TORONTO, Jan. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award was launched today. The $7,500 award will celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal artists and arts
leaders in Ontario. Beginning this year, the award will be presented
annually to an Aboriginal artist or Aboriginal arts leader in Ontario,
to honour his or her significant contributions to the arts.
Nominate an Aboriginal Artist or Aboriginal Arts Leader before April 2,
The Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award is a $7,500 award.
Each year's Aboriginal Arts Award winner will be asked to name an emerging Aboriginal artist who best exemplifies the next generation of Aboriginal leadership in
the arts. The emerging artist recipient will receive $2,500.
A jury of Aboriginal artists will review all eligible nominations and
the award will be decided through OAC's standard peer assessment
The winner and emerging artist will be announced at an Ontario celebration during National Aboriginal History Month in June each year.
More about the Award
The award's first deadline for nominations is April 2, 2012.
Any Ontarian, Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal, can nominate an Aboriginal
artist or Aboriginal arts leader for this award.
To be eligible to receive the award, Aboriginal artists or Aboriginal
arts leaders must reside in Ontario, or Quebec in the National Capital
region, and be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada.
Download nomination guidelines and forms on the Ontario Arts Council's (OAC) website, or call the OAC's Awards Office for more information (416) 969-7423 or
toll-free 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7423.
OAC's 2008-2013 Strategic Plan, Connections and Creativity, includes increasing investment and support to Aboriginal artists and
arts organizations, both in urban centres and regional settings.
"The Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award is an important
recognition of the outstanding impact Aboriginal artists and Aboriginal
arts leaders make in their communities, and in our broader cultural
landscape. OAC is proud to create an award that honours their
contributions to the arts in Ontario."
John Brotman, OAC Executive Director
"This award will shine a light on the artistic accomplishments and
leadership of Ontario's Aboriginal artists, whether they are working in
an urban centre, town or First Nation, practicing either customary or
contemporary forms of arts. The award is also special because it
celebrates today's leaders, as well the next generation of artists in
Sara Roque, OAC Aboriginal Arts Officer
The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is the province of Ontario's main funding body for professional
arts activity. Since 1963, the OAC has played a vital role in promoting
and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment
and benefit of Ontarians. In 2010-2011, the Ontario Arts Council funded
1,720 individual artists and 1,057 organizations in 223 communities
across Ontario for a total of $52.3million.
SOURCE Ontario Arts Council
For further information:
Communications Coordinator, OAC
416-969-7434 / 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434