Program Guidelines


Program Outline:
Date: September 12, 2019 – December 12, 2019 (13 in-class sessions)
Time: Thursdays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Final Expo: January 2020
Location: Lakehead University’s Downtown Orillia campus
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 Simcoe County, this time in Orillia, 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, digital media, jewellery, fashion, and more. 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 Orillia Area CDC, 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 Orillia

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. 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 Orillia
  • York Region Arts Council
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Lakehead University
  • Tourism Simcoe County
  • Orillia Area Community Development Corp. (CDC

Important Dates
Application Deadline: OPEN UNTIL FILLED
Program Start Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019
Last In-Class Session Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
Expo: Final Presentations & Graduation Ceremony: January 23, 2020

If you have any questions, please contact Jacqueline Soczka at