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Skills and Careers

OAC supports training and mentorship opportunities that advance the work and careers of individual artists and arts professionals.

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.

You are not limited to the programs listed above. Click here to find out about other programs available to you.

Access and Career Development

The Access and Career Development program helps Ontario-based Aboriginal arts professionals and arts professionals of colour develop skills and advance their work and careers.

Funding is available to professional artists, administrators, community animators, curators, programmers, technicians and arts educators for training, mentoring or apprenticing in all art forms and artistic practices.

Examples of eligible activities include:

    • attending a workshop, seminar, conference or class
    • engaging in a mentorship with a senior artist or elder
    • undertaking an internship with an arts organization
    • developing a portfolio

You are not limited to the program listed above. Click here to find out about other programs available to you.

For more information

  • Bushra Junaid, Access and Career Development Program Officer, 416-969-7407, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7407, bjunaid@arts.on.ca
  • Maya Bedward, Program Assistant, 416-961-1660 extension 5135, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 5135, mbedward@arts.on.ca.

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Chalmers

Chalmers programs let artists explore, renew and grow their practice. These programs fund the pursuit of ideas and initiatives likely to have a significant, positive, long-term effect on the artist’s career and development.

  • Chalmers Professional Development grants provide support for study, mentorship, internship and apprenticeship in the arts.
  • Chalmers Arts Fellowships support artists who want to dedicate themselves to individual creative pursuits. The program provides such support at moments when a concentration on personal and/or artistic growth or renewal and exploration is most likely to have the greatest impact on the long-term artistic and career development of the artist.

For more information

  • Myles Warren, Awards Officer, 416-969-7422, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7422, mwarren@arts.on.ca
  • Carolyn Gloude, Associate Awards Officer, 416-969-7423, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7423, cgloude@arts.on.ca
  • Virginie Lesperance, Program Assistant, 416-969-7416, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7416, vlesperance@arts.on.ca

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Compass

The Compass program is OAC’s only organizational capacity-building program. Compass helps all kinds of arts organizations work with outside experts who have specialized knowledge and experience. Funding falls under two categories, organizational development and professional development.

For more information

  • Pat Bradley, Theatre and Compass Program Officer, 416-969-7433, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7433, pbradley@arts.on.ca
  • Lizzy Braoudakis, Program Assistant, 416-969-7412, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7412, lbraoudakis@arts.on.ca

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Residencies

OAC’s Residency programs were developed to promote professional development and the exchange of artistic views across geographical boundaries. The goal of these programs is to foster ties between artists and communities in Canada and all over the world.

  • The National and International Residency program supports artists through periods of research, exploration, regeneration and rejuvenation and provides access to new cultural surroundings outside Ontario and Quebec for one to three months. Projects may include a work plan with an experienced mentor. Grants cover travel, accommodation and living expenses, personal insurance, but not the costs of purchasing, transporting and insuring other persons or materials required to carry out the project.

Note: All applications to the Ontario-Québec Artist Residencies program must now be submitted to the National and International Residency program.

For more information

  • Aengus Finnan, Touring and Audience Development Officer, 416 646-7466, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7466, afinnan@arts.on.ca
  • Lizzy Braoudakis, Program Assistant, 416-969-7412, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7412, lbraoudakis@arts.on.ca
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Other programs available to you

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