New Chair of the Ontario Arts Council Nominated
Province Nominates an Expert in the Culture Sector
Ontario has nominated Rita Davies for the position of Chair of the Ontario Arts Council.
For over 30 years, Davies has been a strong leader in the arts community, supporting regional arts and culture sector development. Davies has previously served as the first Executive Director of the Toronto Arts Council, and as the first Executive Director of Culture for the amalgamated City of Toronto.
Davies' work in the culture sector has resulted in the creation of many of Toronto's celebrated arts festivals, including Nuit Blanche. Her work has also resulted in strong public private partnerships that have revitalized the John Street Roundhouse, Wychwood Car Barns and Evergreen Brickworks.
The nomination is subject to review by the Standing Committee on Government Agencies and approval by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
Supporting the arts and culture sector is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- The Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, offers more than 65 granting programs for Ontario artists and arts organizations.
- In 2014-15, the Ontario Arts Council granted over $52 million to more than 1,700 individual artists and over 1,000 organizations in more than 200 communities across the province.
“I would like to congratulate Ms. Davies on her nomination for the position of Chair of the Ontario Arts Council. I am confident that under her leadership, the Council will be in a strong position to build on its legacy of bringing positive change to arts communities across the province.”