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Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434

Important updates for Deaf artists and artists with disabilities

March 2, 2018


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This bulletin contains information on several topics:

  1. Changes to how arts grants are treated by the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works (OW)
  2. Grant-writing workshops and mentorship opportunities for Deaf artists
  3. Tangled Art + Disability’s new Outreach & Funding Access Coordinator role

Changes to how arts grants are treated by the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works (OW)

As of December 13, 2017 all arts grants (with the exception of funds provided specifically for living costs), are now exempt as income and assets under the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Works (OW). This exemption includes grants received through OAC’s programs, the OAC-administered Indigenous Culture Fund, and arts grants from other funders. Artists who are on ODSP or OW and receive an arts grant will no longer have this money deducted from their monthly benefits, and will not have to risk becoming ineligible for support from ODSP or OW. This policy change will allow more artists to pursue arts grants and develop their careers.


Read more about these recent changes:

 

If you have questions about your arts grant and your ODSP or OW benefits, please contact your caseworker.

 

For more information:
Angela Britto
Equity, Diversity & Accessibility Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council
416-961-1660 ext. 5171 | toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 5171
abritto@arts.on.ca


Grant-writing workshops and mentorship opportunities for Deaf artists

OAC is pleased to be partnering once again with Anita Small (of Small Language Connections) and Joanne Cripps (of the Deaf Culture Centre) to provide grant-writing workshops for Deaf artists. Workshops will be held in ASL. Following the workshops, artists can participate in one-on-one mentorship sessions with Anita Small to further develop their grant writing skills.

Workshop - Part 1

March 27, 2018
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Workshop – Part 2

Attendance at Workshop Part 1 required to register
March 28, 2018
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location

Ontario Arts Council
121 Bloor Street East 7th Floor
Toronto, ON M4W 3M5

 

The number of spaces is limited. Travel costs for artists outside of Toronto will be supported on a limited basis.

 

Register by contacting:
Habibah Haque
Program Administrator, Ontario Arts Council
hhaque@arts.on.ca
416-961-1660, ext. 5081 | toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 5081

 

Please indicate any accessibility needs, dietary restrictions and travel support costs when you register.

 

Tangled Art + Disability’s new Outreach & Funding Access Coordinator role

In 2018-19, OAC is funding an Outreach & Funding Access Coordinator role at Tangled Art + Disability in recognition of the role Tangled plays in supporting the Deaf and disability arts community and sector in Ontario. If you have questions about:

  • grant-writing assistance for Deaf artists and artists with disabilities;
  • key funding opportunities; or
  • community focus groups and accessibility support services.


Please contact:
Victoria Anne Warner
Outreach and Access to Funding Coordinator, Tangled Art + Disability
647-725-5064
victoria@tangledarts.org