Modern Fuel updates technology, hires new staff thanks to OTF grant

Thanks to a Community Building Fund – Operating grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre has expanded its staff capacity and purchased new computers for the office space, in order to deliver high-quality virtual programming.

“Modern Fuel meets the professional development needs of local, national, and international artists. I am pleased that the Ontario Trillium Fund is supporting its work, which will, in turn, continue to develop our region’s cultural scene,” said Ted Hsu, MPP for Kingston and the Islands.

According to a release from Modern Fuel, the $23,000 grant was awarded in August 2021, and has enabled Modern Fuel to dedicate a staff member to creating and delivering virtual programming such as workshops, artist talks, peer critiques, and virtual make-fests.

This funding had a tremendous impact on Modern Fuel’s internal capacity, helping to reduce staff burnout and maintain engagement with the community despite pandemic restrictions, the organization stated. By upgrading the technology in the office space, Modern Fuel has been able to provide its staff with work computers, enabling remote work throughout lockdowns. In addition, Modern Fuel has been able to boost its design and video production by having computers that are better equipped to handle these applications, according to the release.

“We’re so grateful to finally be able to upgrade the technology in the office space!” said Kelsey Newman Reed, current Assistant Director. “We were previously working on early 2010s iMacs that were bogged down by years of use, or even just opting to bring in our personal computers to use instead. Now we don’t have to!”

Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre is a non-profit organization facilitating the presentation, interpretation, and production of contemporary visual, time-based and interdisciplinary arts. According to the release, the aim to meet the professional development needs of emerging and mid-career local, national and international artists from diverse cultural communities through exhibition, discussion, and mentorship opportunities. Modern Fuel supports innovation and experimentation and is committed to the education of the interested public and the diversification of its audiences.

The mission of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario. As an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations, last year, OTF invested nearly $209M into 2,042 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund. Since 2020, OTF has supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit to learn more.

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