Lambton County’s ‘creative county’ grants support local arts and culture

The program is handing out nearly $100,000 to support 17 local projects

Artwalk Sarnia was granted $10,000 for its Local Artist Showcase. Pictured here is the Maraca Tall group at Artwalk 2017.

A new music program at Sarnia-Lambton Rebound, the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, and the Watford Legion are among the latest recipients of “Creative County” grants offered by the County of Lambton.

The program, which was launched by the County in 2013, offers grants to fund up to 50 percent of total project costs for arts, culture, and heritage initiatives across the County.

Andrew Meyer, the corporate cultural officer with the County of Lambton, said the grant selection committee splits the County into four sections to ensure the funds reach all corners of the County. There is also a category for projects which benefit the County at large.

Last December, Lambton County approved the 2018 grants handing out $96,700 to 17 projects.

The application intake period for the 2019 Creative County grants is scheduled for the fall of 2018. The program guidelines and applications can be found on the County website.

A complete list of the 2018 Creative County grant recipients follows below:

$15,000 to Sarnia-Lambton Rebound to support the music therapy program Rebound Rocks, which is designed to engage youth.

$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.

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