Featured story: Domanique Grant
Domanique Grant has been singing for as long as she can remember. By the age of fourteen, Domanique also showed a budding interest in theatre, writing and performing with the Elevated Grounds organization. It was through funded group, Elevated Grounds, that Dominique was introduced to ArtReach Toronto. Dominique began performing at ArtReach events, and was soon immersed in a young community of artists, creators and appreciative audiences.
Domanique began to realize the opportunity for growth that came from being part of that community. “There’s so much work that goes into being an artist and doing the administrative work takes away from time spent being creative. You need a team of people to help you”. Dominique found the support she needed through ArtReach’s 2013 Cultural Careers workshop series. “When you’re an artist, you’re usually doing things on your own and paying a lot of money to get things done. The workshops help you avoid spending money on things that are not necessary or efficient.” In addition to learning about the day-to-day business of being an artist, Domanique also picked up some vital lessons on music ownership- and the networks and skills gained through the workshops have stuck with her.
Since attending the Cultural Careers workshop series, Domanique has been successful in turning her passion for music and theatre into a full-time career. Among her many achievements, she’s received an artist grant from the Ontario Arts Council; performed at many Toronto landmarks, including the Sony Centre, the St. Lawrence Centre, and inside the Olympic Athletes Village for the 2015 Pan AM Games, along with national and international venues; was cast in the Dora-nominated production The Grace Project: Sick; and in 2014, became one of the youngest ever recipients of a Black Canadian Award, to recognize her for outstanding contributions to community, music and humanitarian efforts. Talk about coming full circle.