The Arts Council also launched its 2017-2018 season of programs. Local MPP, Laurie Scott and OTF Grant Review Team member, Jack Brezina were on hand to congratulate KLAC and HN and learn more about how the OTF grant will foster economic development in Kawartha Lakes, by supporting artists and cultural not-for-profit organizations.
“The Kawartha Lakes Arts Council (KLAC) plays an important part in showcasing our community’s cultural heritage,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “I am pleased that KLAC has received this grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, to develop collaborative programming for the Kawartha Lakes Arts and Heritage Trail, as it will undoubtedly improve the experience of residents and tourists alike.”
Kathleen Seymour-Fagan, Councillor Ward 13, and representing Mayor Andy Letham, also congratulated Lyndsey Friesen and added, “The Kawartha Lakes is a community of artists, musicians, writers, local historians, creative entrepreneurs and cultural organizations with deep roots. We are delighted to welcome Lyndsey to our Municipality, and look forward to partnering with her, as we grow cultural tourism in the Kawartha Lakes.”
The Arts & Heritage Trail was introduced in 2016, to showcase the numerous rich heritage and wide variety of museums, historic sites, artist’s studios and galleries located throughout the Kawartha Lakes. Working with cultural organizations, facilities and business, on the Arts & Heritage Trail, the Program Coordinator will facilitate partnerships and collaborative participation in programming activities.
“Through the support of this strategic grant from OTF, 2 Media Release OTF grant to Kawartha Lakes Arts Council and Kawartha Lakes Culture & Heritage Network, September 29th, 2017, we will now have an experienced cultural professional, dedicated to promoting and linking the 24 participating members of the Arts & Heritage Trail. This is a terrific opportunity to engage residents and attract visitors to our community, and we can expect to see the number of participants on the Trail increase,” said Dianne Lister, Chair of the Board, Kawartha Lakes Arts Council.
“Lyndsey Friesen is well known in our community, and worked extensively with the Victoria County Historical Society as a project manager of 'First World War Comes to Life.' She brings a wealth of knowledge in audience development, interpretation, branding and grant writing. We know Lyndsey will help shape and promote the Arts & Heritage Trail with the input and advice of the participants,” said David Wesley, Chair of the Board, Kawartha Lakes Culture & Heritage Network.
An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year, to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. www.otf.ca