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Art Encounters Program

TOAF provides support and mentorship to a select group of artists to offset the barriers and pressure of participating in the in-person Fair.

Artists who require accessibility and financial support are eligible to apply for additional assistance through our Art Encounters program. At Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, we have established a rich tradition of launching successful careers and providing a highly accessible venue for artists and the public to meet face-to-face. For the past 60 years, we have aimed to remove barriers to the arts from the perspective of cost, approachability and by welcoming diverse artists and audiences.

Read the 2021 Art Encounters Impact Report

Who is Eligible?

We are currently accepting applications and extend focused consideration to artists that identify as differently abled such as deaf artists. We also extend special priority for applications from Indigenous or the First People (Inuit, First Nations and Métis) as well as newcomers artists (less than 3 years in Canada). All artists are subject to the same jury.

*It is possible that you may be accepted into the Fair, and not the Art Encounters Program due to limited program capacity. Artists must be currently living in Canada and intend to apply for in-person Fair to be eligible for the Art Encounters program.

Hear from the artists...



“Toronto Outdoor Art Fair’s unique Art Encounters program took me under their wings, not only has it allowed me to develop my confidence with interacting with the audience and making sales, it also made me feel included in the larger part of the world.” 

-  Peter Owusu-Ansah, Art Encounters Artist

“Being part of the Art Encounters Program helped ensure that I didn't fall through any administrative gaps in transitioning to an online platform. It was helpful to have someone reviewing my materials and profile to send feedback and actionable steps that I could take to ensure my success.”

- Carrie Perreault, Art Encounters Artist

Get Application Support

If you require an alternative application method or have questions about application/eligibility/accessibility please contact us at [email protected] or by phone at 416 408 2754 (texts are welcome).

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Application Tips & FAQs
What Does it Cost?
Hear from the Artists
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Thank You

Our heartfelt thanks to the Lindy Green Family Foundation, the inaugural supporter of this initiative, TD Bank Group (TD), the Ontario Arts Council, Higgins Event Rentals and all our individual supporters.

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