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The Town of Uxbridge is planning an Outdoor Carving Symposium consisting of 1 - 3 pieces of work to be executed in a park setting that will allow for public viewing during the creation process. We have a budget, that must be accepted by the successful applicants. The finished project will be Donated to the Town of Uxbridge and installed at the Town's expense. Primary material: Indiana Limestone provided by the town. Alternate Materials: The committee will be glad to accept proposals based on alternate materias such as found or recycled items and/or wood, cement or other building materials that may come within budget considerations. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, July, 15, 2015. Complete details can be viewed at our website: www.avecuxbridge.ca

 

In the summer of 2013, we partnered with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection to launch the Art Mentorship Project to provide support to emerging artists and foster professional development, production and exhibition under the guidance of local, established artists in a distinctly Canadian context.  

Each year, an artist is paired with an established Canadian artist and given professional development assistance on-site at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in several one-on-one sessions. The mentor and apprentice collaborate on a piece or body of work that is showcased at the McMichael gallery.  

2015 Art Mentorship Project

Mentor: Césan d'Ornellas Levine                                                                                                Césan d'Ornellas Levine is an experimental visual artist based in Richmond Hill and Toronto. She is known for her large-scale expressive abstract paintings, and more recently, for her original mixed media work.

Césan has had a studio practice for more than twenty-five years. As a self-trained artist, her work is grounded in a self-imposed regimen of 'above the wrist' disciplines inspired by influential Russian artist and art theorist, Wassily Kandinsky, such as meditation, fasting, and personal development.

Her analysis and practice of this rich process has made her a sought-after and inspiring artist-presenter.

Highlights of Césan's career include international representation by notable public and private galleries, and invitations to participate in various artist residency programs, including two consecutive sessions at Trent University. Césan also supports numerous charitable organizations through donations of time and artwork. Her work can be viewed online at http://www.cesan.ca

Apprentice: John Lowndes                                                                                                            An emerging Canadian photo-based artist, John Lowndes works in transforming the
traditional photograph. Through various collage, sculpture, multi-media and installation strategies, Lowndes seeks to create enigmatic experiences of photographic imagery. Often contemplating themes of memory, mortality and perception of the external world, Lowndes pursues unique experiences which shed light upon daily life. Receiving his Bachelors of Fine Arts from York University in 2014, he has garnered recognition within the Toronto art community as a finalist in the Untapped Emerging Artist section of the Toronto Artist Project 2015, and a solo exhibitor in the Toronto Contact Photography Festival 2015. See Lowndes work at johnlowndes.wix.com/photo.

2014 Art Mentorship Project

Mentor: Bonnie Devine                                                                                                             Bonnie Devine is a member of the Serpent River First Nation of Northern Ontario (Ojibwa/Anishinaabe) and is an installation artist, curator, writer and educator. Her work is rooted in sculpture and site-specific installation, but also includes video, drawing, and painting. Devine’s art is about stories – especially the narratives, history, or legends of the land - and has been exhibited in Canada, the US, and Europe. She is an Associate Professor at OCAD University in Toronto. 

Apprentice: Kevin Yung                                                                                                                 Kevin Yung is a Markham based sculpture/installation artist who focuses on process-based explorations through mold-making, casting, and printmaking. Conceptually, Yung’s most recent work explores cultural identity through an examination of personal language barriers. Devine will help Yung fine-tune his artistic practices through technical assistance, theoretical discussions, critiques, and exhibition preparation. 

2013 Art Mentorship Project

Mentor: David McEown                                                                                                             From Antarctica to the North Pole and with great emphasis on the Canadian wilderness, artist David McEown celebrates some of the most beautiful, yet fragile, natural heritage of our planet though the creative act of painting.

After graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1992, David spent his last 2 years off campus pursuing independent studies at the Algoma School of Landscape Arts based in the remote wilderness of Northern Ontario.  After completing these studies he stayed several more years teaching and wilderness guiding.  For his body of work done in this Lake Superior region steeped in indigenous culture and Canadian landscape painting history, David was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Grant in 1994 and again in 1999.

Also in 1999, he was elected a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour for which he served as a director from 2002 to 2007.

