Table read of 2019 Cayle Chernin Award-winner Helen Juvonen's "You're Never Alone." Funded partially through CAN's Mentoring Program. Pictured [l-r] Rae Bundy, Pip Dwyer, Christina Song, Tyler J. Seguin, Mandy MacLean, Chick Reid, Tom McCamus, Helen Juvonen. Photo by CAN Mentor Penny Eizenga.
And the poster of the 'ready for release" version of Helen's show, with Christina, Tom, Chick, and Mandy continuing their roles.

The Canadian Artists Network Story

The Canadian Artists Network [CAN] is the voice of Canada’s mature professional artists across all disciplines. CAN offers programs and services that enable artists to remain relevant, connected, informed, and motivated. Artists don’t retire. Their creativity and skills do not diminish with age. Creativity Lives Forever. The Canadian Artists Network is committed to raising awareness of the value of these artists as resources for the future and role models for emerging talent. CAN is dedicated to supporting, celebrating, and inspiring these senior artistic voices through its advocacy work and programs 

CAN is the only organization in Canada that focuses on professional artists across all disciplines.

Founded as The Canadian Senior Artists Resource Network [CSARN] in 2011, CAN offers experienced artists an inclusive, supportive, and like-minded community.

Artists begin their professional lives with energy and optimism. They want their work to inspire, to thrill, to empower. That conviction doesn’t diminish with age.

CAN exists to tell those stories. It also contributes to Canada’s continuing quest to make the world a more culturally diverse place in which to live.

Our Mentoring Program allows them to share their talent and experience with their colleagues.

Our webinars and OnSalons help them keep up with current trends. And we present a major conference every year to help senior artists stay creative.

Our Health Care Assist & Connect Program helps them with their healthcare needs.

The decision of artists’ associations and others to launch the Canadian Senior Artists Resource Network, later CSARN  and now CAN, arose from the findings of the Senior Artists Research Project. Over three years, SARP studied the circumstances, situation, needs, and interests of Canadian senior artists, looking at what services are presently available to them, and examining relevant international models. The research reports were released in 2011. The key findings can be read in the executive summary. You can also download the full report.

The SARP steering Committee agreed to collaborate to launch a new organization that would be focused exclusively on assisting professional artists to remain creative and productive in their senior years.

CAN was launched in 2011 and received its charitable status in December of that year. Its first concrete activity was a series of seminars in April-June 2012. Our Mentoring Program was launched in 2014.

CAN's Vision Statement

CAN is committed to ensuring than senior professional artists live in an inclusive world where they can continue to pursue their careers and serve as role models for the next generation.

CAN's Mission Statement

To support this vision, CAN:

  • Offers Programs (Mentoring, Webinars, and our annual conference)
  • Supports Community (OnSalons and other networking opportunities)
  • Advocates (invests in research, data collection, and urging public funders to remove ageism barriers)