McGuinty Government Increases Provincial Arts Endowment Fund



    Larger Fund Will Create Opportunities To Showcase Ontario Arts And
    Culture

    PORT HOPE, ON, April 2 /CNW/ - Arts and culture organizations, as well as
artists across the province, will benefit from a $10 million grant to the
Ontario Arts Endowment Fund, Culture Minister Caroline Di Cocco announced
today following a tour of Port Hope's historic Capitol Arts Centre.
    The Arts Endowment Fund is administered on behalf of the government by
the Ontario Arts Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation established in 1991
to encourage and facilitate private giving to the arts in Ontario. Since it
began in 1998, the Fund has provided over $20 million to over 250
not-for-profit arts organizations in 70 communities across Ontario.
    "The McGuinty government recognizes the important contributions artists
and cultural organizations make to Ontario communities," said Minister Di
Cocco. "This $10 million boost to the Fund will create more opportunities to
showcase the work of Ontario's artists in our galleries, on our stages, and in
our streets."
    The $10 million in new funding was part of the Ontario budget presented
by the McGuinty government two weeks ago. Other arts and cultural initiatives
in the budget included funding increases to the Ontario Arts Council and the
Ontario Trillium Foundation. The McGuinty government has also introduced the
Status of Ontario's Artists Act which, if passed, would recognize artists'
contribution to Ontario's economy and sense of identity.
    "This is great news for Northumberland-Quinte West," commented Lou
Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West. "This is an important funding
announcement. Our communities are rich in history and cultural attractions,
and we take tremendous pride in celebrating and sharing them," stated MPP
Rinaldi.
    "The enriched Arts Endowment Fund will be of greater support to
communities that want to promote themselves as cultural tourism destinations,"
added Di Cocco.
    "The cultural renaissance that we've seen unfolding in Toronto
demonstrates the public hunger for arts and culture," said Ontario Arts
Foundation Chair Dr. Murray Frum. "This could signal the beginning of a
province-wide renaissance of similar magnitude."

    
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For further information:

For further information: Mark Thompson, Minister's Office, (416)
325-4071; Guy Lepage, Communications Branch, (416) 324-3497

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