Community Arts Award

Celebrating the vital contributions that artists and organizations make in Toronto’s communities.

"This award gave me the support and recognition I needed at that crucial moment moving between emerging and mid-career. The support was invaluable and allowed me to create new and exciting work around diversity in the city!"  Syrus Marcus Ware, 2017 Community Arts Award recipient

Deadline: Nominations for the 2020 award open in Summer 2020.

About: The Community Arts Award is a $10,000 cash prize presented by Neighbourhood Arts Network, Toronto Arts Foundation. This award celebrates an individual that has made a significant contribution in Toronto by working with, in and for communities, while creating access and inclusion to arts and culture. The Community Arts Award is presented every Fall.

Eligibility Criteria:
To be eligible for the award, all nominees must demonstrate a commitment and/or focus on community-engaged arts and access to arts and culture in Toronto. The nominee may not be awarded more than one Toronto Arts Foundation award within any given year.

In addition, the nominee must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident 
  • Be a Toronto-based professional artist 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to or focus on community-engaged arts
  • May only receive the award once (this does not preclude a recipient from being considered for a different Toronto Arts Foundation award in the future)
  • Not be serving as board or committee members of the Toronto Arts Foundation or Toronto Arts Council
  • (Nominees are welcome to nominate themselves)

To download the guidelines, click here

How to Apply:

  1. Visit
  2. Create a Smart Simple account 
  3. Submit your nomination form

Please Note:

  • Nominees can save their application at any time before submission by clicking ‘Save Draft.’ Nominees can log-in and out of TAF Awards portal as many times as needed before clicking ‘Submit.’
  • Please ensure you are on the Toronto Arts Foundation Awards portal and NOT Toronto Arts Council.

Please contact Ines at 416-392-6802 x 221 or email ines(at)torontoarts(dot)org

The Community Arts Award is made possible with the support of by MOD Developments.

*The Community Arts Award was established in 2013 as the TD Diversity Award, and later re-named the TD Community Arts Award in 2018. The Community Arts Award is presented in the Fall of each year.