The $2.25 million three-year Creative Engagement Fund to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment in Ontario was launched in October 2015 as part of the Ontario government’s It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment. The Creative Engagement Fund is administered by the Ontario Arts Council on behalf of the Ministry of the Status of Women.
The Creative Engagement Fund is founded on the notion of the arts as catalysts for communities to take action around social issues. This idea has been applied frequently in jurisdictions around the world to help confront forms of societal oppression such as gender violence, racism, poverty and homophobia. Art shapes people’s perspectives and opinions. When applied to social justice, artists’ works offer a critical perspective that inform, provoke, and hold a mirror to society. Engaging with this kind of art can help equip the public with tools to understand and challenge social injustices, and to imagine a better future.