Ontario Arts Council

Ontario Arts Council

November 28, 2006 07:56 ET

Ontario Arts Council Increases Support to Northern Arts

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, Books Editor, Education Editor, News Editor TORONTO/ONTARIO/RELEASE--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 28, 2006) - The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has increased its services to northern Ontario both through a new granting program dedicated to northern Ontario's arts community and by hiring a consultant in Thunder Bay who will work with potential grant applicants in Ontario's far north and the northwest. This is in recognition of the distinctive nature of the arts produced in northern Ontario.

"Over the past year we have been working to increase our support to northern Ontario by introducing northern juries and increasing the travel budgets to the north of both our Aboriginal Arts Officer and our Franco-Ontarian Arts Officer," said John Brotman, OAC Executive Director. "Today's announcement speaks to our commitment to Ontario's regions. If the Ontario Arts Council is successful in obtaining increased resources, we hope next year to increase granting budgets and hire a second arts consultant for the northeast. "

Marilyn McIntosh, an experienced arts administrator formerly with the city of Thunder Bay, has been hired as a Northern Arts Consultant to provide grant application guidance to artists and arts organizations based in Ontario's far north and northwest. Her role also includes increasing awareness of OAC and its programs in these regions.

The new Northern Arts program recognizes that creation and production grants to northern artists are essential to the region's artistic diversity and that audiences in the north need access to more arts experiences. The program provides project grants to artists, groups and organizations working in all art forms and disciplines in the following four categories:

* New works funds the creation and production of new work in all artistic forms (new media, film, video, painting, craft, sculpture, dance, theatre, storytelling, fiction, music, etc.) by arts organizations, individual artists and collectives of northern artists at all career stages (emerging, mid-career and established).
* Publications, Presentations, Exhibitions and Festivals funds projects where the primary purpose is the presentation, promotion and distribution of northern arts and artists initiated by not-for-profit arts organizations, artist collectives and informal groups. All projects must take place in the north.
* Professional Development covers the costs for northern artists to participate in conferences, workshops, seminars, festivals for artistic professional development. Travel must be within Ontario only.
* Connections and Arts Services supports projects that bring together northern artists through conferences, workshops and seminars that will benefit them in their career development. Cross-cultural artistic exchanges, artist residencies, community arts projects, and interdisciplinary collaborations for the purposes of creation and presentation are also eligible.

The program has two deadlines, February 1, 2007 and July 3, 2007. To be eligible for the Northern Arts program, applicants must live in one of the three northern regions of the province identified by OAC - the northeast, the northwest and the far north. For boundary details please see the map at www.arts.on.ca under Hot Topics.

OAC's Aboriginal Arts Officer and Franco-Ontarian Arts Officer continue to provide ongoing support to communities in the north. OAC's arts officers also travel to northern Ontario for meetings and information sessions with the artists in various communities.

Northern Arts Officer
Wanda Nanibush 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7454; wnanibush@arts.on.ca

Northern Arts Consultant (Northwest & Far North)
Marilyn McIntosh 807-622-4279 or toll-free at 1-866-391-2221 (part-time hours); mmcintosh@arts.on.ca
Program Assistant

Sheena Lessard 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7424; slessard@arts.on.ca

Touring and Collaborations Officer
Glenn Hodgins 1-800-387-0058 ext. 7407; ghodgins@arts.on.ca

Here are some interesting facts on arts and culture in Ontario. Ontarians spent $9.4 billion on cultural goods and services, 41 per cent of the Canadian total. 52,500 artists (or 40 per cent of the artists in the country) live in Ontario. Arts activity funded by the Ontario Arts Council reached 253 communities in 2005-2006.

OAC arts and culture facts are compiled by OAC's research team from various sources including Statistics Canada, commissioned studies and OAC granting data.
www.arts.on.ca /For further information: The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario.
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Contact Information

  • Kirsten Gunter, Communications Manager, Ontario Arts Council
    Primary Phone: 416-969-7403
    Toll-Free: 800-387-0058
    E-mail: kgunter@arts.on.ca