New Indigenous Art Awards To Provide $1.5M in 2017

The Hnatyshyn Foundation has announced a new program to honour Indigenous Canadian artists working in all artistic disciplines. The REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards recognize emerging and established artists working in traditional or contemporary practices, and will be given in six artistic categories: dance, music, theatre, literature, film/video (media arts), and visual arts/fine craft.

The program of awards and promotional activities includes 150 cash awards of $10,000 each. The awards will be given in 2017, and will fuel the creation of new artistic works and leave a lasting cultural legacy. 

The awards are intended for practicing artists as performers and creators. Applicants must be of Indigenous descent, must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, and must define and describe themselves as practicing artists. A jury of peers will select the award recipients. 

Author and honorary patron of the Awards, Joseph Boyden, acknowledged the importance of the Awards in a February 29 press release. “The Indigenous Art Awards are a hugely significant contribution to our country's continuing dialogue. These awards recognize that First Nations, Inuit, and Metis art is not just a cornerstone of Canada's identity, but vital threads to its very fibre. I'm honoured to be involved in helping spread the message.” 

Guidelines and Applications

Award guidelines and eligibility can be found on the Hnatyshyn Foundation website here. Applications will be accepted starting March 1, 2016. The application deadline is June 1, 2016. 

Candidates may apply online or in hard copy. Online applications are accepted at See the guidelines for full details on how to apply. 

About the Hnatyshyn Foundation

The Hnatyshyn Foundation is a private charity established by the late Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, Canada’s 24th Governor General, to assist emerging and established artists with education, training, and career development, and to promote the importance of the arts in our society. Since 2005, the Foundation has invested over $1.3 million in the performing and visual arts through its programs for individual artists and curators. 

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