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TAC Leaders Lab

Opportunity to Toronto, Ontario Arts Professionals to
Participate in a Leadership Development Program

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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Toronto Arts Council (TAC) and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Deadline Date:

09/16/19 11:59 PM

Description:

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Opportunity to Toronto, Ontario arts professionals to participate in a leadership development program. The program is intended to strengthen leadership capacity, by creating networks, tools, bridges, and the space in the arts sector for exchanging different perspectives and approaches. The TAC Leaders Lab aims to support individual leaders as they develop collaborative solutions to complex challenges. Finally, the program is designed to invigorate and inspire one of Toronto’s most vital assets – arts leaders – and to ensure their future capacity to drive the health and success of the sector and the city as a whole.

This program has been created by TAC and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity to enhance leadership capacity in Toronto’s arts and culture sectors. The program is designed for arts professionals who have demonstrated the potential to lead change in their organizations, communities or arts sectors. The program stresses a balance between personal and professional development.

The goal of the program is to build a network of open-minded, creative problem-solvers and innovative thinkers from across arts disciplines, who will explore concepts and practices of relational leadership. The program focuses on power/influence, resilience/self-care, systems/networks, and community/civic engagement. 

What to Expect:

Through a process led by facilitators from across disciplines and sectors, participants in the TAC Leaders Lab will enhance the skills, tools, networks, and knowledge that will support personal leadership growth and new collaborative opportunities.

Participants of the program can expect to:

  • Engage in an intensive leadership process at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aimed at reframing personal perspectives and challenges;
  • Examine the multiple contexts of the Toronto arts ecology;
  • Identify key challenges in leadership development, and the necessary steps to create positive action;
  • Exchange information and ideas related to personal leadership, change strategies, creative place-making, equity, community engagement, collaboration and best practices in arts leadership;
  • Build an active network of Toronto peers working in different disciplines;
  • Share opportunities for participation in the activities of Leaders Lab participants;
  • Participate in ongoing evaluation of the program including surveys and interviews;
  • Engage with innovative leaders from the arts and other sectors about change-making initiatives;
  • Make a year-long commitment to the program that will include events in Toronto focused on skills and connections, and online engagement with fellow participants;
  • Challenge assumptions.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153933

Estimated Size of Grant:

All program costs will be covered by TAC and include the following:
- Return flight and transfers from Toronto to Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity for one-week retreat;
- All meals and accommodations at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity;
- A stipend of $150 - $750 to cover business and personal costs during the program. (The stipend will vary according to the employment status of the individual leader; those on salary from an organization will qualify for the lesser amount).

Term of Contract:

TAC Leaders Lab participants will make a commitment to attend two orientation sessions in Toronto, a one-week intensive leadership retreat in Banff in Spring 2020, and ten monthly activities and exchanges in Toronto in 2020-21.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This program is open to professional arts workers living and working in Toronto. TAC recognizes the diversity of artistic, administrative, generational and cultural leadership styles and backgrounds that make up the Toronto arts sector and will factor that into its selection process.

Each applicant must:
- Be a permanent resident of Toronto;
- Be a professional arts worker;
- Be willing to commit to one week in Banff from April 25 to 30, returning to Toronto May 1 and a minimum of 10 monthly gatherings on the 3rd Wednesday from 1pm to 7pm in Toronto over a one-year period;
- Have demonstrated leadership qualities in the arts and culture sphere;
- Have demonstrated experience with community engagement;
- Not be an employee of the City of Toronto.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: September 16, 2019

Applicants will be notified by email when the results are available, and will be able to log in to TAC Grants Online to receive their results. Notification will be received within four months of the deadline date.

The jury is tasked with choosing a cohort that represents a diversity of practice and ideas but can work together and they will embrace the open exchange of ideas in a cross-disciplinary environment. This means that many worthwhile candidates may not be selected and are encouraged to apply again the following year.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Application Portal:
https://tac.smartsimple.ca/s_Login.jsp

If you have questions about the program, please contact:
Peter Kingstone
peter@torontoartscouncil.org
416-392-6802 x 208

26 Grand Trunk Crescent, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario
M5J 3A9
Phone: 416-392-6800
Fax: 416-392-6920

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario

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