The Grimsby Public Art Gallery was recently awarded an Ontario Arts Council (OAC) operating grant of $27,500 to assist with programming and exhibitions in 2013. The Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, provides support that is crucial to the well-being of the arts community in Ontario; last year the OAC funded 1,681 individual artists and 1,125 organizations in 216 communities across Ontario. A healthy arts community that provides access to visual art, music, theatre, dance, literature and much more for all Ontarians is essential to the well being of all citizens. The arts enhance the quality of life and stimulate creativity in all sectors. The Grimsby Public Art Gallery has been a regular recipient of funds through the Public Art Galleries Operating Grant program for many years. As well as being an important source of funding, this documents that our peers and colleagues recognize the quality of the activities offered at our gallery.
The OAC has numerous programs that make it possible for artists and arts professionals to serve their communities in a variety of ways. All are competitive and applicants must prove that they adhere to recognized standards of professionalism in their chosen field. As well as receiving funding, the GPAG has an important role in distributing funds directly to regional artists through the OAC’s Exhibition Assistance Program. Any artist with a confirmed exhibition in a publicly accessible location can apply to this program for funds to help with the costs of exhibiting their work. The GPAG receives applications and recommends who should receive the available funding based on an established set of criteria. Our next deadline for Exhibition Assistance Grants is October 31st. Please visit the OAC website (www.arts.on.ca) or call the gallery for more information.