About Akin Projects

Akin Projects is an arts programming organization and registered nonprofit established in 2015 for the purpose of providing both creative and professional development opportunities to members of Toronto’s artistic and cultural community and the public at large. We have offered services to over thousands of individuals since our inception in 2015. Our sister organization, Akin Collective, was founded in 2009 and provides affordable studio and shared workspace in a friendly atmosphere for over 200 members.

Board of Directors
Katie Chasowy
Stephen Cohen
Michael Dellios
Steph Hung

Allen Morgan
Daniel Naymark
Leah Rakopoulos

Sally Hood Ranscombe

Akin Team
Michael Vickers, Director of Programming
Oliver Pauk, Executive Administrator
& staff

Non Profit Number: 80856 2987


Akin Projects' community partners include Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto Western Hospital, MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) and others.


Art Programming for Everyone!

There is always a lot going on - check out the events page for a full listing of what's coming up! You can also find out by following our facebook page, or by signing up for our mailing list!

About Akin Collective

Akin Collective is an art organization that provides affordable studios and workspaces with seven locations across Toronto.

Visit www.akincollective.com for more information. 

Limited Edition Artist Designed T-Shirts! 

Introducing two new limited edition t-shirts designed by artists Billy Franklin of Akin Dupont and Cierra Frances Akin Sunrise. Available in five sizes and made of high Quality 100% soft spun cotton, the sale of these shirts will go to support Akin Projects programming.

Programming Highlights:

Here are a few of our upcoming events. For a complete listing visit our Events page.



Informative, supportive and fun—this is a time for artists to show completed works or works in progress and get friendly feedback and answers from their peers in a casual studio setting. Feel free to bring art to share, bring a friend or two or just bring yourself. Come for the conversation about art, or just to meet other artists and makers.


KAYLA POLAN and the Akin Vitrine Gallery

Exploring themes of consensual BDSM practices, alternative relationship lifestyles, and fetishism, Kayla delves into ideas surrounding chastity in her installation Romance For Two: Key To My Heart or Unlockable Shackles? In this work she investigates how sexuality is bound with power and inequality in complicated ways.



Let's talk about stress! From dealing with demanding schedules, financial stress, comparison, and isolation artists face a lot of potential stressors. Join Or Har-Gil, Art Therapist, for an engaging, hands-on workshop focused on your mental health and well-being.

Forge Professional Workshop Series

Since 2013, Forge Professional Workshop Series has offered a range of free and low cost opportunities for professional development to Toronto's cultural community. We aim to inspire individuals while providing them with the knowledge to navigate the course of their careers in a rewarding and prosperous way. 

Akin Creative

Akin Creative offers creative workshops and events for everyone to enjoy regardless of their artistic experience or abilities. Programming includes a monthly Show & Tell event, gallery tours, hands-on workshops and educational experiences.


Akin Community

Akin Community aims to cultivate and strengthen Toronto communities by providing access to unique arts programming, workshops and projects that explore the psycho-social impact of engaging with the creative side of life. We facilitate opportunities for marginalized groups to connect, grow, and be inspired outside of the traditional learning models by forming collaborations between local artists and community groups.