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Sector News - September 2017

Sector News - September 2017

12 September 2017  

OAC Celebrates Government’s Increased Investment in Ontario’s Professional Artists and Arts Organizations

Enthusiastic applause broke out at last week’s surprise announcement by Premier Kathleen Wynne and Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport that the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) will receive a funding increase to its current base of $60 million bringing it to $80 million over four years by 2020-21. The $50 million increase will roll out accordingly: $5 million in 2017-18, $10 million in 2018-19, $15 million in 2019-20 and $20 million in 2020-21.

Over the next four years, this added investment to OAC programs will ensure that Ontarians have increased access to arts activity throughout the province and ensure that they see themselves represented in the arts.

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“More than Storefronts: Insights into Creative Placemaking and Community Economic Development” (2017) Report by Metris Arts Consulting commissioned by LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation)

The first in a series of reports and case studies commissioned by LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation), More than Storefronts posits that creative placemaking offers community economic developers a demonstrably effective way to encourage rural and neighborhood commercial district revitalization. This paper draws on six case studies of programs that have used arts and culture to help spur economic revitalization of low-income areas, from Cajun and Louisiana Creole culture in rural Louisiana to creative funding for a dance and performance nonprofit in San Francisco to affordable live-work space in Cleveland. It examines how local efforts to explicitly invest in artists, arts-related businesses, and arts-and-cultural organizations can help advance community economic development and what it takes to connect arts and culture as an economic strategy with simultaneous efforts to strengthen the social fabric in the community and advance class, racial, or cultural equity, as well.

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WorkInCulture Announcement - Improving training for the culture sector

The Ontario Government is improving business and technical training for people who work in the art and culture sector, to help them develop their careers. To achieve this, the Province of Ontario is investing $750,000 over three years in WorkInCulture, a not-for-profit organization that works with training organizations across the province to offer career development and business skills – such as marketing, financial and project management – to workers in the culture sector.

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ArtsBuild Ontario Property Tax Survey

ArtsBuild Ontario is surveying creative spaces across the province to better understand the impact of property tax assessments. Take the survey today! In light of the very public property tax increase at 401 Richmond in Toronto, they would like to learn more about other facilities and how property tax assessments have impacted their space/operations. Your responses will help inform ongoing advocacy efforts to decision makers at all levels of government, to educate all on how property tax assessments impacts our creative spaces province wide.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete! Please take a moment and complete the survey and/or pass along to a creative space. 

Strong & Successful Museums: The Road to Renewal – OMA Conference

Register today for the Ontario Museum Association 2017 Conference, Strong & Successful Museums: The Road to Renewal. This year's conference will be held at Four Points, Kingston from October 11-13, 2017 in Kingston, Ontario! Join Museum, Gallery, Archive and Heritage Professionals from across Ontario and Canada for three days of learning, networking, and participating around the theme of renewal. From sessions on smarter partnerships and collaboration to practical hands-on workshops throughout the conference, this year will inspire, and provide delegates with ways to implement small changes for big impact!

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Canada Council for the Arts Opens its Digital Strategy Fund

The Digital Strategy Fund guidelines are now available and our portal is open for applications. This $88.5 million fund, to be allocated over four years (including $10M in this first deadline), supports Canadian artists and arts organizations to make the transition to a digital society. Grants will range from $1,000-$50,000 (single phase projects) and $251,000-$500,000 (multi-phase projects).

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The York Region Arts Council is a non-profit, charitable umbrella organization that serves to advance, promote, represent and connect the arts community across the region.

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York Region Arts Council, YRAC

395 Mulock Drive,
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 4Y9

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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