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Artrepreneur Alumni Spotlight - Miss Coco Murray

30 January 2018


Artrepreneur is a creative business accelerator program run through York Region Arts Council designed to equip independent artists, arts administrators and creative entrepreneurs with vital business skills needed for success across all arts disciplines and industries. By incubating artists of all disciplines in one program, this program fosters collaboration and the sharing of ideas, tools, tips and best practices, resulting in a well-rounded understanding of what it takes to “make it” as a creative entrepreneur.

We are currently accepting applications for Cohort 5 of Artrepreneur York Region, and wanted to share the story of a successful Artrepreneur alumni and her inspirational journey.

Miss CoCo is a dance artist, cultural arts educator, dance instructor, community arts programmer, researcher and social entrepreneur.  She holds a Sociology BA from the University of Toronto, an Honors BA in Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity and is a MEd candidate at York University.  She is a 2013 recipient of the Canadian Dance Assembly’s ‘I love Community’ award that currently designs and implements funded arts projects for children, youth and adults.  She has presented at international academic conferences, taught workshops during her study abroad in South Africa and Costa Rica, and performed in Bermuda and Senegal.   Coco served as a Research Assistant for the Cultural Pluralism of the Arts Movement Ontario and is a contributing writer for The Dance Current, Canada’s dance magazine.

Member News - January 2018

18 January 2018

Music Aurora Presents 7th Annual Aurora Winter Blues Festival 

Greg Smith, Festival Director, announced the launch of the 7th Annual Aurora Winter Blues Festival (AWBF), York Region’s only genuine Blues Music Festival. The Festival features live music, workshops, and pop-up performances throughout the month of February across several locations around Aurora.

Sector News - January 2018

11 January 2018

York Region Arts Council Awarded Prestigious Ontario Trillium Foundation Grow Grant

The York Region Arts Council (YRAC) has been awarded its largest funding ever for a single project courtesy of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s (OTF) Grow grant program. The grant will support the Artrepreneur program, a business accelerator program for artists, arts administrators and creative entrepreneurs. The OTF Grow grant was awarded for the purpose of delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a $419,700 grant over 36 months. Learn More 

OAAG is currently developing an Election Advocacy Toolkit for our membership. You can provide input as they are interested in hearing more about what your organization would like to see included.

This year, we are committed to advocating for your organization during the Ontario provincial and municipal elections. Along with our efforts, the Election Advocacy Toolkit will provide you with the necessary information, guidance, and strategies to effectively advocate for issues that are important to you, and help bring about the changes that you would like to see in your community.
This survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes of your time. Learn more here

A new property tax class for "Creative Facilities" is on its way

On December 6, 2017 Toronto City Council voted to establish a new property tax class for "Creative Co-Location Facilities", which will make some arts and culture facilities, including numerous Artscape projects, eligible to receive significant relief from property tax bills pegged to market values. The best news is that this announcement, reported by Councillor Cressy, comes just in time for inclusion in the 2018 taxation year. 

Learn more here

OOAG (Ontario Association of Art Galleries) holds AGM and Announces New Board of Directors

On Monday November 27, 2017, OOAG hosted their Annual General Meeting at the Power Plant Gallery.

They also announced new board members who will be working together to drive OAAG's mission forward to better service the membership and community.

York Region Arts Council, YRAC

1310 Kerrisdale Blvd., Unit 200
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 7B3

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788

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