Announcing the 2016 TD Arts Diversity Award Finalists!

We are pleased to announce the Finalists for the second TD Arts Diversity Award, one of the outstanding Vision Awards of Toronto Arts Foundation.

2016 TD Arts Diversity Finalists
 

Administered by the Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network, this transformative $10,000 cash award celebrates an arts organization/collective that makes a significant contribution in Toronto, by working collaboratively with culturally diverse communities and creating access to arts and culture.


The Finalists for this year’s award are:

AGYU

The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) founded in 1999, believes that an art gallery should serve an aesthetic and social function and should be fluid and flexible—transforming itself through engagement with artists, communities, and the world as it changes. They are committed to the production, interpretation, and presentation of contemporary art in all its manifestations as well as maintaining a collection comprised of international and Canadian art. The programs at AGYU are dedicated to engaging with communities, such as the Jane-Finch neighbourhood. Their work ranges from empowering youth through long-term mentorship programs, to bringing different disciplines and communities together through workshop and event-based programs, and to giving new generation artists their first professional opportunities. AGYU actively supports under-serviced communities, youth, immigrants, LGBTQ+, disability communities, Diasporic communities, and Indigenous communities in all aspects of their programming.

imagineNATIVE

imagineNATIVE was founded 1998, and is the world's largest presenter of Indigenous screen content. The organization is a registered charity recognized locally, nationally, and internationally for excellence and innovation in programming and as the global centre for Indigenous media arts. imagineNATIVE is committed to public education and strives towards dispelling stereotypical notions of Indigenous peoples through diverse media presentations from within communities. To this end they conduct professional development workshops and panels, public education initiatives, research projects, and curriculum/educators’ packages for secondary schools created from Indigenous pedagogies.  

Regent Park Film Festival

Regent Park Film Festival is Toronto’s only free community film festival, dedicated to showcasing works relevant to inner city and inner suburban communities across the city of Toronto. Founded in 2003, RPFF’s principal activity is to organize an annual festival along with year-round school community screenings and workshops at no cost. Their work is based on the idea that everyone deserve safe affordable housing, healthcare, healthy food AND access to stories that open up possibilities. The Festival aims to reach isolated communities throughout Regent Park and beyond, providing a forum for people from all walks of life to engage in critical dialogue on social issues and to enjoy films from all over the world.

The Remix Project

The Remix Project was founded in 2006 and aims at helping level the playing field for young artists from underserved communities across the GTA. Remix is committed to providing free, high quality, creative programming for young people in order to help them develop their artistic skills, within a creative community that also supports their personal development. In terms of a lasting artistic impact, the results of program will help to create a more diverse and skilled workforce in Toronto’s thriving cultural and creative industries. With each successful placement of a young person in the creative or cultural economy, it becomes that much easier for the next young person to be taken seriously and given a chance.

UforChange

UforChange was founded in 2006 as a hub where creativity comes to life by offering young people the opportunity to pursue their creative passions with a spectrum of arts programs from DJ to fashion to film. Initially serving young people of St. James Town, UforChange has grown to serving Regent Park and the Greater Toronto Area. They welcome radicalized, LGBTQ+, newcomer, underserved youth, or young people who are otherwise under-resourced. The program is designed to encourage youth to create meaningful peer connections and develop an understanding and respect for the diverse cultures and faiths of the participants, establish networks, build skills, find confidence, formulate a plan and feel part of a supportive community. Young people who graduate from these programs continually report increased levels of confidence, direction, and self-worth as a result of their experience at UforChange.