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 2,500 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 about 160 members.

Board of Directors
Katie Chasowy
Stephen Cohen
Michael Dellios
Steph Hung

Allen Morgan
Daniel Naymark
Sally Hood Ranscombe

Akin Team
Michael Vickers, Director of Programming
Oliver Pauk, Assistant Director of Programming

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.


About Akin Collective

Akin Collective, is an art studio and shared workspace with studios in Parkdale, Bloordale Village, THE Junction Triangle and North York.

visit www.akincollective.com for more information. 

Benefit Editions

11"x14" Archival Prints featuring works by Toronto Artists - Limited Edition. All proceeds go to support Akin Projects. 

Akin Vitrine Gallery

The Akin Vitrine Gallery launched on October 1, 2016 at Akin Dupont features the diverse talent of our members with a new installation each month.

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:

Regular Events:


On the last Wednesday of every month Akin host’s a relaxed and fun ‘Show and Tell for Artists’ at one of the Akin Collective studios. This is a time for Akin members and other Toronto artists to show completed works or works in progress and get friendly feedback and answers from their peers in a casual studio setting.


Akin Projects provides tours of local commercial art galleries, museums and cultural institutions that allow artists, and community members alike, to learn about contemporary art practices.

Programming Highlights:

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


This is a time for Toronto artists to show completed works or works in progress and get friendly feedback and answers from their peers in a casual studio setting. Last Wednesday of every month at a different Akin studio location. 


New work by artist and Akin Dufferin studio member, Verity Griscti. Her piece, Rimless is on exhibition until the end of July in the Akin Vitrine Gallery. 



Akin is excited to be selling books and zines created by our studio artists at the 10th annual Zine Dream, happening August 20, 2017 at the Polish Combatants’ Hall in Toronto. 

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.