David's work has received national and international awards, in various juried shows.  His most prestigious award came in 2005 with the A.J. Casson Medal from the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.

Since then he has earned a reputation as one of Canada's most accomplished and travelled landscape watercolourists, represented with paintings in many public and corporate collections worldwide as well as articles published in numerous magazines. See his website at www.artistjourneys.com.

Apprentice: Ben Barak                                                                                                        Although at a glance you may think he is a painter, Ben Barak considers himself an Installation artist: He creates surreal narratives that engage the viewer as both painting and artifact. Barak is intrigued by the nature of truth; the manner in which ‘truths’ are both disseminated to the public (the viewer), and become additionally distorted by our own prejudices.  His works are “visual conspiracies” which guide the viewer to narrative conclusions with incomplete or erroneous information, and involve both the viewer and their surroundings in their dilemma.  View his work at benbarak.ca.

Arts & Cultural Grants

Indigenous Cultural Fund 

Application Deadline: Multiple and ongoing deadlines for each of the three granting categories under this program.

The Ontario Arts Council's Indigenous Culture Fund (ICF) was created to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, culture and way of life. The new fund is administered by Indigenous staff members at the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), on behalf of the Province of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS). 

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Ontario Trillium Foundation

OTF is pleased to announce that it will be providing a number of grant opportunities in 2018 with the following application deadlines:

SEED (dates unchanged)

  • Organization Registration Deadline: January 31, 2018
  • Application Deadline: February 21, 2018

GROW (dates revised)

  • Organization Registration Deadline: April 25, 2018
  • Application Deadline: May 16, 2018

CAPITAL (dates revised)

  • Organization Registration Deadline: July 25, 2018
  • Application Deadline: August 15, 2018

TRANSFORM (new dates)

  • Organization Registration Deadline: October 17, 2018
  • Application Deadline: November 7, 2018

YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES FUND (new dates)

  • Expression of Interest Deadline: August 30, 2018
  • Organization Registration Deadline: October 31, 2018

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Granting & Funding Agencies 

 

Ontario Arts Council

The Ontario Arts Council is an arm's-length agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. OAC's grants and services to professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations support arts education, Aboriginal arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Franco-Ontarian arts, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theatre, touring, and visual arts.

In 2013-2014, OAC funded 1,737individual artists and 1,095 organizations in 223 Ontario communities, for a total of $52.1 million. Learn More

 

CanExport

The Government of Canada’s CanExport Program will provide up to $50 million over five years in direct financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada seeking to develop new export opportunities and markets, particularly high-growth priority markets and sectors. CanExport is expected to assist up to 1,000 exporters per year across the country. Learn More

 

Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in music, theatre, writing and publishing, visual arts, dance, media arts, and integrated and circus arts – fostering and promoting the arts in Canada since 1957. Learn More

Town of Georgina: Economic Development and Community Building Grant Program

Deadline: Ongoing

The Economic Development and Community Building Grant Program provides financial assistance to programs/events that serve to promote the Town of Georgina externally, generates economic opportunities for the local business community and provides for the betterment of the Community. Learn More

 

Ontario Trillium Foundation

One of the largest grantmakers in Canada, Ontario Trillium Foundation is unique for its deployment of 330 volunteers to review and analyze more than 3,000 grant applications each year. To make great grants that help create vibrant and healthy communities, program staff rely on our volunteers to bring their knowledge of local community needs and sectoral expertise to the grant review process.

OTF awards approximately 1,500 grants each year to community-based not-for-profits and charitable organizations in the arts, recreation, environment and human and social services sectors. An agency of the Ontario government with an annual budget of over $100 million, OTF is always looking for ways to be a more effective grantmaker as well as a thought leader.

In 2013, the Ontario Trillium Foundation celebrated thirty years of granting. The Foundation marked this important milestone with a reflection on its successes, challenges, and lessons learned over the past three decades. Learn More

OTF Announces new Deadline for Projects with Provincial Impact

The Ontario Trillium Foundation has announced a new deadline for projects with provincial impact. If your project has a broad geographical reach and impact, then you may want to apply to the new deadline.

The deadline for projects with provincial impact is September 27, 2017, and organization registration is September 6, 2017.

