New Works offers training workshops and clinics specifically tailored to the arts community, in partnership with a number of stakeholders in the milieu. These workshops, designed for individuals and for companies, address a wide variety of management matters. The sessions are given in small groups led by New Works Staff, and focus on planning, public funding, accounting, budgets, administrative organization, among other subjects. The objective is for participants to acquire the knowledge and practical tools that will enable them to carry out their activities in the most productive and efficient manner possible.


Past Events:

New Works Spring 2021 Grant Clinic

In March New Works is sponsoring a ‘choose your own adventure’ grant writing free workshop and grant clinic with professional grant writer Michelle Kneale. Depending on your interests/needs you can take part in both or just one. You decide!

Michelle will knowledgeably guide you past the pitfalls and point you towards grant writing success. March 22, 11am-12:30pm, 101 Grant Writing Workshop. This 1.5h-workshop provides the Coles Notes on basic grant writing knowledge.

March 29-31, Morning and Afternoon Clinics (from 10am to 5pm). 1-hour online consultations on a draft of your application. 10 dance artists and/or arts groups will be accepted into our clinic as part of the many services we offer free, subsidized, or at low cost to artists and companies. 

NOTE: To secure your spot in the clinic you must send us a current grant application in progress by March 25th or you will lose your spot to someone else. It’s ok if your draft is in rough shape but to be able to help we need to get a preview of your application in advance.

We encourage applications from equity-seeking artists who have or are facing systemic barriers that infringe on their artistic career. This includes, but is not limited to, artists who identify as Indigenous, Black, Person of Colour, Trans, Non-binary, Queer, Disabled, low income, and living in the intersections of these identities.

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Michelle Kneale is an arts administrator, and dramaturg with over 10 years experience in professional theatre; She has worked for companies such as Boca del Lupo, Pi Theatre, Alberta Playwrights Network, and Handsome Alice Theatre. Michelle is currently Board President of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and Board Vice President of Playwrights Canada Press. 

November-December 2020: Touring pre and post COVID-19 workshop series led by Fascinator Management. Workshop commissioned by Made in BC – Dance on Tour’s Des arts dehors/ Arts Outside program.

New Works September 2020 Grant Clinic

7 artists and groups were accepted into our September free grant clinic, as part of the many services we offer free, subsidized, or at low cost to artists and companies.

As part of this clinic, we also offered “The Grant Foundation” workshop. This 1.5h-workshop explained the basic of grant writing and took place on September 23rd at 10am.

August-September 2020: Touring pre and post COVID-19 workshops series led by Fascinator Management
April 2020: Non Profit Society and Governance Workshop led by Katheryn Peterson
March 2020: Online Grant Workshop + Clinic

In 2019, we had spring and fall grant clinics, where 25+ artists and companies received one-on-one advice and assessment of their grants in progress.

Feedback from artists about grant clinics included:

“Since I have attended the clinic, I have received two successful grants…You have been a huge help and resource, and I send gratitude for your knowledge and details. I would also like to note that providing these services to the dance community without a fee is refreshing, and shifting structures to support the arts,”

“As an emerging artist writing my first solo Research & Creation grant, I’m very new to the process, so the workshop clarified many things for me. In particular, I came away with a better understanding of the implicit things that jurors look for, which aren’t explicitly stated in the grant application criteria. I also appreciated Joanna’s concrete, but supportive notes. I’ve received notes on applications in the past that made me feel overwhelmed or discouraged, but I came away from this session with specific, achievable revisions in mind.”