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For more than 40 years, ArtsNL has played a vital role in fostering and promoting the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Since, 1980, ArtsNL invested approximately $5 million in communities across Newfoundland and Labrador through grants to artists, arts groups, arts organizations, and schools.

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1980

Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council created by the Arts Council Act

1983

First annual Arts Council Arts Awards held.

1990

ArtsNL moved into the Newman Building, its current location.

1997

Year of the Arts Program launched.

1998

ArtsSmarts program established.

1999

Festival of the Arts and Cultural Innovation Fund launched.

2000

Winterset Awards established, partnership with Richard Gwyn.

2005

Produced DVD, featuring artist testimonials, celebrating 25th anniversary of Council.

2005

Conducted extensive consultation process leading to first Strategic framework for the Arts.

2006

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador commits to doubling ArtsNL’s budget to $1.8 million.

2006

Government of Newfoundland & Labrador declares April 2006 as “Month of the Arts”.

2010

Hosted Canadian Public Arts Funders AGM in St. John’s.

2012

MOU signed with Atlantic Provincial Arts Councils (APAF).

2014

APAF hosts first-ever Atlantic Indigenous Arts Symposium (Petapan).

2019

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador commits to increasing ArtsNL’s budget to $5 million by 2022.

2019

Hosted 3rd Petapan Indigenous Arts Symposium in St. John’s.

2020

Art in the Time of COVID fund created.

2020

40th anniversary of the Arts Council and the 35th anniversary of the Arts Awards.

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