Connections and Creativity - Ontario Arts Council's New Strategic Plan Now Online



    TORONTO, July 29 /CNW/ - Connections and Creativity: A vision for the
arts and the people of Ontario, the Ontario Arts Council's new strategic plan
for the next five years, is available on the OAC website
(http://www.arts.on.ca/page525.aspx).
    The plan will provide a framework to guide our priorities in the coming
years. Printed copies will be mailed out by the end of August.

    
    FACTS

    Strategic Planning Process

    -   Conversations with more than 500 people around the province through
        community consultations and one-on-one interviews provided the source
        material from which the final plan evolved.

    -   The preliminary reports (http://www.arts.on.ca/Page2106.aspx) based
        on these consultations are still available on the OAC website. When
        they were first posted last February, people had a month to respond
        to the major themes identified by the consultants.

    Funding

    -   In March 2007, the government of Ontario announced a $15 million
        increase to OAC's base funding over three years.

    -   This increase was followed a year later, by an additional $5 million,
        bringing the government's total annual investment in the Ontario Arts
        Council to almost $60 million by 2009/2010.

    -   Budget increases to most arts sectors will grow by 30 per cent over
        three years from 2007 to 2010.

    -   Some sectors will see larger increases, a reflection of the
        priorities that form the basis of the new strategic plan.

    QUOTE

    "Over the course of our extensive consultation process we heard a great
deal about the realities and needs facing the arts everywhere in Ontario,"
said John Brotman, OAC Executive Director. "We have developed the vision and
the strategies in the plan to respond, and to strengthen the impact of the
arts in their communities. We are also introducing new initiatives to fulfill
some of the strategies in the plan."

    LEARN MORE

    -   Download the PDF
        (http://www.arts.on.ca/AssetFactory.aspx?vid=3064) of the
        Strategic Plan
    -   About granting programs and awards
        (http://www.arts.on.ca/Page16.aspx) of the Ontario Arts Council

    The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) (http://www.arts.on.ca/index.aspx) is the
province of Ontario's primary funding body for professional arts activity.
Since 1963, the OAC has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the
development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of
Ontarians.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Inquiries: Kirsten Gunter, Director of
Communications, Ontario Arts Council, (416) 969-7403, 1-800-387-0058, ext.
7403, kgunter@arts.on.ca

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