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Maura Broadhurst

Officer
416-646-7467
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​1-800-387-0058

Zhe Gu

Officer
416-969-7459
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​1-800-387-0058

Elizabeth Braoudakis

Program Administrator
416-969-7412
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​1-800-387-0058

Final Report Forms

All final reports are completed and submitted in Nova, OAC’s online granting system. This now includes grants received through a paper application process. For instructions on how to log into Nova, see the Nova User Guide. You will find the report form in your Nova profile, under Action Items. For enquiries regarding reporting requirements, contact us at finalreport@arts.on.ca.

Arts Response Initiative

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The $1.6M Arts Response Initiative is an investment in the diversity and vitality of the arts across Ontario. The one-time initiative supports individual artists, ad hoc groups and collectives, and arts organizations to carry out their activities in an environment of change. This initiative encourages exploration, adaptation, and the development of new ways of working that will increase the inclusiveness and resilience of Ontario’s arts sector, both now and into the future. 
 
To develop the Arts Response Initiative, OAC held consultations and roundtables with artists and arts organizations across Ontario. These conversations made it clear that COVID-19 is having an acute impact on the arts sector, affecting everyone both professionally and personally. We also heard that the impacts of the pandemic are being experienced unevenly across communities and regions in the province, exacerbating existing inequities. As a result, projects that support OAC priority groups, including Black and Indigenous artists, will be given particular consideration. For the arts to move forward and grow more resilient, we must ensure that all communities are included. 
 
The funds for this initiative come from OAC’s annual base budget, temporarily redirected from programs that support activities limited by travel and in-person gathering restrictions. Specifically, Market Development Travel Assistance and Market Development Projects programs have been suspended for 2020, as well as Chalmers Arts Fellowships (a private endowment managed by OAC). A percentage of the Touring Projects budget is also being used. 
 
The Arts Response Initiative is one of the ways that OAC is addressing the challenges faced by the arts community in the context of COVID-19. Prior to this initiative, OAC took a number of other steps to support grant applicants and recipients (see COVID-19 – OAC activity updates). OAC’s project programs continue to support creation, production, presentation, dissemination and artistic activities that engage communities and schools, many with adjusted eligibility to recognize how artists and arts organizations are responding and adapting to the current context. 

Programs

Arts Response Initiative: Project Grants for Individuals Toggle Expand
What We Fund
The program supports individual Ontario-based professional artists to continue to work and participate in the arts community in the context of COVID-19. It welcomes practical solutions to current challenges and also encourages exploration, adaptation and the development of new ways of working that will help to increase the resilience of Ontario’s arts sector.
Arts Response Initiative: Project Grants for Ad Hoc Groups, Collectives and Organizations Toggle Expand
What We Fund
The program supports Ontario-based professional arts organizations to continue to work and participate in the arts community in the context of COVID-19. It encourages exploration, adaptation, and the development of new ways of working that will help to increase the resilience of Ontario’s arts sector.
Arts Response Initiative: Project Grants for Organizational Partnerships Toggle Expand
What We Fund
The program supports Ontario-based professional arts organizations to continue to work and participate in the arts community in the context of COVID-19. The program is focused on projects that benefit a large number of artists and/or arts organizations other than the applicant, and particularly those from OAC priority groups. A project partner or partner(s) are required.

See the videos below for practical information about the Arts Response Initiative.

 

Introduction to the Arts Response Initiative


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What is the Arts Response Initiative? [ASL video]