Art Salon Mentorship Program

Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba (AANM) is now accepting applications for the new fall mentorship AANM Art Salons. The Art Salons will feature three outstanding leaders in the disability community from different artistic practices. This program is for emerging artists (visual, literacy and performance based) to receive critical feedback and engage in group discussions about their work

Debbie Patterson will be working with 6-8 theatre artists, Yvette Cenerini will be working with 6-8 visual artists, and Kate Grisim will be working with 6-8 writers. These Art Salons will allow for participants to meet as a group to discuss and receive feedback on their artistic practice. There will also be one-on-one meetings with the leaders for each participant to receive more focused and detailed critiques. The first meeting for each group will be staggered during the fall/winter of 2020/21. Each group will have the opportunity to share their work in a public presentation. If you need any assistance with your application for any reason please contact Jenel Shaw at (204)336-2366 or . Preference will be given to Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) artists.

This call is open to all Deaf and/or disabled visual artists, writers and theatre artists.


Visual Artists Leader: Yvette Cenerini

Yvette Cenerini has long been a pillar in the disability art community. After graduating with her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba in 2010, Yvette has had her artwork in group exhibitions in Manitoba, Ontario and Québec every year, including a solo exhibition in 2014 at La Maison des artistes visuels francophones. Yvette has worked tirelessly on the board of directors of many art organizations such as Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba, Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art and La Maison des artistes visuels francophone. Yvette has facilitated many workshops, including grant writing and artist statements. She earned her bachelor of Education from Université de Saint-Boniface in 2001, and is experienced in facilitating classes and workshops. Yvette has been on numerous peer assessment panels which has further honed her skill in the evaluation of artwork.

Start Date: the First Group Meeting will be on Saturday October 24 , 2020 from 12pm-3pm at the La Maison des artistes visuels francophone (101-219 Provencher Blvd.).

To Submit: Deadline September 8th 2020

Please send the following information to Jenel Shaw at

1. CV
2. Images: Submit up to 5 images in the following format:

-JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg)
-1.5 MB max
-RBG colour mode (full colour mode)
-file names: 01InitialsYearTitle.jpg (Image number, applicant’s initials, year of the work, title of the work)

3. Statement of Intent: include your artistic medium, what you hope to achieve/learn through the Art Salons, if you identify as a part of a marginalized community and any access needs that you require. 1-page max.