Ontario Arts Council Receives $5 Million Funding Increase
"In May, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport communicated that they would be increasing funding to the Ontario Arts Council by $5 million dollars, per year, over the next four years."
Find out how the new funding will affect all organizations that receive operating grants.
Arts Society King (ASK)
Take a self-guided tour of some of the gorgeous gardens of King Township at the Schomberg Garden Tour. NEW this year: ASK artists are paired with each Garden! For more information and tickets, click here
ASK will also be hosting their annual Schomberg Street Gallery event on September 17th, complete with a juried exhibition and quality fine art & crafts available for sale. Admission is free to all visitors, with live entertainment, a complimentary rickshaw service, and many local shops and restaurants close by. Click here for more info.
Aurora Cultural Center
The Aurora Cultural Center has named Suzanne Haines the incoming Executive Director as of June 5, 2017. According to President of the Board of Directors, Craig Mathers, Suzanne “comes at an exciting time as we complete our new strategic plan” and “[she] brings a great deal of experience in the area of not-for-profit organizations, especially in the field of arts and culture”. Ms. Haines is looking forward to taking on the position, and plans to continue to develop a “strong and vibrant cultural strategy for the residents of Aurora and beyond.”
Sean Cisterna is a York Region-based film director. He directed the YTV musical King of the Camp. His 2011 feature film road trip comedy Moon Point played the international festival circuit to great success, winning several awards. His 2015 project Full Out, starring the iconic Jennifer Beals, is a feature based on the true story of gymnast Ariana Berlin, and is currently on Netflix worldwide. He is currently working with TLN Television/Corus Entertainment on he new preschool series My Name is Ripley, to be broadcast nationally in 2017.
Kiss and Cry is a romantic drama based on the story of Carley Allison, a promising 18 year old figure skater and singer who made medical history in her fight against a rare 1 in 3.5 billion type of cancer. The film stars Luke Bilyk, Chantal Kreviazuk, Naomi Sneickus and Sarah Fisher as Carley. Sarah Fisher and Carley Allison were best friends in real life.
We had the privilege of speaking with Sean about his upcoming film and his experience as filmmaker.