The Conseil des arts Prescott-Russell Arts Council (CAPRAC) is among four local organizations receiving funds for 2021-2022 from the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund – Operating Stream, delivered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The $49,200 grant for CAPRAC will support the art council’s efforts to shift to digital programs, so it can meet the changing needs in the delivery of activities and services to the community. 

“Tourism, sport, arts, culture and recreation, once considered luxury niches, have paradoxically become vital during the pandemic,” said CAPRAC Board of Directors President Éric Charlebois. “It is a question of allowing organizations to continue to propel the human being in what is most visceral: to feel alive, to feel vibrant and to know that they are an integral part of a community that allows them, during the most suffocating periods, to identify and to themselves to ensure the outreach of our inclusive and accessible heritage.”

“I’m very proud of the Arts Council’s contribution to the artistic enrichment of our communities and I look forward to continuing to see its positive impact in our region,” said Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Amanda Simard. 

CAPRAC is using the funds to develop a digital platform to serve the region’s artists and artisans – as well as arts, cultural and heritage organizations –  in the promotion of activities and digital content. The organization’s new website will showcase regional offerings, while fostering inclusion and community connection across the United Counties of Prescott-Russell. 

The platform will also include tools to encourage public participation, enabling the dynamization of the diverse artistic community and the amplification of the region’s cultural landscape.  

Three other local organizations have also received Community Building Fund operating grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for 2021-2022. 

The L’Orignal Old Jail Museum has received $29,300, so it may continue to employ a part-time administrator and for the purchase of a laptop computer to allow the administrator to work remotely. 

The Kenyon Agricultural Society in Maxville – which presents the Maxville Fair and owns the fairgrounds home to both the fair and the Glengarry Highland Games –  has received $43,000 for operating and equipment expenses, and to acquire a digital wristband program for event attendees. The Glengarry Curling Club, also in Maxville, has received a $25,000 grant for operational costs.  

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is partially funded by Ontario government revenue from lotteries and casinos.