Equity and Diversity in the Arts: I.D.E.A.S.

ACM Interns at 401 Richmond 2017

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]



Calling for the 2022-2023 I.D.E.A.S. grant

Click on the links to download the application forms: 
Student Form
Faculty and Staff Form
Artist in Residency Form


Welcome our Winter 2022 Artist in Residence - Shellene Drakes-Tull

Helping people connect and engage through storytelling and strategic communications have always been a passion for Shellene Drakes-Tull. For all of us, answering the question, ‘who are you?’ is integral to creating your story and standing confidently in your truth. Shellene has shared the stories of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Toronto District School Board, Deloitte, and others. For the second year, Shellene is instructing the Modern-Day Griot Project at the University of Toronto Scarborough to support, inspire, and uplift Black students using and anti-oppression lens and Nguzo Saba principles.



Recent Projects

The Space Betwee Waves

Wave Art Collective

'The Space Between Waves' is an episodic mash-up of music, candid conversations, field recordings, and archival clips that reflect Scarborough’s interwoven history, geography, and culture. It is the culmination of Wave Art Collective’s I.D.E.A.S. residency with the Doris McCarthy Gallery, supported by Equity & Diversity in the Arts, Department of Arts, Culture & Media at U of T Scarborough.

Listen: Episode 1 / Episode 2 / Episode 3


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.