The Ontario Arts Council's (OAC) new $1.6 million Arts Response Initiative (ARI) will help Ontario artists and arts organizations respond to challenges posed by the pandemic. Program details and applications are now available here.
This one-time initiative will support activities and expenses focused on research, training and planning for ways to adapt artistic practices and activities in response to the COVID-19 context. OAC’s project programs continue to support arts creation, production, presentation or dissemination and arts engagement activities, many with expanded eligibility related to COVID-19.
To develop the ARI, OAC hosted a series of informal conversations with artists and arts administrators which reinforced that the impact of COVID-19 is uneven across arts sectors, communities and regions in this province. As a result, projects that support members of OAC’s designated priority groups and that demonstrate support to diverse artists and arts communities will be given precedence.
The budget for this initiative comes from within OAC’s annual base budget. Funds have been redirected from temporarily suspended programs supporting activities that are limited due to COVID-19. These include Market Development Travel Assistance, Market Development Projects and the Chalmers Arts Fellowships (a private endowment managed by OAC).
If you have specific questions about applying for funding through this category, please contact:
Assessment will consider both practical and innovative approaches to create new and effective ways of working. It will also give precedence to projects that address OAC priority groups and the values of equity and accessibility.