Will Bouma MPP recognizes recipients of 2017-18 Ontario Arts Council grants

Will Bouma MPP recognizes recipients of 2017-18 Ontario Arts Council grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 6, 2018 

The arts play a vital role in Ontario’s communities, enhancing our quality of life and delivering significant economic benefits. Arts and culture in Ontario directly contribute $25.7 billion to the provincial economy annually, representing 3.5% of Ontario’s GDP and more than 269,000 jobs.

Today, we acknowledge the work of artists and arts organizations from Brantford-Brant who over the past year have received funding from the Ontario Arts Council, the province’s primary funding body for the arts. In 2017-18, a total of $416,846 was awarded to professional artists and arts organizations in Brantford-Brant.

Here’s a list of grant recipients:

  • Arcady, Brantford, $10,000 for Music Production and Presentation Projects
  • Body Sovereignty and Land Sovereignty through Photographs at Six Nations, Brantford, $10,400 for Indigenous Artists in Communities Projects
  • Brantford Arts Block, Brantford, $11,125 for Multi and Inter-Arts Projects
  • Community Living Six Nations Ronatahskats, Ohsweken, $48,899 for ICF Project Grants for Organizations
  • Dwadewayehsta’ Gayogoho:no’, Ohsweken, $28,350 for ICF Project Grants for Individuals, Youth Councils, Collectives and Ad Hoc Groups
  • Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, $8,000 for Visual Arts Projects
  • The Grand River Chorus, Brantford, $4,500 for Music Production and Presentation Projects
  • Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, Brantford, $5,000 for Indigenous Culture Fund: Small Grants
  • Juddah’s Place, Ohsweken, $5,000 for Indigenous Culture Fund: Small Grants
  • Juddah’s Place, Ohsweken, $5,000 for Indigenous Culture Fund: Small Grants
  • Kawenni:io Gaweni:yo Elementary School, Hagersville, $60,000 for ICF Project Grants for Organizations
  • Oswego Cultural Restoration Project, Ohsweken, $30,000 for ICF Project Grants for Individuals, Youth Councils, Collectives and Ad Hoc Groups
  • Outside Looking In, Ohsweken, $25,674 for Arts Organizations in Communities and Schools: Operating
  • Sweetgrass First Nations Language Council Inc., Brantford, $5,000 for Indigenous Culture Fund: Small Grants
  • Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, $50,000 for ICF Project Grants for Organizations
  • Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, $59,212 for Multi and Inter-Arts Organizations: Operating
  • Dakota Brant, Ohsweken, $500 for Indigenous Visual Artists’ Materials
  • Lorrie Gallant, Brantford, $11,800 for Indigenous Arts Projects
  • David Hind, Brantford, $7,500 for Visual Artists Creation Projects
  • Paul Kohoko, Ohsweken, $1,121 for Exhibition Assistance
  • Paul Kohoko, Ohsweken, $500 for Indigenous Visual Artists’ Materials
  • Ian Maracle, Brantford, $500 for Indigenous Visual Artists’ Materials
  • Naomi Martin, Brantford, $9,000 for Indigenous Artists in Schools Projects
  • Keith Shearsby, Brantford, $765 for Exhibition Assistance
  • Santee Smith, Hagersville, $15,000 for Indigenous Arts Projects
  • Geordon Staats, Brantford, $4,000 for Music Creation Projects

 

“Culture is the very soul of our community. I love seeing our cultural groups supported in this way.” Bouma stated.

QUICK FACTS

  • For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2017-18, Ontario Arts Council invested $58.7 million in 231 communities across Ontario through 2,294 grants to individual artists and 1,474 grants to organizations.
  • Ontarians believe that culture is integral to their quality of life. A 2017 study by Nanos Research reveals that 93 per cent of Ontarians agree that arts activities help enrich the quality of our lives. Additionally, 90 per cent believe that the arts are important to improving the quality of life in their communities.
  • The economic impact of Ontario’s arts and culture tourism is substantial. In 2010, arts and culture tourist spending contributed $3.7 billion to Ontario’s GDP, as well as approximately 67,700 jobs, $2.4 billion in wages, and $1.7 billion in taxes (including $11 million for Ontario municipalities), according to a report prepared by Research Resolutions & Consulting Ltd.

-30-

For more information, contact MPP Will Bouma at 519-759-0361 or will.bouma@pc.ola.org