Arts Career Expo

May 2nd @ 11am to 4pm

The Arts Career Expo is a day to explore the possibilities of careers in the arts industry. This event is open to anyone interested in discussing or learning more about topics related to the arts industry. 

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There is no cost associated with this event!

Who can participate?

Youth (30 and under)

Curious about a career in the arts? Then this is the opportunity for you!

This event provides tons of opportunities to get answers to your questions, learn about where to get started ad connect with others who can help guide you on your career path. Whether you have already started your career, are studying for a career in the arts or have no idea what you want to do, this event can be beneficial to you! 

Arts Industry Professionals

If you are over the age of 30 but want to discuss arts careers, join us! We welcome anyone with experience working in the arts industry to come meet with future arts leaders. Perhaps you will learn something yourself along the way!

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11am to Noon

Learn about the state of the arts industry, the skills required for a career in the arts, and the resources available to help you. 

WorkInCulture (WIC) is a not-for-profit arts service organization that has been serving the sector since 1997. They aim to support the professional lives of artists, creatives and cultural workers, and the organizations that support and engage them, through skills development, research and career resources. 

For more about WorkInCulture, click HERE

Panel Discussion

Noon to 1pm

Meet five industry professionals from a variety of roles and arts disciplines. They will each be answering our questions and will be available for a Q&A period at the end. 

Here are our panelists:

Michael Mendez

Michael Mendez originated the role of Fatty Arbuckle in the Broadway Production of Chaplin, directed by Warren Carlyle, and is featured on the Original Broadway Cast Recording.  Off-Broadway:  Fat Camp the Musical, and Hey, Look Me Over! at City Center Encores! featuring Joel Grey, Vanessa Williams, and Bebe Neuwirth.   Some Regional Credits Include: Man of La Mancha at Westport Country Playhouse, How The Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe, Damn Yankees at Goodspeed Opera House, Peter and the Starcatcher at Weston Playhouse, Billy Elliot at North Carolina Theatre, The Full Monty at American Music Theater of San Jose, and Paquito’s Christmas at the Kennedy Center.  Michael graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.F.A in Musical Theatre.

Kay Kenney

Kay Kenney is a professional contemporary dance artist from Kingston who began her journey in 1994 with the Kingston School of Dance, studying Cecchetti Ballet. After years of training, she decided to pursue dance as a career and attend the Professional Contemporary Dance Programme at The School of Dance in Ottawa, where she was trained by many great national and international dance artists.

After graduating from the Professional Contemporary Dance Programme, she organized Dancing in the Street, an improv-based series of outdoor performances throughout Ottawa.  In the spring of 2013, she was hired as a guest choreographer under a City of Kingston Arts Fund grant to return to her hometown, Kingston, to create and perform through the Kingston School of Dance at The Grand Theatre.  

Kenney has performed works for Caroline Barrière, Cathy Kyle-Fenton, Sylvie Desrosiers/Dorsale Danse, Jocelyn Todd/Lawless Dance Co and has worked in collaboration with Andrea Nann/Dreamwalker Dance Co(2014-2015), Dark Horse Dance Projects(Ottawa) and MayDay Danse(Montreal).  A company dancer of Ottawa Dance Directive since 2013, collaborating with artists like Tedd Robinson, Chick Snipper, Andrew Turner, Mélanie Dermers, Harold Rhéaume, Jocelyn Todd, musician Jesse Stewart and artistic director Yvonne Coutts. Kay has been a company dancer for Social Growl Dance(Toronto) for the past seven years and acts as rehearsal director for the company. 

 In 2016, Kay moved back to Kingston permanently and was selected as a Youth Arts Ambassador to create a unique, collaborative dance project for Ontario Culture Days.  She is also the only Fletcher Pilates Instructor in the city.  Since returning to her hometown, Kenney has collaborated with amazing local festivals, such as The Skeleton Park Arts Festival, The Juvenis Festival, The Kick & Push Festival, AnArch Theatre, The Cellar Door Project, Calliope Collective, and many other talented independent artists in the city.  She was also the recipient of the 2020 Kingston Mayor’s Arts Award.  

