City of Kingston Arts Fund 2021 grant recipients announced

Khione, the Goddess of Frost and Ice, played by local artist Anna Sudac during The Longest Night by Calliope Collective (2019). Image via Kingston Arts Council.

The Kingston Arts Council (KAC) announced the recipients of the 2021 City of Kingston Arts Fund (CKAF) on Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2021.

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

This year, the total CKAF amount available was $583,052 with $423,718 available for Operating Grants and $159,334 available for Project Grants.

Applications were reviewed by the Grants Committee jury that was made up of representatives of the arts, including arts professionals, practitioners and supporters of the arts with high standing and expertise of the arts and the Kingston community, KAC said. 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 digitally on May 25 (Operating) and May 27 (Project).

The results are as follows:

Operating Grant Recipients:

Agnes Etherington Art Centre: $75,000
Cantabile Choirs of Kingston: $28,630
Centre culturel Frontenac: $15,000
H’art Centre: $12,803
Kingston Canadian Film Festival: $46,000
Kingston Symphony Association: $75,000
Kingston WritersFest: $43,500
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre: $50,000
Reelout Queer Film Festival: $22,555
Theatre Kingston: $42,230
Union Gallery: $13,000

Project Grant Recipients:

Abolition City, Abolition City: $8,000
Drumming Connections, Sistema Kingston: $8,520
Electric Circuits Festival of Electronic Music, Performance, and Digital Art, Electric Circuits Collective: $12,000
Festival of Live Digital Art (FOLDA) 2022, SpiderWebShow: $11,250
Homegrown Live Concert Series, Homegrown Live Music Productions: $7,314
KPP at 20, Kingston Punk Productions: $7,200
Shortwave Theatre Festival, CFRC 101.9FM: $13,500
Skeleton Park Arts Festival, Skeleton Park Arts Festival: $14,300
The GroundUP Dance Festival, Movement Market Collective: $7,500
The Juvenis Festival 2022, Blue Canoe Productions: $12,000
The Longest Night Midwinter Celebration, Calliope Collective: $12,750
The Makers and Shakers Society Audio Drama, Radioland Media Collective: $11,250
The Storge Project, SweetnFab Collective: $11,250
Tone Deaf 2021-2022 Festival and Satellite Concerts, Tone Deaf Collective: $12,000
We’re All in Jeopardy!, PeerLess Productions: $10,500

To learn more about the City of Kingston Arts Fund, visit their website.

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