New National and International Touring and Residencies Pilot program



    TORONTO, July 18 /CNW/ - The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) today announced
the National and International Touring and Residencies Pilot program for
artists and arts organizations who have plans to tour either across Canada or
internationally in the coming months.
    "Over the years and most recently during our strategic planning
consultations, we have realized that there is a need for a program that
supports touring outside of Ontario," said John Brotman, OAC Executive
Director. "Now that we have more resources, I am delighted that Ontario
artists will have additional opportunities to gain greater visibility for
their work."
    "Through the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario government provides vital
support to many of Ontario's talented artists and arts organizations," said
Aileen Carroll, Minister of Culture. "By increasing the OAC's annual budget by
140 percent over the past five years, our government is creating programs like
this that will provide capacity for Ontario's creative talent to shine on the
world stage and bolster this sector of the economy."
    The National and International Touring and Residencies Pilot program will
support artists and arts organizations who have touring, exhibition,
distribution or residency opportunities outside of Ontario. The pilot program
is an interim stage while we develop the full-fledged program to be launched
in time for the next fiscal year.

    The program information and application form will be available as of
August 1, 2008. If you have questions about this program, please contact
Mark Hammond, Interim National and International Touring Officer, at
416-646-7466 / 1-800-387-7466, ext. 7466 or at mhammond@arts.on.ca.

    The National and International Touring and Residencies Pilot program has
    two categories:

    Touring Category

    The goal for the pilot's touring category is to increase Ontario's
artistic visibility beyond our provincial borders and raise the profile of
Ontario artists both nationally and internationally. This is a
multidisciplinary program with no deadlines. Proposals will be accepted as of
August 1, and will be assessed on an on-going basis.

    Residency Category

    The residency category of this program is to support Ontario artists who
have opportunities for creative residencies in Canada or abroad.
    In addition, OAC will be exploring residency relationships with other
countries. For example, OAC has also established a relationship with the
Akademie Schloss Solitude (www.akademie-solitude.de) in Stuttgart, Germany.
Artists interested in applying for the 2009-2011 residency at the Akademie
Schloss Solitude should contact the Akademie directly as the deadline is
October 31, 2008.
    In support of OAC's residency initiative, the University of Toronto has
offered living accommodation for artists from abroad who wish to work in
Toronto or collaborate with Ontario artists.

    Interim National and International Touring Officer hired

    OAC has hired Mark Hammond as Interim National and International Touring
Officer on a part-time contract. Mark has worked in the performing arts for
35 years, in Toronto, Montreal, New York, Amsterdam and Antwerp.
    He founded the Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa) in 1987 and over 20 years
he presented over 50 different artists including Philip Glass, Sankai Juku,
Cullberg Ballet, Kodo Drummers, Diamanda Galas and JohnPaul Jones. Mark was
the Canadian line producer for the 1987 Holland in Canada Festival (Ottawa,
Montreal, Toronto).
    He was the founding manager for Dancemakers (Toronto) and was manager for
Richard Rose's Necessary Angel Theatre (Toronto) followed by a period as the
general director for LaLaLa Human Steps (Montreal). He was part of the
1993 Europe Culture Capital team (Antwerp) where he was responsible for
programming young artists from 15 cities around the world. Currently Mark is
the director of programming at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

    National and International Touring program inquiries

    Mark Hammond, Interim National and International Touring Officer
416-646-7466 / 1-800-387-7466, ext. 7466 / mhammond@arts.on.ca.

    The program information and application form will be available as of
    August 1, 2008.

    The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) (http://www.arts.on.ca) is the province of
Ontario's primary funding body for professional arts activity. Since 1963, 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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