Climate Artist-In-Residence

With the belief that art has a critical role to play in increasing climate change adaptation awareness and well-being, CreativePEI is proud to launch the Climate Artist-in-Residence Program (CAIR). The Program aims to strengthen community resilience through the creation and dissemination of artwork, including artistic activities presented by each artist, such as workshops, screenings, presentations, art exhibitions and more.

Status: In Progress


CreativePEI and the River Clyde Pageant have partnered with the Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation to host artist Alexis Bulman as an intern in UPEI’s ClimateSense program. Bulman has been learning about climate change adaptation and exploring ways in which the arts can help people deal with anxiety associated with climate change by developing and delivering a series of community-engaged arts installations to inspire action on climate adaptation.

Status: Complete

Creative Industries Employment Statistics

There is a lack of accurate culture sector employment statistics on a provincial level in Prince Edward Island. Statistics Canada provides sector-level data through its Cultural Satellite Account but there are serious granularity issues with their industry-level numbers. By developing better sector-level data we will be able to better identify employment gaps, and be able to create more effective programs and policies to address these gaps. 

Status: In Progress

Creative Well-Being Initiative

The Creative Well-Being Initiative began in 2022 with the goal of improving the mental well-being of PEI’s artists and creative sector workers. During the first iteration of the project we made connections within art and mental health communities and began discussing ways in which we could achieve our goal. The current phase of the project has resulted in the development of a free therapy service for artists, as well as a peer support program.

Digital Skills for Youth

DS4Y is an internship opportunity connecting recent graduates to meaningful employment and giving them the skills to succeed in the digital economy. For-profit business or not-for-profit organizations with fewer than 500 employees who can provide valuable employment opportunities related to digital activities and skills can apply.

Doors Open PEI

Doors Open PEI is an annual event that provides the opportunity for community members to go behind the scenes at arts and culture facilities and explore spaces that are normally off limits. First launched in 2019, Doors Open connects members of the public with some of Charlottetown’s best kept secrets and gives the community an opportunity to uncover some of the history and stories behind the buildings we share the city with.

Status: Planning for 2022

Dotgain PEI’s Creativity Conference

DotGain is PEI’s annual creative sector conference held each fall in collaboration with Holland College’s School of Visual Arts and other industry partners. This one-day professional development conference is specifically tailored to the visual arts communities of Prince Edward Island.

Status: Planning for 2022

Exhibition, Curation, and Management Training Program

A lack of curators in PEI has left some arts organizations without the managerial expertise and programming knowledge needed to organize and design art exhibitions. The Exhibition Curation and Management Training Program was designed to alleviate a shortage of curators, festival organizers, and gallery managers in the P.E.I.’s Visual Arts industry.

Status: On Hold

Film Industry Training Program

The rapid growth of the Film industry in PEI has led to an urgent need for skilled workers. We have been working with FilmPEI and educational institutions to develop training opportunities to address the skills gaps in the industry.

Status: In Progress

Health Insurance for the Creative Sector

Need personal health insurance?

PEI’s creative sector workers can now access affordable health insurance through the popular Arts & Entertainment Plan® offered by the not-for-profit insurer AFBS.

Accessing the plan is easy with online quoting and enrollment functionality resulting in the fastest application process in Canada.

Status: Ongoing

HIVE Cultural Entrepreneurship Incubator

Artists and other creative professionals often lack the business skills needed to make their careers thrive.

CreativePEI has run a creative entrepreneurship incubator program five times since 2014. The HIVE brings together emerging creative entrepreneurs with business experts and provides training on business strategy, marketing, and finance.

Status: In Planning

Living Lab

The Living Lab is a CreativePEI initiative delivered by SRL Solutions that provides training, group coaching, and mentoring support to 20 leaders in PEI’s Arts & Culture Sector. This project was a response to the significant impact the COVID-19 crisis had on the Arts & Culture sector on PEI. The core of the initiative is to reinforce that Arts & Culture organizations must first survive the pandemic for the Sector to thrive once again.

Status: Ongoing

Organization and Leadership Skills Development

Many individuals find themselves in leadership positions in arts and culture due to their knowledge and expertise in the sector. However, those individuals may not possess all the skills needed in order to manage their organizations. CreativePEI works with not-for-profit organizations in the arts, culture and creative sectors to strengthen their capacity in governance, program development, financial administration and evaluation.

Status: Ongoing

PEI.ART – PEI’s Creative Portfolio

CreativePEI has launched PEI.ART – a beautiful and feature-rich online directory that aggregates relevant information on the amazing individuals, businesses, and organizations that make up PEI’s creative sector. The website will provide a space online for creatives to promote their work to local and global audiences who are actively seeking information on our province or members of our sector.

Status: In Progress

Production Mentorship Program

The Performing Arts Mentorship Program (PAMP) was created to fast-track eager arts industry workers into a career in backstage technical, administrative, and creative work. Sponsored by Skills PEI and CreativePEI, this program provides paid mentorship training down a variety of pathways in the Performing Arts.

Status: Ongoing


This page links to a collection of relevant research into national, regional and provincial Culture Sectors.
Resources are listed in reverse chronological order.

Status: Ongoing

Research in Residence: Arts’ Civic Impact

Researcher Emma Bugg is pursuing a Master of Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University. As part of Mass Culture’s Researchers in Residence: Arts’ Civic Impact initiative, she will explore the intersections of art, climate change, and environmental sustainability to develop an impact framework to better understand, amplify, and enhance the contributions of the arts towards addressing the climate crisis.

Status: In Progress

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