Youth Arts FAQs

Who can apply?

All participants must reside in Ontario and be between the ages of 12-18.

What is the application process?

You will need to fill out the online application form (now closed for 2016).  Selected artists will be required to fill out an Artist Information Sheet (name, age, title, medium and brief description) with each piece submitted.  Applications will be accepted each year from September 10th to October 15th.

When will I find out if I’ve been selected?

We will notify all applicants by the end of October.

I teach an art class, can I apply on behalf of my students?

Yes, you can apply on behalf of your students.  Please note that we will accept up to 15 pieces from one school/organization, and no more than two pieces from each artist.

I am a young artist, does my school or arts organization have to apply or can I apply on my own?

Young artists between the ages of 12-18 can apply as an individual.  Please note that we will accept no more than two pieces from an individual artist.

My artwork will not be done until after the application deadline.  Can I still apply?

Yes. It is not a problem if your piece is still a work in progress when you apply.  All artwork must be received at the Legislative Building by third week in November.

Does the artwork have to follow a certain theme?

There is no theme to follow.  However, we will not accept any artwork depicting nude, violent or political images.

What kind of media will be accepted?

Artwork can fall under a wide range of media including but not limited to: painting, drawing, photography, glasswork, ceramics, textiles, sculpture and mixed media.  Please note that we cannot accommodate artwork that requires access to an electrical source.

When and where will my artwork be displayed?

Artwork will be displayed throughout the Legislative Building in exhibit cases and on display walls from the end of November through to mid-March.

What are the size restrictions for each piece?

There is no minimum size restriction. The maximum size for 2D artwork is 3’ x 4’, and the maximum size for 3D artwork is 2’ x 2’.

I live far away from Toronto.  How will I get my artwork to the Legislative Building?

You can ship your artwork to us if you are unable to deliver it in person.

Who can I contact if I have more questions about the Youth Arts Program?

Should you have any questions, please email us at youtharts@ola.org or call 416-325-8094.