Department: Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program
Reporting to: Curator, Exhibition and Programs, with very close working relationships and direction provided by Daniel Spectrum’s Community Hub Manager and the Director, Artscape Performance and Event Venues & Programs.

Start Date: October 1 , 2018
Location: Daniels Spectrum


Daniels Spectrum is a community cultural hub in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood. “Rooted in Regent Park, Open to the World,” Daniels Spectrum is home to many outstanding arts-based and community-focused organizations that make Daniels Spectrum a special place to work, play, study and get creative. The facility’s event, performance and exhibition spaces include Ada Slaight Hall, the Artscape Lounge on the main floor, a network of hallway galleries and the Courtyard. Each year, Daniels Spectrum adds creative experiences to people’s lives, and fostering creative learning and innovation through accessible, immersive activities.

A program of the Toronto Artscape Foundation, The Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program was introduced in 2013 thanks to a multi-year contribution from The Slaight Family Foundation.  The programs offers aspiring youth artists from Regent Park and other areas an opportunity to learn about a career in the arts and tap into their creativity.   In 2019, the program will introduce a virtual reality component to storytelling in partnership with Centennial College’s School of Arts, Media, Design and Communications.

This position is integral to the outreach and program delivery of the Ada Slaight Youth Arts mentorship program and works closely with the Curator and Community Hub Manager at Daniels Spectrum.  The program includes multiple components: ACCESS Tickets: free tickets to arts and cultural events across Toronto; capacity-building workshops; and a mentorship program in which mentees are paired with industry mentors in their field for up to four months, allowing them to explore the realities of working as professional artists.  This year, the program will also include coordination with Centennial College for the virtual reality aspect of the program.


  • Develop and coordinate a meaningful youth engagement strategy to ensure and relevant curriculum comprised of workshops and field trips over 5 months (January to May)
  • Facilitate weekly workshops for youth participants focused on the development of life skills, industry mentorship and building a network to help support a career in the arts
  • Develop and implement a community engagement strategy to ensure youth engagement in all aspects of project development, implementation and evaluation;
  • Develop a robust marketing and outreach plan to attract 12-15 youth artists from the Regent Park and other priority neighbourhoods, with varied artistic practices and approach to their work
  • Develop partnerships with clients at Daniels Spectrum and arts and cultural institutions in the city for the ACCESS ticket program and offer participants a variety of opportunities (internships, volunteer placements, employment)
  • Coordinate the booking of relevant artists and industry leaders to facilitate workshops of various topics essential to artist development/career in the arts
  • Coordinate weekly workshops spaces at Daniels Spectrum and field trips to relevant places in the city to enhance engagement of participants
  • Manage the outreach, interview and candidate selection process
  • Support the development of mentor/mentee relationships
  • Act as producer/director of the final showcase of the program
  • Identifies opportunities for partnerships to further the mandate of the program
  • Supports in the execution of social media marketing tactics as it relates to the program
  • Identifies and helps facilitate industry opportunities for program participants and alumni to showcase their work or gain industry experience
  • Identifies opportunities with internal Artscape departments to promote the work and profile of the Ada Slaight Youth (e.g. Artscape Daniels Launchpad, Fund Development, Artscape Performance and Event Venues)


  • Answers all front line queries about the program, provide day-today support for the program
  • In collaboration with the Curator, ensure all expenses are pre-approved by the Director, Artscape Performance and Event Venues & Programs, and within the overall budget for the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship Program through adherence to Artscape’s expense and procurement policies..
  • Ensuring participants’ deliverables are met and assist with the development of their collaborative project
  • Assure program goals are communicated to all stakeholders including, but not limited to: mentors, participants, guest artists, etc.
  • With the support of the Curator, work closely with Centennial College instructors and facilitators to incorporate the VR (Virtual Reality) feature into the existing program
  • Working with Artscape’s fund development team, collect data and create a final program report for reporting to donors of the program
  • Assist the Director, Artscape Performance and Event Venues and Programs on grant reporting metrics for Centennial College
  • Understands and adhered to Artscape policies, and the policies of the Toronto Artscape Foundation



The ideal candidate must have a strong network of creative contacts, industry professionals in and around the Regent Park community.

  • Experience developing or facilitating similar projects with a focus on engaging youth through the arts and/or building life skills
  • An understanding of grassroots outreach and engagement tactics
  • Excellent youth mentorship, workshop and facilitation experience
  • Availability to work flexible schedules, including evenings and weekends;
  • Experience and knowledge of community engagement; knowledge of current issues and have a sensitivity to the experiences, issues and needs facing the Regent Park community
  • Strong track record of building effective partnerships and liaisons;
  • Demonstrated experience working with residents from various cultural, ethnic, social-economic, and developmental backgrounds in a community-based setting;
  • Proven leadership and team work skills;
  • Ability to work both independently (self-directed), but also able to collaborate effectively with other team members, and multi-task in a creative, dynamic environment;
  • Strong project management and organizational skills, with an ability to prioritize and work within the parameters of a work plan and budget

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Able to motivate, rally and engage young people
  • Organized and accountable in meeting deadlines and deliverables
  • Adaptable in a fast paced environment
  • Strong background in program delivery and arts management
  • Digital media and storytelling background is an asset
  • Valid police records check

Notes: This is a part-time role for up to 25 hrs/week, depending on program needs.

How to Apply

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  • Your salary expectations
  • A resume
  • A cover letter outlining the qualifications and experience you would bring to the position and how you found out about the employment opportunity
Please note: Submissions must include all requirements listed above, including your salary expectations. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications will be received in confidence by mail or email and should be forwarded to: Attention: Human Resources Artscape Suite 224, 171 East Liberty Street Toronto, ON M6K 3P6 (please note your name and the job title in the email subject line) No phone calls please. We thank all applicants, however only those being considered for an interview will be contacted directly. Artscape is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all its work. We work proactively to be fair and equitable in practice and to build diversity into our teams, creative communities, programs and services. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to Artscape.

About Toronto Artscape

Artscape is a not-for-profit urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities.

Our work involves clustering creative people together in real estate projects that serve the needs of the arts and cultural community and advance multiple public policy objectives, private development interests, community and neighbourhood aspirations and philanthropic missions.

Since its beginning in 1986, Artscape has become recognized as an international leader in creative placemaking, a practice that leverages the power of art, culture and creativity to catalyze change, growth and transformation in communities. Artscape achieves its mission through developing and managing unique cultural facilities—including community cultural hubs, multi-purpose creative spaces and artist live/work projects—and delivering programs and services that promote creativity and cultural space development.

Our success is driven by our ability to work effectively across disciplines to align values, leadership, investment and public policy. We work constantly to expand our portfolio, share our expertise and advance the field, offering training, mentoring and coaching, and learning opportunities through our Creative Placemaking Lab and tools and resources on the Artscape D.I.Y. website.

For more information about Artscape, please visit artscape.ca.