Join the tdsbCREATES Roster

Call For Artists: tdsbCREATES Artist Roster 2021-2022

tdsbCREATES celebrates student voices and creativity through the arts while honouring the unique and powerful exchanges that take place between professional artists, teachers, and students in TDSB schools across the city. tdsbCREATES is presented by the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Arts Council with administrative support from Prologue Performing Arts. The 2021-2022 tdsbCREATES theme is Intersections.

More information about tdsbCREATES can be found on the tdsbCREATES website.

This year, all residencies grades JK – 12 will be virtual with sessions taking place online via Zoom or Google Meets. Some students may be learning in person in their classroom and some students may be learning virtually in their home. In all cases, artists will not be visiting schools in person this year.

All residency placements will be 7 hours with one full class. Artists will be paid $500 for each completed 7 hour residency. There is an opportunity for artists to work with multiple classes but class matches depend on the number of registrations and requests.

Residency (grades JK – 6):

  • 3 hours of artist planning timeplan for their workshop sessions and plan with teachers
  • 4 hours of workshops – engage students in creative work and exploration
  • Timeframe: February – May 2022

Residency (grades 7-12):

  • 2 hours planning – plan for their workshop sessions and plan with teachers
  • 2 hours of workshops – engage students in creative work and spark creativity
  • 3 hours of mentorship (1 hour is a flex hour that can be used to review student work offline as needed)
  • Provide feedback on student work and ask guiding questions
  • Help students clarify their message and connection to theme
  • Timeframe: February – end of April 2022

Please note that with the evolving COVID-19 situation, we can’t predict what will happen in schools this year. If school contexts change, the program may need to be adjusted.


To be eligible to work with the tdsbCREATES program, applicants must be professional artists. A professional artist is someone who has developed their skills through training and/or practice; is recognized as such by artists working in the same artistic tradition; actively practices their art; seeks payment for their work; and has a history of public presentation.

Applicants must be Canadian Citizens, or Permanent Residents (Landed Immigrants), or have an application pending for Permanent Resident status, or be a Protected Person (approved refugee claimant).

We encourage applications from those who self-identify as Black, Persons of Colour, Deaf Persons, Persons with Disabilities, Persons Living with Mental Illness, Indigenous Artists, 2SLGBTQIAP Artists, newcomer and refugee artists, young and emerging artists, and artists working outside the downtown core.

Artists must have been a resident of the City of Toronto (“M” postal code) for at least one year prior to the application deadline, and live and work in Toronto for at least 8 months a year. A post office box address cannot be used to meet the residency requirement.

Application Process

Toronto-based artists in various arts disciplines are invited to submit an application to work with students during tdsbCREATES. We are looking for artists working in the following disciplines to join the roster:

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music and Music Production
  • Spoken Word
  • Visual Arts, Media Arts, Film

Artists working in TDSB schools (all positions) are required to provide:

  • An approved Vulnerable Sector Check (through Toronto Police Services)

Application Details – How to Apply

To be considered for the tdsbCREATES roster for 2021-2022, please complete the application by following the link below.

Application Form – please fill out the tdsbCREATES Artist Roster application form and send your resume to

Application deadline: Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Selected artists will be invited for interviews between December 14-15, 2021.

If you have any questions, contact

tdsbCREATES is a unique partnership of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Toronto Arts Council, with administrative support from Prologue Performing Arts.