At a recent meeting, Lambton's Creative County Committee approved $96,700 in funding assistance for 17 projects under the Creative County Grant Program. The Creative County Grant Program was launched in 2013 to support innovative projects that build cultural capacity, strengthen the creative community, define the County's unique identity and enrich the quality of life of all residents. The program provides up to 50% of total project costs for new arts, culture and heritage initiatives across the County.
Broadway on the Beach, part of the Wednesdays Familiar Favourites series, supported by the Creative County Grant Program
The projects that were approved for the 2018 program year include the following:
$15,000 to Sarnia-Lambton Rebound to support the music therapy program Rebound Rocks, which is designed to engage youth ages 16 - 20.
$1,000 to the Port Franks and Area Camera Club to host open houses and coordinate guest speakers as part of the Grand Bend Arts Festival, in addition to hosting photography workshops for adults and children.
$6,000 to YMCAs of Southwestern Ontario for the Newcomer and First Nations Youth Cultural Exchange, a series of six events offering First Nation and Newcomer youth the opportunity to learn from each other, share their cultures, and develop leadership skills.
$1,000 to the City of Sarnia for the summer entertainment series Get out of the Garage, which invites four youth bands/musicians to showcase their talent on the Centennial Park stage.
$17,000 to the Town of Petrolia for Victoria Playhouse Petrolia's joint cultural investment initiative with the County, which seeks to promote the VPP more broadly to a growing patron base and work with the County to cross promote other regional cultural attractions and assets.
$10,000 to Sarnia Artwalk for the Local Artist Showcase, supporting the acquisition of two canopy tents for the 2018 edition of the event for use by local artists for art sales, demonstrations and workshops.
$1,500 to the Grand Bend Art Centre for Paint Ontario Artist Call, designed to increase the number of art entries to the 2018 Paint Ontario art show and sale by deploying a targeted digital marketing campaign to Lambton County and Ontario landscape and portrait artists.
$2,700 to support the Alvinston Arts and Music Fest event.
$5,000 to Creative Connections with Jan, for a weekly art program at Kinwood Public and Kettle Point-Hillcrest elementary schools.
$3,000 to Huron Shores United Church for the Performing Arts Programming Pilot Project, to develop, market, and launch a live performance in the newly created concert hall of the church in Grand Bend.
$2,000 to the Municipality of Brooke-Alvinston for a stairwell mural at the municipality's office and entrance to the arts and activity space.
$3,500 for production of the Klondyke Marsh History commemorative book.
$9,500 for Focus on Ability, a horticultural-based visual arts program.
$1,800 to support the creation of an intergenerational community choir that performs at Lambton Meadowview Villa.
$6,250 to the Watford Legion to commission a local artist to paint a 20 foot historical mural on the Legion's façade.
$2,000 to Lambton Shores Nature Trails for log structure panels at the Forest Walkway Trailhead and the Port Franks Heritage Forest trailhead.
$9,450 for material and program costs for the Me, You & Us painting classes coordinated in partnership with Kettle & Stony Point First Nation and the Ausable Optimist Club.
The next application intake is scheduled for the fall of 2018, and will support initiatives taking place during the 2019 year. For more information about Lambton's Creative County Grant Program, visit www.lambtononline.ca and click on the "Creative County" tab under the "Residents" heading.