Kay is the creative director for Movement Market Collective, a group of pre-professional and professional artists that come together to support local, professional contemporary dance in Kingston.  Highlights of the collective include presenting the first full length, local professional contemporary dance work in the city, the first contemporary dance series in Kingston and the first local contemporary dance collective to present work at The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, along with numerous pops up events. 

 Kay has recently opened her own studio space in YGK, Movement Market Studio, where she continues to inspire the community through movement and dance in Kingston.

Shannon Brown

Shannon Brown, Artist, Sound Therapist, Film Producer, and Program Coordinator at Agnes Etherington Art Centre has over 25 years in arts education and community engaged programming. Shannon has degrees in Fine Arts (Concordia University), Education (ACE, Artist in Community Education BEd, Queen’s University), a Certificate in Human Psychology (Bishop’s University) and trained in Sound Therapy with Toronto’s Institute of Traditional Medicine. Shannon plays numerous instruments, having trained in voice, guitar and cello. She is a Reiki level 2 healer and has completed 350 hours of energy healing training with Liddy Flewelling in Montreal, Quebec. Her visionary programming has brought in thousands of attendees to in person and virtual programs that encourage self-reflection, community connections and transformative experiences through the arts. Shannon supports those she works with in finding their inner fire, creativity and soul’s purpose.

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Frances Koziar

FRANCES KOZIAR is a local Kingston author who graduated from both UofT and McGill. She has had over 70 pieces of short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction published in 49 different literary magazines in Canada and the US, including Canadian Notes and Queries, and her work has been shortlisted in three North American contests. She spent a year as a microfiction editor at a literary magazine, choosing the stories that would be accepted as well as working with the authors to improve them. She is a <30 retiree (disabled) and a devoted social justice advocate. This spring she is also judging Kingston’s 1st KAG-Con flash-fiction contest. Her website:

Kim Dolan

Kimberly Dolan is a multi-passionate entrepreneur and artist serving Kington ON and area. She is a Certified Music Therapist and Neurologic Music Therapist, Theatre Administrator, Singer-Songwriter and Performer, and Holistic Wellness Advocate. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and a Masters of Music Therapy (MMT) from Wilfrid Laurier University and is currently working towards becoming a Registered Psychotherapist. 

Music has played a dominant role in Kimberly's life since childhood and has helped her navigate some of her greatest challenges and celebrate her biggest successes. Kim is passionate about her music therapy work within mental health and has clinical experience working within forensic settings, with individuals experiencing depression and anxiety, youth and adults at risk, individuals with developmental delays, seniors with dementia and alzheimers, individuals who are deaf/blind, ASD, ADHD, and more. Kimberly plays several instruments, but considers her main instrument to be her voice. She loves vocal improvisation and can often be found humming or singing to her dogs. 

Kimberly believes deeply that everyone deserves to live a fulfilled and healthy life, and she strives to facilitate inclusive and supportive spaces in which we can all thrive.


1pm to 4pm

This portion of the day is dedicated to exploring your personal interests and connecting with other participants who may share your interests or compliment them!

1. Post-Secondary Expo

Discover educational opportunities to support your future career. Visit virtual booths from NYCDA and Ontario universities and colleges to discover the variety of arts programs they have to offer. This could include undergraduate, graduate, diploma and certificate programs. 

2. Sessions

Join one of our preset sessions or create your own to discuss topics that are of interest to you. This is where participants can come together as a group to dig deeper into an area that they want to learn more about. 

Interested in hosting a preset session? Email 

Careers in Film with REEL CANADA

The Reel Opportunities programme, presented by REEL CANADA and Bell Media, is offering an exciting online workshop at the Juvenis Festival, in collaboration with the Kingston Film Office. This one-hour workshop will be led by a REEL CANADA facilitator who will provide an overview of career paths in the Canadian film industry and will feature a working film industry professional speaking about their own experiences in a specific area of interest.

3. Networking

Take advantage of the networking feature on the Hopin event platform to connect with other participants. You will be randomly paired with another participant using the feature at the same time and you will have a maximum of 3 minutes to chat. You also have the option to skip to someone else before time is up or click the connect button to exchange contact information.

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