Supporting Elgin-Middlesex-London’s Arts and CulturePublished on May 22, 2019
ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON—Today, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek announced that the Ontario Arts Council, through the Government of Ontario, has provided $39,289 in operational funding to the Port Stanley Festival Theatre. This will assist the theatre in delivering an exciting 2019 programming lineup that includes 6 summer productions, youth programming, the 8th Annual Playwrights’ Festival, and an off-season entertainment program, as well as hosting rental opportunities.
“The Port Stanley Festival Theatre is a vibrant local hub for tourism and the arts, and helps to showcase the best of what we have to offer here in Elgin County,” said MPP Jeff Yurek. “I am proud that our government recognizes the value of our arts and culture organizations to our communities and economy, and I look forward to checking out a play in Port Stanley this summer.”
The professional artists and arts organizations supported by the Ontario Arts Council strengthen and add vitality to Ontario communities like Port Stanley, making them great places to live and work. The arts also help build Ontario’s brand across the country and around the globe, in turn attracting significant tourism, jobs, and investment.
- The latest data from 2016 indicates that tourism supported nearly 390,000 jobs and generated over $34 billion of economic activity in Ontario.
- The tourism industry is one of the world’s fastest-growing industries.
- The tourism sector has experienced year-on-year increases in visitor spending of nearly six per cent.
- The Ontario Arts Council is the Government of Ontario’s primary vehicle for investing in the arts across the province.