2022 City of Kingston Arts Fund Operating and Project Grant Recipients Announced

The Kingston Arts Council (KAC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 City of Kingston Arts Fund (CKAF). CKAF is an annual fund administered by the KAC on behalf of the City of Kingston and it provides Operating and Project Grants to local arts organizations, collectives, and artists to foster creativity at all levels and enrich how Kingston residents experience and engage with the arts. Operating Grants foster sustainability among leading arts organizations by providing funding for operations and programming and Project Grants fund the creation and presentation of arts projects that engage the community and professional artists. For the first time, individual professional artists were eligible to apply to CKAF Project Grants, in addition to non-profit organizations and collectives. 

This year, the total CKAF amount available was $613,503 with $429,451 available for Operating Grants and $184,052 available for Project Grants. Applications were reviewed by the Grants Committee jury that was comprised of artists and arts professionals with high standing and expertise of the arts and the Kingston community. Ex-officio members of the Grants Committee support the work of the jury and bring forward broad community perspectives, provide information on the City of Kingston objectives for the CKAF program, and are present to ensure transparency and fairness in the process. Adjudication meetings were hosted on 17 May (Operating Grants) and 19 May (Project Grants). 

“The City of Kingston Arts Fund is essential funding, now more than ever, to support Kingston’s arts and culture sector and increase quality of life for our community,” says Felix Lee, Executive Director, Kingston Arts Council. “Despite the challenges of the pandemic, local artists and arts organizations have continued to do innovative work that uplifts and engages us.” 

Operating Grants 

Jurors: 

Kimberly Dolan 

Kemi King 

Jane Kirby 

Denis Leroux 

Katy Littlejohn 

Ex-officio: 

Felix Lee, Executive Director, Kingston Arts Council 

Violet Tang, Grants and Programs Coordinator, Kingston Arts Council Jeff McGilton, Administrative Assistant, Kingston Arts Council 

Danika Lochhead, Manager, Arts and Sector Development, City of Kingston Jim Neill, City Councillor, City of Kingston 

Number of Applications: 12 

Total Requested: $492,500 

Number of Grants Awarded: 11 

Total Awarded: $429,451 

Recipients: 

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, $75,000 

Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, $29,329 

Centre culturel Frontenac, $15,300 

H’art Centre, $13,059 

Kingston Canadian Film Festival, $47,046 

Kingston Symphony Association, $75,000 

Kingston WritersFest, $44,370 

Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, $51,500 

Reelout Queer Film Festival, $23,232 

Theatre Kingston, $42,230 

Union Gallery, $13,385 

Project Grants 

Jurors: 

David Archibald 

Kristen Leboeuf 

Bethany Garner 

Danuta Sierhuis 

Ex-officio: 

Felix Lee, Executive Director, Kingston Arts Council 

Violet Tang, Grants and Programs Coordinator, Kingston Arts Council Jeff McGilton, Administrative Assistant, Kingston Arts Council 

Danika Lochhead, Manager, Arts and Sector Development, City of Kingston Peter Stroud, City Councillor, City of Kingston 

Number of Applications: 22 

Total Requested: $287,932 

Number of Grants Awarded: 17 

Total Awarded: $184,052 

Recipients: 

Concert and Workshop Series, Kingston Improvising Musicians Collective, $12,000 Electric Circuits Festival of Electronic Music, Performance, & Digital Art, Electric Circuits, $11,000 

Festival of Live Digital Art, Spiderwebshow Performance, $12,750 

HARMONIA, Salon Theatre, $11,000 

HYDRA: A Story on Water, Calliope Collective, $14,250 

Kingston: A Guidebook from Memory, Amanda Baker, $9,258 

Make It Local, Orchestra Kingston, $5,000 

Phantom Bodies: Invisible Pain & Ghostly Intimacies, Stéfy McKnight, $7,240 Shortwave Radio Theatre Camp, CFRC 101.9FM, $14,250 

Skeleton Park Arts Festival, Skeleton Park Arts Festival, $13,500 

Sounding Board: A Community Conversation, Heather Poechman, $10,366 Soundscapes, Sistema Kingston, $11,664 

Spring Reverb 2023, KPP Concerts, $8,000 

The Bourgeois Gentleman, Kingston Baroque Consort, $7,327 

The GroudUP Dance Festival, Movement Market Collective, $12,267 The Juvenis Festival 2023, Blue Canoe, $12,000 

Uncovering Canada, anARC Theatre, $12,000 

Learn more about the Operating and Project Grant recipients and read detailed descriptions of the organizations and projects funded here: 

https://www.artskingston.ca/city-of-kingston-arts-fund-2/. 

To view the 2022 CKAF Report to Council, click here. 

About the City of Kingston Arts Fund (CKAF) 

In 2007, Kingston City Council established the City of Kingston Arts Fund (CKAF). The Kingston Arts Council was contracted to administer CKAF. Each year, the KAC submits a plan for administering the CKAF and it is approved by City Council. CKAF enables the City to continue to invest in and support the arts, heritage and culture in Kingston. The City has invested close to $8.6 million in the local arts community since 2007 through this program. Learn more: http://www.artskingston.ca/city-of-kingston-arts-fund-2/ 

About the Kingston Arts Council (KAC) 

The Kingston Arts Council (KAC) is the region's primary resource for arts information and support. The KAC administers key funding programs, the City of Kingston Arts Fund (CKAF) and the Nan Yeomans Grant for Artistic Development. Through communications, programming, and advocacy, the KAC promotes the creation, development, and appreciation of the arts in Kingston and supports artistic growth and engagement for arts organizations and artists. Throughout the pandemic, the KAC has directly supported artists and arts organizations by providing key programs and distributing essential funding. Learn more about the KAC, its team and Board of Directors here: https://www.artskingston.ca/about/.