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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.

Member News - March 2018

12 March 2018

Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery

Helen's World is an exhibition of work by Helen Barcza, with an opening reception April 1 at 1pm. The exhibition runs March 31 - May 5th.

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Arts Society King hosts Student Art Exhibit

The third annual Student Art Exhibit takes place at 7pm at the King Heritage and Cultural Centre.

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Ovation! Launches Summer Performance Company

The Ovation! Performing Arts Academy announced the launch of their “Summer Performance Company”.

This is a new performance troupe in York Region, focused on producing a play or musical utilizing new or revised materials.  Each summer, 12 performers will be challenged to plan, create, rehearse and produce a performance piece in late August, working with directors, guest artists and the faculty at Ovation!  For summer 2018, the Company will produce an abridged version of Shakespeare’s classic “Romeo and Juliet”, adapted and directed by Alison Smyth.

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Sector News - March 2018

12 March 2018

Round The Block Public Round Tables

Groundstory is a cross-sectoral effort to identify and address the effects of gentrification on the arts in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and across Canada through a deep commitment to shared learning online.  

Facilitated by ArtsPond with generous funding from Ontario Trillium Foundation, upcoming activities include Round the Block public roundtables in Toronto (May 3) and Hamilton (May 7). At these free events, vulnerable arts and culture workers impacted by the lack or loss of affordable and accessible spaces and housing are invited to share their perspectives in an open community dialogue.  Learn More

Ontarians for the Arts

Ontarians for the Arts is an inclusive non-partisan movement intent on promoting the benefits of the arts in every city, community and reserve.

A discussion paper was developed in consultation with leaders from across Ontario to encourage dialogue on a range of relevant issues with various stakeholders in the arts and culture sector, including everyday Ontarians and politicians of every stripe. The final version was released in February.

Arts Days Across Ontario: In the lead-up to the provincial election on June 7, Ontarians for the Arts will engage with as many MPPs and Candidates as possible, in as many ridings as possible. Click here to learn more. 

Monitoring and Evaluation in Art for Social Change

This toolkit is for anyone interested in evaluating a community-based health promotion or social equity initiative, whether you are a member of a community organization, an artist, a community organizer, an advocate, an activist, a health promotion practitioner, a community development planner, a funder, or a researcher. Click here to learn more.

OAAG at the Ontario Pre-Budget Consultation

OAAG attended the Ontario Pre-Budget Consultation at the Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives with Ontario's Minister of Finance Charles Sousa and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Amrit Mangat.

OAAG also submitted written budget recommendations addressing three common financial concerns that members shared with them. OAAG asked the Provincial Government to:

  • Reaffirm the intrinsic value of the arts by adequately funding key agencies such as Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation;
  • Develop a long-term infrastructure strategy that invests in cultural facilities; and

Financially support the effort to make the arts accessible to all people across Ontario. Learn More

New Tax Sub-Class For Creative Co-Location Facilities

On February 12, Toronto City Council approved the creation of a new property tax sub-class for "creative co-location facilities" which will mean that eligible art and cultural hubs will have their property taxes reduced by 50%. The change will not only impact Torontonians but has the potential to set a precedent for other cities across Ontario and the country. Learn More 

Sector News - February 2018

07 February 2018

The OAAG and ADAC Appraisal Toolkit Has Launched

Need help with the appraisal of donated work? Are you familiar with tax rules and advantages for donors of artwork? Presented by OAAG and ADAC for collection managers and museum professionals, this is a how-to manual for obtaining a monetary appraisal. Learn More

Social Assistance Rules Change to Better Support Ontario Artists

On December 13, 2017, the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) announced that, effective that day, arts grants are exempt as income and assets in both ODSP and OW. This means that artists who are on OW or ODSP and receive an arts grant will no longer have the money deducted from their monthly benefits, and will not have to risk becoming ineligible for continuing support from these programs. Learn More 

York Region Arts Council, YRAC

1310 Kerrisdale Blvd., Unit 200
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 7B3

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

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