OAC supports H’art in 2023

Oct 3, 2023 | Current Projects, News

The Ontario Arts Council provided timely support for H’art in its 25th anniversary year

H’art Centre is pleased to share that the Ontario Arts Council has provided $35,000 in operational funding to the organization in 2023. The investment will help support the inclusive arts group’s activities during its 25th anniversary year.

“We were delighted that the Ontario Arts Council is supporting our team and our vision for inclusive arts across Canada,” said Katherine Porter, Executive Director of H’art Centre. “Our 2023 season will be about more than celebrating our 25th anniversary, our impact, accomplishments, and the unfailing support of the community. It will be about using the platform we spent 25 years building to bring our expertise and resources to artists, arts organizations, and communities across Canada so they can make positive change.”

“Congratulations to the H’art Centre on celebrating 25 years of spreading enthusiasm, creativity and fun to our community through its work in making the arts accessible to those with disabilities or barriers,” said Ted Hsu, MPP Kingston and the Islands when reached for comment on the milestone.

H’art’s Impact on Inclusive Arts
Over the last decade, H’art Centre has:

  • Developed multiple high-quality, mixed-ability inclusive arts performances featuring adult artists with developmental disabilities, 
  • Provided inclusive arts outreach to long-term care homes, 
  • Trained the next generation of inclusive arts leaders in Kingston through its MixAbilities Inclusive Arts Training program, 
  • Created new inclusive arts tools and resources, and 
  • Helped emerging inclusive arts groups to accelerate positive change in Kingston and across Canada. 

The Ontario Arts Council is a government of Ontario agency. For almost 60 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2021-2022, OAC invested $56.4 million in 237 communities across Ontario through 2,665 grants to individual artists and 1,050 grants to organizations.



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