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John Hobday Awards in Arts Management

Current winners: Paola Poletto and Holly Bright

Current Winners

Holly Bright

Holly Bright will undertake a project to assist her in gaining knowledge of First Nations cultural pathways and performances with performing artists and families of the Snuneymuxw First Nations.

Paola Poletto

Paola Poletto will be studying in an innovative certificate program entitled the International Leadership Program in Visual Arts Management jointly offered and accredited by New York University, Spain’s University of Deusto and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

What is this prize?

The John Hobday Awards in Arts Management are granted to talented arts managers in Canadian professional arts organizations for professional development or mentoring purposes.

  • The Professional Development and Renewal Award is granted to an outstanding arts manager wishing to take part in a recognized program, seminar or workshop.
  • The Mentorship Award goes to an arts manager who is seeking to acquire different knowledge, experience and skills under the supervision of a mentor in his or her field.

Prize amount

Two prizes of $10,000 each

How to qualify

Apply to the Council.

A peer assessment committee will select the recipients from among all applications received.

For applicant and mentor eligibility criteria, application forms and further information on these prizes, see the John Hobday Awards in Arts Management Guidelines.



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Who created this prize?

These prizes were established with a $1 million donation from the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation to the Canada Council for the Arts. John Hobday made an enormous contribution to improving the work quality and professionalism of Canadian arts managers by promoting professional development and continuous training and focusing on the profession's importance for the growth and viability of the arts.

Further Information

Sarah Brown

Program Officer

E-mail: sarah.brown@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 6004

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 6004

Fax: (613) 566-4390

TTY: 1-866-585-5559

Next Deadline

September, 2017


Prize Amount

Up to

By Application

Note that some guidelines are not up to date, and reflect the previous Prize administration processes. Guidelines will be gradually updated over the coming months.

Cumulative list of winners

We are committed to equity in all our activities, including the administration of our prizes.