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Community & Multidisciplinary Arts

Community and Multidisciplinary Arts programs support individual artists and collectives to:

  • incorporate two or more artistic disciplines in the creation, production, and presentation of new work. Examples are artistic collaborations and interdisciplinary experiments;
  • present work incorporating two or more disciplines including festivals, events, and series;
  • provide activities that contribute to the professional multidisciplinary arts community at large by supporting professional development, workshops, documentation, dissemination, and other service-related activities;
  • collaborate with groups of people who have limited or no access to the arts in the co-creation of new work. Examples include community play productions, processions, labour arts projects, the transfer of cultural practices within communities, as well as a wide range of discipline-specific collaborations.

Community and Multidisciplinary arts programs also support arts organizations including arts and cultural centres, multidisciplinary festivals, producing organizations, community arts organizations, community arts councils, and local and regional arts service organizations. 

In fulfilling its mandate, the OAC serves one of the most diverse cultural, racial, linguistic and Aboriginal populations in Canada. Through its programs and services, the OAC supports artists, organizations and communities across Ontario, and welcomes all forms of artistic expression and practice.

Fostering Arts at a Local Level: A review of Community Arts Councils in Ontario 

In spring 2010 OAC hired mDm Consulting to produce a survey of Community Arts Councils in Ontario to gain a fuller understanding of the number and types of councils that exist throughout the province; the contexts in which they operate; the roles they play in their communities; and the range of activities they undertake in response to their region. Read the report.PDF File

Grant Programs

  • Listen to a podcast about the Artists in the Community/Workplace program
  • Artists in the Community/Workplace supports the research, development, production and presentation of community-engaged, collaborative, process-driven artistic work. Community arts activities involve professional artists and community members working together to develop collective experiences and public presentations that express their community's unique identity.
  • Community and Multidisciplinary Arts Organizations provides operating funding to not-for-profit multidisciplinary arts organizations and community arts organizations based in Ontario that have at least two years of programming experience.
  • Community Arts Councils provides operating grants to not-for-profit community arts councils and local and regional arts service organizations that have at least two years of on-going programming.
  • Multi and Integrated Arts provides grants to artists and organizations to create, produce and present initiatives and events that use two or more artistic disciplines in equal balance. This program also supports development initiatives that contribute to the development of multi and integrated artists, arts organizations and the artistic field.

For more information

  • Loree Lawrence, Community and Multidisciplinary Arts Officer, 416-969-7425, toll free 1-800-387-0058 extension 7425,  
  • Kateri Gauthier, Interim Program Assistant, 416-969-7424, toll free 1-800-387-0058 extension 7424,  

You are not limited to the programs listed above.

Other Programs Available to You

  • Aboriginal Artists in Schools supports Aboriginal artists, including elders and traditional artists, who want to provide hands-on arts projects for students.
  • Aboriginal Curatorial Projects support independent Aboriginal curators, public art galleries, artist-run centres and other presenting organizations who work with Aboriginal curators to undertake a visual, media arts or craft exhibition project that presents and documents the work of professional artists.
  • The Northern Arts program is designed for artists, groups and arts organizations in Northern Ontario. See PDF FileOAC’s maps of geographic regions.
  • Organizational Development helps organizations build capacity through programs such as Compass.
  • There are programs that help individuals undertake residencies in Canada, and around the world.
  • Skills and Careers includes programs that support artists and arts professionals who want training or professional and career development.
  • Touring programs help artists, groups, arts organizations and performers interested in touring throughout Ontario, in Canada and around the world.