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November 20, 2023
CURVE LAKE FIRST NATION – Missy Knott already had a rather busy life, but when an offer came her way earlier this year, it was too good to pass up.
As a result, the 34-year-old singer/songwriter from Curve Lake First Nation is now a member of the 12-person Ontario Arts Council (OAC).
Dave Smith, the MPP for Peterborough-Kawartha, a riding that includes Curve Lake First Nation, is the one who suggested Knott be added to the council.
“He had called me at the beginning of the year, asked me what I was doing and if I had time for more,” Knott said.
Knott was already rather familiar with the OAC, the province’s main funding body for art organizations and professional artists, as she had received an OAC grant about a decade earlier.
The OAC provides services and grants to artists and organizations that support arts education, Indigenous arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Francophone arts, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theatre, touring, and visual arts.