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Dundas Valley School of Art receives $42,300 grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation

Kate Lantagne (left), director of development at the Dundas Valley School of Art, and Kathron Hann, director of business operations at the DVSA, test out the new point tap donation technology that the recent grant supported the purchase.
  • Claire Lougheed (left), Executive Director of the Dundas Valley School of Art, Stephane Hamade (centre), Constituency Assistant to MP Sandy Shaw, and Kate Lantagne (right), DVSA Director of Development, recognize some of the technological advances that Trillium Foundation grants have brought to DVSA.

A $42,300 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for Resilient Communities to the Dundas Valley School of Art will fund research to identify new business opportunities and technology to make fundraising a little easier, continuing a story financial support from the provincial foundation.

This is the fourth Trillium grant to the nonprofit art school in three years, aimed at improving technology infrastructure and digital programming, bringing total Trillium funding to $353,100 since 2020.

A research project funded by the most recent grant will “identify target audiences and strategic initiatives that can guide the formulation of a comprehensive business plan to ensure the sustainability of the school.”

The grant is also funding new tap donation point technology to support the school’s ongoing fundraising efforts. This allows DVSA to accept contactless donations electronically wherever the tap donation board is located.

DVSA executive director Claire Loughheed said the school’s five-year strategic plan identifies three priorities, including equity, financial sustainability and planned growth.

“This includes a strategy to increase access and we know the vast majority of our new students find us online before they consider joining us in person,” Loughheed said. “Knowing who is already there and what they are looking for is helpful. Understanding who else wants to study the visual arts and understanding how to reach them is invaluable.

The Trillium Foundation also recently announced grants to two other Dundas organizations.

The Dundas Granite Curling Club, located at 24 Head Street, received $75,000 to replace its ice cooler.

The Dundas Lawn Bowling Club, located in Dundas Driving Park, received $15,600 to improve its website and marketing strategy, as well as to purchase equipment.

In February 2020, a $31,100 Ontario Trillium grant purchased Mac desktop computers to upgrade DVSA’s digital photography lab.

In February 2021, with the pandemic restricting in-person instruction, a $30,700 Ontario Trillium Grant helped DVSA purchase iPads and computer equipment for students without access to technology to participate in programs line art.

In February 2022, Trillium announced a $249,000 grant to help the school upgrade technology and develop a digital platform for online arts experiences.

With continued support from Trillium, DVSA plans to continue to build its online capacity with market-driven digital programming. In addition to extending art education to video conferencing, DVSA plans to add online artist talks and panel discussions, master classes with renowned national and international artists, recorded video instructions and a series of podcasts. based on arts education.

Annual art events, Art Auction and Little Black Frame Mystery Art Event, have already developed an online presence, and the school is looking to further enhance their virtual components.