Indigenous Arts Program

As the newest program with Paprika Festival, the Indigenous Arts Program provides personalized, flexible training and support to young Indigenous performing artists of any experience and skill level. We connect Indigenous youth with Indigenous artists and mentors who provide holistic artistic, emotional, and spiritual support. Program participants are provided the tools and guidance to create a fully original piece of performed art (could be theatre, dance, music, poetry, performance art…anything!). Mentors and guest artists help connect program participants with community and the Indigenous arts scene in Tkaronto and beyond (including Paprika partner company, Native Earth Performing Arts). Participants have the opportunity to return for a second year in this program to further develop their training and their original work and deepen their relationships with new collaborators and mentors in community. Have questions about the program? Email

The 2018/2019 Indigenous Arts Program Facilitator is Michaela Washburn, and our Program Advisor is Veronica Johnny! To learn more about this year’s facilitators, click here!

Click here to reserve tickets for this year’s showcase!

This year’s participants:

(click on their headshots for show information!)

Joelle Peters

Cole Forrest

Theresa Cutknife

Jesse Wabegijeg