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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

Arts & Cultural Grants

Ontario Arts Council Deaf and Disability Art Projects

Deadline: October 11th, 1 pm

The program supports Ontario-based artists and arts professionals who are Deaf and/or have a disability, or ad hoc groups/collectives and arts organizations mandated to serve and led by artists and/or arts professionals who are Deaf and/or have a disability. It funds all contemporary and traditional art practices that are supported at OAC.  Learn More

Ontario Arts Council Craft Projects

Deadline: October 17th 1pm

The program supports craft-based practices through grants to Ontario-based artists, curators, ad hoc groups/collectives and organizations. Learn more

Ontario Arts Council Literary Creation Works

Deadline: October 25th, 1pm

The program supports Ontario-based literary artists to complete new works for book-length publication or for public performance, and literary performers who wish to record their own repertoire.  Learn More

Professional Theatre Training Program

Deadline: October 1st and March 1st

Our Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) offers financial support for unique and flexible training with a chosen mentor in any theatrical discipline except performance. Learn more about eligibility here

Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

Deadline: December 15, 2018

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is a third-party recommender for the Ontario Arts Council’s (OAC) Exhibition Assistance Grants program. 

This program supports Ontario-based artists and artist collectives working in visual arts, craft and media art practices in the presentation of their artwork in a confirmed public exhibition. The 2018-19 program is active from June 15, 2018 until January 15, 2019 and the Varley Art Gallery has a fixed submission date: December 15, 2018. We encourage applications from artists residing in York Region and from artists who reflect the cultural diversity of our region. Recommendations are based on artistic merit and the professional context of the project.

New this year, all applications are submitted through the OAC’s Nova online site. Please visit the OAC’s website for more information on this recent change, as well as a breakdown of eligible and ineligible expenses.

For more information contact Anik Glaude, Curator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 905-477-7000 x3262

Community Improvement Plan: Grants for Office Redevelopment and Downtown Revitilization in Richmond Hill

Application Deadline: TBC

The CIP outlines three grant programs that businesses and property owners can utilize:

Tax Increment Equivalent Grant (TIEG) for Office The Tax Increment Equivalent Grant supports the development of new office space that is 1,600 square meters or greater within the Town’s Centres and Corridors as well as the Newkirk and East Beaver Creek Business Parks through the return of portions of property taxes over a 10-year period.

Building Renovation Grant Program The Building Renovation Grant Program provides grants of up to $50,000 for building renovations resulting in the creation of new office space within the Downtown Local Centre, Oak Ridges Local Centre and the Newkirk and Beaver Creek Business Parks.

Façade Improvement, Landscape and Signage Grant The Façade Improvement, Landscape and Signage Grant provides grants ranging in value from $1,000 to $32,500 for projects that are related to the revitalization of the Downtown Local Centre.

Learn more

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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Factor Artist Development

Deadlines: September 27, 2018 and January 31, 2019

The Artist Development Program offers a $2,000 subsidy toward one year of artist development activities including sound recording, touring & showcasing, video production, marketing and promotion. These activities must be detailed in an Artist Development Plan, which will be submitted to FACTOR as a required element of the application. Learn more. 

Events, Arts, and Activations Funding Program (Danforth Mosaic BIA)

Deadline: ongoing- submit applications at least 90 days before event. 

The Danforth Mosaic Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an organization that represents over 600 businesses along Danforth Avenue from Jones Avenue to Westlake Avenue. The goal of this program is to foster and enhance events, arts, and activations within the Danforth Mosaic BIA neighbourhood that will benefit the business district and will make the neighbourhood a livelier and more vibrant place to live and visit. The Board of the Danforth Mosaic BIA is interested in sponsoring events of various sizes – from small local events to larger community events. Learn more. 

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:

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

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 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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CONFERENCE PROPOSALS

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: 8th Annual Creative Industries Symposium

The 8th annual Creative Industries Symposium is taking place on Nov 6, 2018 (Tues) at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. The theme is "Interaction of #Technology and #Creativity". To become a speaker, please email Economic Development at the Town of Richmond Hill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

VISUAL ARTS

NookFEST (The Nooks)

Deadline: ongoing 

The Nooks presents NookFEST on September 8 from 11am-8pm. NookFEST is a community arts + music festival in Toronto’s East end, featuring unique, hand-made crafts and the talented, dedicated artisans who make them. NookFEST’s mission is to bring community residents and the arts together to celebrate hand-made excellence, music, food, and supporting local. The Nooks is looking for local handmade businesses, alcohol vendors, food vendors and trucks, performers, and entertainers. Learn more. 

