Fostering Local Talents

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Artists and Artisans Development Network is a registered not-for-profit organization that fosters economic, social, and civic development to culturally-diverse artists and their communities.

Our Mission

To provide support and opportunities for economic and social development to artists and artisans of all artistic practices who are newcomers to Canada or from other visible minority groups

Our programs

Artist & Artisans Development Network’s programs create opportunities for collaboration, mentorship, and professional development. We help artists showcase their talents and build partnerships that will strengthen their artistic practice and build community.

Workshops & Training

Our workshops and training programs bring together artists and community members to collaborate on visual arts, written word, digital media, and storytelling projects. We work with professional and aspiring artists of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Seniors, refugees, youth, and women are encouraged to find participate and find empowerment through the arts.

Festivals & Events

Artists and Artisans Development Network celebrates our cultural diversity and builds community through the arts. We host festivals and events to provide opportunities for artists to share their work, and help them reach new audiences by encouraging participation in in events hosted by our partner organizations.

Information & Referrals

Join our mailing list, participate in community dialogues, and connect with other artists to learn about the support systems and programs available to you.


Artists and Artisans produces documentaries on social and economic issues faced by artists and artisans of colour and from immigrant communities.

“In My Home Canada” explores artists’ immigration experience and the challenges they face as newcomers.


We depend wholly on the support of donations. Your gift will provide crucial support to immigrant artists, helping them build community and access economic opportunities in their new home.

We welcome and encourage the participation of all who wish to contribute the Artists and Artisans Development Network. Help us achieve our goals by donating your time and expertise.

Featured Artists of the Month

Lyubov Kay

Singer and Song Writer

Lyubov Kay is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter whose dreamy alternative pop singles deliver smooth vocals and heartfelt lyrics. Writing relatable music inspired by her personal life and translating popular foreign songs into English was the driving force behind her growth as an artist. Within a short span of time, Lyubov’s YouTube channel has garnered a following and set the stage for releasing original music. Her first singles “Free Falling” and “Right Now”, both written and recorded in her bedroom, offer emotional lyrics and a unique sound within the pop genre.

Born in Russia and having immigrated to Canada at the age of 10, Lyubov experienced starting over in a new country and learning a new language. Growing up in a family of six, she’d search for quiet corners at every opportunity to write and record her music and developed a passion for songwriting. Lyubov has cited Billie Eilish, Ryan Tedder, and The Weeknd as her main music influences, with her sound often compared to that of Alina Baraz. In the early stages of her career, Lyubov found it difficult to share her art publicly and used music as an outlet for recording her experiences while she earned her degree in public health.

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