The Snow Lake Initiative is proud to
announce Jennifer Hicks as the first
visual arts mentor for 2019.


Huntsville, ON, June 24th, 2019 – ‘The Snow Lake Initiative,’ Canada’s new grant and mentorship provider for Canadian artists of all disciplines, announces that Ontario-based Visual Artist Jennifer Hicks will be next artist-to-artist Mentor as part of The Snow Lake Mentorship Program. Note: The deadline to apply for this mentorship has been extended to July 3rd, 2019.

Jennifer brings 20+ years of experience as an exhibiting artist, teacher, curator, coordinator, and technician. She had a pivotal year of training with Ontario artist Marguerite Larmand, then studied Art and Sociology in Guelph and England. Jennifer graduated Teachers College with an Arts Specialist degree and went on to learn the arts-rich Waldorf teaching methodology. Training through University of British Columbia with Reconciliation through Indigenous Education in 2018 brought depth to her current artistic path delving into concepts around colonialism and the indigenize movement. After a decade in Korea where she worked and studied Traditional Korean Pottery Methods, Jennifer curated monthly art exhibitions at The Staircase- Hamilton's Arts Incubator, then coordinated community exhibits and an Arts Festival in Owen Sound, Ontario.

Jennifer Hicks, who will be an Art Workshop Facilitator for ‘Influencers Motivating Influencers’ starting in October 2019, states “I value sharing and mutual learning in artistic community. As part of my weekly artistic practice, I find ways to promote other artists whose work I appreciate. I’ve initiated and curated exhibits for this very purpose. I am thrilled to actively support the development of a beginning artist through a mentorship with The Snow Lake Initiative.”

‘The Snow Lake Mentorship Program’ is a three-month, one-on-one opportunity (either a business-to-artist or an artist-to-artist option) for artists to gain unique insight and experience from active career professionals.

The process to apply for a mentorship involves three steps:
1. The Snow Lake Initiative announces the mentor.

2. The artist/member writes a one or two-page letter or “pitch” (addressed directly to the mentor) and includes 2-3 images of the artwork they’d like to begin the mentorship with.

3. The mentor personally selects the mentee, and introductions are made.


It is free to become a member of The Snow Lake Initiative, and free to apply for all mentorships and programs.

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Jennifer's early exhibits were centered around Hamilton, including Dundas where she worked as the Technician in the Pottery Department at Dundas Valley School of Art. Lately she has aligned herself with a few other artists in different provinces, to collaborate on art projects while maintaining a steady flow of group and solo exhibitions.

The Snow Lake Initiative founder J’aime Payne is a creative entrepreneur from Huntsville, Ontario. She relocated to Toronto in 2013, where she worked with several high-profile businesses in the music industry. Ventures included successful applications for provincial grants grossing over $500K, business management for some of Canada’s multi-million-dollar export artists and an inspired term as Director of Member Services at The Canadian Independent Recording Artists’ Association (CIRAA), before it dissolved in 2016.

‘The Snow Lake Initiative’ (official launch; November 8, 2018) offers micro-funding and unique programming for Canadian artists of all disciplines. It is a free, members-only, three-tiered initiative involving a Micro-Grant Program, a Mentorship Program and a bartering-style Grant-Writing Program.

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The Snow Lake Initiative
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