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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.


2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards winners
June 20, 2018
The 2018 winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were announced today at Toronto’s Sprucecourt Public School.
Sophie Edwards
May 3, 2018
The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is pleased to announce that Sophie Edwards, who is based on Manitoulin Island/Mnidoo Mnising, has been hired as the new Northeastern Representative. Sophie takes over from Darlene Naponse, who was most recently OAC’s Indigenous Community Engagement Developer and has now returned to her work as a filmmaker.