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  • September 03, 2014

A year of arts funding support from the Ontario Arts Council

Artists and arts organizations contribute to Scarborough-Guildwood and Ontario

The arts play a vital role inOntario’s communities, enhancing our quality of life and delivering significant economic benefits. The arts and culture sector directly contributes $23 billion each year toOntario’s GDP and employs more than 250,000 Ontarians across the province.


Today, we are recognizing the work of artists and arts organizations in Scarborough-Guildwood who over the past year have received funding from the Ontario Arts Council, the province’s primary funding body for the arts. In 2013-2014, a total of $78,530 was allocated to professional artists and arts organizations in Scarborough-Guildwood. 

Individual artists are:

Arts organizations are:



“I am incredibly proud to stand behind our very talented artists here in Scarborough-Guildwood. This investment being made by the Ontario Arts Council in local arts and culture will enrich our neighbourhoods and communities for years to come.”

-Mitzie Hunter, MPP Scarborough-Guildwood



  • For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2013-2014, OAC funded 1,737 individual artists and 1,095 organizations in 223 Ontario communities, for a total of $52.1 million.


  • Studies show Ontarians believe culture is integral to their quality of life. A 2010 study by Environics Research reveals that a resounding 95 per cent of Ontarians believe the arts enrich the quality of our lives. A further 89 per cent believe that if their community lost its arts activities, people living there would lose something of value.


  • The economic impact ofOntario’s arts and culture tourism is substantial. In 2010, arts and culture tourist spending contributed $3.7 billion to Ontario’s GDP, as well approximately 67,700 jobs, $2.4 billion in wages, and $1.7 billion in taxes (including $3.1 million for Ontario municipalities), according to a report prepared by Research Resolutions & Consulting Ltd.





Keesha Bell, 416-281-2787

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