New Programs Launched to Serve Toronto’s Newcomers and Refugees

December 1, 2016. Toronto Arts Council (TAC) is pleased to announce the creation of two new funding programs that will increase arts access opportunities for Toronto’s newcomers and refugees.

Following consultation sessions with members of Toronto’s arts and settlement sectors, including newcomer and refugee artists, TAC has developed these programs to support the city’s newest residents. 

The Newcomer and Refugee Arts Engagement program provides targeted support to organizations and collectives working with newcomers and refugees through the arts.

The Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship program provides funding for individual newcomer and refugee professional artists to work with a mentor in their chosen arts discipline. TAC is pleased to be partnering with Neighbourhood Arts Network on this component. Neighbourhood Arts Network will be available to assist applicants in finding a mentor and/or to provide support for translation services.   

“Toronto’s arts and culture community is deeply enriched by the contributions of newcomer artists,” says Claire Hopkinson, Toronto Arts Council’s Director and CEO. “These programs recognize both the cultural contributions of our newcomers and barriers they face.” 

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2017

TAC will be hosting information sessions in January and February, 2017. The dates of the information sessions will be posted to TAC’s website shortly. 
To view the full application guidelines, visit:

For more information on these programs, contact Rupal Shah, Grants Officer, Strategic Programs.; 416-392-6802 x 209

Artists who are interested in becoming a mentor for Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship should contact Inés Aguileta, Program Coordinator, Neighbourhood Arts Network.; 416-392-6802 x 221 

About Toronto Arts Council
Toronto Arts Council (TAC) is the City of Toronto’s funding body for artists and arts organizations. Since 1974, TAC has played a major role in the city’s cultural industries by supporting a very broad range of artistic activity. From the emerging artist to the most established, from celebrated institutions to arts that challenge convention, TAC is typically the first funder to offer support. Today, TAC grants lead to exhibitions, performances, readings and workshops seen annually by over 7.5 million people. Through its ongoing funding of over $16 million annually, TAC cultivates a rich engagement between artists and audiences. It is proud to reflect Toronto’s vibrancy through the diversity of the artists, arts communities and audiences that it serves. For more about Toronto Arts Council, visit

About Neighbourhood Arts Network
Neighbourhood Arts Network is dedicated to celebrating and supporting community engaged artists and organizations across Toronto. Their free membership includes professional development, community events, online resources, strategic community partnerships and signature awards. Neighbourhood Arts Network is a strategic initiative of Toronto Arts Foundation.