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Aboriginal Artists in Schools

Aboriginal Artists in Schools
March 24, 2009 - March 24, 2009
Program for: Individuals

This program supports Aboriginal artists and Elders to work in Ontario communities and schools individually or with a partner to provide arts learning experiences. These arts experiences can be one artistic discipline or many, and can include cultural learning.

The names of Aboriginal artists and Elders who receive funding through the Projects in Schools category will appear on a list of recipients for a one-year term. The list may be used by Ontario educational institutions when planning their arts education programs. Schools that can access this program include all First Nations schools, all public schools and any private school registered with the province. The OAC provides additional travel funds to grant recipients if they wish to work in schools outside their community.

Eligibility: This program is open to Ontario Aboriginal artists of any discipline and Elders interested in working with learners on projects taking place in Ontario schools.

The OAC’s definition of the term “Aboriginal” means Status and Non-Status, Métis and Inuit people.

Applicants must reside in Ontario and be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

This program is a part of the Artists in Education program. Artists and Elders who apply to the Artists in Education program are not eligible to apply to this program.

2017 Deadline: TBA
Grant notification will be available four months after the application deadline. 

Program Guidelines and Application Form

NOTE:  The following guidelines and application are for information only. Applications will be available two months ahead of each deadline and must be completed in the form made available at that time.

Artists and Elders are paid $50 per hour by the OAC to deliver this arts experience to one school or more schools during the 2017-18 school year. Co-applicants are each paid $50 per hour. All schools must contribute a minimum of $11.25 per hour, paid directly to the artist. Artists and Elders may require additional materials. Schools are required to cover material costs and other like expenses.

Written and oral applications are both accepted.

Final Report

Reference Documents

For more information

  • Terry Gitersos, Program Administrator, 416-969-7401, toll free 1-800-387-0058 extension 7401,

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