Three local arts organizations to receive a share of $24 million provincial relief fund

MacLaren Art Centre, Talk is Free Theatre, Mariposa Folk Foundation all to receive funding

Three local organizations are getting a share in a one-time provincial relief fund for the arts.

The Ontario Government is putting $24 million towards the arts sector in an effort to help artists and organizations stay afloat during the pandemic and prepare for a time when they can fully reopen to the public.

Among the 140 recipients of this funding is Barrie’s MacLaren Art Centre. It will receive $180,944 in funding from the provincial government. Also in Barrie, Talk is Free Theatre will get $29,059, while Mariposa Folk Foundation based out of Orillia will receive $47,574 in provincial dollars.

“Arts organizations make an important contribution to our province, providing thousands of jobs for musicians, writers, painters, actors, dancers, stagehands and the many others working behind the scenes,” said Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Minister Lisa MacLeod during an announcement of this funding on Tuesday. “They entertain us, but they also play an important role in the mental health and well-being of Ontarians and an equally important role in the province’s economic and social recovery. Providing the help they need is a critical part of our plan to support individuals, families, and job creators impacted by the virus while laying the foundation for a strong economic recovery.”

MacLeod says the province is working on a program that would see $1 million in support sent directly to artists and creators across Ontario. More information including eligibility requirements and application deadlines will be made available soon via the Ontario Arts Council.