Applications Deadline Extended to April 19, 2021


An intensive professional development experience for artists, creatives and cultural workers living in Windsor-Essex area. The first cohort is designed for arts professionals in the early or emerging stages of their career and covers training on articulating an arts or creative practice, CV writing, building online presence, financial management, grants and more.

GCC Windsor is working closely with Windsor Essex Small Business Centre and Arts Council Windsor & Region, to develop and deliver a training series that will include workshops, access to online resources and local experts, and facilitated peer mentoring circles. Participants who complete the program will come away with a detailed plan of action to move their careers/businesses/organizations forward. 

The program will be delivered 4 times to four different cohorts over the course of 2021 - 2023.
For updates on project progress and related training activities please sign up to receive more information. 

For details about the program read the FAQs and Cohort 1 Schedule

Online Info Session 

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Application Deadline | April 19 ​, 2021 
Complete Application 

GCC Windsor Cohort 1 Duration | April 26, 2021 - June 30, 2021 

​Curriculum Consultant and Facilitator: Nadja Pelkey

Photo of Nadja Pelky background black dotsNadja is a Windsor-based artist, educator and cultural worker. She has a history of working with the creative community in Windsor, including through previous experience as interim-ED with the Arts Council Windsor and Region. She is currently a sessional instructor and photography technician with University of Windsor and has designed and delivered a range of relevant training in line with our project objectives. She has demonstrated an acute understanding and appreciation of the creative community in Windsor and how this project can help support it.

ABOUT THE PROJECT (2020 - 2023):

The success of our recently completed OTF Grow Grant (2016-2019) and labour market insights report MakingItWork, tells us that artists and arts workers want to move beyond basic introductory business skills and entrepreneurial skills training.

Our research confirms our experience that training collaborations are instrumental in providing more advanced training to support the careers of the creative community and elevate the profile of the arts sector. It is why we are thrilled to be working in partnership with Windsor Essex Small Business Centre and Arts Council Windsor & Region,  to support the training needs of artists and arts workers/art administrators in the Windsor-Essex region. 

If you have any questions about the project please contact:
Stephanie Draker, Program Manager at 

Funded by:

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