$46,400 Grant Helps Deliver Free Circus Experiences to Children and Youth
July 27, 2022
Owen Sound – On Friday July 22, MPP Rick Byers was joined by Hugh Wilson, an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) volunteer to meet with representatives from LookUp Theatre to hear how a $46,400 grant awarded last Fall has made an impact. The group received a Community Building Fund grant to help with key operating costs like salaries, implementing online programming, and buying needed equipment to adapt to COVID-19 protocols. LookUp Theatre was hosting a free circus show with local youth performing that evening.
“It was great to see that Lookup Theatre had received this support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This is richly deserved given all the hard work they do to support the creative and artistic needs of many youth in our community” MPP Rick Byers, Bruce Grey Owen Sound
The Community Building Fund grant program was delivered for the Government of Ontario by the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2021.
“Our programming provides access to free, community-based arts education for children and youth in Bruce-Grey County. This funding has allowed us to continue and pivot our circus programming and performing in a pandemic environment.” Angola Murdoch, Artist Director
Founded in 2009, Lookup Theatre serves the creative and artistic needs of Ontario youth living in rural communities. Our mission is to provide free circus training to youth with lived mental health experience, rural youth, and youth who identify as BIPOC and LGBTTQ+. We aim to provide youth with a space to develop physical literacy and self-expression through various artistic means, notably through circus performances. www.lookuptheatre.com
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) mission 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 otf.ca to learn more.
Organization Contact for Media Inquiries:
Angola Murdoch, Artistic Director | Lookup Theatre | 647 267 7647 | email@example.com