OAF News

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

Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener

Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa

Development Grants

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston

McIntosh Gallery, London

Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto

Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock

“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

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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Call for Nominations for the eighth annual Gina Wilkinson $5,000 Prize

Toronto, ON, October 15, 2018 — Nominations for the eighth annual Gina Wilkinson Prize (Gina's Prize) will be accepted starting October 15, 2018. Established in memory of director Gina Wilkinson, who was a beloved actor and director across the country, the prize is intended to recognize an experienced female theatre artist transitioning from one theatre discipline into the discipline of theatre direction.  The annual prize pays tribute to Gina and her unyielding dedication, vision and indomitable spirit that imbued her work and her life.  The recipient will be chosen from nominations brought forward by members of the Canadian theatre community.  This year's nomination deadline is December 15, 2018 with the award recipient announced on March 10, 2019

An actor for over twenty years, Gina began turning her attention to both writing and directing, and in the last few years of her too-short life established herself as a daring, strong, inventive and important director and collaborator in the Canadian theatre community.  Shortly after Gina died in December 2010, a fund was established to benefit female theatre directors.  The Gina Wilkinson Prize was made possible due to the generous support of over 200 people from across Canada.  In addition, a substantial gift was made to the fund in 2014 by the beneficiaries of the Estate of Elsie V. Adamson, a long-time friend and client of Martin Wilkinson, Gina's brother.  In the spirit of Gina's generousity and appetite for life, the prize is a gift to be used in any way the recipient chooses. 

Previous winners of the Gina Wilkinson Prize include: Ann-Marie Kerr of Halifax (2012), Krista Jackson of Winnipeg (2013) Christine Brubaker of Toronto (2014), Valerie Planche of Calgary (2015), Kelli Fox of Toronto (2016), Kimberley Rampersad of Winnipeg (2017), and Tanja Jacobs (2018).

The Gina Wilkinson Prize Fund is administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation. Anyone wishing to donate to the fund may do so here.

Award and Nomination Process


For more information:

Tom Rooney

Alan Walker, Executive Director
Ontario Arts Foundation 
416-969-7413 | awalker@oafdn.ca


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