Portrait of an Artist, oil on linen, 24" x 20", by Robert Strickland, winner of the Foundation's Award for Young Artists given at the Next2 Exhibition, Arts & Letters Club, October 2017.

The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation was established in the fall of 2014 as a registered charity to assist youth in the arts.

The stated purpose of the organization is:

"To advance education by providing scholarships and bursaries and awards to Canadian residents for demonstrated excellence in the arts."


The Board of the Arts and Letters Club Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of two new award programs to support young people in the arts.

Jack Gilbert Image Arts Award

The award will be known as the Jack Gilbert Image Arts Award, beginning this year for a period of five years through a generous donation from Club Member Jack Gilbert. Foundation Board Member Catherine Hurley has also contributed to this award. The award goes to an exceptional fourth-year, graduating student from the School of Image Arts who is under 30 years of age and from the Greater Toronto Area. The Foundation is very appreciative of this special financial support for its new program.

Charter Women Award

This award, in recognition of the Club’s Charter Women and their outstanding contributions to the Club’s artistic disciplines, has been established by the Foundation to provide an annual award of $500 to support an exceptional young visual artist aged 30 or younger from the Greater Toronto Area. Initial funding has been provided through donations by former Club President Marianne Fedunkiw and Club Charter Women Zora Buchanan, Jean Edwards, Pat Fairhead, and Mary George as well as Foundation Board member Catherine Hurley.

In June 2018 five Charter Women met with Foundation members Marianne Fedunkiw and Catherine Hurley to discuss details of the Award. The Foundation will be working with Club Charter Women to continue to develop this exciting new award.

The Foundation now operates five active awards programs. It is currently exploring other scholarships and/or awards for literature and music, and as an immediate goal, plans to develop similar programs for architecture and the visual arts.

If you would like to learn more about the Foundation and its work, please contact us at: artsandlettersclubfoundation@gmail.com.


Congratulations to Leila Godfrey, winner of this year's Jack GIlbert Image Art Award.

Congratulations also to Daniel Carter, winner of the 2018 Robert Beardsley Award for Young Playwrights for his play lonelyboy99.

The Foundation is also pleased to have supported fundraising events over the past year for the Regent Park School of Music.