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The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Cross-Sectoral Associate Officer Maura Broadhurst has taken over responsibilities from Touring and Audience Development Officer Noora Sagarwala, who is on maternity leave until January 2017.

Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon is replacing Micheal Coteau as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Eleanor McMahon was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Burlington.

McMahon currently serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.

The Shared Charitable Platform consortium partners — The Canada Council for the Arts,
the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and
the Metcalf Foundation — would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on the
pilot project.
The selection of an organization to deliver the pilot was originally scheduled for December
2015 with the launch of the pilot to take place in early 2016. Late in 2015, the process was
delayed when we learned that a shared charitable platform could come under scrutiny from

Dance Ontario members received accolades from their peers with many Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations in the Dance Division!
Administered by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), the Dora Mavor Moore Awards, honour excellence in the performing arts in Toronto.

Many thanks to the inspiring Windsor dance community for their wonderful welcome when Dance Ontario, Dancer Transition Resource Centre and Dance Umbrella of Ontario visited yesterday to launch DO's new Ontario Trillium Foundation initiative.
A diverse and enthusiastic dance centre, we expect great strides in the community over the next three years!
We also had a great time at the Ontario Secondary School Dance Festival (OSSDF)!

Jacque Foesier Youth Dance Award 2015 recipient, Isabella Rapino, takes her dancing to a new level. Your Body Does Not Define The Artist Within You

 Isabella Rapino has 16 years of dance experience, ranging from hip hop to ballet. She graduated from Quinte Ballet School of Canada with distinction in 2015, and just completed her first of two year at George Brown College for their Dance Performance Studies program. She has been instructing dance of various genres for 5 years at the Ireland Academy of Dance, while also being invited to substitute or host workshops at various other local schools. She just completed her second year of choreographing for a competitive team with three choreography awards under her belt.

PASO-OPSA’s Response to the Draft Culture Strategy:

1. Do the Vision for culture in Ontario and the Principles to guide government support for culture reflect what is important to you?
Overarching Goals: Strengthen culture in communities, fuel the creative economy,promote cultural engagement & inclusion

Toronto, May 11, 2016 – Statistics Canada’s release today of the Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2010 to 2014 report is providing insight into the economic importance of arts and culture in Ontario and across Canada.

Toronto - Dance Ontario is delighted to announce generous funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for a three-year initiative to establish dance networks in Sudbury, Windsor and Sault Ste. Marie.