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Guest funders included: Kate Fraser, Art Reach; Okeima Lawrence, City of Toronto; Suzanne Paes, City of Toronto; Kristina Hausmanis, Street ARToronto; Ashton Shearer, CUE; Erin Kiyonaga, FACTOR; Carolyn Gloude, Ontario Arts Council; Janice Lambrakos, Ontario Arts Council; Tabish Surani, Youth Opportunities Fund/Ontario Trillium Foundation; and Peter Kingstone, Toronto Arts Council.On November 27th, 2013, Art Reach hosted it’s annual Funder Speed Dating networking event.The purpose of the event was to provide youth with funding information, resources and an opportunity for networking.The event opened with a short krump dance performance by urban dance crew North Buck, and commenced with presentations from each funding organization. Tinder is a free, location-based mobile dating app that simplifies the process most dating websites require. The app shows you photos of singles based on your preferences. Indeed, there are plenty of twenty-somethings who are on Tinder for a quick hook-up. What is Tinder and Why has it become the Focus of Debate? People who have considered online dating desperate find it much easier to download the simple app, link to Facebook and swipe away.At this free annual networking event, participants have a chance to connect directly with representatives of various funding and granting organizations that support youth arts projects in the city.Learn about different funding opportunities, get some face-to-face consultation time with potential funders, and gain the knowledge to overcome barriers in accessing funding.
Youth were able to discuss their projects with funders and ask questions about getting their programs off the ground. This year, funders included: Kate Fraser, Art Reach Toronto; Laurie O’Dell, Identify N’ Impact – City of Toronto; Suzanne Paes, Identify N’ Impact – City of Toronto; Lilie Zendel, Street ARToronto – City of Toronto; Jason Samilski, CUE Collective; Denis Le Febvre, Laidlaw Foundation; Michelle Miller-Guillot, Cultural Development Fund – Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration; Bushra Junaid, Outreach and Development Manager – Ontario Arts Council Michael Murray, Ontario Arts Council, Anne-Marie Beneteau, CI Grant Program & Youth Opportunities Fund – Ontario Trillium Foundation; Andrew Suri, Community Arts Program – Toronto Arts Council; Kerry Swanson, Outreach and Evaluation Officer – Toronto Arts Council; and Margo Charlton, Theatre Officer & TAF Research Manager – Toronto Arts Council Youth participant Markus Starks commented, “the funder speed dating event really help me to see the available funding out there.
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Staff from each organization talked about the types of funding they provide, eligibility/submission guidelines, general information on applying for grants, how proposals are evaluated, and what makes a grant ultimately successful.
Funder stations were set up with groups of approximately 8-10 youth and young artists at each.