February 20, 2003

York Regional Council approves

2003 Arts and Culture Tourism Grants Program


NEWMARKET York Regional Council today approved a $25,000 allocation to continue the Arts and Culture Tourism Grants Program for 2003. The program provides a one-time grant of up to $5,000 to eligible arts and cultural groups in York Region.

"The promotion of the Region's cultural attributes is a key component of the 2003 Tourism Marketing Plan to generate increased tourism visitation and revenues," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. "York Region's Arts and Culture Tourism Grants Program plays an integral role in this."

The Regional Municipality of York established the Arts and Culture Tourism Grant Program in 2001. Last year the Program awarded funding towards studio tours in East Gwillimbury and Georgina, theatre groups based in Aurora and Newmarket, a "passport" program in Whitchurch-Stouffville, summer concerts on Sibbald Point and an arts and festival show in Georgina.

"York Region has a wealth of unknown arts and cultural experiences," said Markham Regional Councillor Frank Scarpitti, Chair of the Region's Planning and Economic Development Committee. "Funding from the Region's Arts and Culture Tourism Grant Program can assist with attracting visitors to these activities."

A subcommittee of the Region's Planning and Economic Development Committee, comprised of Regional Councillor Scarpitti, East Gwillimbury Mayor James Young and Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Brenda Hogg, will review the applications and make recommendations to Regional Council for the 2003 grants.

The deadline for submissions is March 24, 2003. Submission criteria and guidelines are available online by visiting www.yorktourism.com. Inquiries can also be made to Brenda McGowan at brenda.mcgowan@region.york.on.ca or by calling 1-877-464-9675, Ext. 1553.

Contact: Wendy Lewis, Corporate Communications Services, York Region

- (905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, ext. 1238

- Email: wendy.lewis@region.york.on.ca


The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:  www.region.york.on.ca

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

 
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