MP Anthony Rota,has announced a $40,000 grant under the Economic Development Initiative (EDI) to provide employment for a youth intern at the Temiskaming Art Gallery.
The FedNor contribution will enable the Temiskaming Art Gallery to hire a Business Development Intern who will focus on increasing the gallery’s outreach to the Francophone and Indigenous communities using new digital platforms in both official languages.
In addition, the intern will enhance the gallery’s marketing efforts to increase its bilingual capacity. Specifically, the intern will create a new online gift shop to increase sales through Francophone, Indigenous, and newcomer artists and artisans selling their work through the gift shop. Additional anticipated outcomes include enhanced promotion of the facility and services, enhanced automated client services, opportunities for additional events to be hosted by the Temiskaming Art Gallery, and the creation and maintenance of alliances and partnerships throughout the community.
“We at Temiskaming Art Gallery are proud to be where people can learn about and engage with culture through art, and a youth intern made possible by FedNor’s investment is going to help us expand our reach in the community and support art that brings vibrancy to our lives,” said Melissa La Porte, Executive Director/Curator of Temiskaming Art Gallery.