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Toronto Arts Foundation and TD Bank Group are pleased to announce the return of the Neighbourhood Arts Network TD Arts Diversity Award.

This $10,000 cash prize celebrates arts organizations making a significant contribution by working collaboratively with culturally diverse communities, youth and community groups on arts projects or programs in Toronto.

“With the support of TD we are furthering our vision ‘Creative City: Block by Block’, a commitment to connect every Toronto neighbourhood to the transformative power of artistic activity” said Claire Hopkinson, Director & CEO, Toronto Arts Foundation.

“TD believes one of the best investments we can make is to provide access to arts and culture to strengthen the overall health and vibrancy of our communities,” says Alan Convery, Director, Community Relations, TD Bank Group. “Together with the Toronto Arts Foundation, we’re helping build a creative and inclusive community that celebrates diversity and provides unique opportunities for young people.”

The first TD Arts Diversity award was handed out in 2014 to Mammalian Diving Reflex. Reflecting on the impact of the inaugural award in 2014, Darren O’Donnell, Artistic and Research Director, stated that:

“The TD Diversity Award has allowed [Mammalian Diving Reflex] to reach beyond the limited catchment of our local neighbourhood of Parkdale in Toronto and out into the inner suburbs where we’ve made lasting creative collaborative relationships with youth across the city. The effects of the Award have been profound, affecting the lives of not only Toronto youth, but increasingly, on young people internationally and, now, vulnerable refugees, trying to establish stability in their lives.

Nominations Now Open:  the deadline for nominations is Friday, May 20, 2016 at 11:59 PM. The nomination form is available at:

This award was initiated in 2013 by Toronto’s DiverseCity Fellows: Melanie Smith and Saumya Gautam, both of whom have served as advisors to Toronto Arts Foundation.

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