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

Thaniath Siddiqui


Thaniath is an award-winning artist who likes to create impactful and emotionally rich art using a variety of forms including mixed media. Born in India and raised in North Africa she has lived in various countries before moving to Canada. With a background in architecture and interior design, her work embodies the flavors of several cultures and inspirations from her extensive travels.

Building layers and texture is what inspires her most. The freedom of expression through brush strokes and colours keeps her motivated. She mostly paints abstract landscapes and florals. She like to use inks and mark making tools to bring in an interest in the flow of the painting and give a sense of harmony. Her work is very intuitive and she believes Art should be an experience which can connect and communicate with the viewers and touch their deeper instincts.
She is very happy that her paintings have reached across the continents in galleries and private collections. She is also the founder of Canvas Stories which hosts corporate art events and art training in GTA

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