Partnership with NAN & Announcing RBC Artist Mentorship Award Recipients

Posted: 2017-07-04 11:37:08 AM by WorkInCulture editor | with 18 comments

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Written by Parul Pandya, Commiunity Engagement Manager, Neighbourhood Arts Network

Neighbourhood Arts Network is excited to be partnering with WorkInCulture for the inaugural RBC Artist Mentorship Award! The Award is designed to celebrate newcomer artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and are making a contribution to Toronto’s cultural life.

The award came about when Toronto Arts Foundation's Neighbourhood Arts Network recognized the need for an award that bridges the need for newcomer artists to develop sustainable entrepreneurial skills. It was important to address some of the challenges facing this group of professional artists in Toronto, and create opportunities for them to foster a relationship within the business community to not only further their administrative skills, but also widen their network of local community connections.

Neighbourhood Arts Network is aware of the work that WorkInCulture has been doing around championing mentorship best practices, so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to collaborate! While Neighbourhood Arts Network managed designing, promoting and selecting the newcomer artists, WorkInCulture has been collecting a database of mentors with an array of skills, who will be vetted and matched with artists who had successful applications.

This year six talented multi-disciplinary artists have been selected by a jury of professional Toronto artists to receive this exciting award:

  • Mao Correa is a Colombian plastic artist, photographer and graphic designer based in Toronto. For over 25 years, Mao has maintained an independent practice as a plastic artist expressing, through the creation of eclectic and visceral art work, his fearless attitude against the lack of environmental awareness and frenzied consumerism.
  • Carlos Delgado is a Colombian artist based in Toronto. His works explore a multitude of expressions and ranges of human self-expression. Focusing on capturing the subtleties of emotions and experiences as expressed through the face and the body, his work becomes a reflection of each individual being and humans as a whole.
  • Paola Gomez is an artist facilitator, writer and human rights lawyer. She is also the co-founder and director of Sick Muse Art Projects. In 2008 Paola was awarded Toronto Community Foundation Vital People award for her contribution to the city of Toronto by her community led initiatives
  • Serene Husni Alahmad is a Palestinian-Jordanian filmmaker and multimedia journalist with years of experience creating short documentary films and videos. Her directorial debut Zinco won the Audience Award for Best Documentary from the Franco-Arab Film Festival in 2013. Zinco is a visual study of the construction material used in building Palestinian refugee habitats. Set in the Talbieh Refugee Camp in Jordan, the film looks for visible manifestations of displacement.
  • Paul Salter is a documentary filmmaker, born in Devon, England. In 2009, Paul completed his dissertation film - a story filmed at sea, capturing two characters lost on a fishing boat. In 2011, Paul arrived in Toronto and currently working on an interactive web-documentary platform that presents the stories of Toronto newcomer artists.
  • Dana Prieto is a multidisciplinary artist, activist and educator born in Buenos Aires and based in Toronto. Her current work experiments with video, repurposed materials and light, creating immersive installations that propose collective participatory experiences. Through her practice she explores the female identity and her diverse cultural roots braided with experiences of migration, community, remembrance and regeneration.

Stay tuned to hear more about the mentors that will be paired with these artists, and follow their experiences in learning more about creating a sustainable artistic practice.

For any questions about Neighbourhood Arts Network, please contact

If you’re interested in mentoring please contact Stephanie Draker at

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Thank you for sharing this! It's great news that you guys are partnering up with different partners to better your service! This is why Work In Culture is thriving
2021-09-03 7:07:17 AM
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Mentors are super important. Good initiative!
2021-09-01 10:55:40 PM
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This is what I love about Work In Culture. Thanks for sharing this!
2021-08-27 10:54:15 AM
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Partnering up with different foundations is noble advocacy. Thank you for doing this Work In culture and thanks for sharing!
2021-08-18 9:57:31 AM
I am grateful to read this article Partnership with NAN & Announcing RBC Artist Mentorship Award Recipients! It is very interesting! Thank you!
2021-08-18 2:37:17 AM
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These Mentorship awards are lovely and pick the right recipients always. Thanks for recognizing others!
2021-08-14 8:25:22 PM
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Mentorship is very important in the professional scene, most especially in a field like the arts. Getting a mentor is one of the best advices that you will hear. Thanks for sharing!
2021-08-14 8:17:14 PM
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Mentorship is one of the few things that I wished I had to learn beforehand when I was starting out. Thanks for sharing this WIC!
2021-07-17 7:09:30 AM
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Thank you so much for sharing this! It's great you guys are partnering up with different private sectors to promote skill development in the arts. Great Job!
2021-06-24 8:54:00 AM
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Nice set of awardees! The six multi-talented and respected artists in their fields are all equally deserving! Congratulations to you guys!. Thanks for sharing this WIC
2021-06-05 9:50:00 PM
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Great lineup of awardees! Everyone seems so great and unique and excellent at what they do. Thank you so much for sharing this!
2021-06-03 6:57:10 AM
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Great job in partnering up with different foundations and companies to promote development in our field. Thank you as always Work In Culture!
2021-06-01 10:58:36 AM
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Congratulations on your award
2021-05-30 12:05:12 AM
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The awardees all look diverse and deserving of the award! Thank you to the Toronto arts foundation for holding this event. Thanks!
2021-05-26 9:32:32 AM
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Different nominees with a vast wealth of experience and projects backing them. Everyone seems deserving of the award. Kudos to the award-giving body for picking excellent nominees
2021-05-13 7:19:05 AM
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Great selection of awardees. Read each and one of their descriptions and they all seem great! Great job!
2021-05-05 7:57:14 AM
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It's great to see you guys partnering up with lots of government foundations. It's really uplifting to see your effort in helping other people. Keep up the great work!
2021-05-04 11:10:24 AM
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Wow, Great selection of awardees here. Everyone's deeds seem well serving of the awards. Congratulations to all the winners
2021-04-26 3:59:55 AM
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