Cornwall ON – Arts and Culture are huge buzz words right now across Ontario; especially Eastern Ontario. It’s not like they didn’t exist before; but communities are starting to truly realize that to retain your young people and attract others to an area a strong and vibrant Arts and Culture scene can play a large role.
Of course it’s more than that and many bureaucrats and government types don’t really think in true terms of what Arts and Culture truly are. Many people don’t really think about the scope of Arts in Culture which leak into every facet of our lives.
A few weeks ago there was a meeting at the Cornwall Civic Complex where the results of an extensive exercise was shared with the public. Those results essentially were that there was a need for an Arts Centre and possibly an Arts Council in this region (Stormont, Dundas, and South Glengarry) and it inspired me to think about how we at The Cornwall Free News could help.
Which is why next week we will be holding a press conference to announce our Partnership with the Arts for SD&SG which will be a pilot project lasting for the balance of 2011.
Essentially, (details will be released next week) all venues, events, and organizations will receive free coverage and advertising on The Cornwall Free News. Not just a few lines of text, but full page ads to promote their efforts which can contain multi-media components and be in both official languages (and any others!).
In addition, and to me this is the most exciting part, is that every cultural participant IE Artist will also have the opportunity for free ads as well. We’ll be announcing our sponsors and partners for the program next week at the conference as well.
Now it’s going to be up to the Arts and Culture community for this region. I think we need to promote the amazing talent of this region, nurture it, and promote it. Now it’s up to see if we can all partner and elevate the profile of everyone that contributes to the fibre of our Artistic community.
More to come, and if you have any feedback or questions feel free to post below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News