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A boost for Hamilton's art community

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A boost for Hamilton's art community

McGuinty Government Supporting Local Arts Organizations

At-risk high school students in Hamilton will benefit from an arts apprenticeship program offered by Culture for Kids in the Arts, one of three arts organizations in the city to get a funding boost from Ontario.

The Government of Ontario is investing $30,000 in CONNECT with the Arts, which exposes secondary school students at risk of not graduating to skilled trades within the arts and entertainment businesses.

The government is also providing $56,000 through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund to the Art Gallery of Hamilton to attract new audiences to see the Inspiration East exhibition this summer. Inspiration East is a celebration of Asian arts and culture which runs until the fall.

Arts Hamilton is also receiving funding for its ARTwalk project. The government is investing $10,000 in ARTwalk, a permanent urban art trail which will connect arts and cultural activity centres in Hamilton's downtown core.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario’s culture sector generates almost $20 billion of the province’s Gross Domestic Product.
  • To help develop and promote arts organizations and artists across Ontario, the government is increasing the Ontario Arts Council’s annual budget to almost $60 million by 2009/10. This is an increase of almost 140 per cent since 2003.
  • The Ontario Arts Council has invested more than $4 million since 2003 in Hamilton’s art sector.

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“Hamilton has a vibrant and eclectic arts community that is helping transform the city’s landscape and quality of life through innovative partnerships and programs. Ontario is proud to support arts and culture initiatives that build stronger communities, help students achieve success and provide a boost to our economy.”

Aileen Carroll

Minister of Culture

“Ontario’s investments in Hamilton’s growing arts sector benefit everyone by raising the profile of our artists and arts organizations and highlighting the positive impact they have on our community”

Sophia Aggelonitis

Hamilton Mountain MPP

“The investment from the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund has allowed us to draw new audiences to the Art Gallery of Hamilton during our celebration of Asian arts and culture. We’re delighted to attract visitors to Hamilton and, in many cases, art galleries, for the very first time.”

Louise Dompierre

President and CEO, Art Gallery of Hamilton

“Thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture, 315 new elementary and secondary students will have the opportunity to experience the arts as a vehicle to learn and grow.”

Vitek Wincza

Founder and Programming Director, Culture for Kids in the Arts

“The King William Artwalk is an animated pedestrian environment that will encourage increased exposure to a variety of artistic and cultural experiences through celebrations and events. Thanks to the Ontario government for helping bring the King William Artwalk to life.”

Paul de Courcy

Executive Director, Arts Hamilton