Equity and Diversity in the Arts (EDA) is an initiative of the Department of Arts, Culture and Media. EDA’s mandate is to promote diversity of all kinds, including diversities of race, gender, socio-economic status, sexual orientation or identity, age, ability or disability, religion and aesthetics or traditions of practice. It provides grants to ACM faculty and student for artist and scholar residencies, research projects, creative projects, field placements, exhibitions, performance, and targeted support for courses and events, it aims to increase understanding across difference, to challenge social and institutional barriers to equity, and to empower faculty and students to champion diversity in their artistic and scholarly pursuits.
The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Sustainability (I.D.E.A.S.) grant, situated within EDA, seeks to fund artistic and/or research projects that focus on implementing transformative changes. The I.D.E.A.S. grant will cultivate and support a decolonial politics within a long-term horizon of accountability, solidarity, cooperation and non-competition. It will fund activities in key areas of creative practice and research including anti-racist, decolonial, and/or Indigenous allyship; queer, trans, and gender nonconforming relations; and accessible/disability inclusion-focused outcomes.
Please stay tuned for the second round of the call for submissions for the I.D.E.A.S. Grant in the Winter term.
Dana Prieto is an Argentine-Canadian artist and educator based in Toronto. Her site-responsive work examines our deep entanglements with colonial institutions and power structures through a careful attention to the ground, and its different forms of living and dying. During the UTSC I.D.E.A.S. residency Dana will develop a material and academic research on the possibilities of refusing extraction through a clay-based practice.