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March 8, 2021

Call for Artists - Art Encounters Program

The Art Encounters program provides a select group of artists or makers assistance to offset the costs and pressure of participating in the Fair. Through this program, we provide an in-depth professional development opportunity in the form of mentorship sessions and group workshops that equip the selected artists with tools for success during the Fair.

At Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, we have established a rich tradition of launching successful careers and providing a highly accessible venue for artists and the public to meet face-to-face. For the past 59 years, we have aimed to remove barriers to the arts from the perspective of cost, approachability and by welcoming diverse artists and audiences.

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We are currently accepting applications from the OAC defined priority groups listed below. All artists are subject to the same jury. It is possible that you may be accepted into the Fair, and not the Art Encounters Program due to limited program capacity.

Deaf artists and/or artists who identify as having a disability Indigenous Artists Newcomer artists (less than 3 years in Canada)

If you require an alternative application method, or have questions about the application or eligibility please contact ania@torontooutdoor.art, or 416 408 2754 (text messages welcome).