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Ontario Arts Council

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The mandate of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is to foster the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarians.

The arts are essential to the quality of life, cultural identity, social well-being and economic prosperity of Ontario. Access to and participation in the arts enhances lives, fosters creativity and innovation, and strengthens communities. OAC is committed to ensuring equitable access for everyone, with particular emphasis on six priority groups, and the organizations that serve them and the public.


Image of Charlene Pauls
November 21, 2018
The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) today announced Charlene Pauls as the recipient of the 2018 Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting. She will receive the award at the Oakville Choir for Children and Youth’s 25th annual Come Together in Song concert at ClearView Church on Saturday, November 24 at 7 p.m.  
Image:  status of women in the arts in Canada report
October 17, 2018
The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has released The status of women in the Canadian arts and cultural industries: Research review 2010-2018, a report commissioned by OAC from a research team led by Dr. Amanda Coles, a Canadian on faculty at Australia’s Deakin University.