Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation begin search for their next Director and CEO

Toronto’s funding agency for the arts, Toronto Arts Council (TAC) and its affiliate city-wide charity for the arts, Toronto Arts Foundation have started the search for their next Director & CEO.

TORONTO, June 21, 2022 – Toronto’s funding agency for the arts, Toronto Arts Council (TAC) and its affiliate city-wide charity for the arts, Toronto Arts Foundation have started the search for their next Director & CEO. This is a joint position for a dynamic, tenacious and visionary arts leader and advocate. Anyone interested in applying is encouraged to do so. 

In March of this year, current Director & CEO Claire Hopkinson announced that after 17 years she will be stepping down. December 2022 will be Claire’s final month leading the organizations. Shortly after Claire’s announcement, a search committee co-chaired by Celia Smith and Gaëtane Verna, with TAC and Foundation Deputy Director Susan Wright and board members Gary Crawford, Dr. Sara Diamond, Jason Ryle and Michael Sinclair, was established to begin the hiring process. 

The Search Committee is committed to attracting a strong representation of applications from Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, thereby reflecting Toronto and Canada's diverse population. All interested applicants are encouraged to apply, although Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

The Search Committee has engaged BIPOC Executive Search to manage the recruitment. Located in Toronto, BIPOC Executive Search specializes in inclusive and diversity recruitment. The firm has begun its work with the goal for TAC and the Foundation to fill the position by early fall 2022. 

The job posting for Director & CEO, Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation is available here. The ideal candidate is a visionary leader; is knowledgeable about the issues of creation, distribution, dissemination and funding of the arts in Canada; has a proven track record of support for equity and inclusion initiatives; has a superior capacity to build community through fundraising and strong relationships with staff and key stakeholders, and more. For a full list of key attributes and to learn more about the role, read the job posting.

Interested applicants may apply until July 25, 2022. 


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 offered innovative and responsive programs, enabling artists and arts organizations to explore, create and thrive. With funding of over $25 million annually, TAC grants lead to exhibitions, performances, readings and workshops seen each year by over 5 million people across the city. TAC is proud to play a leadership role in fostering Toronto’s dynamic and diverse arts scene.

About Toronto Arts Foundation
Toronto Arts Foundation is a charitable organization that sparks creative connections, spotlights artistic excellence, and supports vibrant cultural growth throughout our diverse city, through private sector investment. To learn more or to make a donation, visit

Contact information
For more information, please contact:  
Sarah Gladki, Communications Manager at or 416-392-6802 x 217