Personal Philanthropy

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.

The Black Shoulders Legacy Award aims to support and nurture emerging Black Canadian theatre artists through financial support, artistic guidance, and national promotion. Five artists will be selected each year via submission and awarded a $5,000 honorarium towards training and other opportunities to enhance and grow their artistic craft. This national award will be given to both performing and non-performing artists who show promise and are working towards a future in theatre, further amplifying Black voices in the Canadian theatre landscape. This fund is managed by the Ontario Arts Foundation and will be awarded by Philip Akin, Luke Reece, Taylor Akin and the Artistic Director of Obsidian Theatre at the time of that round of applications.

“To have a harvest you need to plant. This award is a way for there to be a growing crop of Black artists ready to create the future.” — Philip Akin

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Toronto Star Announcement September 10, 2020


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