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Ontario Arts Council

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The mandate of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is to foster the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarians.

The arts are essential to the quality of life, cultural identity, social well-being and economic prosperity of Ontario. Access to and participation in the arts enhances lives, fosters creativity and innovation, and strengthens communities. OAC is committed to ensuring equitable access for everyone, with particular emphasis on six priority groups, and the organizations that serve them and the public.


October 17, 2017
The Georgian Bay Symphony is the recipient of the 2017 Vida Peene Orchestra Award from the Ontario Arts Council (OAC). The $5,000 award will be presented at their French Melody concert on Saturday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m., at the OSCVI Community Auditorium in Owen Sound.
Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts
October 2, 2017
Ontario is celebrating the 18 finalists for the 2017 Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts. The awards recognize the extraordinary achievements of the province's artists and arts organizations. The 2017 laureates will be announced at an award ceremony at Canada's National Ballet School on October 30 in Toronto.