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The Ontario Arts Foundation Announces the Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award


Toronto, July 8, 2015 - The Ontario Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award.

The Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award
is given to an Ontario resident who exemplifies excellence in arts education, demonstrates a unique approach to their arts education practice, creates meaningful learning experiences for young people, inspires connections to the arts beyond the classroom and continues to maintain an active arts practice.

“We are incredibly happy to see the establishment of the Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award,” says Alan Walker, Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Foundation. “Artist educators bring tremendous value and dedication to the delivery of educational and community concepts through their art form(s).  It is our hope that this award will celebrate these artists, and bring a greater appreciation to the important service they provide.”

The Ontario Arts Foundation established and manages the endowment that funds the Artist Educator Award. The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Awards Office administers the nomination and the selection process for the award. OAC juries nominate artists from the list of applicants to the current year’s OAC Artist in Education and Aboriginal Artist in Schools programs or other artists who are known to the juror.

The selection of the laureate will take place this summer, and the laureate will be announced in September.  The total value of the award is $7,500.


For more information, please contact:
Alan Walker, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation

416-969-7413 | awalker@arts.on.ca


The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) works with arts patrons to build long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2014-2015, the OAF paid out over $2.8 million in endowment income and $275,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2013-2014, the Ontario Arts Council funded 1,737 individual artists and 1,095 organizations in 223 communities across Ontario for a total of $52.1 million.

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