Cultural Grants allow art and culture to thrive in Oakville

Monday, August 08, 2011 – for immediate release

Cultural Grants allow art and culture to thrive in Oakville

The local arts and culture community recently got a boost through the Town of Oakville’s Cultural Grants program. This summer, 15 recipients received a combined total of $98,000 distributed across various heritage and culture, media, literary, visual, and performing arts groups.

“These grants allow the arts community to cultivate, develop and produce programs that enrich the lives of Oakville residents and it’s important to see these groups flourish,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Arts and culture are a vital part of the livability of Oakville. It’s that livability that helps attract the kind of investment in new jobs our community wants.”

Administered by the Oakville Arts Council on behalf of the Town of Oakville, the grant assists local not-for-profit arts, heritage and culture groups with their operating and program costs.

The following recipients were selected by the Cultural Grants Review Committee:

Carousel of Nations Multicultural Association
Community Arts Space
Halton Youth Symphony
High Rendition Jazz
Intrada Brass of Oakville
Masterworks of Oakville Chorus & Orchestra
Oakville Camera Club
Oakville Chamber Ensemble
Oakville Chamber Orchestra
Oakville Children’s Choir
Oakville Literary Alliance
Oakville Symphony Orchestra
Oakville Wind Orchestra Inc.
West End Studio Theatre

“Submissions were down from last year and we interpret this as great news,” explained Andrew MacIver, treasurer of the Oakville Arts Council. “Many of our previous grant recipients have demonstrated impressive success and are now in a position to sustain themselves without the aid of the Cultural Grant. Culture in Oakville is thriving.”

Not-for-profit arts, heritage and cultural groups interested in applying to the Cultural Grants program for 2012 are invited to attend a workshop hosted by the Oakville Arts Council and the Town of Oakville on Wednesday, August 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the central branch of the Oakville Public Library, 120 Navy Street.

The Cultural Grants program has been funding local arts and culture programs since 1989, having given 42 different cultural organizations financial funding over the past 22 years.


Media contacts:

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3005

Bernadette Ward
Communications Manager
Oakville Arts Council

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