Equity and Diversity in the Arts

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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.

I.D.E.A.S. Mandate and Background
What Is the I.D.E.A.S. framework? I.D.E.A.S. stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Sustainability. It is an integral part of ACM: through various kinds of support, the I.D.E.A.S. framework includes grants invests cultivating and supporting a decolonial politics within a longterm horizon of accountability, solidarity, cooperation and non-competition. The I.D.E.A.S. residency funds 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.

[Photo above: Students Kali Banner, Glendy Yip and Natalie Kwong during their Field Placement as part of the Arts Management Program. Photo credit: Manolo Lugo]


I.D.E.A.S. Grant

Call for Faculty & Staff Proposals & Student Proposals

2021-2022 Academic Year

Proposal deadline: August 20th, 2021

Download proposal form for Faculty & Staff

Download proposal form for Student



Recent Projects


Solo Exhibition by Will Kwan

This exhibition brings together a number of new photo, text, and media-based works that take an unflinching look at the systemic and absurd ways that economic ideology shapes social relations and beliefs. The works examine a range of conditions, from the racialization of low wage and precarious labour, to the financialization of housing by private equity, to the fanatical neoliberal rhetoric used to support the supremacy of the economy. Seen in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, the works in the exhibition portray not an inflection point, but systems and minds trapped in a recursive state—inertia, entrenchment, business as usual.

Songs We Carry, Poems We Hold by Yael Brotman

Songs We Carry, Poems We Hold

Check out this video of Yael Brotman's installation, 'Songs we Carry, Poems we Hold'. This project features personally meaningful songs and poems that participants had learned as children, at home or at school. It explores the love of country of origin while also loving and appreciating the new home, Canada. Many ACM students and ACM staff sang and recited songs and poems as contributions to this installation.