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

Christine Long

An Accidental Artist

Christine Long calls herself the Accidental Artist because she’d never done any art before experiencing a life-changing illness. Art became part of a way to rewire her brain after being struck by multiple sclerosis at age 50.
Originally from Ottawa, Christine had lived in many places in Canada and England by the time she was a young adult. She and her family always took an active interest in the arts wherever they lived. She came from a long line of artists but never considered herself to be one. Christine’s passion was archaeology. She pursued her MA in Greek archaeology in London, England. Eventually she went on to work in the business and not-for-profit world.
During a happy family life and successful career, a serious health crisis happened. She felt something rip in her brain one day when she walked across a parking lot. Within 3 days she was in hospital unable to walk, talk or see properly. Life had stopped on a dime and changed forever.

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