Media Release

For Immediate Release
February 9, 2011

 
Improving the quality of life in Oakville:
Ontario Trillium Foundation grant supports the Oakville Arts Council

Oakville, ON - The Oakville Arts Council (OAC) has received a nod of approval from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) for its plan to grow the community’s engagement in the arts, a priority in the Oakville Arts Council’s recently developed strategic plan.
 
The grant award of $40,000 over 24 months will assist the Oakville Arts Council, a leader in the arts and culture sector in Oakville, with the development of a new membership model designed to increase the number of arts and culture participants, creators and consumers.
 
The Oakville Arts Council will be working on a number of initiatives that will help grow engagement in the arts, beginning with a free information membership and developing a stronger role and presence at Oakville’s arts hub, Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre.
 
“This is a very exciting time in the arts and we are looking forward to our continued work with the many partners who share in our vision of creativity and who are working to help shape the arts in Oakville,” said Megan Whittington, Executive Director of the Oakville Arts Council.
 
Members of both the Oakville Arts Council and the broader community who are interested in the arts will be able to take an active role in the changes to come through participation in focus groups, surveys and forums. Regular updates and announcements will be available at www.oakvillearts.com.

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Serving individual artists, arts and festival organizations, not-for-profit artistic groups, commercial arts organizations and associated industries, consumers of art and the public, the Oakville Arts Council is a not-for-profit, charitable, umbrella organization working to grow the community's engagement in the arts and champion artistic development.

Media contact: Bernadette Ward | 905-815-5977 | bward@oakville.ca

 

 

                                                          

 

“We know that the arts are important to the quality of people’s lives. Ensuring that we have a cohesive and connected arts sector is only one part of a balanced equation – an engaged community is the other. We are very pleased that the Ontario Trillium Foundation supports the strategic direction of the Oakville Arts Council and sees us as an effective and positive agent for change.”
Victoria Behune,
President of the
Oakville Arts Council.

“This is a very exciting time in the arts and we are looking forward to our continued work with the many partners who share in our vision of creativity and who are working to help shape the arts in Oakville."
Megan Whittington,
Executive Director of the
Oakville Arts Council.

 
 
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