Professional Development - Nia Centre for the Arts

Professional Development

Nia Centre provides opportunities for Afro-diasporic artists to gain new skills, hone their artistic practices, and push their creative limits.

Printmaking Apprenticeship Training Program

Work and learn alongside artist Khadijah Morely, and receive paid training to support the facilitation of community workshops this summer. Open to artists 18 – 29. Deadline to Apply: May 21, 2023

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Just Us – The Learning Room

Get ready for mural season this year! This workshop series will feature a workshops designed to help you take your mural projects from concept to reality. Workshops will take place from May – June 2023.

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Exhibition Assistance Recommender Program

Looking for assistance is brining your upcoming exhibition to life? We are a Recommender for the Ontario Arts Council’s Exhibition Assistance Program. Learn more about the program, and our upcoming deadlines.

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Left of Centre

Featuring creative consulting, artist talks workshops, and networking opportunities, Left of Centre provides the professional development opportunities to help expand your artistic practice.

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PIVOT: Black Artist Resource Fund

This initiative aims to address the needs of Black artists in Ontario as they pivot, and find ways to adapt to the new realities and demands of creating and showcasing work during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Applications are now closed.

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Image Credit: stylo starr, 2020


The Curator in Residence program is a pilot learning opportunity for an emerging Black curator to work with and within both an institutional and community setting.

Presented in partnership with the McMaster Museum of Art.

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Image Credit: Meta Black Cheer, jamilah malika abu-bakare 2020

Artists in Residence (AIR)

Our Artists in Residence program provides Black artists with access to shared studio space, financial resources, curatorial guidance, and a culminating group exhibition.

Applications have now closed. Stay tuned for updates.

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Masters @ Work

2014 – 2015: A masterclass series of workshops and seminars facilitated by career arts professionals across a variety of disciplines.

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