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November 16, 1998
Mayor Mel and Marilyn's Award for the Arts
Toronto Arts Council Foundation Announces New Program: Mayor Mel & Marilyn's Award for the Arts

The Toronto Arts Council Foundation today announced a new $50,000 grant made
possible from the proceeds of Mayor Mel and Marilyn's Inaugural Ball for the
Arts. The award will be available to not-for-profit organizations across the
City of Toronto for arts initiatives benefiting young people.

"We are thrilled that this year's Inaugural Ball was such a success," said
Foundation Board President Margo Bindhardt. "The funds raised have given us the
opportunity to create a unique program that allows young emerging artists,
children and youth at risk or with special needs and school audiences, to use
their imagination and explore their creativity."

Up to five awards of up to $10,000 each will be made for projects that will
provide young people opportunities through artistic endeavours. Activities that
would be recognized by the award include innovative arts projects for children
or youth from under-served areas, mentoring programs, subsidies for attendance
at theatre/dance/ music performances or scholarships to students in the arts.

Mayor Lastman stated that "this exciting new program is a great way to help
Toronto's artists and young people. With everyone working together, we can
create a stronger, more vibrant arts community. Marilyn and I are delighted
that the Inaugural Ball provided the impetus for this incredible initiative,
and with another Arts Ball slated for June, we hope it's just the beginning."

Application forms will be available from the Toronto Arts Council Foundation in
January, 1999. For more information, contact the TACF at (416) 392-6800.

The Toronto Arts Council Foundation was established in 1995 to create a
Toronto-based repository for legacies and other gifts from individuals,
families, corporations or trusts who wish to support the arts in Toronto.

Media Contact
Sherri Appell
Toronto Arts Council Foundation
(416) 392-6800



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