The Toronto Arts Foundation Awards captures the cultural legacy of the city by celebrating those helping to write its cultural history.
Through its awards portfolio, Toronto Arts Foundation has honoured many of Toronto’s finest artists and arts organizations, including: Governor General Award Nominated Playwright, Anusree Roy; Soulpepper Founder, Albert Schultz; Manifesto Community Projects; Weyni Mengesha; Djanet Sears; Richard Underhill; Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and more. The awards, presented as part of the annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Lunch, welcome the entire spectrum of Toronto’s creative community to celebrate the arts and the cultural contributions of business and civic leaders, as well as artists of all disciplines.
NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2013 ARTS AWARDS NOW OPEN!
Do you know someone deserving recognition? Why not nominate them for a Toronto Arts Foundation Award!
This is your chance to shine the spotlight on someone you know who has made a difference in the arts in Toronto. Send us your nomination by April 17, 2013 for any one of five Toronto Arts Foundation Awards listed below.
All are eligible to nominate a potential winner for one of the following awards in 2013:
Arts for Youth Award – The Arts for Youth Award is a $15,000 cash prize established in 2007 by Martha Burns, Jim Fleck and Sandra and Jim Pitblado. The award celebrates an individual, collective or organization that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to engaging Toronto’s youth through the arts and artistic creation. The winner of the Award will receive a $15,000 cash prize, with each finalist receiving $2,000 each. This Finalist Award was established in 2010 through the generous donation of Diana Bennett and Spencer Lanthier.
The Toronto Arts and Business Award – The Toronto Arts and Business Award celebrates a local business that has made an important contribution to the arts in Toronto through innovative, transformative and entrepreneurial partnerships. Established in 2006, this award is presented in partnership with Toronto Arts Foundation, Business for the Arts and The Toronto Star.
Emerging Artist Award – The Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award is a $5,000 cash prize, celebrating the accomplishments and future potential of an emerging Toronto artist working in any discipline. The winner of this award will receive a $5,000 cash prize, with finalists receiving $1,000 each. Established in 2006, the 2013 award is generously sponsored by The John McKellar Charitable Foundation and is intended to support the development or completion of new work. (Eligibility details listed below).
Muriel Sherrin Award for International Achievement in Dance – The Muriel Sherrin Award is a $10,000 cash prize presented to an artist or creator who has made a significant contribution to the cultural life of Toronto through outstanding achievement in dance. The recipient will also have participated in international initiatives, including touring, studying abroad and participating in artist exchanges.
Rita Davies and Margo Bindhardt Cultural Leadership Award – The Rita Davies and Margo Bindhardt Award is a $10,000 cash prize, co-sponsored by the family of Margo Bindhardt and Toronto Arts Foundation. This award is presented biennially to an individual who has demonstrated creative cultural leadership in the development of arts and culture in Toronto. Administrators, volunteers, artists and creators are eligible for consideration.
Basic Eligibility Requirements
• must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, who have demonstrated an ongoing association with Toronto and who have contributed significantly to the arts and culture of Toronto
• must be living at time of selection
• may not nominate him/herself for the award and may only receive the award once (this does not preclude a recipient from being considered for a different Toronto Arts Foundation award in the future)
• are not eligible to receive Toronto Arts Foundation awards while serving as board or committee members of or employed by Toronto Arts Foundation or Toronto Arts Council.
Organizations and Collectives:
• must be headquartered in Toronto and have a significant portion of its activity taking place in the city and have contributed significantly to the arts and culture of Toronto.
• are only eligible to receive an award once (this does not preclude a recipient from being considered for a different Toronto Arts Foundation award in the future)
Toronto Arts and Business Award:
• open to businesses of any size operating in Toronto
• businesses or a business foundation supported by corporate funds may be nominated.
• may only receive this award once
• must be nominated by a representative of a Toronto based arts organization
No person or organization may be selected for more than one award within any given year.
Winners 2012 Awards
(left to right) Dan Faria (representing Chris Curreri), Lydia Adams, Mitch Cohen of Daniels Corp, John Caffery and Clare Nobbs of Supporting Our Youth, Jini Stolk with Claire Hopkinson. Photo by Tom Sandler
Finalists Portrait Series
Toronto Arts Foundation Awards Finalists Portrait Series by Denise Grant Photography
Photo gallery of Arts Awards Lunch event over the years
Winners 2011 Awards
This year’s winners were selected by a multi-disciplinary jury which included Peter Chin, Simon Foster, Maureen Hynes, Shannon Litzenberger, Charles Reeve, Sonia Sakamoto-Jog, Jini Stolk, Jordan Tannahill and Jennifer Waring.
2011 Portrait Series: finalists were photographed as part of the Toronto Arts Foundation Finalists Portrait Series. These beautiful stills were created by Denise Grant Photography.
Winners 2010 Awards
Artists, cultural professionals and arts supporters who have made significant contributions to Toronto’s artistic and cultural life were honoured at the fifth annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Lunch held on October 8th at the historic Arcadian Court.
Manifesto Community Projects, Jamie Travis, José Ortega, BMO Financial Group (Nada Ristisch), Mallory Gilbert
Past Arts Awards Winners, Jury members and featured performing artists