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  • August 02, 2017

Celebrating the arts and its huge contribution to Cambridge

Kathryn McGarry recognizes recipients of 2016-17 Ontario Arts Council grants

The arts play a vital role in Ontario’s communities, enhancing our quality of life and delivering significant economic benefits. Ontario's arts, culture and heritage sector represents $27.7 billion or 4.1 per cent of the province's GDP and almost 302,000 jobs.*

“Supporting the arts is critical to supporting community health and economic growth. Creativity is something to be celebrated, embraced and enjoyed every day,” said Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge

We acknowledge the work of artists and arts organizations from Cambridge who over the past year have received funding from the Ontario Arts Council, the province’s primary funding body for the arts. In 2016-17, a total of $96,372 was awarded to professional artists and arts organizations in Cambridge. 
The following grant recipients were publicly recognized on July 22, 2017 at the opening of the Cambridge Arts Festival at Civic Square: 

  • Amici Chamber Ensemble, Cambridge -- $6,128, Presenter/Producer 
  • Cambridge Art Galleries, Cambridge -- $56,525, Public Art Galleries 
  • Sonderlust, Cambridge -- $3,120, Theatre Creators' Reserve 
  • April Bulmer, Cambridge -- $1,500, Writers' Reserve
  • Rachel Davies, Cambridge -- $1,500, Writers' Reserve
  • Natalie Hyde, Cambridge -- $1,500, Writers' Reserve
  • Neeta J. Koticha, Cambridge --$500, Exhibition Assistance
  • Allison Lupton, Cambridge -- $10,700, National and International Touring
  • Judy Major-Girardin, Cambridge -- $800, Exhibition Assistance
  • Kari Mullin, Cambridge -- $5,925, Artists in Education: Program for Individuals
  • Bill Schwarz, Cambridge -- $1,500 Exhibition Assistance
  • Donna Stewart, Cambridge -- $6,250 Artists in Education: Program for Individuals
  • Pier-Bernard Tremblay, Cambridge -- $424 Travel Assistance 


  • For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2016-17, OAC funded 1,657 individual artists and 1,098 organizations in 212 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.8 million.
  • Ontarians believe that culture is integral to their quality of life. A 2017 study by Nanos Research reveals that 90 per cent of Ontarians agree that the arts enrich their community’s quality of life. A further 88 per cent believe that participating in arts activities builds a shared sense of community identity.
  • The economic impact of Ontario’s arts and culture tourism is substantial. In 2010, arts and culture tourist spending contributed $3.7 billion to Ontario’s GDP, as well as approximately 67,700 jobs, $2.4 billion in wages, and $1.7 billion in taxes (including $3.1 million for Ontario municipalities), according to a report prepared by Research Resolutions & Consulting Ltd.


* These figures measure all of the culture sector’s output – including both culture and non-culture products, e.g. a theatre company may generate GDP from both ticket sales – a culture activity – and food and beverage services – a non-culture activity.



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