Federal & Provincial Governments Invest in Local Arts and Culture
Kitchener, Ontario – THEMUSEUM is the proud recipient of not one, but two substantial grants.
For the first time ever, Canada Council for the Arts has given $40,000, in support of an exhibition curated by THEMUSEUM. INTERACTION, part of Digital Dynamics 2018 which runs until May 13, 2018 features 14 Canadian artists and artist collectives, two of which are located at CIGI and Communitech. The new media art festival was created with the Region’s tech community in mind and encourages visitors to explore how interactivity can be used to engage the public. The installations are not complete until visitor interacts with them.
Aiming to broaden its base, THEMUSEUM intends to attract new audiences, including tourists, scholars, students and gamers, who are interested in engaging with technology through a variety of platforms.
In addition the Government of Ontario, through its Celebrate Ontario program, has invested almost $70,000 to help grow Digital Dynamics for 2019. THEMUSEUM plans to use the funding to attract international artists and support additional collaborations offsite.
“I am thrilled that both levels of government have recognized and supported Digital Dynamics as it brings together art & technology at play in a meaningful way,” said David Marskell, CEO, THEMUSEUM. “These grants are fundamental to our ability to awe, inspire and enlighten Waterloo Region and beyond.”
For further details please contact:
David Marskell, CEO at THEMUSEUM
519 574 0291
Celebrate Ontario’s mandate is to support new or existing tourism events that will result in long-term improvements, sustainability and the attraction of additional tourism.
The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts.
“Our government’s continued support for festivals and events is an investment in the livelihood of communities all across Ontario. Festivals and events are powerful economic drivers and play an important role in bringing communities together. Our diverse events give visitors and Ontario residents a reason to visit, discover and experience the riches of this wonderful province, and showcase all that we have to offer right here in Waterloo Region.”
— Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
“Canada’s artists and storytellers capture moving moments, share powerful ideas, and help to build understanding. They bring our communities closer together by sparking meaningful conversations. INTERACTION, part of the Digital Dynamics 2018 Festival, brings together our local artistic and technological communities. It is a great example of the work organizations like the Canada Council for the Arts have done to foster and promote artistic initiatives. I am proud of our government’s support of the Arts across Canada and our region’s support for artistic storytelling in its many forms. Many thanks to THEMUSEUM for continuing to be a catalyst for conversation, through unique exhibits like INTERACTION for all in our community to enjoy.”
— Raj Saini, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre