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OAC Strategic Plan 2008-2013

Connections and creativity: A vision for the arts and the people of Ontario


The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is guided by the far-seeing mandate it was given in 1963 – to foster the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarians.

Although our priorities have evolved over the years, the OAC has always played a leading role in developing and sustaining Ontario’s arts sector and in initiating opportunities so all Ontarians have access to the arts.

Although many programs are organized primarily by artistic discipline – craft, dance, literature, music, theatre, media and visual arts – others are organized by sectors – Franco-Ontarian arts and Aboriginal arts. Some programs focus on particular kinds of arts activity – arts education, community and multidisciplinary arts, touring, and the distribution/exhibition of artistic work. Still other programs have a particular goal, such as Access and Career Development, for artists who face systemic barriers; Compass, for arts organizations that want to increase their capacity-building and sustainability; or Northern Arts, which is specifically for artists and arts organizations based in Northern Ontario. OAC also administers the selection process for several privately funded awards, scholarships, grants and prizes.

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