Sponsor Story: RBC Foundation

RBC's partnership with Toronto Arts Foundation provides newcomer artists with micro-awards, mentorships and entrepreneurial workshops.

The RBC Newcomer Artist Spotlight Program is designed to connect and inspire newcomer artists who are Toronto’s new generation of cultural leaders and innovators. This innovative program builds on the potential of newcomer artists and removes the barriers they face when it comes to arts access. 

“RBC believes that the arts encourages a culture of creativity and innovation, and helps foster diversity and inclusion in our communities,” said Rebecca Louzado, Director, Community and Cultural Marketing, RBC. “We are so proud to have been able to partner with the Toronto Arts Foundation and provide newcomers with the funding to pursue their artistic endeavours while building their lives in Canada.”

The RBC Newcomer Artist Spotlight features three components: the RBC Arts Access Fund, the Mentorship Program and the RBC Let’s Talk Art workshop series. The RBC Arts Access Fund consists of micro awards of up to $1,500 for newcomer artists looking to jump-start their community-engaged arts projects. These awards will be tied to actual project needs, ranging from art supplies to space rental for an event. 

Neighbourhood Arts Network & RBC Support Newcomer Artists in Canada

With the generous support of RBC Foundation, our Neighbourhood Arts Network continues to offer innovative programming and award opportunities for newcomer artists in Toronto.


On Thursday May 24th, 2018, our Neighbourhood Arts Network (NAN) wrapped up its third session of a free 3-part workshop program called ‘Let’s Talk Art.’ Supported by RBC Foundation, this workshop series offers professional development opportunities for newcomer artists where they can create new connections, increase their artistic capacity and learn how to navigate the arts sector in Toronto.

At this final session, newcomer and emerging artists got an exclusive look at the RBC Art Collection. Established in the early 1900s, the RBC Art Collection currently includes an impressive selection of more than 5000 works by Canadian artists. Led by Corrie Jackson, RBC Senior Curator, and two guest curators Alyssa Fearon and Tak Pham, the tour offered insight into how and why purchases are made, and introduced participants to a powerhouse that is making active and significant investments in the arts.  

This is the fourth year that Toronto Arts Foundation has partnered with RBC Foundation through their Emerging Artist Program to support newcomer artists. Launched in 2015, the RBC Newcomer Artist Spotlight program features three components, all of which are meant to connect and inspire Toronto’s next generation of cultural leaders and innovators: the RBC Arts Access Fund, the RBC Artist Mentorship Award, and the Let’s Talk Art workshop series.

RBC Foundation is a leader in encouraging new and exciting art through its continued commitment to supporting emerging and newcomer artists. With arts supporters like RBC Foundation, we’re making Toronto an even more vibrant and creative city.

For more information on the RBC Newcomer Artist Spotlight program visit: https://bit.ly/2IEf9pU