Toronto Arts Foundation Announces Partnership with RBC Foundation to Support Newcomer Artists

Very interesting opportunity for newcomer artists! The first deadline is March 8th, 2015. Find below all the information posted by the Toronto Arts Foundation on their website.

TORONTO, February 5, 2015 – Toronto Arts Foundation is pleased to announce its partnership with RBC Foundation to build on the potential of newcomer artists and break down the barriers they face when it comes to arts access. Toronto Arts Foundation will launch RBC Newcomer Artist Spotlight, designed to connect and inspire newcomer artists who are Toronto’s new generation of cultural leaders and innovators.

“RBC has a longstanding commitment to the arts, and to be able to partner with Toronto Arts Foundation to provide this opportunity for newcomer artists is a privilege,” said Gayle Corcoran, Director, Community and Cultural Marketing, RBC. “Newcomers to Canada see unique challenges settling into their new communities, and this provides them with the funding to pursue an artistic outlet they might not otherwise have.”

As part of their commitment to strengthening the arts in Toronto, RBC Foundation will donate $50,000 to Toronto Arts Foundation.

Toronto Arts Foundation is delighted to announce the Neighbourhood Arts Network RBC Arts Access Fund: micro awards of up to $1,500 for newcomer artists looking to jump-start their community-engaged arts projects. The awards will be administered by the Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network. These awards will be tied to actual project needs, ranging from art supplies to space rental for an event. The first deadline is March 8th, 2015. Applications for the RBC Arts Access Fund can be found at

From March to August 2015, a series of four events called Let’s Talk Art will bring together acclaimed professional artists, arts leaders, funders and creative business experts to help lead a range of professional development workshops for newcomer artists. Facilitated by the Neighbourhood Arts Network, each round table workshop session will give newcomer artists access to the gatekeepers of the Toronto arts sector, an opportunity to increase their capacity and understand how to navigate the arts in Toronto. Registration information can be found at

“Toronto Arts Foundation continuously seeks new ways to celebrate and support Toronto’s artists,” said Claire Hopkinson, Director & CEO, Toronto Arts Foundation. “RBC Foundation’s generous contribution helps the Foundation deliver on key recommendations coming out of our research. Newcomer artists have so much to offer to our city’s cultural tapestry.”

Contact Information:

For more information about the Toronto Arts Foundation and this partnership with RBC, please contact:

Francesca Perez, Community Investment Manager, Toronto Arts Foundation, at or at 416 392 6802 x 204.

Toronto Arts Foundation- Telus Newcomer Award Announced

Neighbourhood Arts Network Announces
The 2nd Annual TELUS Newcomer Artist Award!

Deadline: Sunday, July 13 @ midnight

With the common goal to support and celebrate newcomer artists in the City of Toronto, TELUS and the Neighbourhood Arts Network are pleased to announce the TELUS Newcomer Artist Award, a $10,000 cash prize celebrating a newcomer artist living in the City of Toronto. Administered by the Neighbourhood Arts Network and Toronto Arts Foundation, this prize is specically geared towards an individual artist who is a newcomer to Canada, a resident of the City of Toronto, and making a positive impact in their community through their artistic practice.

You are eligible if you are:

  • An individual artist
  • A newcomer to Canada (having moved to Canada within 1 to 7 years)
  • Over the age of 18
  • A current resident of the City of Toronto (Must have lived in Toronto for a minimum of 1 year)
  • A Neighbourhood Arts Network member (You must sign up for our free membership prior to applying at

Award Selection Process: Applications will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary jury selected by the Neighbourhood Arts Network and Toronto Arts Foundation. Jury members will have recognized expertise, prestige, credibility, and experience, along with a sense of history and perspective. The jury will be comprised of participants who are practitioners of the arts, organizers, programmers, producers, curators, critics, commentators and lay specialists. The Neighbourhood Arts Network and Toronto Arts Foundation will endeavor to ensure that the majority of jury members are arts and culture professionals.