Toronto Design Offsite Festival

Deadine: September 21, 2018

The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) brings people together to celebrate contemporary design across the city January 18-27, 2019.

Join the Festival to become a part of an exciting network of creative people, exhibitions, events, and a captive audience of designers and design-lovers. Last year we had 100+ events and exhibitions across the city, 140K+ visitors, 95+ million press impressions, and 500+ million total brand impressions. From design talks to experimental installations to prototypes to opening parties and curated exhibitions, the Festival featured the work of over 800 artists and designers.

One of a Kind Spring Show

Deadline: September 28, 2018. 

With two annual shows, a curated Online Shop and a whole host of resources to help set you up for success, there has never been a better time to be One of a Kind! No matter where you are at with your business, we've got the right options to help you on your way to a long and successful career with One of a Kind! Find application information here

Rotary Stratford Christmas Craft Festival 

Deadline: September 30th, 2018. 

The Rotary Stratford Christmas Craft Festival is an indoor, juried show. Applications require digital images and pricelist. Booth sizes start at 10 X 10 for $225.00. Manufactured items are not accepted and non-Canadian made items are not accepted. Learn more.

Ancaster Lions Craft and Gift Show

Deadline: October 1st, 2018.

The Ancaster Lions Craft and Gift Show is an indoor, non-juried show. Booth sizes start at 9x9 or 11x7. Manufactured items are accepted and non-Canadian made items are accepted. Learn more. 

Figures of the Mind

Deadline: October 18, 2018

The Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery invites artists to participate in the annual Juried Art Exhibition 2018. Learn More.

Jubilee Artcraft

Deadline: October 31st, 2018.

The Jubilee ArtCraft is an indoor, juried show. Applications require digital Images. Booth sizes start at 6ft by 10ft. Manufactured items are not accepted and non-Canadian made items are not accepted. Learn more. 

Barrie Molson Centre Christmas Arts & Crafts Show

Deadline: November 1st, 2018. 

The Barrie Molson Centre Christine Arts and Crafts Show is an indoor juried show. Applications require digital Images. Booth sizes start at $390. Manufactured items are not aceepted and non-Canadian made items are not accepted. Learn more.

Overzealous Fine Art Exhibition

Deadline: November 1st, 2018

Overzealous Fine Art invites emerging and established artists to participate in Overzealous 2018. Currently in its 3rd year, Overzealous is becoming the most anticipated juried show that fosters creativity in the artistic community. Overzealous 2018 theme is 'As I See It' and aims to bring together artists practicing in all media and styles. Contact John MgGill for more information  519-856-4737 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society 2018 Fall International Online Exhibition 

Deadline: November 4th, 2018

This NOAPS exhibition is open to all artists 18 and over worldwide who paint in oil or acrylic. NOAPS membership is not required. $2400.00 in cash awards and 20 non-monetary awards. $30.00 for submitting 1 image and $10.00 for each additional image up to a maximum of 5 images. Learn more. 

Christmas Market (Woodbine Heights Baptist Church)

Deadline: November 13, 2018

Woodbine Heights Baptist Church invites artisans and crafters to rent tables for its Christmas Market taking place on Saturday November 17, 2018 from 10am to 2pm. $35 for 10 sq.ft., $40 for 14 sq.ft. Setup begins at 8:30am. Festive Tea Room on site. Learn more. 

2017-2018 Exhibition at Queen/Saulter Library

Deadline: ongoing 

The Queen/Saulter Library is pleased to provide space for art exhibits in a beautiful historic building. Artists are invited to submit their work for possible exhibition during the 2017-2018 exhibit season. Works in all media, including photography (no sculptures) will be considered. Selected artists are given three-month showings. Artists or groups of artists selected to exhibit will pay a $20 plus HST exhibition fee at the time of installation. Please contact the Queen/Saulter Library for more information or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Boynton House Art Exhibition Space 

Deadline: ongoing

Boynton House is an art exhibition space in Richmond Hill with four display rooms. These rooms have art hanging systems and track lighting, making them an ideal place to display your work for an art show, host a special occasion or book meetings. 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

