The Joan & Jerry Lozinski Mentoring Program

What do an award-winning filmmaker, a Governor General Award-winning visual artist, a former senior director/producer at CBC, one of the founders of Toronto Dance Theatre, the writer of Degrassi High, and an acclaimed theatrical composer and music director have in common?

They have all shared their talent and experience with younger colleagues through CSARN’s Mentoring Program.

Launched in January of 2014 through the generous support of founding donor Janis Neilson, and continuing with the equally-generous support of Joan and Jerry Lozinski, CSARN’s Mentoring Program gives artists of all ages an opportunity to share a one-on-one collaboration with an experienced artist willing to share a lifetime of expertise and wisdom.

Mentors are paid for their time and mentees’ expenses are covered.

CSARN’s Mentoring Program  is a proud sponsor of the Cayle Chernin Awards.

CSARN is a signatory to the Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct.

The Creative Director of HXOUSE talks about mentoring

Types of Mentoring

a) Traditional one-on-one mentoring where an emerging or mid-career artist is paired with an experienced mentor.  

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

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

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

One of the creators of Polka Dot Door talks about mentoring

How Typical One-on-One Mentoring Works

Together, the mentor and mentee:

  • Draft a Mentoring Plan that outlines their project, including the personal and professional goals of the mentoring, the timeline for achieving them, and a budget;
  • Sign Letters of Agreement with CSARN that identify the terms of the mentoring as outlined in the Mentoring Plan;
  • Submit a mid-term progress report through our online reporting system;
  • Submit a final report and evaluation of the program through our online reporting system;
  • Submit an impact statement one year after completion of mentoring evaluating the program’s personal and professional impact (mentee only);

Internationally-renowned portrait artist & CSARN mentor talks about mentoring


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 [see below], or are emerging artists having recently graduated from a professional school or professional artistic program.

Both sides must agree to spend at least seven hours per month on the mentorship.

CSARN is pleased to have helped make this film possible. Congrats to director [and mentor] Sheila McCarthy and producer/writer/editor/co-star Sarah O’Brecht [mentee].


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. We also owe a great debt of gratitude to our founding donor, Janis Neilson.

Each mentorship pays a maximum of $3000, based on $300 per month for up to ten months.

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

How to Apply

If you would like to be considered as a Mentor or Mentee, click on the appropriate link below fill out our online form [the link will take you to Survey Monkey to fill out the form]:

Mentees are encouraged to look over our Mentor Match section to find a possible mentor

If you prefer, you can email us at to obtain an application form in Word format. 

Mentor Match

Are you looking for a mentor?

Since the launch of our mentoring program, we have facilitated more than 100 successful mentorships. And we have many more whose skills and talents are available to their colleagues.

Welcome to MENTOR MATCH, a listing of all our available mentors and their skills.

The first thing you need to do is fill out an application form. You can apply online by clicking the button.

When you submit your application, tell us the number of the mentor you are interested in working with [for example, “Mentor #15”].

Mentor Match is divided into disciplines, with numbers beside each possible match.

The Canadian Artist Code


A professional Artist is recognized as one who meets a combination of four of the following criteria, one of which must be 4, 5, 6 or 7.

1. The fact that an Artist has presented his/her work to the public by means of exhibitions, publications, performances, readings, screenings or similar representative appropriate to the nature of his/her work;

2. The fact that an Artist is represented by a dealer, publisher, agent, or similar representative appropriate to the nature of his/her work;

3. The fact that an Artist devotes a reasonable proportion of his/her professional time as an artist to promoting or marketing his/her work, including, but not limited to, presenting himself/herself for auditions, seeking sponsorship, agents or engagements, or similar activities appropriate to the nature of his/her work;

4. The fact that an Artist receives or has received, compensation from his/her work including, but not limited to, sales fees commissions, salaries, royalties, grants and awards, any of which may reasonably be included as professional or business income;

5. The fact that an Artist has a record of income or loss relevant to the exploitation of his/her work and appropriate to the span of his/her artistic career;

6. The fact that an Artist has received professional training either in an educational institution or from a practitioner or teacher recognized within his/her profession;

7. The fact that an Artist has received public or peer recognition in the form of honours, awards, professional prizes or by publicly disseminated critical appraisal;

8. The fact that an Artist has membership in a professional association appropriate to his/her artistic activity whose membership or categories of membership, is or are, limited under standards established by the association; or which is a trade union or its equivalent appropriate to his/her artistic activity.