K.M. Hunter Artist Awards
Every year we award a grant of $8000.00 to six individual artists in the areas of Visual Art, Dance, Theatre, Literature, Film and Video, and Music. Recipients are recommended for this award by the Ontario Arts Council juries who put names forward from their own individual juries. You can not apply for this grant except through applying to the Ontario Arts Council. They provide short lists of candidates put forward by their jurors from the applicants for their various programs. It is not possible to apply directly for these awards.
The recipient is not required to account for expenditures but may use the money for whatever he/she believes will enlarge horizons, concentrate focus and strengthen skills. As it is an award and not a grant it is not subject to tax.
The arts awards were initially set up to 1995 but the program only achieved its present definition in the year 2000. Awards are made in six fields: film and multi-media, dance, literature, music, theatre and visual arts. The awards are made to individual emerging artists who have completed their training, begun to produce a body of work, and are starting to make a significant mark in the their field. It is intended that the awards be given to people who have demonstrated both talent and the potential for further development.
Imagination, originality and the determination to achieve are taken into consideration. The concern is not so much to pick future stars as to reward and encourage people who we believe will go on to do interesting work.