The AMY Project offers capacity building workshops for arts organizations and collectives, schools, non-profits, and companies. Our suite of services draw on our organization’s long history and our senior staff’s expertise in developing healthy and sustainable practices and models for creative work.

Capacity-building workshops:

The AMY Project offers capacity building workshops, to help culture workers increase their capacity in a range of areas relating to community engagement, equity, and accessibility in the arts. Choose from the available workshops or contact us about custom workshops. Workshops are developed and led by AMY Project Artistic Director Nikki Shaffeeullah, with co-facilitation by seasoned facilitators from the AMY Project team.

Workshops available:

Radical Mentorship

How do we create models for mentorship that are sustainable and stimulating for mentors, accessible and generative for mentees, and ultimately contribute to a more equitable and artistically fertile cultural sector? This workshop offers frameworks for engaging mentorship as a pathway to equity in the arts and explores best practices for mentorship. Ideal for individuals looking to increase their efficacy as mentors and/or their learning potential as mentees; and for organizations looking to better strengthen the accessibility and impact of their mentorship structures and programs.

Container-Building in Creative Contexts

How do you create space where creative professionals can take risks, while maximizing safety, transparency, and accountability for all involved? How can organizations better align their anti-harassment, anti-oppression, and anti-discrimination policies with their day-to-day practices? This workshop overviews concepts and strategies that artists and leaders can consider in order to curate work environments that minimize harm and maximize. Ideal for directors, producers, facilitators, teachers, and arts managers.

Community Engagement for Artists and Arts Organizations

As questions of inclusion in the arts become more a core part of conversations in the arts sector and wider society, artists and arts organization are increasingly interested in how they can engage diverse communities in art-making projects. This workshop challenges participants to understand community-engaged arts work through lenses of social systems, equity, and anti-oppression. Participants will have the opportunity to strategize around their own (existing or in-development) community-engaged arts projects and explore methods for engaging communities as audiences, as partners, and as artistic collaborators, in ways that value equity, sustainability, and collective enjoyment. The workshop can be tailored to beginner or more advanced levels.

“As we worked to navigate the complex, sensitive and fraught territory of equity, diversity and inclusion, Nikki was a thoughtful and caring guide. She pushed us past our superficial assumptions and helped us dig into the deeper sources of inequity, while remaining deeply attentive to the multiple identities, experiences and needs in the room. Nikki is a badass, experienced and knowledgeable leader in the journey to a more inclusive arts community and society, and we’re grateful to have her as an ally and teacher!”

Mark Hopkins, Artistic Director, Swallow-A-Bicycle Theatre, Calgary

“We had the privilege of having folks from the AMY Project come to Ryerson to do a staff training on Intercultural Collaboration. The trainers are extremely skilled at engaging participants to explore the ways in which race, gender, gender identity, sexuality, ability, and other planes of identity intersect in the workplace – they confront these issues in a thoughtful and unique way. The workshop was challenging and asked us to step out of our comfort zones, but in a way that was not threatening. There was a huge diversity of activities and tools that allowed us to work in both large and small groups. There was also time given for quiet individual reflection. And on top of all of this, folks praised the workshop for also being fun, which is quite a feat when you are dealing with topics about identity in the deep and honest way in which The AMY Project does. In addition to this being one of the most thoughtful and comprehensive workshops in which I have participated, I was most moved by the way it founded new relationships between staff as well as really bolstered existing relationships. For me, this was the most important take-away of the day: the workshop is done in a way that gives staff an opening into the strengths of their colleagues and sets the ground work for strong team collaboration. I would highly recommend The AMY Project as trainers for your organization. They are flexible, thoughtful, well prepared, professional and able to adapt their session to suit your needs.”

– Tanya de Mello, Director of Human Rights, Ryerson University

Costs vary depending on organization size and budget, level of customization required, number of facilitators required, and related travel costs. Please contact with inquiries about available workshops or to discuss a custom workshop.