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Partnership Matches Money Raised By Arts And Community Organizations

The Kingston Arts Council thanks Steve Rockel, from the Regional Services Branch office of the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration for sending us this information.

The McGuinty government is supporting arts education across the province by partnering with more than 100 arts and community organizations through the Arts Education Partnership Initiative, Minister of Culture Caroline Di Cocco announced today.

“The McGuinty government is investing in arts education to ensure the success of our students,” said Di Cocco. “Arts education is a necessity and raises academic achievement in all areas.”

“An arts education makes a big difference in helping children excel intellectually, physically and emotionally,” said Minister of Education Kathleen Wynne. “By studying the arts -- such as dance, drama, music, and media and visual arts -- students learn to work more effectively with others and think more creatively and critically.”

The Arts Education Partnership Initiative matches money raised by 119 arts and community organizations from private donors to support new or enhanced arts education projects. The initiative is administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation. Successful applicants were selected by a review team managed by the Ontario Arts Council. The organizations have until March 31, 2008 to raise funds from the private sector.

“This program recognizes the important role of arts education in Ontario,” said Dr. Murray Frum, Chair of the Ontario Arts Foundation. “These organizations’ programs can help keep students in school, while building their self confidence, problem solving skills and creativity.”

“We are very encouraged to receive support for an arts education project that we believe in so strongly,” said Margaret Boyd, Executive Director of Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound. “The matching funds will go a long way towards turning a pilot project that brings professional musicians into Parry Sound area classrooms an ongoing program.”

Premier Dalton McGuinty announced the program in May 2006. The program has a total of $4 million in funding support from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture.

This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in arts education. Other initiatives include:

• Learning Through the Arts - A classroom-based initiative developed and delivered by the Royal Conservatory of Music. Launched in 1994, this innovative program provides teachers and community artists with training and tools to integrate the arts into the learning process. The province invested $2 million in Learning Through the Arts in 2005-06, with a further commitment of $1 million per year over the next four years.
• The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) - Between April 2004 and March 2006 the OTF has awarded 138 grants worth over $10 million to arts education initiatives throughout Ontario.

• The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) - From April 1, 2004 to March 31, 2006 the OAC has invested more than $2 million in the Artists in Education and Aboriginal Artists in Education programs, where professional artists provide hands-on creative learning workshops for young people in the classroom. The OAC has also awarded nearly $2 million in grants to arts education organizations and projects.