County of Lambton approves nearly $51k in support for cultural, arts and heritage projects

Gord Downie was one of the performers at last year's Festival of Good Things. Lambton County has approved a grant in support of the event.

Lambton’s Creative County Fund is advancing a total of $50,900 to 10 locally-based cultural, arts, and heritage projects through its 2015 intake.

Approved projects include:

  • $4,500 to Storyboard Cultural Community Endeavours for the Festival of Good Things, a two-day celebration of the “good work and people” of Lambton County that includes: a handmade market, wakeboarding championships, music, and a kid’s zone.
  • $16,000 to the Organization for Literacy in Lambton for a Mosaic Project depicting, through artistic and literary contributions, what residents love most about their Lambton County communities. The project will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
  • $3,000 to the Ausable Port Franks Optimist Club for the Heritage Arts for Youth Club, a bi-weekly camp exploring the rich cultural history of Lambton Shores, Plympton-Wyoming and Warwick.
  • $3,500 to the Lake Smith Conservationists for the Lake Smith Heritage Project, which will include the production of a mobile app for smart devices that builds upon the existing Lake Smith paper-based driving tour and increases the geographical area covered. A commemorative plaque recognizing the 60th anniversary of the draining of Lake Smith in 1955 will also be produced.
  • $3,500 to the Grand Bend and Area Studio Tour to rebuild a website, generate a new mobile platform, and integrate social media for “The Stars Come Out”, an open art and cultural festival that embraces food, music, and the arts in Grand Bend.
  • $3,000 to the Oil Springs Arts Festival, a first-time event showcasing multiple forms of artistic activities including visual, musical, theatrical, and dance.
  • $3,500 to the Petrolia Volunteer Business Group for “Picture Yourself in Petrolia”, an event featuring live entertainment and arts performances which will also endeavour to achieve a new Guinness World Record for the “largest ‘selfie’ photograph.”
  • $2,400 to the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts for the “House Concert Series”, a series of two Friday night concerts per month featuring performances in a wide variety of genres in an intimate and welcoming setting.
  • $1,500 to the Moore Museum for “Creatively Exploring Heritage”, a series of heritage-based art workshops for adults including basket-weaving and painting, utilizing built heritage and artifacts of the Moore Museum for inspiration.
  • $10,000 to the Brooke-Alvinston Community Group for the “Brooke-Alvinston Museum and Art Centre” which seeks to stimulate interest in local heritage/history, preserve, exhibit and/or publish historical documents and artifacts, and establish a museum.

“The Creative County Committee is impressed at the level of planning and community collaboration taking place for these projects,” said Lambton County Warden and Creative County Committee Chair Bev MacDougall. “The cultural capacity of Lambton County is rich and that’s becoming more and more evident with each passing year.”

The Creative County Committee has advanced $190,125 since its first funding intake in 2013. The committee carries an annual budget of $75,000 to award to partner projects, events, activities or workshops that will complement and build upon the heritage, arts, and cultural offerings in Lambton County. Unallocated funds will be carried over to an anticipated application intake for 2016 projects later this year.

For more information about the Creative County Committee visit www.lambtononline.ca and click on the “Creative County” tab under the “Residents” heading.

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