Indigenous Arts Program


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.



Cliff Cardinal

Indigenous Arts Program Facilitator

Cliff Cardinalis a writer/performer known for his black humour and compassionate poeticism. His solo plays Stitch and huff have won numerous awards. He has performed his music on three continents. He develops his new work with The Video Cabaret where he is Artistic Associate. Cardinal is also a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and a board member at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre.