Our staff and Board worked hard this year to adapt our programs and activities in order to continue supporting our vibrant arts community. Here is a glimpse at some of our accomplishments:
- Safely connected artists to audiences through a virtual version of Art in the County;
- Activated art in physical and virtual community spaces through our Public Art Grant, awarded to the Department of Illumination and Nella Casson;
- Supported County Kids Read in their delivery of 1,000 free books and 80 learning kits to local at-risk children during the school closure;
- Subsidized professional development opportunities for local artists on how to teach visual and performance art online;
- Awarded our first Artists in the Community grant to local artist Dianne Kehoe who will run virtual watercolour journaling workshops with County seniors this winter;
- Awarded $1000 scholarships to 3 local youth pursuing post-secondary education in the Arts;
- Launched our first social enterprise project (stay tuned for exciting news about a unique upcoming holiday shopping opportunity!);
- Advocated for the creation of a Public Art Policy and renewed Cultural Plan for the County; and
Deepened and developed new community partnerships including with Community Care for Seniors, Quinte Arts Council, the ROC, DeRail Art, and many more.
And the work continues! The Arts Council team is cooking up many exciting projects for 2021 – first up, an Artist Residency Program for members!
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