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Community-Engaged Arts

The Community-Engaged Arts Office supports the development of new process-driven artistic work that is the result of co-creative collaborations between professional artists and community members.

Community-engaged arts activity offers artists and communities opportunities to create together using and expanding on their combined knowledge, skills and experience. Such artistic collaborations can help dissolve the divisions between art, society and life, increase awareness and build meaningful connections between artists and communities.    

Programs in this office fund work in all art forms including visual arts, craft, media arts, music, theatre, dance and literary arts and combinations of art forms.

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.

  • 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-Engaged 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.


  • Listen to a podcast about the Artists in the Community/Workplace program.
  • Community Arts Workbook...Another Vital Link: A handbook for anyone interested in or wanting to become involved with community arts. The workbook follows up on the important issues and themes explored at the conference, Vital Links - Enriching Communities Through Art and Art Through Communities. Examples of community arts projects from Canada, the U.S., Britain and Australia are included in the workbook.

Preparing Effective Support Material for Theatre, Dance and Performance-Based Multi and Inter-Arts


For more information

  • Loree Lawrence, Multi and Inter-Arts, Community Engaged Arts and Community Arts Council Program Officer, 416-969-7425, toll free 1-800-387-0058 extension 7425,  
  • Kateri Gauthier, Interim Program Administrator, 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 Arts programs are designed specifically for Aboriginal artists, groups and arts organizations.
  • 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.