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 to Canadian youth pursuing a post-secondary education and to provide awards for demonstrated excellence in the arts to youth under 30 years of age from the Greater Toronto Area."


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.

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Board member Catherine Hurley and award recipient Leyla Godfrey

On November 15, 2018, the Foundation awarded its first Jack Gilbert Image Arts Award in partnership with Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts to Leyla Godfrey at a ceremony celebrating Ryerson’s seventieth anniversary. She received a $500 award and a six-month complimentary membership to The Arts and Letters Club. Leila will attend a future meeting of the Club’s Hot Shots Group and her work will be displayed in the Club's Photography Show this spring.

Your generous award helps to recognize our students for their hard work, talent and dedication to their studies,” said Blake Fitzpatrick, Chair of the School of Image Arts.






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

The award was given at Gala Awards Night on October 28, 2018, as part of the Playwrights Guild of Canada's Annual Tom Hendry Awards, in partnership with The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation and the Club.


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