Professional Development Workshops

Arts Career Development Workshop Series

Get your arts career off the ground with this new foundational workshop series. This new series, presented by AOE Arts Council’s Young Arts Professional Hub Mentorship Program, funded by Ontario150, will help you get going whether you are just starting out, a few years in or need a refresher.

The workshops are open to all, but will help you prepare for your application to the Mentorship Program. Click here to apply, the deadline is May 15. Additional workshops in this series will be presented in Fall 2017.

Fees and Registration
- Free to AOE Arts Council members and OSA Diploma Fine Arts Students under the age of 30
- $10 for non-members or AOE Arts Council members 31+


May 2, 2017        Arts Career Management 101 / REGISTER
Go through the basics of creating a career plan. Hands-on exercises will enable you to clearly define 5 year career goals and steps needed to get there. Learn how to put together your personal vision and mission, walking away with simple ways to express what you are trying to achieve.
Session facilitator: Christina Devine & Victoria Steele

May 9, 2017    Proposal Writing Basics/ REGISTER
It takes more than winning ideas to win a proposal. Learn how to write thoughtful proposals, tips for writing successful grant applications and cover letters. Prepare your letter of intent for the AOE Arts Council Young Arts Professional Hub Mentorship Program.
Session facilitator: Christina Devine & Victoria Steele

May 16, 2017    Elevator Pitch and Networking/ REGISTER
Craft the perfect elevator pitch! Learn what makes a persuasive pitch. Hands on and group exercises will provide you with a memorable response to “what do you do”. Get tips on how to network at that next arts mixer, helping you to turn introductions into contacts.
Session facilitator: Christina Devine & Victoria Steele


Workshop Wednesdays is a new joint initiative between the Ottawa Arts Council and AOE Arts Council, that will offer informative and interactive workshops to local artists and arts organizations.

The series of  6 workshops will occur approximately once a month from November 2016 through May 2017. The final session will be an opportunity for participants to come together in a social setting to share feedback and input for future sessions, as well as network with other artists.

Workshop Wednesdays will focus on three learning streams, responding to different concerns and issues artists and arts administrators have risen. These interactive workshops will allow participants to engage in a dialogue, while learning and developing skills to grow. Join us as we navigate the challenges of finding your audience and developing support for your work. These  sessions will walk you through the key elements in building a successful engagement strategy and give you the tools to create or enhance your current system.


May 17, 2017      Workshop Wednesdays Wrap Session

$20 AOE, Ottawa Arts Council, and Ottawa Festivals members
$30 Non Members


If there's a workshop you'd like to see offered, please contact us!