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Space Invaders cancelled

Website for art event cites issues with funding, miscommunication as cause

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

This year’s edition of a popular event in Oshawa’s downtown arts community that attracted approximately 200 artists last year has been cancelled.

Oshawa Space Invaders, an event that uses the city’s vacant business spaces throughout the downtown and transforms them into lively art galleries and shows, faced some issues putting this year’s event together, which caused it to be cancelled.

When contacted by The Express, event coordinator Steve Frank declined to comment on the issues the group faced, saying it is regrettable the event had to be halted for this year.

“We look forward to holding it in the future,” he said.

According to the Space Invaders website, issues with obtaining funding and miscommunications played a role in the event’s cancellation.

The organization requested $4,500 of in-kind services from the city through its anchor grant program.

During discussions on the multiple requests received by the city in December, it was recommended by staff that the Space Invaders request be denied as it didn’t meet the city’s criteria.

However, upon request from Councillor Amy England, the item was referred back to staff for further investigation.

According to Stephanie Sinnot, the city’s interim director of finance, the request was looked at a second time and approved, but for a lower amount of $2,250.