The K.M. Hunter Artist Awards

The K. M. Hunter Artist Awards are funded by the K. M. Hunter Charitable Foundation and are awarded annually to mid-career, professional artists who have a reasonable body of work, a fair degree of public exposure, have made an impact in their chosen field and demonstrate an original artistic voice within their artistic tradition.  The awards are a means of encouraging their craft while propelling them to the next level and are given in the fields of dance, media arts, literature, music, theatre and visual arts. 

Martin Hunter, who established the awards in 1995, and his daughter, Sarah Hunter, are committed to supporting young artists who have demonstrated both talent and potential for further development. 


Prize in each discipline: $8,000

Current Recipients
Apolonia Velasquez (dance)
Marianne Aostolides (literature)
Elizabeth Lazebnik (media arts)
Jaron Freeman-Fox (music)
Claire Calnan (theatre)
Maura Doyle (visual arts)


Past Recipients

Donor Testimonial:
Wuchien Michael Than

Persistence and Passion:  A Donor's Story

The Wuchien Michael Than Foundation Fund was established by Michael Than in partnership with the Ontario Arts Foundation in 2013. Funding began in 2013 and contributions continue to grow the fund and support a granting program. Michael Than created the Fund to help create opportunities for the creation, development of Asian-Canadian theatre and to develop new works by Asian-Canadian playwrights.


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