Are you an individual or an organization involved in the delivery of programs, performances, services, events, or meetings related to the arts and cultural activities, the Oakville Arts Council can help you! We offer a wide variety of information and services intended to support artists and arts groups across all artistic disciplines. As a member of the Oakville Arts Council you are a part of a united voice for the arts. We keep you informed about the state of the arts and you receive many benefits that are all about promoting you.
Digital Arts Archive
In 2019, the OAC received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for a seed grant to establish the feasibility of developing a local digital arts archive. In 2023, the OAC began work with Film and Audio-Visual arts Alberta to develop this archive using the Arts Management System developed by FAVA.
Beginning in 2024, local artists and arts organizations who are members of the OAC, will be able to include a wide variety of materials including video, photographic, text and audio files displaying their body of work that can be stored, searched and presented to the public.
Cultural Grants Program
Each year since 1989, the Town of Oakville has provided operating and project grants to qualified not-for-profit cultural organizations through the Cultural Grants Program. The Oakville Arts Council, on behalf of the Town of Oakville administers this process at-arms length, with the applications reviewed by the Cultural Grants Review Committee commissioned by and responsible to the Board of Directors of the Oakville Arts Council. Over the past 34 years, 78 different cultural organizations in Oakville have benefited from the support of approximately $3.2 million. In 2014, the OAC renewed our Memorandum of Understanding with the Town of Oakville:
The Oakville Arts Council hosts an online arts market for our artist members. Paid members and arts organizations are able to post 10 pieces of work for sale purposes. There is no cost to paid members. Non-members may also have their work included at 10% commission.
Our annual workshop series offers information on a wide variety of topics including finance for not-for-profit organizations, business skills for the artist, how to apply for a Cultural Grant, photographing your artwork, storytelling and more.
The last Wednesday of each month we hold Creative Connections, our regular networking sessions. All are welcome!
Publicity & Promotion
OAC members can post their arts events for the public to view and we use this information from the calendar to further promote our artist's events to Oakville residents through the use of social media, weekly e-bulletins and other promotional projects.
All members who consent are listed in our online directory and artists/arts group profiles are highlighted on the home page of our website. Artists may upload logos and photos albums of their work. Everything the public needs to know about you as an artist!
News, Information & Opportunities
We keep members informed of important sector issues and opportunities through regular publications and newsletters including calls for auditions and entry, employment and volunteer opportunities, funding, workshops and networking opportunities.