The David Fujino Pioneering Artist Award is an award granted every two years to a Japanese Canadian artist. David Fujino was a multidisciplinary sansei artist who wrote poetry in the form of concrete visual poetry; he was also an actor and a writer of reviews, interviews, and opinion pieces. Born in the internment camp of Greenwood, Fujino became a fixture of the Toronto Japanese Canadian community and arts scene. David died in 2017 and the prize was inaugurated in his memory.
The award represents an acknowledgment and honouring of a pioneering Japanese Canadian artist by the Japanese Canadian community. The selection of the artist is done by the Arts, Culture and Education committee who are familiar with the artistic contributions of Japanese Canadians in a wide array of artistic disciplines.