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  • October 07, 2013

Ontario Arts Council Supports Local Inititiatives with $276,000 in Funding

Mauro announces Ontario Government funding for successful Thunder Bay-Atikokan Applicants

October 7, 2013

The arts are a vital part of Ontario’s communities.  The culture sector directly generates almost $20 billion annually to Ontario’s economy and creates more than 250,000 jobs in communities around the province.

In addition to the economic impact, a healthy arts culture sector contributes to the quality of life in our communities – the arts benefit the social, cultural and civic life of Ontarians.

Operating Grants:

Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra was awarded $222,000 through the Orchestras program toward its 2013-14 operations. The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra is the only professional orchestra in Northern Ontario and presents around 35 home performances each year. The TBS Chorus, a Youth Orchestra, extensive regional touring, plus diverse educational and outreach programs in schools and around the region are all part of its annual offerings.

Community Arts & Heritage Education Project (CAHEP) was awarded $40,000 through the Arts Education Organizations program toward its 2013-14 operations. Begun as a pilot project in March 2003, CAHEP incorporated as a non-profit organization in June 2005. CAHEP is a grassroots community-based arts education organization that develops and implements multidisciplinary arts and heritage programming and resources for Thunder Bay communities. CAHEP sees the importance of collaborative work of people of all ages in the building of healthy, creative and enriched communities.

Project Grants:

Atikokan Children's Entertainment Series was awarded $6,000 through the Ontario Arts Presenters program toward five artistic performances of varying genres between October 2013 and May 2014 for family audiences of Atikokan and surrounding areas, including First Nation reserves.

Atikokan Entertainment Series was awarded $4,700 through the Ontario Arts Presenters program toward a series of six family-oriented shows, which will include theatre, folk, comedy, pop and dance, from September 2013 to March 2014.

Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society was awarded $3,300 through the Ontario Arts Presenters program toward six concerts in Thunder Bay between September 2013 and May 2014. They will provide local and regional access to live folk music performance featuring a diversity of professional musicians.


"Thunder Bay has a vibrant arts and culture community. I want to thank and congratulate those organizations that have received funding through the Ontario Arts Council, and all individuals and groups that contribute to the vitality of this sector in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario."

— Bill Mauro, Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP


  • The Ontario Arts Council is the primary funding body for the professional arts in Ontario. In 2011-2012, the OAC funded 1,681 individual artists and 1,125 organizations in 216 communities across Ontario for a total of $52.8 million.

For more information:

Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan
(807) 623-9237

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