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CSARN’s Mentorship Program acknowledges the considerable expertise and wisdom of professional senior artists and supports their desire to remain active in their chosen art form.

Types of Mentorship

a) Traditional one-on-one mentorship where a young, emerging or mid-career artist is paired with a senior mentor.  

b) Mentorship by an individual to organizations, institutions, companies and schools in the form of workshops, seminars, lectures and other individually designed programs.

c) Mentorship residencies, with a clear learning component, at institutions, companies and arts training schools offered on a weekly, monthly or project basis.

d) Mentorship residencies focusing on career opportunities and strategies offered to communities with a group of mentors designing a program uniquely suited to the community involved.


Mentors must be at least 60 years of age with a minimum of 20 years’ professional experience.

Mentees can be any age as long as they are professional artists, as defined by the Canadian Artist Code, or are emerging artists having recently graduated from a professional school or professional artistic program.


Mentors will be paid for their work and mentees will be reimbursed for expenses. The payment to senior artist mentors is made possible by a generous donation from Joan and Jerry Lozinski. CSARN and the mentorship program have been additionally supported by AFBS, Lynda Hamilton, Sandra and Jim Pitblado, Bayshore Healthcare, and other private donors. We also owe a great debt of gratitude to our founding donor, Janis Neilson.

Mentors have a lifetime maximum with CSARN of $3000. They are paid on the basis of $300 per month for up to ten months.

Mentees have a lifetime maximum with CSARN of $1500 to cover receipted expenses.

Application Process

There are two rounds of mentorships each year. Artists who applied but were not selected for a round will be kept on file for future consideration. Send applications by:

If you have any questions or comments, or if you prefer to receive a paper copy of the application, please email us or call toll-free 1-844-927-2769 [in the Toronto area, 647-854-1434]

Traditional one-on-one mentorships are tailored by the individuals involved. The Mentor and Mentee will:

Dance Mentor Claudia Moore
in Escape Artist

Photo: Tamara Romanchuk

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