MEDIA RELEASE: Monday, January 31, 2022

OTF Grant Helps Prologue Performing Arts Thrive in a Pandemic World

Toronto, ON – In 2021, Prologue to the Performing Arts (now known as Prologue Performing Arts) received a $59,700 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. With this support, Prologue completed a digital revitalization project that enhanced the organization’s position within the virtual landscape and increased the accessibility of its programs within the education community across Ontario.

“I am pleased to hear about this funding to Prologue Performing Arts who help enrich the learning experience for our students through high quality workshops,” said Chris Glover, MPP for Spadina-Fort York. “Ontario’s musicians and performing artists have spent almost all of 2021 unable to perform. The pandemic has shown us the importance of being able to deliver exciting virtual programming to our students so they can continue to enjoy the educational experience of live performances.”

The OTF grant has allowed Prologue to reimagine its service delivery model in order to adapt to the pandemic. The organization has prioritized high-quality virtual programming and invested in the digital tools needed to promote the great artists on its virtual roster. Most importantly, Prologue implemented an online booking system for teachers so they can book programs online in their own time. The online booking system will launch in the summer of 2022.

“Being awarded this OTF grant has allowed us to reimagine our business model and adapt to the pandemic,” says Maria Williams, Executive Director of Prologue Performing Arts. “It allowed us to think outside the box and helped us reach new educators and community members across Ontario.”

Established in 1966, Prologue Performing Arts is a not-for-profit charitable organization that facilitates access to performing arts experiences in schools and communities across Ontario. Prologue facilitates over 1,750 performances and workshops that reach 500,000 young people across Ontario each year! To book a virtual performance or workshop for your school, visit www.prologue.org.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non‐profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non‐profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID‐19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.

Media Contact:
Maria Williams – Executive Director, Prologue Performing Arts
416 591 9092 x223 | maria@prologue.org