February 5, 2014
Open Studio Receives Significant Investment from Ontario Trillium Foundation
Open Studio is thrilled to announce that the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, has recently awarded a grant to the organization. The grant—$83,600 over one year to purchase necessary studio and office equipment—will allow Open Studio to improve the studio environment, enhance the user experience for artists and education program participants, and increase the efficiency of administrative activities.
“Open Studio is an important and valuable resource for the arts community in Trinity-Spadina and Ontario,” said Rosario Marchese, MPP for Trinity-Spadina. “Congratulations to Open Studio for this well-deserved grant, which will help it continue its great work on behalf of local artists and the community!” This significant investment will allow the Studio to implement much-needed capital improvements to the space, including:
- Purchasing a 10-tonne air-conditioning unit, improving the studio environment, and helping to preserve the organization’s extensive archive of contemporary Canadian print-based artwork;
- New computer hardware and software throughout the studio and office; and
- A variety of studio equipment, which will increase the ability of artists using the studio to realize their artistic projects.
Said Jennifer Bhogal, Open Studio’s Executive Director, “Open Studio is extremely grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for this grant, which allows for essential upgrades to our facility. While Open Studio raises the necessary funds to offer its programming on an annual basis, undertaking these kinds of facility upgrades without increasing artists’ subsidized rental rates is an extreme challenge. This commitment from the Ontario Trillium Foundation is an investment in Open Studio as a printmaking studio operating with the highest technical standards.”
Since 1970, Open Studio has been the hub for the printmaking community in Toronto and has made substantial contributions to the cultural community through programs that are accessible to artists and the public. Outside of postsecondary institutions, Open Studio is the only organization in Toronto providing affordable access to comprehensive printmaking facilities and related programs. Printmaking requires equipment, space for that equipment, and expertise to manage what can be complex processes. As an artist-run centre, Open Studio answers those needs, providing space where artists can print using relief, lithography, intaglio or screenprinting techniques, with expert help as required.
A leading grant-maker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. For more information, please visit www.otf.ca. A formal recognition event will be planned for later in 2014, once all of the improvements have been undertaken.
Open Studio gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country; the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario; the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council; and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario. Open Studio also acknowledges the generous support of its members and numerous foundations, corporations and individuals.