2024 City of Kingston Arts Fund grants over $600,000 to recipients

Original photo by Joselito Ochotorena, photo editing by Tori Stafford/Kingstonist.

The Kingston Arts Council (KAC) has announced the recipients of the 2024 City of Kingston Arts Fund (CKAF) grants.

An annual fund administered by the KAC on behalf of the City of Kingston, CKAF provides Operating and Project Grants to local arts organizations, collectives, and individual artists to foster creativity at all levels and enrich how Kingston residents experience and engage with the arts, according to a release from the KAC.

The KAC explained that Operating Grants foster sustainability among leading arts organizations by providing funding for operations and programming, and Project Grants fund the creation and presentation of arts projects that engage the community.

“This year, the total CKAF amount available was $613,088 with $429,162 available for Operating Grants and $183,926 available for Project Grants. Applications were reviewed by Grants Committee juries that were comprised of artists and arts professionals with high standing and expertise of the arts and the Kingston community,” the organization explained.

“Ex-officio members of the Grants Committee support the work of the jury and bring forward broad community perspectives, provide information on the City of Kingston objectives for the CKAF program, and are present to ensure transparency and fairness in the process.”

According to the release, adjudication meetings were hosted in person on Wednesday, May, 22 (Operating Grants) and Thursday, May 23, 2024 (Project Grants).

Operating Grants

The jurors responsible for deciding the Operating Grants recipients were:

  • Melissa Eapen
  • Kemi King
  • Alex McLean
  • Nicholas Senn
  • Christianne Wojcik

The Ex-officio Grants Committee Members were:

  • Nicole Daniels, Executive Director, Kingston Arts Council
  • Violet Tang, Grants and Programs Coordinator, Kingston Arts Council
  • Katherine Dionne, Administrative Assistant, Kingston Arts Council
  • Danika Lochhead, Director, Arts and Culture Services, City of Kingston
  • Councillor Jimmy Hassan (absent)

According to the release, 12 applications were received for Operating Grants with a total of $469,197 requested, and 11 grants were awarded, totalling $429,162.

Operating Grant Recipients:

  • Agnes Etherington Art Centre, $75,000
  • Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, $31,000
  • Centre culturel Frontenac, $13,950
  • Kingston Canadian Film Festival, $50,000
  • Kingston Symphony Association, $75,000
  • Kingston WritersFest, $44,814
  • Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, $53,000
  • ReelOut Queer Film Festival, $24,000
  • Single Thread Theatre Company, $10,000
  • Theatre Kingston, $38,007
  • Union Gallery, $14,391

Details on each of the Operating Grant Recipients can be found here.

Project Grants

The jurors responsible for deciding the Project Grant recipients were:

  • Bethany Garner
  • B.C. Gorrie
  • Zoha Khalid
  • Caroline Kwok
  • Melissa Morris

The Ex-officio Grants Committee Members were the same for both grants:

  • Nicole Daniels, Executive Director, Kingston Arts Council
  • Violet Tang, Grants and Programs Coordinator, Kingston Arts Council
  • Katherine Dionne, Administrative Assistant, Kingston Arts Council
  • Danika Lochhead, Director, Arts and Culture Services, City of Kingston
  • Councillor Jimmy Hassan (absent)

According to the release, 34 applications were received for Project Grants with a total of $452,454 requested, and 17 grants were awarded, totalling $183,926.

Project Grant Recipients:

  • 2024 K-TOWN Showdown Dance Battle, $5,400 — A project by Kingston School of Dance
  • 2025 Ground UP Dance Festival, $15,000 — A project by Movement Market Collective
  • Airwave YGK, $12,000 — A project by CFRC 101.9FM
  • Create 15, $8,240 — A project by The Mess Studio
  • Festival of Live Digital Art (FOLDA), $12,000 — A project by SpiderWebShow Performance
  • Half Steps: Musicians and Mental Health, $11,250 — A project by Céline Klein
  • Many Moons 2025 Programming, $11,250 — A project by Many Moons Events
  • Melos’ Light in the Dark II, $7,870 — A project by Melos Choir & Period Instruments
  • Providence: a site-specific theatre performance, $11,250 — A project by Eye of the Dawn Collective
  • Senior’s Theatre Club, $6,150 — A project by The Spire
  • Skeleton Park Arts Festival, $13,500 — A project by Skeleton Park Arts Festival
  • Ten Seasons of Love, $13,396 — A project by Sistema Kingston
  • Testify, $15,000 — A project by Prison for Women Memorial Collective
  • The Dragon of Wantley, $7,000 — A project by Kingston Baroque Consort
  • The Juvenis Festival, $13,500 — A project by Blue Canoe Theatrical Productions
  • The Lost Birds, $9,870 — A project by The Isabel Voices
  • White Pine Travels, $11,250 — A project by Noah Scheinman

Details on each project can be found here.

To ensure that CKAF continues to support Kingston arts organizations, projects, artists and the public, the City of Kingston is reviewing the granting program, according to the release. The CKAF Review will consider the program mandate, objectives, outputs, and reporting and evaluation mechanisms, and consider other potential changes such as an expansion beyond the current focus on operating and project grants and/or streamlining existing CKAF grant streams, KAC stated.

The CKAF Review is currently in Phase 2 – Consultation and Public Engagement. Read our previous coverage on how to get involved with the CKAF Review and take the online survey here.

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