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Thanks to Canadian Heritage, OP is once again offering grants to presenters and artists from Rural and or Remote communities who wish to partner to craft a project that will engage their community with the performing arts. This year’s program participants were selected by an independent Selection Committee.

Participants will be awarded a grant of $6,000 and will have access to additional funds for accessibility purposes.  Participating presenters and artists will take part in a Learning Community on the topic of community engagement, which will provide opportunities to learn from specialists and fellow participants.

Each project will work with their ‘Creative Friend’ or mentor to explore particular challenges or ideas and have productive, detailed discussions. This year’s mentors are Ange Loft, Ruben “Beny” Esguera, Fanny Martin, and Krista Dalby.

Participants will take part in core group Sessions as well as Spotlight Sessions. This year’s Spotlight Sessions are open to anyone interested in learning more about community engagement. Registration details coming soon. Webinars will take place on:

  • December 14th, 2022 with Guest Speaker Pam Patel from MT Space.
  • January 18th, 2023 (Guest Speaker TBD)

The 2022 - 2023 Participants are:

The 2021 - 2022 Participants:

Pre-pandemic, ArtsEngageCanada was a resource developed by Ontario Presents to support presenters with an interest in engaging more deeply with their communities. Currently, the project exists in the form of a website:

As articulated in our Statement of Purpose, we believe that art “enriches the lives of individuals and communities, fosters empathy, and builds essential bridges of understanding” and that “presenting organizations are uniquely positioned to facilitate engagement between artists and communities.”

While ArtsEngageCanada is primarily geared towards presenters, the information provided is useful to anyone in the arts with an interest in this topic.

Click here to explore resources from the ArtsEngage Learning Community.