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Ontario Arts Council Cross-Province Check-in

Earlier this year, the Ontario government announced $50 million in additional funding for the Ontario Arts Council. The increased funds will be rolled out over the next four years, bringing the total amount of provincial funding to the OAC to $80 million annually by 2020–21.

From the Ontario Arts Council:

“Here’s how the government’s new investment in Ontario’s not-for-profit professional arts sector will flow:

2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019–20 2020–21
Increase by year over
2016–17 base funding
$5M $10M $15M $20M
OAC’s base funding $60M $65M $70M $75M $80M

“The new funding is in addition to the recently launched Indigenous Culture Fund, which has been funded by the government at $5 million per year.”

Staff from the OAC, including Chair Rita Davies, Director and CEO Peter Caldwell, and Director of Granting Carolyn Vesely, will be visiting communities throughout Ontario in November and December for a series of presentations and Q&As. These sessions start this week! Dates are listed below.

The sessions are an opportunity to meet with OAC staff and have your questions answered about funding for Ontario’s arts sector.

The OAC will also schedule an online session in January for anyone unable to attend the in-person events.

Community Sessions

Note: There is more information on venues on the OAC’s Eventbrite page.

Community Date Time Location
Sudbury November 1 10 am–12 pm Sudbury Theatre Centre
November 1 4–6 pm Sudbury Theatre Centre
First Nation
November 2 2–4 pm Ojibwe Cultural Foundation
Nipissing First Nation November 3 12–2 pm Nipissing First Nation Community Centre
North Bay November 3 3–5 pm WKP Kennedy Gallery
Thunder Bay November 7 4–6 pm Magnus Theatre
Hamilton November 8 4–6 pm Art Gallery of Hamilton
Kitchener-Waterloo November 9 10 am–12 pm Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Guelph November 9 4–6 pm River Run Centre
Windsor November 16 4–6 pm Art Gallery of Windsor
London November 17 12–2 pm Grand Theatre
ASL interpretation
November 21 4–6 pm TBC
November 22 10 am–12 pm La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins
Kingston November 22 4–6 pm Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Peterborough November 23 4–6 pm Artspace
December 7 4–6 pm Alliance Française de Toronto
Toronto December 8 10 am–12 pm Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Barrie December 11 4–6 pm Mady Centre for the Performing Arts
Mississauga December 12 10 am–12 pm Art Gallery of Mississauga
ASL interpretation
December 12 4–6 pm Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema


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