Updates, FAQs and Resources
Last updated: April 17, 2020
The global COVID-19 pandemic is compelling organizations like OAC to focus on the essentials of what they do and to engage those strengths to make a difference. OAC supports the diversity and vitality of the arts in every corner of the province, ensuring the value of the arts to Ontario’s cultural life. In this time of great disruption and uncertainty for the arts sector, we are:
to the artists and arts organizations we support. We understand the pressures they are experiencing right now and we will not add to those challenges.
with as much flexibility as possible, adjusting our policies, processes and programs to help the arts sector navigate the challenges they are facing.
and advocating for artists and arts organizations through this difficult time. We’re closely monitoring the impacts of the situation and exploring additional ways to sustain the sector.
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.
OAC has temporarily suspended the intake of applications to the Market Development Travel Assistance program because of COVID-19 related travel advisories. The program will be closed until further notice while we monitor the situation and consider new approaches to supporting market development activity in response to the impacts of COVID-19. Continue to visit OAC’s website for the latest updates on deadline dates and funding opportunities.