Our mandate is to promote and foster artistic development, participation and appreciation of arts and culture for the benefit of all Oakville residents; to sustain and foster the community's education and engagement in and with the arts.
It is our vision that Oakville has a vibrant artistic community and the Oakville Arts Council leads and represents arts and culture in Oakville.
The mission of the Oakville Arts Council is to sustain and foster the community’s engagement in the arts and champion artistic development.
Who is the Oakville Arts Council?
The Oakville Arts Council is a leader in providing services and professional development opportunities for artists and arts organizations.
We are the arts portal for the community, offering the most comprehensive calendar of arts events available as well as up-to-date news, information and statistics about the sector.
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Currently, the organization consists of a 10-member Board of Directors and a Management Team of one full-time Executive Director, a part-time Communications Director, and a part-time Membership and Office Administrator. The Oakville Arts Council has benefited from shared resources of a part-time Membership and Development Director thanks to CommUnity Arts Space, through an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant.
Our current membership is comprised of more than 200 professional and community performing arts groups, arts businesses and individual artists across the Heritage & Culture, Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Digital Arts, and Visual Arts sectors. Along with recognition as contributors to the collective voice of the arts in Oakville, members are entitled to a variety of membership services.
The Oakville Arts Council is a not-for-profit charitable organization that serves a membership of artists and arts organizations, as well as the general public, as the definitive arts information service in Oakville. We exist to foster and sustain community engagement in the arts while championing artistic development. By enabling local artists and arts organizations and encouraging participation in the arts we enrich the creative life of our Town. We promote the arts as vital to achieving a healthy, innovative and vibrant community.
How do we achieve our goals?
We maintain a comprehensive and up to date Arts Calendar and Arts Directory that the public can access to create or participate in local arts activity.
We run the artistic community brochure racks program to get arts information into the hands of the residents of Oakville.
We mentor artists and arts organizations by sharing information, consulting, and educating our members on topics such as business management, marketing, professional development, peer networking, fundraising, and availability and accessibility of arts space
We maintain open communication through a variety of media, including the internet, print media, direct communication to members and subscribers, social media, and our website.
We foster, promote and champion Oakville artists and arts organizations in their programming.
Charitable organizations depend on support from the community.
Over 250 individuals, foundations and corporations support the Oakville Arts Council through Grants and Foundations, Sponsorships, Charitable Donations, and Membership.
The Oakville Arts Council regularly communicates with more than 2,500 members, subscribers and followers on Twitter.
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