About the Ontario Arts Foundation

The OAF Interviews

  Interview : Amy Hill

Stephen Sitarski Leadership Award
After more than a decade, The Stephen Sitarski Leadership Award ran out of funds to support it in 2018. Amy Hillis has helped to restore this award for future recipients in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. 

  Interview : Philip Akin

Black Shoulders Legacy Award
The Philip Akin - Black Shoulders Legacy Award is the first award of its kind, solely dedicated to the success of Black Canadian theatre artists, ensuring creators are equipped with the skills to be at the top of their professional game. It honours and ensures the continued legacy of one of the cornerstone artists in Canadian Theatre, Philip Akin.

Interview: Kate Eccles and Dan McKinnonn
National Youth Orchestra of Canada

For over 50 years, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada has provided in-depth training to young Canadian classical musicians. In 2017, several large gifts allowed the orchestra to grow their endowment fund with the Ontario Arts Foundation. Read more >>



  Donor Testimonial:  Wuchien Michael Than

Persistence and Passion:  A Donor's Story
The Wuchien Michael Than Foundation Fund was established by Michael Than in partnership with the Ontario Arts Foundation in 2013. Funding began in 2013 and contributions continue to grow the fund and support a granting program. Michael Than created the Fund to help create opportunities for the creation, development of Asian-Canadian theatre and to develop new works by Asian-Canadian playwrights. Read more >>



  Interview: Audrey Churgin

Executive Director, MASC
MASC started 26 years ago as an Ottawa-based arts education organization, delivering arts education, workshops and arts residencies in school boards in Ottawa. Twenty-six years later, MASC represents a roster of over 68 professional artists who offer workshops, performances, artist-in-residence programs and professional development in music, dance, drama, literary, media and visual arts.Read more >>

  Interview: Kelly Straughan

Executive Director, The Toronto Fringe
The Toronto Fringe provides creative opportunities for artists and audiences by producing two important festivals – the Toronto Fringe Festival and the Next Stage Theatre Festival – and by running outreach activities that benefit youth, artists and the theatre community at large.

  Interview: Dash Grundy

Leafs Dreams Arts Scholarship Recipient
From 2003 - 2011, the Ontario Arts Foundation partnered with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) on the Leafs Dreams Arts Scholarship Program. The Program provided scholarships in the arts to students who have a special ability in the arts, but not the resources to pursue that interest.

  Interview: Christina Petrowska Quilico

Christina and Louis Quilico Awards
The Christina and Louis Quilico Awards were established by Christina Petrowska Quilico in 2000 to honour her late husband, renowned baritone Louis Quilico, and to recognize outstanding young singers, pianists and composers for voice.



In Conversation with... Alan Walker
Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Foundation
Long range planning that builds towards a financially sustainable future brings tremendous benefits to both donors and arts organizations. Reliable income from a long-term pool of capital allows for the kind of planning and range that frees an artistic director's creative imagination...
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  Interview: Tina Vanderheyden

Director of the Canadian Film Centre
The CFC uses the Ontario Arts Foundation endowment fund to sustain and grow its investment in Canada’s next generation of emerging creative talent.


  Interview: Tom Rooney

Gina Wilkinson Award for Women Directors
Gina Wilkinson was a prolific stage, film and television actor, playwright and theatre director. After her passing at the end of 2010, her husband and best friend, Tom Rooney, decided to establish an award to encourage female theatre directors.

BLOG: Light at the end of the tunnel... Read more »