O’Keefe Art Scholarship Program

Aligned with the BIG Possibilities stream, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada has partnered with a past Little Brother whose potential was ignited by mentorship!

Patrick O’Keefe is an accomplished and globally renewed artist and art director who believes deeply in the power of mentorship.

The O’Keefe Art Scholarship is designed to empower young artists, exclusively ages 16-18, from across the BBBS Network. The scholarship will be granted to one applicant per year who best meets the specific artistic eligibility criteria.

The O’Keefe Art Scholarship consists of full tuition for one session of the Animation Portfolio Workshop (APW). Please note that this Workshop is available in English only. The scholarship covers the full tuition fee of $5,500.00 CAD for the regular 38-week session. The Scholarship can only be used for the Fall Workshop, beginning in September and classes are provided on weekends only.  Patrick O’Keefe will also provide coaching and mentoring to the chosen recipient, consisting of one (virtual) session per month for the duration of the APW Session.

More about Patrick O’Keefe

  • Patrick O’Keefe is a former “Little”, Toronto-born, Los Angeles-based illustrator and art director. He began his artistic pursuit while attending Northern Secondary School in Toronto. At the behest of his high school art teacher, Mr. Steve MacNaughton, and in preparation for his post-secondary studies, Patrick enrolled in the Animation Portfolio Workshop (APW). After working with APW directors Gerard Sternik and Vincent Peets, Patrick soon discovered that this program would become the beginning of a lifelong pursuit of art, hard work, and mentorship that would lay the foundation of discipline for a career as a commercial artist.
  • After completing the APW program, Patrick studied illustration at Sheridan College before transferring to the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where he received his Bachelor of Media Arts in Film and Animation Design.
  • Most recently, Patrick served as an art director on Sony Pictures Oscar winning animation feature film Spider-Man™: Into the Spider-Verse, which was released in December 2018.
  • The scholarship arose from Patrick’s desire to give back to the community that gave so much to him. As a teenager, Patrick had the drive to pursue his craft, but not necessarily the means. The goal of the O’Keefe Scholarship is to provide an opportunity for youth that have the power and potential to pursue their craft, and empower them with the means to ignite their full potential.

Scholarship Background

The idea for the scholarship arose from Patrick’s desire to give back to the community that gave so much to him. As a teenager, Patrick had the drive to pursue his craft but not necessarily the means. The goal of the O’Keefe Art Scholarship is to support those in a similar position and alleviate some of the financial barriers that could possibly prevent a rising artist from achieving their goals, as well as to create an ongoing mentorship to open up a dialogue between emerging and establishing artists.

Application Process

  • Complete the online form by the deadline of July 15, 2021 at 5pm ET.
  • Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria in phase 1 of the application process will be contacted directly by the Animation Portfolio Workshop (APW) team for phase 2 and will be provided with instructions around submitting a 1-page written component, as well as 5-10 pieces of original art in any medium.
  • Phase 2 of the application process requires candidates to submit 5-10 pieces of original artwork in a digital file format and a one-page description of their artistic goals and aspirations by the deadline provided by APW.
  • The successful candidate chosen from phase 2 applicants will be contacted and will then be required to submit all of the previously tendered art in its original form.
  • The successful applicant will be contacted directly by APW and awarded the scholarship.
  • Applicants may not contact APW during the adjudication process to obtain information on the status of their application.

Eligibility requirements

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • 16 to 18 years of age (if you will turn 16 by Sept, you can still apply!)
  • Be registered as a current youth mentor or mentee within any Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada agency.
  • Must not be enrolled in or have completed a full-time visual arts program
  • Complete phase 1 of the application process through the “Apply Now” section by the deadline of July 15, 2021 at 5pm ET.
  • Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria in phase 1 of the application process will be contacted directly by the Animation Portfolio Workshop (APW) team for phase 2 of the process and will be required to:
    • Submit a one-page written component describing their artistic aspirations
    • Submit 5 (minimum) to 10 (maximum) pieces of original art in any
  • Submit all application material by the scholarship application deadlines to be considered

O’Keefe Art Scholarship Information

  • The O’Keefe Art Scholarship covers the full tuition of the 2021/2022 Online Session II of the Animation Portfolio Workshop (Fall Session: Sept 2021-Feb 2022).
  • Patrick O’Keefe will also provide a private virtual mentoring component for the scholarship recipient, consisting of one session per month for the duration of the Fall Session.
  • Fall Session classes, Sept 2021-Feb 2022, will be provided on weekends
  • Gwartzman’s Art Supplies will supply the successful applicant with all required art materials free of charge for the duration of the APW Session
  • The scholarship covers the full tuition fee for regular 38-week online session is $4,950.00 CDN. The Scholarship is not transferable to another year and can only be used for the Fall Workshop that falls within the same calendar year in which the scholarship recipient has been chosen.

APPLICATION FORM

  • How old you are. You must be 16 - 18 years old to apply. (Note: if you will turn 16 by Sept, you can still apply!)
    Please enter a number from 15 to 18.
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