Ontario's $2.25 million Creative Engagement Fund is funding 11 artistic projects that will provoke public dialogue on consent, rape culture and gender inequality to challenge attitudes that cause sexual violence. These projects are partnerships between arts and not-for-profit community organizations, professional artists and sexual violence experts.
The three-year Creative Engagement Fund is part of It's Never Okay – Ontario's Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment. The fund is administered by the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) on behalf of the Ontario Women's Directorate.
The successful projects were selected by an advisory panel (convened by OAC) of artists and arts professionals with broad knowledge and experience of community-engaged arts practice, as well as professionals with expertise in sexual violence and harassment prevention. The 11 projects are:
The It's Never Okay plan is helping to change attitudes, improve supports for survivors and make workplaces and campuses safer and more responsive to complaints about sexual violence and harassment.