Photo of a group of women painters

Over its 130 year history it has served as a haven for visual artists, musicians, writers and devotees for the arts – a place where like-minded people can meet in a welcoming environment.


The Women’s Art Association of Canada (WAAC) is now open Monday to Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Ten persons are welcome to visit the Dignam Gallery at one time. Masks are mandatory under the City of Toronto by-law no 541-2020.


This year WAAC presented three new awards to exceptional BIPOC high school students in the arts. Lincoln Alexander Secondary School, Marc Garneau Collegiate and Cedarbrae Collegiate. (Details)

Since 1948 WAAC has offered scholarships to students in the arts. Currently WAAC funds 17 scholarships at seven leading post secondary arts institutions: OCADU, U of T Faculty of Music, Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, Sheridan College joint Art & Art History Program with the University 50of Mississauga, Ryerson University Image Arts Program, Canada’s National Ballet School, and the George Brown Theatre School. (Scholarships)

About WAAC

In September 1887, an enthusiastic group of young women artists organized an art club based on the Art Student’s League of New York. In a studio in the Yonge Street Arcade building they met to work together in painting, drawing, modeling and sketching from still life and living models.

Group of women in a pottery making session.
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