A $49,500 grant from the province's Community Building Fund will allow the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre to continue offering virtual arts education and increase in-person programs and marketing.
A portion of the grant was used to hire new program co-ordinator Kateri Foreman, who is responsible for the planning and implementation of year-round programs and outreach activities for children, youth and adults, families and the community.
Foreman is working with Pumphouse director Rima Boles to develop programs for various mediums and skill levels.
Boles said she hopes the grant will help the Pumphouse reach new audiences in Niagara and elsewhere.
She noted that “providing a place to learn and grow, to enrich and inspire the community is one of our core values. With the pandemic, adapting programs for remote delivery and instituting in-studio health and safety protocols were among the major challenges we overcame.”
Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates said the past few years have been tough for the arts sector and was happy the province chose to support the Pumphouse.
“The work the team at the Pumphouse does to make art accessible in our community is outstanding and I can think of few other programs as deserving of provincial recognition and support,” Gates said.