The AMY Project offers art-making workshops and 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, both in facilitating community-engaged artistic creation, and in developing healthy and sustainable practices and models for creative work.

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.

Artistic workshops:

AMY is available to develop custom storytelling, theatre creation, writing, and other artistic creation workshops that explore participants’ lived experiences, affirm participants’ identities, and facilitate a unique team-building experience for all involved. We will draw from the methods that have informed our award-winning theatre creation programming to design a program that works for your group’s goals and within the time and resources available. Workshops are led by senior artist-facilitators from the AMY Project team.

“AMY Project provided an inclusive space for a level of creativity and self discovery that has opened so many doors for me!”
– Julia, AMY Project Theatre Program participant, 2015

“When you hear other people’s stories, you have so much compassion for them. I realized that I didn’t have that same compassion toward my own story. I had difficulty sharing it… but AMY was such an encouraging and gentle environment that people felt comfortable to speak.”
– Chana, AMY Project Theatre Program participant, 2016

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