OAF News

Ophira Calof Awarded the Tim Sims Encouragement Award

Toronto, November 19, 2018 - Ophira Calof is the 2018 recipient of the $2,500 Tim Sims Encouragement Award, awarded to a Conservatory Program graduate at the Second City Training Program.  Ophira was presented the award Saturday, November 17th at Second City's "A Year in Revue - Conservatory Showcase".  The Tim Sims Encouragement Award honours a promising Canadian comedic performer who is in the early stages of their career.

Currently based in Toronto, Ophira Calof is a writer, performer, and producer who focuses on creating work that explores concepts of illness and disability through art.  She is a producer and co-creator of the award-winning sketch revue Generally Hospital, co-founder of All Access Sketch Show, and a graduate of Second City's Writing and Sketch Conservatory programs.  She also has an extensive background in opera performance and recently released her single Still Standing.

"Ophira has such a positive attitude that she can find humour where most see difficulty," said Kevin Frank, Artistic Director, Second City Training Centre & Education.  "Her commitment to grow as a comedic artist, as well as her efforts to create places for others with mobility challenges to study and perform, makes her a perfect recipient of the 2018 Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award." 

The Tim Sims Encouragement Fund was founded by Lindsay Leese and established in 1995 in the spirit and memory of Tim Sims, a well-known comedic performer, writer, director, and charity fund-raiser from Toronto. From 1996-2014, the Fund awarded prize money totaling $65,000 to young comedians in the early stages of their careers at the annual Cream of Comedy award show at Second City.   Beginning in 2015, the $2,500 award is given annually to a graduate of the Comedy Writing and Performance program at the Humber College, School of Creative and Performing Arts and to a Conservatory Program Graduate at the Second City Training Program.

List of Past Winners

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For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
awalker@oafdn.ca

 

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2017-2018, the OAF paid over $3.35 million in endowment income and $260,000 in awards and scholarships.

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2018 Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program Grants Announced

Toronto, November 12, 2018 - The Ontario Arts Foundation and The Gordon Foundation are pleased to announce the 2018 grants from the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program:

Acquisition Grants  
Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Toronto
$8,000  

Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough
$4,000

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener
$5,000

Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa
$8,000


Development Grants

 
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston
$6,720

McIntosh Gallery, London
$3,150

Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto
$7,500

Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock
$2,630
 


“Funds from the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program have allowed Ontario galleries to purchase works by a variety of emerging, mid-career and established artists,” says Alan Walker, Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Foundation.  “Development grants have led to galleries being able to enhance their programs and increase their ability to share their rich assets both locally and with a broader audience.”

Acquisition grants are matching grants for private donations raised by public galleries and museums for the acquisition of Canadian works of art for their permanent collection. Development grants support initiatives that increase the public’s knowledge of collecting or a gallery or museum’s permanent collection, and help make a gallery or museum’s permanent collection more accessible to the public.

The grant decisions were made by an Ontario Arts Council jury made up of arts professionals with broad knowledge and experience of public gallery activities in Ontario. The 2017 jury members were Andrew Hunter (Hamilton) curator, educator and writer; Deanna Nebenionquit (Sudbury) curator and artist; and Sandy Saad (Scarborough) curator and educator.

The Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program aims to foster a broader appreciation of Canadian visual art and artists by assisting public art galleries and museums in Ontario to grow their permanent collections, and support community engagement between a gallery or museum and its local community.


For information, please contact:
Alan Walker, Executive Director

416-969-7413 | awalker@oafdn.ca

 

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2017-2018, the OAF paid out over $3.35 million in endowment income and $260,000 in awards and scholarships.


The Gordon Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to protecting Canada's water and empowering Canada's North.  The Foundation seeks opportunities to amplify underrepresented voices, elevate emerging issues, and collaborate with like-minded organizations to drive powerful, sustainable outcomes. Over the past quarter century the Gordon Foundation has invested over $37 million in a variety of northern community initiatives and freshwater protection initiatives.

 

About Elizabeth L. Gordon
Elizabeth L. Gordon, a founder of The Gordon Foundation, held a lifelong interest in art, history, and culture. For many years, she volunteered regularly with the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the Art Gallery of Ontario), taking great interest in stimulating Gallery membership. Through The Gordon Foundation, Elizabeth Gordon encouraged emerging art galleries and museums across Ontario by providing grants to enable them to purchase original works of art. To honour her, the Foundation established the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program, providing an enduring memory of Mrs. Gordon’s patronage and appreciation of Canadian art.

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2018 Wuchien Michael Than Fund Grants Announced

Toronto, October 17, 2018 — The Ontario Arts Foundation and the Wuchien Michael Than Foundation are pleased to announce the 2018 grants from the Wuchien Michael Than Fund. This year's grants are being given to help fund productions by artists including Franco Nguyen and Loretta Seto.

Production Grants

Good Morning Viet Mom by Franco Nguyen
Cahoots Theatre


Loreta Seto The Ones We Leave Behind by Loretta Seto
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre


Development Grants - Phase II

Suvendrini Lena Every Corner a Terrorist by Suvendrini Lena
B.A.A.N.N. Theatre Centre





April Leung Ladies of Mahjong by April Leung
Factory Theatre


Yellow Rabbit
by the Silk Bath Collective
Soulpepper Theatre Company




Suicide Forest by Tetsuro Shigematsu
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre


Mahabharata by Ravi Jain
Why Not Theatre



Development Grants - Phase I

Pluck'd  by Ke Xin Li
Playwrights Workshop Montreal

Salesman in China by Jovanni Sy and Leanna Brodie
PTC Playwrights Theatre Centre





APPLE by Cynthia Hicks
Studio 180 Theatre


Production and Phase Two Development Grants from the Wuchien Michael Than Fund are available for the development of new works by Asian-Canadian playwrights which are either in production for the current season or in the pre-production phase and projected to be ready for full public productions within one or two seasons.

Phase One Development Grant applications can be made at any time. Visit the Wuchien Michael Than website for details.

The Wuchien Michael Than Fund was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation by Michael Than in 2012 and launched in 2013 to support the development and nurturing of theatre arts in Canada, with a particular emphasis on new works by Asian-Canadian playwrights, and the development of emerging talent in the Asian-Canadian theatre community.

List of Past Grant Recipients


For more information, please contact :

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413
awalker@oafdn.ca

Established in 1991, the Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2017-2018, the OAF paid out over $3.35 million in endowment income and $260,000 in awards and scholarships.

The Wuchien Michael Than Foundation was established to support the development and nurturing of theatre arts in Canada, with particular emphasis on the creation, development and production of new works by Asian-Canadian playwrights .

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