TBSO Announces Funding From Thunder Bay Community Foundation
The TBSO has received two grants totalling $17,000 through the Thunder Bay Community Foundation to support greater accessibility to classical music and meaningful collaboration with Indigenous partners.
The Thunder Bay Community Foundation Community Fund will provide funding for a free public concert, “Noondaagotoon” on May 5th at Fort William Historical Park. This concert has been conceived in the spirit of cultural exchange and reconciliation and features Indigenous artists including David Wilkinson-Simard and the Thunder Mountain Singers, and Elder Rita Fenton with a women’s hand drumming group. The TBSO has committed to deepening the orchestra’s creative partnership with Fort William First Nation and other Indigenous communities across northwestern Ontario and is grateful for the continued support of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation Community Fund in this effort.
The Danny Clara Legacy Fund will support the Family Concert and Education program: The Spirit Horse Returns on April 14 & 15, 2023 at the TBCA. The Spirit Horse Returns features storytelling, music, and Indigenous cultural exchange. Through art and music, we learn about a mysterious group of small horses who have always been here, and who can teach people of all Nations the importance of taking care of each other and the land we share.
The Board and management of the TBSO are most grateful to the Thunder Bay Community Foundation and their contributors — specifically the TBCF Community Fund and the Danny Clara Legacy Fund — for these generous grants that provide the opportunity for everyone in Thunder Bay to experience the beauty and emotional depth of classical music.