A Catalyst for the Creative Sector

Investing in small to mid-sized arts initiatives has given us an opportunity to make an impact at a grassroots level. 

 

Creative Enterprise Initiative (CEI) actively lobbies on behalf of the creative community to increase overall investment in Waterloo Region arts initiatives.  Since 2010, this advocacy has effected substantial support from our regional and municipal governments, which in turn has endorsed CEI to leverage new funds from a variety of other sources, including federal and provincial funding agencies as well as private investment through our Leadership Council.

Since inception, CEI has provided advocacy for, assistance to, and has supported a number of incredible creative initiatives in the region that include (but are not limited to):

  • CAFKA
  • Kwartzlab
  • The Arts Education Initiative
  • TD Kitchener Blues Festival
  • Maxwell’s Music House
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Comedy Festival
  • Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival
  • Grand River Film Festival
  • Lost & Found Theatre
  • The Clay & Glass Gallery
  • McDonald Art
  • Wild Writers Festival
  • NUMUS
  • The Jazz Room
  • Animate the Trail
  • HepCats
  • InterArts Matrix
  • THEMUSEUM
  • The Grand Philharmonic Choir
  • The Waterloo Regional Museum
  • Cambridge Centre for the Arts
  • The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
  • Link Picnic Festival
  • The Button Factory
  • Fandy Photography
  • CREATE Region
  • Blue Lizard Productions
  • Rainbow Coalition
  • Arts Awards Waterloo Region
  • KOI & Bluesfest Tech Session
  • Lumber Junk
  • Open Ears Festival of Music & Sound
  • BOX Art Show
  • KOI Con
  • KW Latinfest
  • KOI Music Festival
  • Mill Race Folk Festival
  • University of Waterloo – Loovre (Student Art Show)
  • Multicultural Cinema Club
  • Pat the Dog
  • MT Space
  • A Day & A Night Festival
  • Cambridge Libraries & Galleries
  • The Boathouse
  • Sculption
  • ActOUT KW
  • Spectrum
  • FANDANGO
  • Arty Art
  • Collaboratory 6
  • The Festival of Art, Architecture & Sound
  • Grand River Jazz Society
  • KW Multicultural Festival
  • Kultrun World Music Festival
  • New Hamburg Live Festival of the Arts
  • Numerous individual creative undertakings
  • And with GRAND SOCIAL the connections are endless
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