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John Hobday Awards in Arts Management

Clayton Baraniuk (top) and Motola Sheatanya Dawodu (bottom)

Clayton Baraniuk (top) and Motola Sheatanya Dawodu (bottom)

Photo: Marnie Richardson (top) and Nohow Godfrey (bottom)

Current Winners

Clayton Baraniuk
Artistic Producer, Electric Company Theatre

Mentorship Award
Clayton Baraniuk will use the Award to undertake a mentorship with Sherrie Johnson, the Executive Director of Crow’s Theatre, in Toronto. The purpose of the mentorship is to transfer knowledge, relationships and skills in managing large-scale creation, co-production, presentation partnerships and national/international touring to a new generation of arts managers so that it may be applied to smaller, independent theatre creation.

Motola Sheatanya Dawodu

Assistant Artistic Director of the Afrikadey! Arts & Culture Society

Professional Development Award
With the Professional Development Award, Motola Sheatanya Dawodu will complete a Public Relations Certificate through Ryerson University, where she will acquire the skills to develop marketing strategies, establish a marketing plan and implement a public relations campaign.

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.

For further information

Sarah Brown

Program Officer, Prizes


1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 6004

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