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artsVest™ brings year-long training and $35,000 in matching funds to Oakville’s arts and culture community

Information session for arts and culture groups takes place February 15, 2017

artsVest, a matching incentive and sponsorship training program designed to create partnerships between businesses and arts and culture groups, is coming to Oakville.

The program is offered by Business for the Arts, a national charitable organization that strengthens arts and culture in Canada by building partnerships between the private and cultural sectors. With funding support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Government of Canada, $35,000 in matching funds will be delivered to local arts organizations.

The Town of Oakville will help administer the program, and provide meeting space for an information session and sponsorship workshop on February 15 from 1-5 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Culture Centre. The workshop will be immediately followed by a reception to celebrate the launch of the program.

“Council believes in building bridges and helping establish relationships between various communities and organizations in Oakville,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “By encouraging partnerships between businesses and cultural organizations, the artsVest program helps to foster creativity and culture for everyone to enjoy.”

artsVest works directly with small to mid-sized arts organizations, equipping them with in-depth training, tools and mentorship relationships with private sector businesses. As an added incentive, artsVest participants can apply for matching grants. For every dollar raised in sponsorship, Business for the Arts will match it – doubling their sponsorship opportunity.

“Business for the Arts is thrilled to be bringing the artsVest program to Oakville,” says Aida Aydinyan, vice president of Business for the Arts. “The generous funding and support from the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Government of Canada and the Town of Oakville speaks volumes to the importance and power of building relationships between the sectors. We look forward to seeing the incredible impact these arts organizations and businesses will have in the town over the next year.”

Arts and culture groups can learn more about the program and apply to participate on the artsVest page.

“Friends of Joshua Creek” Art Exhibition: A Collection of Works from Members

Once a year Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, a registered Canadian charity, invites its members (otherwise known as Friends of Joshua Creek) to exhibit their art. This collaboration is one of their finest. The variety of works ranges from watercolour and acrylic to fibre art and photography. Guests and artists alike enjoy seeing the talents of a varied group of artists in one location.

For those interested in becoming a member of Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre and supporting a creative sanctuary and piece of Oakville heritage, visit or email

The exhibition runs until September 4th. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre is located at 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road (1km east of Trafalgar), Oakville, Ontario.

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“Elemental” Art Exhibition by the Octarine Artists  at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

For their third annual art exhibition, “Elemental”, the Octarine Women Artists’ Collective, a group of eight artists from Wellington County, are showing their work at Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre in Oakville.
The eight artists work in a variety of different media and will be presenting new pieces in this show. Participating artists include Deborah Dryden (encaustic), Carol Hughes (watercolour), Kim Johnston (oils, watercolour and pastel), Mary Karavos (paper collage), Jean Loney (mosaic), Leslie Miles (soft pastels and mixed media), Gail Root (oils and chalk pastel) and Susan Strachan Johnson (altered photographs).
All are known for their interpretation of nature, responding differently to the colour and atmosphere of their natural environments.
There will be an opening reception, with artists present, on Sunday April 3, 2016 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. The public is invited, and admission is by donation to the gallery.
After the success of their two previous shows in Guelph, the move to the spacious gallery in a renovated barn at Joshua Creek will allow for a longer period of five weeks for this year’s show. The exhibit runs from Friday April 1 to Sunday May 8, 2016.
Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre is located at 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road (1km east of Trafalgar), Oakville, Ontario.
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Cultural Grants provide $110,000 for local arts community

Twenty-nine local organizations benefit from annual grant program
The Oakville Arts Council recently awarded a total of $110,000 in grants to 29 local not-for-profit arts and culture organizations as part of the Town of Oakville’s Cultural Grants program.

“Council is committed to supporting our vibrant arts and culture community,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “We want to ensure our arts and culture groups continue to thrive and enrich the lives of all Oakville residents.”

Administered by the Oakville Arts Council on behalf of the Town of Oakville, the Cultural Grants program assists local not-for-profit arts, heritage and culture groups with their operating and program costs.

The following recipients were selected by the Cultural Grants Review Committee.

  • ArtHouse for Children and Youth
  • ArtWorks Oakville Association
  • Burl-Oak Theatre Group
  • Canadian Music Competition-Oakville/Mississauga Chapter
  • Carousel of Nations Multicultural Association
  • Circle of Harmony Chorus
  • Halton Jazz Singers
  • Halton Mississauga Youth Orchestra
  • High Rendition Youth Jazz Band Inc.
  • Intrada Brass of Oakville
  • Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre
  • Masterworks of Oakville Chorus and Orchestra
  • Musikay
  • Oakville Art Society
  • Oakville Camera Club
  • Oakville Chamber Orchestra
  • Oakville Chinese Network
  • Oakville Choral Society
  • Oakville Festivals of Film & Art
  • Oakville Improv Theatre Company
  • Oakville Sculptors and Woodcarvers Guild
  • Oakville Symphony
  • Oakville Wind Orchestra Inc.
  • Streetwise Actors
  • Tempus Choral Society
  • The Oakville Childrens Choir
  • The Oakville Players
  • West End Studio Theatre
  • World of Threads Festival

“These groups offer an incredible wealth of programming. Delivered through the tireless dedication of volunteers, residents of all ages are able to access art classes, exhibitions, concerts, plays and more,” said Bernadette Ward, executive director of the Oakville Arts Council. “Kudos to the Town of Oakville for understanding how vital this support is to our local arts and cultural groups.”

The town’s Cultural Grants program has helped more than 62 local arts and culture programs since 1989. For more information about the program or to learn how to apply for funding, contact the Oakville Arts Council at 905-815-5977 or visit the Oakville Arts Council website.