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Final report forms are available upon request. Email your request to finalreport@arts.on.ca indicating the program for which you are submitting a report.

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Maya Bedward

Information Services Coordinator
416-969-7429

Deaf Artists and Artists with Disabilities

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The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is deeply committed to ensuring that all Ontarians have access to the arts and that our programs are open to Deaf artists and artists with disabilities. Over the past few years, OAC has undertaken several consultations with Deaf artists/arts professionals and artists/arts professionals with disabilities. They have told us about barriers to our granting programs and services. As a result, OAC has developed a number of recommendations. Along the way we will learn and adapt, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions at any time. Read more

Applicants who are Deaf or have a disability are encouraged to apply to any program in which their activities are eligible. In addition, OAC has a number of granting programs that were created specifically to meet the needs of artists who are Deaf or have a disability.
 

Deaf and Disability Arts Recommender

Tangled Art + Disability is an external recommender for Exhibition Assistance and Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators to ensure that knowledge of Deaf artists and artists with disabilities are reflected in the recommendation processes.
 

Grant Programs

Deaf and Disability Arts: Materials for Visual Artists Toggle Expand
What We Fund
The program supports Ontario-based professional Deaf artists and artists with disabilities working in visual art or craft practices to purchase materials.
Deaf and Disability Arts Projects Toggle Expand
What We Fund
The program supports Ontario-based artists and arts professionals who are Deaf and/or have a disability, or ad hoc groups/collectives and arts organizations mandated to serve and led by artists and/or arts professionals who are Deaf and/or have a disability.

 

Making Access a Priority

In October 2014, OAC launched Vital Arts and Public Value. In it, Deaf artists and artists with disabilities are newly identified as a priority group. A number of pilot initiatives have been developed to support this priority.
 
The OAC identifies Deaf artists as distinct from artists with disabilities based on the Canadian Hearing Society’s definition of “Culturally Deaf,” a term that refers to individuals who identify with and participate in the language, culture, and community of Deaf people.
 
The OAC identifies artists with disabilities as people who have physical, mental or learning conditions with long-term, temporary or varying effects that may be apparent or not.
 

Application Accessibility Support Funding

Applicants who need support to complete their grant applications can apply for funds to cover the costs of assistance from service providers. Up to $500 is available per eligible applicant per fiscal year. You should request this funding at least six weeks before the granting program deadline. For additional information, please contact the  program officer or program administrator of the program or OAC’s Information Service Coordinator.
 

Supporting Accessibility Costs for Successful Applications

Deaf artists and artists with disabilities who apply for a project grant may also include the cost of any anticipated accessibility expenses during the duration of the project.
 
This fund is open to applicants who identify as Deaf or as having a disability, ad hoc groups/collectives with one or more members who are Deaf or who have a disability, and incorporated organizations that have a mandate to serve Deaf artists and artists with disabilities and are disability-led (e.g. board/staff who are Deaf or identify as having a disability).
  • Eligible expenses may occur during the period of project creation, development, production, presentation and/or engagement.
  • Eligible expenses include costs for making a project accessible to audiences, participants or learners, but do not include capital costs or accessibility supports needed for day-to-day living.
  • Requests for these funds can be made after the point of application. Please contact the program officer or program administrator of the program or OAC’s Information Service Coordinator. 

Feedback

Our goal is to make OAC barrier-free. Please help us serve you better, by making suggestions on improvements or commenting on what we are doing well. Click here to provide feedback.
 

Resources

Support for Deaf Artists and Artists with Disabilities


Resource video for Deaf Artists and Artists with Disabilities

Watch Boundless: Deaf Artists, Artists with Disabilities and OAC – a video featuring Deaf artists and artists with disabilities from a range of backgrounds speaking about their experience applying for grants and/or participating as assessors. The video incorporates ASL and LSQ and enhanced captioning.


Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

The OAC has a comprehensive Multi-Year Accessibility Plan and policies to achieve accessibility under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
 

OAC’s Equity Statement

We are inspired by and value Ontario’s artists, who help shape our thriving and diverse society and express the richness of our stories, histories and cultures. Therefore, as a public agency, funder and employer, OAC will lead and be responsive and inclusive in supporting diverse artists, artistic practices, arts communities and our own organization. More
 

Assessment

Peer assessment is an important principle for OAC. We are committed to assembling panels of artists and arts professionals that reflect the rich diversity of Ontario, ensuring that francophone artists are represented and that a wide range of perspectives are included. All assessors receive a fee for reading the applications and for participating in the assessment meetings. The OAC covers travel, meals and accommodation for assessors who come from out-of-town, as well as accessibility and childcare needs. You may nominate yourself or someone you know by visiting Would you like to be considered for an OAC jury or Advisory Panel?
 
The OAC staff and assessors adhere to the Ontario Human Rights Code. Assessors are asked to consider who is telling whose story and who has the right to develop and share cultural expressions and knowledge from any community, particularly historically underrepresented groups or individuals. Assessors may consider the impact of the artistic work in the context of historic or continuing barriers faced by the applicant and the communities engaged by the work, when accessing opportunities for producing and participating in the arts. In cases where two applications have an equal score when funding runs out, the applicant who is a member of a priority group will be awarded the grant.