Deadline: Monday, February 8, 2021
About: The Toronto Arts Foundation Margo Bindhardt and Rita Davies Award is a $10,000 cash prize, with finalists receiving $1,000. The award celebrates an individual artist, creator, volunteer or administrator who has demonstrated creative cultural leadership in the development of arts and culture in Toronto. The award is supported in part by John and Raphaela Dunlap. The finalist awards are supported by Neera Chopra. The Margo Bindhardt and Rita Davies Award is part of our Signature Awards, presented every two years at the Mayor’s Arts Lunch.
About Margo Bindhardt and Rita Davies:
Established in 1995 as the Margo Bindhardt Award, the Award was re-named the Margo Bindhardt and Rita Davies Cultural Leadership Award in 2000 to honour Margo Bindhardt, past president of the Toronto Arts Council and inaugural president of Toronto Arts Foundation, and Rita Davies, Toronto Arts Council’s and Toronto Arts Foundation’s first Executive Director, and to recognize their contributions to Toronto’s arts and culture sector.
In addition to serving on the board of Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation, Margo Bindhardt served as the president of the Canadian Opera Company, president of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and was on the boards of the Ballet Opera House Corporation, Young People's Theatre, the Toronto Arts Awards and the Toronto International Festival, among others. She was said to be an enduring model of the spirit of volunteerism, community service and contribution to the arts.