The of Dundas Valley School of Art is getting a $42,300 Trillium grant to conduct in-depth market research and identify business growth opportunities, including expanding online visual art experiences. The grant also allows the not-for-profit organization to adopt donation point tap technology and optimize their fundraising efforts by implementing the contactless giving system.
Said Sandy Shaw, MPP for the Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas. “Dundas Valley School of Art continues to be an essential part of making Dundas and Hamilton vibrant communities. I wish them continued success in nurturing creativity, inspiring growth, and sharing their beautiful art with our city.”
This grant is just one of three from the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Trillium Foundation awarded to DVSA in the past two years with an emphasis on laying a foundation improve the schools online presence. In the Fall of 2020, with the pandemic still restricting in-person teaching, an Ontario Trillium grant of $30,700 assisted DVSA with the purchase of iPads and computer equipment for DVSA students without access to technology in order to participate in online art programs. This grant was followed in 2021 with support from OTF to help the school upgrade its technology infrastructure and begin development of a digital platform for online art experiences.
In addition to expanding art instruction over videoconferencing, DVSA is looking to add online artist lectures and panel talks, masterclasses with renowned national and international artists, recorded video instruction and an art education-based podcast series.
One of Canada’s largest independent art schools, Dundas Valley School of Art (DVSA) has served the Hamilton region since 1964 and provides visual arts education to over 6,000 registrants annually.