Program Guidelines


Program Outline:
Date: September 10, 2019 – December 10, 2019 (13 in-class sessions / Break: October 15)
Time: Tuesdays, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Final Expo: January 14, 2020
Location: Vaughan City Hall
Cost (Due upon acceptance): $185 non-members | $150 YRAC members (includes workbook and reading materials)

Program Information:
View the full course curriculum here.

We are excited to launch another Artrepreneur York Region cohort, this time in Vaughan, with an updated curriculum!

Artrepreneur York Region is comprised of weekly seminars, workshops, assignments and a final presentation and expo over a period of four months. It primarily serves York Region based 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 gone through 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 to an audience, including York Region Arts Council stakeholders, at a final expo. The expo is for program fellows to present their businesses in a pitch-style format. 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.

Speakers from a variety of different backgrounds will be brought in to give a wholesome outlook on the various different aspect of arts administration. Guest speakers include other arts administrators, cultural leaders, financial experts, HR experts, and many more! Stay tuned as we release speaker information.


  • 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 Vaughan

Program Fee
$185 for Non-members
$150 for York Region Arts Council Members

Click here to become a York Region Arts Council Member and receive discounted program fees and other perks today!

Selection Process
All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. A maximum of 25 participants will be accepted for the program based on meeting eligibility criteria, full completion of the application, ability to participate for the full duration of the program, and proof that this course will help develop your arts leadership and administration skills.

Important Dates
Application Deadline: OPEN TILL FILLED
Program Start Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Last In-Class Session: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Expo: January 14, 2020

How to Apply

  • Read the Artrepreneur Program Guidelines above
  • Apply using the link below

If you have any questions, please contact Deanna Galati, Program Coordinator at