Community Arts Award
Celebrating the vital contributions that artists and organizations make in Toronto’s communities
Deadline: July 29, 2020
About: The Neighbourhood Arts Network Community Arts Award is a $10,000 cash prize celebrating an individual artist or organization that has made a significant contribution in Toronto, by working collaboratively with culturally diverse communities and creating access to arts and culture. Established in 2013 as the Diversity Award, the award was re-named the Community Arts Award in 2018. The Community Arts Award is part of our Vision Awards, presented in the fall of each year.
This award will be presented to an organization in 2020.
Neighbourhood Arts Network is an initiative of Toronto Arts Foundation.
To be eligible for the award, all nominees must demonstrate a commitment and/or focus on community-engaged arts and access to arts and culture in Toronto. The nominee may not be awarded more than one Toronto Arts Foundation award within any given year.
In addition, the nominee (for individuals) must:
- Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- Be a Toronto-based professional artist
- Demonstrate a commitment to or focus on community-engaged arts
- 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)
- Not be serving as board or committee members of the Toronto Arts Foundation or Toronto Arts Council
- (Nominees are welcome to nominate themselves)
In addition, the nominee (the award will be presented next to organizations and collectives in 2020):
- Must be a Toronto-based organization/collective that has been in operation for one year or more
- Must have demonstrated a commitment to or focus on community-engaged arts
- Are only eligible to receive this award once
No person or organization may be selected for more than one Toronto Arts Foundation award within any given year. No person or organization may receive the same Toronto Arts Foundation award twice. This does not preclude a recipient from being considered for a different Toronto Arts Foundation award in the future.
How to Apply: To nominate yourself (self-nominations are accepted for this award) or an individual, collective or organization for the Community Arts Award you must,
- Visit the Toronto Arts Foundation Nomination portal: https://tac.smartsimple.ca/welcome/taf/
- Register an account on the Toronto Arts Foundation Nomination portal or sign in to your existing account
- Submit the nomination online, complete with supporting material
Along with the name of the individual or organization you are nominating, the nomination form will also ask for a biography, a nomination rationale, and accompanying support material in the form of visual, audio or text-based attachments.
Nominators can save their application at any time before submission by clicking ‘Save Draft’. Nominators can log in and out of the Toronto Arts Foundation Nomination portal as many times as needed before clicking ‘Submit’.
* Please ensure you are on / register through the Toronto Arts Foundation Nomination portal and not Toronto Arts Council’s TAC Grants Online.
Selection Procedure: A panel of up to 10 members will review nomination profiles and select a shortlist and recipient recommendation for this award. Toronto Arts Foundation’s Board of Directors will make final determinations. Each panel is comprised of participants who are practitioners of the arts, organizers, programmers, producers, curators, critics, commentators and lay specialists.
This award is presented in recognition of a body of creative accomplishment, rather than for specific works or achievements. In addition to specific requirements for each award, deliberations will be guided by the following assessment criteria: artistic strength and achievement; strength of the candidate’s artistic goals and objectives; contribution to the development of arts and culture in Toronto; and the candidate’s overall public impact including public engagement and animation.
Contact Info: For questions, please contact Angie Aranda, Neighbourhood Arts Network Manager, by email at Angie[at]torontoarts[dot]org.
Learn more about the 2020 Community Arts Award finalists by visiting Neighbourhood Arts Network's website here.
UrbanArts, 2018 Recipient
TD Community Arts Award
UrbanArts is a progressive not-for-profit local arts service organization (LASO) linking the needs of those who create/make art, those who engage the artist as an essential element of their own development, and those who support UrbanArts because it adds value (sense of identity, lifestyle, prosperity) to the neighbourhood. UrbanArts is committed to the goal of building inclusive, engaged communities by enriching people’s lives through the arts, culture and heritage, with programs, services and resources delivered within the former City of York boundaries, with a focus on York South-Weston.
Paola Gomez, 2019 Finalist
Community Arts Award
The co-founder and director of Muse Arts, Paola Gomez is a human rights lawyer, community organizer, public speaker, artist facilitator, writer and dreamer. Paola is also the co-founder of Happening Multicultural Festival, where the works of newcomer, refugee and immigrant artists from diverse backgrounds take centre stage. As a community leader, researcher and emerging curator, Paola has contributed to the access and visibility of other Latin American artists in the Toronto arts scene and also helped create spaces for women’s stories to be told. Paola currently teaches Applied Community Arts at Centennial College.
Sage Lovell, 2019 Finalist
Community Arts Award
Sage Lovell is an artist, educator, and writer. Before moving to Toronto, Sage lived in Washington, D.C., where they attended Gallaudet University, the only post-secondary institution specifically designed to accommodate the needs of Deaf students. The experience made Sage realize that Deaf accessibility was more than 20 years behind in Canada. Since then, they’ve been working closely with various communities, developing meaningful work that continues to evolve, incorporating media, language, theatre, and accessibility into art. Those experiences led Sage to found Deaf Spectrum, a collective established to promote the accessible usage of American Sign Language (ASL).