TD Arts Diversity Award

TD Arts Diversity Award is a $10,000 cash prize sponsored by TD Bank Group. This award celebrates an individual community-engaged artist that has made a significant contribution in Toronto by working collaboratively in, with and for communities, while creating access to the arts.

We invite you to submit nominations for this award by June 23rd, 2017 at 11:59pm.


To be eligible for the award, all nominees (individual artist) must demonstrate a commitment and/or focus on community-engaged arts and cultural diversity in Toronto. An individual artist may not be awarded more than one Toronto Arts Foundation award within any given year.

Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, who have demonstrated an ongoing association with Toronto and who have contributed significantly to the arts and culture of Toronto; 

  • Must be living at time of selection
  • ​Must be a Toronto-based professional artist

Individual artists are not eligible to nominate or be nominated for Toronto Arts Foundation awards while serving as board, co-chairs or committee members and staff of Toronto Arts Foundation or Toronto Arts Council.

Individual artists are welcome to nominate themselves.

Deadline for nominations | Friday June 23rd, 2017 at 11:59pm

A jury of up to 5 community-engaged artists and community leaders will review nominations and make a recipient recommendation for the award to Toronto Arts Foundation Board of Directors, which will make final determinations. Jury members will have recognized expertise, prestige, credibility and experience along with a sense of history and perspective. 

The final list of jury members is made public in the form of a press release distributed to media, Council and Foundation stakeholders and arts service organizations. 

It is assumed that all persons chosen as jurors are of unimpeachable integrity, and strive to uphold this standard. Therefore, if in the course of a jury’s deliberations, any juror becomes faced with a conflict of interest, that person is expected to declare such conflict and withdraw from the selection/voting process. 

A conflict of interest refers to a situation in which private interests or personal considerations may affect a jury member’s judgment in acting in the best interest of the awards adjudication process.

Specifically, a conflict of interest exists where a jury member: has a financial interest in the success or failure of a candidate; has a personal interest in a specific candidate other than what is normally expected of an interested member of the arts community; or has any other reason which makes him/her unable to evaluate the candidate objectively.

Toronto Arts Foundation reserves the right to amend these Policies and Procedures, without notice to any party.

Jurors receive an honorarium for sitting on the awards jury and an invitation to the official awards presentation event. 

Information you can prepare in advance for the online application:

  • A short explanation of why the individual artist you are nominating should be considered for the award, explaining how the artist has created bodies of work that reflect their commitment to community arts
  • ​100 word bio of the artist being nominated
  • ​CV/resume (maximum 2 pages).

Support material: this can be in the form of print material such as published materials, press clippings or audio/visual items. Accepted files formats will be listed in the online application form.


The Neighbourhood Arts Awards recognize the wealth of creative practices that reflect the perspectives of Indigenous artists, newcomer artists, and artists of colour in our city. By considering a candidate’s contribution to community engagement and cultural diversity in Toronto, Neighbourhood Arts Network Awards aim to support the ongoing development of an accessible and inclusive arts community.

Diversity in this context refers to collaborations with cultural communities, taking into account language, religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, age and ethnicity. 

Access in this context refers to an intentional effort being made to broaden the reach of artwork into new communities and spaces. It also refers to making access a priority for those who with physical disability. 

Community-engaged arts in this context is a unique and effective approach to community building that fosters relationships between artists and community, while producing exciting, unique art, and nurturing mentoring opportunities. The result is a dynamic explosion of creativity that changes how art is made, how communities are built, and how we live together.


INTERESTED? Here’s what you need to do.

1)   Sign up for a free Neighbourhood Arts Network membership.
Make your profile interesting, fill it with photos, links to your work, upcoming events, etc.

2)   Apply by clicking here

QUESTIONS? Contact angie(at)torontoarts(dot)org or 416-392-6802 x 218

Guide to apply through our new smart simple online application platform:

1.  To apply, please register by clicking the 'Nominator' button

2. Once you have filled out the form, you will have a login and password to access the online application form


Congraulations to the TD Arts Diversity Award winner of 2016 - Regent Park Film Festival! Thank you for all the work you do to use art as the tool to promote diversity in Toronto's communities!

The award was administered by the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network. A peer jury selected 5 finalists for the award:

  • Art Gallery of York University
  • imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
  • Regent Park Film Festival
  • The Remix Project
  • UforChange