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 300 members.

Board of Directors
Katie Chasowy
Stephen Cohen
Michael Dellios
Steph Hung
Daniel Naymark
Leah Rakopoulos

Akin Team
Michael Vickers, Co-Director
Oliver Pauk, Co-Director
& staff

Rania El Mugammar, Consultant

Please click here to read Akin's 2017 Summary Report.

Non Profit Number: 80856 2987

Watch above: Akin Toronto Making a Difference video on Global News


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 eight 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.


the Akin Vitrine GallerIES

Akin Collective + Akin Projects are excited to present regular programming in our two Vitrine Galleries at our St. Clair and Dupont studios. These miniature galleries will feature the diverse talent of our studio members with travelling installations rotating each month. Each artist will be featured for the first month at Akin Dupont and second month at Akin St. Clair. For more information about our artists and our programming join us on Instagram @akinvitrine.


Akin D.I.Y. Comics School

The Akin Collective D.I.Y. Comics School is a group that meets the first Monday of every month with the goal of working together to provide our own continuing comics education. Meetings take place in the Akin St. Clair Studio at 1747 St. Clair Avenue West. Open to everyone and anyone interested in creating comics!

*Please note that the first Monday of September is a holiday so we will be meeting the first Wednesday or September instead. 

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.