CSMN: Applications
Are Open

CSMN: Applications
Are Open

Applications are Open for Creative Spaces Mentoring Network 2022

Mentorship can provide an opportunity to connect with experts in the arts sector, while also developing your skills and knowledge.  The Creative Spaces Mentoring Network (CSMN) is a program directly for artists, arts managers, and community members responsible for a creative space.  The program focuses on providing a platform for arts leaders to grow their business and management skills to oversee, renew and develop creative spaces.

Creative spaces can include:

  • museums
  • art galleries
  • studio spaces
  • art centres
  • maker spaces
  • market spaces
  • arts institutions

… in short, spaces that support the arts!

We look forward to learning about everyone’s creative space projects as the program kicks off!

About the program

Through the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network, leaders in Calgary’s arts community who are responsible for their spaces, capital-related issues, or are seeking to acquire or establish physical or digital creative space will have the unique opportunity of virtual one-to-one learning with an experienced professional in Calgary’s arts and heritage sector. ABO encourages interested arts leaders who are engaged at any level of creative space development to apply!

In joining the CSMN 2023-24 cohort, you will have the opportunity to engage with like-minded peers in webinars and check in’s throughout the program.

How it works

ArtsBuild Ontario, cSPACE, and Calgary Arts Development will work collectively to match arts and cultural leaders with experienced Mentors from their own or other sectors.  After an initial training webinar, the mentoring teams will meet online for a suggested time of up to three hours monthly from February 14, 2023 to January 31, 2024. The mentoring team discussions are confidential and will focus on particular challenges and skills identified by the Mentee at the beginning of the partnership. All teams will take part in a Kick-Off Workshop, Mid-Program Webinar and a Wrap Up Webinar.

Program timeline

Deadline for Mentee Applications (extended) December 14, 2022
Mentee Application Selection December 2022 – January 2023
Program Begins Wednesday, February 1, 2023
First Training Webinar Wednesday, February 14, 2023
Mid-point Webinar Wednesday, May 17th, 2024
Wrap-Up Webinar Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Program Ends Wednesday, January 31, 2024


Mentee Applications

  1. Complete the Application Form.
  2. Provide a letter of support for your Mentee application (eg. from someone you work or volunteer with in your community).
  3. Record a 1-2 minute video telling us: about you and your organization, your facilities plans and/or projects, and how this opportunity would benefit you. You can record your video using a smartphone or web camera, and upload via YouTube (privately), Dropbox, Google Drive etc. Please send a link via email to the video hosted on your platform of choice.
  4. Submit the application online, send the video link, and email the letter of support to ArtsBuild Ontario at programs@artsbuildontario.ca

If you are selected, we will work diligently to match you with a suitable Mentor based on the skills outlined in your application.  We will contact applicants to arrange meetings with prospective Mentors in December 2022 – January 2023 when the Mentor-Mentee matching process is underway.


If you are selected as a Mentee, there is a $50 + HST fee. ABO will invoice mentees once a successful match is made.

Mentor Applications

We are currently seeking Mentors for current and future iterations of the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network!  If you have been part of a capital project, strategic plan, or have knowledge to share in relation to cultural facilities, the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network is an opportunity for you to support fellow arts managers and foster strong arts and heritage sectors.

Please note that this Mentor role will be voluntary. If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, please complete this Mentor Application Form .


Applications close on December 14, 2022 at midnight.

Additional resources

For more information about the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network, please contact ArtsBuild Ontario at programs@artsbuildontario.ca.