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OTF Grant Gives Tweed & Area Arts Council a Boost

Oct 20, 2021

For Immediate Release

Municipality of Tweed - The Tweed & Area Arts Council (T&AAC) is pleased to announce that they have received a $19,800 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, (OTF) to develop strategic and marketing plans and create a new website. The project will be completed by May 2022.

"Kudos to the Tweed and Area Arts Council for making a compelling application to the Ontario Trillium's Resilient Communities Fund for this recovery project. Community organizations have dealt with many obstacles, and this will help Tweed in coming back strong," said Hastings-Lennox and Addington MPP Daryl Kramp.† "It's heartening to see our community rise up like this."

"The past 18 months have been hard for arts organizations, said Vicki McCulloch, Chair of the Tweed & Area Arts Council. "We had to temporarily close the Marble Arts Centre, (MAC), cancel our 2020 season and put plans for 2021 on hold due to uncertainty. Our events are a major source of revenue, so it has been a real challenge both financially and in terms of community engagement in our programming. This Ontario Trillium Foundation grant will allow us to build upon the momentum we had achieved prior to the pandemic, planning for the future, and strengthening our ability to reach our audiences and serve our community better as things return to 'normal'."

Established in 2006, T&AAC is a charitable, not-for-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. T&AAC's vision is to enrich the cultural life of the community by promoting awareness of and appreciation for all of the arts. Charitable tax receipts are issued for memberships and donations. T&AAC owns and operates the Marble Arts Centre in Actinolite. The Marble Arts Student Theatre and the Marble Arts Players provide opportunities for local youth and people of all ages in the Tweed area to foster their inner artist. Concerts covering a wide range of musical genres have graced T&AAC's stage. T&AAC also host the annual 'Art in the Park' event, and occasional concerts at the historic lake-side Tweed Kiwanis Pavilion. The renowned Tweed & Company Theatre has roots in the MAC, and regularly performs here. To learn more about T&AAC, visit www.tweedartscouncil.ca, or the organizationís page on Facebook or Instagram.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada's leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario's non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario's economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. †Visit otf.ca to learn more.

Media Contact: Vicki McCulloch Chair, Tweed & Area Arts Council

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