Guelph, ON – On Thursday, June 17 Guelph Arts Council (GAC) and its project partner 10C organized Art in Everything, a public virtual Artists’ Talk featuring multi-disciplinary artist Don Russell and Peter Schuler, an Elder of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This initiative is based on research and engagement activities of a project funded by an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Seed grant of $12,100 over 8 months to develop a concept for an Artist in Residence program, focused on Indigenous creatives.
Recognizing the grant, Mike Schreiner, MPP for Guelph, said “Congratulations to the Guelph Arts Council and 10C for securing a seed grant from the Ontario Trillium Fund. The development of a concept for an Artist in Residency program with a focus on Indigenous creatives is a wonderful and necessary initiative that will surely lead to the creation of powerful and important work.”
Reflecting on the impact of the project, as the development phase wraps up this month, Guelph Arts Council Executive Director Patti Broughton said “This project emerged from GAC and 10C’s shared commitment to elevate Indigenous voices and knowledge in our work and our belief in the role of the arts in social change. We are grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the opportunity to engage Indigenous artists, Elders, and youth; community-engaged artists and arts organizations; and social changemakers in developing a vision for a program that will give Indigenous artists space, time, and resources to grow creatively,”
Thinking of the way forward, 10C Community Connector Joy Sammy stated “This Seed funding has given GAC and 10C the ability to collaborate with Indigenous Elders and creatives and the foundation for a thoughtful and responsive program. We are looking forward to the next steps.”
For over forty years, Guelph Arts Council has been dedicated to supporting, stimulating, and promoting arts and culture in Guelph. Guelph Arts Council is funded in part by The Guelph Community Foundation and City of Guelph. We also acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.
10C Shared Space is the hub for community changemakers in Guelph. They are a not-for-profit social enterprise creating a platform for those working across sectors and engaging in collaborative work to improve our community.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $115 million to 644 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.
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