There is no art without the artist, and it has been particularly difficult being an artist in recent years. We are honoured to be able to fund artists whenever we can, whether to directly assist in the costs of their artistic endeavours, or to help provide sustenance so that they may continue creating. Below are some of our funding programs and initiatives.
RECOMMENDER GRANTS FOR THEATRE CREATORS
Cahoots is an Ontario Arts Council recommender for the RGTCs. These are annual grants. The deadline for this year's applications was Monday October 10th, 2022 at 1 pm.
A community care program we created in September 2020, in which microgrants of $100 or $200 were provided for assistance with groceries, medication, transportation, or other essential needs. We distributed $20,000 to 120 members of our community.
PROMISING PEN PRIZE
There were more people we wanted to support through the RGTCs than we were able to. What we opted to do was award to those artistic concepts that we mutually felt showed the most promise a higher amount, through an initiative we named The Promising Pen, instead of supporting them via RGTC. This allowed us to give Recommender Grants to some artists whose applications may have not been quite as strong, but whose potential and ideas we wanted to encourage and nurture.
Artist Recipients: Aria Evans, Bessie Cheng, Camila Diaz-Varela, Chase Lo, James Dallas Smith, Kitoko, Marie Beath Badian, Mohammad Yaghoubi, Ophira Calof, Rinchen Dolma
BankAbility was conceived to provide modest creation/maintenance funding for Canadian artists with disabilities. Each artist received $2,000 in support, and six Community Recommender companies: Bluenose Ability Arts & Film Festival, Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture, Phoenix The Fire, Sick + Twisted Theatre, Tangled Art & Disability, and Workman Arts assisted in choosing the recipients.
Artist Recipients: Elena Anciro, Siobhan Barker, Alessio Convito, Sivert Das, Gaitrie Dhunmoon-Persaud, Jaideep Goray, Yousef Kadoura, Lana Lovell, Stephen Lytton, Kate MacDonald, Lisa Anita Wegner, Andrea Von Wichert