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August 11, 2020
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 .   What will the Arts Response Initiative sup...
July 13, 2020
Geneviève Painchaud , a bilingual communications and real estate professional from Ottawa, has been appointed to the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) board of directors. “I am very pleased that Geneviève has joined the OAC board of directors,” said Rita Davies, OAC Chair . “S...
July 8, 2020
The 2020 winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were announced today by the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) and the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF). The winners were selected by two juries of young readers from Canada’s National Ballet School . A...
July 7, 2020
The Legislative Assembly of Ontario has started the process of inviting nominations for a Poet Laureate for the province. The Poet Laureate of Ontario Act (In Memory of Gord Downie) was passed unanimously in the Legislature in December 2019.  Applications for the positio...
June 25, 2020
Visual artist Mary Anne Barkhouse is the recipient of the 2020 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. In reco...
June 23, 2020
The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) and the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) are pleased to announce the shortlists for the 2020 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards . The Schwartz Awards are the only Canadian literary award where student jurors work together to ch...
June 11, 2020
Barbara Gilbert has been named the Ontario Arts Council’s (OAC) new Associate Francophone Arts Officer . Barbara will work closely with Geneviève Trilling, promoted to Francophone Arts Officer earlier this year. Nina Charest , longtime Program Administrator for Francophone...
June 8, 2020
Toronto-based sound designer Deanna H. Cho i is the recipient of the 2020 Pauline McGibbon Award . The announcement was made this morning during the news conference announcing the nominations for the  Dora Mavor Moore Awards , which was held online through the Dora Awards Y...
May 7, 2020
Over the past few months, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has redistributed some program assignments. These changes allow OAC to engage resources across the organization in a flexible way – something that is even more important during this ever-changing COVID-19 period. As p...
May 6, 2020
In April 2020, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) undertook a survey to gather some high-level indicators of the early impact of COVID-19 on OAC-funded organizations. Here are the key highlights from the survey:   The anticipated loss of revenue up to the end of June 2020 d...
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