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WorkInCulture is working closely with the Windsor-Essex Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre and Arts Council Windsor & Region to develop and deliver a professional development training series for artists and arts workers/arts administrators in the Windsor-Essex region. The training will include workshops, access to online resources and local experts, and facilitated peer-mentoring circles. Participants who complete the training will come away with a detailed plan of action to move their careers/businesses/organizations forward.

The training series will be delivered 4 times to four different cohorts over the course of 2021 – 2023. Each cohort will have a different focus and application process.

Growing Creative Careers: Windsor & Region
Cohort 3: Planning Your Projects

This cohort is focused on how to build creative projects and programs, from idea to execution. Artists of all disciplines, creative professionals, community arts workers, arts organizations, and non-arts organizations interested in partnering with creatives, were invited to apply to this free, intensive training series on project development and planning, happening in the Windsor-Essex region from September to November 2022.

This cohort is geared towards participants who wish to develop or expand an existing project or project idea. Participants will work closely together to workshop their ideas with peers, and will come away from the cohort with the resources and knowledge needed to take their projects to the next phase. Learning will focus on such topics as: creating a project plan; structuring roles and responsibilities; building a contact network; creating a budget; and understanding funding sources and grant applications. Special attention will be paid to embedding collaboration and partnership development throughout your planning.

Growing Creative Careers: Funding Creative Projects Panel

Public Session: Funding Creative Projects Panel

Thursday, November 3, 2022
6:00 - 8:00 pm ET
Open to the public

As part of the Growing Creative Careers: Planning Your Projects program, WorkInCulture presents a panel discussion on how to fund creative projects for artists and arts professionals in Windsor-Essex. The session is open to the public and free to attend. A panel of guest speakers will discuss funding levels and considerations for arts projects, and share local opportunities for project funding in Windsor-Essex. The discussion will be facilitated by Nadja Pelkey, Associate Curator, Projects & Partnerships for Art Windsor-Essex and the curriculum consultant for Growing Creative Careers: Windsor & Region.


Program Details:

Program FAQ: Read more about what this training series cohort will focus on, who is eligible to apply, and how the training will be delivered. You can also watch a recording of the information session.

Program Overview and Session Schedule: Note: some details are still TBC and/or may be adjusted accordingly to who applies. The training will include a public session where a panel of artists and creatives will discuss their project-building processes and learnings, and a public session addressing local funding opportunities for creative projects. Other sessions will be available only to participants accepted into this intensive program.

​Curriculum Consultant and Facilitator: Nadja Pelkey

Photo of Nadja Pelky background black dotsNadja is a Windsor-based artist, educator and cultural worker. She has a history of working with the creative community in Windsor, including through previous experience as interim-ED with the Arts Council Windsor and Region. She is currently Associate Curator, Projects & Partnerships with Art Windsor-Essex and a sessional instructor with University of Windsor. She has designed and delivered a range of relevant training in line with this project's objectives, and has an acute understanding and appreciation of the creative community in Windsor and how Growing Creative Careers can help support it.

For updates on Growing Creative Careers and related training activities, please sign up to receive more information.

If you have any questions about Growing Creative Careers: Windsor & Region or Cohort 3: Planning Your Projects, please contact Stephanie Draker, Program Manager at


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Cohort 2: Building Better Boards
January 27 to April 7, 2022

The second Growing Creative Careers cohort was aimed at supporting, growing and sustaining healthy boards of directors in Windsor & region's local arts and culture organizations. The training series covered board structures, effective recruiting, roles and responsibilities, policy and planning, and more.

For details about this training series cohort, read the FAQs and Cohort 2 Schedule.
You can also watch a recording of the information session, and read an interview with a participant from the cohort.

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Cohort 1: Windsor & Region
April 26 to June 30, 2021

The first cohort was designed for arts professionals in the early or emerging stages of their career and covered training on articulating an arts or creative practice, CV writing, building online presence, financial management, grants and more.

For details about this training series cohort, read the FAQs and Cohort 1 Schedule.
You can also watch a recording of the information session, and watch an interview with a participant from the cohort.

Growing Creative Careers: Windsor & Region is funded by:

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