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Ontario Arts Council

Final Report Forms

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.

Contact

Isidra Cruz

Associate Officer
416-961-1660 ext. 5113
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 5113

Kateri Gauthier

Program Administrator
416-969-7424
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7424

Indigenous Artists

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The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) acknowledges that Indigenous peoples are the original occupants of this land. The OAC supports the significant ongoing contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis artists in all regions of Ontario through a number of programs and initiatives across the organization. The OAC also supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and is committed to fostering the strength and diversity of Indigenous art forms, practices and cultural expression. 
 
In order for Indigenous arts professionals to thrive across Ontario, increased infrastructure and resources are necessary to support their work and careers. Artist-run centres and organizations from Indigenous communities may need additional support to develop as presenters, producers and administrators. There is also the need to foster Indigenous arts leadership and the next generation of arts professionals.
 
Indigenous applicants to OAC are encouraged to apply to any program in which their activities are eligible. In addition, OAC has a number of programs that were created specifically to meet the needs of Indigenous artists, ad hoc groups/collectives or organizations. Applications to OAC’s Indigenous programs are assessed by multidisciplinary assessment panels made up of Indigenous arts professionals. Read more

Grant Programs

Curatorial Projects: Indigenous and Culturally Diverse Toggle Expand
What We Fund
The program supports the development of the work of Ontario-based Indigenous curators and curators who are people of colour, and the exhibition infrastructure in Ontario. It aims to increase the ability of Ontario public galleries, artist-run centres and other organizations to present projects by Indigenous curators and curators who are people of colour in contexts determined by the participants.
Indigenous and Culturally Specific Dance: Training Projects Toggle Expand
What We Fund
The program supports dance training in customary/traditional and contemporary African, Caribbean, Asian, Arabic, Middle Eastern, South Asian and Indigenous dance forms.
Indigenous Artists in Communities Projects Toggle Expand
What We Fund
The program supports projects that bring together professional Ontario-based Indigenous artists or Elders to work with individuals or groups of people from a community on collaborative activities that create a meaningful arts experience and transmit artistic skills and knowledge.
Indigenous Artists in Schools Projects Toggle Expand
What We Fund
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.
Indigenous Arts Projects Toggle Expand
What We Fund
The program supports Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) artists to research, develop and create new work and engage with their communities, as well as opportunities for Indigenous organizations and communities to strengthen their relationships with the arts.
Indigenous Presenters in the North: Music Projects Toggle Expand
What We Fund
The program supports northern Ontario Indigenous presenters to produce music events in or around their communities.
Indigenous Visual Artists' Materials Toggle Expand
Skills and Career Development: Indigenous Arts Professionals and Arts Professionals of Colour Toggle Expand
What We Fund
This program supports Ontario-based Indigenous arts professionals and arts professionals of colour for professional development and skill-building opportunities that advance applicants’ work and careers. It funds all contemporary and traditional art practices that are supported at OAC.


Additional Information

The OAC’s definition of the term Indigenous in this context includes those who self-identify as status or non-status First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. An Indigenous organization or ad hoc group/collective is one whose leadership and governance is made up of a majority of Indigenous peoples, who control and direct the artistic and financial decisions.


Resources

Watch Indigenous Protocols - a video featuring Indigenous leaders discussing protocols and cultural appropriation.


Shapeshifters Video Series

Shapeshifters is a series of nine video profiles featuring Aboriginal artists in Ontario and speaks to the diversity and breadth of Aboriginal Arts in the province. The videos explore indigenous approaches to art, cultural revitalization and offer tips on applying for a grant. The series was co-produced by Thunderstone Pictures and the Ontario Arts Council, edited by Lawrence Jackman and Katharine Asals and with music from Edgardo Moreno.


 

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. Read 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.
 
The OAC strives to have Indigenous representation on all of our assessment panels, across disciplines.