Art Insight – A partnership with Workman Arts and Lakeshore Arts invites instructors to propose accessible and inclusive online or hybrid courses for our 2021/2022 training program. Instructors will develop and teach workshops and classes for participants living in South Etobicoke. Each course will be provided with a Workman Arts peer support person, who will support participants with anything that may come up for them during the class. The peer support person is not there to assist the instructor with instructing.

A bit about Workman Arts:

Workman Arts provides multi-disciplinary, professional art workshops for and by artists with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions issues. Workman Arts aims to support member artists through community support, access to free studio space, materials, equipment, free art training as well as professional development and presentation opportunities.

A bit about Lakeshore Arts:

Lakeshore Arts is a community arts organization dedicated to engaging all peoples using multidisciplinary art forms as a way of enriching lives and strengthening Toronto’s communities. We believe community arts contribute to the holistic health of a community by offering creative opportunities to empower positive social change through connecting people to the arts.

About Art Insight – A partnership with Workman Arts and Lakeshore Arts:

Thanks to a $1 million investment over four years from the Slaight Family Foundation, Workman Arts is expanding its art training programs throughout the GTA by partnering with Scarborough Arts, Urban Arts, North York Arts, East End Arts, Arts Etobicoke and Lakeshore Arts. The expanded program tackles the prevalence of social isolation in individuals with mental health issues and the lack of opportunities to build lasting social connections through meaningful engagement outside of the mainstream mental health system. Workman Arts’ art training programs are unique in the mental health sector because they do not treat the art class as secondary to the mental health benefits. High-quality art classes across all disciplines are facilitated by instructors with lived experience of mental health and/or addiction issues.

Art Insight – A partnership with Workman Arts and Lakeshore Arts is specifically looking to add programming in South Etobicoke. This includes the area between Etobicoke Creek to the West, and the Humber River to the East, The Queensway to the North, and the lakeshore to the south.. Courses will begin in January 2022 and February 2022 running 5 weeks in length online*.


Instructors will be paid a total of $350 per class under 4 hours, plus a one time prep fee of $250 (a total of $2000 for one 5-week course.) Workman Arts will cover the cost of materials and support the delivery or pick up of materials to participants.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for artists who live in Etobicoke who have developed skills or technical experience in a range of disciplines that may include (but are not limited to): Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textile Art, Photography, Media Arts, Filmmaking, Podcasting, Animation, Performance, Theatre, Movement, Poetry, Prose, Playwriting, Songwriting and/or Music Composition.

We recognize all forms of knowledge acquisition and invite instructors from all backgrounds to apply; academic experience is not necessary. We prioritize hiring artists with lived experience of mental illness and/or addiction.

Please keep in mind that programs are intended to provide participants with guidance and support in their own creative pursuits or the chance to contribute to a larger collaborative process (rather than be in service to an Instructor’s sole artistic vision or project). Also, please note that Workman Arts is a non-clinical arts organization and we will not prioritize applications that are situated explicitly within an art therapy and/or clinically-based framework.

Once we have received your application it will be reviewed and we will contact you with next steps if your application is selected. All applications will be reviewed.