February 29, 2024

Ed Video Media Arts Centre Celebrates $86,500 in Provincial Government Funding

Guelph, ON – On Thursday, the team at Ed Video Media Arts Centre celebrated
$86,500 in provincial government funding they received through two grants from the
Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to commission and maintain a new website and
furnish the Centre’s gallery with new exhibition equipment.

“As the Member of Provincial Parliament for Guelph, I want to congratulate the Ed Video
Media Arts Centre on receiving both the Resilient Communities Fund and Capital grant
from the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” said local MPP Mike Schreiner. “These grants will
allow the organization to establish a gallery for exhibitions and presentations of media
art, encouraging creativity and innovation in our community. Additionally, the Ed Video
Media Arts Centre will use these funds to increase their functionality and recover from
the impacts of COVID-19, allowing them to be more efficient and effective. I want to
thank the Ed Video Media Arts Centre for fostering an appreciation for media arts and
supporting artists in our city. Congratulations on these well-deserved grants!”

In March 2023, Ed Video Media Arts Centre was awarded a $55,200 Resilient
Communities Fund grant which allowed the Centre to commission a new website, hire a
project coordinator to oversee and maintain the project, and buy equipment necessary
for the upkeep of the website. Topsite, a local web developer company, was hire to build
the site, which was launched in October 2023 after a few months of development. Since
October, staff members have been learning to use the website to upload upcoming
workshops, programs, events, and more, while our membership and website users have
enjoyed a simplified experience in utilizing the Centre’s services.

A Capital grant of $31,300 was also awarded in September 2023, which allowed Ed
Video to purchase various pieces of equipment necessary for the operation of a media
arts gallery, including screens of varying sizes to meet the different needs of exhibited
media artists. The grant has enabled us to continuously exhibit the work of media artists

“With the new website, Ed Video will be able to better serve our community,
membership, and staff in an increasingly digitized future,” said Adam McCaffery, a
representative for Ed Video Media Arts Centre. “The COVID-19 pandemic revealed the
importance of having a strong and robust online presence, and thanks to the opportunity
made possible by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ed Video has been able to work
towards this goal.”

Centre Representative Elia Morrison added: “Ed Video is excited to bring our exhibition
program back in-house after over 10 years of exhibiting artworks offsite. The capital
grant allows us to present the works of local and national media artists with modern and
high-quality presentation equipment. We’re grateful to the OTF for helping us fulfill an
essential part of our mission and to continue supporting artists. Thank you!”

For over 45 years, we’ve made media art accessible through affordable equipment,
community building, exhibitions, and skill-enriching programs. As a charitable artist-run
centre, we support artists and diverse communities in all aspects of media arts. This
year, Ed Video is committed to programming even more educational workshops and
exhibitions in our new gallery, while also hosting various events for our membership to
enjoy. Upcoming events at the centre include Autoscopy, a solo exhibition by Sophia
Oppel and our March break Hold the Phone! Video Storytelling camp.

“Non-profit organizations across Ontario deliver programming that makes a difference,”
said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “That’s why funding that my
ministry is providing through the OTF is so important. Our government wants to ensure
that these programs and spaces remain the heart of communities across our province.”
The Ontario Trillium Foundation’s (OTF) mission is to build healthy and vibrant
communities across Ontario. As an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of
Canada’s leading granting foundations, last year, OTF invested over $110M into 1,022
community projects and partnerships. Visit otf.ca to learn more.

Organization Contact for Media Inquiries:
Adam McCaffery, Project Coordinator
Ed Video Media Arts Centre