With interests ranging from Graphic Design, Illustration, Fashion Design, Videography, Photography, Writing, the Creative Arts stream is broad. Artists work on honing their craft, learning to use different mediums and computer applications while putting together portfolios to get into school and apply for work. The Creative Arts Program Leader works to support them by teaching them techqniques, programs, and otherwise helping them develop their creative side.
Participants in this stream are working towards careers as recording artists, producers, and audio engineers. Use of the studio is managed by the Media Arts Program Leader, who works with participants to complete albums, mixtapes, demos, etc. Workshops are conducted regularly on how to put together a press kit, writing industry grants, and roundtable sessions where successful artists and composers related their experiences on breaking into the music game.
The Art of Business
If you’re a young entrepreneur, this stream is for you. Participants range in field and experience, but each has their own goal to attain. We’ve had managers, publicists, community workers, party promoters, and magazine editors work on and launch projects here, as well as fashion & consulting entrepreneurs. The Art of Business Program Leader will work with you one-on-one, helping you construct a business or marketing plan for example, as well as identifying strategies to enter a particular market. It is up to you to execute. Workshops range from starting a small business, copyright law, managing credit, and financial planning etc.
The Art of Photography
The Art of Photography: Originally a facet of the Creative Arts programming stream, the Art of Photography participants are exposed to the several aspects of Photography. While working towards developing a industry standard portfolio, participants go through a series of Photography based workshops lead by industry professionals including lighting, studio, outdoor, sports, shooting etc.
City Life Film Project
Through the City Life Film Project, we see an opportunity to find young, talented filmmakers from Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods and use the arts to help them achieve their full potential.
Each year, we take 10 emerging storytellers into a 3-month film intensive program where they develop film ideas from their experiences into short film scripts. Each filmmaker emerges with a complete short film script to take into the marketplace. All the filmmakers have the opportunity to pitch their ideas and three projects are greenlit for production. Through development to exhibition, the participants are given mentorship from some of the top filmmakers in Canada and expand their knowledge of opportunities in the Canadian film industry. Every participant receives hands-on mentorship around their exit strategy; including internships, festival support, bursaries, and a network of alumni and mentors to launch their careers