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Kirsten Gunter

Director of Communications
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7403

Shoshana Wasser

Senior Communications Coordinator (Government & Media Relations)
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434


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January 17, 2020
Toronto-based Mary Meffe has been appointed to the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) board of directors. Mary has more than 20 years of financial expertise developed in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, with demonstrated success advising leadership teams in fast-p...
January 15, 2020
The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has updated its policy regarding applicant eligibility and final reports. The goal of this change is to harmonize reporting requirements for artists who apply for grants both as an individual and as part of an ad hoc group/collective.   What’s...
December 12, 2019
Dear Friends and Colleagues - It seems like only a couple of years ago that I wrote my first letter to the heads of Ontario arts organizations, in my new role as Director & CEO of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC). In fact, it has been eight years, during which there have ...
November 29, 2019
The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) today announced staffing appointments for two important granting roles at the agency. Clelia Farrugia has been named the OAC’s new Theatre Officer , and Soraya Peerbaye the new Dance Officer . Both will start in these positions in January...
November 6, 2019
The National Youth Orchestra of Canada is the recipient of the 2019 Vida Peene Orchestra Award from the Ontario Arts Council (OAC). The $10,000 award will be presented during the first stop of The Frenergy Tour (a collaboration with the European Union Youth Orches...
October 8, 2019
Visual artist Arnold Jacobs is the recipient of the 2019 Ontario Arts Council Indigenous Arts Award . This award, created in 2012, celebrates the work of Indigenous artists and arts leaders who have made significant contributions to the arts in Ontario.   Arnold ...
September 24, 2019
Toronto-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Suzanne Jarvie is this year’s recipient of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC)’s Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award for her song All In Place . The award will be presented on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at Folk Music Onta...
September 20, 2019
Toronto-based Alexandra De Gasperis has been appointed to the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) board of directors.   Alexandra’s community involvement began at a young age when she co-founded and became Executive Director of the Burgundy Brick Foundation (BBF) in 2007. The BB...
September 12, 2019
Pat Bradley, Theatre, Major Organizations and Compass Officer , and Myles Warren, Dance and Awards Officer , are stepping down from their positions in December after more than 18 and 17, respectively, years of service. OAC has posted the job openings with an October 2, 201...
September 4, 2019
Rita Davies, OAC Chair , today announced the selection of Carolyn Vesely as the Ontario Arts Council (OAC)’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) starting January 2, 2020 . Carolyn, OAC’s current Director of Granting, will succeed Director & CEO, Peter Caldwell , who step...
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