Are you an individual or an organization involved in the delivery of programs, performances, services, events, or meetings related to the arts and cultural activities, the Oakville Arts Council can help you! We offer a wide variety of information and services intended to support artists and arts groups across all artistic disciplines. As a member of the Oakville Arts Council you are a part of a united voice for the arts. We keep you informed about the state of the arts and you receive many benefits that are all about promoting you.
Cultural Grants Program
Each year since 1989, the Town of Oakville has provided operating and project grants to qualified not-for-profit cultural organizations. The Oakville Arts Council, on behalf of the Town of Oakville administers this process at-arms length, with the applications reviewed by the Cultural Grants Review Committee commissioned by and responsible to the Board of Directors of the Oakville Arts Council. Over the past 27 years, 64 different cultural organizations in Oakville have benefited from the support of approximately $2.3 million. In 2010, the OAC renewed our Memorandum of Understanding with the Town of Oakville for the following purposes:
Online Arts Market
The Oakville Arts Council hosts an online arts market for our artist members. Paid members and arts organizations are able to post 10 pieces of work for sale purposes. There is no cost to paid members. Non-members may also have their work included at 10% commission.
Access to Grant Connect
Grant Connect is a large online database of grants and founders. Through the Oakville Arts Council, not-for-profit organizations and small groups can access this database and apply for the various grants offered.
"Grant Connect is a fundraising platform that connects charities with funders who share their cause. Find new prospects by searching comprehensive data managed by our expert research team. With Grant Connect, you have access to:
● Over 11,000 Canadian foundations, 560 corporate giving programs, 370 government grant programs, 120 American foundations, and 200 other kinds of grant opportunities.
Brochure Rack & Digital Monitor Program
The Brochure Rack & Digital Monitor Program provides members in good standing with an opportunity to spread their message in the form of flyers, posters, brochures, postcards through or brochure racks and commercials or other digital promotional material through our monitors. The racks are housed are prime locations across the community - River Oaks Community Centre, Hopedale Mall, Glen Abbey Community Centre and Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Centre.
Publicity & Promotion
OAC members can post their arts events for the public to view and we use this information from the calendar to further promote our artist's events to Oakville residents through the use of social media and e-bulletins.
All members who consent are listed in our online directory and artists/arts group profiles are highlighted on the home page of our website. Artists may upload logos and photos albums of their work. Everything the public needs to know about you as an artist!
News, Information & Opportunities
We keep members informed of important sector issues and opportunities through regular publications and newsletters including calls for auditions and entry, employment and volunteer opportunities, funding, workshops and networking opportunities.