Since its establishment in 1963, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the creation, production and development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians; this is based on the essential role of the arts in the quality of life, cultural identity, social well-being and economic prosperity of Ontario.
OAC is an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. On behalf of the people of Ontario, OAC invests in professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations through the provision of grants and services under four funding streams: creating and presenting; building audiences and markets; engaging communities and schools; and developing careers and arts services. The range of disciplines that OAC funds includes: dance, literature, media arts, multi and inter-arts, music, theatre and visual arts.
OAC is led by a Chair and 11 members of the Board of Directors who come from communities throughout the province. They are appointed by the Government of Ontario for a three-year term and may be reappointed for one additional term. OAC’s Board is responsible for approving OAC’s budgets, setting policies and, through the CEO, overseeing the organization’s operations.
In 2017-2018, OAC received 11,466 funding applications, and invested in 2,294 individual artists and 1,474 organizations in 231 communities throughout Ontario. A total of $58.7 million was awarded in grants, from an overall operating budget of $65 million.
Ontario Arts Council (OAC) seeks a dynamic, strategic and tactical arts administrator to lead and manage the organization in the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). As such, you will head Ontario’s primary agency dedicated to investing in, stimulating and developing the province’s vital artists and arts organizations. The CEO directs and administers all OAC programs and operations and supervises a 65-person professional and support staff, most whom are unionized under AMAPCEO.
You will lead government relations, represent OAC, and advocate for the public value of the arts. This public service mission brings with it the opportunity for considerable impact in Ontario’s arts sector and, through it, significant economic benefit and improvement to the quality of life for the people of Ontario.