Flash Forward Incubator
Supporting emerging artists within the high school setting

The Flash Forward Incubator Program is dedicated to supporting emerging artists within the high school setting, in the earliest stages of their career. While proposing a new and exciting model for arts education and arts funding, the Incubator Program prepares students for the next phases of their artistic careers.

The Magenta Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of TD Bank Group for their ongoing commitment to Flash Forward and to emerging artists.

TD Bank Group
Inayah Sakhawat, John Polanyi Collegiate Institute Parker Lily Tuson-Morse, Etobicoke School of the Arts Makila Garrick, John Polanyi Collegiate Institute Wei Hsiau, John Polanyi Collegiate Institute Ali Shali, Shoot for Peace

About the Program

We are thrilled to acknowledge that the Flash Forward Incubator Program is allowing students to get important recognition early in their careers. Youths who have participated in our program have had their work presented in galleries and magazines, showcased at the SNAP! photographic fundraiser and featured as part of TD Bank Group’s Music Fridays. Scholarships awarded have also helped support individual students pursuing the arts in their post-secondary education.

The design of the Incubator Program supports educators in their effort to offer hands-on learning experiences with a real-world outcome in partnership with professional communities, which is mandated by boards of education but often difficult to implement.

Money generated by the Incubator Silent Auction continues to support the purchase of materials that directly impact student learning and the overall growth of arts programming in schools. Materials such as large-format printers, scanners, cameras, specialized paper and ink, print-making materials, lighting, field trips, and artist-led workshops have been obtained and facilitated using Incubator funds. Taken together, the program and its unique funding model have had a significant impact on the quality of work the students are able to produce, improving attitudes, confidence, participation, and motivation in the arts and art-making, increasing the visibility of the work and voices of our youth, and increasing support for arts education within the schools, from administration and at the board level.

We look forward expanding the Incubator Program so that we can reach more schools and directly impact the future of the arts education nationwide.

Within the frame of the Flash Forward Incubator program, there are five pillars of education and work experience the program assists with:

  • In School Curricular Program
  • Community Outreach and Support
  • Professional Development for teachers
  • Digitial Literacy
  • Work experience through A Curatorial Summer Camp and an Artist In Residence Failure Lab

Core Team

Lead Education Coordinator‎
& program-wide online mentor (Toronto)
Jenny McCowan

Professional photographer
& Community Program + online mentor (Toronto)
Diana Nazareth

Professional photographer
& program-wide online mentor (Hamilton, Toronto)
Marnie McFadden

Lead educator Newfoundland
& program-wide online mentor
Andrya Duff

Director of the Capture Photography Festival
& online mentor (Vancouver)
Kate Henderson

Engagement and Education at Capture
& online mentor (Vancouver)
Laura Noonan

Festival Director of the Exposure Photography Festival
& online mentor (Calgary)
Lizzie Carr

Boston Program Educator
Andrew Warrens

Flash Forwad in all formats
Forging ahead

The Flash Forward Program is a strong and vital part of any emerging artist’s life. We have clearly positioned ourselves in the early advancement of artists so that they can use our platform to kick-start their careers. With each passing year, we are amazed at the quality of the submissions for the competition. Flash Forward allows the Magenta Foundation to bring the best and brightest into our high schools, where trends, inspiration and essential tools are critical for every student.

It has been a real honour to witness the difference Flash Forward makes to the lives of artists. We look forward to forging ahead, and to aligning ourselves with the digital era, to ensure we are providing what artists need to succeed.


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