What is ANDPVA?


ANDPVA is Canada's oldest Indigenous arts service organization, providing support to Canadian Indigenous artists in Ontario and around the world.

ANDPVA was established in 1972 and incorporated as a non-profit of the Province of Ontario in 1974.  At the time, there was little activity being generated or presented in the Indigenous arts community.  James Howard Buller spearheaded the vision of this new organization leading the first eleven founding members/directors to become the voice of the Indigenous artist.  It is said that his vision was that Indigenous people would create social change thorugh the arts.  He and his colleagues believed that through the performing and visual arts, the legends, stories, history and social issues of Indigenous people might be revealed in such a manner that would provide entertainment as well as stir the conscience of Indigneous and non-Indigenous people alike.  It was Buller's goal to demonstrate the rich traditional heritage of Indigenous people and to ensure that Indigenous art was recognized as contributing to the cultural fabric of Canadian society.

The Association for Native Development in the Performing & Visual arts is a not-for-profit Ontario corporation and a registered charity (No. ). 


To create, support and develop a self-sufficient community of Indigenous artists who preserve our traditional knowledge, advance our respective cultural identities and reflect our evolving cultural expression.


To provide access, stimulate and promote creativity in the arts for artists/creators/producers of Indigenous ancestry working in any discipline. 


We envision a community that acknowledges, respects and supports emerging and established artists as the protectors and carriers of our Indigenous cultures and languages as well as our innovative and original Indigenous ways of knowing.

We envision a community of Indigenous artists who share and recognize the intrinsic value of their knowledge, their skills and their artistic expressions with each other, in order to preserve and advance our evolving cultural identity and enrich the cultural fabric of society, and strengthen relationships between all peoples.

We see a community where parents and elders exercise their responsibilities by nurturing children and instilling in them the importance of artistic expression for its own value as well as for a means of protecting and fostering Indigenous cultures and our relationship with Creation and all our relations. 


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  • I just wanted to thank ANDPVA for the opportunity you gave me to showcase my crafts and jewelllery at the Saturday Market. I met some really great people, especially other artists and made some new friends. Keep up the good work! Emilie Corbiere

  • Hi Shandra,

     I just wanted to thank ANDPVA for todays terrific workshop on publishing with Kateri. I learned so much and will put this new information to good use.

    Chi Miigwech!!!

    Emilie Corbiere

    Author, artist and storyteller

News & Events

  • Mark Tuesday, December 21st 6pm on your social calendar and come to the 21st Annual Kensington Market Festival of Lights to see the SKYWOMAN Shadow Puppet Performance by andpva's Indigenous Youth Leadership Team

  • andpva opens our Studio 171 doors 8am-noon alongside the Saturday Wychwood Barns Farmer's Market - Join us Dec 11 & 18 in time for holiday shopping!

  • We are delighted to have
    been invited to partner with SLOW FOOD TORONTO and recruit Indigenous
    musicians and artists to participate in the SLOW FOOD TORONTO
    fundraising event this Friday, December 10th, 2010 6pm-9pm. If you social calendar is not too full, come on out
    and join this delicious celebration.

  • The 7th Annual CIT Variety Showcase will be at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, ., on December 10, 2010,
    with performances scheduled to start at 7 pm and run through to
    9:30pm.  The evening is by donation and all are invited to attend.