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  • December 15, 2017

Ontario Supporting the Arts in Trent Hills

Local Project Showcasing Trent Hill]’s Arts and Culture

Today MPP Lou Rinaldi announced that through the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), the province is providing $10,000 in support for the Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre’s Animating "Warkworth by Night" Winter Workshops & Spring Creations for Ah!'s Street  Festival.

Through the OAC, Ontario is providing supports for arts programs province-wide and across a wide range of disciplines and activities, including arts education, community arts, dance, literature, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, as well as Indigenous and Francophone arts.

Investing in Ontario's vibrant arts sector is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


“Warkworth is home to a thriving arts community and that was fully recognized today by the Ontario Arts Council. The Ah! Arts and Heritage Centre continues to be at the very heart of this artistic cultural life. I know this grant will be used by Ah! to continue their tradition of bringing the best the arts have to offer to Warkworth and the surrounding communities.”

—      Lou Rinaldi, MPP, Northumberland-Quinte West

“We wish to thank the Ontario Arts Council for supporting the project “Animating Warkworth by Night”. This award gives Ah! an opportunity to celebrate incredible local talent. Join us for three 6-week winter workshops from January through April in Dance, Mask Making, and Costume/ Puppetry culminating in an exciting early May weekend community Workshop with Shadowland Theatre of Toronto Island and the Branch Ranch of Warkworth collaborating in Lantern Making.” 

—      Delphine White, Ah! Board & Costume Artist

“All of our exciting winter / spring community activity culminates in Ah!’s second annual Pageant @ Warkworth by Night on Saturday, June 2, 2018.  For information about WORKSHOPS and Ah! Events, visit our website”

—      Sheree Rasmussen, Ah! Creative Committee & Artist


  • The culture sector contributes approximately $25 billion to Ontario’s economy and almost 280,000 jobs.
  • In 2016–17, OAC funded 1,657 individual artists and 1,098 organizations in 212 communities across Ontario.
    • The new $5 million annual Indigenous Culture Fund will support cultural activities and programming in Indigenous communities.
    • The OAC also administers privately funded prizes, awards and scholarships on behalf of the government, including the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts



For further information:

Lou Rinaldi, MPP

Northumberland-Quinte West


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