Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in Arts and Culture

award_tullochtrophyThe Sandra Tulloch Award for Innovation in Arts and Culture is presented annually to an individual or a collective whose leadership, activism, and service has contributed to the development and strengthening of arts and culture in Ontario through innovative and practical initiatives.  While Theatre Ontario administers this award, it recognizes achievements in all artistic and cultural disciplines.

The award is sponsored by Marinucci & Company, Chartered Accountants and consists of a $1000 prize and a statuette entitled “JOY”, designed by artist Barry Burniston of North Bay, with bronze casting by Craig Meschino of Toronto.


  • Nominee(s) may be working, or have worked, in any discipline of the arts in Ontario, whether professional or amateur;
  • Nominee(s) must have made a significant contribution to the development and strengthening of arts in Ontario, demonstrated through innovative and practical initiatives (specific projects and/or campaigns);
  • Nominee(s) must have demonstrated a selfless and energetic commitment to the above;
  • Nominee(s) must have exhibited a deep involvement in the creation and/or dissemination of art in Ontario.

About Sandra Tulloch

The award was established in 1998 by friends and colleagues of Ms. Tulloch on her retirement as Executive Director of Theatre Ontario.  This award pays tribute to the outstanding contribution that Sandra Tulloch has made to the arts in Ontario.  For nearly twenty years, Ms. Tulloch played a pivotal role at Theatre Ontario, facilitating numerous visionary initiatives in the community, professional and educational theatre sectors.  As an arts administrator, producer, arts advocate, project leader, and community activist, she has continued to devote an enormous amount of time and energy to the arts throughout the province.

Past Recipients

Past recipients of the award are Tim Jones & Susan Serran, Angela Rebeiro, Jane Marsland, Myles Warren, Jini Stolk, Claire Hopkinson, Peter Honeywell, Janis Barlow, Winston Morgan, Judy Harquail, Heather Young, and Gary Hall.

Next Award

The Sandra Tulloch Award is currently on hiatus while we evaluate the best ways to celebrate Sandy's legacy and honour the achievements of innovators in Arts and Culture.

Call for nominations for the award: TBA
Deadline for nominations: TBA

Download the Sandra Tulloch Award guidelines (PDF) - pending

For more information about the Sandra Tulloch Award For Innovation In Arts And Culture, please contact Brandon Moore at or 416.408.4556 x.13

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