Creative Spaces Mentoring Network

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 cultural leaders in Ontario’s art sector focused on strengthening business and management skills needed to successfully oversee, renew and develop creative spaces. The 2020-21 CSMN program will be its sixth iteration.

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

The 2020-21 CSMN program will include a Kick-Off Webinar, Mid-Program Workshop/Webinar, Wrap Up Webinar and several optional webinars on topics around creative spaces.

ArtsBuild Ontario will match cultural leaders from around Ontario with experienced mentors from their own or other sectors.  After an initial training webinar, the mentoring teams will meet in person for up to three hours monthly from June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021. 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 and Wrap Up Webinar.  Additional training materials and learning opportunities, including webinars on creative space projects, will be provided to participants.


Deadline for Mentee Applications Friday, March 13, 2020
Application Selection March 2020
Partner Matching March 2020 – May 2020
First Training Webinar Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Mentoring Sessions Begin Monday, June 1, 2020
Mid-Program Workshop/Webinar Monday, January 11, 2021
Wrap Up Webinar Friday, April 30, 2021
Program Ends Monday, May 31, 2021

If you are selected and matched with a mentor there will be a $200 +HST program fee and there will be a letter of agreement to be signed outlining your role and our expectations.

1. Complete the Application Form
2. Provide a letter of support for your mentee application
3. Record a 1 – 2 minute video on your smartphone or web camera telling us: about you and your organization, your facilities plans and/or projects, and how this opportunity would benefit you. Email your video with your application.
4. Submit the application online and email the letter of support as well as a video file or link to Amy Poole, Program Manager at

If you are selected by ArtsBuild Ontario, we 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 mentors.


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

Interested in being a mentor?

We are now seeking mentors for future iterations of the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network! If you have been part of a capital project, strategic plan, or have knowledge to share, the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network lets you support fellow arts managers and foster a strong arts sector.

Join our mentor bank! Complete this quick survey or email for more information.