The Sacred Arts Trust of the Anglican Foundation of Canada

THE SACRED ARTS TRUST was founded in 1994 by dedicated Anglicans whose vision was to advance the arts in Canada by awarding grants to sponsor –

  • innovative worship
  • liturgical dance
  • performing arts
  • music & drama
  • visual arts: textiles, painting, sculpture, labyrinths

Anglican individuals and parishes all across Canada have been the recipients of significant grants to promote, advance and enable sacred arts in ground-breaking and exhilarating initiatives and the Anglican Foundation has been a proud sponsor since 1994.

Grants are awarded from income on the original gift. We welcome the support of Canadian Anglicans to undergird this Trust Fund and invite gifts of support and donations.

The Sacred Arts Trust invites applications for funding from visual and textile artists, actors, dancers, students, musicians, clergy, laity, drama and dance groups, study and training courses. The advisory committee of the Sacred Arts Trust usually meets twice a year.

The trust was founded within the Anglican Foundation of Canada in 1994 by Rev. Canon Dr. Graham Cotter, a retired priest of the Diocese of Toronto.

Dr. Cotter began writing, directing and producing liturgical dramas in Parkdale, Leaside in Toronto, and at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. While at St. Mark’s, Parkdale, he cooperated with Toronto artist Vaclav Vaca in producing the large altarpiece, The Cup of Blessing, and with the American sculptor Barbara Hughes in her work, Mark and Peter. He has also collaborated in the design of vestments and other visual artifacts. He later continued studies in religion and the arts, especially liturgical dance, at the Pacific School of Religion, in Berkeley, CA.

In Leaside, and later in retirement at St. Mark’s, Port Hope, he produced and directed the seven dramas which are found in his book The Mysteries at St. Cuthbert’s, 1985, and the four dramas and two other dramatic adaptations found in the book The Cup of Blessing, 1998.

In 1994, he established the Sacred Arts Trust. The objects and interests of the trust require more money than the income from the capital can provide. Dr. Cotter and the officers of the Foundation urge others who wish to promote the arts in worship to donate to the Sacred Arts Trust.

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