Investing in New Brunswick's Cultural Infrastructure

Government of Canada provides financial support for renovations to Aberdeen Cultural Centre

MONCTON, NB, Jan. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada has provided funding through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to help the Aberdeen Cultural Centre with renovations that will enable the Centre to offer a variety of cultural programming to Moncton audiences.

Robert Goguen, Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, today announced $214,040 on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover.

Funding will allow the Aberdeen Cultural Centre to carry out major renovations that will include new sound and lighting systems, 200 new seats, an upgraded electrical system, a large retractable screen and movable set, and repairs or replacement of walls, floors, windows, and public entrances.

Renovations are expected to be completed in spring 2014.

Quick Facts

  • The Aberdeen Cultural Centre houses about 20 artistic, cultural and educational organizations. The Centre integrates rehearsal spaces, artist studios, exhibition areas, a multi-use theatre space, offices, two daycares and a café.
  • About 100 events are normally created and presented annually at the Centre.
  • The building that now houses the Aberdeen Cultural Centre was constructed in 1898 and originally served as Moncton's first secondary school, known as Aberdeen High School.
  • After the school was decommissioned, a group of artists set up studios and offices, eventually forming a cooperative organization in 1986 known as the Aberdeen Cultural Centre.

Quotes

"I am pleased that our Government has made this investment in the Aberdeen Cultural Centre, an important institution in New Brunswick's cultural life. The Centre will continue to promote and celebrate the best of this province's culture, with a special focus on the work of our Acadian artists."
-Robert Goguen, Member of Parliament (Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe)

"Our Government understands how important arts and culture are to the wellbeing of communities, which is why we are pleased to support organizations like the Aberdeen Cultural Centre. With these renovations, the Centre will continue to benefit Moncton, both culturally and economically."
-Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Government of Canada funding will help provide the Centre with a first-class professional venue for artistic creation and presentation, while responding to the increasing need of a multitude of artists and creators from this area and throughout the province for such a space. Thanks to Canadian Heritage and other funding partners involved in this project, we will be able to finally realize our dream of presenting an annual multidisciplinary program that satisfies our various audiences at the Aberdeen Cultural Centre.
-René Légère, Director General of the Aberdeen Cultural Centre

Associated Links
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
Aberdeen Cultural Centre

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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