Go Back

June 24, 2020 - July 26, 2020

Call for Applications: Creative Catalyst

Hosted by Nia Centre for the Arts

Applications will be open from Monday, June 24 to Sunday, July 26, 11:59pm.

Applications are now open for the Creative Catalyst stream as part of the Left of Centre program – a 2 year incubator for emerging Black artists. The Creative Catalyst stream pairs a dedicated cohort of 24 emerging Black artists with a group of 8 arts-based consultants to receive consulting services, support, and mentorship over the course of 7 months. Participating artists will have general, self-guided access and support from all consultants, however each participating artist will also be paired directly with a consultant working within their primary artistic discipline to receive more intensive, one-on-one consulting and support. This stream provides consulting in 7 areas:

  • Curatorial Practice with Chiedza Pasipanodya
  • Site Specific & Experiential Art with Ashley McKenzie Barnes
  • Photography with Djenabe Edouard or Ishmil Waterman
  • Visual Art with Gordon Shadrach
  • Creative Writing with Fiona Raye Clarke
  • Grant Writing with Paulina O’Kieffe Anthony
  • Business Development with Amoye Henry

The Creative Catalyst stream is application-based, and best suited towards emerging artists who have made a commitment towards establishing their artistic careers, are currently working on new work or building on existing work, and looking to regularly engage an artistic consultant.

More information and how to apply


  • Nia Centre for the Arts

    524 Oakwood Avenue, Toronto, York, ON M6E 2X1, Canada


    Nia Centre for the Arts is a Toronto-based charitable organization that supports, showcases and promotes an appreciation of arts from across the Afro-Diaspora.

    Nia Centre is committed to supporting artists working across disciples, and ranging in experience levels. We strive to build the creative capacities and support the development of a healthy identity in Black youth. We are committed to connecting community members to artistic and cultural experiences, year-round.