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Financial Planning for Artists Workshop

  • Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 1 100 Queen Street West Toronto, ON, M5C 1S6 Canada (map)

A step-by-step beginner’s guide to making and spending money as an artist

Friday June 23 / 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. / Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 1 - 100 Queen St West / Pay-what-you-can ( suggested donation $10 ) / Please register to attend at

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Many artists wonder if they can afford to do what they love. You can with a plan! Join us for an evening full of financial strategies that will help you make the most of your money, so you can make the most of your practice.

This workshop will cover:

Making Money:

  • Creating Financial Goals
  • Finding Income
  • Saving

Spending Money:

  • Tracking Expenses
  • Making (and sticking to) a Budget/Spending Plan
  • Reducing Debt

Putting It Together:

  • The Plan

The workshop includes:

  • Presentation with activities
  • Short break
  • Q&A period at the end
  • Printed copy of the presentation
  • Free worksheets and resources to take away and guide you through each step of your financial planning process

Participants should bring:

  • Pen/pencil/device for note-taking if they wish
  • Their creativity and questions!

About the instructor:
Diana Bahr is an OCAD U graduate in Drawing & Painting (2016), and former OCAD U staff from the Financial Aid department where she provided financial literacy and professional practice workshops to student artists and designers for five years. She has a master’s degree in education from the University of Toronto, and is an emerging multi-disciplinary artist based in the east end of the city. Diana has exhibited her work at various locations including a traveling show in New York, the Ontario Science Centre, the Brain Project in Toronto, and Mercedes Benz in Mississauga. She is currently co-organizing and participating in a six-month artist residency program, creating work for a show in the fall.