Harper Government Invests in Culture in Prince Edward Island

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE, Feb. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Arts and culture organizations will help create jobs and growth throughout Prince Edward Island, thanks to investments from the Government of Canada. Support for 31 projects was announced today by the Honourable Ted Menzies, Minister of State (Finance) and Member of Parliament (Macleod), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The investments support a wide range of projects across the province, including many local festivals and cultural groups. Some of the organizations or projects receiving support today include the Bluegrass Festival of Évangéline, the Festival of Small Halls, Harbourfront Theatre Presents, and the 100th anniversary celebrations for Summerside's historic Armoury Building.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in important local initiatives like those announced today in Prince Edward Island," said Minister Moore. "Through this support, our Government is delivering on its commitment to create jobs and growth and support our arts, culture, heritage, Aboriginal peoples, and official languages."

"Investing in these initiatives is central to the economic health of communities," said Minister of State Menzies. "Thanks to this investment, artists and arts organizations in Prince Edward Island can also continue to offer great performances and cultural experiences to Canadians and visitors."

"We are delighted to receive this support from the Government of Canada," said Ray Brow, President of Small Halls Inc., one of the organizations receiving funding. "Once again, we are pleased to have additional resources, provided by the government, which permit us to provide a comprehensive educational, and entertaining program across the entire province of Prince Edward Island."

The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $401,617 through the following programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the Development of Official-Language Communities Program, the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the Canada Periodical Fund, the Canada Interactive Fund, the Cultural Development Fund, and the Aboriginal Women's Programming Elements of the Aboriginal Peoples' Program. For more information about the projects, see the attached backgrounder.

BACKGROUNDER

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.
Mount Stewart Hillsborough River Area Development Corporation - Hillsborough River Eagle Festival $2,900 (2011-2012)
Charlottetown Island Media Arts Co-operative Limited - Island Media Arts Festival $4,900 (2011-2012)
New London Small Halls Inc. - Festival of Small Halls $7,100 (2010-2011)
$32,400 (2011-2012)
St. Louis St. Louis Bluegrass & Old Time Music Campout - St. Louis Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Campout $3,700 (2011-2012)
Summerside Wyatt Heritage Properties Incorporated - 100th Anniversary Celebration of Summerside's Historic Armoury Building, 2011 $8,500 (2010-2011)
$22,900 (2011-2012)
Summerside Belle-Alliance Ltée (LA) - Le Festival de la citrouille, Les couleurs de l'automne $13,500 (2011-2012)
Région Évangéline Centre Expo-Festival Center Ltd. - Festival Country Évangéline $2,500 (2011-2012)
Charlottetown Connecting Aboriginal Cultures Organization Committee -Connecting Aboriginal Cultures $7,900 (2011-2012)
Tignish Conseil Rév. S.-É.-Perrey inc. (LE) - Festival Hivernal $3,300 (2011-2012)
Région Évangéline Conseil scolaire-communautaire Évangéline Ltée - Carnaval d'hiver $2,200 (2011-2012)
Mont Carmel Coopérative de développement culturel et patrimonial de Mont-Carmel Ltée (LA) - Festival de la chanson du Grand Ruisseau $4,000 (2011-2012)
Région Évangéline Exposition agricole et le Festival acadien de la région Évangéline inc. (L') - L'Exposition agricole et le Festival acadien $13,600 (2011-2012)
Charlottetown Festival acadien de Charlottetown Ltée - Les Francofolies de Charlottetown $11,100 (2011-2012)
Rustico Friends of the Farmers' Bank of Rustico Inc. (Les Amis de la banque des fermiers de Rustico inc.) - Acadian Harvest in Rustico $5,000 (2011-2012)
Summerside Prince Edward Island Bluegrass and Oldtime Music Society Incorporated - The 7th Annual Laurie Blue Bluegrass Festival $3,600 (2011-2012)
Charlottetown Prince Edward Island International Friendship Association - International Tea House 2011 $3,200 (2011-2012)
Charlottetown Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival Inc. - Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival $7,500 (2011-2012)
Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Music Awards Association Inc. - Music PEI Week $19,400 (2011-2012)
Souris Souris Special Events Committee - 31st Annual Christmas Festival & Parade $3,700 (2011-2012)
Charlottetown Tourism Charlottetown and the Prince Edward Island Convention Partnership Inc. - Fall Flavours $3,100 (2011-2012)
Summerside Wyatt Heritage Properties Incorporated - Island Storytelling Festival, New Waves $5,200 (2011-2012)
Mont Carmel Comité du bicentenaire 2012 - Célébrations du Bicentenaire 2012 $27,200 (2011-2012)
$17,500 (2012-2013)
    TOTAL: $235,900

Canada Arts Presentation Fund
The Canada Arts Presentation Fund is designed to give Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals and performances, and other arts events.
Abram-Village Association du Festival Évangéline de musique bluegrass et traditionnelle Ltée. - 12e Festival Bluegrass Évangéline $8,000 (2012-2013)
Abram-Village Centre Expo-Festival Center Ltd. - Expérience culturelle acadienne 2012 $6,361 (2012-2013)
Summerside Regional Culturel / Event Centre Inc. - Harbourfront Theatre Presents $27,000 (2012-2013)
    TOTAL: $41,361

Development of Official-Language Communities Program (Community Life component)
The Community Life component aims to enable the federal government to work with partners to offer official-language minority communities access to services in their own language, as well as the infrastructure necessary to ensure their growth and development.
Miscouche Association du Musée acadien de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard (L) - La construction identitaire des Acadiens de l'Île $14,000 (2011-2012)
    TOTAL: $14,000

Cultural Development Fund
The objectives of the Cultural Development Fund include supporting and strengthening the cultural and artistic activities of official-language minority communities to enhance their vitality, and giving Canadians access to the richness of the culture, arts and heritage of these communities.
Summerside Belle-Alliance ltée. (LA) - Évolution culturelle (arts visuels) $15,000 (2011-2012)
    TOTAL: $15,000

Aboriginal Women's Programming Elements - Aboriginal Peoples' Program
This initiative enables Aboriginal women to influence policies, programs, legislation, and decision making that affect the social, cultural, economic, and political well-being in their communities and in Canadian society. It includes a component to address issues around family violence and a self-government initiative to support the full participation of Aboriginal women in consultations and decision-making processes.
Lennox Island Aboriginal Women's Association of PEI - Building Strength $24,710 (2011-2012)
    TOTAL: $24,710

Canada Periodical Fund
The Canada Periodical Fund provides financial assistance to Canadian print magazines, non-daily newspapers and digital periodicals to enable them to overcome market disadvantages and continue to provide Canadian readers with the content they choose to read.
Montague Island Press Ltd. - The Eastern Graphic $44,916 (2011-2012)
Summerside Voix acadienne Ltée - La Voix acadienne $13,515 (2011-2012)
    TOTAL: $58,431

Canada Interactive Fund
The Canada Interactive Fund supports the creation of online, interactive Canadian cultural content and applications that are developed by official-language minority community, Aboriginal, ethnocultural, and other not-for-profit cultural organizations.
Miscouche Association du Musée acadien de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard: Pour sauvegarder notre mémoire collective - Je clique pour le patrimoine acadien de l'Île! $12,215 (2010-2011)
    TOTAL: $12,215
For further information:

(media only), please contact:

Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
819-997-7788

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
media@pch.gc.ca

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)