Jun 01, 2021

By Christine Ross

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Nominations are now open for Toronto’s inaugural Indigenous Artist Award.

Original Artwork Relative Gradient by Vanessa Dion Fletcher

The Toronto Arts Foundation has created the award to mark the beginning of national Indigenous History Month. It ties in with the organization’s annual Community Arts Award.

It comes on the sombre news of last week’s grim discovery of the remains of 215 children at Canada’s largest residential schools.

The Foundation says there is much we can do to elevate the voices of Indigenous Artists.

To find out more about the nomination process, visit

Deadline: August 16, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST

About: The Toronto Arts Foundation Indigenous Artist Award is a $20,000 cash prize, with professional artist mentor/Elder or mentee/protégée designated by the Award Recipient to receive $5,000. The award recognizes an Indigenous professional artist or artist collective working in traditional or contemporary practices and who have contributed significantly to arts and culture in Toronto and have demonstrated an ongoing association with Toronto.

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