Program Guidelines


Program Outline:
Date: January 23, 2019 – April 17, 2019 (13 in-class sessions)
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Final Expo: May 2019
Location: Georgian College Downtown Campus – R116
Cost (Due upon acceptance): $150 (includes workbook and reading materials)

Program Information:
View the full course curriculum here.

We are excited to bring Artrepreneur back to Barrie with an updated curriculum!

Artrepreneur is comprised of weekly seminars, workshops, assignments and a final presentation and expo over a period of four months. It primarily serves artists, arts groups and arts businesses working in all artistic disciplines such as, though not limited to, visual arts, dance, theatre, film, music, jewellery, fashion, augmented reality and game design. Our curriculum is blended with in-class working sessions, peer-to-peer learning, a one-on-one session in preparation for your final presentation and expo, and opportunities for group learning and discussion.

By the end of the program, fellows will have a business model canvas and a business plan, allowing you to take your business to the next level. Participants also have the opportunity to present their work in front of art industry leaders at the final expo. The expo is for program fellows to present their business with other artists and industry leaders in a public setting. It will also involve a graduation ceremony and showcase of work from each fellow. Upon successful completion, fellows will also be awarded a certificate endorsed by all program partners.

We bring in speakers from a variety of different backgrounds to give you a wholesome experience and various industry contacts. Guest speakers include artists, program partners (such as the Barrie Business Centre, Georgian College etc), and other experts.


  • Applicant is an independent artist, Director/President of an arts group/non-profit organization or the Founder/Owner of a creative business
  • Be an artist working in any creative discipline
  • Must have a strong creative business or business idea to work on throughout the program
  • 18 years of age and older
  • Ability to commute and attend weekly sessions in Barrie

Selection Process
All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. The committee may include representatives from partner organizations who are cultural administrators, local artists, educators and business advisors. A maximum of 30 applicants will be accepted for the program based on meeting eligibility criteria, full completion of application, ability to participate for the full duration of the program, artistic merit and business viability.

Program Partners:

  • City of Barrie
  • York Region Arts Council
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • Georgian College
  • Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia
  • Ontario Musicians Co-operative Inc.

Important Dates
Application Deadline: Open until spots are filled
Program Start Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Last In-Class Session Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Expo: Final Presentations & Graduation Ceremony: May 2019 (Date TBD)

If you have any questions, please contact Briar Kelly, at