RBC Arts Access Fund | Micro Awards for Newcomers

The RBC Newcomer Artist Spotlight is designed to connect and inspire newcomer artists who are Toronto’s new generation of cultural leaders and innovators.

Carlos Delgado is a Toronto based visual artist, born and raised in Colombia, and past winner of RBC Arts Access Fund.

Neighbourhood Arts Network is pleased to announce the second year of its partnership with RBC Foundation to build on the potential of newcomer artists and remove barriers to arts access. The RBC Newcomer Artist Spotlight is designed to connect and inspire newcomer artists who are Toronto’s new generation of cultural leaders and innovators. 

“RBC believes that the arts encourages a culture of creativity and innovation, and helps foster diversity and inclusion in our communities,” said Rebecca Louzado, Director, Community and Cultural Marketing, RBC. “We are so proud to have been able to partner with Toronto Arts Foundation and provide newcomers with the funding to pursue their artistic endeavours while building their lives in Canada.”

The RBC Newcomer Artist Spotlight features three components:

The RBC Arts Access Fund consists of $30,000 micro awards of up to $1,500 for newcomer artists looking to jump-start their community-engaged arts projects and increase professional development. For more information on the RBC Arts Access Fund, and to learn how to apply click here

A new component this year, the Mentorship Program addresses business and sustainability challenges that are faced by working artists, while fostering the relationship between the business and arts community. Six mentorship awards will be open to past RBC Arts Access Fund recipients focused on developing their entrepreneurial skills. Applications will be adjudicated by a jury of professional Toronto artists, supported by Neighbourhood Arts Network. WorkInCulture will match mentees to mentors in the business sector. 

  • RBC Let’s Talk Art workshop series | NOW OPEN

The RBC Let’s Talk Art workshop series will bring together acclaimed professional artists, arts leaders, funders and creative business experts to help lead a range of professional development workshops for newcomer artists. Facilitated by the Neighbourhood Arts Network, each round table workshop session will give newcomer artists access to the gatekeepers of the Toronto arts sector, an opportunity to increase their capacity and understand how to navigate the arts in Toronto.