Office of Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

Deadline: ongoing 

The MP of Beaches-East York, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith invites artists to display their artwork in his constituency office at 1902 Danforth Avenue. No commission will be taken for sale of the work. Artists are encouraged to provide a price card with contact information, local art group (if applicable), and price of the piece. Art work will be displayed in meeting rooms where clients, community members, and leaders will be invited on a regular basis. Artists are asked to send pictures of their work via email for a preview (with sizes), though there is no jury selection process. Artwork will be displayed in quarterly installments (3 month period), and is to be hung and removed by the artist. Artists are welcome to visit the space beforehand, and are invited to contact the office to make arrangements for displaying their work. Call Diana at 416-432-2572 or email: Nathaniel.Erskine-Smith.C1(at)parl.gc(dot)ca

The Big Picture – Collective Art Project

Deadline: ongoing 

The Big Picture is a collective art project where people around the world are collaborating to create a big mosaic picture from thousands of drawings. This project outlines the connections between individuals from all around the world and can be seen as a giant conversation taking place between all the participants through a dynamic and monumental art work. 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 Film Festival

Early Bird Deadline: November 1, 2018

Regular Deadline: January 31, 2019

We’re calling on your passion to come to fruition in the most impactful way possible. As we begin our seventh year, we are  working on bringing you the absolute pinnacle of innovative content and opportunities in filmmaking. We are pleased to announce that on September 17th, 2018, we will begin accepting another roster of hyper-creative film submissions. Learn More 

Wavestage Theatre Company- Casting Call Musical Theatre

Deadline: October (exact date to be determined)

We are thrilled to be booking auditions for 24th season. Auditions for West Side Story will be held in October 2018 and the performances will take place in April of 2019. All actors are requested to prepare TWO contrasting musical theatre songs (32 bars). You may be asked to read some sides in your audition. Please bring a resume and recent headshot. Wavestage is interested in performers of all ages, skillsets, ethnicities, size and gender. There are a variety of featured roles available for both skilled dancers and non-dancers. We look forward to receiving your audition for these exciting musical productions! Learn more. 

Kobe Collective- Call for Actors/Models

Deadline: December 31st, 2018

We are the Kobe Collective and the creators behind alot of your favourite youtube videos: The BFF Score, Pepsi vs Cola Taste Test, People try bugs, Truth or Drink, and Timmies vs Starbucks. If your interested in appearing in our one of our quirky youtube videos get in touch with us. Compensation $15/hr. Learn more. 

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

Choirs Ontario- Dynamic Submissions

Deadlines: FALL ISSUE:  submission deadline Oct. 15, 2018; publication date Nov. 15, 2018. WINTER ISSUE:  submission deadline Feb. 15, 2019; publication date Mar. 15, 2019. SPRING ISSUE: submission deadline May 15, 2019; publication date June 15, 2019

Does your choice have some interesting news to share? Send us the details and we'll include your story in our next Dynamic newsletter. Topics for feature articles may include repertoire, choral history, performance practice, choral composers and conductors (including interviews), rehearsal techniques, vocal technique, choir management and organization, choral music education, and sociological aspects of choral singing. Learn more. 

CARFAC Call for Indigenous Wood-Based Artists

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Call for Ontario-based Indigenous wood artists. The Legislative Assembly of Ontario is seeking submissions of expression of interest to design and carve fixed art pieces for the Legislative Chamber. Learn more. 

WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITIES: Creative Writing Workshops (Firefly Creative Writing)

Deadline: Until Filled

Firefly Creative Writing offers a variety of creative writing workshops this Spring. Whether you are a beginner looking for a fun and easy creative writing workshop, a seasoned writer who wants an intensive experience with coaching to reach a deadline or goal, a seasoned writer ready to write a memoir, or are interested in delving into the world of poetry, there is a class for you. Full details HERE.

Friction

Deadline: ongoing

F(r)iction is open for submissions year-round. We accept short fiction and creative nonfiction (up to 7,500 words), poetry (up to three pages per poem), and graphic stories or comics written in English from writers located anywhere in the world.

At F(r)iction, we pride ourselves on publishing the best writing regardless of genre, style, or origin. This means that we accept work of all kinds, including genre writing and experimental literature. We seek work that actively pushes boundaries, that forces us to question our traditions and tastes. We seek that feeling of being stunned, that gut-punch that inevitably follows an incredible piece of writing. If your work takes risks, then we want to read it. Learn more. 

Payment Policy: $10 per final printed page. Free contributor’s copy of the publication. 

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

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

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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