Muskoka Chairs Receive My Main Street Grant

The At Home in Bronte Muskoka chair art installation has been awarded a grant from the My Main Street Activator COVID recovery investment program.

Congrats to BIA businesses, ArtHouse Halton, Sheridan College and Town of Oakville partners who made it happen. Enjoy the 100 chairs on display now in Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park and throughout the commercial district!

We were one of 106 placemaking projects accepted in the first round, totaling $5.6 million in communities across southern Ontario (excluding Toronto). All of the My Main Street Activator projects aim to reanimate neighbourhoods through installations, events and activities to drive foot traffic back to main streets and provide local communities with safe, outdoor experiences to enjoy.

Placemaking is an approach that asks people to collectively reimagine and reshape public space to maximize its shared value. Placemaking can take the form of events that draw people into a community, murals that brighten neglected streetscapes and celebrate local artists, seating and temporary patios that allow people to gather safely outdoors, new uses for neglected or empty spaces, and more.

My Main Street is a $23.25 million investment by the Government of Canada and delivered in partnership by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) and the Economic Development Council of Ontario (EDCO) to support the revitalization of neighbourhoods across southern Ontario.