This letter, sent to our MPP Mr. Jack MacLaren, announces a grant from the Ontario Arts Council:
Mr. Jack MacLaren
Critic: Democratic and Senate Reform
MPP Carleton—Mississippi Mills
Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A8
For the past 50 years, government investment has enabled the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) to fulfill its mandate to foster the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarians. Ontario has nurtured extraordinary arts activity right across the province and developed a remarkable network of arts communities over OAC’s half-century – a milestone we are celebrating until April 2014.
Today we are pleased to share with you information about successful applicants from your riding during the latest program deadlines.
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum was awarded $8,000 through the Public Art Galleries Projects program toward “30 30: Reiko Sudo’s Textiles for Nuno,” an exhibition of 30 textiles designed by Sudo and her associates.
More than 250,000 Ontarians work in the culture sector, representing 4.1 per cent of the provincial workforce (2003), a major driver of economic prosperity in Ontario. The most recent statistics indicate that the culture sector generated $19.7 billion or 4.2 per cent of Ontario’s GDP. Both Statistics Canada and the Conference Board of Canada recognize creators and creative producers in the arts as important contributors to the economy.
The arts also benefit the social, cultural and civic life of Ontarians. According to our 2010 The Arts and the Quality of Life study, commissioned from Environics, a resounding 95 per cent of Ontarians said that the arts enrich the quality of our lives. A further 89 per cent said that if their community lost its arts activities, people living there would lose something of value.
If you would like more information about OAC or how we can support your efforts to highlight the importance of the arts in your riding, please contact Shoshana Wasser, Communications Coordinator, at 416-969-7434 (1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434), email@example.com.