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Continued Support for the Arts in Thunder Bay-Superior North

Ontario Arts Council Supporting Artists and Arts Organizations Across The Region

September 17, 2014 - By enhancing our quality of life and delivering significant economic benefits, the arts play a vital role in Ontario’s communities. The arts and culture sector directly contributes $23 billion each year to Ontario’s GDP and employs more than 250,000 Ontarians across the province.

Today, Michael Gravelle is proud to recognize the artists and arts organizations across Thunder Bay-Superior North who received funding from the Ontario Arts Council throughout the past year. The Ontario Arts Council is the province’s primary funding body for the arts, and in 2013-2014, a total of $578,392 was allocated to 56 professional artists and arts organizations in Thunder Bay-Superior North.

Please see the below chart for a full list of grant recipients.

QUOTES 

“I have always been a huge fan and strong supporter of the arts in Northwestern Ontario. Local artists and art organizations bring culture and much enjoyment to our communities and I’m thrilled that the Ontario Arts Council was able to support these projects. I’d like to extend my thanks and best wishes to each of these recipients for the amazing work that they do.”

– Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North 

QUICK FACTS 

  • For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2013- 2014, OAC funded 1,737 individual artists and 1,095 organizations in 223 Ontario communities, for a total of $52.1 million.
  • Studies show Ontarians believe culture is integral to their quality of life. A 2010 study by Environics Research reveals that a resounding 95 per cent of Ontarians believe the arts enrich the quality of our lives. A further 89 per cent believe that if their community lost its arts activities, people living there would lose something of value.
  • 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 approximately 67,700 jobs, $2.4 billion in wages, and $1.7 billion in taxes (including $3.1 million for Ontario municipalities), according to a report prepared by Research Resolutions & Consulting Ltd.

 

List of 2013-14 Ontario Arts Council Recipients in Thunder Bay-Superior North

The following 56 individuals and organizations received a total of $578,392 in grants from the Ontario Arts Council throughout 2013-14: 

Organization

Grant

Program

AUMI Artist Collective, Thunder Bay

$12,000

Arts Education Projects

Bay Street Film Festival, Thunder Bay

$5,000

Ontario Touring

Bay Street Film Festival, Thunder Bay

$12,000

Media Arts Organizations

Biindigaate Indigenous Film and Multi-Arts Festival, Thunder Bay

$10,000

Media Arts Projects

Biindigaate Indigenous Film and Multi-Arts Festival, Thunder Bay

$19,000

Aboriginal Arts Projects

Consortium Aurora Borealis, Thunder Bay

$9,000

Presenter/Producer

La Coopérative du Regroupement des organismes francophones de Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay

$13,470

Aide à la diffusion artistique

Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay

$35,500

Visual Arts Artist-Run Centres and Organizations

Flash Frame Film and Video Network, Thunder Bay

$10,000

Northern Arts

Geraldton Children's Entertainment Series, Geraldton

$5,600

Ontario Arts Presenters

Geraldton Children's Entertainment Series, Geraldton

$771

Travel Assistance

Geraldton Kinsmen Overture Concerts, Geraldton

$3,300

Ontario Arts Presenters

Geraldton Kinsmen Overture Concerts, Geraldton

$596

Travel Assistance

Keewaytinook Okimakanak (Northern Chiefs Council), Thunder Bay

$9,000

Aboriginal Artists in Communities

Live From the Rock Blues & Folk Society, Red Rock

$15,000

Northern Arts

Magnus Theatre, Thunder Bay

$144,400

Theatre Organizations

New Music North, Thunder Bay

$4,750

Presenter/Producer

Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop, Thunder Bay

$5,000

Literary Festivals and Organizations

Pierre Schryer Band, Thunder Bay

$13,500

Northern Arts

Pierre Schryer Band, Thunder Bay

$4,450

Presenter/Producer

Rafiki Youth Choir, Thunder Bay

$3,500

Choirs & Vocal Groups

Satellite Studio Artist Collective, Thunder Bay

$8,000

Visual Arts Projects

 

Individual

Grant

Program

Marion Agnew, Shuniah

$1,500

Writers' Reserve

Eleanor Albanese, Thunder Bay

$1,500

Writers' Reserve

Eleanor Albanese, Thunder Bay

$7,050

Northern Arts

Roy Blomstrom, Shuniah

$12,000

Writers' Works in Progress

John Books, Thunder Bay

$13,000

Northern Arts

Marj Clayton, Thunder Bay

$1,145

Exhibition Assistance

Michelle Derosier, Thunder Bay

$14,600

Northern Arts

June Desmoulin, Marathon

$500

Exhibition Assistance

June Desmoulin, Marathon

$500

Exhibition Assistance

June Desmoulin, Marathon

$500

Exhibition Assistance

June Desmoulin, Marathon

$500

Aboriginal Artists Materials and Supplies Assistance

Shayne Ehman, Thunder Bay

$12,500

Northern Arts

Justine Gustafson, Thunder Bay

$8,000

Aboriginal Arts Projects

Ryan Gustafson, Thunder Bay

$9,000

Aboriginal Artists in Communities

Ryan Gustafson, Thunder Bay

$8,000

Aboriginal Arts Projects

Suzette Hébert-Downey, Longlac

$1,000

Exhibition Assistance

William Hedican, Thunder Bay

$500

Aboriginal Artists Materials and Supplies Assistance

 

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