Modern Fuel updates technology and hires new staff with OTF grant – Kingston News

With an operating grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Community Development Fund, Modern Fuel artist-run center increased staff capacity and purchased new computers for office space, to provide high quality virtual programming.

“Modern Fuel meets the professional development needs of local, national and international artists. I am pleased that the Ontario Trillium Trust is supporting his work which, in turn, will continue to develop our region’s cultural scene,” said Ted Hsu, MPP for Kingston and the Islands.

According to a Modern Fuel release, the $23,000 grant was awarded in August 2021 and enabled Modern Fuel to dedicate a staff member to creating and delivering virtual programs such as workshops, artists, peer reviews and virtual parties.

This funding has had a significant impact on Modern Fuel’s internal capacity, helping to reduce staff burnout and maintain engagement with the community despite pandemic-related restrictions, the organization said. By upgrading technology in the offices, Modern Fuel was able to provide its staff with work computers, enabling remote work throughout the shutdowns. Additionally, Modern Fuel was able to boost its video design and production by having computers better equipped to handle these applications, according to the release.

“We are so grateful to finally be able to upgrade the technology in the offices! said Kelsey Newman Reed, current assistant director. “We were previously working on early 2010s iMacs that were bogged down by years of use, or even options just to use our personal computers instead. Now we don’t have to!

Modern Fuel Artist-Run Center is a nonprofit organization that facilitates the presentation, interpretation, and production of contemporary, temporal, and interdisciplinary visual arts. According to the statement, the goal is to meet the professional development needs of local, national and international emerging and mid-career artists from diverse cultural communities through exhibitions, discussions and mentorship opportunities. Modern Fuel supports innovation and experimentation and is committed to educating interested audiences and diversifying its audiences.

The mission of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario. As an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada’s leading grant-making foundations, last year OTF invested nearly $209 million in 2,042 community projects and partnerships, including funding for the Government of Ontario Community Development Fund. Since 2020, OTF has been supporting Ontario’s economic recovery by helping not-for-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.