Ontario Boosts Support For The Arts



    McGuinty Government Invests In Growing Creative Sector

    TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is investing in the vitality of its arts and cultural sector and
the continued growth of the creative economy. The province is providing a $5
million increase in annual funding to the Ontario Arts Council to  help the
Council:

    
    -   Develop Ontario arts organizations and artists
    -   Promote art and culture in communities across Ontario
    -   Increase its services to artists and creators
    

    Ontario's Entertainment and Creative Cluster created over 80,000 new jobs
in Ontario between 1999-2007, an increase of almost 40 per cent. This key
economic sector is expected to grow faster than the rest of the economy over
the next two decades. Today's announcement means the Council's annual budget
is almost $60 million - up 140 per cent since 2003.

    QUOTES

    "Ontario's talented artists and arts organizations are vital to the
growth of the province's creative economy. Investments in the arts helps
strengthen the sector, stimulates the economy and creates jobs."
    - Culture Minister Aileen Carroll

    "Ontario's artists and arts organizations improve our quality of life,
boost local economies and help our province compete internationally. This
investment recognizes those contributions and allows us to provide more
services that support the continued success of our creative sector."
    - Ontario Arts Council Chair Martha Durdin

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Ontario's Entertainment and Creative Cluster has grown by almost
        40 per cent, compared with 17 per cent of the overall Ontario economy
    -   In 2007-2008, Ontario Arts Council funded 1,300 individual artists
        and 874 organizations in 252 communities across Ontario.
    -   The Ontario Arts Council provides more than 50 grant programs for
        Ontario artists and art organizations.

    LEARN MORE

    Find out more about programs and grants offered by the Ontario Arts
    Council. (http://www.arts.on.ca/index.aspx)

    Read more about supports for Ontario artists at www.ontarioartist.ca

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For further information:

For further information: Sarah Petrevan, Minister's Office, (416)
325-1676; Lisa Robart, Communications Branch, (416) 212-3928

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