Celebrating the Arts in Northwestern Ontario Michael Gravelle Announces Ontario Arts Council Grants for 2011-2012

Aaron ArtworkTHUNDER BAY – Artists and arts organizations are sometimes overlooked when we acknowledge important contributions to our communities. Today we are celebrating the work of artists and arts organization who over the past year have received funding from the Ontario Arts Council, the province’s primary funding body for the arts.

Over the last year, a total of $ $555,554 was allocated to professional artists and arts organizations in Thunder Bay – Superior North.

The arts are a vital part of Ontario’s communities. The culture sector directly generates almost $20 billion annually to Ontario’s economy, and creates more than 250,000 jobs in communities around the province. In addition to the economic impact, a healthy arts and culture sector contributes to the quality of life in our communities.

The following is the list of individual artists and art organizations that will be receiving the grant from the Ontario Art Council.

Individual artists are:

Eleanor Albanese, Thunder Bay $1,500 Writers’ Reserve
Eleanor Albanese, Thunder Bay $1,500 Writers’ Reserve
Raymond Atwood, Geraldton $1,000 Exhibition Assistance
Rodney Brown, Thunder Bay $5,000 National and International Touring
Rita Chiarelli, Red Rock $4,000 Popular Music
Ann F. Clarke, Thunder Bay $1,450 Exhibition Assistance
Marj Clayton, Thunder Bay $900 Exhibition Assistance
Marj Clayton, Thunder Bay $600 Exhibition Assistance
Julie Cosgrove, Thunder Bay $1,000 Exhibition Assistance
Binaeshee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon, Pic River First Nation $6,800 Popular Music
Michelle Derosier, Thunder Bay $5,000 Northern Arts
Alana Forslund, Thunder Bay $8,000 Northern Arts
Sebastien Guilbeault, Thunder Bay $12,000 Arts Education Projects
Justine Gustafson, Thunder Bay $4,800 Craft Projects . Creation and Development
Ron Harpelle, Thunder Bay $10,000 Northern Arts
Bill Horner, Thunder Bay $12,000 Writers’ Works in Progress
Murielle Horsman, Murillo $1,500 Exhibition Assistance
Sharon Irvine, Thunder Bay $12,000 Writers’ Works in Progress
Curtis Jensen, Thunder Bay $6,000 Northern Arts
Marianne Kyryluk, Thunder Bay $1,500 Exhibition Assistance
Suzanne Morrissette, Thunder Bay $1,500 Exhibition Assistance
Luke Nicol, Thunder Bay $7,000 Northern Arts
Lora Northway, Thunder Bay $7,000 Northern Arts
Alice Sabourin, Thunder Bay $6,000 Artists in Education: Program for Individuals
James R. Stevens, Thunder Bay $5,000 Northern Arts
Duncan Weller, Thunder Bay $10,000 Northern Arts
Charles Wilkins, Thunder Bay $10,600 Northern Arts

 

Arts organizations are:

 Bay Street Film Festival, Thunder Bay $12,000 Media Arts Organizations
Biindigaate Film Festival, Thunder Bay $11,050 Northern Arts
Biindigaate Film Festival, Thunder Bay $10,000 Media Arts Projects
Biindigaate Film Festival, Thunder Bay $6,050 Compass
Consortium Aurora Borealis, Thunder Bay $9,000 Presenter/Producer
La Coopérative du Regroupement des organismes $10,803 Aide à la diffusion artistique
Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay $35,500 Visual Arts Artist-Run Centres and
Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay $23,205 Thunder Bay Publishing Initiative
Flash Frame Film and Video Network, Thunder Bay $12,000 Northern Arts
Geraldton Children’s Entertainment Series, Geraldton $2,750 Ontario Arts Presenters
Geraldton Kinsmen Overture Concerts, Geraldton $4,000 Ontario Arts Presenters
Geraldton Kinsmen Overture Concerts, Geraldton $586 Travel Assistance
Live From the Rock Blues & Folk Society, Red Rock $12,500 Presenter/Producer
Magnus Theatre Company, Thunder Bay $152,000 Theatre Organizations
Magnus Theatre Company, Thunder Bay $47,500 Ontario Touring
New Music North, Thunder Bay $8,000 Presenter/Producer
New Music North, Thunder Bay $5,000 Northern Arts
Northern Mosaic, Kaministiquia $11,000 Integrated Arts
Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop, Thunder Bay $5,000 Literary Festivals and Organizations
Pierre Schryer Band, Thunder Bay $8,800 Northern Arts
Pierre Schryer Band, Thunder Bay $4,500 Presenter/Producer
Rafiki Youth Choir, Thunder Bay $4,000 Choirs & Vocal Groups
Squatchberry Literary Festival, Geraldton $5,000 Northern Arts
Thunder Bay Potters’ Guild, Thunder Bay $6,400 Craft Projects . Connections
Willow Springs Creative Centre, Kaministiquia $5,260 Compass

 

“As a supporter and advocate of the arts, I am pleased that the Ontario Art Council is providing these funding opportunities to enhance our community by supporting local artists and their projects,” shared MPP Michael Gravelle.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Ontario Arts Council is the primary funding body for the professional arts in Ontario. In 2011-2012, the OAC funded 1,681 individual artists and 1,125 organizations in 216 communities across Ontario for a total of $52.8 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.