Creative Connect is a professional development project for early career artists seeking capacity building and career opportunities in the creative business sector. The project utilizes a customized approach to the development of mentorship opportunities, apprenticeships, job shadowing, income generation and internships in creative fields. Participants combine a diverse range of professional development opportunities with professional workplace experiences and mentorships from workplace professionals in the creative fields.
Professional Development Programs & Event
The Art of Facilitation is a train-the-trainer workshops series for youth (13-29 years) that infuses popular education techniques with the presentation and facilitation skills needed to engage diverse youth audiences.
The Business of Art (BOA) is a professional development program for Nia alumni 18-29 years old. BOA combines in-class education with on the job training in the form of paid internships. This program focuses on building the skills that employers are looking for; teaching business readiness skills, portfolio development, workplace soft skills and pre-employment training.
Creative Connect Conference
In collaboration with LinkedIn, Design Cofounders and Ryerson University, Nia Centre for the Arts will host The Creative Connect Conference, an opportunity for young artists and creatives from across the GTA, community organizations, entrepreneurs and industry professionals to connect and learn in a full day networking and training. With a diverse range of interactive sessions each facilitated by business professionals and leaders, participants will learn insider information on what it takes to get into the creative sector, how to land the job, what are the biggest mistakes and how to avoid them.
Nia Centre is pleased to present the Lunch 'N’ Learn Series. An informal talk-back session between an established artist living off their craft and 15 early-mid career artists, Lunch 'N' Learns provide early stage artists the opportunity to connect, network and learn from a mentoring artist over lunch.
Coffee Connect is a one-on-one informational-conversation between a professional (a person working in a professional capacity in either the arts, creative sector or in a role that supports creative professionals).
Coffee Connect sessions are a one time meet-up between a mentor and mentee; meetings are mediated through our private online portal the cost of coffee are covered. As we are an afro-diasporic youth organization and spots are limited, priority will be given to those who classify within our target population (afro-diasporic youth).
Nia Centre for the Arts' Creative Connect project presents the AlumNia Seed Fund for Artist Facilitators.
Nia Centre for the Arts is proud to offer our alumni up-to $1000 in seed funding to deliver community arts workshop(s) to children and/or youth in the GTA. The AlumNia Seed Fund supports artists in the development, implementation and/or documentation of their workshop(s).
Creative Connect is proudly supported by: