Artists and arts organizations are sometimes overlooked when we acknowledge important contributions – Bill Mauro MPP


Bill Mauro MPPTHUNDER BAY – “Artists and arts organizations are sometimes overlooked when we acknowledge important contributions to our communities. 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,” stated Bill Mauro the MPP for Thunder Bay Atilokan.

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.

Over the last year, a total of $614,514 was allocated to professional artists and arts organizations in Thunder Bay-Atikokan.

Individual artists are:

  • Biljana Baker, Thunder Bay                 $ 1,500         Exhibition Assistance
  • Kristy Cameron, Atikokan                             $ 1,250         Exhibition Assistance
  • Lila Cano, Thunder Bay                      $ 5,197         Artists in Education
  • Christian Chapman, Thunder Bay                   $10,950         Northern Arts
  • Christian Chapman, Thunder Bay                   $ 9,800         Aboriginal Arts Projects
  • Christian Chapman, FWFN                  $ 5,000         Visual Artists: Emerging
  • Susan Dykstra, Thunder Bay               $ 1,500         Exhibition Assistance
  • David Elder, Atikokan                        $    600         Exhibition Assistance
  • Steven Emms, Thunder Bay                $ 1,250         Exhibition Assistance
  • Joseph Fredrich, Atikokan                            $ 1,500         Exhibition Assistance
  • Elizabeth Hill, Neebing                       $14,000         Aboriginal Arts Project
  • Brian Raymond Holden, Thunder Bay    $ 8,130         Artists in Education
  • Brian Raymond Holden, Thunder Bay    $ 1,360         Exhibition Assistance
  • Amy Jones, Thunder Bay                             $ 8,670         Northern Arts
  • Amy Jones, Thunder Bay                             $ 6,500         Writers’ Reserve
  • Chris Kosloski, Thunder Bay                $ 6,000         Northern Arts
  • Kirsten Kosloski, Thunder Bay             $ 8,500         Northern Arts
  • Jonathan Lewis, Atikokan                            $    900         Exhibition Assistance
  • Ronald Joshua Ogemah, Thunder Bay   $15,000         Access & Career Development
  • Sandra Pooley, Atikokan                    $    500         Exhibition Assistance
  • Trevor Potts, Thunder Bay                 $10,000         Northern Arts
  • Leslie Shaw, Thunder Bay                            $ 1,000         Exhibition Assistance
  • Ange Sponchia, Atikokan                    $ 8,500         Northern Arts
  • Randy Thomas, Thunder Bay              $    500         Exhibition Assistance
  • Bonnie Tittaferrante, Thunder Bay        $12,000         Writers’ Works in Progress
  • Barb Wiens, Atikokan                        $    500         Exhibition Assistance

Arts organizations are:

  • 4AM in Thunder Bay Assoc., Thunder Bay       $  3,000        Aboriginal Presenters in the

North: Music Events

  • Anemki Art Collective, Thunder Bay               $ 13,000        Northern Arts
  • Atikokan Children’s Entertainment Series                   $   3,900       Ontario Arts Presenters
  • Atikokan Entertainment Series                       $   4,600       Ontario Arts Presenters
  • Atikokan Entertainment Series                       $   1,007       Travel Assistance
  • Community Arts & Heritage Education

Project, Thunder Bay                                  $ 40,000        Arts Education Organizers

  • Dulcisono Women’s Choir, Thunder Bay                   $   4,000       Choirs & Vocal Groups
  • Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation, Thunder Bay   $ 11,000        Aboriginal Arts Education


  • Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society, Thunder Bay         $   3,500       Ontario Arts Presenters
  • Thunder Bay Art Gallery                                $105,000       Public Art Galleries
  • Thunder Bay Art Gallery                               $  17,000       Aboriginal Curatorial


    • Thunder Bay Environmental Film Network       $    5,900      Media Arts Projects
    • Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra                 $ 222,000      Orchestras
    • Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra                 $   40,000      Ontario Touring


    • 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.
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