What is a project with provincial impact?

Projects with provincial impact are those that reach a minimum of three catchments, or two if one catchment is in the North (that includes the Northwestern – Algoma, Cochrane, Manitoulin, Sudbury – Muskoka, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Timiskaming catchments).

The criteria for this program is the same as for the Grow Investment Stream, save and except for the scope, reach and impact of the project.

What does that mean?

The amount, terms, types of costs funded and guidelines for projects with provincial impact are outlined in the Guide for the Grow Investment Stream.

The major difference is that projects with a broader geographical reach and impact should apply for funding in September 27, 2017 by 5 PM ET.

This is an additional deadline for projects with provincial impact. The June 28, 2017 Grow application deadline remains the same.

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First Nations Writers Grant Proposal Handbook & Guidance

The First Peoples' Cultural Council is a First Nations-run Crown Corporation with a mandate to support the revitalization of Aboriginal language, arts and culture in British Columbia. We provide funding and resources to communities, monitor the status of First Nations languages and develop policy recommendations for First Nations leadership and government. For many of us, writing a grant application or proposal can seem overwhelming. Simply figuring out which funding program to apply to can be confusing and explaining our ideas clearly on an application form isn’t always easy.

Arts staff at FPCC developed the Artist Grant Proposal Writing Handbook to offer suggestions and clarify the process of writing an arts grant proposal. Learn More

 

ArtsBuild Ontario - Energize Microloan Fund for the Arts 

ArtsBuild Ontario and Community Forward Foundation have established The Energize Microloan Fund to provide Ontario’s nonprofit arts organizations with the opportunity to make their spaces more energy efficient and contribute to global greening efforts with access to capital and ArtsBuild Ontario’s programs and services.

This fund will provide nonprofit arts organizations small loans from $2,500 to $5,000 at an interest rate of 3.5%* that can be used for the purpose of funding projects that could reduce their energy consumption or towards plans, reports or audits needed to qualify for/or understand the energy efficiency of their buildings. Learn More

ArtsBuild Ontario and Community Forward Foundation have established The Energize Microloan Fund to provide Ontario’s nonprofit arts organizations with the opportunity to make their spaces more energy efficient and contribute to global greening efforts with access to capital and ArtsBuild Ontario’s programs and services.

This fund will provide nonprofit arts organizations small loans from $2,500 to $5,000 at an interest rate of 3.5%* that can be used for the purpose of funding projects that could reduce their energy consumption or towards plans, reports or audits needed to qualify for/or understand the energy efficiency of their buildings.

- See more at: http://www.artsbuildontario.ca/financing/energize-microloan-for-the-arts/#sthash.fduReqAD.dpuf

ArtsBuild Ontario and Community Forward Foundation have established The Energize Microloan Fund to provide Ontario’s nonprofit arts organizations with the opportunity to make their spaces more energy efficient and contribute to global greening efforts with access to capital and ArtsBuild Ontario’s programs and services.

This fund will provide nonprofit arts organizations small loans from $2,500 to $5,000 at an interest rate of 3.5%* that can be used for the purpose of funding projects that could reduce their energy consumption or towards plans, reports or audits needed to qualify for/or understand the energy efficiency of their buildings.

- See more at: http://www.artsbuildontario.ca/financing/energize-microloan-for-the-arts/#sthash.fduReqAD.dpuf

ArtsBuild Ontario and Community Forward Foundation have established The Energize Microloan Fund to provide Ontario’s nonprofit arts organizations with the opportunity to make their spaces more energy efficient and contribute to global greening efforts with access to capital and ArtsBuild Ontario’s programs and services.

This fund will provide nonprofit arts organizations small loans from $2,500 to $5,000 at an interest rate of 3.5%* that can be used for the purpose of funding projects that could reduce their energy consumption or towards plans, reports or audits needed to qualify for/or understand the energy efficiency of their buildings.

