Mayor Don Darling, on behalf of the City of Saint John, presented grants totalling $30,200 to local arts and cultural organizations on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at Saint John City Hall. The grants fall under a funding program established by the Saint John Community Arts Board in 2006, and administered by the City’s Cultural Affairs Office.
His Worship presented cheques to twenty-four (24) successful applicants – recipients of the 11th annual Saint John Community Arts Funding Program.
“I am pleased to award grants to such a diverse and impressive group of organizations,” said the Mayor. “These grants will help both the organizations and the City celebrate and showcase the artistic and cultural richness of our beautiful city. We thank these organizations for contributing to make Saint John a great city.”
Mayor Darling added that “Artists and art organizations form the foundation of a community’s creative environment. They shape the city’s cultural character. The effects of these grants accrue far beyond the recipient groups to benefit the community as a whole. They create many opportunities for citizens to experience.”
“A strong arts sector is an economic asset that stimulates business activity, attracts tourism revenue, and retains a high quality work force,” said Bernard Cormier, the City’s Cultural Affairs Officer. “I’ve always believed that the arts help create a welcoming sense of place and a desirable quality of life in our city.”
“Our Board is pleased that the City has supported the funding of arts and cultural projects that will directly benefit the people of Saint John,” said Barb Crawford, Chair of the Saint John Community Arts Board. "The City adopted New Brunswick’s first comprehensive municipal arts and culture policy eleven years ago. In doing so, the City recognized that arts and culture (including heritage) must play more than just a supporting role. They are key factors in attracting and retaining people. The grants, announced on June 29th, flow directly from the City’s Arts and Culture Policy, and demonstrate very clearly that the City considers arts and culture to be essential parts of the city’s social and economic life.“
This year, the Saint John Community Arts Board received a total of 32 applications (requesting over $69,000) from Saint John-based arts organizations.
Members of the Saint John Community Arts Board are appointed by Common Council. The Board was established by Common Council in February, 2003, in recognition of the expanding role that arts and culture play in the broader social, economic, and educational fabric of Saint John.
A complete list of the organizations that received grants on June 29th is attached.
Saint John Community Arts Funding Program
$1,500 L’Arche Saint John Inc. (Creative Arts Initiative)
$1,000 ARCf de Saint-Jean (Sam chante avec Zachary Richard)
$1,000 ARCf de Saint-Jean (Coup de Coeur francophone saintjeannois)
$1,000 Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick – Saint John Chapter (Asian Heritage Month)
$1,250 Campus Radio Saint John Inc. (Residency project)
$ 500 Chinese Cultural Association of Saint John (Chinese New Year Gala)
$ 600 Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (Festival grant)
$ 750 Commission de la Bibliotheque Le Cormoran (Francophone Literary Event)
$1,000 Connecion Dance Works (With Far Arms – Residency with dance artist & filmmaker)
$1,000 Connecion Dance Works (Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival)
$2,000 Early Music Studio of Saint John Inc. (Concert Series)
$2,000 Fog Lit Festival Inc. (Festival grant)
$1,500 Fundy Sound Festival, Inc. (Festival grant)
$1,000 FUSION Saint John Inc. (Festival grant)
$2,000 InterAction School for the Performing Arts (Canada: Our Stories/Our Songs)
$1,500 InterAction School for the Performing Arts (“Perfect”: Tour of Play to Middle Schools)
$1,000 Jasmine Performing Arts Group (Night of Chinese Ethnic Heritage Production)
$1,000 New Brunswick Crafts Council Inc. (From Human Hands: NB Fine Craft Fest)
$1,500 Port City Dance Academy (Residency project)
$1,100 Rondos Dance Theatre (Moveable Walls: Dance Project)
$ 500 Saint John Theatre Company Inc.
$1,000 Summer Strings Enrichment Camp (Summer Music Camp)
$2,500 Third Space Gallery (Third Shift: A nighttime exhibition of contemporary art projects)
$2,000 St. Joseph’s Hospital – Health & Aging Program (Dance & Dementia)