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March 9, 2020

Art Encounters 2020

Hosted by Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Application deadline: March 9, 2020 at 11:59 PM (EST)

The Art Encounters program provides a select group of artists or makers who are deaf and/or disability identified, 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 2020 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 58 years, we have aimed to remove barriers to the arts from the perspective of cost, approachability and by welcoming diverse artists and audiences.

Who is Eligible?

Every year, through our Art Encounters program we provide limited subsidized booth spaces, accessibility support, professional development and at times financial assistance (funding permitting) to visual artists and makers who are in OAC defined priority groups. We are currently accepting applications from the 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 artist (less than 3 years in Canada)

More information and how to apply