills identified by the mentoree at the beginning of the partnership. All teams will take part in a Kick Off workshop, Mid-Point Debrief workshop and a Wrap Up event.  Additional training materials and learning opportunities include two webinars on the topics of capital projects will be provided to participants.


Deadline for Application Tuesday, January 20, 2017
Application Selection January 2017
Matching with Mentors January 2017 – March 2017
Selection Announcements March 2017
Kick-Off Workshop March 28, 2017
Mentoring Sessions Begin April 2017
Mid-Session Debrief Workshop Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Wrap Up Event March 2018

1. Complete the Application Form
2. Record a video on your smart phone or webcam telling us: about you and your organization, your facilities plans and/or projects, and what you would get out of the Arts Facilities Mentoring Network. Email your video with your application to
3. EMAIL both the application form and video to

If you are selected and matched with a mentor there will be a $175 +HST program fee and there will be a letter of agreement to be signed outlining your role and our expectations.

If you are selected by ArtsBuild and WorkInCulture will work hard to match you with a suitable mentor based on the skills outlined in your application. We will contact applicants to arrange meetings with prospective mentor from January to March 2017.


For more information about the Arts Facilities Mentoring Network, please contact Alex Glass, Program Manager at 519.880.3670 ext 103 or