The Beaches International Jazz Festival (BIJF) has been awarded a two-year, $96,400 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to expand its multi-art programming for children and teens.
The news was announced Saturday, July 19 during the festival’s first weekend of events at Woodbine Park.
“I’m so pleased to see an institution like the Beaches International Jazz Festival take on new challenges and inspire a new generation of artists,” said Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts in a July 21 statement.
“In the spirit of jazz, this Trillium award will allow youth to explore their creative side. I look forward to seeing the results of their creativity.”
A portion of the funds from the grant will be used for a new mural art program, where students from elementary schools in the community will be invited to create a mural that will be on display during future jazz festivals.
East-end high school students will also have the opportunity to get involved through a new “How Does Music Inspire You?” arts exhibition.
Thirdly, teens who need to complete their 40 hours of volunteer community service will be able to do so at Beaches Jazz while learning about the city’s vibrant fine arts scene.
“This multi-arts programming started a few years back with the introduction of a photo exhibit and competition held during the festival period. This OTF grant will allow the festival to further exploit the synergy between music and the arts through the development of a year-long program that includes a youth art exhibit, a mural program involving local schools, a volunteer program for high school students interested in fine arts and two new festival workshops,” said Helen Bulat, BIJF’s sponsorship coordinator, in the same release.
The new Beaches Jazz arts programming will be free and accessible to all interested participants.
- Joanna Lavoie