The program supports Ontario-based Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) artists and Elders (who are engaged in an artistic practice) to teach arts workshops in schools during the upcoming school year. Its goal is to connect children and youth with professional artists and Elders in creative, active, hands-on, and in-depth arts experiences. There are two categories:
The program’s priorities are to create opportunities for Indigenous artists to:
School-aged students to:
Important: Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.
More about eligibility for OAC’s project programs
Important: You cannot apply to this program if you have overdue final report(s) in any OAC grant program(s).
Indigenous: Individuals who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit.
Northern fly-in communities: Communities in northern Ontario where access is only by air or by a seasonal winter road, and for which there is no year-round road access.
If you are interested in inviting an artist or arts organization to work with your community or in your school you can refer to these resources. If you are an artist or arts organization, you are encouraged to complete a profile on these sites as applicable. If you are aware of other resources, please the email program officer.