- See more at: http://www.artsbuildontario.ca/financing/energize-microloan-for-the-arts/#sthash.fduReqAD.dpuf
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VISUAL ARTS

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit

Deadline: March 6, 2018

The 57th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition takes place on Nathan Phillips Square July 6-8, 2018, attracting over 115,000 veteran and first-time art lovers and art buyers, interior designers, gallerists and curators from across Canada and abroad. Learn more

Latcham Gallery General Exhibition Submissions

Deadline: Ongoing

Description: The Latcham Gallery is committed to planning a balanced exhibition program and highlights work that stimulates the community in Whitchurch-Stouffville and reaches out to a larger art community in Ontario. We welcome proposals throughout the year from artists across Ontario (and nationally when possible) working in all media. Learn More

Toronto Digital Projects - Online Showcase for Emerging Artists

Deadline: Ongoing

Description: Toronto Digital Projects is a new curated virtual gallery for emerging artists creating digital paintings, animations, videos, GIFs and other forms of Post-Internet art. Supported by Canada Council for the Arts and Angell Gallery. Learn More

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham - Artist Level Membership

Deadline: Ongoing

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham introduced the new Artist Level membership, launching sumer 2015. The Artist Level membership (eligible for those 18 years or older) allows special access to the gallery's facilities, discount on art programs, reciprocal admission to 70+ participating Ontario Arts Galleries, and also a 10% discount at all Curry's Artists' Material locations.  Learn More

FILM & PERFORMING ARTS

Vaughan International Film Festival 2018 Submissions Now Open

Deadline: January 31, 2018

Attention all Filmmakers: International film submissions are now open! Submit your short film by December 31, 2017 and get the earlybird discount! Now in its 6th edition, this exciting 4-day event proudly showcases both local and international talent – on all levels. Submit your film today! 

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York Region Association of Young Artists - Open Mic Nights

We invite all singers & performers that are looking for a family-friendly venue to perform in. We also invite a featured host for our events that are in the music industry and may have something to share with our guest performers.

Contact: Omar Rayman at 647-919-6627 or omar [dot] rayman [at] gmail [dot] com

MULTIDISCIPLINARY

Emerging Artists Show - Winged Canvas

Deadline: January 29, 2018

From February 9 to March 4 , Winged Canvas Gallery will be hosting an Emerging Artists Show to highlight the diversity of up-and-coming local talent in York Region. This exhibition is a great opportunity for art students and newly practicing artists to showcase their bodies of work.

Submission Details:
We are featuring 10 emerging artists in the York Region or GTA community working in a variety of styles, mediums, and subjects including abstract, landscapes, and figurative, as well 3D pieces.
Artists can exhibit starting at $4.50 a day + 25% gallery commission  Learn More​

The Brain Project

Deadline: January 31, 2018

Call to artists for @thebrainproject_ 2018 in support of the @baycrest Foundation. Artists are invited to submit sculptural works for an outdoor art exhibition exploring the connection between art and the brain.  Learn More

Toronto Digital Projects – Call for Digital Projects

Deadline: Ongoing - contact the TDP for details.

Toronto Digital Projects is a curated virtual gallery for emerging artists creating digital paintings, animations, videos, GIFs and other forms of post-Internet art. Projects selected for the site should be innovative in their use of digital media. Learn More

LaVaLab – Opportunity to set up a Free Profile

Description: LaVaLab invites all Artists and Writers to set up a FREE profile including a bio and multiple frames to upload examples of work, complete with the ability to sub-categorize each piece for easy LaVaLab visitor searches. Artists and/or Writers can connect with each other, gain a new audience, access potential buyers and promote themselves with LaVaLab. The Editorials aim to keep creative talent abreast of relevant industry news, trends, events, competitions and professional opportunities. Learn More

Owl Ridge Acres - Self Guided Residencies

Deadline: Ongoing

Description: Now accepting applications for Fall and Winter residencies. Owl Ridge Acres is a new creative residency hosting multidisciplinary artists, writers, musicians or photographers to focus on their practice. ORA offers weekly, monthly and seasonal self-guided residencies as well as daily retreats. Located in the town of Bancroft, Owl Ridge Acres offers a beautiful rural setting on a hobby farm surrounded by the rugged terrain and provincial parks of Central Ontario. Private rooms, studio/workshop space and common areas are all available to use over your stay. Learn More

York Region Arts Council, YRAC

1310 Kerrisdale Blvd., Unit 200
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 7B3

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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