Left of Centre is an incubator to help advance the careers of emerging Black artists.
Left of Centre is an artist incubation project which combines professional development, creative consulting, critical feedback, and seed funding to support the careers of emerging Black artists living within Toronto or the GTA.
With multiple streams, Left of Centre allows artists to locate themselves within the incubator, making use of elements that are best suited towards their needs – whether that be funding, consulting, critique, or inspiration.
Developed in collaboration with Black artists and advisors, across a wide range of disciplines, Left of Centre seeks to support emerging Black artists in navigating traditional and non-traditional art spaces and institutions, securing funding for their work, developing their artistic practices, and continuing to inspire our creative community.
The Left of Centre incubator offers the following programming streams & opportunities. Continue reading below to learn more about each offering:
Through our Creative Catalyst stream, a cohort of emerging artists will work directly with a group of 8 established artists and consultants who will provide feedback, guidance, and mentorship over the course of 7 months. The Creative Catalyst stream supports the following artistic disciplines and entrepreneurial areas:
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.
Applications are now closed.
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As part of Left of Centre, we will be presenting a series of discipline specific ‘Crit Nights‘, hosted by established artists working within each discipline.
Sessions will begin early 2021.
As part of Left of Centre, Nia Centre will be providing a number of micro grants to emerging artists to be used to propel their artistic careers. Seed funding will be allocated through an application based process, and can be used in a wide variety of ways, including purchasing small equipment, artist supplies & materials, submission fees, leveraging other funding, and more.
Seed funding will be made available in early 2021. Preference will be given to emerging artists who have participated in previous Left of Centre programming, including the Creative Catalyst stream, Crit Nights, and more. Details TBA.
Left of Centre is for emerging artists from across the African Diaspora, living within Toronto or the GTA.
Under the Left of Centre program, emerging artists are identified as:
Nia Centre for the Arts recognizes the ongoing support of the Left of Centre program by advisors Anique Jordan and Desmond Miller.
Left of Centre is made possible through the support of:Back to Professional Development
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