Kid Mason Community Arts Grant Application
Thank you for your interest in applying to the inaugural Kid Mason Community Arts Fund. This fund is granted to an individual or group of either current student(s) or alumni from the OCADu Illustration program, who wish to develop a community arts project to positively impact a local or extended community. The awarded amount will be a maximum of $750.

OCADu student, Sarah Mason, passed away unexpectedly in Thunder Bay in July of 2018. Sarah was looking forward to returning to OCADu for her final year of school with her friends and classmates. An Illustration student in the Bachelor of Design program, Sarah drew much inspiration from her country home and enjoyed spending time with her mom, dad, two brothers, cat, dog and five hens, in Thunder Bay. Sarah had been involved with the Thunder Bay art community for the last seven years in the Die-Active Art Collective from the Definitely Superior Art Gallery. For their most recent project, Sarah served as a mentor for other young artists, and coordinated one of the mural walls in the city.

Sarah was a beloved presence at OCADU and frequently collaborated with her friends and peers. She valued the community of her close knit friends, and believed in the effects she could have on a larger scale in Toronto and Thunder Bay. Her remarkable talent, love of folk art, and idiosyncratic imagery has inspired those around her greatly. She always wanted her art to mean something for others or help people on a larger scale.

In honour of Sarah’s passion and commitment to community-based arts practices, The Kid Mason Community Arts Grant will be awarded yearly to past and present Illustration students who propose an arts project that involves collaboration and has a positive impact on a community. The purpose of this grant is to carry the community based spirit of Sarah's work forward.

This application will be open from March 15th to June 1st, 2019. We will announce the recipient(s) of the 2019 fund on June 15th. The jury to award the 2019 fund will be grant founders Eryn Lougheed, Lily Snowden-Fine, Adam De Souza, Mary Kirkpatrick, Lorenzo Ignacio, and OCADU Illustration faculty member Jon Todd.

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