Animating Historic Sites

Toronto Arts Council’s Animating Historic Sites program provides funding to arts organizations, collectives or professional artists to re-imagine and animate selected Toronto History Museums and Evergreen Brick Works.

The silhouette of a dancer's head with the sky and a 'Todmorden' sign in the background.
Alias Dance Project animates Todmorden Mills. Choreographed by Hanna Kiel. Photo by Dave McKay (2017)

Application deadline: July 5, 2022 (for projects taking place in 2023)

Information Session: Click here for a recording of a past session

For questions about this program, contact Lena Golubtsova, Strategic Programs Manager: lena[at]torontoartscouncil[dot]org


The Animating Historic Sites program provides funding to professional artists, arts organizations and collectives working in any artistic discipline (i.e.: theatre, dance, music, visual arts, media arts, community-engaged arts, Indigenous arts, Black arts, disability arts, arts education, etc) to undertake free site-specific programming or an artist residency that responds to or interprets the selected site or museum. This grant may cover up to 100% of project costs, including artist fees, equipment rental, materials, insurance and other residency and programming costs.

You may apply in one of two categories described below.  The maximum grant in each category is $30,000:

  1. Artist Residency: This grant category provides artists, collectives and arts organizations the opportunity to undertake a residency at Montgomery’s Inn, Scarborough Museum, or Zion Schoolhouse. Grant recipients will have the opportunity to conduct artistic research, investigate the site and its exhibits and archives, explore its surrounding landscape, historical and environmental context, and engage with the local community, and create new work. Artist Residencies are designed by the applicant, in consultation with the museum, and are intended to provide the opportunity for artists, collectives and arts organizations to undertake artistic research, engage local communities, and create new site-responsive work in collaboration with the museum. Emphasis for this category is on artistic research and creation of new work. Please read the appendices for detailed site information, information on how to find out more about the museum and how to get feedback your proposed project.
  2. Programming: This grant category provides the opportunity to create and deliver free site-specific programming at Gibson House, Montgomery’s Inn, Spadina Museum, Scarborough Museum, Todmorden Mills, or Evergreen Brick Works. Programming may include activities such as: exhibitions, installations, performances, screenings, community-engaged arts activities, and other arts programming. Permanent exhibitions are not eligible. Emphasis for this category is on presentation of public programming. Please read the appendices for detailed museum/site information, information on how to find out more about the museum/site and how to get feedback on your proposed project.


Projects involving Deaf artists and artists with disabilities may apply for an additional TAC grant by completing the Accessibility Expenses section of the application and including the requisite information in their budget. A TAC Accessibility grant will provide up to a maximum of $5,000 towards accessibility costs for artists incurred during the project. Accessibility costs include but are not limited to: ASL interpretation, audio description, closed captioning, communications assistants, attendant care (including helpers for Elders), support workers and equipment rentals or other supports required to meet artists’ accessibility needs).


All projects must be completed in the 2023 calendar year.


This grant program is open to professional artists, not-for-profit arts organizations or artist collectives operating on a not-for-profit basis.

If you are a first-time applicant or have questions about your eligibility or your application, please contact the Strategic Programs Manager.


Applicants are required to register and submit the application, including the required support material, on TAC Grants Online. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on the deadline date. TAC does not accept applications by any other means of delivery. You will receive a confirmation email when your application is submitted.  Check your spam/junk mail folder if it doesn’t arrive in your in-box.


Applicants are advised to research Toronto History Museums and Evergreen Brick Works online. Applicants may also want to plan a drive-by or site visit on their own time.

●      For Toronto History Museums: please register for the Program Information Session on June 7th from 1-3pm to learn more about each of the available museums. Contact information for each of the museums can be found in Appendix A of the program guidelines. Applicants may also submit their 500-word project overview along with any questions by email to their museum/site representative to request feedback (either by phone or email) at least three weeks in advance of the deadline. Museum/site staff may be able to respond and offer some feedback on the feasibility and suitability of proposed projects, as well as offer other helpful comments, depending on availability and timing.

●      For Evergreen Brick Works: please register for the Program Information Session on June 7th from 1-3pm (see TAC website for updates and registration details) to learn more about the Brick Works. Representatives from Evergreen will be present to provide information on the Brick Works site, context and programming, and to answer questions. EBW staff will also be available to answer questions during the Zoom Drop-in session in the last week of June (details TBA, check the website for the updates). Any additional questions can be directed to the TAC program manager.


Applicants who are Deaf or have a disability and need support to complete their grant applications can apply for funds to cover the costs of assistance from Application Support Service Providers. Up to $500 is available per eligible applicant in each calendar year. Please contact your Grant Program Manager at least six weeks before the grant program deadline to determine eligibility, request application support funding, and to review the process for payment to be made to your Service Provider. Requests for application support require approval from the Grant Program Manager.


Contact Lena Golubtsova, Strategic Programs Manager: lena[at]torontoartscouncil[dot]org

See grant guidelines for more detailed information.

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