FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 6TH, 2019
ONTARIO SUPPORTING ARTS AND CULTURE IN SIMCOE NORTH
Province investing in local theatre and music organizations
Simcoe North – Ontario’s government is working for the people by making key investments in local theatre and music organizations in Simcoe North.
Today, the Ontario government announced that Mariposa Folk Festival (Orillia) and Brookside Music Association (Midland) would be receiving total funding of over $57,000. The funding is part of the Ontario Arts Council and will help both organizations pay for artistic and operational expenses.
“The people in our riding have great talent and I have seen firsthand the enriching effect that the arts and culture have in our communities. The arts bring people together in a very special way,” said Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North. “Our government understands how valuable culture is to the lives and communities of Ontarians. This support from the Ontario Arts Council will help Mariposa Folk Festival and Brookside Music Association continue to have a positive impact on our local economy, create good jobs and draw visitors to our great community.
Ontario is supporting 50 theatre and music organizations in the latest round of operating grants to maximize the positive impacts of our cultural sector in communities across the province. This funding will contribute to paying important expenses such as programming costs and employee wages.
“Ontario’s government working for the people understands how valuable culture is to the lives and communities of people across the province,” said Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Our local theatre and music organizations boost prosperity and encourage cultural tourism, and I’m pleased that through these grants they’ll have the resources they need to continue this great work.”
- Ontario is investing $2.2 million in the latest round of operating grants to theatre and music organizations.
- Culture is one of Ontario’s fastest growing sectors, employing over 270,000 people and contributing over $25 billion annually to Ontario’s economy.
- The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario and is the primary funder of the professional non-profit arts sector in the province.
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