The TD Michaëlle Jean Bursaries provided up to $10,000 to a young person, aged 18-30, who demonstrated excellence in using the arts to address issues of concern in disadvantaged communities in Canada.
Over a one-year period, successful applicants were expected to work one-on-one with mentors, who provided personalized support to help them enhance their skills and capacity to use various artistic mediums as tools to address social, cultural and economic issues of concern in their communities.
Over the last four years, bursary recipients developed initiatives designed to enhance academic success in math among at-risk youth, improve self-esteem and combat suicide among Inuit in the Arctic, empower Indigenous BC youth to offer compelling alternatives to criminal gangs, and give a voice to racialized women who have been affected by the criminal justice system. More than 14,000 people have been directly touched by the bursary program.
To be eligible bursary recipients had to be:
- Between 18 and 30 years of age
- Canadian citizens or permanent residents
- Demonstrate experience of the impact of the arts in an underserved community/neighbourhood (“arts” are broadly defined to include all forms of creative expression)
- Propose a new project or extension of an existing project that demonstrates using the arts as tools of social change in your underserved community
- Must address at least one of the following issues:
o Integrating refugees
o Preventing violent extremism
o Enhancing justice (e.g., supporting Indigenous rights initiatives, combating hate against LGBTQ and Two-Spirited peoples, combating intimate partner violence)
o Fighting hunger (e.g., increasing donations to food banks, urban farming initiatives)
o Empowering Black communities
o Curbing homelessness (e.g., addressing root causes such as mental health and substance abuse, violence and abuse in families, lack of affordable housing, etc.)
- Been recommended by, and preferably supported by, a community association.
To see the 2016 recipients and learn about their projects.
To see the 2015 recipients and learn about their projects
To see the 2014 recipients and learn about their projects
To see the 2013 recipients and their projects