Espanola Fibre Arts Festival Receives Funding

Espanola, Ontario
March 15, 2018

Espanola’s 7th Annual Fibre Arts Festival has been awarded a Craft Projects - Connections Grant of $10,800 from the Ontario Arts Council.

The Espanola Fibre Arts Festival was one of 27 out of 80 applicants to receive a grant from the OAC through Craft Projects - Connections. "The funding will be used to secure fibre masters to lead workshops and help offset other festival expenses like marketing and promotions." says volunteer organizer Jody Pilon. "Support from the OAC continues to allow for the fibre arts festival to grow and develop with a mission to maintain high quality education and mentorship opportunities for artists and the general public."

The volunteer festival committee now has the challenge to raise an additional $15,000.00 to cover the balance of the costs associated with executing the event. The Festival committee is appealing for community sponsors and eager and enthusiastic volunteers to help with the planning and execution of the festival.
Espanola’s Fibre Arts Festival has experienced 800% audience growth in just 6 years. "We hope to achieve visitor attendance at the 2000 mark again this year." says Pilon, "last year the festival saw visitors from as far away as Ottawa, London & Hamilton." With the support of local mayor and council, community partners and a solid working group of volunteers Pilon hopes to continue the tradition of celebrating and promoting fibre arts and fibre artists in Espanola this fall.

The deadline for the application for the Craft Projects – Connections grant, from the Ontario Arts Council, was due last October 2017. The committee had to have the entire festival details in place along with a working budget, almost an entire year in advance, in order to apply for funding support. This particular granting stream from the Ontario Arts Council aims to "help cover the costs of projects that connect Ontario craft with audiences and expand the public profile and appreciation for craft; programming that encourages craft-based critical discourse and curatorial practice; and activities that make connections within the Ontario craft community." (Reference Applications are reviewed by a jury of peers who evaluate each application using specific program criteria to decide which applicants should receive grants.

The dates for this year’s Espanola Fibre Arts Festival are October 17th until the 21st. Attendees will have opportunities to see remarkable works of art, register for workshops to create one-of-a kind mixed media pieces, try their hand at weaving, book making or even create their own paper lantern.

For more information contact:
Jody Pilon
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