Ontario Arts Council Increases Support to the Northeast



    TORONTO, May 21 /CNW/ - The Ontario Arts Council is increasing support to
Northeastern Ontario through the appointments of Laurie McGauley and Gouled
Hassan as Northeastern Consultants. Laurie and Gouled are both based in
Sudbury and will be serving the communities of Sudbury, Timmins, North Bay,
Sault Ste. Marie, Manitoulin Island and Hearst plus those in the surrounding
area. They will provide grant application guidance to artists and arts
organizations and will increase awareness of OAC programs in this region.
    This latest initiative is a result of increased funding to OAC over the
past three years and in keeping with the goals outlined in OAC's five-year
strategic plan Connections and Creativity (http://www.arts.on.ca/Page525.aspx)
launched last summer. One of the strategies identified was to boost our
commitment to outreach through staff dedicated to this activity. Laurie and
Gouled join Bushra Junaid, Outreach and Development Manager, and Marilyn
McIntosh, Northwestern Consultant, who is based in Thunder Bay.

    BACKGROUND

    Laurie McGauley's experience in the arts and other non-profit
organizations stretches back more than 25 years. She is the founder and
artistic director of Myths and Mirrors Community Arts, and she is also a
sessional professor at Laurentian University in Sudbury and has worked as a
consultant on community arts and community development.
    Gouled Hassan's experience is in community engagement. He has worked with
Contact interculturel francophone de Sudbury as their Arts and Culture Program
Coordinator and now Board Member and has also been the vice-president for the
Association canadienne- française de l'Ontario du Grand Sudbury and Treasurer
for the Union provinciale des minorités raciales et ethnoculturelles. Gouled
also works for the Journal Le Voyageur as a marketing consultant and chief
administrator.

    QUOTE

    "Laurie and Gouled impressed us with their entrepreneurial spirit and
their deep understanding of the needs in their communities" said John Brotman,
Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Council. "Their role is essential to
ensuring artists in the North have equal access to OAC programs."
    OAC is finalizing office space arrangements for Gouled and Laurie. In the
meantime they can be reached at ghassan@arts.on.ca or at 705-665-4907 or
1-877-265-8842 and lmcgauley@arts.on.ca at 705-665-2718 or 1-877-265-9110
    Two years ago, OAC launched Northern Arts
(http://www.arts.on.ca/Page1528.aspx) a granting program that recognizes that
creation and production grants to northern artists are essential to the
region's artistic diversity and that audiences in the north need access to
more arts experiences.

    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,
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: MEDIA INQUIRIES: Hamal Docter, Communications
Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council, (416) 969-7434, 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434,
hdocter@arts.on.ca

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