Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts (BMFA)

Registered Name: THE BLUE MOUNTAIN FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS

Business Number: 119216281RR0001

BMFA is the leading voice for artists in the performing, visual and literary arts in the Georgian Triangle region.  We believe that the arts benefit and enhance the well-being of our citizens, visitors and the communities that we serve.

Our mission is to "inspire excellence in visual art through educational and creative opportunities".  We promote community engagement in and appreciation of the arts through inclusive, participatory and interactive programming. We encourage and support emerging artists of all ages through awards, juried shows, classes and display. 

BMFA celebrates and recognizes the talent and achievements of our regional arts community and works closely with community partners, providing a collaborate approach.  Imaginarium, Magic of Children in the Arts, Home Horizons, storytelling organizations and local high schools play an important role in many of our projects and initiatives. 

Here are some events, awards and initiatives that you might find interesting:

BMFA Community Monster Art Project (in conjunction with Magic of Children in the Arts/Art Sprouts classes) – truly something special, this one of a kind project has children between the ages of four and eight use their imaginations and create monsters. No monsters are alike!  Adult artists in the community, using several mediums, recreate their version of the monsters that the children brought to life.  It is a fun “meeting of the minds” with some spectacular outcomes.  Not to be missed!

Juried Art Show – in its 40th year, our juried art show promotes, showcases and financially awards exceptional artists and artisans. Almost 200 entries are sent in online and judged by three notable artisans.  Finalists are chosen, displayed and are critiqued live in a well enjoyed public event.  An amazing process for up and coming artists and an elevating point for experienced ones.

Art in the Community – local artists participate in an “art loan” to participating businesses in the area.  Pieces are chosen and rotated on a regular basis.  A terrific program for art appreciators!

Collingwood Arts & Music Festival – a day of arts celebration!  This outdoor gathering showcases all mediums of art including live demonstrations and a market of over 70 vendors.  Live music is played from the local talent showcase stage and an interactive children’s theatre and crafts keeps the young ones happy.

Storytelling Festival – an exciting month of productions like our Story Slam, a cash prize photo competition and live community theatre to choose from.

Murray Clerkson Award – Murray Clerkson was a well-known local visual artist with dramatic flair.  He strongly supported and celebrated new and emerging artists by investing in their work and freely and positively commented on their achievement.  It is with this spirit that this prestigious award was created.  Recipients are individuals who have shown courage and determination in becoming an artist.  It recognizes an evolving or emerging visual artist who is not yet professionally established, but who has reached a stage where he/she now possess a body of work that shows their strength, purpose and commitment to the visual arts. The $1,000 cash prize helps artists who are ready to launch their careers.

Robert Kemp Award – The Robert G. Kemp award is a prestigious award created in recognition of Kemp’s special contribution to the communities that surround us. The $5,000 prize is intended to provide encouragement and recognition for artistic development and is open to any individual or group residing in the Georgian Triangle whose project will provide a benefit to the community.  Some past winners include the Shipyard Kitchen Party for their live theatre production of their original musical play “100 Years from Now” which is now touring Ontario.

Art Shop and Gallery – filled with gift ideas for all ages and every medium.  Our talented artist members participate in a rotation of incredible gifts, paintings, jewellery, pottery and glass work.  Pop in to our storefront to see new pieces weekly.      

What People Are Saying

"Winning the BMFA Juried Art Show and having my piece complimented and critiqued by professionals truly changed how I saw my own art and life in the art world. Before, I would not have continued art as part of my university degree. JAS helps young and aspiring artists believe in themselves."

— Jill De Rijke – 1st Place Student Winner, BMFA Juried Art Show (JAS)

"The Clerkson Award helped me leap to a new level of creative confidence and increased awareness of my work. It gave me my first big break in my art career. Since winning this prestigious award, I was accepted into two juried shows, was a finalist in Quest ArtSlam and became part of a collective."

— Hilary Slater – Clerkson Award 2017

"The BMFA is an important hub showcasing local up and coming talent and bringing a broader spectrum of art to the world. It is a way to stay in touch with other artists, have an educational forum and showcase my own work. My recent showing was a grand success and I felt welcomed and supported. "

— Sue Miller – Artist

"The BMFA has been instrumental in our group creating two original musical theatre productions that tell Canadian stories in new and inspiring ways. The Robert Kemp award helped us mount and film a production that got picked up through “Contact 2019” and is now going to be touring Ontario in 2020. "

— Jason Murphy – Shipyard Kitchen Party

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