This program supports Ontario-based Indigenous arts professionals and arts professionals of colour, or ad hoc groups and collectives made up of Indigenous arts professionals or arts professionals of colour for professional development and skill-building opportunities that advance applicants’ work and careers. It funds all contemporary and traditional art practices that are supported at OAC. Projects can include: study and training, mentorship, internship and apprenticeship and documentation of art work.
Final report requirements
If you receive a grant, you must complete the project and submit a final report in Nova. See Terms and Conditions – receipt of OAC project grant funds for more information on reporting obligations.
In your final report, you will need to provide:
- a description of the project undertaken and its outcomes, including details on any minor or approved changes to what had been outlined in the application
- a final budget
- If the budget you submit shows a surplus of more than $250 (revenues as compared to expenses), you may be required to repay the surplus amount to OAC.
- documentation and/or an explanation of how you acknowledged or will acknowledge OAC support for your project.
- This should include samples of OAC logo recognition on any promotional or other materials produced in conjunction with the project, such as publications, brochures, posters, invitations, websites, or videos/films.
- This could also include a description of verbal acknowledgement at public events or the intention to include OAC acknowledgement in associated future activities/materials
Complete and submit an application in Nova, OAC’s online grant application system. You will be able to do this approximately two months before the deadline.
Before applying, be sure to:
Your application will include:
- basic information about the project
- your answers to application questions
- a project budget
- artistic examples. These videos may help:
- support documents: artists’ résumés, bios, letter of support (if applicable)
Complete instructions and requirements are in the application in Nova.
For information on how assessors rate applications see the Guide to OAC Assessment and the Evaluation Rubric – Professional Development Projects.
For details on creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide.
Arts professionals: are defined as artists, arts administrators, community animators, curators, programmers, technicians and arts educators who are engaged in creating, producing, promoting, performing, presenting, distributing and/or programming artistic work.
Study and training: include conferences, master classes and workshops or training courses that broaden arts professionals’ knowledge, refine their artistic approach and/or allow them to acquire greater mastery of their art or professional practice above the basic level.
Mentorships: are developmental relationships between professional artists and mentors in which the mentor (a more experienced artist or elder) shares information, skills or knowledge and standards or best practices that will advance the artists’ careers, enhance their education and build their networks. The artists should receive the primary benefit of the mentorship.
Internships and apprenticeships: are temporary positions that emphasize on-the-job training, giving work experience in the field or artistic practice above the basic level. The internship/apprenticeship must provide education, not merely employment, and the intern/apprentice should receive the primary benefit.
Documentation of art work: are materials that document an artist’s skills, training and abilities. Examples are: professional preparation of demo recordings for musicians; archival recording of works in performance for dance artists; demo reels for theatre artists; documentation of visual arts work; documentation of learner’s support material for arts educators; websites as a presentation tool.
Indigenous: Individuals who self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit.
OAC is referring to people of colour based on the Government of Canada’s definition of “visible minorities,” which is “persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.”