ANDPVA, also known as “The Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts 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. Indigenous people were reeling from the effects of colonization and residential boarding schools. Founder, James Howard Buller’s goal was 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. Throughout its more than 40-year history, ANDPVA created professional development, production, exhibition, and presentation opportunities for Indigenous artists in music, writing, storytelling, poetry, film & video, new media, theatre, dance, visual arts, traditional arts & design, fashion, and culinary arts.
It is ANDPVA’s mission 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.” (ANDPVA.ca)